News Stories of Interest, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

Good morning. It’s Independence Day in Moldova (from the Soviet Union in 1991). It’s Lyndon Baines Johnson Day in Texas. Here in Alberta, there were a few news stories of interest to UNA members and staff:

[ ]Health minister praises High River health care providers

Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne visited High River Friday as the town recovers from the June 20 flood. He brought with him a message of gratitude and respect for hospital and health-care staff who have worked tirelessly through challenging circumstances to get almost all pre-flood services restored in High River.

[ ]June flooding cost Alberta millions of hours of work

Extensive flooding in southern Alberta in June had a huge impact on working people with a net loss of 5.1 million hours of work, according to Statistics Canada.

[ ]Youngest preemies at greater neurodevelopmental risk

A new Canadian study suggests children born extremely pre-term have a substantial likelihood of developing moderate to severe neurodevelopmental impairments.

[ ]Fired 80-year-old employees get big settlement

Two recent decisions of the Ontario Superior Court send a clear message that employees who work into their 70s and even their 80s may be entitled to large damage awards if they are wrongfully dismissed. This applies regardless of whether the employees are highly paid former owners who expected to continue working after the business was sold or a modestly paid machine operator.

[ ]Don’t wash raw chicken, researchers say

Food poisoning update: Washing raw chicken just spreads germs around, U.S. researchers say. Cooking it kills them.

[ ]Sun sees only negatives in health care inquiry

A Calgary Sun columnist complains that the recent health care queue-jumping inquiry will only result in further bureaucracy – although the column is in fact a veiled attack on public health care.

[ ]AHS postpones pathology service cuts in Bonnyville

Following further discussions between Alberta Health Services and staff at the Bonnyville Health Centre on Aug. 5, the province has decided to postpone any decision to make changes to the pathology program at the hospital pending further investigation and discussion. With Dr. Bob Davey having announced his intent to retire earlier this year, AHS had planned to close the pathology department at the health centre and revert all local pathology services to Edmonton.

[ ]Stephen Duckett gives advice on how to cut Australian health bills

Forget the aging population. Three-quarters of the cost increases in Australia’s health care system are the result of people of all ages getting more and more expensive services per person. That’s not necessarily bad news, writes our old friend Stephen Duckett, “but someone is going to have to pay for the better treatment that benefits us all. Tough policy choices will need to be made to either increase government revenues, or keep a lid on costs.”

[ ]Alberta’s minimum wage remains lowest in Canada

The Redford government is raising the minimum wage next week, but Alberta’s lowest-income earners will still be the worst paid in Canada, the Alberta Federation of Labour complains this morning.

There will be no news summary tomorrow, as I will be on the road, attending Local 115’s and Local 302S’s information walk at the Foothills Medical Centre – 1403 – 29th Street NW in Calgary from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
780-425-1025 (Office)
780-717-2943 (Cellular)

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