Morty would have been so delighted to be remembered and honoured
in this way! As described in his book, Coroner, Morty's four years as
Toronto's Chief Coroner were the most exciting and satisfying
of his life. He had a huge impact on the Coroner's role in
Ontario, and his energetic muckraking saved many lives.
The publisher put it this way: "The rise and fall of Dr.
Morton Shulman as chief Coroner of Toronto was the most sensational
period that that office has ever known. From the moment he was
appointed in 1963 Dr. Shulman brought his extraordinary energy to
bear on an enormous variety of hazards to public safety and
security, which in previous years had been overlooked, or ignored,
or covered up.
As Chief Coroner he acted as public watchdog and soon became an
international figure. Dr. Shulman believed that the coroner's
job was not merely to determine the cause of unnatural deaths, but
to take steps to prevent similar deaths in the future. The
elimination of cancer quacks, the scandal of construction site
safety, the exposure of medical incompetence and carelessness, a
determined and far-sighted campaign to lower traffic deaths —
these were only a few of the many battles Morton Shulman fought
with an uninhibited vigour which shocked and enraged many public
officials and professional bodies. Apparently quite fearless
in pursuing his objectives, he clashed with civic and provincial
leaders, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Supreme Court
of Ontario and even the United States Navy.
So spectacular was his performance in office that he became the
model for the successful T.V. series Wojeck.
Meanwhile, having previously made a million on the stock market
he proceeded to write a book on the subject which netted another
substantial fortune. Ultimately the provincial government, smarting
from yet another attack on its integrity, dismissed him and, for
good measure, eliminated the position he held as well. So great was
the public outcry that a Royal Commission was set up to look into
the matter. Subsequently Dr. Shulman, running on the N.D.P. ticket,
won an overwhelming victory at the polls and took his seat in the
legislature in opposition to the Conservative Government which had
hired and fired him.
Morton Shulman's own account of these extraordinary events
is lively, self-critical, excoriating of hide-bound officialdom,
good-humoured and often hilarious. He tells these stories of
political pay-offs, scandals, disasters, human tragedies, triumphs
and pratfalls with startling candour and gusto."
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