Harvey was born to Frank and Lil Schroyen in November 1950. Frank, a skilled carpenter, was lucky to find work with United Keno Hill Mines at Elsa, a remote frontier mining camp with few other families or women. Elsa is just south of the Arctic Circle, deep in Yukon Territory, and November is always dark, cold, and frozen solid with temperatures often reaching -45°F.
The process of being audited can be a distressing event for physicians, whether it’s by the tax department, the Medical Services Commission (MSC), the College of Physicians and Surgeons, or another agency. With respect to the MSC, physicians must accept that payment agencies are mandated to ensure accountability for the funds that are spent. The Medical Services Plan (MSP) fee-for-service system requires a large element of trust that doctors will bill appropriately for their services. Audits by the MSC indicate that this trust is usually well founded.
Before I could touch the zwieback I was reaching for—as my evening meal—the television interrupted me with news of a plane crash on the Fraser River. BC artist Toni Onley had gone down while practising “touch and go” on the water near the small town of Ruskin. Witnesses reported that he and his aircraft had submerged almost instantly. The shock of the news brought back memories of my friendship with the artist and the several ways our lives had intersected.