Alarming news from Alberta, Canada: Dr. John O’Connor has been fired by the Ft. Chipewyan health clinic—with no explanation, no cause given, effective immediately. O’Connor is the family physician who documented several cases of a rare bile duct cancer in the small town on Lake Athabasca, downstream from the massive tar sands mines. We interviewed him for our Standing on Sacred Ground film episode that explores the health effects of tar sands, Profit and Loss, which airs this Sunday, May 24 on The PBS World Channel at 9pm ET. When we filmed the interview, O’Connor was still flying in regularly to practice at the clinic, working with the Dine, Cree and Métis community that has suffered elevated rates of a variety of cancers.

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