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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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    Update: AMBER ALERT Cancelled – Update



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  • March 16th, 8 AM

    Update from EPS:

    An off duty Calgary Police Service member spotted Hjalte and Noah while driving. Hjalte was arrested by RCMP in Okotoks and remains in custody. Hjalte is facing a charge of abduction under the Criminal Code, Section 283(1). Noah will be returned to his father.

    March 16th, 5:30 AM

    The Amber Alert for Noah Ducharme has been cancelled.
    Noah and his mother were located in Calgary at approximately 5:30 a.m. Noah is unharmed.



    Friday 11:45 PM

    The Edmonton Police Service is issuing an Amber Alert for a child who was abducted today (March 15, 2019) at 2:50 p.m. from the Waverley Elementary School in the area of 68 Street and 89 Avenue.

    Noah Ducharme, age 8, is 4 feet tall, approximately 70 lbs, with short brown hair, wearing a dark green hoodie, light coloured jeans, and yellow and black Nike prescription glasses.

    Noah was abducted by his mother Brianne Hjalte, 31, who is described as 5’7” tall, approximately 180 lbs, with dark shoulder length hair, wearing a dark jacket and dark pants.

    Hjalte and Noah left the area on foot heading westbound on 89 Avenue. They are believed to be travelling in a 2008 Silver, Jeep Patriot with Alberta plate Z W K 8 4 4.

    It is believed that Noah is in imminent danger. The public is advised to not approach the suspect.

    Anyone who sees this vehicle, Hjalte or Noah, is asked to call EPS immediately by calling the complaint line 780-423-4567, or #377 from your mobile phone.

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    Edmonton Police release suspect images connected to Tuesday homicide



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  • The Edmonton Police Service is releasing images of a male suspect alleged to be responsible for the death of a 42-year-old male in northeast Edmonton early Tuesday morning.

    Homicide Section investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Matthew Leonard Dawson Campeau, 24.

    Campeau is wanted in connection to the murder of a 42-year-old male, which occurred at approximately 12:40 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at a residence near Belmont Park in northeast Edmonton.

    Autopsy results released by the Edmonton Medical Examiner this morning confirm the 42-year-old male died from a gun-shot wound, and the manner of death is homicide.

    Homicide investigators believe Campeau may still be in the Edmonton area. He is considered to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

    Campeau is described as being a Caucasian male, 6’2”, brown eyes, short black hair and weighs approximately 186 pounds. He also has a tattoo of an arrow on his left hand.

    Matthew Leonard Dawson Campeau, 24

    Investigators are urging anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Campeau to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

    Northeast Division patrol officers responded to a 911 call in connection to shots being fired at a residence near 135 Avenue and 38 Street, at approximately 12:40 a.m., Feb. 26, 2019.

    Upon arrival, EPS officers found a deceased male inside the residence. The male is known to police.

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