The Wanderer Online provides Edmontonians with a daily recap of the last day in news. Our long-form – and sometimes irreverent and witty – recaps will keep you up-to-date with the latest happenings across the city. Enjoy and stay tuned.
To start the morning off, Albertan health care took priority yesterday, with some major funding changes announced by the province. First, the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) concluded voting on a new contract agreement that will span the next seven years. The agreement, passed and now set in stone until 2018, imposes a freeze on raises for doctors. However, it also seeks to allow for the increased input of physicians into the decision-making processes. Jodie Sinnema explores the details here.
On a similar note, the province announced yesterday that it will begin, as of today, to fund insulin pumps for those living with Type 1 diabetes. While this is spectacular news, it is not unexpected, as Alberta is the last province in Canada to provide such funding. The province seems to be compensating for this, however, with no age restrictions being applied to the coverage. Despite the delay in coverage, the new program has the potential to drastically improve the lives of thousands of Albertans who live with Type 1 diabetes.
Music fans (so, everyone) will be pleased to hear that musical headliners have been announced for Edmonton’s K-Days, the reincarnation of Capital Ex. From the country acts of Dallas Smith and Chad Brownlee to the Canadian hip-hop of MC Classified, the Koodonation Stage will definitely have something for everyone. I will certainly be checking out Down with Webster and Colin James, as I trust many others will as well. You can find more information about the line-up and K-days here.
Minimum-wage earners throughout the province got news of a raise yesterday, with minimum wage rising 20 cents, from $9.75 to $9.95. The increase is the result of automated adjustments implemented by the province to compensate for the rising cost of living. Don’t start making shopping spree plans yet, however – the increase will not come into effect until September 1st of this year.
All in all, Thursday was a good day for news in the province, and that can brighten any Friday morning.
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