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Backbenchers, Opposition push to address EMS shortage

By Catherine Griwkowsky November 29, 2021

Advocates and MLAs are sounding the alarm over an ambulance crisis in the province, but the Alberta Ombudsman says it is prohibited from investigating health authorities like Alberta Health Services.

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Premier pleads for unity, touts economic record at UCP AGM

By Catherine Griwkowsky November 22, 2021

Premier Jason Kenney delivered a message of economic hope to party members at the first in-person UCP AGM since 2019.

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Hospital capacity plans questioned as UCP aims to lean on private clinics

By Catherine Griwkowsky October 5, 2021

Public health advocates and UCP MLAs found a rare common ground on the need to expand hospital capacity and be more transparent about funding, but the fault lines of where blame and solutions lie when it comes to the ongoing fourth wave still divides them.

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New Alberta Party leader touts ideology-free option

By Catherine Griwkowsky September 2, 2021

With new leader Barry Morishita in place, the Alberta Party is aiming to get back into the legislature with official party status in 2023.

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Fiscal outlook improved, but no full recovery expected this year

By Catherine Griwkowsky September 1, 2021

Finance Minister Travis Toews delivered the province’s first-quarter fiscal update yesterday, which painted a rosier picture for Alberta’s future than February’s budget, with a higher-than-expected GDP thanks to a boost in oil prices.

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Dozens of orthopedic surgeries delayed due to staffing shortages

By Catherine Griwkowsky August 18, 2021

Alberta Health Services announced the Orthopedic Surgery Centre at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton would close four operating rooms for 72 hours due to a lack of physician coverage for post-surgical care.

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Sunny skies for large-scale solar projects in Alberta

By Catherine Griwkowsky August 13, 2021

The province’s solar power capacity is showing signs of growth, especially when it comes to utility-scale projects.

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Advocates call on province to consider permanent standard time

By Catherine Griwkowsky August 13, 2021

As the province prepares for a binding referendum in October on adopting permanent daylight saving time, some are questioning why permanent standard time is not an option.

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‘Plenty of syph’: chief medical officer of health says syphilis risk sidelined by Covid

By Catherine Griwkowsky August 6, 2021

In 2019, before the world was consumed by the Covid pandemic, chief medical officer of health (CMOH) Dr. Deena Hinshaw declared a syphilis outbreak, warning of infection levels not seen since 1948.

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Cabinet shuffle prompts renewed fears over potential AISH cuts

By Sammy Hudes July 19, 2021

Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) clients say the appointment of Minister Jason Luan to helm the file has sparked new fears about potential cuts to the program, as signalled by the UCP government as an option last year before backing off in Budget 2021.

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