News Stories of Interest, Friday, May 20, 2016

It’s Independence Day in both Cuba and East Timor. Monday, of course, is Victoria Day, a statutory holiday, nominally celebrating the Queen’s official (not actual) birthday.

Union to appeal court judgment that could lead to drug and alcohol tests

Unifor plans to appeal a court ruling that could allow Suncor to do random drug and alcohol testing of workers at its Fort McMurray oil sands operations. The oil company introduced a plan for random testing of employees in safety-sensitive positions in 2012, but Unifor filed a grievance, arguing the measure would violate people’s fundamental rights to privacy, respect and dignity in the workplace. An arbitration panel upheld the grievance, but that decision was overturned this week by a Calgary Court of Queen’s Bench judge who determined the panel’s conclusions were unreasonable and sent the matter back for a new arbitration hearing.

First fatal Alberta W-18 OD confirmed in Calgary

The first known fatality in Alberta caused by the highly lethal new street drug W-18 has been confirmed, Calgary police say. A 35-year-old Calgary man who died from a drug overdose in March had taken W-18 along with heroin, and 3-methyl fentanyl, a highly toxic form of fentanyl, according to the office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

AHS staff ensures Firebag evacuation goes smoothly

Alberta Health Services converted a hangar at the Firebag oil sands site into a temporary medical triage centre and medical staff worked long hours in challenging conditions to ensure high-quality patient care in the midst of the recent fire disaster, AHS says in this press release.

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day

Saturday is National Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day. On that day, police agencies and pharmacies across the country will host events with their community partners to provide an easy way for people to dispose of unused and expired prescription drugs.

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