Saturday, April 30, 2016

commenting on websites I am banned from--Post # 5-----Rachel Notley's Facebook page--- Ozaway Pinesse #abvotes Media and political pundits are calling Team Notley elected members as inexperienced.....I call them uncorrupted..------Julie Ali: Hi, Ozaway Pinesse---Ah that was before; this is now. We're all corruptible. You just have to look at before and after. And the NDP haven't stayed pristine.

I get banned on Rachel Notley's Facebook page
but I don't let this get me down
I simply respond to the spin
on my own blog
and I write on newspapers
with the opinions I have
I tell myself
this is a democracy
and we are the people
we will have our way

I get banned on Rachel Notley's Facebook page
and so I decide to write on the small town newspapers
to tell them how it was when I got banned
I wrote about my handicapped sister and other social issues
I guess they don't want us to talk about real problems
they only want to publish the steps taken up the ladder
but where is the ladder placed?
and where do the steps go to?
when we arrive at the heights of power
will we all be as dubious in performance as the NDP?

I get banned on Rachel Notley's Facebook page
for telling the stories of ordinary Albertans
but I don't give up or give in
I am in Canada now
I get to say how I feel about the lack of work
by the hires in government
I get to tell about the bureaucratic expediency of the folks
at AHS, Alberta Health and Covenant Health
the trinity of corruption in my humble opinion
is present in these entities         but you have to experience the entire to know 

I get banned on Rachel Notley's Facebook page
and so I recreate her Facebook page on my blog
I say my true thoughts
that they cannot delete or deny
I say the thoughts that I have and I tell them my predictions
y'all keep doing what you want to do
in the grand tradition of the Tories
but we aren't innocent any more
we have stories    and we are saying them
and in a few more years we will be saying bye bye to y'all

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Rachel Notley
 added 52 new photos to the album: 2015 NDP Caucus.
May 6, 2015
I am so proud of my team, and so excited to have such strong voices in the Legislature as Alberta's first NDP government.
NOTE: Brian Mason's graphic is missing, but he has been re-elected as MLA for Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood.

Jon Jenkins
 In light of the election results I decided to review the NDP election platform. What I see is promises to spend. The money is to come from hard working decently paid Albertans in the form of income tax. I'm personally fine with the tax hike.

The rest will come from the bigger corporations and businesses in the form of higher corporate taxes. This might result in a few decently paid Albertans looking for work. The corporate sector is going to make up that tax money somewhere. So the govt might receive less from the decently paid group and more from business. Possibly resulting in no significant extra tax money generated. Just a few more good people looking for another job.

The Energy companies get dinged again in the form of increased royalties. Oil is low albeit marginally recovered. However it is not expected to get to a decent price for sometime. The resulting royalty to the government will be better but comparatively still low to the $100 a barrel days. The result will be energy companies trimming the fat once more to satisfy shareholders. Again reducing operating costs by eliminating positions and reducing contractor services. Exploration reduces. Frequency and duration of day to day and shutdown maintenance reduces. Construction projects get scaled back or delayed. Less work, less tax money. This might be the new reality until oil gets profitable enough again.

The new Govt has made some expensive promises which they plan to borrow in order to finance. They also promised to put a bunch of money back into the Heritage Trust Fund. That's like you or me deciding to use our credit cards to pay for more day to day expenses in order to put cash into our savings account. Now I'm pretty sure my credit card interest is higher than any investment interest I receive. I think Gail Vaz-Oxlade would slap me upside the head if I were getting financial advice from her.

At the end of the day we have elected a Premier who is intelligent and charismatic. She will be challenged babysitting all of these rookies. I wish her luck in running this province because I want my kids to grow up in, and inherit a strong Alberta.

That's my take. I'm out.

Rick Malcolm Your findings are exactly what I thought as well. Another big thing to be cautious about is the hike in min wage to $15/hr. I worry how that will be rolled out and the ramifications of it. Also a free tip for the NDP is maybe when making the budget up budget oil at a base income of $45 barrel. That way anything extra can be either put back towards the heritage fund or split between the fund and debt repayment. It frustrated me to no end that the PC's constantly budgeted oil at what ever market value was when it is a known volatile commodity.
Jon Jenkins Good points you make. I do think that rural Alberta businesses will struggle with the eventual $15/hr minimum wage. The urban centers are pretty much there already.
Bill Watson Except f you work in the service or retail industry.

Bruce Roome Please, Rachel, be aware of the insidiousness of big business and corporate influence on politics and politicians. Don't let yourself be seduced by attractive and appealing offers from the wealthy and powerful. Avoid the corruption that afflicted those in power in the past, stay your course, hold to good core values and do what you know in your heart and your gut to be right. The road ahead is long and sometimes rough, but if you maintain the trust and faith of the people of Alberta, you'll be fine. Congratulations, good luck and continued success Madame Premier.

Julie Ali: Hi, Bruce Roome-- I guess this was good advice but no one listened to you. They didn't follow their core values but certainly they lost their way and without a conscience did nothing for seniors and the handicapped folks in continuing care. What they did is continue with the good old boys and good old girls of Toryland into the future which is private supportive living facilities supplanting the more expensive long term care beds in the public sector. Why is this transition happening? Government doesn't want to do long term care. The private sector doesn't want to do long term care. Nobody will therefore do long term care.  Only the private sector with the support of AHS will be making profits with supportive living facilities and the cover up of abuses will continue in Alberta.  Shameful but that's the effect of money and power on ordinary citizens once they get to government.

Vance Belchamber
 I am a former oil field consultant that has been out of work for seven months this is not good it is now up to you to get a bunch of us back out working so we can as well pay taxes Alberta and needs now to become a different NDP government in order to have the people of Alberta to feel that you are worthy and will do the right things for Alberta because if not it will only be a one term thing but it it is in your to change the total NDP the strategy in order to get people believing in you

Julie Ali: Hi, Vance Belchamber--- I am afraid that nothing this government will do now will alter the betrayal we have suffered in the first year of their tenure. Nothing is different; but at least we know. And here is my prediction--it's a single term and they are out. They are not representing us so why would we rehire them again? I am not going to vote for Dr. Bob Turner as he did not stick up for my family but let the Hoffman ride over him. He should do his job. What are we paying him for?

Ozaway Pinesse
 #abvotes Media and political pundits are calling Team Notley elected members as inexperienced.....I call them uncorrupted....
Julie Ali: Hi, Ozaway Pinesse---Ah that was before; this is now.

We're all corruptible. You just have to look at before and after.
And the NDP haven't stayed pristine.

Before they got to government:

NDP promises 2,000 more long-term care beds

Alberta spends 20 per cent below national average on long-term care, Notley says

CBC News Posted: Apr 14, 2015 12:44 PM MT Last Updated: Apr 14, 2015 1:45 PM MT
NDP Leader Rachel Notley speaks with Bernie Travis whose husband suffers from dementia and has waited in an Edmonton hospital since August for a long-term care bed.
NDP Leader Rachel Notley speaks with Bernie Travis whose husband suffers from dementia and has waited in an Edmonton hospital since August for a long-term care bed. (John Archer/CBC)







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For nine months, dementia patient Clarence Travis has occupied a bed at the University of Alberta Hospital.
For nine months, his wife, Bernie, has been looking for a long-term care bed for him.
"There's no room; they're full," she told reporters at her home in west Edmonton on Tuesday.
"​My husband built buildings; he built hospitals; he's built long term-care facilities and nursing homes. And today, we have no access to it for him.
"When it's his time to use it, it's not there. The doors are closed."
NDP Leader Rachel Notley said Travis is one of 1,200 Albertans waiting in line for long-term care beds. She said that's why she promises to open ​2,000 long-term care beds over the next four years, beginning with 500 this year alone.
Notley said her government would also commission a review aimed at improving the standard of care and acceptable staffing levels at long-term care homes in Alberta.
"In Alberta, we spend 20 per cent below the national average on long-term care," Notley said. "That's costing us now. (Seniors) fall through the cracks and end up staying in the most expensive places for care."


  • An earlier version of the story misidentified the location of the news conference.
  • Apr 14, 2015 1:42 PM MT

  • newwesterner
Stelmach promised to build a long term care facility in Ft. Mac in his election promise list. Then reneged and refused to build it after the election. He even booted his local MLA out of the party for trying to make him keep his promise.
I worked in hospitals for 36 years and this was a problem for about the last 20. Active beds being occupied by patients who are just being fed, not treated, but are not well enough to go home. And ER patients wait in the hall because these people are in the bed they need. It was bad in Ontario, it is no better here. But governments refuse to build long term care facilities even though the daily cost of a bed in one is far less than an active care bed in a hospital. Politicians are just so blind to what needs to be done. So much health care dollars are wasted on inefficiencies and people who never see a patient but no one does what needs done. « less
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  • YuriGagarin
@newwesterner...This just breaks my heart. Like the lady said her husband worked hard and after all that doesnt have the help he needs. The sick should be the highest priority above all else.
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  • notnecessarily
Alberta spends 20% below the national average on long term beds. Makes a person wonder who shaped that policy? And why? Perhaps something in the water stops Albertans from needing care.
  • 1 year ago
  • ThinkorThwim
@notnecessarily Actually, it's the reverse. Something in the water makes Albertans need care.. especially up by Athabasca

  • Marilar
This is not news. Also, these long term care facilities can refuse a patient on IV medications and for any other minor medical problem. They shouldn't have a choice on who they will and won't accept.
  • 1 year ago
  • alphaomego

That generally doesn't work out well.

My neighbor was put in that position. A long term care facility accepted him and were unable to care properly for him. Every week or so, he had to be taken to Emergency and Hospital for a day or so until they got him stabilized. Then it was back to the facility and was repeated for about a year until his wife was able to obtain a space for him in another facility.

Not all long term care facilities are equal.

The need for long-term care spaces is well known. The solution always seems to be to
create more spaces. Problem is WHERE is the money going to come from to fund these extra spaces and WHERE are the QUALIFIED staff going to come from to STAFF these facilities. Yes. There are rural hospitals that have been closed that could be "brought on-line", but many of these would upgrading (sprinkler systems anyone?). It's easy to make promises when you are on the campaign trail, but when reality sets in, it's not as easy as it sounds.
  • 1 year ago
  • YuriGagarin money comes from Albertans. Ya sometimes you have to spend on things like sick elderly people sorry about that.
  • 1 year ago
  • newwesterner - there is so much waste and inefficiencies in health care to pay for much of that. It just takes a government willing to fix the system and get rid of the fat in health care. And the fat is all at the top, not the front line workers.

  • hopeful
All the parties are promising long term beds. She's just promised more, and with no hint of whether these are actually needed or where the money will come from.

Let's only hope that she knows that this is way too many. Or does she?

  • 1 year ago
After they got in government:


Gov’t breaks promise, town angry over planned closure of long-term care beds

SUNDRE – An overcapacity meeting last night addressed the proposed closure of Sundre Hospital’s long-term care wing and saw residents call out the government and Alberta Health Services for plans to leave the community without long-term care.
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees Vice-President Karen Weiers, along with members of AUPE’s anti-privatization committee, attended the meeting.
“It was announced a few weeks ago Sundre will lose its long-term care in June,” said Weiers. “This decision was made without notice or consultation. It’s safe to say the community is very upset by this.
“The NDP promised to create 2,000 public long-term care beds and if it moves forward with this closure, it’s not only a broken promise, but a step in the opposite direction of what the party campaigned on.
“We’ll work with the community and front-line employees, whose future is now uncertain, to push back against this closure,” said Weiers.
A petition calling on the NDP to keep Sundre Hospital’s long-term care unit open has started to circulate in the community and surrounding areas. The line-up to sign the petition last night stretched outside the hall.
“Another meeting will be scheduled for early April in Sundre. We’re still determining date, time and location. The petition will be available to sign and pick up for signature collection at this meeting,” said AUPE Vice-President Glen Scott. “The meeting will also address next steps in the fight to save Sundre’s long-term care.”
The looming closure anticipates the opening of Mountain View Seniors Housing Supportive Living, a privately run facility built in part with public money.
“If this closure happens, the town will not get its public long-term care beds back. Sundre residents who need long-term care will be forced out of the community to get it and that’s not right,” said Weiers.
More information about the April meeting will be released soon.
For more information:
Karen Weiers, AUPE vice-president: 403-561-2482
Glen Scott, AUPE vice-president: 403-479-4508
Tyler Bedford, AUPE senior communications coordinator: 780-930-3406


Priority shifts to health care

Marie Pollock/Echo Reporter
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 2:43:49 MDT PM
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The dust has yet to settle from last week's announcement regarding schools in Airdrie, but the Government of Alberta will have little time to rest before Airdronians come knocking at their doors, asking for the province's attention regarding a different issue.
The need for 24-hour emergency health care in the city has not gone unnoticed by Airdrie's residents or city representatives, and some have started taking proactive steps to ensure Airdrie is not left waiting for government funding at a critical time once again.
"Obviously, I think the vast majority of people in Airdrie understand that we need 24-hour emergency care in some shape, way or form," said Rob Anderson, MLA for Airdrie-Chestermere. "But that isn't going to happen if we just wait around for government to take care of us.
"As a community, we need to take matters into our own hands, much like we did with the schools," he added. "Part of that will mean lobbying the government, and part of it will mean just working amongst ourselves, working as a community, to put together the type of health care system that we want here in Airdrie."
Airdronians currently have local access to health care for 16 hours per day through walk-in clinics, private practices and the Airdrie Urgent Care Centre.
The Airdrie Urgent Care Centre is open every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Urgent care is offered to those who require immediate treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.
Residents who require after-hours treatment or treatment for life-threatening injuries are currently sent to the Didsbury hospital or a hospital in Calgary to receive care.
Gene Zwozdesky, Alberta health minister, said Calgary emergency departments see an average of four Airdronians per day - a statistic he said is "very manageable."
Zwozdesky also said the province is looking into Airdrie's expanding health care needs, but is content with the service that is currently provided.
"Currently, our numbers show that Airdrie's needs are being met very well by the community health centre," Zwozdesky said. "It offers urgent care 16 hours per day, seven days per week, and we're comfortable with that for the time being."
In addition to injury treatment, the Airdrie Urgent Care Centre offers a number of programs, including early childhood health, community mental health, home care, oral and dental care and audiology and speech language therapy.
Resident Teela Tesluk recently visited the urgent care centre for treatment of an allergic reaction, and said she was happy with the quality of care she received.
"I think they're doing really good," Tesluk said. "The staff's good, and they're easy to be around."
However, she also emphasized the need for 24-hour health care in the city.
"I can't believe there's not a hospital in Airdrie," she said. "I had to go to the hospital (the other day) and I had to drive all the way into Disbury . I think Airdrie definitely needs 24-hour health care."
Anderson said it is unlikely that Airdrie will be getting a hospital any time in the near future, but there are other forms of 24-hour health care that can be looked at.
"Part of it means getting that urgent care centre staffed 24/7," he said. "But part of it might mean putting together enough physicians in an arrangement to make sure that if somebody's sick when the urgent care is closed, we can have doctors do house calls and so on."
Anderson has partnered with Mayor Peter Brown, Ald. Allan Hunter, local doctors and local residents to help create an Airdrie Health Committee, whose goal is to bring some form of 24-hour urgent and emergency care to the city.
Brown said he thinks it is unacceptable that residents currently have to drive into Didsbury or Calgary to receive emergency treatment.
"We're forging ahead, and if the province is unable to provide 24-hour health care in the short term, we're going to look at putting together some made-in-Airdrie solutions," Brown said. "It's just unacceptable for parents to have to drive through a blizzard in the middle of winter to Didsbury and into Calgary, especially when the roads are closed. They have no access to health care."
The Airdrie Health Committee's first order of business will be to establish an Airdrie Health Regional Trust, so they can begin fundraising efforts to help bring some needed medical equipment to Airdrie, Anderson said. They also plan to put together a physician recruitment package.
Airdrie currently has 34 licensed physicians operating in the city - an increase from 32 physicians in 2010.
However, Anderson said the current number is not enough to offer 24-hour care.
"We're very short of physicians and we can't open up our urgent care centre 24 hours until we get the physicians that we need," he said.
Dr. Raj Sherman, MLA for Edmonton-Meadowlark and former emergency room doctor, said Airdrie is running into problems finding physicians because the province isn't prioritizing properly.
"If you want to fix health care, you need to get more family doctors and you need to give them more support, and that's done by making family doctors a priority," he said. "The priority at the highest level needs to be to give every Albertan good, primary care where and when they need it, 24 hours a day. And that includes closing the income gap between the type of doctors society needs and the type of doctors we're creating. We're creating mostly specialists, but there are no jobs for them, so they're leaving the country."
Sherman, who is running for leadership of the Alberta Liberal Party, said that with the right government, Airdrie could have 24-hour health care available within two years.
"You need a government that's willing to listen to the experts in health care," Sherman said. "It'll be a tough road; it won't be easy, and it's going to require the co-operation of everyone. One person can't do it. You have to bring everyone to the table and say 'look, Alberta, we have a problem; let's fix it.'"
Zwozdesky said he is aware of Airdrie's growing health care needs, and the province is working towards addressing them.
"We're looking at some expanding needs, and we're going to be addressing those fairly soon," Zwozdesky said. "For example, there is likely a need for additional mental health coming and there's likely a need for additional home services coming. So we're looking at that."
In March, it was revealed that ambulance response times have increased by an average of nearly three minutes, and Zwozdesky said the province is also working on that issue.
But maybe another full court press is needed.

Election debate attracts more than 350 people
No real knockout punches delivered
Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 06:00 am
By: Doug Collie
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  • Progressive Conservative Wade Bearchell makes his introductory speech.
  • Progressive Conservative Wade Bearchell makes his introductory speech.
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In various ways, all candidates said they’d find ways to make health care and education more accessible without cutting jobs to people like doctors, nurses and teachers. They also supported land rights for property owners.
About 350 people came to the Pomeroy Inn & Suites Friday night for Countdown to Election 2015, an electoral forum for Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills candidates, sponsored by the Olds and District Chamber of Commerce, Mountain View Publishing, local radio stations CKFM and Rock 104.5, the Pomeroy Inn & Suites and OCTV.
Was there a clear winner? Not really.
There were no so-called “knockout punches” but each candidate: Wade Bearchell, Progressive Conservative party; Nathan Cooper, Wildrose party; Jim Adamchick, Alberta Party; and Glenn Norman, New Democratic Party was given a chance to lay out his positions.
In various ways, all candidates said they’d find ways to make health care and education more accessible without cutting jobs to people like doctors, nurses and teachers. They also supported land rights for property owners.
Throughout the discussions, Bearchell was careful to refer not to his party but to its leader, Jim Prentice, the current Alberta premier, so every reference was either to Prentice or the “Prentice plan.”
Prentice was elected the party’s leader several months ago after several scandals involving former party leader and premier Alison Redford.
Bearchell said his party’s plan will “provide access to quality health care and education, a focus on agricultural and business opportunities and land rights.
“Our long-term plan to secure Alberta’s future will diversify our economy, including a stronger focus on value-added agriculture, expand our markets, protect property rights, partner with municipalities, transfer our relationship with aboriginal people and preserve Alberta’s environment,” he said.
“The Prentice plan will balance the budget by 2017, even if oil prices do not rebound,” he added.
“We will continue the lowest corporate taxes in Canada, which is why business prefers to operate here. If we increase corporate taxes we will lose businesses, and that means losing jobs.”
Bearchell took an apparent swipe at the Wildrose party platform that pledges to balance the Alberta budget without raising taxes.
“We will take three years to do what some might like to do in three months, because every single job in this province is worth holding on to,” he said.
“And while no one welcomes higher taxes or new service fees, we need new sources of revenue. Personal income taxes in Alberta have not increased since 1987, 28 years ago.”
Cooper stated his party’s plan to balance the provincial budget without raising taxes.
He also repeated a pledge he made earlier to put forward a private member’s bill which would force any MLA who wants to cross the floor to sit as an Independent until the next provincial election -- or run in a byelection if they want to join a different party immediately.
“Let me leave you with this thought: has the government done a good job of managing our money? If not, why should we give the government more money to mismanage?” Cooper asked.
“We can choose increased government spending, increased taxes; we can grow the size of government, or we can choose a smaller government, a more efficient government, focused on getting results for Albertans,” Cooper said.
“We can continue under an administration that routinely imposes ‘government knows best’ policies or we can elect a government that trusts you to make the right decisions for your family, and your community.
“We can accept the status quo with all the government waste and entitlement that comes along with it or we can turn the page and move forward,” he added.
Adamchick laid out a platform that seemed to be a mix of the other parties’ platforms.
He said his party “encourages small businesses and entrepreneurship.
Yet he said at the same time, it would also create a health-care system that focuses on preventive health and directing resources to front-line workers plus fund education to build more schools and educate “our leaders for tomorrow.”
Not only that, Adamchick said his party believes in “predictable funding for municipalities to build the infrastructure they need.”
It was unclear where the money to do all that would come from although Adamchick did say the Alberta Party would introduce a progressive tax system that lowers taxes on those who make less than $50,000 a year.
Adamchick said if in government, the Alberta Party would repeal the Alberta Land Stewardship Act “in order to recognize the legitimate rights of landowners to steward their own land.”
In addition, he said Alberta Party MLAs would be free to “represent the constituents of the riding, not the party platform.”
He recited a story in which in the 1920s or ’30s, Edward VIII came to visit a ranch he owned just west of Sundre and a cowboy gave him a tour of the place.
“The would-be king said to the cowboy, ‘who is your master?’ The cowboy said without batting an eye, ‘he ain’t been born yet’,” Adamchick said, provoking minor laughter in the crowd.
“The Wildrose (party) is proposing that we privatize health care and send people out of the province for care. How have the policies of privatization and deregulation and the wonderful trickle-down economy worked for you?” Adamchick asked.
“Utility rates are higher and there’s less money in your pockets. Instead of funding services, it’s going to profits.
“The PCs refuse to ask corporations to pay their share. Their master seems clear to me. This mess they’re in, they made it. Forty-four years in power and they want us to give them another mandate? How gullible do they think we are?” he asked.
Adamchick said the cowboy in the story would be “repulsed” by platforms like that.
“The cowboy from that story would not sell Alberta. He wouldn’t sell off our children’s future or health care or quality of living. He would take a stand against such arrogance,” Adamchick said.
“The Alberta cowboy would value and safeguard our elderly citizens and our children’s education first. He wouldn’t make his cuts there.”
In answer to various questions, Norman said spending isn’t the problem in Alberta, the problem is a lack of revenue; the result of low royalty rates and not taxing the rich or corporations sufficiently.
“This is about a choice of vision for Alberta. Do you believe 1) that we have a spending problem or do you believe that we have a revenue problem?” he asked.
“If you believe that we have a spending problem, well, there are your two parties – the same problem that gave us the problem in the first place; couldn’t put any money aside when we had extraordinary oil prices,” he added.
Norman said cutting the size of government “has consequences – cutting services.”
“You really have to make that choice. And that’s the really hard choice for you as a voter. You’d better think about this and you’d better think about it carefully,” he said.

What will it take?
Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 10:58 am
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With a name like Airdrie Urgent Care Centre (AUCC) you'd think the facility might take urgency to heart. Sadly, it seems that is not the case in at least one instance as the lack of urgent response could have cost one Airdrie family the life of their son.
While we wish we could say this is a surprising story for our urgent care centre, it has been a incident in the making for a long time.
Losing one child to a lack of a fully-equipped hospital or 24-hour health centre in 2009 was enough and Alberta Health Services should have done something then. Instead, it has waited nearly seven years and watched as our population has ballooned to nearly 60,000.
It terminated our much-loved Dr. Julian Kyne from the role of AUCC medical director in November 2015, in spite of petitions from the people to keep him on, and have yet to name a replacement.
The five additional beds we were promised in June 2015 have yet to arrive. The work on the renovations to AUCC to accommodate these new beds was scheduled to begin in September 2015 but not a single hammer has yet been swung.
We are continuously told the numbers don't indicate we need a hospital, but cases like the McGuires' highlight the need for a fully-equipped facility that can handle the very real life-or-death situation Airdronians face when a medical emergency arises. Anything else is unacceptable.
So what will it take for Airdrie to finally get pushed ahead on the priority list?
We know the Province is struggling, a budget with a deficit of $10.4 billion certainly speaks to that. But if the government is willing to shell out $34.8 billion in infrastructure over the next five years, you'd think it would be willing to work with Airdrie Health Foundation – which has already secured 10 acres of land and a viable plan for a health care park in our city.
It's time the bigwigs take their heads out of the sand and put Airdrie first. We need real solutions and we need them now.
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  • After reviewing some of the articles published about the problems at Airdrie I note that there was one death and two near misses:
  • 1) Michelle Bates’ son died
  • 2) A commenter for the story above--Trina Desrosiers-- says she had a near miss birthing adverse event:
  • Trina Desrosiers ·
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • As a mother who delivered my own baby girl in the passenger seat of our truck on the way back to PLC from Airdrie after being sent home (I even informed him home was in airdrie) because the beds were full and I was just to 'come back when I was closer', I agree this is more than just a desire for airdrie it is a necessity. I did everything a person is 'supposed to', I went in when I thought it was time, I listened to my drs advice, It took be about 35 minutes (just enough time to get home) to realize that dr was dead wrong, and I had just travelled miles away from what I now desperately needed. I debated my options, attempt a home delivery? Call an ambulance and wait that possibly critical 5 minutes it would hopefully take them to get there or get back in the truck and get my husband to drive like hell and get to the hospital as soon as our options would allow. That was the scariest moment, knowing whatever decision I made that moment could change the entire outcome of my story. I was very fortunate and held off as long as possible until I caught my healthy baby girl in my arms on 36th ave and held her about 5 minutes till we were assisted at the emergency doors of PLC. But I am very very lucky, and 24 hour care in airdrie could be the difference between life and death for another less fortunate woman in my position.
  • 3) A toddler who is very sick does not get appropriate care- a second adverse event:
  • Kristina McGuire took her son Sam, 2, to the facility on Feb. 17 after he spiked a dangerously high fever. She said she initially called Sam’s cardiology nurse at the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH), who advised her to bring him in for monitoring. However, not long after getting Sam into her vehicle, McGuire said he became extremely lethargic and was turning blue. At that point, she decided to divert to AUCC.
  • “I assumed they’d be able to help him,” she said. “They were scrambling and didn’t know what to do. I’m a nurse. I’ve been in this situation on both sides of the bed and (what happened) is not acceptable in any way, shape or form.”
  • 4) A doctor advocating for a better way gets fired by AHS. No one talks about his termination citing privacy concerns. A petition is started to get him reinstated.
  • 5) It also appears that the current facility is not able to handle even basic patient care as evidenced by the poor response of AUCC to Ms. McGuire’s son, Sam.
  • Kristina McGuire took her son Sam, 2, to the facility on Feb. 17 after he spiked a dangerously high fever. She said she initially called Sam’s cardiology nurse at the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH), who advised her to bring him in for monitoring. However, not long after getting Sam into her vehicle, McGuire said he became extremely lethargic and was turning blue. At that point, she decided to divert to AUCC.
  • “I assumed they’d be able to help him,” she said. “They were scrambling and didn’t know what to do. I’m a nurse. I’ve been in this situation on both sides of the bed and (what happened) is not acceptable in any way, shape or form.”
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  • If AUCC is not able to provide basic medical care and doesn't even call for an ambulance for this child, then there are real problems for citizens in Airdrie that need to be addressed by Alberta Health. The minister of health should be responding to these alarming incidents with immediate action.
  • But based on the information provided by the Wildrose MLA, Sarah Hoffman is denying any sort of role in this mess:
  • I had nothing to do with this situation. My department had nothing to do with this situation. Give me a break, Mr. Speaker. I’ve had enough. Sarah Hoffman.
  • Mr. Speaker, this isn’t the change that Albertans wanted. It’s just more of the same from a broken, out of touch government. Angela Pitt
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  • What does all this information indicate to me?
  • There are many risks to citizens in the current state of medical services at Airdrie.
  • If the Airdrie Urgent Care Centre (AUCC) isn’t able to do basic responses to a toddler in respiratory distress, there will be more near misses and deaths. Who has liability for the deaths and adverse events? I believe it is Alberta Health. The department is fully responsible for their role in letting this situation persist.
  • Also, looking at the situation at Sundre Hospital where Sarah Hoffman has approved of the closure of public long term care beds, it appears that the direction from the minister is downsizing and degrading the level of care provided --as much as possible. So it doesn't seem likely that services will be extended or improved at AUCC.
  • The termination of the doctor is simply the way that AHS and Alberta Health normally function to ensure compliance by the medical staff.
  • They do this with patient advocates because bureaucratic and political expediency is more important than serving the public. To shut down any sort of productive attempt by citizens to ask for more than the poor services presently in place, AHS has taken the proactive step of terminating the doctor advocate for the community.
  • In my opinion, there will be no help from the government of Alberta with the health difficulties faced by families in Airdrie. They went ahead in Sundre without any sort of consultation with the community.
  • The long term objectives of the NDP government appear to be the same as that of the PC government. They will talk about the public interest and work to transfer continuing care to the private sector. They will talk about serving rural Albertans while they remove long term care beds and close sections of hospitals.
  • There will be continued losses of long term care beds in the public facilities, with transfer of citizens to privately owned supportive living facilities which do not provide the same level of care. Hospitals in rural areas will have to justify their existence and if cost constraints continue, there will be hospitals closed down.
  • A lot of this strategy appears to be solely based on the almighty dollar. It may be that any political party we hire will opt for the cheapest solution to problems in health care and continuing care delivery.
  • This troubling pattern of failing rural Albertans seems to be justified by Alberta Health (which has to approve of the changes made by AHS) as necessary budgetary decisions but this seems rather odd when we consider other decisions where money has been wasted without any concern by the NDP government-such as the more than a million dollars spent on advertisements for the climate change policy and the recent budget.
  • We also have the recent AHS news that 22 executive staff at AHS earned over 6 million dollars in 2015 ($6.621 million not including pension payments); some of these folks worked only part time hours.
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  • In addition, the cost of Covenant Health topdogs is fairly elevated as well.
  • It seems money can be wasted on the elite in the health echelon, but not on ordinary citizens.
  • I suggest that folks in Airdrie need to join up with folks in other rural towns such as Sundre to magnify the impact of citizen dissent about these top down decisions by the government of Alberta.
  • Sarah Hoffman says that these decisions are not made by her or by Alberta Health. This isn’t true. Major AHS decisions need to be approved by the minister.
  • If you look at the summary of what is happening in Sundre, it will provide a forecast of what will happen in other parts of rural Alberta. It has already happened in Carmangay and Strathmore. More cuts are on the horizon.
  • Fast forward to March 8, 2016, when radio station rock104 reported Council Learns Of AHS Plans To Decommission 15 Sundre Hospital Long Term Care Beds.
  • “…There was a big announcement made by Alberta Health Services at the Monday, March 7th town council meeting.
  • AHS is going to decommission the 15 long term care beds at Sundre Hospital with the construction of the new Mountain View Seniors Housing facility in Sundre, according to Mayor Terry Leslie.
  • He adds there are 15 long term care beds in the Sundre Hospital and those residents will see a change in care.
  • Mayor Leslie says they are looking forward for ongoing community meetings to try and make the transition as easy as possible for patients affected and make sure resident care into the future is going to be the paramount focus.
  • He adds there is a contract to provide service not in long term care but in supportive living care at the new facility. So he calls it a change in the way care will be provided to seniors…”
  • Closure of the LTC beds was not an AHS decision. The LTC beds in the Sundre Hospital were registered as an Auxiliary Hospital. According to the OPERATION OF APPROVED HOSPITALS REGULATION Alberta Regulation 247/1990“Every hospital shall require prior approval of the Minister for a) any proposed major change or termination of an existing service provided by the hospital ...”
  • This was a decision made without any consultation with the community, and the community is very concerned about the loss of the LTC beds. AHS is now planning consultations to determine future use of the hospital space
  • The current NDP government is on record over a long period of time, in 2012, NDP MLA David Eggen compared the closure of the long term care facility in Carmangay to “domestic abuse” at a rally to protest Premier Redford’s decision. Also in 2012, Premier Rachel Notley commented that the Tory plan to limit LTC beds and shift to supportive living “aims to force sick seniors to shoulder a larger share of their health-related costs and live in facilities that may offer them an inadequate level of care.
  • "It's unfair, but it's also absolutely penny wise and pound foolish," Notley said.
  • "These patients will end up in much more expensive ER and acute care beds because they are the last resort."
  • The 2015 NDP Election Platform promised to create 2,000 public long term care beds [not to close public beds and shifting to private supportive living], and to “end the PCs’ costly experiments in privatization, and redirect the funds to publicly delivered services.
  • They are short-changing Alberta seniors by not creating enough long-term care beds and relying on expensive, for-profit delivery of inadequate assisted living and homecare.
  • Hansard records for Monday, March 14, 2016 and Tuesday March 15, 2016 show an interesting role reversal; the Wildrose protesting shutting down long-term care beds and laying off nurses in Sundre, and NDP Health Minister Hoffman explaining that they’re not really losing LTC beds, although there might be a slightly different level of care the number of beds is increasing from 15 to 40.
  • The Minister’s lines could have been written by any of the Tory Health Minsters in the last dozen years.
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And meanwhile in the la la land of Albertans For An NDP Government Facebook page, everything is fine and dandy:

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Paul Johnson Nothing to defend , the NDP are doing great , I'd say the best in Canada.. It's Robensen and Jean that can't defend what is considered an attack by Klein on sick Albertans . SOooooooooo glad those days are put to rest
Eric Emshey You should not let the managers in the AHS get away with using those sick days for holidays, paid holidays. They should not carry over to be accumulated year after year either. If a person is ill 14 weeks out of 40 weeks of employable hours it may be time for a different profession. You were elected to correct healthcare not coddle the CONservative AHS board ! You want to save money then start by taking away self entitlements in the AHS !
Royal Lance Slade Maybe carry a smaller number over but not all, and don't have the ability to cash them in when you retire.
Steve Basarab Anything staff are able to carry forward has been negotiated into a collective agreement. The government doesn't have the power to stop that until the agreement is up and negotiations start. Holiday hours for UNA, are not supposed to be carried over unless a written request is made by the Employee and it cannot be unreasonably denied, they don't just keep carrying over and building up automatically! If you are referring to sick hours those hours carry over but cannot be "cashed in" on retirement.
Yvonne Dean I don't know if anyone has enough actual information on this issue yet to be drawing conclusions....
Albertans For An NDP Government Precisely. And furthermore, this is a webpage created by and for citizens who support our government. This is not the government. If you have concerns you wish to express to Alberta Health Services, you can find out how to do so here: