News Stories of Interest, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

It’s International Students Day.

Alberta food bank use shows sharp jump

National numbers released Tuesday show food bank use increased 1.3 per cent across Canada compared with a massive 23 per cent increase in Alberta.

NDP MLA delivers moving speech on domestic violence

Lethbridge-East MLA Maria Fitzpatrick told her Legislature colleagues during debate on Independent MLA Deborah Drever’s Bill 204 yesterday that she endured emotional and physical trauma – black eyes, broken bones, sexual assault and two miscarriages – during nearly a decade of domestic abuse.

Education minister gets partial standing ovation for LGTBQ speech

Alberta school boards have an opportunity and a responsibility to establish policies that ensure all LGTBQ students are safe and welcome, Education Minister David Eggen said in a speech to the Alberta School Boards Association this morning. The vast majority of trustees in the conference room, but not all, stood and applauded the minister’s words.

Toronto sees unexplained jump in M. avium infections

There has been a mysterious 78-per-cent jump in the number of Torontonians testing positive for a bacterium that can cause chronic lung infections in people with pre-existing lung problems and weakened immune systems, the Toronto Star reports. According to Public Health Ontario, an average of 66 new cases of residents testing positive for Mycobacterium avium have appeared each month between June 2014 and June 2015 — the most current numbers available. That’s up from an average of 37 new monthly cases in each of the preceding 49 months.

Doctor at centre of outbreak tried to thwart investigation

A doctor whose patients fell seriously ill after he treated them in unsterile conditions attempted to thwart an investigation by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, his disciplinary hearing has heard. Anesthesiologist Stephen James tried to tell nurses with whom he worked how to answer questions by college investigators, who were probing how patients became infected with potentially deadly Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, college prosecutor Amy Block said yesterday. He typed up scripted answers for them, she said.

David Climenhaga
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United Nurses of Alberta
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