An Edmonton woman diagnosed with cancer said she will wait 8 weeks for treatment

An Edmonton woman diagnosed with cancer said she will wait 8 weeks for treatment

An Edmonton woman fears she will die before receiving cancer treatment because she has been told the medical system is too busy to help her. Debra Williams went to Gray Nuns Community Hospital in late November due to severe abdominal pain. She said there were repeated problems with her care at the hospital. It took … Read more

Coutts, Alta., still a village divided after convoy blockade

Coutts, Alta., still a village divided after convoy blockade

The sound of blaring car horns that echoed through Coutts, Alta 10 months ago has been replaced by the steady hum of semi-trailer trucks passing through the Alberta-United States border crossing. There is an undercurrent in the community of 250 people, belied by a smiley face on the water tower, hinting at ongoing division dating … Read more

Smith’s bill to protect Alberta’s unvaccinated will not be introduced in the legislature

Smith’s bill to protect Alberta’s unvaccinated will not be introduced in the legislature

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith is reneging on a pledge to legislate human rights protections for COVID-19 unvaccinated people this fall. Instead, Smith said she is calling organizations with vaccine mandates to urge them to change their mind, if necessary by linking it to government funding. Smith is also asking Albertans to call her government to … Read more

‘Distorted stance on COVID’: Fired Alberta Health Services board member calls out Smith

‘Distorted stance on COVID’: Fired Alberta Health Services board member calls out Smith

A health system leader sacked by Prime Minister Danielle Smith has fired back in an open letter, saying her abusive, divisive attacks, mixed with “twisted” anti-science beliefs, make her a poor excuse for a leader and someone who literally endangers Albertans. “(Albertans) have a right to government that is based on principles, respects decency and … Read more

Young child among 6 Albertans who have died of flu this season

Young child among 6 Albertans who have died of flu this season

Influenza is now believed to be responsible for six deaths in Alberta this flu season, according to the province’s latest data. Among the dead is a child between the ages of one and four. On Thursday, Alberta Health released its latest flu numbers. There have been 2,082 lab-confirmed cases of the flu so far this … Read more

1st statement from Alberta’s new health chief on RSV, flu season

1st statement from Alberta’s new health chief on RSV, flu season

Alberta’s newly appointed top public health physician has issued a statement on the rising number of respiratory viruses – flu, RSV and COVID-19 – circulating in the province. Dr. Mark Joffe, who was named Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health on Nov. 14, encouraged Albertans to get their flu shot and take other measures to … Read more

City northwest of Edmonton calls on county to help as community may soon have only one doctor left

City northwest of Edmonton calls on county to help as community may soon have only one doctor left

On Friday, a rally was held in Onoway, Alta., where local leaders said they hope to draw attention to the city’s confrontation with the fact that there will be only one doctor in the community relatively soon. Joe Blakeman, the president of Lac Ste. Anne County, said Onoway currently has three doctors, but one is … Read more

Calgary, surrounding communities say Airdrie urgent care shutdowns will affect region – Calgary

Calgary, surrounding communities say Airdrie urgent care shutdowns will affect region – Calgary

A group of city officials from Calgary and surrounding communities fear temporary closures of Airdrie’s emergency care facility will have regional repercussions. Alberta Health Services (AHS) announced Thursday that emergency care at the Airdrie Community Health Center will temporarily close for eight weeks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. … Read more

Behind the COVID Curtain: Previously Confidential Alberta Government Documents Made Public

Behind the COVID Curtain: Previously Confidential Alberta Government Documents Made Public

The Alberta Provincial Court on Wednesday released documents giving the public a behind-the-scenes look at how the UCP government decided to begin lifting Alberta’s COVID-19 restrictions in February. The documents — previously classified as confidential — were ordered by the county court to be turned over by one of the authors, along with health department … Read more

The Opioid Toll, by Neighbourhood, that Alberta Tried to Hide

The Opioid Toll, by Neighbourhood, that Alberta Tried to Hide

Rylan Kafara has been on the frontlines of Edmonton’s drug poisoning crisis for a decade. Announcements, Events & more from Tyee and select partners Join The Tyee to Report on Labour and Workers We’re looking for a stellar journalist to join our team. Applications open until July 17. Now a doctoral ethnography student at the … Read more