News Stories of Interest, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015

It’s Independence Day in Indonesia (from Japan in 1945) and Gabon (from France in 1960).

Fort Mac hospital helipad mired in delays

Fort McMurray’s hospital has no helipad, which means critically ill and wounded patients have to endure landing at the airport and being loaded into a ground ambulance for a roughly 20-minute ride to the hospital. The long-promised construction project is mired in delays.

Dynalife promises lab services won’t be disrupted

Dynalife says it will work with Alberta Health Services to make sure patients awaiting test results won’t be affected by the cancellation of a proposed contract with a new company that was to take over the work.

Hidden camera discovered at OFL headquarters

The discovery of a hidden video camera at the headquarters of the Ontario Federation of Labour has shaken employees and triggered bitter finger pointing and strong denials among current and former top labour brass.

Bad oysters hit Alberta tummies

Authorities in Alberta, Canada are advising people against eating raw or undercooked oysters, clams, mussels, scallops and cockles as raw shellfish increases risk of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infection. The advisory comes as the authorities continue to investigate 19 cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infection in Alberta. Vibrio parahaemolyticus infection can cause abdominal cramps and other nasty symptoms.

Aussie Senate rejects union reporting bill

The Australian Senate has again rejected a bill for greater oversight of unions. The proposed law would have imposed the same disclosure and transparency obligations on union officials as company directors. The bill would also have increased civil penalties and introduced criminal penalties for union leaders involved in fraud.

PC refusal to hand over documents stalled interference investigation

The investigation by Alberta’s information commissioner into alleged political interference in freedom of information is stalled because, contrary to its own law, the previous Conservative government repeatedly refused to hand over some of the documents she requested.

Assisted death issue continues to divide docs

The Canadian Medical Association has released results of a major consultation with its members about the best framework for providing physician-assisted death, an issue that continues to divide the country’s doctors.

Sleep apnea a ‘significant public health problem’

Sleep apnea – which causes fragmented sleep, can lead to drowsiness, exhaustion and a lack of concentration during the day, and can contribute to cognitive impairment and long-term damage – is a “significant pubic health problem,” says a University of Toronto neurologist.

Ontario to tackle violence in hospitals

Facing reports of nurses being routinely abused by patients, the Ontario government announced last week it has created a roundtable to address the growing problem. The group, including the labour and health ministers, hospital CEOs and the head of the Ontario Nurses’ Association, is to meet for the first time in September.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
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