Alberta health official fired over Calgary Flames getting special flu vaccine

Alberta Health Services says it has fired a senior staff member over the Calgary Flames swine flu vaccine controversy.

A shot by Detroit Red Wings' Brad Stuart scores on Calgary Flames' goalie Mikka Kiprusoff

EDMONTON — Alberta Health Services says it has fired a senior staff member over the Calgary Flames swine flu vaccine controversy.

The board, which reports directly to the Alberta government, won’t name who has been dismissed, but says it was wrong to give the hockey players and their families preferential treatment.

Members of the Calgary Flames NHL team were given swine flu shots at a special clinic last Friday as thousands of people waited in line for the vaccine or were turned away.

The revelation angered many people who have criticized Alberta’s swine flu vaccine rollout, which was plagued by long lineups before it was shut down Saturday.

Ken Hughes, the board’s chairman, says an investigation continues and could lead to further disciplinary action against other staff.

Hughes says people should receive health services based on medical priority.

Just Posted

UPDATED: Economy and health care expected to be hot election topics

Premier Rachel Notley makes announcement on Tuesday morning

Calgary woman convicted in son’s strep death seeking full parole

CALGARY — A woman convicted in her son’s death after she failed… Continue reading

Canadian women earn significantly less in pay, bonuses and profit sharing: study

TORONTO — Canadian women are paid 25 per cent less than men… Continue reading

UK’s May asks EU to delay Brexit until June 30

LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May formally asked the European Union on… Continue reading

Politicians hitting the road for votes in Alberta election campaign

EDMONTON — After firing up supporters at campaign kickoff events, the leaders… Continue reading

Director Kim Nguyen tackles financial ‘madness’ in ‘The Hummingbird Project’

TORONTO — As Quebec filmmaker Kim Nguyen tells it, “The Hummingbird Project”… Continue reading

What Disney gets as its $71.3B buy of Fox assets closes

It’s finally complete. Disney closed its $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment… Continue reading

Opinion: Let’s be heard ‘loud and clear’ during provincial election campaign

By David Marsden During the banquet for Sunday’s Boston Bruins alumni game,… Continue reading

Documentary on Colten Boushie case to open Toronto’s Hot Docs festival

TORONTO — A film examining the case of a young Indigenous man… Continue reading

Want to help bees? Plant flowering herbs

Herbs are among the most useful plants in nature. They can tantalize… Continue reading

UN: Gene editing for human reproduction is ‘irresponsible’

GENEVA — A panel convened by the World Health Organization said it… Continue reading

Photos: Three moose spotted in Red Deer Tuesday

Three moose were spotted in Red Deer Tuesday morning. Red Deer resident… Continue reading

Andreescu rockets to No. 24 in WTA Tour rankings after Indian Wells title

Canada’s Bianca Andreescu has rocketed to No. 24 in the WTA Tour… Continue reading

Most Read