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--"How about a forensic audit into all the expenses of the health regions going back to the Merali era?," Wildrose leader Danielle Smith told the house. Horne said anyone who wants that information can get it under the freedom of information rules. But he said he can't help with that. "I'm not the party that makes a determination about the release of information under that (freedom of information) act," said Horne. NDP Leader Brian Mason labelled the answer weak. "That act is to get information that the government wants to give," replied NDP Leader Brian Mason. "It doesn't prevent the government from giving it."------------Sheila Weatherill, the former Chief Executive Officer of Edmonton's Capital Health Region, has notified the province by letter that she will send it a cheque for $7,800. The money will cover the funds paid for Michele Lahey, who was a Capital Health vice-president at the time, to get a second opinion on her cancer tests at the prestigious private Mayo Clinic in Minnesota in 2007. Lahey has said it was Weatherill's idea to send her to the Mayo. In the letter to Health Minister Fred Horne, Weatherill said while she did not agree with Lahey's explanation of events, having Capital Health pay for her assessment was "an error." "As CEO at the time, I take responsibility for this extraordinary event and I apologize to the people of Alberta." Horne appeared relieved today after telling reporters Wednesday there was likely no way to recover the money. "I think it's the right thing to do and I think that's what Albertans expect." Horne said on Thursday that Weatherill sent the cheque without any prompting, including six years' worth of interest.




This is where our tax dollars are going and for what? The Climate Change Political Cult is spending our money big time to bribe big business to comply with their faulty agenda.

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Edward Redshaw Our Premier made a convoluted mess of so many things starting on Day 1. She had a golden opportunity and blew it by right off the bat aggravating every voting group there was. Sad. Now the problem is who to replace her? The only Party which will be sta...See More
Julie Ali The dumb climate leadership plan is just to get our money. The carbon tax is a greenwashing GST for no good reason.
Allan J Marter Ah, climate alarmists rare everywhere!
Arthur Dear By it's nature Facebook enables us to surround ourselves with like thinking friends and to receive news and viewpoints that we agree with or are interested in. Sociologists are studying this phenomena. The popular Term that has arisen describing this is " living in the bubble". We all drift into these societal divisions or "clouds" of people.
I always find it just a bit surprising when somebody I have " classified" because of a shared position on some social concern turns out to be in fact totally different on other issues.
In my undergraduate days I did an honours geography equivalent in glacial and periglacial geomorphology. Climate was a large part of it and I have followed the debates since the sixties when we did not know whether cooling from human created dusts, smokes and assorted aerosols or warming from various human released heat retaining gases including co2, ch4 and others would prevail.
Many non scientists simply reject science based climate change observations and conclusions. Why barely matters. It is, however, pretty rare to see people with university and/or applied science backgrounds just reject it out of hand.
It would appear to me the larger Alberta protests arose out of farm worker legislation, energy and climate change issues ( really one big fur ball) and her refusal to reduce nursing and teaching staffing and salary levels during a downturn in oil prices.
I was involved in a labour intensive sector of agriculture ( greenhouse, garden centre, market garden) for thirty five years. Way back in the early 1980's we signed on to workmen's compensation for our employees. While I sympathize with the hassle farmers encounter I simply accept that their complaints are secondary to a safe workplace and relatively predictable compensation for employees.
Secondly the Premiers' position and actions on climate change are in fact nearly identical to what major players in the industry, world wide not just here, accept and in fact urge be done.
Third, I fail to see how she is in any way responsible for low oil prices. Perhaps you could educate me.
Fourth, I note that in other postings you are very unsupportive of her continuing to follow the RAI PROGRAM of using MDS to evaluate patient needs in longterm care. This is where we are in agreement. The RAI was never intended to predict institutional staffing levels nor to be used in longterm care. It was developed to monitor patient care and assist in the preparation of individual care plans.
The former conservative government implemented it and used it, as has the current one, to control spending and reduce staffing levels.
Since Alberta is one of those unique places where much of the population believes they can get world class medicine while paying the lowest tax levels around and while constantly reducing the number of nurses, or constantly increasing their work loads and attendant stress or intermittently slashing their numbers and wages most exemplified by our late pet drunk Klein I can do nothing but stare at the gods with upraised hands muttering WTF???
As you have noted we need more staff, not less.
So, are we still friends? Hope so.
Julie Ali The premier is self serving. I don't believe her climate change leadership plan. How the heck will putting in a carbon tax that returns money to most of us result in a change of behaviour? This is window dressing at its best. She gets to look like a leader when she isn't. As for the rest of the money how will green projects that cost the private sector too much to do by themselves result in greening of our environment? Why are we subsidizing these projects? I also think we are paying a lot in taxes for the major number of executive staff that don't do anything for us. I doubt that increasing taxes will end this entitlement at Covenant Health and AHS. These folks get too much cash and this money would be better spent on front line staff. There is no reason for a second bureaucracy at Covenant Health which was a political move by the PCs and please note the Stelmach on the board of the health authority. We have to listen to erudite chatter which means nothing. We can see the financial waste and we understand we are being played.
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Edward Redshaw Thank you Julie. Comments appreciated. So much financial game playing and smoke and mirrors. We need a government that will bring reality back to those who live in Rachel Notley's fantasyland and bring relief to those who need it most. Is there such an animal?
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Julie Ali Edward Redshaw Doubtful. It is not their money. Mr. Stelmach created the double headed health authority that is not necessary and we are stuck sending our tax dollars to this entity that gives almost a million dollars to their CEO. It's ridiculous. Then everyone says how great it is to have the Notley do the leadership business when we are being fooled by her. It's again so hard to believe.
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Edward Redshaw Just some background information.
My first degree was a BSc Hons in Scientific Geography from Aberdeen University, Scotland.
My second degree was a Masters in Agriculture from IAIAS Turrialba, Costa Rica.

My third degree was a PhD. from University of Alberta, Canada.
For 20 years I was the Plant Physiologist and finally Director of the Alberta Soils and Feed Testing Laboratory.
So you see I also have a background in earth sciences and as a researcher I learned to think outside the "bubble" or the "box".
I am not saying that Workers Compensation for farmer workers is wrong. I am saying that the Premier did not consult appropriately with farmers before implementing this. Most independent thinkers do not appreciate stuff forced on them.
As regards Climate Change this has become big business. "Major players" follow the money. Do you really believe our oil industry would have jumped so readily on board without the major subsidies they are receiving". I was a researcher for many years both at University and in Government. It was always good thinking to jump on the band wagon to get funding in the publish or perish environment.
I don't know where yo got the impression that I suggested that the Premier was responsible for low oil prices. Those were the result of world oil producers playing the game of "chicken".
Final word on Climate Change is that it is not "man made". We contribute, of course, but it is not stoppable at this stage so we should all stop worrying about the future. Enjoy life while we are here. We are in more danger from a nuclear elimination than from some rising sea level, etc. Humans and other wildlife have adapted over time. Nothing is permanent.
Regarding Long-Term Care. The entire funding system requires a complete overhaul and Alberta Health Services could do with a staff reorganization and consolidation. Funding is drastically misallocated and the Health Minister has lost control.
Recently, through the Freedom of Information process I received 562 pages of AHS Committee Meetings minutes. Very revealing regarding the time spent on achieving little.
Of course we are still friends. It just amazes me to see how my fellow humans can be brainwashed into protesting in the streets about irrelevant stuff.
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Marguerite Redshaw I agree ☝️... Follow the 💰!!!
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Julie Ali The messes by the PCs are continued by the NDP and we are all sucked dry to the marrow. Meanwhile folks in the health care system say that there is no way to achieve an idealised continuing care system of the sort where folks with complex care problems are taken care of. Really? Give me a break. The elite get their complex care taken care of by the big dollars we pay out to them. Remember the Mayo Clinic debacle of the Capital Health CEO? This happy CEO was generous with our money and paid it back only when she was caught. We're all told we can't have the care our family members need but the elite sure get it don't they? All junk. http://www.cbc.ca/.../former-edmonton-health-ceo-repays... A former Alberta health official who signed off on private care for a colleague at public expense has repaid the money.

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Former Capital Health COO Sheila Weatherill repaid Albertans $7,800. (Supplied)

Sheila Weatherill, the former Chief Executive Officer of Edmonton's Capital Health Region, has notified the province by letter that she will send it a cheque for $7,800.

The money will cover the funds paid for Michele Lahey, who was a Capital Health vice-president at the time, to get a second opinion on her cancer tests at the prestigious private Mayo Clinic in Minnesota in 2007.


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Former Edmonton health CEO repays Albertans for private care

Former CEO Sheila Weatherill cut $7,800 cheque for colleague's private health care

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A former Alberta health official who signed off on private care for a colleague at public expense has repaid the money.
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Former Capital Health COO Sheila Weatherill repaid Albertans $7,800. (Supplied)
Sheila Weatherill, the former Chief Executive Officer of Edmonton's Capital Health Region, has notified the province by letter that she will send it a cheque for $7,800.
The money will cover the funds paid for Michele Lahey, who was a Capital Health vice-president at the time, to get a second opinion on her cancer tests at the prestigious private Mayo Clinic in Minnesota in 2007.
Lahey has said it was Weatherill's idea to send her to the Mayo.
In the letter to Health Minister Fred Horne, Weatherill said while she did not agree with Lahey's explanation of events, having Capital Health pay for her assessment was "an error."
"As CEO at the time, I take responsibility for this extraordinary event and I apologize to the people of Alberta."
Horne appeared relieved today after telling reporters Wednesday there was likely no way to recover the money.
"I think it's the right thing to do and I think that's what Albertans expect."
Horne said on Thursday that Weatherill sent the cheque without any prompting, including six years' worth of interest.

Horne seeks advice on recovering improper expenses

Weatherill's letter came the same day Horne wrote to Allan Wachowich, former chief justice of Alberta Court of Queen's Bench, for advice on recovering the money.
Horne asked Wachowich to prepare a report on whether the government can recover any improper expenses claimed by and paid to employees of the former regional health authorities or current or former employees of Alberta Health Services.
Weatherill also went on to praise Alberta's health-care system and its doctors.
"I regret the implication that this event may suggest and I apologize to Alberta health professionals who may have taken offense," she wrote in the letter.
Weatherill was CEO of the Capital Health Region until it, and all other health regions were merged in 2008 into the current Alberta Health Services, or AHS, superboard.

CEO resigned over expense scandal

Weatherill was a board member of AHS until last August. She resigned shortly after AHS chief financial officer Allaudin Merali tendered his resignation over an expenses scandal.
An audit found that Merali, while the chief financial officer for Weatherill at Capital Health, had racked up almost $370,000 in questionable expenses. There were lavish dinners and parties, and bills to taxpayers to fix and upgrade his Mercedes Benz. He also hired a butler.
Weatherill signed off on Merali's expenses.
Receipts released by the Wildrose show that Lahey helped Merali with hosting costs during that time period. There are also thousands of dollars from 2005-06 for expensive meals, wines, exotic cheeses, hotel stays, gift baskets and charitable donations tied to her work.
Opposition leaders say they're being stymied trying to get Weatherill's expenses released under freedom of information legislation and say it's time Horne clear the air.

Wildrose calls for forensic audit

"How about a forensic audit into all the expenses of the health regions going back to the Merali era?," Wildrose leader Danielle Smith told the house.
Horne said anyone who wants that information can get it under the freedom of information rules. But he said he can't help with that.
"I'm not the party that makes a determination about the release of information under that (freedom of information) act," said Horne.
NDP Leader Brian Mason labelled the answer weak.
"That act is to get information that the government wants to give," replied NDP Leader Brian Mason.
"It doesn't prevent the government from giving it."
Horne and Redford have said new rules introduced last fall tighten up spending and oversight to prevent a repeat of any lavish or improper spending by AHS.

Corrections


  • Sheila Weatherill is the former chief executive officer of Capital Health. An earlier version of the story incorrectly called her the chief operating officer.
  • Apr 18, 2013 4:22 AM MT

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