ALBERTA NEWS HEADLINES WEEK ENDING Nov 14, 2020

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Albeta Legislature Bills:  Second Readings of various bills:  Bill 41 Automobile Insurance, Health Bill 46 and many others

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Bill 47 would reduce costs for employers but are meant to streamline procedures and encourage workers and workplaces to better manage risks — not to benefit employers at the expense of workers’ rights and protections.

Jason Copping Alberta Labour Minister
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The Lead:

Alberta physicians call for ‘sharp’ two-week lockdown to curb spread of COVID-19

Letter sent to premier and health minister warns of ‘catastrophic’ consequences without further restrictions

With COVID-19 cases increasing dramatically, a group of physicians from across the province is calling on the Alberta government to impose an immediate two-week emergency lockdown.

In a letter sent Monday to Premier Jason Kenney, Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, the group warned that the province’s acute-care system could soon be overburdened if no extra restrictions are imposed.

“We believe that the conversation should not be framed as a choice between ‘lockdown’ akin to the prolonged experience in April-June, or no mandatory restrictions,” said the letter, signed by more than 70 physicians.

“Instead, the province should consider a two-week short, sharp lockdown, or ‘circuit-breaker,’ to drop the effective reproductive number and allow contact tracing to catch up. We believe it is time we had clear direction from our provincial government. We need rules not suggestions.”

The letter urged political and health leaders to “show the leadership the moment requires” in order to stave off further crisis and loss of life.

After the two-week lockdown, the letter said, the province could turn to “targeted regional control measures” similar to those in Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia, which have sliding scales of restrictions based on the number of cases, hospital admissions and the capacity of its intensive care units.

Signatories of the letter include intensive care physicians, emergency physicians, general internists, pulmonologists, infectious disease specialists and family doctors.

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