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The CCSA wants to ensure its members are always up-to-date on what is happening in the continuing care and senior supportive living industries.

New state-of-the-art hospital for south Edmonton

May 30, 2017
Alberta Government - Announcement

The province is committing $400 million over the next four years for the development of a new hospital in the rapidly growing Heritage Valley area.  

With a projected 350 to 500 beds, the new hospital will provide expanded health-care delivery to a city that is seeing some of the highest population growth in the country. Southwest Edmonton has seen significant growth in recent years and this trend is expected to continue through to 2030. Over the next decade, the largest growth rate of seniors will occur in the Rutherford area of southwest Edmonton. 

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Workplace legislation changes

May 24, 2016
Alberta Government

Alberta has some of the oldest workplace legislation in Canada. Both the Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code have not been significantly updated in almost 30 years and the nature of work and family life has changed a lot since then. 

Following a focused review of existing laws using input from business, industry, organized labour, non-profits and the general public, a series of proposed changes to the Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code were introduced as part of Bill 17: The Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act.

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Risk Management: Employers Benefit from Mitigating Workplace Violence

May 16, 2017
(US) Insurance Journal - Denise Johnson

Each year, close to 2 million workers are victims of workplace violence in the United States, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The federal agency defines workplace violence as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other threatening behavior that occurs at a worksite. It can range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide.

To reduce these incidents, experts recommend employers conduct vulnerability assessments and training that will assist employees in identifying questionable behaviors.

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These Lowe’s employees are now wearing exoskeletons to work

May 15, 2017
CNN - Matt McFarland 

A handful of Lowe's employees have a new work uniform: an exoskeleton.

The home improvement retailer is testing exoskeletons on four employees at a Christiansburg, Virginia, store to make it easier to lift objects and stock shelves. Some Lowe's (LOW) employees spend 90% of their time moving and lifting everything from bags of cement to huge buckets of paint.

Wearing the exoskeleton is somewhat similar to putting on a rock climbing harness and a backpack. The suit also includes attached carbon-fiber shafts that run down a person's back and thighs. The shafts flex and store energy as a person bends over to pick something up. When the employee stands, the rods straighten and the energy releases, making the task easier. The process is similar to how a bow releases energy when an arrow is launched.

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