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Alberta Opposition urges premier to make sure all caucus members vaccinated

Oct 1 2021 — Dean Bennett — EDMONTON — Alberta’s Opposition is urging Premier Jason Kenney to make sure every member of his United Conservative caucus is vaccinated against COVID-19. Thomas Dang, the NDP's deputy house leader, says anyone who is not vaccinated should be removed from caucus. He says with Alberta hospitals overcrowded with infected patients, it’s imperative that political leaders […]

Alberta doctors raise alarm on specialist staff shortages in intensive care wards

Sep 27 2021 — Dean Bennett — EDMONTON — The Alberta Medical Association says the province's high COVID-19 numbers are behind a desperate shortage of specialized staff to care for critical care patients. “The demand for (intensive care unit) nurses is currently so high that we need to increase the number of patients assigned to each nurse,” the medical association said in […]

Alberta to assess current COVID-19 health measures before considering new ones

Sep 10 2021 — Dean Bennett — EDMONTON — Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro, accused of not doing enough to stop a COVID-19 surge swamping hospitals, says the government wants to see the effect of recent health restrictions before adding any new ones. Shandro said he and Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the chief medical officer of health, are assessing the impact of health […]

Twelve Alberta mayors call for province to implement COVID-19 vaccine passport

Sep 7 2021 — Dean Bennett — EDMONTON — Twelve Alberta mayors are calling for Premier Jason Kenney to bring in provincewide COVID-19 vaccine passport rules, while a member of his United Conservative caucus is telling him to back away from them entirely. The mayors in Edmonton and surrounding communities, in a public letter sent Tuesday, urged the government to bring in […]

Alberta NDP calls for mandatory COVID-19 vaccine rules on non-essential businesses

Sep 2 2021 — Dean Bennett — EDMONTON — Alberta’s Opposition New Democrats are urging Premier Jason Kenney to bring in new rules to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for anyone attending non-essential businesses and mass gatherings. NDP Leader Rachel Notley says the province should also return to mandatory masking for anyone unvaccinated entering essential places, including grocery stores. Notley says it’s critical […]