Determinants or detriment?

I know it’s not an economic story but I just had to share this. Here’s an excerpt from a story that ran in the Time & Transcript on Saturday:

Miramichi City councillor Coun. John (Jake) McLaughlin expects a strong turnout at Monday’s health conference, which will be attended by the federal minister of public health.Minister Carolyn Bennett will be on hand to hear a presentation to the National Collaborating Centre for the Social Detriment of Health to establish a national collaborative centre in Miramichi and to explore the idea of having a Miramichi action group co-ordinator.

The Miramichi Region Action Group for the Social Detriment of Health will make the presentation to the national group at the Miramichi Rodd Hotel where Bennett and Miramichi MP Charles Hubbard will be in attendance.

Now I know that Al Hogan over at the T&T is going out of his way to make the Premier and his government’s record look good but this is going way to far.

In an effort to gloss over New Brunswick’s among the worst in Canada health outcomes record, Al Hogan seems to be suggesting in this article that good health outcomes is a detriment to the social development of society.

Last year, the Federal government set up a National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health and apparently, according to the editor of the T&T, the Miramichi has a different spin on things. They want to set up a Miramichi Region Action Group for the Social ‘Detriment’ of Health.

If Al would stop writing puff pieces for the government for a minute, he would be well-advised to pick up a dictionary.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

Detriment: a cause of injury or damage

Determinant: an element that identifies or determines the nature of something or that fixes or conditions an outcome