News Stories of Interest, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

Hi there, it’s Independence Day in the Central African Republic. On this day in 1961, Berliners awoke to a divided city. Here in Alberta, there were only a few news stories of interest to UNA members and staff:

[ ]Scientist admits to plan to smuggle pathogens

It’s not quite as bad as it sounds, but still… A Canadian Food Inspection Agency scientist pleaded guilty today to trying to smuggle human pathogens to China as part of an elaborate plan to surreptitiously commercialize the government’s intellectual property. Dr. Klaus Nielsen was arrested in October 2012 with 17 vials of potentially lethal brucella bacteria on ice in a lunch bag stowed in his suitcase as he prepared to leave Ottawa. Nielsen had founded a private company with another researcher in his lab.

[ ]Why experimental drugs and vaccines will not stop Ebola

The veterinary side of the Ebola outbreak, from the Globe and Mail’s video department. Blame bats, and wash your hands after hunting. Here’s another Globe video on experimental Ebola drugs.

[ ]AFL pays $50,000 for violating the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission announced today in a news release that the Alberta Federation of Labour has paid $50,000 in administrative monetary penalties as part of a settlement over violations of the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules.

[ ]Alberta students get glimpse of health care work

Roughly 60 students from the Edmonton area, along with some rural high schools, are taking part in the five-day Health Sciences Career Camp where students aged 15-17 learn what it’s like to work in the health-care field.

[ ]Family credits Edmonton air for daughter’s health

Cory Seibel and his family are crediting clear skies in Edmonton with his young daughter’s new-found health. The Seibels spent five years in Fresno, Calif., and 10-year-old Savannah developed a litany of autoimmune disorders: Type 1 diabetes, asthma, acid reflux and endocrine pancreatic insufficiency.

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

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