News Stories of Interest, Thursday, June 26, 2014

Good morning. It’s Independence Day in Madagascar (from France in 1960). It’s Army and Navy Day in Azerbaijan. It’s Flag Day in Romania. Internationally, it’s the International Day Against Drug Abuse and the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, both sanctioned by the United Nations. Here in Alberta it is what is technically known in journalistic circles as “the Dog Days of Summer,” meaning not much is happening of interest to UNA members and staff, or for that matter to anyone else:

[ ]Prentice promises better relations with teachers’ union

In a speech this morning, Tory leadership front-runner Jim Prentice promised to build more schools and to patch things up with Alberta’s teachers and their union. It sort of sounds like Education Minister Jeff Johnson won’t be in Mr. Prentice’s cabinet.

[ ]Researchers aim to help adult survivors of childhood cancer

Nearly 75 per cent of childhood cancer survivors develop serious long-term side effects related to their treatment. Now, a province-wide study is looking to find out how well those conditions are being managed within Alberta’s health system.

[ ]AUPE picket line upsets some SAIL residents

Some people who live at Edmonton’s Supports for Artspace Independent Living say a seven-week labour dispute is hurting them. SAIL assists about 30 seniors and people with disabilities who live together at the Artspace Co-op in downtown Edmonton. Thirty health care aides represented by Alberta Union of Provincial Employees are locked out and walking a picket line outside the building.

[ ]Ambulance response time goals needed: editorial

Before becoming part of Alberta Health Services in 2009, municipalities such as Edmonton and Calgary had stated targets for response times for their ambulance services. AHS needs the same thing, the Edmonton Journal editorialized yesterday.

[ ]Dangers of ‘off-label’ drug use kept secret

There are hundreds of recent reports of serious side effects suspected to have been caused by the “off-label” prescribing of antipsychotics, anti-inflammatories and other popular drugs in Canada. Off label means a drug is being used for a condition or age group for which it has not been approved.

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

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