Canada Tops World Bank Blacklist: Reports

Canada is the leading country on the World Banks just released blacklist for fraud and corrupt conduct, according to published reports. The number of companies on the list has soared this year, according to The South China Morning Post. The Post reports that of the 608 companies named, 119 have head offices in Canada. That puts Canada in first place, well ahead of the second place U.S. (44). Scandal-plagued engineering giant SNC-Lavalin is one of the biggest names on the list. It was sanctioned by the World Bank earlier this year in the wake of a bribery scandal in Bangladesh. The RCMP has charged its former senior executive Kevin Wallace with bribery of a foreign public official, the Canadian Press reports. The charge reportedly relates to an investigation into a contract for construction of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge in Bangladesh. Zulfiquar Ali Bhuiyan, a Canadian citizen, and Abul Hasan Chowdhury, of Bangladesh, have also been charged with one count each. The charges are part of an ongoing investigation that has also led to charges against two other former SNC employees. Blacklisted companies are typically barred from participating in World Bank projects for several years, the Post reports. An organization that provides financial and technical assistance to developing countries, World Bank projects include international aid and infrastructure. We value respectful and thoughtful discussion. Readers are encouraged to flag comments that fail to meet the standards outlined in our Community Code of Conduct .

Prominent SARS Doctor in Canada Dies at 68

The SARS outbreak killed 44 people in Toronto and cost the city $1 billion in tourism. Outside of Asia, Toronto had the largest outbreak, with almost 375 cases. During two outbreaks, more than 27,000 people in and around the city were forced into quarantine. Low’s capacity to explain to the public what was going on made him the face of Toronto’s SARS response. At one point, he had to go into quarantine himself because he’d been in contact with a colleague who came down with SARS. He worked from home and emerged, 14 days later, without developing the disease. He would later marvel that he never caught SARS, given the amount of exposure he had. He visibly lost weight during the outbreak, prompting concerned strangers who saw him on TV news reports to write to ask after his health. It would take four months to bring the disease under control. Low was credited by friends and colleagues for both his contribution to the SARS response and for advancing the practice of microbiology and infectious diseases across Canada. Colleagues said he loved to puzzle out intriguing new developments in infectious diseases. He co-authored nearly 400 peer-reviewed articles for scientific journals. Low was a global expert in flesh-eating disease necrotizing fasciitis caused by group A Streptococcus.