News Stories of Interest, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013

It’s Independence Day in Albania (from Turkey in 1912), Mauritania (from France in 1960) and Panama (from Spain in 1821. It’s Republic Day in Burundi and Chad. And it’s Navy Day in Iran. Here in Alberta, there were several news stories of interest to UNA members and staff:

[ ]Government anti-labour bills have serious implications for UNA members

The principal story of the day is the announcement late yesterday by the Redford Government of its plan to introduce anti-labour legislation aimed particularly at AUPE, but with serious impacts for all public service unions, including UNA. Here are some of the major stories on this subject:

[ ]Edmonton Journal
[ ]Edmonton Sun
[ ]CBC
[ ]Global TV

[ ]Most ambulances now dispatched by centralized system

Almost all ambulance calls in Alberta are now being handled by three dispatch centres as the province moves closer to one consolidated service under Alberta Health Services.

[ ]Ontario midwives launch rights challenge over unequal pay

Ontario midwives are launching a human rights challenge against the province, contending gender discrimination in pay. The application, to be filed with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario by the Association of Ontario Midwives on Wednesday, alleges that the province’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has set a discriminatory pay structure for midwives for the past 20 years.

[ ]Aboriginal seniors face challenges staying healthy, accessing care

First Nations, Metis and Inuit of advancing years often have poorer health than their non-aboriginal counterparts but don’t receive the same level of health-care services as other Canadian seniors, a report by the Health Council of Canada says.

[ ]Team owner calls for HGH use treating sports injuries

The owner of the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team is calling for a study of the effect of Human Growth Hormone on healing sports injuries. “It’s basically inconceivable that the NBA — or any sports organization on Earth — would quickly sanction the use of HGH because of the long-term implications its use carries but to at least find out more about its possible benefits might make some sense,” a Toronto Star sports reporter writes.

[ ]Health Canada calls for ‘education’ campaign to limit use of drug

Health Canada has taken the unusual step of asking Bayer Inc. to fund an “education” campaign to deter doctors from prescribing Diane-35 as birth control, a drug associated with 13 deaths, the federal health minister announced. The pill is approved for use only as a “last-resort medication” for severe acne, but Health Canada said many doctors have failed to heed advisories warning against its use as a contraceptive.

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

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