CORRNews Stories of Interest, Wednesday, May 21, 2014

It’s Patriots Day in Hungary, Navy Day in Chile and the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, so declared by the United Nations in 2001. Here in Alberta, it was a quiet day for news of interest to UNA members and staff:

[ ]Jim Prentice launches Alberta Tory leadership bid

Bank executive and former federal cabinet minister Jim Prentice formally launched his campaign to lead Alberta’s Tories with a speech in Edmonton this morning. “I’m running because I believe Alberta has before it right now an opportunity to achieve great things,” Prentice said. “It’s going to take discipline and it’s going to take focus, but we will do this.” Details to follow. There appeared to be little mention of health care in his remarks, although he promised “innovation” in the field. No mention that I heard of front-line health workers. [ ]Here’s the Edmonton Journal’s take on the story.

[ ]Fort Mac voters urged to make by-election a TFW ‘referendum’

Alberta’s largest labour organization is urging voters in Fort McMurray-Athasbasca to send Ottawa a message about temporary foreign workers. A June 30 federal by-election is a chance to let the government know it can’t continue to undermine workers rights and wages, Gil McGowan, president of the Alberta Federation of Labour, said in a news release.

[ ]Ontario NDP pledges to cut ER waiting times

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is pledging to cut emergency room wait times in half, saying hospital ERs are clogged with non-urgent cases. Horwath kicked off her election campaign yesterday in Toronto with a spotlight on health care, saying that Ontario residents are tired of waiting hours for care in emergency rooms.

[ ]Minnesota bans key ingredient in anti-bacterial soap

The state of Minnesota has decided to ban the germ-killer triclosan, used in anti-bacterial soap, over fears it may disrupt hormones, contribute to antibiotic resistant bacteria and harm marine life. The new law will not take effect until 2017.

[ ]Funding problems could ground night helicopter ambulance service in oil sands

Phoenix Heli-Flight said it plans to discontinue night flights out of Fort McMurray to remote accident sites at the end of the month. “If there is no funding in place, the company can’t afford to keep it,” chief pilot Darrel Peters said. Peters said the company has a fee-for-service deal with Alberta Health Services when it responds to injury accidents, but needs money to cover the cost of maintenance and having a helicopter and pilots on standby. Sounds like negotiations to me.

[ ]Bonnyville paper praises decision to keep pathology services in community

“It is certainly a positive to see pathology services, though decreased, remain in Bonnyville, considering a year ago the entire lab was on the brink of being closed down by Alberta Health Services (AHS), keeping in line with AHS plans to centralize health care,” writes the Bonnyville Nouvelle in an editorial.

[ ]Quotable quotes about nursing, 2014 edition

Some recent quotes about nursing by U.S. political, business and academic figures.

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

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

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