WHO: Canadian Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq
WHAT: Health officials ordered an investigation Thursday into why the Canadian government sent body bags to an Inuit reserve in remote northern Manitoba when tribe leaders requested assistance to deal with an expected outbreak of swine flu. The reserve was hit hard by swine flu this spring.
WHY: The bags were part of a shipment of hand sanitizer and face masks intended for use during winter and were not linked exclusively to swine flu, explained the Health Canada regional director while apologizing for the unintentional “alarm this incident has caused.”
WHY IT WAS A BAD IDEA: Aglukkaq, herself an Inuit, said she found the surprise body-bag delivery insensitive and offensive, pledging “to get to the bottom of it.”