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Daily Media Report recap: July 30 to August 13, 2020


How self-regulation protects the public. Corporate theft and self-driving cars. The sixth anniversary of the Mount Polley damn collapse. Possible changes to Alberta’s Health Professions Act. The horn and halo effect of implicit bias. These were the most-read articles from the Daily Media Report in early August. 

Self-regulation: APEGA highlights the importance of self-regulation in protecting the public, and the role every member has in ensuring the profession is regulated with the highest level of professionalism.

Google engineer sentences in theft: Former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski was sentenced to 18 months in prison, fined $95,000, and ordered to pay over $750,000 in restitution after being found guilty of stealing trade secrets from Google’s self-driving car division.

Six years and no charges: Nearly six years after the collapse of the Mount Polley tailings dam, no charges for environmental damage have been laid and the more time that passes the less likely any will come.

Alberta considering changes to Health Professions Act: In a letter to members, the President of the Alberta Medical Association alerted members of a consultation document from the provincial government which contained alternative approaches to regulating physicians in the province.

Halos and horns: The effect of implicit bias shapes our interactions with others, such as mistakenly judging ability based on appearance or other unrelated behaviours.