News Stories of Interest, Monday, July 11, 2017

It’s World Population Day.

Harrigan among LRB appointments

UNA Labour Relations Director David Harrigan has been reappointed to a three-year term on the Alberta Labour Relations Board. Kris Farkas, formerly a manager at UNA, has been appointed to her first term as a member of the Board. The link connects to the cabinet order naming the appointees.

Canadian space agency seeks RNs to send into orbit

UNA Local 2001? The Canadian Space Agency is currently recruiting the next Canadian astronauts. As a requirement, candidates must have a bachelor degree in engineering or science, and nursing is one of the accepted fields of study.

Demoralized Mounties want union to force change

Most rank-and-file RCMP officers don’t believe Canada’s national police force will survive without unionization but they have firm ideas about what they want and expect from a new unionized workplace.

Deal between CUPW and Canada Post to cool off for 30 days falls apart

A tentative agreement between Canada Post and the union representing 50,000 Canadian postal workers fell apart late Friday. The union had proposed to implement a 30-day “cooling-off” period accompanied by intense negotiations in an effort to avoid a lock-out or strike action. Canada Post agreed, but only on condition that the two parties go to binding arbitration after – a counter-proposal the union rejected.

Alberta still working to fix high dental fees

Finding a fix for Alberta’s sky-high dental rates remains a challenge more than a year after the province launched a review, Albert Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says. Meanwhile, Albertans are flocking to B.C. for less expensive dental care.

Alberta misses city ambulance time targets

Alberta Health Services is close but currently missing its response-time targets in cities after the agency was initially hitting the standards it set for itself last year.

Ontario signs new deal with docs – but the details are not mentioned

Ontario and its doctors have reached a tentative four-year agreement, including annual increases to the physician services budget. But the size of the increases appears to be a secret.

Online tool will help rate dementia patient tracking tools

A University of Alberta researcher is expected to launch an online resource this December to help people rate and review location-tracking technologies for people with dementia.

CARNA celebrates nursing milestone in Fort Sask

The College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, traveling through the province to celebrate 100 years of registered nursing in Alberta, stopped by the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital with a historical display on July 4.

Task force to draft Sylvan Lake urgent care plan

A joint task force with members from Sylvan Lake and surrounding communities and Alberta Health Services will spend the next three months finalizing a plan for after-hours urgent care in the Central Alberta town.

Alberta translators fight to be paid by Ontario employer

A Mississauga-based translation company that was at the centre of dozens of complaints in Ontario is now coming under fire from interpreters in Alberta who say the firm takes too long to pay, or fails to pay them altogether. Translators employed by the firm have done work for the Alberta WCB and Alberta Health.

Only 11% of qualified applicants accepted by U of C med school

Only 11 per cent of qualified applicants are accepted to study medicine at the University of Calgary annually while Canada is bringing in a third of its doctors from other countries.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
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