Alberta Health Services pares down infrastructure wish-list

Alberta Health Services has decided to pare down its infrastructure demands, handing the province a shorter list that emphasizes a handful of smaller, lower-cost projects. The health authority’s “Capital Submission” is prepared once a year as part of the government’s process for determining which infrastructure projects to fund. The list has typically featured at least 20 projects ranked as urgent priorities, including a number of expensive, high-profile developments. Last year’s list, for example, called for redevelopments…

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Health Minister misses the mark in lab announcement – Potential for pension loss and future privatization

Edmonton – The Minister of Health missed an opportunity today to enshrine laboratory services firmly within the public health-care system, says the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA), the union representing 25,000 health-care workers including nearly 5,000 members working in medical laboratories across the province. “By creating a subsidiary entity of Alberta Health Services (AHS) covering lab services province wide, this government has created a further division in public health-care in Alberta,” says HSAA Vice President,…

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HSAA praises worker safety changes in Bill 30

This week was a time to celebrate for HSAA members and Alberta workers. Bill 30, An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans, was introduced by the Alberta government. While the protections it contains for workers are unprecedented in Alberta, if passed, the changes will finally bring our province closer to alignment with the rest of the country in regards to crucial worker protections. The changes outlined in Bill 30 are amendments to…

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Bill 30 makes significant progress towards safety, fairness for workers

Paramedics granted same protection as other first responders Media Release November 28, 2017 Alberta workplaces will be safer and injured workers will be treated with more fairness when Bill 30 is passed, says the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA), the union of health-care professionals. “The legislation introduced today is a significant step towards improving workplaces. HSAA and the labour movement have been fighting for changes like these for many years. This is a day to…

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Ambulance Crisis Leads Paramedics to Demand More Resources

Up to 40 paramedics in uniform will gather at the Legislature in Edmonton tomorrow to demand the provincial government provide more resources to front-line emergency care. “Ambulance resources are in crisis in Alberta. Far too often, Albertans experiencing a health-care emergency are being forced to wait far too long to get the help they need and deserve,” says Mike Parker, president of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA), the union that represents about 25,000 health-care…

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HSAA Live Better Day – Energy, Opportunity and You

Have you … Seen a Tesla dance? Driven an electric car? Experienced how sustainable energy works? Learned about clean-energy incentives that can help you save money and live better? If you attended the first HSAA Live Better Day: Energy, Opportunity, and You on Sept. 23 at on our main office in Edmonton, you have now! The clean-energy themed event was open to HSAA members, their friends, and families and had two main components. First was a…

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Mobile Clinics Remove Barriers To Breast-Cancer Screening

To mark breast cancer awareness month in October, HSAA member and mammography technologist Janneta Zelezkina explains how mobile clinics are bringing vital screening to rural communities across Alberta. Photos: Zelezkina, left, and fellow mammography technologist Heather Andrews outside the mobile unit, photo courtesy of Zelezkina. Below, the exterior of the mobile unit and the exam room inside, photos courtesy of the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund (ACPLF). With breast cancer awareness month in October, Screen Test…

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HSAA’s refugee family finding their new feet in new home

It’s been eight months since the family of Syrian refugees sponsored by HSAA arrived in Calgary. From the depths of winter, through summer to Labour day, how has the family fared? Ayed Saad, member of HSAA’s Social Justice committee and the chair of the refugee sponsorship ad hoc committee that worked on bringing the family to Alberta, provides this update. Health: The oldest son, now aged six, had an infected tooth when the family arrived in…

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Opinion: Red-tape busters should consider the consequences

Brian Jean says he wants to “reduce job-killing government red tape by 33 per cent, and put in place a one-for-one rule after that where any new regulation has to have one at least as onerous taken away.” Doug Schweitzer says he “would eliminate two existing business regulations for every new business regulation.” I suggest that these two candidates for the leadership of Alberta’s new United Conservative Party (UCP) try saying that in Royal Borough of…

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Bucket List is One Item Shorter After Trip to Ghana

It has long been a dream of mine to do a volunteer project in Africa using my career as a Medical Laboratory Technologist. The year 2017 would be the year to scratch that off my bucket list because, let’s face it, I am not getting any younger. So, with some financial donations from HSAA (the union’s social-justice committee gave $800) and other help, I made this happen. After researching and contacting various volunteer outfits, I contacted…

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