News Stories of Interest, Monday, July 18, 2016

It’s Nelson Mandela International Day.

Alberta grapples with drop in Indigenous life expectancy

The projected lifespan of Alberta’s indigenous people has experienced a significant drop over the past two years, even as the rest of the province sees incremental improvement in longevity, new government numbers show. Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said Indigenous leaders have shown a strong interest in partnering with the province and federal government to address the issue. Tomorrow, Auditor General Merwan Saher and Child and Youth Advocate Del Graff are set release separate reports on the government’s performance delivering programs to indigenous children.

Edmonton clinic’s patients at risk of Hep B and C

About 270 patients at Northtown Medical Clinic in north Edmonton may be at risk of contracting Hepatitis B and C after an investigation by Alberta Health Services confirmed medical devices at the clinic were inadequately sterilized.

Improve vulnerable workers’ lives, labour federations tell premiers

Canada’s labour leaders are calling on provincial and territorial premiers to make Canada’s most vulnerable workers the focus of their talks during the Council of the Federation meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon, starting Wednesday.

Managers eat hospital food for a week, promise changes

Ottawa Hospital senior managers recently ate hospital food three meals a day for a week. They didn’t like it, and now they promise changes.

High mercury levels persist on Ontario First Nation

The level of mercury found in the umbilical cords of babies in Grassy Narrows First Nation in Northern Ontario was high enough to affect their brain development, according to a new report.

Nursing home CEO calls for looser building standards

A seniors’ home operator uses the current nursing home, home care regulations review by the Alberta government to lobby for changes that would “relax” building standards.

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