Grieving family upset about mother’s treatment, death at St. B

An 80-year-old great-grandmother waited almost seven hours in a city emergency room before being treated for a minor heart attack, her family said. She died in the hospital a day later. Now, her daughters are looking for answers. “We were never told how serious this could be,” said Cathy Hunter. “If we would have known, […]

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ER chaos, bed crunch at St. Boniface cause for alarm: physician

  When emergency room physician Paul Doucet arrived at work at St. Boniface Hospital on Wednesday morning, he was alarmed at what he saw. At 11 a.m., there were 22 admitted patients in the emergency department who were waiting for a hospital bed. Eight of the admitted patients were in the department’s high-acuity area. Two […]

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WCB claims by nurses escalating amid rising patient volumes: union

Nurses made 256 injury claims to the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba between 2013 and 2018, with the rate of claims escalating by 311 per cent during the five-year period. The Manitoba Nurses Union obtained the WCB data through a freedom of information request, which was shared with the Free Press. It showed the number of […]

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Canada’s first accessibility bill could become law next month, Minister says

The federal government will heed the calls of Canada’s disabled community and amend the country’s first piece of national accessibility legislation to include some of the changes they sought, the minister spearheading the effort said Thursday. Accessibility Minister Carla Qualtrough said the government will be adopting all the amendments the Senate introduced to Bill C-81, […]

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Please abstain: How industrial companies are grappling with legalized cannabis

Seven months after the legalization of recreational cannabis, Garnet Amundson’s worries have not abated. Amundson is chief executive of Calgary-based Essential Energy Services, with nearly 400 workers, including 350 in safety-sensitive roles in the oilpatch. Topping his list of concerns is having employees who can pass any type of drug test on any given day and arrive at work without […]

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