News Stories of Interest, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014

Good afternoon. There seem to be no national holidays today. There were, however, a few news stories of interest to UNA members and staff:

Patient with ‘potential contagious illness’ taken to designated Calgary Ebola site

A female patient with a “potential contagious illness” was transferred to South Health Campus in Calgary from the Peter Lougheed Hospital on Wednesday evening. Alberta Health Services spokesman James Stevenson said it’s too early to know or speculate if the patient has Ebola but caution is being exercised. Here’s CTV’s story on the situation: it’s unlikely the patient actually has Ebola.

Civil service ‘stretched to the absolute limit’ – union president

Alberta Union of Provincial Employees President Guy Smith acknowledges that high turnover and low morale are serious problems in the Alberta public service, but said his union’s members will be skeptical of Premier Jim Prentice’s proposed changes unless he gives the union a seat at the committee table.

Canada sending soldiers, committing cash, to fight Ebola

Canada is offering 40 military personnel and an additional $20.9 million to help fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, while calling for health care workers willing to "join the fight" against the disease in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Libera, the three most-affected countries.

Million-dollar medical simulation centre opens at Royal Alex

Doctors training at a new simulation centre at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women will get the chance to practice their responses to high-pressure medical scenarios in a state-of-the-art lab.

Teen suicide report urges systemic change

Front-line caregivers must do more to encourage meaningful relationships in the lives of aboriginal children in care, they must do a better job of sharing information about what works with each child and suicide risk assessments should be required on a regular, ongoing basis, the province’s child and youth advocate says in a report.

Ottawa principal vetoes gay rights project

When two Grade 6 students at St. George Catholic School in Ottawa were assigned a class project on social justice, they chose gay rights as their topic. The principal has vetoed the idea. The principal was concerned she’d face criticism from “right-wing” Catholic parents, one of the kids’ parents says.

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

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