News Stories of Interest, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

It’s Rabbie Burns Day (and Night), the traditional celebration of the life and poetry of Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland, who was born on this day in 1759.

Scientists mapping deadly radon in Calgary

Radon gas is prevalent across the prairies and a Calgary scientist is trying to determine how widespread the risk is in that city. The preliminary data is concerning. “One in five (homes) are over the maximum acceptable limit,” said the U of C professor.

Energy royalty review to be released this week

The NDP government’s long-awaited review of Alberta’s energy royalties will be released this week but Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd is keeping a tight wrap on details.

Alberta asks Ottawa to raise EI benefits

As the ranks of the unemployed in the province grow, calls are mounting for Ottawa to enhance federal employment insurance benefits for laid-off workers in Alberta. Finance Minister Joe Ceci said the NDP government is looking for assistance from Ottawa as the province is battered by a plunge in crude oil prices that have triggered thousands of layoffs.

Sun columnist complains about treatment of DynaLife employees

The jobs of 1,200 skilled medical laboratory professionals are still up in the air, and nobody – the city, the province, the unions, the medical community – seems to care, according to an Edmonton Sun columnist.

Boil water advisory issued for village of Carmangay

Due to an issue with the water system in the Village of Carmangay, Alberta Health Services has issued a boil water advisory for the Village of Carmangay, as a precautionary measure.

AHS criticized for (allegedly) brusque response to suggestion

A member of the public with a bright idea for Alberta Health Services that may or may not have been a very good one got brushed off, brusquely by the sound of it. This was apparently good enough for the Calgary Herald to write a column knocking the health agency.

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