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HSA members assisting with emergency medical care for migrants

August 13, 2010
A small number of patients have begun to arrive today at the special unit prepared for the emergency medical care of migrants from the MV Sun Sea. The Vancouver Island Health Authority and the health care unions have issued a second joint bulletin to update health care workers. Click here to view second joint bulletin

Show your support for the VGH Domestic Violence Program

August 12, 2010
BC Health Coalition ACTION ALERT:

HSA members to assist in VIHA response to migrant ship humanitarian emergency

August 12, 2010
Over the past few days, VIHA has been working with health care unions to provide information and address concerns in preparation for receiving refugees requiring emergency medical care. Canadian officials confirmed today that 490 refugees are aboard a vessel approaching the BC coast. The old emergency department at Victoria General Hospital has been temporarily reopened to provide screening, triage, assessment, and diagnostic care. VIHA has also re-opened 7 North to treat refugees requiring hospital admission.

Labour Day Family Picnic: A celebration of solidarity

August 11, 2010
Join HSA, the BC Federation of Labour and friends for a fun and relaxing family day at the annual Labour Day Picnic Monday, September 6, 11 am to 2 pmCentral Park in Burnaby (Kingsway between Boundary and Patterson) -- a 5-minute stroll from adjacent Patterson Skytrain Station The day will include family entertainment, fun (games and prizes), and food (hotdogs, drinks & corn on the cob). HSAs booth will distribute labour day stickers and BC orchard apples.

Staffing, beds to increase

August 10, 2010
Comox Valley Record

HSA urges VGH not to dismantle domestic violence program

August 9, 2010
Less than a week after a sudden announcement to emergency room staff, Vancouver General Hospital has already begun dismantling a much-needed Domestic Violence Program that has been serving the community for 18 years. The outpatient Domestic Violence Program serves 20-25 clients per week, providing counselling for patients experiencing violent relationships. The program also provides support, education and referrals for child protection and safety planning.

Health authority puts lab changes on hold

August 6, 2010
Nanaimo News Bulletin

VIHA delays plan to move lab services

August 6, 2010
Comox Valley Echo

VIHA backs off from plan to centralize lab services

August 4, 2010
Nanaimo Daily News

What does my OHS Committee do?

August 1, 2010
The Report: August 2010 vol.31 num.4 DELEGATES TO THE RECENT HSA CONVENTION in Vancouver asked a number of questions about the role and responsibility of workplace occupational health and safety committees: When should worksite inspections occur, who organizes them and how are members freed up to do them?