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News Stories of Interest, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016


It’s Dominion Day in New Zealand.

Alberta Health Services notifies almost 13,000 patients of records breach

Alberta Health Services has issued a warning after thousands of patients had their confidential health information "inappropriately accessed" by a former AHS employee. An AHS investigation has determined that the former employee accessed the health information of 1,309 Albertans. The same former employee viewed the "demographic information" of another 11,539 individuals, AHS said in a news release today.

Cold Lake assisted living facility workers threaten strike

Staff at the Points West Living facility in Cold Lake, members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, are threatening to walk off the job this Friday if a contract with their employer isn’t reached in time.

Spending at government agencies ‘out of control,’ Ceci says

The Alberta government’s nearly 300 agencies, boards and commissions have grown “out of control,” the province’s Finance Minister admits. With little public oversight, the agencies spend more than $22-billion a year, a combined budget larger than the amount the rest of the provincial government spends.

Pain patient complains about proposed opioid prescription standards

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta is introducing a draft of opioid prescribing standards in October, but a chronic pain sufferer says it could hurt patients like her. “Not every pain patient needs opioids,” said Tracy Fossum, who lives in Edmonton. “But the minute you tell a doctor you’re a chronic pain patient they’ve already jumped to a conclusion and help disappears quickly.”

Most provincial drug plans won’t cover abortion pill cost

When the gold standard in medical abortion drugs finally becomes available in Canada later this year, the $300 cost of the pills will not be covered by most provincial drug plans, The Globe and Mail has learned.

NOTE: I’ll be on the road tomorrow and Wednesday. The news summary should return on Thursday.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
780-425-1025 (Office)
780-717-2943 (Cellular)
www.una.ab.ca

DMS Draw to CLC Human Rights Conference


Tha UNA Executive Board has approved funding for two Members to attend the Canadian Labour Congress Conference " Rise Up! Human Rights Conference" in Ottawa from October 20 to 23, 2016.

Funding to include registration, travel, accommodations, meal allowance (as per UNA policy), and salary replacement/continuance for LOAs only.

This conference is intended for union activists. Once activism has been confirmed, successful applicants will be notified by Provincial Office via their UNA email address only.
The information under "who it’s for" is copied from the CLC website.

Deadline for application is September 2nd, 2016 at 1630.

Please click on the link below to access the DMS application form.
https://dms.una.ab.ca/forms/108

Daphne Wallace RN
2nd Vice President
United Nurses of Alberta

Who It’s For

We are calling on all of our members who have a passion for human rights, improving the lives of all Canadians and the future of the labour movement. Rise Up! welcomes CLC affiliate members who identify with one or more of our equity groups: Aboriginal workers, workers of colour, workers with disabilities, LGBT workers, women, and young workers. We ask that unions prioritize equity-seeking members to attend this conference; however, allies are welcome.

Let’s come together and build an inclusive movement.

DMS Draw for 2016 CLC Young Workers’ Summit


The UNA Executive Board has approved funding for two Members to attend the CLC hosted Young Workers’ Summit, "YWS 2016: Building Young Workers’ Power" in Ottawa from October 23 to 25, 2016.

Funding to include registration, travel, accommodations, meal allowance (as per UNA policy), and salary replacement/continuance for LOAs only.

This conference is intended for union activists 30 years of age or under. Once activism has been confirmed, successful applicants will be notified by Provincial Office via their UNA email address only.

Deadline for application is September 2nd, 2016 at 1630.

Please click on the link below to access the DMS Application form.
https://dms.una.ab.ca/forms/107

Daphne Wallace RN
2nd Vice President
United Nurses of Alberta

News Stories of Interest: August 15, 2016


Good morning. Canadian athletes have now won 13 medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, including Rosie MacLennan who won gold in the women’s trampoline competition on Friday. Canada’s women’s team pursuit squad earned its second straight Olympic bronze medal on Saturday, with Alison Beaveridge of Calgary and Kirsti Lay, born in Medicine Hat, making up half the team.

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

Alberta health advocate remains a work in progress two years after creation

Two years following its creation, Postmedia reporter Keith Gerein looks at the role and limited scope of the Alberta Health Advocate.

AHS seeks answers as MRI wait times increase by 20 per cent in Calgary

Average wait times for MRI scans in Calgary hospitals have increased by 20 per cent in Calgary over the past year. That’s led Alberta Health Services officials to determine if too many non-urgent diagnostic procedures are being done.

On-the-spot strep throat tests offered at some Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies

A number of pharmacies are offering what appears to be a quick and easy way to find out if you have strep throat — but some experts are concerned about the safety of bypassing traditional laboratory testing.

Alberta paramedics calling for review of regulatory body

More than 1,000 Alberta paramedics have signed a petition calling for a special meeting after a proposed increase to an annual membership fee by the Alberta College of Paramedics.

Unions owed hundreds of thousands of dollars in Phoenix payroll fiasco

The two largest unions representing federal public servants in Canada are owed hundreds of thousands of dollars each in union dues that have not been properly collected since the Phoenix payment system was rolled out.

David Cournoyer
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
www.una.ab.ca

Office: 780 425 1025
Mobile: 780 913 1563

News Stories of Interest: August 12, 2016


Canadian athletes won two medals yesterday and this morning, bringing our country’s current total to 8 medals in the Rio Summer Olympics. Sprinting the 100 metre freestyle to take Olympic gold, Penny Oleksiak entered historic territory winning her second individual and fourth overall medal on Thursday night. And just this morning, Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee won silver in the lightweight women’s double sculls at Rio 2016.

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

Mother goes to nursing school to give back after son’s death

Impressed by the care her late child received while in the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Marie Kerner decided to go back to school to become a Registered Nurse so she could help others and honour his memory. CTV Edmonton interviewed her this week.

Special Stollery nurse for aboriginal families

CTV interviewed Sherri Di Lallo, a Registered Nurse at the Stollery Children’s Hospital who was recently hired to help look after the aboriginal children who come to the hospital from across northern Alberta. Sherri told CTV there are gaps in health services to aboriginal children and their families across the country and believes there should be a position like hers in every hospital that works with children.

Mental health referrals spike in wake of Fort McMurray fire

According to a CBC report, more than 20% of Fort McMurray residents are seeking some sort of counselling or therapy in the aftermath of the wildfire that devastated the northern Alberta community and forced residents to evacuate from their homes earlier this year.

Flu shot uptake slightly higher in provinces that allow vaccination by pharmacists: Study

Residents of provinces that allow pharmacists to administer flu shots are more likely to get vaccinated against the seasonal bug, a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal study found. Researchers found that a slightly higher proportion of residents got their annual influenza shots in provinces where pharmacists are allowed to give them — 30% compared to 28% in provinces where they aren’t.

David Cournoyer
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
www.una.ab.ca

Office: 780 425 1025
Mobile: 780 913 1563