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AHS Consolidation Riddled with Financial Discrepancies

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is under great scrutiny after losing track of hundreds of millions of dollars during its amalgamation. The provincial watchdog has called for better monitoring of the superboard’s finances.

The Auditor General, Merwan Saher, pointed out several accounting issues that came to light after the AHS centralised the financial data of 9 former health regions and 3 medical boards. The errors led to $500 million worth of expenses misclassified in one case and $420 million omitted in another.

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Infrastructure Minister’s Allergic Attack Shakes up Caucus Meeting

Infrastructure Minister Ray Danyluk was rushed to the hospital on Monday after a severe allergic reaction. Mr. Danyluk believes that a peanut butter pretzel was to blame.

“I had taken a pretzel. Pretzels usually don’t have any peanut butter in them, and I don’t really know what peanut butter tastes like because I have been allergic all my life to nuts”, he said, one day after the incident. “It was a stupid thing on my part.”

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Food Tampering On a Rise in Toronto

The two cases of food tampering reported recently have triggered the Toronto police to undertake measures to prevent it. The officials have issued a safety alert for the same.

However, the officials are in process of probing both the cases. It is claimed that the two cases which took place the preceding month are linked to the same No Frills store at 1020 Islington Ave. in Etobicoke.

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50% More Albertans Getting Flu Vaccinations

Efforts to encourage vaccination seem to be paying off, as health clinics in Calgary report a 50% increase in the number of people immunized from last year.

Dr. Judy MacDonald, a medical officer of health with Alberta Health Services, says that the 75,000 of the city’s residents have had themselves vaccinated. “We’re encouraged by the response, and we’re hoping to see record numbers this year as people realize a flu shot reduces their risk of serious illness.”

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Bare-Chested Men and Moustaches: A New Way to Fight Cancer

Rugby Canada is preparing to release a fundraising gem to pay for the team’s 2011 World Cup campaign, the Canadian Rugby Foundation and Prostate Cancer Canada. Beginning next month, sales will start for an 18-month calendar featuring the scantily clad rugby players.

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