11.04.2011 08:18 AM

Big story with Canadian angle, missed

This New York Times story is amazing because of the technological revolution it describes:

On Dec. 14, 2007, Mr. Woo was paralyzed after an accident at a construction site at Goldman Sachs headquarters on West Street. Mr. Woo, an architect on the project, was struck as seven tons of metal studs, hoisted by a crane, crushed the trailer in which he was working.

This week, Mr. Woo has been testing a bionic exoskeleton called Ekso, designed to allow patients in wheelchairs to stand and move while upright.

The story’s been covered in other New York papers, too.

But what puzzles me is that no Canadian paper has picked up on the obvious Canadian angle:

As Mr. Woo has continued his rehabilitation in New York and consulted on projects for his firm, his wife has been living in Toronto, with their three boys, ages 4, 5 and 6. Mr. Woo said he was designing a home in Toronto — with elevators and upward slopes, but no stairs — that he expected the family to move into in the coming years. Perhaps, he said, he will be able to walk in.

Historic advance in medicine, with Canadians at the centre of it.  Canadian media, where art thou?


  1. James says:

    They’ll pick up this story a day or so late, like most stories that show up on the NYT and other leading newspapers. From the outside, it has the appearance of a few renowned desks doing most of the heavy lifting, with an uninspired crowd regurgitating their work, poorly and belatedly. These second-generation reports are invariably shorter, less researched, and generally less worthwhile than their antecedents. And while they happily do that, they also trumpet the numerous ‘awards’ they garner for (dubious) excellence. Is that being unfair?

  2. Marc L says:

    “Canadian media, where art thou?”. Busy providing extensive coverage of the 200 people occupying parks.

  3. TDotRome says:

    Don’t you know? They’d much rather show you a traffic accident………again…………that’s much cheaper and easier….cough, cough…..I mean local and timely…………..

  4. Robert Woo says:

    Why isn’t a Canadian news organization covering this? They obviously covered my initial accident back in Dec. 2007 in the front page of the National Post…..maybe tragedy sells!

    Anyways, I appreciate bringing this to CANADA! eh?

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