News Stories of Interest, Monday, May 2, 2016

It’s Teachers Day in Iran and Flag Day in Poland.

Shepherd’s Care layoffs violated Labour Code: ALRB

The Alberta Labour Relations Board has ruled that Shepherd’s Care Foundation violated several sections of the province’s labour code when it laid off more than 100 support staff in Edmonton. The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees filed bad faith bargaining and unfair labour practice complaints against Shepherd’s Care after the layoffs in September 2014, which led to hearings that lasted more than a year.

Medical marijuana’s a hit in Calgary

A local Calgary clinic that works exclusively in cannabis has about 5,500 patients, the CBC reports.

Alberta ‘tumour bank’ cuts staff after loss of funding

A medical research service that collects and freezes tumours removed from cancer patients is facing questions about its future after losing its main funding source. The Alberta Cancer Research Biobank, more commonly known as the “tumour bank,” has stopped taking new samples and laid off five staff members after seeing its budget cut by more than half.

Settlement reached in lawsuit stemming from Medicentre computer theft

A settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit filed after a laptop containing the personal health information of 620,000 Albertans went missing. The settlement totals $725,000 to resolve credit damage, mental distress, increased risk of future identity theft and time and costs associated with preventing identity theft.

Pay for plasma: how it works

A backgrounder from Global News on the pay for plasma controversy.

Grande Prairie to re-examine QEII Hospital parking

The City of Grande Prairie has decided to look at opening up the empty lot near the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital to possible development, leaving the status of hospital parking up in the air.

Beaverlodge health facility still in limbo

The Town of Beaverlodge is still waiting to hear whether or not they will see any funding for a new facility from the provincial government.

Ontarians back doctors in billing fight

Half of Ontarians are taking the side of doctors in their fee dispute with the province, according to a new public opinion poll.

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