There's more to the Hockey-Night fiasco

    The theme song is just the beginning, in this week's Maclean's. Also
    featured in the issue hitting newsstands today: Hospital design can kill,
    and can Silicon Valley save the auto industry? And, be sure to visit for video of Brian D. Johnson's exclusive Leonard Cohen

    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - Forty-one years later, those "dunt-da
duntda-dunts" are burned into the national consciousness - an on-air calling
card that has brought the CBC more recognition than Peter Mansbridge or its
"exploding 'c'" logo. So hockey fans can be forgiven a moment of slack-jawed
amazement this week upon learning that someone had, well, bought it. The news
came Monday by way of a CTV press release announcing that the privately owned
network had acquired full rights to the piece after negotiations between the
composer and the CBC collapsed. For CTV, the move was a no-brainer: the
network's sports channel TSN, along with its French-language service RDS, had
spent years trying to build the sort of affinity with viewers that the iconic
song epitomizes.
    But is CBC's misstep the sign of a problem that has become increasingly
obvious to Hockey Night viewers? For years, the Saturday night juggernaut has
been wobbling on its pedestal, stalled in the ratings, leaking talent to rival
networks, and fighting tooth-and-nail for NHL broadcast rights.

    Hospital design can kill
    Given what we know now about how to build hospitals, post-SARS, with an
alphabet soup of antibiotic-resistant bugs flooding wards and a 1918-calibre
pandemic forever waiting in the wings, super-bugs have given some Ontario
hospitals reason to reconsider their design. The recent Sault Ste. Marie
outbreak demonstrated what a growing body of medical evidence already suggests
- bad hospital designs can kill. According to a landmark Canadian report
published in 2003 in the American Journal of Infection Control, more than
8,000 die in this country each year after contracting infections in hospital.
    A number of hospitals built in recent years in the U.S., Europe and even
in Canada using design principles proven to curb such outbreaks - simple
things like more handwashing stations and a toilet for every patient - have
reduced hospital-acquired infections by as much as 70 per cent, a boon to both
patient health and cost-efficiency. The success of these cutting-edge
facilities has vaunted the private room, once considered something of a
luxury, into the realm of a health care necessity, not just for the very ill
but for all.

    Can Silicon Valley save the auto industry?
    With billions of dollars in loss piling up, this is not a good time to be
an American automaker. Someone, however, forgot to tell the small but growing
collection of car designers and investors in southern California. With
400-person wait-list for its new models, in this happy, parallel automotive
universe, things could hardly be better.

    About Maclean's:

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