Author: Gateway Gazette Contributor

  • 20 Million Free Masks Available Province-wide

    20 Million Free Masks Available Province-wide

    Albertans have another chance to pick up free non-medical face masks at the counter or drive-thru of their local A&W, McDonald’s Canada or Tim Hortons restaurant. Masks are now available at more than 700 partner restaurant locations, including those without drive-thru service, adding more than 100 new locations and expanding the availability of masks to […]

  • Most Small Businesses in Health Sector Worried About Their Financial Wellbeing

    Most Small Businesses in Health Sector Worried About Their Financial Wellbeing

    Concern about accessing PPE more than double compared to other sectors Toronto, July 2, 2020 – Private-sector health professionals, (e.g. dentists, optometrists, naturopaths) are anxious, uncertain, and deeply concerned about the future of their firms, according to new research from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).  “Small businesses in the health services sector are struggling […]

  • Olds College Expansion and Revitalization

    Olds College Expansion and Revitalization

    More than $21 million in capital maintenance and renewal funding will create about 120 jobs in the Olds area. Government will spend $6.21 million to redevelop the James Murray Building and $15.16 million to expand the Lachlin McKinnon Building and Animal Health Technology labs at Olds College. Both projects will result in more state-of-the-art spaces […]

  • Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Touring and Travelling Tips

    Healthy Hints from Pharmasave: Touring and Travelling Tips

    One of the best parts of summer is having the time to do some of the things you really enjoy. This can mean long bike rides, playing football, golfing, camping, hiking, and all kinds of fun activities. Whichever ones you and your family are involved in, you’ll have more fun and be safer if you […]

  • Family Support & Visitation of Patients & Residents: novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Family Support & Visitation of Patients & Residents: novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Alberta Health Services (AHS) has had to make the difficult decision to limit the interactions between patients/residents, families and visitors in order to ensure their safety, as well as physicians and staff providing their care. These decisions have not been taken lightly, and we understand it has been difficult […]

  • Veterans Affairs Canada Releases Annual Study on Veteran Suicide Mortality

    Veterans Affairs Canada Releases Annual Study on Veteran Suicide Mortality

    18 June 2020 – Ottawa – Veterans Affairs Canada Veteran suicide is a critical public health concern for Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC). Today’s release of the Department’s third annual Veteran Suicide Mortality Study, a collaborative study with the Department of National Defence and Statistics Canada, aims to help VAC better understand the suicide trends over […]

  • AMA’s Paid Advertising: Minister Shandro

    AMA’s Paid Advertising: Minister Shandro

    Minister of Health Tyler Shandro issued the following statement in response to the Alberta Medical Association’s (AMA) paid advertising: “There are two claims in the AMA’s paid advertisement that need to be addressed. “The AMA claims that they submitted three offers that would hold the budget to current levels. This is simply untrue. The AMA […]

  • Bar U Ranch National Historic Site RE-OPENING ADDITIONAL VISITOR SERVICES

    Bar U Ranch National Historic Site RE-OPENING ADDITIONAL VISITOR SERVICES

    Longview, Alberta, July 13, 2020 – Starting July 13, 2020, Bar U Ranch National Historic Site will re-open some additional visitor services. Visitors will have access to the following services and facilities: ·         Parking lot; ·         Admission to the national historic site and access to public washrooms; ·         National Historic Site grounds; ·         The new 3 km Pekisko Creek Hiking Trail throughout […]

  • AMA: Summer Safety

    AMA: Summer Safety

    Speeding: It’s looking to be the summer of the Alberta road trip! But a new CAA poll finds 46% of Albertans have seen an increase in speeding in recent months, placing it well ahead of other risky driving activities (e.g. aggressive driving and driver inattention). Going back to at least 2013, this is the first time […]

  • Update 101: COVID-19 Pandemic in Alberta (July 14 at 5 p.m.)

    Update 101: COVID-19 Pandemic in Alberta (July 14 at 5 p.m.)

    In total, 8,048 Albertans have now recovered from COVID-19. Hospitalization rates remain low with 55 people in hospital, 13 of whom are in intensive care. Latest updates 86 additional cases bring the number of total active cases to 701. Cases have been identified in all zones across the province: Calgary zone: 295 active cases and […]

  • Shell Quest Milestone: Premier Kenney

    Shell Quest Milestone: Premier Kenney

    Premier Jason Kenney issued the following statement about the Shell Quest facility: “Congratulations to Shell and its joint venture partners for reaching this historic carbon capture and storage (CCS) milestone at its Scotford Complex near Fort Saskatchewan. Since 2015, five million tonnes of emissions have been safely captured and stored as part of its Quest […]

  • Supporting Sand and Gravel Operators

    Supporting Sand and Gravel Operators

    Government is providing certainty for job creators by clarifying how minerals and pits are defined in provincial legislation, and how sand operations are regulated in Alberta. By amending the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, the government is eliminating confusion about what constitutes a mineral by providing clear definitions in legislation. This will ensure sand continues to […]

  • Physician Compensation: Minister Shandro

    Physician Compensation: Minister Shandro

    Minister of Health Tyler Shandro issued the following statement on Alberta’s physician compensation framework: “We’re moving forward through our new funding framework, and we’re committed to maintaining spending on physicians at $5.4 billion a year, the highest level ever and the highest level in Canada per capita. It’s questionable that doctors would leave for other […]

  • Healthy Together: More Play, Play More

    Healthy Together: More Play, Play More

    Plenty of Fun Needs to be Had We hear you! COVID-19 has greatly changed how families play and have fun. You’ve worn grooves into every board game. Everyone in the house knows the good Hide and Seek spots. You’ve done every puzzle. Twice. Plenty of fun can still be had. And needs to be had. […]

  • Government Files Defence

    Government Files Defence

    The Alberta government has filed its statement of defence in response to the Alberta Medical Association’s (AMA) statement of claim.  July 09, 2020 – The statement of defence, filed today in the Court of Queen’s Bench, outlines that government implemented a new physician funding framework only after engaging in good faith, meaningful negotiations and consultation. […]