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Two contradictory headlines. Or further evidence no one really wants to live in Winnipeg.

Nurses worry about job losses with cuts (Victoria Times-Colonist)

Nurses in Victoria will lose jobs when the Vancouver Island Health Authority implements its recently announced cost-cutting measures, the B.C. Nurses Union said yesterday.

Ronni McCallum, South Island co-chair for the union, estimated that in Victoria alone, more than 30 nurses will lose their jobs, and about 20 more would be affected.

Not enough nurses (Winnipeg Sun)

Myrna Driedger, the Tory health critic, publicly released figures yesterday she obtained from the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, which show 81 of Winnipeg’s 418 emergency room nursing positions were vacant as of June 15.

“They cannot provide safe, quality care when you’ve got a shortage of 81 nurses in our ERs,” Driedger said. “The ER nursing shortage is the worst it’s been in four years.”

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