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An Alberta Health Services ambulance. Image credit: Mitchell Smith/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The only way the UCP's stubborn persistence with this policy really makes sense is if it sets the stage for something else, to wit, privatization of the provincial ambulance service.
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Alberta Health Services ambulance. Image credit: Mitchell Smith/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | There are circumstances when acts of defiance are absolutely necessary, said Wood Buffalo Mayor Don Scott in Fort McMurray. "I challenge the provincial government to remove me."
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Calgary's Rockyview General Hospital, one of the sites where doctors are being asked to ration oxygen. Image: Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Health Services is rationing the use of medical oxygen supplies in three major Calgary hospitals -- Foothills Medical Centre, Peter Lougheed Centre and Rockyview General Hospital.
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Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health during yesterday's daily COVID-19 briefing. Image: Screenshot of YourAlberta video/YouTube
David Climenhaga | Only three categories of close contacts will now be notified by provincial health officials: health-care workers, children (whose parents will be informed) and people in communal facilities.
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Jason Kenney touting his staff's seven-per-cent pay cut during a press conference on October 15, 2020. Image: Jason Kenney/Screenshot of Twitter video
David J. Climenhaga | The cuts will hit political staff working for the government of Alberta, including press secretaries, chiefs of staff, junior policy advisors and other staffers in the premier's office.
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Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro gives a press conference on October 8, 2020. Image: Tyler Shandro/Screenshot of Twitter video
David J. Climenhaga | The fiscal benefit of the cuts will be negligible, if not negative.
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Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro at this morning's news conference. Photo: Screenshot of Government of Alberta video
David J. Climenhaga | The UCP's promise to not layoff health-care professionals until after the pandemic is probably not going to keep those workers from thinking about moving to other jurisdictions.
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Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro. Image: Chris Schwarz/Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Harsh words about Alberta's UCP by local elected officials in the party's rural heartland are extremely unusual. A fight over how to keep local doctors has sparked some in Pincher Creek.
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David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Health Services revealed yesterday it will soon pull the plug on contracts with three of the province's largest diagnostic image providers.
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David J. Climenhaga | It is all but certain the UCP will close some or all of Alberta's safe drug consumption clinics. Meanwhile, officials say chances are still low of contracting COVID-19.
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Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro, Alberta Health Services CEO Verna Yiu and Ernst & Young spokesperson John Bethel at yesterday's news conference in Edmonton. Image: Government of Alberta.
David J. Climenhaga | The consultant's report released yesterday by the Alberta government could be a harbinger of a privatization binge, or it could just turn out to be an expensive press release.
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Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Premier Jason Kenney at the swearing in of Alberta's cabinet. Photo: Government of Alberta/Flickr​
David J. Climenhaga | The respected Canadian Institute of Health Information says Alberta Health Services has the lowest administrative costs in health care in Canada.