Higher fees, more privatization highlight recommendations on Alberta’s long-term care system

It is a challenge that governments right across Canada are struggling with, providing enough long-term care spaces for an aging population. This year, Alberta Health Services will spend more than $1 billion on continuing care, but the system is still…

In response to AHS review, Red Deer surgeon says doctors already prioritize procedures

An independent review of Alberta Health Services is looking for ways to reduce costs and improve performance, and it could lead to some surgeries being de-prioritized. Related News Among the procedures listed as having “limited clinical value”: hernia repairs, carpal…

Rural leaders worried about Alberta Health Services review recommendations

Some rural leaders say they are concerned about recommendations to consolidate services at small- and medium-sized hospitals in the recent EY review of Alberta Health Services. The report found that out of the 83 such facilities, 77 emergency departments meet…

Tense negotiations ahead as UCP searches for health-care system savings

Contract talks between the Alberta government and the unions representing nurses and physicians have gotten off to a rocky start. Nurses have publicly mused about job action, and voluntary mediation with the Alberta Medical Association failed to find a resolution.…

Tapping into the potential of women in Alberta’s craft beer industry

This is the final part of our Alberta Matters series on alcohol. Click here to read Part 1 on craft beer marketing and tourism, Part 2 on market saturation concerns, Part 3 on inter-provincial trade barriers hampering the growth of…

Alberta craft brewery showcases local authors, musicians on beer cans: ‘The wider world is digging it’

A craft brewery in central Alberta has found a unique way to showcase the work of local artists, authors and musicians. Lacombe-based Blindman Brewing is printing a collection of short stories, poems and musical lyrics on the labels of one…