By Roger Currie
WINNIPEG — The history of blood in Canada is quite fascinating, and in recent days it has taken a very interesting turn. For decades, this country was the envy of the world. The Red Cross was hugely respected, and they were responsible for collecting blood from an army of volunteer donors. It was safe and reliable, and there always seemed to be enough to supply our medical needs.
Then came the tainted blood scandal of the 1980s and 90s. Many hemophiliacs and others died or became horribly ill after receiving blood that came from very bad places, like prisons in Arkansas when Bill Clinton was the governor. The Red Cross got out of the blood business, and Canadian Blood Services was created.