Don’t lose your money to bank fees – just one more of the benefits of credit unions!

first_imgAfter years of trying to clean up their public image, banks are still charging higher fees than credit unions.According to a report from Bankrate, the average fee for using an out-of-network ATM rose to a record $4.52 per transaction during 2015. It is up by 21% in just the past five years.Overdraft fees are also at record highs, averaging $33.07. They are up 9% since 2010, Bankrate said.It seems that banks will get your money any way they can.But there are alternatives, and by far the best of these is to join a credit union.Another recent Bankrate investigation found that credit unions offer some of the fairest deals around, with fewer “gotchas” and lower fees overall. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Eyeing repeat, women’s soccer prepares for national title defense

first_imgMatt Karatsu | Daily TrojanBefore current head coach Keidane McAlpine arrived at USC in 2014, the women’s soccer program was experiencing a downturn. The team had not compiled a winning record since 2010, and McAlpine knew there would be no quick, easy fix to right the ship. So the former Washington State coach instituted a three-year plan to change the program’s trajectory and bring it back to national prominence. Three years later, the Trojans enter 2017 as the defending national champions, having beaten West Virginia 3-1 in last season’s College Cup Final. McAlpine called his shot and watched it go in, but now a new question emerges: What happens next? “We’re back at square one a little bit having graduated quite a few of our impact players,” McAlpine said. “We have to go back to the beginning and make sure that the lessons that we learned over the last three years are not forgotten. But at the same time, we’re not at the beginning in the sense that we’ve had some unbelievable experiences over the last three years that current players can now use as fuel.” Back in January, five USC players were selected in the National Women’s Soccer League Draft — the most out of any school. The Trojans lost stalwarts such as midfielder Morgan Andrews, who was taken third overall by the Boston Breakers. Andrews was the team’s top goal scorer last season and a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, which honors the top player in Division I soccer.The Trojans also bid farewell to striker Katie Johnson, whose two goals in the national championship game propelled the team over West Virginia. Reigning Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Year Sammy Jo Prudhomme moved on to the NWSL as well after recording a stellar 15 shutouts in 25 games in 2016. Defender Kayla Mills, a three-time All-Pac-12 First Team honoree, and 2016 Pac-12 Defender of the Year Mandy Freeman now ply their trade for Sky Blue FC.While the NWSL Draft may have highlighted the program’s vitality, it also signaled a new challenge for McAlpine: He now has to replace players who have anchored the team since he first arrived.“This team is just going to be different,” McAlpine said. “I think, on last year’s team, we had some brilliant individual performances. This year’s group is going to share the ball a little bit more, [be] quicker and have to rely on the unit a lot more to get things done. That’s not necessarily a bad thing — I think it’s going to be a great thing.” Without many of last year’s star players, the Trojans will need some newer faces to emerge and fill the void. McAlpine expects junior Leah Pruitt and redshirt senior Alex Anthony to step into larger roles this fall spearheading the USC attack.McAlpine also highlighted senior midfielder Sydney Sladek and junior defender Ally Prisock, who will provide veteran leadership behind the forwards.Last year, USC’s hallmark was its suffocating style of play. The team led the Pac-12 in virtually every defensive category, even recording more shutouts (six) than goals conceded (five) in conference play. The Trojans return two defenders — Prisock and sophomore Julia Bingham — from last year’s group, but they also have the unenviable task of replacing Prudhomme. Her likely successor, senior Julia Murphy, has played just five games in her career. In the later rounds of the NCAA Tournament, the Trojans often relied on superior defensive play when they were unable to produce goals (USC scored just three goals in the four games leading up to the final). With a new and inexperienced goalkeeper, the team may not have the same luxury this year. However, Anthony returns to spearhead a revamped Trojan attack. Perhaps now the highest profile member of the roster, the former Maryland transfer was tied for first on the team with 10 goals last season. “Last year she transferred and there was still an adjustment period,” McAlpine said. “To have a 10-goal season in an adjustment year is pretty impressive. But I think now there’s a bit more familiarity, and as a senior [she’s] hungrier.” Three years after McAlpine arrived at USC, the women’s soccer program has now returned to the national spotlight. Unlike in the recent past, the team will no longer slip under the radar, as they enter this year ranked No. 3 in the nation in the preseason coaches’ poll. Despite the program’s new stature, its goals remain largely the same. “As much as we’d like to be champions, we set our sights on getting better every week,” McAlpine said. “And you want to be top three in the Pac-12 to give yourself a chance to be seeded in the NCAA Tournament and then make a run. We just try to get better every day and get to the small goals. And if we do enough of it, we’ll put ourselves in position at the end.”last_img read more

Twitter doesn’t take kindly after BCCI commentator says ‘every Indian must know Hindi!’

first_imgAdvertisement v7smNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsktcWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eub( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5c1rixWould you ever consider trying this?😱qfrgCan your students do this? 🌚rcqhRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Ranji Trophy match between Karnataka and Baroda on Thursday witnessed controversy after a BCCI commentator declared that ‘every Indian should know Hindi as it is our mother tongue.’ Ironically enough, the match is being contested by the two non-Hindi speaking states at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. The incident took the social media by storm with angry netizens questioning the remark while some took it too offensively.Advertisement Picture Credit: Cricket CountryDuring the seventh over of Baroda’s second innings, one of the two on-air commentators said,‘I liked the fact that Sunil Gavaskar is commentating in Hindi and is giving his valuable in the same language. I also loved it that he called the dot ball as a ‘bindi’ ball.”Advertisement While his partner, the other commentator Sushil Doshi responded in a similar manner, “Every Indian must know Hindi. This is our mother tongue. There is no bigger language than this.”“In fact, I look at those people with a lot of anger who say that we are cricketers still we should talk in Hindi? You are staying in India then you will obviously speak its mother tongue,” he further added.Advertisement And naturally these statements brewed up a storm on social media as several fans quickly took to Twitter to voice their discontent.Check out some of the furious reactions to the controversial comment:According to a 2011 Census, only 26 percent of the country’s population use Hindi as their mother tongue; while the data also revealed that, even though Hindi is the most widely spoken language in the country, almost six in every 10 people, or 56.37 per cent of the citizens, do not identify it as their first language or mother tongue. You may also like:Should India’s athletes voice their political opinion on social media?ICC to review aggressive Bangladesh celebration footage against India at the U19 World Cup Advertisementlast_img read more

Canucks Defeat Blue Jackets Before Heading Out On The Road

first_img None of Vancouver’s lines stood out tonight, but all were steady in their relatively evenly-distributed icetime. The third period saw more of the same.  The Canucks again took a two goal lead at 15:19 of the final frame, as Daniel scored his second of the night on another power play (the Canucks’ second in the game’s final seven minutes).  The Blue Jackets, playing for jobs next season, refused to quit and replied once again, another point shot beating Schneider at 16:24, this time courtesy of James Wisniewski. Columbus applied pressure in the game’s final three minutes but the Canucks held on for the win.  While being outshot 18-12 in the third period, the Canucks finished the game with an overall advantage of 38-36.As compared to their previous horrible games during this homestand, this was again an improved performance for the home side.  Interestingly, this game didn’t include any extended stretches of immense Canuck pressure, but the Canucks were able to put more goals on the scoreboard courtesy of the power play and the play of the Sedins. At the other end of the ice, the Canucks gave up very few (if any) odd-man rushes against.  Columbus was held to a very low number of prime scoring opportunities, and with any luck the Canucks could have had a shutout tonight as none of their goals against were a result of a defensive breakdown. Basically, this game continued the trend of the Canucks putting a better effort on the ice but not being rewarded on the scoreboard – hopefully that trend continues as the team ventures out on the road and the results will start to become more clearly evident as the team steams toward the playoffs. GAME OBSERVATIONS Schneider started in place of embattled number one Roberto Luongo, and didn’t have his best night.  If Luongo had allowed the goals that Schneider let in, the entire fan base would be screaming murder.  The first goal was  soft as Prospal shot it right at him, the puck squeaking through.  The second and third goals were both point shots.  Although the Johnson goal was deflected, Schneider got a piece but couldn’t react quickly enough, and the final goal beat him clean.  Defenders will argue that he was a victim of circumstance on the last two (deflection, screened shot), and they will have a point.  However, if Luongo had been between the pipes for these goals, he wouldn’t be given the same latitude. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.The Vancouver Canucks closed out their dismal, season-long home stand by squeaking out a 4-3 win against last-place Columbus on Saturday night at Rogers Arena.  The game was close on the scoresheet and in game play, but the Canucks did enough to get the win over the scrappy Blue Jackets.Columbus opened the scoring at 7:55 of the opening period, when veteran forward Vinny Prospal was able to corrall a bouncing puck that eluded Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa and squeak a shot through netminder Cory Schneider.  The puck went through Schneider’s legs and barely crossed the goal line.While the first ten minutes of the game were relatively even and didn’t feature a lot of high quality scoring chances, the Canucks came on after that goal and were able to get two goals past Columbus starter Steve Mason before the period was out.  David Booth got Vancouver’s first after beating defenseman Aaron Johnson to a rebound before beating a swimming Mason and putting the puck into the empty net. Just over a minute later, Daniel Sedin converted a great goal-mouth pass from brother Henrik, who started the play by outmuscling Columbus forward Derek Dorsett along the half wall.  As a result, the Canucks took a 2-1 lead and a 14-11 advantage in shots into the first intermission.The Canucks were easily the better team in the second period.  After receiving their first power play midway through the period, the Canucks extended their lead when Alex Edler rushed the puck coast to coast before bearing in on Mason and beating him five hole.  I’d say that he split the D, however, there just was nothing to split as Columbus just allowed Edler a clear path to the net in what was one of the worst displays of NHL defense I have ever seen. Against the run of play, Columbus got back to within a goal with only four minutes left in the period, after a Jack Johnson point shot deflected off Ryan Kesler’s derriere and over Schneider’s shoulder. In the game’s final minute, Pahlsson lost two more critical defensive zone faceoffs, each against Mark Letestu.  The first loss resulted in Blue Jackets’ pressure and a Vancouver icing, and the second resulted in a near-goal as time expired.  Pahlsson was brought in to be able to win critical faceoffs, and although he finished the game 11 for 18, three of his seven losses resulted in goals or almost-goals. This goaltending contributed to the fact that even though they didn’t give Columbus much, the Canucks still allowed three goals against.  In a league where goals are so hard to come by, a team just can’t afford to give up goals when there’s no legitimate scoring chance. Manny Malhotra missed his second game in a row due to a personal issue.  Typically Malhotra, one of the league’s best, would be taking these critical faceoffs. He doesn’t score a lot, but these plays illustrate his importance to the team. IF THIS WERE A PLAYOFF GAMEIf this had been a playoff game, I think the Canucks would have won.  They were just a better team most of the night and Columbus just didn’t seem threatening.  When down a goal early in the third, the Blue Jackets were given a power play, but even if they scored, the game just had the feeling of a Canuck victory. Unfortunately – the Canucks won’t be playing teams of Columbus’ stature once the playoffs roll around.  Since I’ve been keeping track, the Canucks are now 2-1 “if they had been playoff games”. PARTING SHOTSBroadcast Observation of the Night:  I’m often very hard on Hockey Night in Canada, but one thing I do like about it is the play by play of Mark Lee (apparently, I am in a very small minority on this one).  In general, I feel the quality of his broadcast is brought down by his typical colour partner, Kevin Weekes.Tonight, however, Weekes appeared absolutely brilliant when early in the second period, he called out the fact that Columbus was struggling defending the middle of the ice, even going so far as to say that it wasn’t surprising that they were in last place when they couldn’t do that effectively.  As it turned out, this discourse was perfect foreshadowing for Edler’s goal, when the Blue Jackets’ inability to take away the middle of the ice resulted in his stunning goal.He’s not my favourite colour man, but did Weekes ever look brilliant after that statement.Looking ahead: Vancouver heads out for a four game roadtrip, which gets underway Monday night in Minnesota against the Wild. Max Lapierre was again noticeable in his 12 minutes of icetime, recording 5 hits.  Jannik Hansen continued his solid physical play as well, recording 4 hits.  No other Canucks recorded more than two, as they were outhit 24-16 for the game. The Sedin twins look to be getting back on their game.  They didn’t have any truly dominant shifts tonight, but found a way to pot a couple goals.  One was the result of a good physical play by Henrik (showing a side of his game that is often overlooked), and the other was a result of Daniel getting position in the slot on the power play, sticking with the play, and banging home a rebound.  Neither of them were really “highlight reel” sorts of goals, but it’s encouraging to see them producing with less space on the ice – like they will see in the postseason. The lack of scoring chances against is encouraging, however, as it indicates the team is rounding back into form defensively. The Canucks won 60% of the faceoffs in tonight’s game.  However, it should be noted that on both of Columbus’ second and third goals, the Blue Jackets won the faceoff clean and those wins directly resulted in the point shots that went in.  The first was against Ryan Kesler, the second against Sammy Pahlsson. Columbus’ defense on the Edler goal was simply atrocious.  Edler rushed the puck up the ice, but nobody stood up to him at the blue line.  As he continued into the zone, where usually the two defensemen will converge and squeeze out the puck carrier, he found unfettered access to the net.  Hilariously, Dorsett can be seen yelling at his defensemen, arms raised in a “what is going on” manner, as he watched Edler score.last_img read more

Humboldt State men’s basketball to honor former coach Tom Wood at Saturday’s alumni game

first_imgARCATA >> As much as Saturday’s alumni game is the first chance for the public to see this year’s edition of the Humboldt State men’s basketball team, it’s also about honoring the man who got the program to where it is today.Following the Jacks’ annual alumni game at 4 p.m., they will have a ceremony to honor former head coach Tom Wood, the man responsible for growing Humboldt State into one of the most consistent winners in all of the West Region.Wood passed away in mid-August at the age of …last_img read more

Saving Money with Information, Tickets and Travel

first_imgBy Carol ChurchIn past blog posts, we’ve explored special military vacation discounts and deals like the free national park passes available to service members, special Disney deals, and the great bargains available when vacationing at an Armed Forces Recreation Center.One special money-saving military benefit that we haven’t talked about is the wealth of options available on bases at Information, Tickets and Travel offices. Although these offices provide a wealth of important benefits, many service members and families may go years without ever visiting them or even knowing they exist! But any family with an interest in saving money on entertainment and vacations should visit ITT. Why? skeeze via Pixabay.com, CC0 Return to article. Long Descriptionskeeze/pixabay.com, CC0Discounts may be steeper than anywhere elseAlthough many military discount deals are also available on attraction websites or at the attractions themselves, the discounts at the actual ITT office may be steeper, and tickets may be exempt from tax. You also may be able to purchase tickets for more people than you can at the attraction itself.To take just one example, those visiting the Monterey Bay aquarium can only purchase tickets for themselves and a spouse at the military rate when purchasing at the aquarium. But when bought at ITT, the purchaser can obtain discounts for his or her entire group.Taken together, all these factors can result in substantial additional savings.It’s like having your own personal vacation and entertainment advisorThe staff at ITT know just about everything there is to know about the attractions in their area, both well-known and undiscovered. You may think you’ve located all the cool spots to take the kids or to go on a date, but chances are that many places are poorly advertised or known mostly to locals. ITT has the scoop and can provide personalized service for free.You can book a cruise or a package tourIn addition to offering info and tickets to day trips and area attractions, it’s possible to book special military cruises and vacation package tours (including Disney) through ITT. You can book trips through the Armed Forces Vacation Club at ITT, which offers week-long resort stays for only $350.It’s easy to compare packages, deals, offers, and attractionsSince ITT works for the military, not for attraction owners, they can do things like type up price lists that allow you to scan all available offers in the area at once and compare them. This type of thing is rarely available online and saves you a lot of work.The possibilities are broader than you may be imaginingITT may be able to offer to discounts to any or all of the following: theme parks; sporting events; tours; musical shows; museums; movie theaters; car rentals; hotels..the list is long!You can receive personal service from travel agents, free of chargeMany ITT employees are travel agents, a bit of a dying breed in today’s day and age when most of us plan vacations online. If you have a complicated trip to plan, their services can be extremely valuableInformation, Tickets, and Tours  may also be known as Information, Tickets and Travel or Morale, Welfare and Recreation or Leisure Travel Services. The office may be small and staffed only at certain hours, especially on smaller bases, so call or research ahead to find out when to come.  Even if you have to wait, it’s certainly likely to be worth it. Look for info on individual ITT offices in the Moral, Welfare and Recreation section of base websites.Of course, when planning vacations, don’t forget that even when you “save money,” you still spend money. To make a great vacation happen, it can be helpful to set up a dedicated savings fund ahead of time, diverting a small amount from each paycheck so that the final sum is accumulated in a relatively painless way. Another innovative way to save for a short-term goal like a vacation is to use one of the new automatic savings apps out there that “round up” purchases or make small automatic deposits, such as Digit, Qapital, or Dobot. Enjoy the benefits ITT has to offer.References:Lightfoot, L. (2017). All the Ways You Can Save with ITT – Information, Tickets, and Tours. Retrieved from http://themilitarywallet.com/information-tickets-tours-itt/Veterans Navigator. Information, Tickets, and Travel (ITT). (2016).  Retrieved from http://www.veteransnavigator.org/article/63524/information-tickets-and-travel-itt%20last_img read more

Lens Options for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

first_imgThe BMPCC’s Micro Four Thirds mount offers a wide choice of native and adaptable lenses. In this post, we check ’em out.The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has become a popular camera with it’s small size (think: a thicker iPhone), under $1000 price and the ability to shoot in ProRes HQ and CinemaDNG RAW. Currently, the only other commercially avaliable cameras under $5,000 that shoot CinemaDNG are the 2 other cameras from Blackmagic and the Digital Bolex.To get a sense of what it can do, here are 2 films shot with the BMPCC: So, let’s talk lenses…The lens mount for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is Micro Four Thirds, more commonly known as M43 or MFT. B&H Photo Video has a detailed primer on the micro four thirds format for filmmakers here. It’s well worth checking out. Click image below for larger view:Image from B&HIf you are used to shooting will Full Frame sensors (Canon 5D Mark III, Nikon D700) and standard MFT cameras (Panasonic GH3) there are a couple things to be aware of.The crop factor is different with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, which changes the effective focal length of lenses.The BMPCC uses a Super 16mm 2.88x crop sensor, which is a smaller chip than DSLRs use. Because of this it has more depth of field (smaller chip = greater DOF)Because the crop factor is different, you will need to do some math when figuring out the effective focal length of lenses. For example, my 14-45 MFT OIS lens is a 40-130 on the BMPCC.Fortunately Reuben Kremer has a Field of View Calculator that will do the math for you. Pick your camera body, focal length, and it gives you the effective focal length for the BMPCC.Micro Four Thirds on the BMPCCSo, the native lens mount is Micro Four Thirds (MFT), created in 2008 by Olympus and Panasonic for mirrorless digital cameras. It is an active mount, which means you have electronic control of iris and focus (if the lens supports it). It also supports image stabilization for lenses that have an on/off switch.Blackmagic has a list of tested lenses as part of their FAQ. But do note, there are some lenses that work that are not on the list. Also, BMCC.TV has list of suggested lenses and links to buy them, and is a good starting point. I have the Panasonic 14-45 OIS lens, which works because it has an on/off switch.OIS makes a big difference if you are handholding the BMPCC.If you are planning to handhold the camera, you should consider a stabilized lens. It makes the most sense to shoot wide and/or use a shoulder rig, monopod, tripod, or stabilizer. Check out this quick test with lens stabilization on/off (from Vimeo user Heavenbeach):In my experience, I’ve found it’s useful to rent lenses before investing to see if they work well for my needs. LensRentals offers a lot of lens and adapter options. So does Borrow Lenses, who has a list of 5 MFT suggested lenses.Adapting Other Lens Mounts for the BMPCCMFT lenses have  a 2.88 crop factor, so a full frame 50mm lens would be 144 mm on the BMPCC.There is a wide range of popular lens mounts that will work on the BMPCC with an adapter, with C Mount probably being the most common. I got my C mount adapter for under $8 on Amazon and it works well.Adorama also has a fairly extensive list of adapters that cover a wide range of popular lens formats: Canon FD, Leica M, Leica R, Minolta MD, M42, Olympus OM, Pentax K, Sony Alpha, Contax/Yashica. A lot of these lenses are very affordable but the mounts are passive, meaning that you have to manually focus.Some filmmakers are outfitting their BMPCC and other cams with vintage lenses (from  the 40’s-70’s), as they often have a specific look (flaring, soft focus, vignetting). These can be found on Etsy and eBay, but are getting expensive as people realize there is a new market for old lenses. Two of the best resources for vintage lenses are Vintage Lenses for Video (a blog that specifically covers this topic) and Frank Cairn, who has used vintage lenses on several projects. Here’s some test footage of vintage lenses used on a BMPCC:If you’re interested in outfitting your Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with vintage glass this discussion is also a worthwhile watch:PL Mount – Professional Cinema LensesUnless you are a DP that owns a Red or Alexa, you most likely will rent rent PL lenses as they are quite expensive. But if you want very fast and sharp primes (fixed focal length) for filmmaking, these are wonderful lenses.Again, these lenses would require a special mount to use with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Both Hot Rod Lenses ($1095) and Wooden Camera ($399) sell PL Mount adapters.Metabones SpeedBooster One of the biggest developments is the Metabones SpeedBooster that lets you use Nikon G & F mount lenses.  There are no electronic contacts, so focus is manual. This is big in that a lot of filmmakers already own lenses, and with the Speedbooster they become faster and wider on the BMPCC. For more on how the Metabones Speedbooster works, check out these articles by PetaPixel, SLR Lounge , EOSHD, and Digital Cinema Demystified (2 parts).Many folks, myself included, are hoping that there will be a Canon EF adapter soon, as it has been rumored since 2013.What lenses are you using with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera? Share your gear or suggestions in the comments below!last_img read more

15 days agoChelsea expected to welcome back James, Rudiger for Newcastle

first_imgChelsea expected to welcome back James, Rudiger for Newcastleby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea duo Reece James and Antonio Rudiger are on track for a return to action after the international break.James was forced to withdraw from England U21 duty on Thursday due to an ankle injury, but he’s expected to be back in training next week.According to the Daily Mail, the injury is not serious.Rudiger has been injured for most of this season but he posted an update on Thursday on social media of him training at Cobham.The Blues face Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on October 19. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Doctors who object to treatment on moral grounds must give referral court

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario doctors who have a moral or religious objection to treatments such as assisted dying, contraception or abortions must refer patients to another doctor who can provide the service, after a court found it is necessary to guarantee that vulnerable patients can access the care they need.A group of five doctors and three professional organizations had launched a legal challenge against a policy issued by the province’s medical regulator, arguing it infringed on their right to freedom of religion and conscience under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.The group — which includes the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada, the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians’ Societies and Canadian Physicians for Life — said the requirement for a referral amounted to being forced to take part in the treatment.The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, meanwhile, said its policy aims to balance the moral beliefs of individual physicians while nonetheless ensuring access to care, particularly for vulnerable patients.In a ruling released Wednesday, the divisional court said that though the policy does limit doctors’ religious freedom, the breach is justified. The benefits to the public outweigh the cost to doctors, who can choose to practise a specialty where such moral dilemmas will not arise, the court said.“The goal of ensuring access to health care, in particular equitable access to health care, is pressing and substantial. The effective referral requirements of the policies are rationally connected to the goal,” Justice Herman J. Wilton-Siegel wrote on behalf of a three-member panel.“The requirements impair the individual applicants’ right of religious freedom as little as reasonably possible in order to achieve the goal.”What’s more, the court found, “the applicants do not have a common law right or a property right to practise medicine, much less a constitutionally protected right.”“Those who enjoy the benefits of a licence to practise a regulated profession must expect to be subject to regulatory requirements that focus on the public interest, rather than the interests of the professionals themselves,” Wilton-Siegel wrote.The groups said they were disappointed with the ruling and would review their options in regards to an appeal.“We heard from our members and other doctors with conscientious objections over and over again that they felt referral made them complicit and that they wouldn’t be able to live with themselves or stay in the profession if effective referral is still required,” Larry Worthen, executive director of the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada, said in a statement.The college and its supporters welcomed the decision, calling it a victory for patients.“We believe the effective referral policy strikes a fair, sensible balance between a physician’s right to conscience or moral objection and a patient’s right to care. We are grateful that the judges’ decision puts patients first,” said Shanaaz Gokool, CEO of the advocacy group Dying With Dignity, which was an intervener in the case.But some observers said the court didn’t go far enough to safeguard patients’ rights to receive care.Udo Schuklenk, a bioethicist at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., called the ruling a “classic Canadian compromise” and said it failed to consider whether the accommodation was warranted.Protections for conscientious objectors are valuable in situations such as military conscription, but have no place in a profession such as medicine, in which people participate voluntarily, he said. Some countries, such as Sweden and Finland, make no allowances for moral objections in medicine, he said.If physicians are allowed to bypass treatments such as abortions or contraception — which patients have a legal right to obtain — by simply giving a referral, it paves the way for them to bow out of other services down the line, he said.“With future developments in medicine, we will never be able to predict what the latest thing is that somebody will object to do,” he said.The referral system can also put great strain on the health-care system, he said. If, for example, a patient seeks medically assisted death in a remote community and no one there will provide it, it falls on taxpayers to pay for another physician to travel there, he said.The college’s policy was established in 2015 under the guidance of a working group and was subjected to external consultations. It said the referral doesn’t have to be in writing and can de delegated to office staff.last_img read more