Province investing in EMS systems

By Steffanie Costigan, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Alberta government announced on Thursday $35 million in funding over three years to assist with reducing emergency response times and support EMS workers.  “We will outline significant steps our government and partners are taking to enhance the emergency response capabilities and healthcare across Alberta, said Alberta Minister of Health Adriana LaGrange on Thursday … Read more

Revamped health advisory system gives voice to rural Albertans – minister

4/16/24By: George Lee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Revamped advisory councils blanketing the province will help ensure that the government understands and addresses rural health-care challenges while improving service, the health minister said Monday. Rural Alberta will be heard through 13 new advisory councils – 12 regional and one Indigenous – that give traction to diverse concerns and ideas, said Adriana … Read more

Women and heart disease awareness evening offers wealth of information

By Rob VogtThe message was clear: women need to look out for each other and look after themselves.More than 60 women gathered at the Claresholm Social Centre on Saturday, Feb. 17, for a “Women and heart disease awareness evening” presented by the social centre and Mary Holgate.The evening featured a number of guest speakers covering various aspects of heart health.Heart … Read more

There’s something to be said for down time and rest

By Allison McKee It’s almost here. By this time next week, it’ll all be over and no one will know if something got missed.So far, I’ve discussed breath practices, moving the body, and clear expectations for getting through this crazy time of year with the least amount of stress possible. This week, this last week, let’s touch on the importance … Read more

Three-digit suicide crisis helpline launched

By Rob VogtPeople in crisis, have a new three digit number to call if they are experiencing suicidal thoughts – 9-8-8.On Nov. 30, the federal government announced it is taking an important step to provide suicide prevention support for people who need it, when they need it most.9-8-8, Canada’s new three-digit suicide crisis helpline, is now available to call or … Read more

Blue-green algae advisory lifted

By Rob Vogt; Photo by Trevor McDavidAlberta Health Services has announced it has lifted the blue-green-algae advisory for the Twin Valley Reservoir.On Nov. 2, they issued a release stating recent weather has cooled lake and reservoir water temperatures to such an extent that cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, is no longer a health concern, including in three bodies of water in … Read more

People learn about elder abuse and tools to address, prevent it

By Rob VogtPlanning for your senior years can include how to avoid pitfalls, estate planning, personal directives, power of attorney, and reducing financial strain.A total of about 15 people gathered at the Claresholm town office council chambers on Friday, June 23 to hear more about the subject and how it relates to elder abuse.The presentation was given by Gabrielle Kirk, … Read more