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Vancouver City Council passes motion calling for the restoration of VGH domestic violence program

October 8, 2010
In a unanimous vote last night, Vancouver City Council passed a motion calling for the restoration of the outpatient Domestic Violence Program at Vancouver General Hospital. VGH closed the clinic in a surprise move this summer, with no consultation with emergency room staff or with the community. HSA Region 4 Director Brendan Shields spoke in support of the motion on behalf of the union.

We want to hear what you think

October 7, 2010
HSA has contracted with Viewpoints Research to conduct a survey of HSA members on issues related to current contract negotiations. Your feedback is important and valuable to your bargaining committee.  If you are contacted by Viewpoints Research in the coming week, we encourage you to participate in the telephone survey, which will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Please contact Miriam Sobrino at at the HSA office if you have any questions or concerns.

Running for the cure: HSA members make a difference

October 5, 2010
Hundreds of HSA members across the province participated in Sunday's Run for the Cure. Charmaine Nathan (medical radiation clinical educator, St. Paul's Hospital) brought her daughter. Send us yourphotos! If we use your photo on our website or in The Report magazine, we'll send you a gift package. Send your photos to 

Fraser Health Authority to lay off Registered Psychiatric Nurses, RNs

October 5, 2010
Fraser Health Authority announced last week that it is reducing the number of Registered Psychiatric Nurses and RNs caring for seniors in residential care. FHA is laying off approximately a dozen Registered Psychiatric Nurses, among more than 100 nurses to be laid off in FHA-owned and -operated facilities. The FHA layoffs affect RPNs and RNs at these sites:


October 4, 2010
Labour adjustment agreement reached in consolidation of diagnostic imaging services throughout Lower Mainland HSA has completed negotiations with Lower Mainland health authorities for a transition to a region-wide consolidation of diagnostic imaging services. The agreement allows for the significant restructuring of services without displacements and layoffs of diagnostic imaging staff.

Off to a great start

October 1, 2010
The Report: October 2010 vol.31 num.5 MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGIST Kylah Sorenson has got her career off to an excellent start by attaining a perfect GPA of 4.33, the highest mark in her graduating class at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George. Even more gratifying, she has been awarded a prestigious Governor General's bronze medal for academic achievement. Sorenson, who graduated in February of this year, is now happily working as a Laboratory Technologist at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia.

A sad anniversary

October 1, 2010
The Report: October 2010 vol.31 num.5 THIS PAST SEPTEMBER 16 marked a sad anniversary for children with special needs in this province. Last year on this date, BCs Children and Family Development Minister Mary Polak announced funding cuts of more than $3 million for autism services for children under age six. As a result of this decision, Victorias Queen Alexandra Centre for Child Health laid off 40 highly trained behavioural interventionists and closed its autism behaviour intervention program.

H1N1 lessons can make your workplace safer

October 1, 2010
The Report: October 2010 vol.31 num.5 DELEGATES TO THE 2010 HSA CONVENTION in Vancouver asked a number of questions about last year's outbreak of novel H1N1 influenza strain; why certain decisions were made, and what we've learned to help us prepare for the next outbreak. Why weren't cardiology technologists considered frontline workers and immunized along with nurses and doctors?

Sisters in Spirit Vigil October 4

October 1, 2010
The fifth annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil will take place October 4 across Canada to honour murdered and missing Aboriginal women and their families. Sisters in Spirit (SIS) is an initiative launched by the Native Womens Association of Canada (NWAC) to address the issue of the hundreds of Aboriginal women and girls who have either disappeared or have been found murdered in Canada over the past few decades. The SIS initiative has worked to identify root causes, trends and circumstances of violence that have led to these disappearances and deaths.