COVID-19 Update: 900 new cases estimated for Christmas Day | Third-party review meant for Alberta’s second-wave response delayed

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Director Marlene Orr invites the investigation, saying Wolfleg’s death has been difficult on everyone at the facility.

“We’re like a family, and so everybody feels it,” she said.

“Anytime that an inmate dies in custody we should all be concerned and it should be reviewed each and every time. It’s common practice, and when that happens, it’s to look for any areas of operations that may need strengthening.”

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Third-party review meant to inform Alberta’s second-wave COVID-19 response pushed to new year

The Calgary skyline was photographed on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Photo by Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

A third-party review into the first wave of Alberta’s pandemic meant to inform the province’s response to a second wave of COVID-19 won’t be released until sometime in 2021.

The UCP government announced the review on July 12, outlining a timeline of choosing a consultant to lead the review by Aug. 19 so a report could be completed in the fall. A $475,000 contract to consulting firm KPMG was awarded Aug. 14, and the company began work in September.

But work on the review is still ongoing, Alberta Health spokesperson Steve Buick said Wednesday. The report is expected in the new year, but no specific date has been set.

The review is slated to look at aspects of Alberta’s COVID-19 response through October, including decisions around the health system and the economic, governance, procurement and engagement with other governments and stakeholders. It is similar to reviews commissioned in the wake of the 2016 Fort McMurray fire, the 2013 southern Alberta floods and the 2011 Slave Lake fire.

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