Province to probe mental health worker's death
Last Updated: Thursday, February 17, 2011 | 4:38 PM ET
Mental health worker Valerie Wolski was found dead inside a Camrose home on Sunday. (Courtesy Craig Wolski)The Alberta government plans to investigate the death of a mental health worker killed in a client's home in Camrose last weekend.
But Occupational Health and Safety said it would wait until the police investigation is complete before starting the probe.
"There are a lot of questions, I think, that have to be answered either by the Camrose police department through the course of their investigation or ours," said Barrie Harrison, a spokesman for Occupational Health and Safety.
Valerie Diane Wolski, 41, was found dead inside a home Sunday. Wolski was working as a mental health caregiver at the time of her death, police said.
Harrison said the investigation would include a look at the employer's practices and whether they were followed. The Canadian Mental Health Association could face fines if it was found to be in breach of the guidelines.
"Occupational Health and Safety will await results of their findings. We'll then go over those findings," he said. "We'll undoubtedly speak with the employer to determine what sort of practices were in place and were they followed."
The agency has refused to comment.
The suspect hasn't been identified, but is described by police as having limited mental capacities.
Guy Smith of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees said the case raises a number of issues.
"I think the public has a right to know the situation out there and I think the government has a responsibility, or any enforcement body, has the responsibility to ensure that workers are safe in that kind of environment."
Top News Headlines
- Toronto mayor fired chief of staff for telling him to 'go away and get help'
- CBC News has learned the details of what precipitated the firing of Mark Towhey as Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's chief of staff — and it was advice from Towhey that Ford needs to 'get help.' more »
- Federal Court won't remove MPs over robocall allegations
- The Federal Court says it won't throw six MPs out of their seats over allegations of widespread vote suppression through automated robocalls in the 2011 federal election. But Judge Richard Mosley did find that fraud occurred in the election. more »
- Alleged Ford crack video seller not responding to calls
- The journalist who broke the story alleging Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was recorded on video smoking crack cocaine says he may never be able to get his hands on the evidence. more »
- Bridge collapse on Washington interstate drops cars into water
- The Washington State Patrol says the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River at Mount Vernon has collapsed, dumping vehicles and people into the water. more »
Latest Health News Headlines
- 3-D printing of airway tube helps save U.S. baby
- In a medical first, doctors used plastic particles and a 3-D laser printer to create an airway splint to save the life of a baby boy who used to stop breathing nearly every day. more »
- Wait time and primary care reforms stalled
- Shortening wait times for hip and knee replacements, increasing electronic health records and starting a national pharmacare strategy are stalled, according to a new progress report. more »
- Needed: New approaches to defuse 'suicide contagion' among teens
- Mental health experts say we need to find new ways to refer to and discuss suicide, particularly now that a large medical study has confirmed that teens are more susceptible to the idea if they know a schoolmate who died that way. more »
- Fever medicine for infants, children under recall
- Quality concerns with a Chinese producer of acetaminophen have prompted a recall of four fever medications meant for infants and children. more »
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford fires chief of staff
- 2nd suspect in Tim Bosma murder case to plead not guilty
- 2 more arrests linked to hacking death of British soldier
- Duffy says he wants to give Canadians 'the whole story'
- Vancouver man abandons Porsche on B.C. ferry
- Chained-teen's mom wants man who pleaded guilty 'to suffer'
- Montreal lifts boil-water advisory
- B.C. teen saves pet dog in 'terrifying' cougar attack
- Neil Macdonald: Harper no Obama when it comes to dealing with scandals