News Stories of Interest, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015

It’s Guy Fawkes Night, celebrated mostly in England and, here in Canada, mainly in Newfoundland and Labrador. On this night in 1605, Guy (Guido) Fawkes was arrested with 20 barrels of gunpowder for plotting to blow up Parliament to restore Catholic rule. Also on this day in 1952, Dwight David Eisenhauer was overwhelmingly elected president of the United States.

Pregnant MLA prompts Legislature to change ‘archaic’ rules

Premier Rachel Notley said Wednesday Alberta’s NDP government will replace existing “archaic” rules with a policy that allows MLAs to take parental leave after the birth of a child.

Liberals to restore long-form census

There, that didn’t take long! Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new Liberal government will reinstate the mandatory long-form census, which was cancelled in 2010 by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives.

Hospital delay disappoints Grande Prairie officials

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman’s announcement that the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital is over budget by $90 million and won’t be completed until 2019 has disappointed area representatives. Here’s the CBC’s version of the story.

Canadian diabetes rates among highest in OECD

Canada has among the highest rates of diabetes among 34 developed countries, according to two major health reports released yesterday.

Saskatchewan offers take-home opioid antitode kits

Saskatchewan is starting a pilot program aimed at helping reduce opioid overdoses before emergency help can arrive. A take-home kit with an antidote to opioids such as fentanyl, morphine, heroin, methadone or oxycodone is soon to be available at a pilot site in Saskatoon.

NDP rebuffs Wildrose wage freeze suggestion

The Opposition Wildrose wants the NDP government to reopen its contracts with public-sector unions in an attempt to cut costs, but Finance Minister Joe Ceci says the idea is a non-starter.

Handwashing rates improve in Calgary hospitals

Though there’s much room for improvement, Calgary’s health care workers on average are washing their hands more often in hospitals, according to Alberta Health Services.

Right-to-die group hopes to get on Ottawa’s radar

Hoping to get on the radar of a new federal government, a group pushing for physician-assisted deaths took to Calgary City Hall yesterday with a message: people deserve dignity when it comes to end-of-life choices.

Communist Vietnam to allow unions and strikes under TPP?

The Communist government of Vietnam has agreed to American terms to grant potentially far-reaching labor rights to the country’s workers, including the freedom to unionize and to strike, in return for expanded trade between the former adversaries, according to the newly released text of a vast Pacific trade agreement.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
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