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Heather Sapergia new Region 10 Director

March 31, 2008
HSA members in Region 10 have elected Heather Sapergia, a medical laboratory technologist at Prince George Regional Hospital, as their representative on the union's Board of Directors. The other candidate for election was Mandi Ayers, a medical laboratory technologist at Bulkley Valley District Hospital.

Valerie Avery new Region 2 Director

March 31, 2008
HSA members in Region 2 have elected Valerie Avery, a physiotherapist at Royal Jubilee Hospital, as their representative on the union's Board of Directors. The other candidates for election were Derrick Hoyt, a pathologists assistant at Royal Jubilee Hospital, and Anna Morton, a social worker at Queen Alexandra Centre for Childrens Health.

It's time to reinvest in communities for the common good

March 26, 2008
NUPGE releases new leaflet on renewing community-based social services Ottawa (20 March 2008) - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has released a new leaflet calling for a re-investment in our communities. It is called, No way to show we care: Renewed funding for community-based social services.

Think Community Forum March 26 focuses on solutions for our communities

March 25, 2008
Local and regional issues are on the agenda for a New Westminster and District Labour Council meeting March 26th as part of the labour council's 2008 Municipal Election Program. The Think Community Forum will open with guest panelists who will share their experiences and innovative approaches to bring lasting, positive change to our communities and schools. Discussion group topics are:

Human Rights Conference April 3-5

March 18, 2008
Rights, Not Wrongs, a conference focussing on emerging human rights issues, featuring leading BC human rights specialists in Aboriginal, peace, antipoverty, women's rights, antiracism, international issues and more, is being organized by the BC Teachers' Federation Committee for Action on Social Justice and the BC Federation of Labour. The conference will be held April 3 to 5 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, and will feature keynote speaker Stephen Lewis, the former UN special envoy for HIV/AIDS on Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m.

Choices that Matter - True Stories from Behind the Curtain of Private Health Care

March 18, 2008
The BC Health Coalition presents "Choices that Matter - True Stories from Behind the Curtain of Private Health Care" featuring:

PublicValues.ca tells the story of privatization in Canada

March 12, 2008
NUPGE among supporters of new website Ottawa (11 March 2008) - StraightGoods.ca is pleased to announce the addition of a new member to its family of websites: www.PublicValues.ca . The site is an online magazine presenting news about privatization and the fight to preserve public services, resources, spaces and enterprise. It will be updated frequently. Readers are encouraged to submit ideas and articles.

March is Community Social Services Awareness Month

March 4, 2008
A campaign to raise awareness of important community-based social services is getting support from municipal councils across BC. Social services workers and in some cases, community agencies and allies, have presented resolutions to city councils asking that March be designated as Community Social Services Awareness month. To date, 17 city councils have supported the awareness month.

CLC launches women's economic equality campaign

March 3, 2008
On March 8, International Women's Day, the Canadian Labour Congress is launching a women's economic equality campaign ... -Equality! Once and For All!" An exciting year-long campaign, the CLC will use every opportunity to raise awareness about the lack of attention paid by politicians, employers and the media to the growing economic inequality of women, through the use of creative and innovative tactics.

Marrch 3 public dialogue with experts: "Risks and benefits of direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs

February 29, 2008
Three quarters of adults will fill a prescription this year, at a cost of nearly $25 billion. The use and cost of medicines may increase significantly if manufacturers are allowed to advertise prescription drugs directly to consumers as they do in the United States.