EZMSA 2021 Fall Speaker Series

September 7, October 5 and November 16

The Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association is hosting a fall speaker series. Please see below for details and click the links for more information and to register.

What is the Role of Arbitration in Labour Relations?

Binding arbitration was singled out as one of the critical deciding factors for some physicians during the March 30, 2021 vote on the AMA’s Tentative Agreement Package (TAP) with government. Many felt that the mediation option mentioned in the TAP did not provide a suitable alternative to binding arbitration. Given the importance of this issue for members, this presentation will focus on answering your questions and building your arbitration knowledge.

This discussion will explore the role of arbitration in labour relations. It will explain the different ways and circumstances in which arbitration is employed and address the difference between rights arbitration, interest arbitration and mediation. As part of this discussion, the relationship between the right to strike and arbitration as a means of resolving bargaining disputes will also be discussed, as will the circumstances in which government legislation requires arbitration as a means of resolving disputes.


Edmonton Mayoral Candidate Town Hall

The City of Edmonton municipal election is set for October 18, 2021. We have invited the mayoral candidates to meet with you and discuss their health agenda for the city. The following candidates will each have 5 minutes to present their health priorities for the city followed by answering three previously selected questions:

  1. Amarjeet Sohi
  2. Augustine Marah
  3. Brian (Breezy) Gregg
  4. Cheryll Watson
  5. Diana Steele
  6. Kim Krushell
  7. Malik Chukwadi
  8. Michael Oshry
  9. Rick Comrie

Please submit your questions in advance to jill.lazaruk@albertadoctors.org by October 3. We will pre-select three questions for the candidates to respond.


The Alberta Opioid Crisis

Between 2016 and 2020 more than 21,000 Canadians died of acute opioid toxicity. Alberta is one of the most severely impacted jurisdictions. Opioid poisonings are exhausting EMS resources and emergency departments across the province, and in 2020 more Albertans died of drug poisoning than COVID-19. Yet the public health response to these deaths is not remotely comparable. Stigma and misinformation perpetuate drug poisoning deaths, and make it difficult to advocate effectively for policies and programs that can save lives. This session outlines the roots of the current drug poisoning emergency, dispelling simplistic narratives of how it started and what perpetuates it. It provides an overview of current epidemiology and outlines how the pandemic has impacted people who use drugs. Finally, it critiques what has (and hasn't) been done in Alberta to prevent drug poisoning fatalities, and outlines the core components of an evidence-based public health response.

Date/time: November 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Registration deadline: November 14, 11 p.m.

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