News Stories of Interest, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013

Good afternoon, it’s Liberation Day in Albania, Unity Day in Vanuatu and William Tubman’s Birthday in Liberia, an official holiday honouring the man regarded as “the founder of modern Liberia.” The United Nations has declared this the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Here in Alberta, there were a few stories of interest to UNA members and staff:

[ ]Provincial legislation called unprecedented attack on union workers

As at least 500 people rallied on the steps of the Alberta Legislature Thursday, the head of the province’s largest union promised a legal fight against two new bills that would impose a wage agreement and heavy fines for wildcat strikes. Here’s the [ ]CTV’s version of the same story.

[ ]Editorial: Government stirs up trouble with labour

“The truth is that the government is abusing its power with these new laws, and we may all rue the day,” writes the Edmonton Journal in an editorial on Bills 45 and 46.

[ ]Is Alberta eyeing full land titles registry privatization?

A motion at the recent Progressive Conservative convention and some statements by Service Alberta Minister Manmeet Bhullar suggest the Alberta Government may be pondering full privatization of the province’s land titles registry.

[ ]Policies ignored, warning signs missed in several deaths of children in care

Warning signs were missed, mistakes were repeated, and policies weren’t followed in several of the 145 deaths of children in government care since 1999. Internal provincial government documents obtained by the Edmonton Journal and Calgary Herald show that deaths could have been prevented with better monitoring, training and supervision of front-line caseworkers and foster parents.

[ ]Health minister suggests opening time for Sherwood Park ‘urgent care centre’

Six years after shovels first turned sod at the site of a future hospital in Sherwood Park, Alberta Health Minister gave an approximate time the long-awaited facility could open. Fred Horne said yesterday the Alberta Health Services facility would open in the spring of 2014.

[ ]iPhone app helps users avoid ‘sick zones’

A new iPhone app issues real-time alerts when you are approaching large groups of sick people. You can find when you’re entering a sick zone rife with asthma, bronchitis, chicken pox, the common cold, cough, croup, ear infections, fever and plenty of other maladies. This may be redundant for UNA members who work in hospitals.

[ ]Never mind the delegates, PCs have no plans to bring back health care premiums

In a Lethbridge Herald column, local MLA Greg Weadick notes that while the members of the Progressive Conservative Party voted at their Nov. 22-23 convention in Red Deer to bring back health care premiums, the government has no intention of paying any attention to them.

[ ]Can we imagine the end of AIDS?

With HIV transformed into a chronic, manageable condition, is it possible to imagine a day when it can actually be cured instead of merely controlled, asks the director of the McGill University AIDS Centre in Montreal. The answer, says Mark Wainberg, is yes.

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

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