News Stories of Interest, Thursday, April 28, 2017

Today is the National Day of Mourning (for workers killed and injured on the job) in Canada, also known as the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Here is UNA President Heather Smith’s April 28 statement, and Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions President Linda Silas’s. Upcoming, May 2 to 8 is Mental Health Week in Canada.

How workplace death and injury facts are Buried and Forgotten

The Parkland Institute published an excellent report yesterday on how media reports workplace injuries, and how that gets in the way of needed change. Here’s a link to my blog commentary on the Parkland report. Here’s the Postmedia story on the report.

Contractor dies in industrial accident in Central Alberta

The day before the Day of Mourning, another Alberta worker was killed in a workplace accident in Central Alberta. Media coverage fell right into one of the “frames” identified by the Parkland research. Another man died the day before at an industrial site in northern Alberta.

Say no to blood for cash, firmly: Globe and Mail

If the Krever judicial inquiry taught us anything it’s this: don’t mess with the precautionary principles that must underpin the blood system, the Globe and Mail writes in an editorial on the blood for cash proposals and plans being floated in Canada. Meanwhile, Canadian Blood Services says it won’t rule out paying for plasma.

Alberta to review naturopathy rules in wake of toddler death

Alberta’s health minister wants to know if the rules governing naturopathic practitioners in the province are tough enough, after the high-profile death of a toddler.

Alberta families ask AHS to reconsider experimental treatment funding policy

Some Alberta families are asking Alberta Health Services to reconsider its policy of not funding certain experimental medical treatments available abroad.

Social media not the only cause of increase in STIs

Data from the past five years indicates the problem of soaring rates of sexually transmitted infections has remained particularly acute in northern Alberta, especially in Fort McMurray and Grande Prairie. The problem is probably “the camp/transient work environment” in many northern communities, not online dating apps.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
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