News Stories of Interest, Thursday, June 30, 2016

It’s Independence Day in the Democratic Republic of Congo (from Belgium in 1960). It’s Asteroid Day. On a personal note, Asteroid No. 3034 is named “Climenhaga.” I kid you not. The first transcontinental train trip across Canada left Montreal on this day in 1886. It arrived in Port Moody, B.C., on July 4. Tomorrow, of course, is Canada Day, the 149th anniversary of the enactment of the British North America Act, marking Canada’s arrival on the scene as a nation, if not yet quite an independent one.

UNA members urged to join CUPW info picket today

United Nurses of Alberta members are encouraged to join an information picket today with members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, who face being locked out by Canada Post. The information picket is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. at the postal depot located at 12135 – 149 Street, Edmonton, three blocks south of Yellowhead Trail in the city’s northwest.

Covenant health president visits St. Mary’s Hospital, Camrose

Covenant Health President and CEO Patrick Dumelie made a stop at St. Mary’s Hospital in Camrose on June 24 during his tour of all the Alberta Covenant Health facilities. Former premier Ed Stelmach was also in attendance after being appointed as the new Covenant Health board chair earlier this year.

Cochrane ultrasound machine unavailable for regular tests

The director of the organization that fund-raised for Cochrane’s only portable ultrasound machine is frustrated that it isn’t available to patients seeking a regular appointment, causing many to have to go to Calgary for the service. “The portable ultrasound is not a diagnostic tool,” AHS said in an email.

Jasper gets grant to fight elder abuse, but no funding for outreach

The Jasper Community Team Society was among 25 community organizations across the province that recently received provincial funding to help address and prevent elder abuse. On June 2, the Jasper Community Team learned it was the recipient of a $30,000 grant. But funding for an outreach worker has been cut off.

Whitehorse pregnancy test dispensers try to raise FAS awareness

Dispensers in in bar washrooms in Whitehorse will provide pregnancy tests, in hopes of raising awareness of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

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