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Membership survey now online

January 16, 2009
This year, as many of you will know, the Health Sciences Association of BC is developing a Strategic Plan.  We are seeking input from a wide range of people to inform this task, and some of you may have already participated in focus groups and other processes.  We are now inviting all members to participate in a short online survey. To access the online survey, you must register as a user on the HSA website. Register as a user here.

Canadians want greater investment in public services for families

January 14, 2009
As Prime Minister Stephen Harper prepares to meet with Canada's first ministers this week to discuss the economic downturn and the next federal budget, a new Nanos Research poll suggests Canadians want a stimulus package that invests in public services at the top of the federal agenda. Commissioned by the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), the poll asked Canadians about their attitudes on:

Update on action taken on 2008 Convention resolutions

January 13, 2009
To help facilitate HSA chapter meetings dealing with resolutions for HSA's annual convention, HSA has posted a draft report of action taken on resolutions passed at the 2008 convention. The draft "Business Arising" document is available on the HSA website at www.hsabc.org "Business Arising" documents from previous conventions, as well as minutes from those conventions are also available on the HSA website under the "News" section, "Annual Reports."

Economic stimulus must focus on job creation not tax cuts

January 9, 2009
In the wake of rising unemployment numbers across the country, the B.C. Federation of Labour is calling on the federal government to focus on economic stimulus measures which will protect and create Canadian jobs, assist unemployed workers and protect pension plans.

Workshop Reminder

January 8, 2009
There is still room available in the following three-day Steward Training workshops and two-day OH&S Steward Training workshops.  All stewards who have not had HSA training, or stewards who wish to have a refresher course are encouraged to apply.  Please register as soon as possible if you are interested in attending any of these workshops. Steward Training: • January 26, 27, 28, 2009• February 23, 24, 25, 2009• March 9, 10, 11, 2009 OH&S Steward Training:

Fraser Institute Rehashes Business Message on Minimum Wage

January 7, 2009
The B.C. Federation of Labour is dismissing the Fraser Institutes report on the economic effects of raising the minimum wage. -The Fraser Institute has twisted its own numbers and used discredited economic theories to conclude that a $10 an hour minimum wage would be a job killer in British Columbia," said Jim Sinclair, President of the B.C. Federation of Labour.

CCPA calls for 2% GDP stimulus to create 407,000 jobs

January 7, 2009
Ottawa (7 Jan. 2009) - The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) is calling for a one-year national stimulus plan to create 407,000 jobs, boost the economy by 3% and shield Canadians from the worst of the global recession. As part of its annual Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) to be made public later in January, the centre released advance proposals Tuesday to stimulate the economy in the face of what is now often described as the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Scholarships and bursaries available for HSA members and their children

January 6, 2009
HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children.  We will be awarding ten scholarships for full-time studies, twenty bursaries for full-time studies and two aboriginal scholarships. The criteria and details are set out on the application forms.  To obtain a copy please see the HSA website or click here.

HSA welcomes 120 new members from CML HealthCare

December 23, 2008
Employees at 10 Metro Vancouver locations of CML Healthcare, a private medical imaging and laboratory company with locations across Canada, have voted to join the Health Sciences Association of BC. The 120 employees join HSA members working at 12 CML facilities in Metro Vancouver and on Vancouver Island.

Violence in Health Care

December 17, 2008
The following article is reprinted from the WorkSafe BC WorkSafe Magazine. HSA is actively involved in the provincial anti-violence committee, and is a partner in an anti-violence awareness campaign launched in Campbell River to reach communities in the Vancouver Island Health Authority region. By Helena Bryan  Partnership working to protect nurses and other health care workers