Three quarters of adults will fill a prescription this year, at a cost of nearly $25 billion. The use and cost of medicines may increase significantly if manufacturers are allowed to advertise prescription drugs directly to consumers as they do in the United States. Canadian laws that prohibit direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) are being challenged on grounds of freedom of expression...

Whether its politicians, corporate leaders, or health experts, its getting increasingly difficult to know who to believe these days. Even journalists cant always be trusted! Well known TV journalist Wendy Mesley takes you behind the scenes for an insiders look at how media, marketing and politics influence how we are informed. Full of anecdotes from her years as a political...

What Finance Minister Jim Flaherty calls a budget of -focus, prudence, and discipline" is actually -feeble, paltry and disappointing," says Larry Brown, secretary-treasurer of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE). See NUPGE's reaction to the federal budget here.

According to new research by the Canadian Stroke Network (CSN), nine out of 10 hospital deaths involving recovering stroke patients could be prevented if they were put in an organized follow-up program that involved care provided by health science professionals such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists. The network, which includes more than 100 of Canada's leading scientists and clinicians from...

The Canadian Labour Congress is calling on governments to take the issue of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) more seriously. Statistics Canada reported in 2003 that one in 10 Canadians suffers from an RSI enough to limit their normal activities. Download leaflet here.

The Canadian Labour Congress says todays budget makes one thingclear for ordinary working people trying to make ends meet in an economy that offers less: this government is not on your side. See the CLC's analysis of the 2008 federal budget here.

HSA President Reid Johnson responds to February 24, 2008 Vancouver Province columnist Brian Lewis, who praises the new facilities and equipment at the Abbotsford P3 hospital set to open next year. See letter to the editor here.

Due to increased demand for OH&S steward training, HSA is offering the following workshop: OH&S Steward Training Level 1 (2-day workshop):May 26 and 27, 2008 Please apply ASAP as workshops have been filling up quickly. Download Pre-registration form Download PDF version

The Canadian Labour Congress hosts an International Women's Day lunch Saturday, March 8 at the Nanaimo Golf Club featuring guest spearkers Jean Crowder, MP, Nanaimo-Cowichan; Jackie Miller, President, BC Ferry and Marine Workers Union, and Claire Trevena, MLA, North Island and Opposition Critic for Childcare, Early Childhood Education & Women's Issues. See further details.

The Canadian Labour Congress hosts an International Women's Day lunch Saturday March 8 featuring guest speakers Denise Savoie, NDP Member of Parliament and Stephanie Seaman BCGEU and Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC board member. See further details.