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Pharmacist says $150M savings in provincial budget will have negative consequences



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Opinion by Aileen Jang, Pharmacist

95% of Albertans polled named pharmacists as the most accessible healthcare professional.  Year after year, pharmacists have ranked among the top 3 as the most trusted profession.  On May 17, 2018 the new pharmacy Funding Framework will come into effect and the Alberta government claims there will be a savings of $150 million dollars.

The goal of every government is to reduce spending and cut costs.  As a taxpayer, I agree with this but only if it is done in a manner that is not harmful to its citizens.  When funding is decreased to the pharmacy, patients will ultimately be the ones to pay the price.  Wait times for filling your prescriptions; consultations on your medications and health conditions; and injection services will all increase.  The reality is that patient care will suffer when pharmacists no longer have the resources to provide the services Albertans have come to rely on.

This past influenza campaign, pharmacists provided 51% of the vaccinations.  The reduced fee to community pharmacies for providing this service in future will decrease this number.  The result will be an increased strain to the public health clinics and physician offices ultimately resulting in added costs and strain to the healthcare system.

In 2017, pharmacists helped over 16,000 Albertans in their attempt to quit smoking.  This service alone will save the system healthcare dollars by improving the health of our patients.

Pharmacists provided over 500,000 Albertans with prescription renewals when they were unable to see or find a family physician.  This service allows pharmacist to work with the physician and patient to improve their health while saving the healthcare system money.

Pharmacists are health professionals and want to provide high quality care.  However, the NDP government has signaled that patient care is not important, instead focusing solely on a budget that is largely beyond the control of pharmacists as drug costs are not set by pharmacies but by government and big pharma.  For these reasons, pharmacists are upset and demanding dialogue but have met with ignorance of the facts and empty promises to engage with us.

by Aileen Jang, Pharmacist

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Niobe Thompson brings us a new documentary about humans and horses | Nature of Things



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Equus Doc: Story of the horse Facebook Page

We’re surrounded by facebook posts, insta-stories & tweets, giving us, which seems like weekly, teasers of how the world is making innovations in human transportation. With tap ready headlines like “Canada falling behind in the race to build Elon Musk’s hyperloop.” Always driving us to look for the next best way to get to point B. But did we ever stop to wonder, and look back, before the world of trains and Teslas, how humans transformed the world of around us with horse power.

What is it that makes humans and horses so perfect for each other. And how have we transformed the wild horse we tamed 6,000 years ago into over 400 specialized breeds today.

To answer these questions, Canadian celebrity anthropologist-turned-filmmaker Niobe Thompson, part of David Suzuki’s team at Nature of Things. Takes viewers on an epic journey across eleven countries on three continents and back in time to the mysterious beginnings of the horse-human relationship. Over three spectacular hours of cutting-edge science and gripping adventure, split up into a three part series launching Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 8PM (8:30 NT), with episodes 2 and 3 airing on subsequent Sundays. Thompson explores the evolution of horsepower, discovers how our ancestors tamed the horse and learns fascinating new insights into the body and mind of this unique animal.

Tickets for Advance Screening at the Winspear Centre on September 17th @ 6PM

Thompson goes a global adventure of discovery, living and riding with horse nomads in Arabia, Siberia and Mongolia, travelling into the field with archeologists, geneticists, and horse psychologists, and above all, getting friendly with horses everywhere he goes.

In Episode 1, Origins, Thompson takes us 45 million years back in time to meet Dawn Horse, a creature that led to all horses today. Tiny, forest roaming, vulnerable to predators, and a fruit eater, Dawn Horse’s fossil remains are brought to life by evolutionary biologist Martin Fischer and Thompson’s team of 3D animators.

How do these huge animals practically fly?  Thompson visits some of the fastest, and most valuable, horses on Earth, and learns how elastic energy and a bizarre ability to breath-hold make these some of the fast land-runners in nature.

Why are horses so willing to please? Through some fascinating experiments, English horse psychologist Karen McComb discovers that horses use 17 different facial expressions to communicate. (That’s one more than dogs and three more than chimpanzees!)

Thompson spends a day in the Canadian Rockies with “extreme cowboy” Jimmy Anderson, a horse whisperer who has left the old idea of “breaking horses” behind. Anderson doesn’t break horses – he starts them. We get to learn his secrets, as he starts an “unbroke” colt.

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Royal Alberta Museum Opening this Fall



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The exact opening date is still TBD, but when the Royal Alberta Museum launches this fall, it will be the largest museum in western Canada.

At 419,000 square feet, its new location in the Edmonton Arts District is double the size of its old digs in Glenora, where the RAM existed peacefully for most of its half-century history.

The $375.5 million upgrade includes an open lobby, two new 30,000-square-foot exhibition halls devoted to Alberta’s natural and human history, an interactive children’s gallery, a bug wing with live critters, and a space devoted solely to the Manitou Stone, a sacred meteorite whose display remains controversial. (A 24-person indigenous advisory panel—including representatives of the Treaty 6, on whose original land the museum is built—have consulted extensively on the new RAM.)

When visiting this fall, pay attention to the building’s architectural flourishes: The grand, free-standing staircase in the lobby was inspired by Alberta’s Maligne and Johnston canyons; the interior walls are mapped with the North Saskatchewan watershed; and rooms are named after provincial parks. A 12,000-square-foot special exhibition gallery will launch its first show in spring 2019

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september, 2018

wed30may - 26sepmay 303:30 pmsep 26ATB Financial Downtown Market(may 30) 3:30 pm - (september 26) 6:30 pm

tue25sep - 28sep 257:00 amsep 28AUMA Convention & AMSC Trade Show7:00 am - 5:00 pm (28)

thu27sepAll DaySocial Media CentralRoll up your sleeves and get SOCIAL(All Day: thursday)

sat29sep8:30 am- 3:00 pmBoard Leadership Central Alberta Conference8:30 am - 3:00 pm

sat29sep11:00 am- 12:00 pmMeet Author Ruth Ohi!11:00 am - 12:00 pm

sat29sep3:00 pm- 5:00 pmFred Penner: A free family performance3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

sun30sep9:00 am- 12:00 pmCIBC Run for the Cure9:00 am - 12:00 pm

sun30sep11:00 am- 2:00 pmOne Eleven Jazzy Brunch11:00 am - 2:00 pm

sun30sep11:00 am- 4:30 pmWith This Ring Bridal Gala11:00 am - 4:30 pm

sun30sep2:00 pm- 4:00 pmPresentation by Dr. Doris Jeanne MacKinnon: Metis Pioneers2:00 pm - 4:00 pm