News Stories of Interest: August 9, 2016

Canadian athletes won their third and fourth medals at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil yesterday. Kylie Masse took bronze in the 100-metre backstroke and Canada’s women’s rugby team secured a historic first-ever bronze medal at the Olympic Games, beating Great Britain 33-10. Canada’s Olympic rugby team includes two Albertans – Ashley Steacy from Lethbridge and Jen Kish from Edmonton.

Closer to home, here are a few news stories that may be of interest to UNA members:

AHS reviewing what led to suicide at Peter Lougheed Centre

Two weeks after a psychiatric patient died by suicide at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary, Alberta Health Services said it’s looking at the balancing act between freedom and treatment when it comes to mental illness.

Bomb damages Edmonton union hall

Police investigated an improvised explosive device that exploded outside of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 146 Union Hall in west Edmonton yesterday. No one was injured and the damage was “quite minimal” according to a police spokesperson. Police are continuing their investigation.

Canadian health researchers unhappy with new grant reviewing system

With a deadline for funding applications just weeks away, many in the country’s research community say it’s essential that the Canadian Institutes of Health Research quickly fix a peer-review system that is harming the national scientific community.

Columnist says Alberta needs to change its ATV laws — and its ATV culture

Postmedia columnist Paula Simons offers her opinion on the province’s ATV laws and recent recommendations from Alberta Health Services that anyone under the age of 18 wear a helmet while driving or riding an ATV.

David Cournoyer
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta

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