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Mourn for the dead; fight for the living

April 23, 2008
On April 28, 2008, we mark the 24th anniversary of the National Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job. The National Day of Mourning is an initiative of the Canadian Labour Congress and was started in 1984. It is now celebrated around the world from Azerbaijan to Zambia.

Rally for Medicare, increased political action supported by HSA delegates

April 21, 2008
Delegates rallied to Stand Up for Medicare. Delegates to the 37th annual convention of the Health Sciences Association kicked off the two-day convention with a rally to support Medicare, and closed the annual meeting bidding farewell to two long-standing board members. The Friday rally, -Standing up for Medicare" featured warnings about what the future hold for health care in B.C.

Election Campaign School for Women

April 15, 2008
Are you a woman considering either running for elected office, or working in a key position in a future election campaign? If so, then the annual Canadian Women Voters Congress Womens Campaign School is for you.

Rally to Defend Medicare

April 15, 2008
Speak out against the threat to public health care in BC Join us!Friday, April 18 March: noonAssemble beside the Hilton Metrotown6083 McKay Avenue, Burnaby(McKay & Kingsway) Rally: 12:15-1:15pmNortheast corner of Central ParkCorner of Kingsway & Patterson, Burnaby1 block from Patterson Skytrain stationParking available off Patterson

Escalating shortage of lab professionals threatens patient care

April 11, 2008
Ottawa (10 April 2008) ... In the lead-up to National Medical Laboratory Week, Canadas largest organization of health science professionals is sounding alarm bells that accessible and high quality patient care is threatened by an escalating shortage of medical laboratory technologists across the country.

Public health care forum draws standing-room only crowd

April 9, 2008
Just hours after Health Minister George Abbott tabled controversial amendments to the Medicare Protection Act on April 8, more than 200 people attended a public talk by physicians and international policy experts about the dangers of continued health care privatization in B.C. Dr. Michael Klein ... physician, researcher and founding member of the Canadian Doctors for Medicare ... reasserted that health care funding has remained stable as a percentage of both the B.C. and Canadian economies over the past decades.

Workshop Reminder

April 3, 2008
There is still room available in the three-day Steward Training workshop on April 28 ... 30, 2008.  Please register as soon as possible if you are interested in attending this workshop. Steward Training:April 28, 29 & 30, 2008 Eligible stewards should print a pre-registration form off the HSA website at (go to Member Services, then Education) and return it to the HSA Office (Attention:  Karin Herbert) as soon as possible.  HSA will call you to confirm your registration.

NUPGE continues campaign to save public medicare system

April 3, 2008
'We can't stand still. We can either go back or we can go forward. The choice we make today will decide the future of medicare in Canada.' - Tommy Douglas Ottawa (3 Apr. 2008) - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has issued two new public education tools as part of its ongoing campaign to defend and expand Canada's public medicare system.

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.