2009: News Archive

The Report: October / November 2009 vol.30 num.4 Appeal ruling recognizes condition affecting people exposed to workplace chemicals LENORE WAS SHOPPING AT RONA with her husband when it happened. She cant remember the details, but she blacked out completely, and later was found wandering around in a confused state. Staff paged her husband to come help her. Lenore (not her...

" The Report: October / November 2009 vol.30 num.4 It has many names. Pandemic influenza, swine flu. Novel H1N1 influenza strain. The media, which has been considerable since the first infections were reported has adopted the shorthand H1N1. Yet despite the growing coverage, most people dont know much about what it is, and how it will affect them. WHY ALL...

0 The Report: October / November 2009 vol.30 num.4 LABORATORY TECHNOLOGIST KELLY LEWIS STOOD UP FOR PATIENT CARE IN ALBERTA by LAURA BUSHEIKIN HSA MEMBER KELLY LEWIS has no hesitation about describing herself as a -squawker." In fact, shes proud to be someone who speaks out when she sees an injustice. -If I think somethings not right, Ill stand up...

The Report: October / November 2009 vol.30 num.4 CYTOGENETIC TECHNOLOGIST CHRISTINE HAESSIG by LAURA BUSHEIKIN -THE VERY FIRST TIME I looked down a microscope I was immediately very interested," says HSA member Christine Haessig. -From an early age, I always knew I was going to go to university and have a career in the scientific field." If that microscope could...

The Report: October / November 2009 vol.30 num.4 LIKE THE PATIENTS AND CLIENTS we serve all across British Columbia, HSA members are facing some big challenges this fall. Travelling to meet with members at this years round of regional meetings, Ive had a chance to hear about these first hand. Its clear to all that after years of wasteful spending...

The Report: October / November 2009 vol.30 num.3 by JULIO TRUJILLO I work as a lab tech in a hospital, and Im pregnant. So is my colleague ... shes a registered psychiatric nurse at the same facility. Do we have the same maternity leave benefits? Yes you do. But, depending on your contract, different groups of HSA members have different...

The Report: October / November 2009 vol.30 num.3 FIGHTING INEQUALITY, WORKING FOR CHANGE by LAURA BUSHEIKIN Like many HSA members, Anne Davis is actively engaged in the fight for social justice. But even the unions most passionate activists might be surprised by how hard Davis is working to advance social justice, human rights, labour, and gender equality. First of all...

user The Report: October / November 2009 vol.30 num.3 SAVING LIVES THROUGH RESPIRATORY THERAPY by LAURA BUSHEIKIN From the first inspiration of a newborn baby, to the last exhalation of a person at the end of life, breathing defines our existence. Accordingly, respiratory therapists can be an integral part of every step of this journey. It is no wonder, then...

The Report: October / November 2009 vol.30 num.3 SEPTEMBER WAS A DEVASTATING month for parents of children with special needs. First, the Ministry for Children and Family Development announced a dramatic cut in funding for children with autism. But, not to worry, the minister said, the $3-million cut would be replaced with a $1-million referral centre. Programs would be cut...

Families are planning rallies in the coming weeks to fight the cut in funding for autism services for children. HSA President Reid Johnson will join the Kelowna rally Sunday October 18 at 11 a.m. Date: Sunday, October 18th Time: 11 am - 1 pm Place: Kerry Park/The Sails (downtown Kelowna on Bernard Avenue) If you would like to help with...