Saturday, April 15, 2017

--what does government do for us? why should we pay for their entitlements? who do the bureaucrats serve? and why are we forced to these indignities?------------Julie Ali shared a memory. Just now · While two tier health care was being reviewed what about the funding to private business that seems to be under the radar of the public? Why did the folks at Alberta Health hand over $10 million dollars to the Calgary-based Pure North S'Energy Foundation for an unproven junk science health program that used patient information? If this is a health program surely then this does not meet the criteria for release of patient information for a research study? The release of $10 million dollars by the Tories and then the funding of this company to the additional cost of $4.2 million dollars is a failure in job performance in my opinion of the folks at Alberta Health. The public trusts that money we pay as taxes will be used in the public interest. Was this money used in the public interest? Was this money provided to prop up a business that was provided unproven health services for no apparent deliverables? Why was Alberta Health supporting this business when citizens were used as guinea pigs for possibly deleterious end results? Who has the liability for these possible poor health outcomes suffered by a population of vulnerable citizens?


Who is auditing the folks at AB Health who made the dumb decisions to give upwards of $15 million dollars for unproven health programs run by a former oil man? What the heck is going on in government? Where is the decision tree and why are stuck with these poor decisions?Why are we paying for junk science when real science is not getting funding? Can't the folks in government use ordinary risk management protocols to determine that the use of unproven supplement treatments on a vulnerable group of citizens who were used as guinea pigs represent a liability to the public purse? Again who is in charge of such poor decision making? Who will return this money back to us?
It's getting Kafka like in Alberta.






stuck in the house
doing taxes

I wonder to myself 
why are we serfs and forced to pay 

taxes to the government
at all levels?




I feel that we should get returns

for our forced payments to these

but instead every year
I sit in the paper and wonder


what if we pruned government
to a splinter?

what if we kept the money
for our families?

what does government do for us?
why should we pay for their entitlements?

who do the  bureaucrats serve?
and why are we forced to these indignities?

here I am giving away our family's earnings
for a group of folks who milk the system with impunity

what do we get for our tax dollars?
why are we forced into this unfair relationship?

why do middle class families
see the government of Alberta as being indifferent

while still taking and taking from us?
who do they serve? and why are we to be serfs

in this deMockracy?
I take my taxes and think of these matters

my husband works so hard for the money
and then the prime minister goes on holidays

with our tax dollars
meanwhile at Alberta Health

they give away our money
to the junk science companies run by the oil men in Alberta

we see the irony of the matter
we --who pay for it all ---are serfs

and everyone else
sits at the table of government entitlement

we say the system is not made for us
and that we are forced into obedience to the elite



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZDsCJ4rGD4&index=1&list=RD5ZDsCJ4

ZAZ - "Si jamais j'oublie" [Official Video]



http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/medicare-alberta-sarah-hoffman-pure-north-amrhein-1.4070991

CBC INVESTIGATES

Friends of Medicare calls for investigation of Alberta deputy minister's ties to private health foundation

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman refuses to answer questions about potential conflict of interest

By Charles Rusnell, Jennie Russell, CBC News Posted: Apr 14, 2017 6:00 AM MT Last Updated: Apr 14, 2017 6:00 AM MT
Sandra Azocar of the Friends of Medicare is calling for an investigation of ties between Alberta health’s deputy minister and a private health foundation.
Sandra Azocar of the Friends of Medicare is calling for an investigation of ties between Alberta health’s deputy minister and a private health foundation. (Rick Bremness/CBC)
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Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman needs to order an investigation into whether deputy minister Carl Amrhein's relationship with a private health foundation influenced the ministry's decision to give the foundation a multi-million-dollar grant, says a health advocacy group.
Friends of Medicare executive director Sandra Azocar called for the investigation after a CBC News investigation revealed Amrhein had personally endorsed, and participated in, an unproven alternative health program offered by the Calgary-based Pure North S'Energy Foundation.
In October 2016, Amrhein signed, on behalf of the ministry, a $4.2-million grant agreement with the foundation for a nurse-practitioner-led clinic. Hoffman has insisted the clinic will not be offering any alternative health treatments.
"I think there are so many levels of wrong with this situation and this relationship," Azocar said.
"I definitely think there has to be some kind of an inquiry or an investigation as to how effectively the deputy minister is currently doing his job, and where we look at his ability to continue in an impartial kind of role around potential conflicts of interest," Azocar said.
Amrhein has declined interview requests from CBC News. In a statement provided Tuesday, an Alberta Health spokesperson said Amrhein "fully disclosed" his relationship with Pure North when he became deputy minister in August 2015.

Relationship reported to ethics commissioner

Alberta's ethics commissioner, Marguerite Trussler, told CBC News that Amrhein disclosed his participation in the Pure North program. She also said Amrhein told her "recently" that the decision to grant Pure North funding was made by Hoffman and he merely signed off in his role as deputy minister.
Hoffman has refused to answer questions about what, if anything, Amrhein disclosed to her about his relationship with Pure North and Markin.
Wildrose accountability critic Nathan Cooper said Hoffman has a duty to be transparent.
"The health minister needs to answer this question," Cooper said. "It is a very reasonable question that Albertans should be able to know, whether or not this particular individual disclosed what certainly could be seen as a conflict of interest to the minister, prior to making some significant decisions on funding within her department."
Nathan Cooper
Wildrose accountability critic Nathan Cooper says the health minister’s refusal to address the issue is troubling. (Alberta legislature)
Azocar said she finds it troubling that Hoffman is unwilling to answer basic questions relating to the integrity of her ministry.
"I think that sometimes silence says a lot more than actual words," Azocar said. "Albertans need to know that they can trust their leadership, that they can trust whoever is in charge of making decisions for the greater good of Albertans.
"And this situation, I think, kind of highlights the fact that in this case, there are a lot of things that have not been done perhaps in the best way that could have been done," she added.

Documents reveal relationship

Documents obtained by CBC News through freedom of information revealed a years-long relationship between Amrhein, Pure North and its founder, multi-millionaire Calgary philanthropist Allan Markin.
The documents show that in July 2014, Amrhein, while provost at the University of Alberta, wrote a letter of support for Pure North and Markin, who is a major donor to the university.
Carl Amrhein
Deputy health minister Carl Amrhein participated in Pure North S’Energy Foundation’s alternative health program. (CBC)
Internal Alberta Health documents show Pure North used Amrhein's letter in September 2014, and again in December 2014, to bolster funding requests to the Progressive Conservative government.
The documents show that after Amrhein became deputy minister of health, he continued his relationship with Pure North and Markin. In fact, emails show Amrhein participated in Pure North's unproven health program, which features high doses of vitamin D.
'I think there are so many levels of wrong with this situation and this relationship.'- Sandra Azocar, Friends of Medicare executive director
Amrhein also communicated directly, on several occasions, with Markin and Pure North executive director Wendy Paramchuk. The documents show Amrhein also directed ministry staff to research and respond to Pure North requests for health policy changes that would directly benefit Pure North, such as making vitamin D a registered drug.
None of the policy changes were implemented, although the documents reveal senior ministry officials expended significant resources researching them and dealing directly with Markin.
Earlier this month, CBC News reported that in December 2013, Alberta Health gave Pure North a $10-million grant to expand an existing alternative health program — against the advice of senior ministry officials who said the program was not adequately supported by science, it could not prove the health and economic benefits it claimed, and could cause adverse effects.










The inexplicable blindness of Sarah Hoffman to the role of Carl Amrhein in the Pure North S'Energy Foundation Grant is very strange. Usually she is pretty politically astute but maybe the Amrhein is a blind spot.
The lack of inquiry into the role of the Amrhein indicates at least to me that the NDP government, like the PC government before it fails to use public dollars in a productive fashion and instead funds inappropriate uses of our cash.
This is not acceptable. While we can fire failed performance in politicians in the next election it's hard to remove bureaucrats without investigation.
I agree with the Friends of Medicare that the Amrhein needs to be reviewed not only for this case but his overall performance. What exactly does he do at Alberta Health? Why is he in this role when his background is in geography? Are there no health professionals who would be a better fit in this ministry?


  



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Julie Ali shared a memory.
While two tier health care was being reviewed what about the funding to private business that seems to be under the radar of the public? Why did the folks at Alberta Health hand over $10 million dollars to the Calgary-based Pure North S'Energy Foundation for an unproven junk science health program that used patient information? If this is a health program surely then this does not meet the criteria for release of patient information for a research study?
The release of $10 million dollars by the Tories and then the funding of this company to the additional cost of $4.2 million dollars is a failure in job performance in my opinion of the folks at Alberta Health. The public trusts that money we pay as taxes will be used in the public interest. Was this money used in the public interest? Was this money provided to prop up a business that was provided unproven health services for no apparent deliverables? Why was Alberta Health supporting this business when citizens were used as guinea pigs for possibly deleterious end results? Who has the liability for these possible poor health outcomes suffered by a population of vulnerable citizens?



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