Andrea and Ginette Markowski, who recently moved to Winnipeg from Yellowknife, were stunned last week when a family doctor at Lakewood Medical Centre suggested the couple look for another physician since homosexuality violates her religious beliefs.
Elias told the Free Press she has no experience treating lesbians and gays who sometimes have “sexual problems” and other diseases. Elias practised medicine in Egypt before spending four years in Steinbach and said she’s never treated gays or lesbians in her two decades as a physician.
“They get a lot of diseases and infections…”
College registrar Bill Pope said the orientation process for international medical graduates has been recently extended from one week to four weeks, to ensure that foreign-trained doctors learn about Canadian culture and codes of conduct.
In some cases, Pope said some physicians have never performed pelvic exams on women, since it’s not allowed in certain cultures.
He said an increasing number of physicians coming to Manitoba are from the Middle East and southeast Asia, where cultural barriers may hinder their understanding of Canadian norms.
Meanwhile, more adventures in Muslim immigration to Canada:
The odyssey of Nolan’s fight for equal rights began two summers ago on the Danforth when she was denied access to a taxi because the driver refused to let Angus, her guide dog, inside the car.
No matter how much she told the cabbie it was her right, by law, to bring the German shepherd along for the ride, she was left roadside as the taxi zipped away.
Thanks to this woman’d diligence, thousands of other Torontonians have been spared inept cab rides by idiot drivers. Thank you, Ms Nolan!