News Stories of Interest: August 8, 2016

Good morning. The 2016 Summer Olympics opened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Friday and it wasn’t long before Canadian athletes showed up in the medal standings. Canada’s women’s 4×100-metre freestyle relay team won bronze in the final on Saturday and on Sunday team member Penny Oleksiak captured her second medal – an individual silver – in the 100 metre butterfly. Back in Alberta, here are a few news stories that UNA members may find interesting:

Checking in on the NDP’s 6 mental health priorities: where are they now?

Six months after the Alberta government released recommendations from its review of the province’s Mental Health Services, Metro Calgary looks at the review’s six key priorities. According to Metro, the goverment has completed half of its key priority recommendations within six months.

Suicide at Calgary hospital shows need for transparency, mental health advocates say

Mental health advocates are raising questions after a psychiatric patient at the Peter Lougheed Centre died by suicide last month. Alberta Health Services says it will "review all aspects of the events leading up to the tragedy.”

AHS calls on province to move forward with ATV safety legislation

AHS wants to see legislation requiring anyone under the age of 18 to wear a helmet while driving or riding an ATV. AHS also wants to see certified training, mandatory helmets for all riders and passengers, and restricting children younger than 16 years of age from operating any size of all-terrain vehicle.

Canadian baby with Zika developing normally, chief doctor says

A newborn in Canada whose mother contracted the Zika infection abroad during pregnancy is normal so far, Canada’s chief public health officer says. A total of 187 Canadians have contracted Zika, Dr. Gregory Taylor told CBC. One is a baby whose mother was infected while travelling in the first trimester of pregnancy and the baby contracted it.

Nurse who died saving seven swimmers remembered with charity ‘washer toss’ tournament

Family and friends of the heroic nurse who died one year ago after saving seven people from strong water currents marked the anniversary of her death with a charity washer toss tournament. Michelle Curtis jumped into the water with her sister Kendra Baldwin at MacLeod’s Beach in Inverness, Nova Scotia, after swimmers, including her son and daughter, were caught in a riptide. Curtis and Baldwin were able to bring the swimmers back to shore when Curtis collapsed. Paramedics were not able to resuscitate her.

David Cournoyer
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta

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