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The Press Gallery: Inside Alberta politics


Mar 21, 2015

Albertans seeking health care in rural communities will be better served by less centralized decision-making, Health minister Stephen Mandel said this week. Journal health reporter Keith Gerein joins The Press Gallery’s host Sarah O’Donnell, city columnist Paula Simons and provincial affairs reporter Mariam Ibrahim to take stock of Alberta’s latest rural healthcare improvement plan, which involves the creation of as many as 10 health districts. Is a system that resembles the to pre-Alberta Health Services era of health regions the right medicine for the province? The weekly politics podcast also looks at why the government is again facing questions about the number of cancelled surgeries – this time at Edmonton’s Stollery Children’s Hospital. And, on the eve of the provincial budget, the quartet takes the temperature of the relationship between the Progressive Conservatives and government workers following a meeting between Premier Jim Prentice and public sector union leaders. Good Stuff from the Gallery concludes the show. Good Stuff from the Gallery Paula’s picks: The real target of Taber’s new law: Mennonites? By Rachel Browne http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/tabers-real-target-mennonites/ Let Khadr tell his own story: Edmonton Journal editorial http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Editorial+Khadr+tell+story/10901045/story.html Fortress mentality won’t do: Edmonton Journal editorial http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Editorial+Fortress+mentality/10901047/story.html Let’s put this to the electorate: Edmonton Journal editorial http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Editorial+this+electorate/10901052/story.html Keith’s pick: Scientists seek ban on method of editing the human genome by Nicholas Wade http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/20/science/biologists-call-for-halt-to-gene-editing-technique-in-humans.html?smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0 Sarah’s pick: Wildrose leadership debate on Alberta@Noon http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/Alberta/ID/2659286838/ Mariam’s pick: An Israeli election turns ugly: New York Times editorial http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/18/opinion/an-israeli-election-turns-ugly.html