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Nov 23 5 tweets 1 min read
NDP leader Rachel Notley says Danielle Smith will address the affordability crisis that the UCP caused in the first place. Notley says UCP raised AISH at the start of their term only to de-index it- now reversing that again.

Notley also points to recent comments made by Smith about Albertans paying for their own doctor's visits.
Nov 23 7 tweets 4 min read
Premier Danielle Smith begins her TV address by saying she will deal with affordability crisis.

Blames spending by Ottawa and anti-energy policies.

#Yeg #yyc #ableg NEW:

Premier Smith announces slate of new measures in order to deal with inflation in Alberta.

#Yeg #yyc #ableg
Nov 21 4 tweets 4 min read
UPDATED:

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith sparks debate over Health Spending Accounts

edmonton.citynews.ca/2022/11/21/alb… Here's part of the interview with Premier Smith from June 2021 where she says it was a mistake for Alberta to remove health care premiums - adding she wanted to bring it back in a "smarter" way. #yeg #yyc #ableg
Nov 18 14 tweets 3 min read
Several Indigenous leaders including the Chiefs of Treaty 6, Treaty 7 and Treaty 8 are uniting to oppose Premier Danielle Smith's proposed Sovereignty Act.
#yeg #Yyc #ableg Image Chief Tony Alexis says the Sovereignty bill is unconstitutional and illegal.

Must uphold their treaties as they are international agreements and they do not plan to ever give up their land.

Will not let colonial governments ignore their rights.
Nov 18 9 tweets 2 min read
NEW:

Federal govt says they're pulling in foreign supply of kids medicine and after next week, more than one-million bottles of liquid ibuprofen and acetaminophen will have entered Canada for hospitals, pharmacies and retailers and will be on shelves early next week. Health officials add that bilingual labelling has not been an issue in kids medicine shortage.

They add that they are looking into amoxicillin issue to meet demand.
Nov 17 5 tweets 4 min read
BREAKING:

Alberta reports 6 new influenza deaths, including in a child aged 1-4.

#yeg #yyc #ableg Here's a look at how hard the flu has his various age groups across Alberta so far - seems to be hitting the young and old the most.

#YeG #yyc #ableg
Nov 17 15 tweets 3 min read
Why not keep the AHS board alongside the new administrator?

Copping says the board is part-time- the legislation says that it's either the board or a FT administrator.

Says admin can dive in to deal with issues from operational stand point. Copping says he believes that they can get through the changes they want in AHS within six months.
Nov 17 9 tweets 4 min read
BREAKING:

Dr. John Cowell will be the new administrator for AHS.

He's tasked to look at EMS times, ER wait times, surgical wait times and long-term reforms for front-line workers.

#yeg #Yyc #ableg Health Minister Jason Copping confirms the Alberta Health Services board is out.

Adds board will be restored at a later time
Nov 16 12 tweets 2 min read
Education Minister Adriana LaGrange asked is she will do anything to address school illness issues.

Says they sent a document to schools at the start of the year offering some prevention tips, and schools have been dealing with outbreaks ever since schools were in place. LaGrange reiterates the government will not implement a mask mandate in Alberta schools, but says those who want to wear a mask can do so.
Nov 15 17 tweets 2 min read
AHS officials confirm there a number of respiratory viruses in Edmonton and AB (flu, COVID, RSV).

They add they affect different age groups, with RSV hitting younger and COVID skewing older. Dr. Chris Sikora says get your flu shot, your covid boosters, wash your hands and say home when you're sick - says absenteeism is school is better than spreading a virus.

Adds that you can wear a mask if you choose because it helps you and those around you.
Nov 15 15 tweets 2 min read
Former Hockey Canada CEO Bob Nicholson says he only became aware of the 2003 sexual assault allegations against players this year on July 7th.

(Nicholson was CEO/President of HC from 2003-2014) Nicholson says he can't say how many non-disclosure agreements were signed during his time as CEO, doesn't have a number - suggests asking Hockey Canada.
Nov 14 5 tweets 4 min read
Absences due to illness at Edmonton Public Schools continue to climb - reaching a new seasonal high of 13.72% (or about 14,456 students off sick) last Thursday.

#Yeg #ableg With more sick kids missing school, the EPSB will be holding an emergency meeting Tuesday morning.

They will be asking for guidance from the CMOH (which as far as we know is still technically Dr. Hinshaw) for advice on how to deal with sick rates. #yeg #ableg EPSB emergency meeting agenda calling for letter to be writt
Oct 21 13 tweets 2 min read
Asked why some folks were left out of cabinet (like Jason Nixon) - Danielle Smith says she kept some out to handle their own riding races, but adds some were the hand of Kenney on files that caused a lot of problems and that she heard members concerns

Danielle Smith asked about ridings where controversial candidates were booted.

Says she doesn't have power to address this, adds it's up to the board.

Also doesn't want to be seen as meddling in riding races.
Oct 21 9 tweets 3 min read
BREAKING:

Premier Danielle Smith unveils her first cabinet.

#yeg #yyc #ableg Smith said she would include her leadership rivals in cabinet.

Five of them - Toews, Jean, Sawhney, Schulz and Loewen - made the cut.

Only Leela Aheer failed to make the cut
Oct 14 8 tweets 5 min read
Here are some posts from Danielle Smith's Local page (from earlier this year) which offer some perspective on her comments regarding the unvaxxed as well as how to move forward in dealing with COVID in Alberta. Premier Smith also appeared to have had questions about the Ukraine's role in the ongoing conflict with Russia.
Oct 14 4 tweets 3 min read
A new Leger poll finds the NDP with a narrow lead in popular vote over the UCP.

It also suggests Rachel Notley is the favoured premier over Danielle Smith by a large margin.

Fewer than 1/3 think Smith will bring positive change to Alberta.

leger360.com/voting-intenti… #yeg #Yyc Image When it comes to fixing health care, 1/5 Albertans think Smith will bring positive change.

Only 1/4 think she can grow the economy or improve the lives of Albertans.

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Oct 11 4 tweets 1 min read
"They're the most discriminated against group that I've ever witnessed in my lifetime."

Danielle Smith says unvaccinated people have suffered greater discrimination than those based on race, gender, sexuality. Smith says this isn't to take away discrimination from those other groups - but we aren't going to create a segregated society based on a medical choice.
Oct 11 21 tweets 3 min read
Danielle Smith says she is using her power as leader to appoint herself as the UCP nominee for Brooks - Medicine Hat (leader has four appointments) Danielle Smith says cabinet will be chosen October 21.
Sep 8 21 tweets 3 min read
RCMP Update on Myles Sanderson.

Says he is no longer a threat nor is he a risk to the public related to this investigation. Over 160 RCMP and municipal officers and civilians from SK, AB, MB and ON were a part of the investigation.
Sep 7 4 tweets 2 min read
BREAKING:

A Dangerous Person Alert issued for EDMONTON.

One dead, two seriously injured after random stabbing.

People in Homesteader urged to seek shelter and be sage.

#yeg #Yyc The suspect in the Edmonton stabbing attack is described as a male with curly black hair, light skin, who was wearing a dark hoodie and grey shirt.

His appearance was described by witnesses as dishevelled and untidy.

#yeg #yyc
Sep 7 10 tweets 3 min read
Family of the Saskatchewan stabbing victims have shared these images of their loved ones, so that they are known and not forgotten.

61 yo Gloria Burns was an elder who helped others with addiction.

Her brother says she stabbed after being a first responder during the attack. Image 49 yo Lana Head from James Smith Cree Nation was a mother of two daughters . Image