News Stories of Interest, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013

Hi there. It’s Independence Day in Botswana (from Britain in 1966). It’s Agricultural Reform Day in São Tomé and Príncipe. And being the feast day of St. Jerome, the patron saint of translators, it’s International Translation Day. Here in Alberta, there were a few news stories (all in English) of interest to UNA members and staff:

Patricia Pelton appointed CEO of Health Quality Council of Alberta

Patricia Pelton has been appointed acting CEO of the Health Quality Council of Alberta. She replaces Dr. Tony Fields, who because CEO of the HQCA in September 2012. Pelton was the CEO of the Northern Lights Health Region from 2001 until 2006 and has served as the Vice-Chair of the HQCA since February 2009. After leaving the NLHR she was a “health care consultant” and served on the Executive Committee at World Alliance of YMCA’s and was the Chair of Image and Impact Task Force at World Alliance of YMCAs. This item has not yet been reported by media, so there is no link.

Union president raises alarm about government’s pension projections

AUPE President Guy Smith says projections of members’ pension benefits on the websites for the Public Service Pension Plan and Local Authorities Pension Plan are misleading because they do not factor in the reductions to benefits that could occur if Finance Minister Doug Horner’s proposals are legislated this spring.

Measles reappears in Alberta

Measles are making a comeback in Canada because people are not being vaccinated, leading Alberta Health Services to recommend that Albertans be vaccinated if they are not already. Warning: The picture accompanying this story is pretty gruesome to those of us who are not professional health care workers.

Grade 2 student killed by school bus will live on through organ donation

A six-year-old boy who died when struck by a school bus Friday in St. Albert has helped better the lives of two other children through the donation of his heart valves.

Umbilical cord blood bank set to take donations in Ottawa

Canada’s first national public blood bank for umbilical cord blood is set to begin taking donations today at an Ottawa hospital. Canadian Blood Services says the National Public Cord Blood Bank will let the public donate instead of discard umbilical cords, which are a rich source of desperately needed stem cells.

Hep C screening should be expanded in Canada: study

In an analysis published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, several liver specialists argue that everyone born between the years 1945 and 1975 should be screened for Hepatitis C, a potentially liver-destroying disease.

U.S. health care foes have government on brink

A conservative challenge to the president’s health-care law has the U.S. government teetering on the brink of a partial shutdown. The Senate has the next move on must-do legislation required to keep the government open past midnight Monday, and the Democratic-led chamber is expected to reject the latest effort from House Republicans to use a normally routine measure to attack President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law.

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

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