Tuesday, August 8, 2017

---Fraser said he doesn't consider the reposting to be spam, calling it someone being persistent in trying to get their message out and taking measures to counteract the deletion.------He called the removal of the post "very, very troubling," and said it's concerning that a public body would try to suppress legitimate criticism. "One of the reasons our democracy works is because we do have people that engage in robust criticism and that hold public bodies to account," said Mendel, whose organization is dedicated to fostering democracy and human rights, including freedom of speech.------In response to an inquiry from CBC, the agency cited its social media guidelines and the same reasons for deleting the post. It did not respond to a second request for specific inaccurate accusations in the post.---"This is a form of censorship, of government censorship, and this is a violation of freedom of speech," Lukacs told CBC in an interview from Hungary, where he is vacationing. He added that a government body cannot tell Canadians what to think and cannot simply censor comments.------He said all the information in the post comes from public documents and is true, honest and fair opinion based on facts.-------Lukacs said the response to his post is an attempt to censor views that are not favourable to the agency. "This a variant of an Orwellian world where a government body is attempting to decide what citizens should think, what citizens should read, what they should say and what opinions are valid or not," he said.----------Transportation agency accused of censorship after deleting online criticism 'This is a form of censorship ... and this is a violation of freedom of speech,' says air passenger advocate---------Lukacs subsequently received messages that were purportedly from the agency's social media co-ordinator — though no name was given. They said, in part, that: "The agency is committed to an open and transparent dialogue with Canadians and welcomes a variety of perspectives and opinions."-------However, it also said its social media guidelines specify that it may remove comments that contain personal information or put forward serious, unproven or inaccurate accusations against individuals or organizations.-------Lukacs wrote back and asked what specifically was unproven or inaccurate, but did not receive a response. CBC News asked the same question, but the agency did not provide details.-----------He said as a private citizen, he can delete whatever he wants from his Facebook page, but "the government is constrained by the charter." Fraser also said the government may be "overreaching" by placing conditions and terms of use on its social media accounts. "Government can't, unless authorized by law, contractually bind you to a particular kind of code of conduct for things like that."-------On Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 9:53 AM, Office of the Premier wrote: Thank you Julie, for your email regarding Premier Notley’s Facebook page. While we encourage and value thoughtful and constructive discussion and debate, we do reserve the right to moderate comments to maintain a respectful atmosphere. Moderators of the page reserve the right to remove anyone from this page who is not following the below guidelines. These include, but are not limited to: · Spam or advertising: Content that is spam or advertising, including repeatedly posting the same thing. · Personal attacks: Engaging in personal attacks on any individual, including other posters. This includes name calling, commenting on other’s appearances and persistent trolling. · No Hate Speech: Attacks based on race, gender, sexuality, religion etc. · Language: Comments that include aggressive, coarse, violent, obscene, or pornographic language · Anonymous posters: Posters who are anonymous or not using their real name. Anonymous posting violates Facebook’s Terms of Use. Your comments were found to be in violation of our code of conduct. You are still welcome to share your views with the Premier by email at premier@gov.ab.ca. Sincerely, Office of the Premier 307 Legislature Building 10800 – 97 Avenue Edmonton AB T5K 2B7 Ph: (780) 427-2251 Fax: (780) 427-1349 E-mail: premier@gov.ab.ca--------------Julie Ali Flag Julie Ali When I commented on Rachel Notley's Facebook page in Alberta my posts about the oil and gas industry as well as the continuing care problems were deleted and I was blocked from further comments. This sort of blocking of comments is anti-democratic and represents a modulation of the conversation that is biased. I do not think that this sort of blocking of comments is appropriate for the Premier of Alberta.



Who y'all going to write to complain about anti-democratic censorship of the Orwellian sort folks?
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Blocking of comments occurs in AB as well. I and others were blocked from Rachel Notley's Facebook page. I guess bringing up problems in the oil and gas industry, in the continuing care system and in the child welfare system does not look good for the people's party but repeated comments that are different do not represent spam and so why was I blocked? Could it be that the NDP like the PCs before them want to control the message and the type of information the public gets? In my opinion this is anti-democratic and an attempt by the government of Alberta to ensure that our voices do not get heard.

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A democracy requires that diverse opinions based on facts and experiences of citizens be honoured and allowed publication -especially by all levels of government.
When government decides what is spam and what is not -well then this is the Orwellian state made present.
I guess we already had this state in AB with the PCs and it's continuing with the NDPCs who have blocked citizens like myself for criticism in sectors that the GOA is sensitive about such as:
-oil and gas pollution
-non-compliances and problems in the continuing care system
-deaths and harm of children in the child welfare system.
It's troubling but it's also good that advocates like this one are speaking out about this junk. We pay for all these departments and their censorship staff. I can't wait to see them laid off in the next election in Alberta because this sort of junk is simply unacceptable in a democracy.
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Transportation agency accused of censorship after deleting online criticism

'This is a form of censorship ... and this is a violation of freedom of speech,' says air passenger advocate

By Yvonne Colbert, CBC News Posted: Aug 08, 2017 6:00 AM AT Last Updated: Aug 08, 2017 11:07 AM AT
Consumer advocate and frequent flyer Gabor Lukacs has taken airlines to court 27 times and won 24 cases before the Canadian Transportation Agency.
Consumer advocate and frequent flyer Gabor Lukacs has taken airlines to court 27 times and won 24 cases before the Canadian Transportation Agency. (CBC)
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The Canadian Transportation Agency and an air passenger rights activist are engaged in an online battle that pits freedom of expression against a government agency's right to delete negative comments from its social media accounts.
Gabor Lukacs has won 24 of 27 court cases against airlines, which were taken to the agency. Recently, he posted "5 Reasons not to Trust the Canadian Transportation Agency" on the agency's Facebook page.
The post compares the number of air passenger complaints in recent years to the dwindling number of enforcement actions against airlines.
It also names some agency employees, including Doug Smith, its chief dispute officer.
The post includes a discipline history of Smith from the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2004, when he was suspended from practising law.
CBC
This screen grab from the CTA's Facebook page explains why the agency deleted Gabor Lukacs's post. (CBC)
Smith told CBC News that Lukacs is entitled to put whatever he wants on his own page. He doesn't dispute the information, but said he's unsure how that action years ago is relevant to his current job or a reason not to trust the agency.

Social media guidelines

Lukacs subsequently received messages that were purportedly from the agency's social media co-ordinator — though no name was given. They said, in part, that: "The agency is committed to an open and transparent dialogue with Canadians and welcomes a variety of perspectives and opinions."
However, it also said its social media guidelines specify that it may remove comments that contain personal information or put forward serious, unproven or inaccurate accusations against individuals or organizations.
The agency accused the Halifax man of directly targeting a number of employees with statements that bring their integrity into question. It told him if the posts continued, the agency would block his ability to comment on both its Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Lukacs wrote back and asked what specifically was unproven or inaccurate, but did not receive a response. CBC News asked the same question, but the agency did not provide details.

'Orwellian' censorship, says Lukacs

Every time Lukacs tried to repost the document, it was removed.
"This is a form of censorship, of government censorship, and this is a violation of freedom of speech," Lukacs told CBC in an interview from Hungary, where he is vacationing. He added that a government body cannot tell Canadians what to think and cannot simply censor comments.
He said all the information in the post comes from public documents and is true, honest and fair opinion based on facts.
Lukacs said the response to his post is an attempt to censor views that are not favourable to the agency.
"This a variant of an Orwellian world where a government body is attempting to decide what citizens should think, what citizens should read, what they should say and what opinions are valid or not," he said.

Post repeatedly deleted

Part of the agency's mandate is to provide consumer protection for air passengers. On its Facebook page, the agency gives these four reasons for deleting Lukacs's post:
  • "It is repetitive or spam."
  • It contains personal information.
  • It "puts forward serious, unproven or inaccurate accusations against individuals or organizations."
  • It does not "add to the normal flow of the discussion."
In response to an inquiry from CBC, the agency cited its social media guidelines and the same reasons for deleting the post. It did not respond to a second request for specific inaccurate accusations in the post.
A spokesperson for the agency said the item was posted "more than 250 times in the last three days."
Lukacs said he developed a program that reposted his remarks as soon as the agency deleted them.

Justifiable response?

A Halifax-based privacy lawyer said the government needs to think about the type of precedent this is setting and whether it is violating the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
David Fraser reviewed both the post from Lukacs and the agency's response. Fraser said he found the post relevant and a matter of public interest.
"[Lukacs] has an informed point of view and the fact the government has banned him from an important means of public communication has a significant impact on his freedom of expression and I'm not sure it's necessarily justifiable in the circumstances."
He also did not agree with the justification for removing the post, since the charter says everyone has a right to freedom of expression and censoring someone because their views are politically unpopular isn't justified.
"It really has the appearance of government censoring speech they don't agree with," he said.

'Very, very troubling'

Fraser said he doesn't consider the reposting to be spam, calling it someone being persistent in trying to get their message out and taking measures to counteract the deletion.
Toby Mendel, executive director of the Centre for Law and Democracy in Halifax, told CBC News that Lukacs's post is "a perfectly legitimate exercise of freedom of expression."
He called the removal of the post "very, very troubling," and said it's concerning that a public body would try to suppress legitimate criticism.
"One of the reasons our democracy works is because we do have people that engage in robust criticism and that hold public bodies to account," said Mendel, whose organization is dedicated to fostering democracy and human rights, including freedom of speech.

Charter constraints

Fraser said the continued use of social media by governments in the future means "they really need to stop and think about what sort of precedent this sets within government for blocking citizens and other stakeholders from communicating with government, about government and with other individuals."
He said as a private citizen, he can delete whatever he wants from his Facebook page, but "the government is constrained by the charter."
Fraser also said the government may be "overreaching" by placing conditions and terms of use on its social media accounts.

"Government can't, unless authorized by law, contractually bind you to a particular kind of code of conduct for things like that."

Julie Ali
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When I commented on Rachel Notley's Facebook page in Alberta my posts about the oil and gas industry as well as the continuing care problems were deleted and I was blocked from further comments. This sort of blocking of comments is anti-democratic and represents a modulation of the conversation that is biased. I do not think that this sort of blocking of comments is appropriate for the Premier of Alberta.





From: Julie Ali <
Date: Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 12:11 AM
Subject: blocking citizens from commenting on Ms. Rachel Notley's Facebook page is anti-democratic; removal of our comments simply because they do not promote the image but refer to the problems in the continuing care system--is DeMockracy
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Blocked from commenting on Ms. Notley's Facebook Page---Hi, Can you find out why I cannot comment on Ms. Notley's facebook page please?




From: Julie Ali 


Date: Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 11:59 PM
Subject: Removal of comments
To: premier@gov.ab.ca, Rachel Notley <edmonton.strathcona@assembly.ab.ca>

Dear Ms. Notley,
It appears as if my comments on your Facebook page have vanished.
When other citizens indicates that they were barred from commenting or that their comments vanished I was surprised but I thought that the democratic nature of the NDP would triumph.
This does not appear to be the case.
This is unfortunate.
Your staff should not be media managing a public page or are we only going to be seeing good comments on this page?
I would like my comments back on your Facebook page and the ability to make comments.
All view should be respected.
Sincerely,
Julie Ali


From: Julie Ali <
Date: Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 11:54 PM
Subject: facebook page
To: premier@gov.ab.ca


Hi,
Can you find out why I cannot comment on Ms. Notley's facebook page please?

I wanted to post this comment:

http://readingchildrensbooks.blogspot.ca/2016/02/eviction-from-grey-nuns-hospital-after_10.html Extend the RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES ACT to continuing care accommodation so that vulnerable frail and at risk residents of facilities are protected from unwarranted eviction or retaliatory actions. The protections offered to ordinary citizens in the society should be present in the continuing care residences as well. An external body should mediate disputes and determine outcomes; there should be full protections offered to our most vulnerable citizens in continuing care. When will Sarah Hoffman and Rachel Notley act in the interests of citizens in continuing care?


Thanks,
Julie Ali





Julie Ali commented on Rachel Notley'sphoto.
http://readingchildrensbooks.blogspot.ca/2016/02/eviction-from-grey-nuns-hospital-after.html Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Eviction from the Grey Nuns Hospital---After the Eviction--Monday February 9, 2016 ----------The Villa Marguerite place will be where Rebecca who is a long term care patient is stuck for the time being since Sarah H...See More





Rachel Notley's photo.
Rachel Notley's photo.
Rachel Notley's photo.
Trevor Buchanan Hi Trevor,

I admit attention to the environment does seem to be something that the oil and gas industry is concerned about but they seem rather fantasy oriented when they tell us that there has never been a case of fracking causing water contamination.

Really this seems very odd to me. We have human beings doing fracking and there is always some degree of human error involved in... See More


Julie Ali commented on Rachel Notley'spost.
Rachel Notley's photo.
Rachel Notley's photo.
It is nice to see Mr. Trudeau going about the nation spreading goodwill and support to everyone. I have to admit I never thought he would be so good with people. In contrast to Mr. Trudeau the NDP folks haven't been very accessible. Mr. Trudeau was a good choice for Canadians. I like Ms. Notley but I am not impressed with her performance to date. I am also not impressed with the media photo opportunities associated with the other ministers. Instead of such media myth making it might be actually time to make the legislation that is required to evolve the continuing care system in Alberta.


Julie Ali commented on Rachel Notley'spost.
The photo opportunities by Ms. Hoffman continue but there are no deliverables. It is nice to see this sort of stuff but it would be more useful to get help for our family members who need safe placements rather than makeshift evictions from hospitals to places that do not meet their needs. I imagine that at the end of this NDP government's term in office we will still have no progress in continuing care as seniors and handicapped citizens are only useful as props to get elected. The opportunistic path to power isn't a lasting one.

Julie Ali commented on Rachel Notley'spost.
'(listed in order of precedence)
Rachel Notley: Premier of Alberta
@[354079074708302:274:Sarah Hoffman]: Deputy Premier & Minister of Health
@[26993021019:274:Brian Mason]:  Minister of Infrastructure & Minister of Transportation; Government House Leader
@[162959890477419:274:David Eggen]: Minister of Education
@[185261914899893:274:Deron Bilous]: Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Deputy Government House Leader
@[1562871967299227:274:Joe Ceci]: President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance
@[942646915759782:274:Kathleen Ganley]: Minister of Justice and Solicitor General
@[129706287121817:274:Shannon Phillips]:  Minister of Environment and Park & Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office
@[382044855321065:274:Oneil Carlier]: Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Deputy Government House Leader
@[301481830059352:274:Danielle Larivee NDP]: Minister of Municipal Affairs
@[1558169337770701:274:Marg McCuaig-Boyd]: Minister of Energy
@[904317802970071:274:Irfan Sabir]: Minister of Human Services
@[126376050764030:274:Lori Sigurdson]: Minister of Seniors and Housing
@[520811747956413:274:Richard Feehan - MLA Edmonton Rutherford]: Minister of Indigenous Relations
@[1579472235633567:274:Christina Gray]: Minister of Labour & Minister Responsible for Democratic Renewal
@[1682919721940712:274:Stephanie McLean]: Minister of Service Alberta & Minister of Status of Women
@[1064047716953488:274:Ricardo Miranda MLA, Calgary-Cross]: Minister of Culture and Tourism
Marlin Schmidt: Minister of Advanced Education
@[915890708459378:274:Brandy Payne]: Associate Minister of Health'
'@[520811747956413:274:Richard Feehan - MLA Edmonton Rutherford]: Minister of Indigenous Relations
@[1579472235633567:274:Christina Gray]: Minister of Labour & Minister Responsible for Democratic Renewal
@[1682919721940712:274:Stephanie McLean]: Minister of Service Alberta & Minister of Status of Women
@[1064047716953488:274:Ricardo Miranda MLA, Calgary-Cross]: Minister of Culture and Tourism
Marlin Schmidt: Minister of Advanced Education
@[915890708459378:274:Brandy Payne]: Associate Minister of Health'
I guess the Rachel who advocated for the folks with disabilities is now the Rachel who isn't concerned about these same folks. Otherwise why is my handicapped sister being evicted from the Grey Nuns Hospital using the Hospital Act? Why is Ms. Hoffman endorsing this act by the folks at AHS and Covenant Health? I guess because they are in power now and the don't care about families and their family members with disabilities.






What about the abuses in continuing care Ms. Notley? What happens when abuses are occurring in continuing care with our family members?http://susanonthesoapbox.com/2016/02/01/notleys-royalty-review/#comment-42651 I am disappointed with Ms. Notley for her lack of emphasis on continuing care.
My area of interest is continuing care.
I wanted the changes in continuing care to be done to ensure the protection of vulnerable citizens who are sitting ducks for understaffed facilities where the staff do not receive the training required to operate effectively.
I can’t imagine why the NDP would wait on helping such at risk folks but they are sitting around doing nothing.

I will use my sister’s case to tell you the mess in continuing care to date according to our family experience of the system.



Julie Ali commented on Rachel Notley'spost.
SOS - Save Our Sister - A Call to Action

My sister, Rebecca, was evicted from her long-term care home of five years back in February 2015. This was done after publicly raising serious care concerns (two hospitalizations where she could have died). She was dumped at a nearby Hospital ER and family informed after the fact. Simultaneously, my other sister, Julie, was banned and then later sued by the facility to silence her. 1.

Health officials did little. Instead, we were told we would have to appeal a return - and wait till an appeals policy was created.2 So R. waited 7 months in an acute care bed till one was developed. The same day as the policy was delivered to us, the Hospital suddenly told us that R’s care status had been downgraded to a lower Supportive Living 4 level from a higher LTC one. Family input, previous health history and important facts were ignored in the move. And the tactic very neatly blocked a return to Good Sam...

Presently, Rebecca is a complex care patient, with 13 medical conditions and over 20 medications. Her respiratory issues are especially key and life threatening. Frequent checks are needed to prevent confusion, falls and comas. In past, there have been at least two very serious health crisis related to care issues in 2014, with over 20 hospitalizations.

In fact, in her current acute care stay at Hospital, she has destabilized several times and has had at least 8-9 falls! She is assessed as a high falls risk.The hospital has repeatedly refused to provide a written explanation for the care downgrade (LTC to SL4), despite the legal requirement to do so. And AHS has yet to provide an explanation either...

Now, the hospital plans to evict R to an unsuitable SL4 facility, geared to more independent residents.3
AHS and Alberta Health have turned a deaf ear and blind eye to the situation. In fact, it was only until the intervention of MLA’s and health advocates like Friends of Medicare and a member of Public Interest Alberta’s Seniors Task Force that even basic risk mitigation measures were taken (like ensuring training of staff and organizing equipment/supplies was done beforehand). And the senior Hospital staff told us point blank that she did not care and that she will be using the Hospital Act, section 31 to remove R, regardless of any appeals.

We are basically being told LTC needs can be met in a SL4 site - which is simply not true. And why the sudden rush? People await housing placement for years. Well, the hospital says R. no longer needs acute care services. Well she never did and was admitted in stable condition. And had the still unexplained status shift not been imposed, R. would have been able to appeal her retaliatory eviction back in August and returned to an appropriate LTC site five months ago.

Many things seem manipulated about the situation, most notably the assessment process that barred family input and ignored previous health history and the inaccurate info on the housing form used to match residents to site. But even the transfer process limited housing choice to one site - with Grey Nuns using high pressure tactics to try to force acceptance. According to hospital records obtained at great effort, Grey Nuns even explored taking over Public Guardianship of R, despite a supportive family, in order to “facilitate transfer”!

We need people to ask Alberta Health, AHS and Covenant Health to reverse the improper status shift and halt the move to an unsafe facility. This will allow R to finally appeal her wrongful eviction that she has waited almost a year to do. It’s all about safety, fairness and accountability. Rebecca has a right to be safe and to return home. And health officials need to do their jobs of keeping people safe in continuing care.

- Sincerely, Sue Ali (sister) - ali.longtermcare@gmail.com

So how can you help? Please pass Rebecca's story on to others. Then email or callthe health officials listed below ...and maybe even call or visit your MLA.

SAMPLE EMAIL
“Dear _________,

I ask that you as the health officials involved in overseeing, monitoring and working with the continuing care residents intervene to 1) reverse the care status downgrade of Rebecca Ali and 2) stop her imminent eviction from Hospital. It is unsafe and unfair to penalize and to place at risk, a vulnerable patient for the sake of bureaucratic expedience. Rebecca deserves better; Albertans deserve better.

- Sincerely,_______”

Contact Info:
GREY NUNS
Grey Nuns senior operating officer, acute services Karen Macmillan karen.macmillan@covenanthealth.ca
Covenant CEO Patrick Dumelie patrick.dumelie@covenanthealth.ca

AHS
AHS acting CEO Verna Yiu ahs.corp@albertahealthservices.ca
Phone: 780-342-2000 Toll free: 1-888-342-2471
AHS Board ahs.board@ahs.ca

Alberta Health
Asst to Health Minister Hannah Morton Hannah.Morton@gov.ab.ca Phone: 780 638-9479 or 780- 427-3665
Deputy Health Minister Carl Arheim Health.Deputy-Minister@gov.ab.ca Phone: 780 422-0747

Find your MLA
https://www.assembly.ab.ca/lao/mla/mla_help.htm

Footnotes:
The Good Samaritan Millwoods - background and care concerns
http://pialberta.org/content/woman-evicted-care-facility-due-family-publicly-raising-concerns
http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/health-watchdog-ranks-alberta-long-term-care-centres = Good Sam rated worst in province
http://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/letters/letters-experienced-staff-crucial-to-long-term-care = Another family’s issues with Good Sam
New AHS Appeals Policy (an appendix is also being drafted)
https://extranet.ahsnet.ca/teams/policydocuments/1/clp-continuing-care-dlo-access-panel-process-procedure-hcs-146-01.pdf

3. For example, the proposed SL4 site has never cared for a Bipap patient before, let alone a complex care one, there is no registered nurse working the floor, there is only 1 trained nursing staffer for 150 residents at night (an LPN), there is only 1 AHS respiratory therapist for ALL Supportive Living sites and group homes so good luck trying to access Respiratory services, and there is no front desk supervision at night or weekends to monitor if she wanders.


Julie Ali commented on Rachel Notley'spost.
'(listed in order of precedence)
Rachel Notley: Premier of Alberta
@[354079074708302:274:Sarah Hoffman]: Deputy Premier & Minister of Health
@[26993021019:274:Brian Mason]:  Minister of Infrastructure & Minister of Transportation; Government House Leader
@[162959890477419:274:David Eggen]: Minister of Education
@[185261914899893:274:Deron Bilous]: Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Deputy Government House Leader
@[1562871967299227:274:Joe Ceci]: President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance
@[942646915759782:274:Kathleen Ganley]: Minister of Justice and Solicitor General
@[129706287121817:274:Shannon Phillips]:  Minister of Environment and Park & Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office
@[382044855321065:274:Oneil Carlier]: Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Deputy Government House Leader
@[301481830059352:274:Danielle Larivee NDP]: Minister of Municipal Affairs
@[1558169337770701:274:Marg McCuaig-Boyd]: Minister of Energy
@[904317802970071:274:Irfan Sabir]: Minister of Human Services
@[126376050764030:274:Lori Sigurdson]: Minister of Seniors and Housing
@[520811747956413:274:Richard Feehan - MLA Edmonton Rutherford]: Minister of Indigenous Relations
@[1579472235633567:274:Christina Gray]: Minister of Labour & Minister Responsible for Democratic Renewal
@[1682919721940712:274:Stephanie McLean]: Minister of Service Alberta & Minister of Status of Women
@[1064047716953488:274:Ricardo Miranda MLA, Calgary-Cross]: Minister of Culture and Tourism
Marlin Schmidt: Minister of Advanced Education
@[915890708459378:274:Brandy Payne]: Associate Minister of Health'
'@[520811747956413:274:Richard Feehan - MLA Edmonton Rutherford]: Minister of Indigenous Relations
@[1579472235633567:274:Christina Gray]: Minister of Labour & Minister Responsible for Democratic Renewal
@[1682919721940712:274:Stephanie McLean]: Minister of Service Alberta & Minister of Status of Women
@[1064047716953488:274:Ricardo Miranda MLA, Calgary-Cross]: Minister of Culture and Tourism
Marlin Schmidt: Minister of Advanced Education
@[915890708459378:274:Brandy Payne]: Associate Minister of Health'
Again I am writing to the Premier to ask for intervention with reference to the unsafe placement of my sister Rebecca to the SL4 placement that does not serve her needs. I am asking Premier Notley to intervene so that my handicapped sister gets the appropriate care placement rather than the placement that is most expedient for the health care and continuing care system. I imagine that all concerned feel that they are meeting my sister's needs but I do not feel that this is the right place at the right time for the right reasons. I don't know why Ms. Hoffman has failed to reverse this decision but this must mean that she agrees that it is best to move my sister forward to a placement that is unsafe rather than have the Ali family yapping endlessly about the lack of due process, the failures to address the abuse of my sister at the Good Samaritan Extended care at Millwoods by AHS and the ongoing failures to support our family in our 






'Today is #BellLetsTalk Day, and our government is taking part because mental health care & wellness is one of our top priorities. It's time to end the stigma around mental health issues and start talking, educating and listening.

This spring, I asked Dr. @[71981260504:274:David Swann] & @[301481830059352:274:Danielle Larivee NDP] to review AB's mental health care, because it needs reform (http://bit.ly/1PEpbEX). I am glad to hear that Minister Hoffman will be releasing the report soon.

This fall we increased funds for a number of social programs, like FCSS, which provides community supports in many areas, including mental wellness: http://bit.ly/1KFoOT2 

We're also reviewing the Mental Health Act, and you can learn more about how to submit your thoughts here: http://bit.ly/1PEnvv2 

If you, or someone you love, is struggling, please reach out. You can find some resources in Alberta here: http://bit.ly/1KFABRk'
Ian Davidson I am actually saying that even though you may not agree with Ms. Notley you should not tell the world that you believe that she is mentally ill.

This is insulting to her as a human being and is a disrespectful characterization.

I may not agree with Ms. Notley but I am able to voice my dissent without hurting her feelings.
Why would I want to hurt her feelings? She is a nice person just like I am and she is doing her best.

The fairy tale of global warming is actually not a fairy tale but of course if you do not believe this I can't convince you.

If you are upset about the opportunistic nature of politicians this is hard I know but we have to accept these poor aspects of their make up. Most politicians are opportunistic and do you suppose the PCs were angels? The NDP are simply the new Tories and are no different from the PCs really.

We are all citizens in a democracy without much power but we still should have the ability to voice our views and we should do this respectfully.

In my opinion Ms. Notley has not performed well in terms of continuing care and the royalty rate business; believe the royalty rates should have been increased,. I also do not agree with her promotion of Ms. Hoffman to Deputy Premier since Ms. Hoffman has not helped my sister Rebecca but Ms. Notley decides the promotions and demotions. I can't do more than voice my opinion that the health minister's performance has been poor to date and is undeserving of reward.

Despite all of this, I am not going to call her names. Nor am I going to stigmatize the mentally ill in the way you have. The mentally ill folks are the most disadvantaged citizens and they are all around us. Compassion, empathy and good will to all can make us good citizens who can voice our opinions without harming others don't you think?





Julie Ali replied to her own comment.
Rachel Notley's photo.
Rachel Notley's photo.
Renate Van Dorsser I am curious what you mean by this. Are you referring to the mess with bill 6? There were a lot of emotions in that legislation and part of the problem is that rural Albertans did not feel consulted. I do not think it is good to insult MLAs but certainly I have to say that MLAs such as the one for Riverview have not been available to yap with their constituents. Dr. Bob has been nice enough to yap with me but there has been no action taken. What all this means is that the MLAs and the Premier are not building consensus and they are therefore creating problems that do not need to be present if citizens are heard. I believe bill 6 is necessary but certainly there could have been better ways to present this bill and ensure that all citizens got heard. I believe that the government should consult citizens or do we not live in a democracy? We are all adults and we are able to sit together and work collaboratively on issues. What citizens take exception to is when we are marginalized. Forty four years of that is enough.






'Today is #BellLetsTalk Day, and our government is taking part because mental health care & wellness is one of our top priorities. It's time to end the stigma around mental health issues and start talking, educating and listening.

This spring, I asked Dr. @[71981260504:274:David Swann] & @[301481830059352:274:Danielle Larivee NDP] to review AB's mental health care, because it needs reform (http://bit.ly/1PEpbEX). I am glad to hear that Minister Hoffman will be releasing the report soon.

This fall we increased funds for a number of social programs, like FCSS, which provides community supports in many areas, including mental wellness: http://bit.ly/1KFoOT2 

We're also reviewing the Mental Health Act, and you can learn more about how to submit your thoughts here: http://bit.ly/1PEnvv2 

If you, or someone you love, is struggling, please reach out. You can find some resources in Alberta here: http://bit.ly/1KFABRk'
That remark is not very nice. And it not only insults Ms. Notley but all citizens who suffer from mental illness. Maybe you have never had someone you love suffering mental illness and therefore do not comprehend how they are hurt by such ignorance but you should put yourself in the heart of such suffering human beings. Why stigmatize Ms. Notley and the mentally ill by saying that they should be in a room with rubber wall paper? Is this supposed to be funny?


Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Facebooking on Premier Notley's Facebook Page---Julie Ali SOS - Save Our Sister - A Call to Action

https://www.facebook.com/rachelnotley/

Julie Ali Again I am writing to the Premier to ask for intervention with reference to the unsafe placement of my sister Rebecca to the SL4 placement that does not serve her needs. I am asking Premier Notley to intervene so that my handicapped sister gets the appropriate care placement rather than the placement that is most expedient for the health care and continuing care system. I imagine that all concerned feel that they are meeting my sister's needs but I do not feel that this is the right place at the right time for the right reasons. I don't know why Ms. Hoffman has failed to reverse this decision but this must mean that she agrees that it is best to move my sister forward to a placement that is unsafe rather than have the Ali family yapping endlessly about the lack of due process, the failures to address the abuse of my sister at the Good Samaritan Extended care at Millwoods by AHS and the ongoing failures to support our family in our concerns.


Julie Ali SOS - Save Our Sister - A Call to Action

My sister, Rebecca, was evicted from her long-term care home of five years back in February 2015. This was done after publicly raising serious care concerns (two hospitalizations where she could have died). She was dumped at a nearby Hospital ER and family informed after the fact. Simultaneously, my other sister, Julie, was banned and then later sued by the facility to silence her. 1.

Health officials did little. Instead, we were told we would have to appeal a return - and wait till an appeals policy was created.2 So R. waited 7 months in an acute care bed till one was developed. The same day as the policy was delivered to us, the Hospital suddenly told us that R’s care status had been downgraded to a lower Supportive Living 4 level from a higher LTC one. Family input, previous health history and important facts were ignored in the move. And the tactic very neatly blocked a return to Good Sam...

Presently, Rebecca is a complex care patient, with 13 medical conditions and over 20 medications. Her respiratory issues are especially key and life threatening. Frequent checks are needed to prevent confusion, falls and comas. In past, there have been at least two very serious health crisis related to care issues in 2014, with over 20 hospitalizations.

In fact, in her current acute care stay at Hospital, she has destabilized several times and has had at least 8-9 falls! She is assessed as a high falls risk.The hospital has repeatedly refused to provide a written explanation for the care downgrade (LTC to SL4), despite the legal requirement to do so. And AHS has yet to provide an explanation either...

Now, the hospital plans to evict R to an unsuitable SL4 facility, geared to more independent residents.3
AHS and Alberta Health have turned a deaf ear and blind eye to the situation. In fact, it was only until the intervention of MLA’s and health advocates like Friends of Medicare and a member of Public Interest Alberta’s Seniors Task Force that even basic risk mitigation measures were taken (like ensuring training of staff and organizing equipment/supplies was done beforehand). And the senior Hospital staff told us point blank that she did not care and that she will be using the Hospital Act, section 31 to remove R, regardless of any appeals.

We are basically being told LTC needs can be met in a SL4 site - which is simply not true. And why the sudden rush? People await housing placement for years. Well, the hospital says R. no longer needs acute care services. Well she never did and was admitted in stable condition. And had the still unexplained status shift not been imposed, R. would have been able to appeal her retaliatory eviction back in August and returned to an appropriate LTC site five months ago.

Many things seem manipulated about the situation, most notably the assessment process that barred family input and ignored previous health history and the inaccurate info on the housing form used to match residents to site. But even the transfer process limited housing choice to one site - with Grey Nuns using high pressure tactics to try to force acceptance. According to hospital records obtained at great effort, Grey Nuns even explored taking over Public Guardianship of R, despite a supportive family, in order to “facilitate transfer”!

We need people to ask Alberta Health, AHS and Covenant Health to reverse the improper status shift and halt the move to an unsafe facility. This will allow R to finally appeal her wrongful eviction that she has waited almost a year to do. It’s all about safety, fairness and accountability. Rebecca has a right to be safe and to return home. And health officials need to do their jobs of keeping people safe in continuing care.

- Sincerely, Sue Ali (sister) - ali.longtermcare@gmail.com

So how can you help? Please pass Rebecca's story on to others. Then email or callthe health officials listed below ...and maybe even call or visit your MLA.

SAMPLE EMAIL
“Dear _________,

I ask that you as the health officials involved in overseeing, monitoring and working with the continuing care residents intervene to 1) reverse the care status downgrade of Rebecca Ali and 2) stop her imminent eviction from Hospital. It is unsafe and unfair to penalize and to place at risk, a vulnerable patient for the sake of bureaucratic expedience. Rebecca deserves better; Albertans deserve better.

- Sincerely,_______”

Contact Info:
GREY NUNS
Grey Nuns senior operating officer, acute services Karen Macmillan karen.macmillan@covenanthealth.ca
Covenant CEO Patrick Dumelie patrick.dumelie@covenanthealth.ca

AHS
AHS acting CEO Verna Yiu ahs.corp@albertahealthservices.ca
Phone: 780-342-2000 Toll free: 1-888-342-2471
AHS Board ahs.board@ahs.ca

Alberta Health
Asst to Health Minister Hannah Morton Hannah.Morton@gov.ab.ca Phone: 780 638-9479 or 780- 427-3665
Deputy Health Minister Carl Arheim Health.Deputy-Minister@gov.ab.ca Phone: 780 422-0747

Find your MLA
https://www.assembly.ab.ca/lao/mla/mla_help.htm

Footnotes:
The Good Samaritan Millwoods - background and care concerns
http://pialberta.org/.../woman-evicted-care-facility-due...
http://edmontonjournal.com/.../health-watchdog-ranks... = Good Sam rated worst in province
http://edmontonjournal.com/.../letters-experienced-staff... = Another family’s issues with Good Sam
New AHS Appeals Policy (an appendix is also being drafted)
https://extranet.ahsnet.ca/.../clp-continuing-care-dlo...

3. For example, the proposed SL4 site has never cared for a Bipap patient before, let alone a complex care one, there is no registered nurse working the floor, there is only 1 trained nursing staffer for 150 residents at night (an LPN), there is only 1 AHS respiratory therapist for ALL Supportive Living sites and group homes so good luck trying to access Respiratory services, and there is no front desk supervision at night or weekends to monitor if she wanders.

No comments:








From: Julie Ali <
Date: Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 1:02 PM
Subject: Blocked out by premier x 2 -- Marika Pender and Julie Ali
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Blocked out by premier


BY LETTER TO THE EDITOR ON DECEMBER 21, 2015.
I am completely offended; I have been blocked from commenting on Rachel Notley’s Facebook page. I have legitimate concerns and questions as an Alberta citizen for her and her government. I have never made any type of threatening or rude remarks and now my voice cannot be heard. She says she will consult with the people, but how can she when she blocks you?
What type of leader does this? How many more concerned Albertans has she blocked ?
Marika Pender
Medicine Hat
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One Response to “Blocked out by premier”

  1. Julie Ali says:
    I got blocked yesterday from Rachel Notley’s Facebook page as well.
    I had concerns about my handicapped sister Rebecca’s downgrade from long term care to SL4 status. I was polite and made my concerns known in a civilized manner. I was surprised to find out that registering disagreement with Ms. Notley in a public way–somehow violates her code of conduct. This code of conduct seems to apply only to people who have less than positive comments to offer her.
    Apparently only positive comments are fine.
    I don’t believe this sort of censorship should be allowed. We are living in a democracy and diverse views should be tolerated.
    My voice like that of Marika Pender cannot be heard on Rachel Notley’s Facebook page. I guess the NDP government does not want other citizens to know about the problems in continuing care in Alberta but certainly wants us all to know that the Premier is working hard on projects that don’t seem to have any deliverables.
    Apparently public dissent is not allowed but private chatter is still possible according to the Office of the Premier–perhaps because no one else will learn of the negative views of citizens.
    Here is my response to the folks who blocked me:
    From: Julie Ali <
    Date: Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 12:24 PM
    Subject: Re: Facebook Moderation
    To: Office of the Premier
    Hi,
    I don’t think I was in violation of your code of conduct.
    I do believe that there is positive messaging going on with reference to this Facebook site.
    It is not nice to do this and I believe it is anti-democratic.
    Please provide specific instances where I engaged in poor communication as per your code of conduct so that I am convinced.
    You should remember that all views should be permitted by the premier.
    I believe I am fair in my comments. When Ms. Notley does a good job I say so. When she doesn’t I say so.
    I have said that Ms. Notley would make a good premier on other blogger sites even before there was a twinkle in the mind of such an idea. If you go to other blogger sites, I have defended the Wildrose as well as the NDP from narrow minded views.
    Maybe it is not the fairness of the comments that are at stake here but the public revelation of my dissatisfaction over her work to date? If so– this antidemocratic and should not be allowed by citizens.
    I’ve never heard of any such censoring before the NDP came to power and installed the cone of silence over the legislature. I believe citizens should be concerned about such censorship of public discourse and should understand that such acts represent overweening power of government NDP public affairs folks in democracy.
    Again, please indicate in what way my comments violated the code of conduct.
    Sincerely,
    Julie Ali
    On Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 9:53 AM, Office of the Premier wrote:
    Thank you Julie, for your email regarding Premier Notley’s Facebook page.
    While we encourage and value thoughtful and constructive discussion and debate, we do reserve the right to moderate comments to maintain a respectful atmosphere. Moderators of the page reserve the right to remove anyone from this page who is not following the below guidelines.
    These include, but are not limited to:
    · Spam or advertising: Content that is spam or advertising, including repeatedly posting the same thing.
    · Personal attacks: Engaging in personal attacks on any individual, including other posters. This includes name calling, commenting on other’s appearances and persistent trolling.
    · No Hate Speech: Attacks based on race, gender, sexuality, religion etc.
    · Language: Comments that include aggressive, coarse, violent, obscene, or pornographic language
    · Anonymous posters: Posters who are anonymous or not using their real name. Anonymous posting violates Facebook’s Terms of Use.
    Your comments were found to be in violation of our code of conduct. You are still welcome to share your views with the Premier by email at premier@gov.ab.ca.
    Sincerely,
    Office of the Premier
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