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Critics rail on autism cutback at rally

Penticton Herald

By Don Plant

The B.C. Liberals are more interested in building monuments to themselves than helping the people, a rally for autistic children heard in Kelowna on Sunday.

NDP MLA Harry Lali (Fraser-Nicola) blasted the governing Liberals for placing profits for big corporations above the needs of disabled kids and homeless people.

"Gordon Campbell would rather spend $250 million of tax dollars to build a retractable sun roof on B.C. Place in Vancouver than put a roof over all the homeless in B.C.," he said at Kerry Park.

HSA receive Team Challenge Award

Golden Star

HSA's Run for the Cure team in Golden was the proud recipient of this year's team challenge award in that community's Run for the Cure.

Thank you for election support

Penticton Western News

I want to take this moment to say a huge thanks to everyone who voted for me and my bid to be a Penticton School Trustee. My campaign was financed by a very small budget. Without the support of my union, Health Sciences Association, the Canadian Labour Congress, the South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council and the Penticton International Association of Firefighters, Local 1399, I could not have done as much as I did in my campaigning.

Study blames surgery wait lists on private clinics; Precious staff taken from public system, report says

The Province

By Ian Austin 

A year-long study of the effect of private clinics on the Canadian public health-care system has concluded that wait times are longest in areas where private clinics take personnel from the public system.

"We found evidence of wait times that are highest in areas with the most privatization, as resources -- financial and human -- are taken out of the public-health system," writes Natalie Mehra in the study entitled, "Eroding Public Medicare: Lessons and Consequences of For-Profit Health Care Across Canada."

Big winner to be fight against cancer

Prince Rupert Daily News

By Patrick Witwicki

The Run for the Cure is back for another lap.

Last year, CIBC's Run for the Cure made its debut in Prince Rupert, and was considered a moderate success. Not necessarily from the funds that were raised -- although the B.C. provincial total was impressive at $26 million -- but with the number of participants.

Event coordinator Marcella Navarro didn't hesitate to get involved with the run again.

"It will take us a few years to get the numbers up, to like Prince George (numbers)," she said.

Getting word out on mammograms

Prince George Free Press

By Allan Wishart

Shirley Bond made one thing clear when speaking at the Pine Centre Mall on Friday.

"It is literally a matter of life and death," the Prince George-Mount Robson MLA said at the Telus Tour for the Cure exhibit on breast cancer. "Many women still believe if they are diagnosed with breast cancer, it's a death sentence."

Tour for the Cure arrives in city

Williams Lake Tribune

By Sage Birchwater

The Telus Tour for the Cure, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation road show touched down in Williams Lake this week. Its large interactive display will be set up in Boitanio Mall until Sunday, Sept. 7.

The informative exhibit with six display kiosks is on both levels of the mall and contains important life-saving information on the early detection of breast cancer.

"Come and learn the facts about breast cancer and see what you can do to create a future without breast cancer," says tour leader Priscilla Fazakas.

Tour promotes breast health

Penticton Western News

Penticton Mayor Jake Kimberley officially opened the Telus Tour for the Cure exhibit at Cherry Lane shopping centre on Wednesday. The tour is travelling through B.C. to educate women about the importance of breast health.

It may not be a rock band but for Penticton women, it may very well be the most important tour to arrive this year.

The Telus Tour for the Cure set up shop in Cherry Lane shopping centre on Wednesday to educate women on the importance of breast health.