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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.

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: