Today is the 55th anniversary of the first human flight in space, by Yuri Gagarin of the Soviet Union. It is celebrated as Cosmonautics Day in Russia.
At an educational breakfast this morning, dozens of concerned labour activists from 29 different electoral districts across Alberta gathered to launch the Fair Start campaign, which calls for the Government of Alberta to take action on early childhood education and care. Representatives of UNA were there.
Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci says next week’s provincial budget will be “a shock absorber in these tough economic times,” as the province faces a $10 billion deficit in the wake of plunging oil prices. He promised no “knee jerk” cuts to hospitals or schools.
Lacklustre sexual health education and opt-out options in Alberta schools put students at risk for life-altering physical and mental illnesses, say critics who teach sex ed to teens.
There were 55 flu-related deaths in Alberta between September and the end of March. Alberta Health Services says all had lab-confirmed influenza at the time of their deaths, with 26 in the Calgary area, and 14 in Edmonton.
The Alberta government plans to invest more than $500 million in new funding for seniors housing in Thursday’s budget. A source has told Canadian Press that a small portion will be in grants, but the lion’s share will come from $4 billion in unallocated money from the capital fund.
Wisconsin’s so-called “right-to-work” law, championed by Republican governor Scott Walker as he was mounting his run for president, was struck down by a court on Friday as violating the state constitution.
The head of Alberta’s largest union said he wouldn’t be surprised if the NDP government came to them with a zero-per-cent wage offer. AUPE President Guy Smith said judging by Premier Rachel Notley’s TV address, there is a clear signal the government wants to protect frontline services, but he’s also expecting some tough talk at the bargaining table.
The circumstances surrounding the resignation of Alberta Health Services CEO Vickie Kaminski shows that top health care officials need clearer job descriptions to live up to, writes University of Alberta nursing professor Donna Wilson.
Alberta’s peace officer association wants training of how to deal with situations involving mental illness for all members, despite Alberta Justice’s unwillingness to include such training within its peace officer program.
The maternity ward at the South Health Campus is much smaller than the wards at Calgary’s three other adult hospitals. That means many moms are being turned away, even if they live nearby.
After suffering severe complications from weight loss surgery in Mexico surgery, an Alberta woman says getting the medical help she desperately needs since returning home has been a bureaucratic nightmare.
Alberta’s hospitals have become heavily dependent – perhaps overly so – on charities to keep patient care up to date.
Former AHS CEO Vickie Kaminski will be paid $540,000 a year to oversee a “transformation” plan in South Australia that affected physicians say will put patient safety at risk.
Another public sector manager who harkened back to the days of the Conservative government as Alberta’s most senior civil servant, Richard Discerni, is returning to his home in Ottawa.
United Nurses of Alberta