News Stories of Interest, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014

Good afternoon. Astonishingly, there are no national days to report today. Here in Alberta, however, there were a few news stories of interest to UNA members and staff:

[ ]Tory candidate Prentice backs faith-based nursing homes

Alberta should team up with religious groups to fund nursing-home construction and operation as Alberta braces for a grey tsunami that will push its seniors’ population to nearly one million over the next 15 years, says Tory leadership candidate Jim Prentice.

[ ]Report targets safe sleep practices after baby dies while bed-sharing with foster parents

An investigation by Alberta’s Child and Youth Advocate into the death of a six-week-old baby girl who was found unresponsive in her foster parents’ bed recommends the Ministry of Human Services establish a policy prohibiting foster parents from bed-sharing with infants in their care.

[ ]Medical tourism makes Ontario vulnerable to legal challenge

If the province doesn’t order hospitals to stop practising medical tourism, it risks a court challenge over the right to pay out-of-pocket for health care, the head of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario warns.

[ ]U.S. gluten-free labelling standards take effect

Starting today, “gluten free” labels on packaged foods in the United States have real meaning. Until now, the term "gluten-free" was unregulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means.

Employer rejects mediator’s report, strike to continue at SAIL

Supports for Artspace Independent Living has rejected a mediator’s proposed recommendations that would see its months-long dispute with the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees end. The main reason is money, SAIL president Roxanne Ulanicki claimed.

[ ]Ebola: Second patient arrives in United States

A plane carrying a second American aid worker infected with Ebola in West Africa arrived on Tuesday at an air base outside of Atlanta, the city where she will be hospitalized as doctors try to save her and a colleague from the deadly virus.

[ ]Experimental Ebola drug based on Canadian research

Canadian research is at the heart of an experimental Ebola therapy recently given to two American aid workers infected while caring for patients in Liberia. The unlicenced drug, called ZMapp, is made of three monoclonal antibodies, disease fighting proteins that target a specific part of an invading pathogen, in this case the Ebola Zaire virus. That is the specific strain of Ebola responsible for this outbreak.

[ ]Ontario promises to help children wounded in Gaza conflict

Ontario is promising to help children caught in the current Middle East conflict who need medical help. Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins says the province will do what it can “to help meet the needs of any child, whether Palestinian or Israeli.”

[ ]Canadian Nurses Association chooses President-Elect from Alberta

Barbara Shellian, RN, has been chosen as President-Elect of the Canadian Nurses Association at the group’s annual meeting June 16 in Winnipeg. In 2016, she will become president of the national organization, which describes itself as the professional voice of Registered Nurses throughout Canada with a mission to advance the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system. The link takes you to her biography.

[ ]Health centre’s new chair gets applause

If you live and work in the world of committees, this story from the Sunny South News will not be about what you expect it to be. The lab chair in question? Somebody’s been sitting on it for 35 years.

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

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