Random COVID-19 testing returns Tuesday at Canada’s 4 major airports

Random COVID-19 testing returns Tuesday at Canada’s 4 major airports

If you’re traveling back to Canada from an international trip through four of the country’s major airports — Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto — you may be selected for a random COVID-19 test starting Tuesday. Ottawa has brought back mandatory random testing after the federal government halted it on June 11. However, new for this … Read more

Behind the COVID curtain: formerly confidential Alberta government documents made public

Behind the COVID curtain: formerly confidential Alberta government documents made public

The Provincial Court of Alberta released documents on Wednesday that provide the public a glimpse behind the curtain on how the UCP government decided when to begin removing Alberta’s COVID-19 restrictions in February. The documents — which were previously marked confidential — were ordered by provincial court to be turned over by one of the … Read more

Alberta UCP leadership candidate Danielle Smith promises immediate sovereignty act

Alberta UCP leadership candidate Danielle Smith promises immediate sovereignty act

One of the front-runners to replace Jason Kenney as Alberta’s premier says if she wins, legislation would come this fall to ignore federal laws along with steps to create a provincial police force and tax-collection agency. Danielle Smith said the legislature would need to pass an Alberta sovereignty act as soon as possible to allow … Read more

Stollery Children’s Hospital ER seeing ‘unprecedented’ wait times, surge in patients: Edmonton doctor

Stollery Children’s Hospital ER seeing ‘unprecedented’ wait times, surge in patients: Edmonton doctor

Emergency room wait times have been a concern for many years in Edmonton and now a local doctor says the city’s children’s hospital is in the midst of an unprecedented, unsustainable situation. Dr. Shazma Mithani, an emergency room physician at both the Royal Alexandra Hospital and Stollery Children’s Hospital, said the latter is seeing patient … Read more

Calgary parents face long lineups at Alberta Children’s Hospital ER

Calgary parents face long lineups at Alberta Children’s Hospital ER

Long lineups of parents and sick children could be seen trailing out of the doors of the emergency department of Alberta Children’s Hospital on Monday and Tuesday. One parent told Global News that the wait for emergency care for her child was “overwhelming.” Another parent said they had been waiting for five hours in a … Read more

Alberta top doctor’s claim of cabinet confidentiality challenged in court

Alberta top doctor’s claim of cabinet confidentiality challenged in court

Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Barbara Romaine will decide next week whether or not a question regarding cabinet ever ignoring public health recommendations would infringe on cabinet confidentiality. The decision is part of a civil trial that began on Monday. Several individuals and churches launched a constitutional challenge in December 2020, accusing the provincial … Read more

Alberta expands access to 4th doses of COVID 19 vaccines

Alberta expands access to 4th doses of COVID 19 vaccines

Alberta is expanding eligibility requirements for a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Beginning Tuesday, those who are ages 70 and older as well as First Nations, Métis and Inuit people 65 and older can get the second booster shot. The province says all seniors in congregate care, regardless of age, can also receive the dose. … Read more

Alberta lawyer accuses Hinshaw of ‘controlling the narrative’ around COVID-19

Alberta lawyer accuses Hinshaw of ‘controlling the narrative’ around COVID-19

Lawyer Leighton Gray accused Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw of “controlling the narrative” around COVID-19 in court on Tuesday. Hinshaw took the stand at a civil trial on Monday, maintaining that public health restrictions were necessary to protect the province’s health-care system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Several churches and individuals in … Read more