March 31st, 2020

Provincial News

Alberta Medical Association says province going ahead with ‘irresponsible’ changes

By The Canadian Press on March 31st, 2020

EDMONTON – The Alberta Medical Association says the government is going ahead with its proposed health-care restructuring, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Association president Dr. Christine Molnar says in a letter to members that she met with Health Minister Tyler Shandro Friday to try to work together. She says he committed to get back to her ... Read More »

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Alberta’s energy war room to spend only on ‘subsistence operations’ due to COVID-19

By The Canadian Press on March 30th, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta’s $30-million-a-year energy war room is drastically cutting its budget due to COVID-19. The province announced late Monday that the Canadian Energy Centre is reducing its current operating budget by 90 per cent in order to “reflect needs” during the pandemic. The United Conservative government established the centre to promote the energy industry ... Read More »

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Alberta Opposition tells education minister to fight for school funding or quit

By The Canadian Press on March 30th, 2020

EDMONTON – The Alberta Opposition says Education Minister Adriana LaGrange needs to start fighting for students or quit and make way for someone who will. NDP education critic Sarah Hoffman says LaGrange is failing in her core mandate by announcing mass layoffs of school support staff, including teaching assistants and substitute teachers. Hoffman says LaGrange ... Read More »

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Alberta doctors send letter to province asking province to delay health-care changes

By The Canadian Press on March 30th, 2020

EDMONTON – More than 800 Alberta doctors have signed an open letter asking the government to delay its proposed health-care restructuring while the province responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. The changes, which are to take effect Wednesday, include cancelling a master agreement with the Alberta Medical Association. The association has said that will mean the ... Read More »

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Alberta doctors send letter asking government to delay health-care restructuring

By The Canadian Press on March 30th, 2020

EDMONTON – Hundreds of Alberta doctors have signed an open letter asking the provincial government to delay its proposed health-care restructuring. The changes, which are to take effect Wednesday, include cancelling a master agreement with the Alberta Medical Association. The association has said that will mean the province can raise or lower billing fees without ... Read More »

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Calgary police search for suspect in fatal, early morning shooting

By The Canadian Press on March 30th, 2020

CALGARY – A man has been shot and killed in Calgary. Calgary police say the early morning shooting happened in the northeast part of the city. Paramedics located a critically injured man as police responded to several reports of gunshots. The man died at the scene and police say an autopsy will be scheduled. No ... Read More »

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‘A new hazard’: Union representing federal meat inspectors want safety guarantee

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on March 29th, 2020

CALGARY – The union representing federal meat inspectors says its members will be back at work Monday at a meatpacking plant just north of Calgary if the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is reassured that it’s safe. Production at family-owned Harmony Beef was halted last Friday after one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19 a ... Read More »

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Drumheller Institution in Alberta locked down, two inmates tested for COVID-19

By The Canadian Press on March 27th, 2020

DRUMHELLER, Alta. – Another federal prison in Alberta has been locked down as a precaution after some inmates showed flu symptoms. Correctional Services Canada says two medium security unit inmates at Drumheller Institution were tested Thursday for COVID-19. An official says the two inmates have been isolated from others as they wait for the test ... Read More »

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Alberta’s premier rejects call to fire health minister over abuse of citizens

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on March 27th, 2020

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has rejected calls to fire his health minister for threatening to sic legislature security on a private citizen and berating a physician in front of his family. Kenney says Tyler Shandro and Shandro’s wife, Andrea, have been facing recent online abuse, including death threats against her, tied to unfounded ... Read More »

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Injured Humboldt Bronco player launches lawsuit against drivers in deadly crash

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on March 27th, 2020

CALGARY – A hockey player paralyzed from the chest down in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash has launched a lawsuit that names both drivers involved in the deadly collision. Ryan Straschnitzki is seeking damages from the rookie truck driver, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, who was sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in the ... Read More »

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Alberta imposes more measures to deal with pandemic, says landlords can’t evict

By The Canadian Press on March 27th, 2020

EDMONTON – The Alberta government has announced that landlords will not be able to evict anyone for not paying their rent until at least the end of April, as the province deals with the economic fallout of COVID-19. Premier Jason Kenney said Friday that landlords will also not be allowed to hike rents while a ... Read More »

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