News Stories of Interest, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014

Good morning, it’s Independence Day in Uganda (from Britain in 1962) and Korean Alphabet Day in South Korea. It’s World Post Day, owing to the establishment of the World Postal Union on this date in 1874. Here in Alberta there were a few news stories of interest to UNA members and staff:

AUPE to apply for mediation in bargaining with AHS

The union representing nearly 24,000 General Support staff has broken off collective bargaining with Alberta Health Services and will apply for third-party mediation. Here’s the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees’ news release.

Alison Redford’s planned penthouse would have cost millions: CBC

Change orders detailed in documents obtained by CBC News through freedom of information show the luxury penthouse “premier’s suite” planned by the PC Government for Alison Redford would have potentially cost several hundred thousand dollars, if not millions of dollars. The documents show Redford’s assistant, Ryan Barberio, personally ordered changes to the building’s floor plan through direct contact with the architecture firm in charge of refurbishing the Federal Building.

Wildrose touts $200 million ER solution

A Wildrose government would put $200 million toward solving the crisis in Emergency Rooms and long-term care facilities, party Leader Danielle Smith said yesterday.

CARNA approves of Auditor General’s LTC report

The College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta appreciates the progress noted in the Auditor-General’s Report in the areas of process and administration in long-term care but is seriously concerned about the lack of monitoring at the resident level, the regulatory body said in a news release.

It’s not as eccentric as it sounds, but AHS to close Hat lab

We’ve seen the Medicine Hat News coverage, now bigger media are starting to pick up the story. Here’s what the Calgary Herald had to say: In an effort to save money and “minimize duplication” a Medicine Hat medical diagnostic laboratory is being shuttered by Alberta Health Services, putting more than 70 jobs at risk.

Canada to step up Ebola checks

Canada will step up border screening to try to prevent an Ebola importation to this country, federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose claimed yesterday. Meanwhile, Britain has started Ebola screenings and a Spanish nurse with the disease has taken a turn for the worse.

Breakthrough: Artificial hands with feeling

Advances in prosthetic devices are allowing people with artificial hands to tell when they’re holding something without even looking, and pluck a stem from a cherry without bursting it, two studies have shown.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
780-425-1025 (Office)
780-717-2943 (Cellular)
www.una.ab.ca

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