Tag Archives: AHS

194 ABCs and Why They Matter

The other day on the campaign trail I met a Bearded Dragon. He was curled up in the arms of a little girl, blinking sleepily in the afternoon sun. He practically purred when I stroked his chin. (Yes I know … Continue reading

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Who Deserves A Severance Package: Ms Neala Barton or the AHS Executives?

 “de-mur: to make objection; especially on the grounds of scruples”—Dictionary.com Neala Barton has the uncanny ability to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and emerge unscathed. She was a communications staffer for Ontario health minister David Caplan—until … Continue reading

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Wolves and Rabbits: The $3 billion RFP for Lab Services

I was slogging through Alberta Health Service’s Request For Proposals (RFP) for a 15 year $3 billion contract to provide lab services in the Edmonton area when the words of a former boss popped to mind…The world is divided into … Continue reading

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Health Minister Fred Horne: The Puppet Master

The Google search engine connecting a reader to the Soapbox spat out this query:  “Is Fred Horne as stupid as he looks?”  Yikes!  That’s bit harsh.  But I must admit the question had crossed my mind (without the reference to Mr … Continue reading

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“You’re fired!” Health Minister Horne Sacks the AHS Board

Last week Health Minister Horne out-trumped Donald Trump by firing not one but all 10 members of the Alberta Health Services Board—the board his government created in 2008 to deliver healthcare under a centralized delivery model. One expects such theatrics … Continue reading

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Alberta Health Services Executive Bonuses: The joy of friends in high places

To paraphrase Ogden Nash (actually Mr Nash did not utter this famous phrase, but for some reason we all think he did), “Spring has sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where my bonus is?” It is indeed bonus time.  … Continue reading

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When “The Duchess” says jump, you jump! Sheila Weatherill testifies at the Queue Jumping Inquiry

Has the public inquiry into preferential access (queue jumping) into healthcare been a colossal waste of time?  Not on your life! The inquiry created a window, rather like that in the cannulated cow, into the byzantine and sometimes Machiavellian antics … Continue reading

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