News for Monday July 13th, 2015

LOCAL: By Saturn De Los Angeles

The worker’s union representing paramedics in Montreal and Laval has stopped putting on pressure tactics after talking with their employer, Urgences-Santé. 

In a report by the Montreal Gazette, the Fédération de la santé et des services sociaux stated on Sunday that an agreement was made late last week with the provincial government following tactics made to recognize the shortage of human resources. 

CSN president Réjean Leclerc says that the government acknowledged the issue and that they were willing to help fix it. 

Among the solutions proposed include faster check-in times at hospitals, alternative transportation for patients moving between health centres, and re-evaluating the way calls were prioritized. 

Representing 950 paramedics across Quebec, the union was unhappy at how the health ministry was not keen on the idea to fund them, which in turn provoked the tactics.

NATIONAL: By Patricia Petit Liang 

Southern Alberta was hit with thunderstorms on Sunday, flooding cities in the Chestermere area near Calgary, leaving many without power.

According to CTV News, while officials are trying to control the flooding in southern Alberta, wildfires are burning northern part of the prairie province.

The fires have become so chaotic that a helicopter crashed while attempting to help fight the wildfires.

Nobody was killed in the accident and the pilot was taken to a hospital on Saturday to treat non-fatal injuries.

INTERNATIONAL: By Saturn De Los Angeles

Delegates from Iran and the global powers were working towards a potential resolution which would lift United Nations-mandated sanctions on its nuclear arms in exchange for curbing their pursuit for strengthening it. 

In a report by Reuters, representatives from the United States, France, Britain, Germany, Russia, and China - have been working on a hundred-page document that would resolve Iran’s ambitions to expand their nuclear arms program.

The talks have been going on in Austria’s capital, Vienna for two weeks. 

If approved, the agreement would be a large move towards a mutual negotiation between the two parties since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, despite ongoing suspicion by the West of Iran possessing nuclear resources. 

Iranian delegate Mohammad Javad Zarif said that no deal has yet been made as of Sunday.

That deal would also have to run through with the U.S. Senate, where Republicans - holding a majority of its power - would have to decide if they are in favour of negotiating with the Middle East nation under those terms.