News Stories of Interest, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014

Good morning, it’s Independence Day in Chad (from France in 1960). Here in Alberta there were a few stories of interest to UNA members and staff:

[ ]Alberta sees more drug-resistant TB

Cases of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis are on the rise in Alberta, according to a new surveillance report from the office of the province’s chief medical officer of health. The report, which looks at tuberculosis in Alberta between 2010 and 2012, says the figures are no cause for alarm. However, it said the province’s health-care system should be prepared to shoulder the added cost of treating the complex cases.

[ ]Patient in isolation in Ontario tests negative for Ebola

A patient just returned from Nigeria who was placed in the Isolation unit of a Toronto-area hospital has tested negative for the often-deadly Ebola virus.

[ ]AUPE files breach of settlement claim against SAIL

The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees filed a breach of settlement complaint against Supports for Artspace Independent Living on Friday to revive its previously withdrawn illegal lockout complaint against SAIL. On May 19, SAIL locked out their staff as they attempted to return to work following an eight-day strike. The illegal lockout complaint was filed with the Alberta Labour Relations Board following the incident, but was withdrawn on the condition that SAIL would enter mediation and bargain with the union in good faith. AUPE filed a bargaining in bad faith complaint on Thursday.

[ ]Canada’s strong economic recovery just a myth?

The Canadian labour market is mired in a recession-like funk, five full years after the recovery officially began. Growth and job-creation can’t even keep up with population, let alone repair lingering damage from the downturn. The partial progress made during the initial, stimulus-fired years of recovery ground to a halt in 2011. That’s when government – led by Ottawa – took its foot off the gas, and put it firmly on the fiscal brake, explains Unifor economist Jim Stanford.

[ ]AHS shuts down residential tattoo parlour in Cochrane

Alberta Health Services has shut down a home-based tattoo parlour in Camrose due to improper sterilization and sanitation processes. AHS is urging anyone who received a tattoo from ‘Dermal Defiance Tattooing’ – located at 123 Mount Pleasant Drive in Camrose – or from the parlour’s operator, Trevor Thompson, to be tested for Hepatitis B and C and HIV.

[ ]Menopause drug linked to breast cancer: report

Popular menopause drugs made in part from estrogen found in the urine of pregnant horses have caused breast cancer in thousands of Canadian women, according to allegations in a new report by the Canadian Cancer Society’s top epidemiologist.

[ ]Regular marijuana use by teens linked to cognitive decline

Teens and young adults who regularly smoke pot can suffer from loss of attention, poor memory and decreased IQ, according to psychologists at the American Psychiatric Association.

[ ]Anti-bacterial products may put fetuses at risk: researchers

Pregnant women who use antibacterial soaps and products may be putting their fetuses at risk of developmental and reproductive problems, researchers say.

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

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