News Stories of Interest, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

Good afternoon. It’s Flag Day in Turkmenistan. On this day in 1996, the Twoonie replaced the red Canadian $2 bill. Here in Alberta, there were several news stories of interest to UNA members and staff.

[ ]Redford should stop defending labour bills: Edmonton Journal

The Edmonton Journal editorialized in this morning’s paper that it’s time for the Alberta government to stop defending Bills 45 and 46. Comparing Premier Alison Redford to “a reckless teenager hell-bent on a game of chicken,” the newspaper argued that “political strategy should not be confused with good policy.”

[ ]Redford vows to fight injunction against labour laws

But here’s the government’s position on that issue, from the previous day’s Calgary Herald: Premier Alison Redford says the Tory government won’t back down from a controversial labour law that imposes a wage settlement and takes away arbitration rights from Alberta Union of Provincial Employees members, even after a scathing court decision against the province last week.

[ ]Near-due Hat seniors’ facility still hasn’t started

A seniors’ care facility scheduled to open next month in Medicine Hat, according to terms applied to the grant of $6.4 million it received two years ago, does not yet even have a foundation.

[ ]Neo-natal unit opens at Alberta Children’s Hospital

A 14-bed neonatal intensive care unit at the Alberta Children’s Hospital unveiled by the province Tuesday will provide care to some of the city’s most critically ill newborns. The unit is expected to open the doors to its first patients on Feb. 26.

[ ]AHS policy still separating seniors from families

Despite promising to get rid of its controversial policy that allowed seniors to be sent out of their community for continuing care, an Edmonton woman says Alberta Health Services offered her no alternative while trying to find a bed for her mother.

[ ]Alberta pushes ahead with plans for pension cuts

The province of Alberta remains poised to make a series of reforms to its public sector pension plans this spring, despite the improving outlook for many pension plans across Canada.

[ ]Alberta mental health system fails to live up to goals

A new government report has found the province’s addictions and mental health system does not provide sufficient care to meet the needs of Albertans. According to the report, led by Dr. Cam Wild, about 48 per cent of those surveyed said at least one their needs were not met when it comes to accessing addictions or mental health services.

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

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