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Alberta Ombudsman can’t do anything about City of Red Deer complaint about 9-11 Dispatch

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Ombudsman Responds to Municipalities’ Complaint About Ambulance Dispatch

Marianne Ryan, Alberta’s Ombudsman took the unusual step of publicly commenting on a complaint received involving Alberta Health Services.

The City of Red Deer, along with the municipalities of Calgary, Lethbridge and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo filed a complaint to the Ombudsman regarding Alberta Health Services’ consolidation of ambulance emergency dispatch services.

The Ombudsman Act authorizes the Ombudsman to investigate administrative decisions of government ministries and many related bodies, but the Act specifically prohibits her from investigating decisions of Alberta Health Services (AHS).

“My office thoroughly analyzed the complaint and confirmed that the decision to consolidate ambulance dispatch services was indeed made by AHS. While many government-related bodies fall under my jurisdiction, AHS is not one of them,” stated Marianne Ryan, Alberta’s Ombudsman. “In fact, the Ombudsman Act specifically states that my powers of investigation do not apply to health authorities. My ability to investigate AHS decisions would require a change in legislation. While the issue being complained about clearly affects many Albertans, I am bound by my governing legislation to only investigate matters that are clearly within my jurisdiction.”

Investigations by the Ombudsman are conducted in confidence, and it is the Ombudsman’s general practice not to comment publicly on complaints, especially ones that are not being investigated.

“Given the substance of the complaint has been widely reported in the media and that it relates to an issue affecting a great many Albertans, I advised the mayors that I would be making a public statement.”

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Alberta reports three cases of new COVID subvariant, more hospitalizations, deaths

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EDMONTON — Alberta Health says it has detected three cases of the BA. 2 variant and reported its second-highest rate of hospitalizations due to COVID-19.

The province says there were 1,418 hospitalizations Wednesday, a day after it broke its record with 1,443.

There were 1,309 people with the disease in non-intensive care and 109 patients in ICUs across the province.

The province also recorded 22 additional deaths, bringing the total to 3,505 since the pandemic began.

Alberta Health did not say when the three Omicron subvariant cases were detected.

Federal health officials say so far, 51 such cases have been detected throughout Canada.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 26, 2022.

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Elks sign all-star receivers Bowman, Arceneaux, three others

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EDMONTON — The Edmonton Elks signed former all-star receivers Adarius Bowman and Emmanuel Arceneaux on Wednesday.

The Elks also added veteran receiver Caleb Holley, defensive back Matt Elam and defensive lineman Daniel Ross. 

Bowman returns to the franchise after a five-year absence.

The 36-year-old is a three-time all-star, earning the honour in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 while he was playing in Edmonton.

Bowman helped Edmonton win the 2015 Grey Cup.

His 2016 season was one of the best in team history, with Bowman completing 120 receptions for 1,761 yards and nine touchdowns in 17 games.

Arceneaux, 34, is a two-time CFL all-star, and last played in the league in 2019, suiting up for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. 

He last played for the Frisco Fighters of the Indoor Football League.

Best known for his time with the B.C. Lions, Arceneaux has 578 receptions in the CFL for 8,418 yards and 57 touchdowns.

Elam and Ross have both had brief stints in the NFL.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 26, 2022.

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