September 26th, 2021

Provincial News

Judge says unvaccinated prospective jurors in sex assault trial will be excused

By The Canadian Press on September 25th, 2021

CALGARY – An Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench justice has ruled that prospective jurors in an upcoming sexual assault trial in Calgary will be excused if they’re not vaccinated against COVID-19. Justice N.E. Devlin wrote in his ruling Thursday that allowing unvaccinated people to serve on the jury could unfairly compromise the health of other ... Read More »

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Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan to cover ‘life-changing’ cystic fibrosis drug

By Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press on September 24th, 2021

Three provinces say they’ll start covering the cost of a new drug that experts describe as a “life-changing” treatment for cystic fibrosis. Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan announced Friday that they’ll pay to provide eligible patients with Trikafta, which costs roughly $300,000 a year at its list price, under their publicly funded drug programs. The news ... Read More »

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Alberta doctors call for more drug-use sites to reduce strain on acute-care resources

By Alanna Smith, The Canadian Press on September 24th, 2021

A group of Edmonton physicians says the Alberta government’s overhaul of harm reduction supports for people who use drugs is needlessly straining acute-care resources as COVID-19 demands grow. Members of the Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association’s opioid poisoning committee have penned a letter to Premier Jason Kenney, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other health and ... Read More »

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Calgary man who fatally stabbed his case worker to be sentenced Oct. 4

By The Canadian Press on September 24th, 2021

CALGARY – A Calgary man who admitted to stabbing his case worker to death at an assisted-living home nearly two years ago is to be sentenced early next month Brandon Newman pleaded guilty last week to second-degree murder in the death of Deborah Onwu on Oct. 25, 2019. His trial had been scheduled to begin ... Read More »

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Alberta doctors call for more drug-use sites to reduce strain on acute care resources

By Alanna Smith, The Canadian Press on September 24th, 2021

A group of Edmonton physicians says the Alberta government’s overhaul of harm reduction supports for people who use drugs is needlessly straining acute care resources as COVID-19 demands grow. Members of the Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association’s opioid poisoning committee have penned a letter to Premier Jason Kenney, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other health ... Read More »

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Tale of two tea houses: Differing approaches to vaccine passport in High River, Alta.

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on September 24th, 2021

CALGARY – Two tea houses in one southern Alberta community have become an example of the uncertainty caused by the government allowing businesses to make up their own minds about what is essentially a vaccine passport. Restaurants, bars and pubs have been debating whether they will require a vaccination record before patrons are allowed to ... Read More »

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Alberta premier too tied up in politics, should let medical pros handle COVID: NDP

By The Canadian Press on September 23rd, 2021

EDMONTON – Alberta’s Opposition leader says it’s time Premier Jason Kenney hand over public health decisions related to the COVID-19 crisis to medical professionals. Rachel Notley says it’s become clear Kenney is more focused on his political survival than on the pandemic that has overrun hospitals. The NDP leader says sound public health decisions are ... Read More »

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Narrow win for Liberal candidate Randy Boissonnault in Edmonton Centre riding

By The Canadian Press on September 22nd, 2021

EDMONTON – Liberal candidate Randy Boissonnault has won the riding of Edmonton Centre. Elections Canada says Boissonnault beat Conservative incumbent James Cumming by 577 votes. The pair had been running neck and neck since election night Monday, with mail-in ballots still to be counted. Boissonnault was first elected as a member of Parliament for the ... Read More »

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Regulatory group warns several Alberta doctors about sharing COVID-19 misinformation

By The Canadian Press on September 22nd, 2021

EDMONTON – A group that oversees the practice of medicine in Alberta says it has told at least seven doctors who were spreading misinformation about COVID-19 that their behaviour was unprofessional. Scott McLeod, registrar with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, says the regulator has also spoken to doctors who gave into pressure ... Read More »

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Mom, toddler found dead were killed in suspect’s Hinton, Alta., apartment: RCMP

By The Canadian Press on September 21st, 2021

HINTON, Alta. – RCMP say a woman and her 16-month-old toddler found dead in Hinton, Alta., were killed in the apartment of the suspect charged in their deaths. Police say the bodies of the 24-year-old woman and her child were discovered last Thursday but they are unable to say where they were found because the ... Read More »

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Cites health reasons: Former Liberal MP Kent Hehr drops out of Calgary mayoral race

By The Canadian Press on September 21st, 2021

CALGARY – Former Liberal MP Kent Hehr has withdrawn from the race to become Calgary’s mayor. Hehr, who filed his nomination papers earlier this month, says he is withdrawing over health concerns. “I began feeling ill on Sunday morning. I got a COVID test and have not received the results yet, but I immediately suspended ... Read More »

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