From the Province of Alberta
Unauthorized Accesses of Health Information Lead to Eleventh Conviction
A former billing clerk with Alberta Health Services (AHS) pleaded guilty in Red Deer Provincial Court to illegally accessing health information under the Health Information Act (HIA) on August 21, 2019.
Rosario Aldave was found to have accessed the health records of 52 Albertans without authorization. She received a $5,000 fine and was ordered not to access health information for one year. The unauthorized accesses occurred in Red Deer.
AHS discovered the breaches of health information after it began an internal audit of an electronic health records system. AHS started the audit after being alerted to allegations that Ms. Aldave had accessed health information without authorization. AHS reported the breaches to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) in June 2018.
The OIPC opened an offence investigation and referred its findings to the Specialized Prosecutions Branch of Alberta Justice. Charges were laid in July 2019.
It is an offence under HIA to knowingly gain or attempt to gain access to health information in contravention of the Act (section 107(2)(b)).
This was the second conviction against an individual for knowingly accessing health information in contravention of HIA in 2019. It marked the eleventh conviction under HIA overall.
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Police arrest two more people following killing of eight-year-old girl in Alberta
An Edmonton Police Service logo is shown at a press conference in Edmonton, Oct. 2, 2017. Police in Edmonton have charged two more people following the killing of an eight-year-old girl whose remains were found on a First Nation south of the provincial capital in April. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Police in Edmonton have charged two more people following the killing of an eight-year-old girl whose remains were found on a First Nation south of the provincial capital.
Officers responded on April 24 to a welfare call about the girl at an Edmonton home but were unable to locate her.
Her remains were discovered five days later on the Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis.
Shayden Lightning, who is 21, and Raighne Stoney, who is 36, have been charged with being an accessory to murder and causing an indignity to a body.
Three others were initially charged in the case.
Police are not releasing the names of two of the accused in order to protect the identities of other children related to the victim, whose identity is under a publication ban.
A 27-year-old woman faces a charge of first-degree murder and a 25-year-old man faces charges of being an accessory to murder and causing an indignity to a body.
Edward Nievera, 67, was charged with being an accessory to murder and causing an indignity to a body.
Edmonton police Staff Sgt. Colin Leathem said in a release Friday that the recent arrests will be the last in the case and that the investigation has concluded.
“We want to thank the RCMP in Maskwacis and Wetaskiwin for their assistance with this investigation,” he said. “Needless to say, this was an exceptionally distressing investigation to work on, and they went above and beyond in helping to facilitate these final arrests and bring this file to conclusion.
“While nothing can change the horror of what occurred, we hope (the arrests) can provide some measure of justice to those who knew and loved this little girl.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2023.
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