Sections of Alberta’s Mental Health Act deemed unconstitutional, court rules

A court has ruled six sections of Alberta’s Mental Health Act are unconstitutional after reviewing the case of a Calgary man who was held in hospital for nine months and treated with medications without his consent. The decision was issued…

Alberta schools battle budgets as future of nutrition grant remains unclear

Lethbridge school districts have created their budgets already, despite uncertainties of the funding they’ll be receiving from the United Conservative government’s first budget. “[We] really hope that the assumptions [we’ve] made on the upcoming budget are correct,” said Chris Smeaton,…

What’s in the water? The bacterial booby traps of summer

As you’re soaking up summer in pools and on playgrounds, you likely don’t want to think about what’s lurking on all those surfaces. Bacterial booby traps are everywhere. Microbiologist Jason Tetro shares these tips on avoiding microscopic menaces. The Public…

Scrapie, a disease related to mad cow, found in two Alberta flocks of sheep

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says some sheep in Alberta have been infected with scrapie, a fatal disease that affects the animals’ nervous system. The federal agency’s website says classic scrapie, which can be transmitted to other sheep and goats,…

Company awarded $2M contract to review Alberta Health Services

The Alberta government has selected a company to conduct a review of Alberta Health Services. Ernst & Young LLP (EY) has been awarded a $2-million contract to examine AHS health operations and organizational efficiency. The work is part of a…