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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.       

The Truth is Out There, or is It?

February 29, 2008
Whether its politicians, corporate leaders, or health experts, its getting increasingly difficult to know who to believe these days. Even journalists cant always be trusted!

Federal budget: surplus of rhetoric, deficit of real solutions

February 27, 2008
What Finance Minister Jim Flaherty calls a budget of -focus, prudence, and discipline" is actually -feeble, paltry and disappointing," says Larry Brown, secretary-treasurer of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE). See NUPGE's reaction to the federal budget here.

February 29 is RSI Awareness Day

February 26, 2008
The Canadian Labour Congress is calling on governments to take the issue of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) more seriously. Statistics Canada reported in 2003 that one in 10 Canadians suffers from an RSI enough to limit their normal activities. Download leaflet here.

An unbalanced and unfair budget

February 26, 2008
The Canadian Labour Congress says todays budget makes one thingclear for ordinary working people trying to make ends meet in an economy that offers less: this government is not on your side. See the CLC's analysis of the 2008 federal budget here.

Mortality rates lower for stroke patients with post-care therapy

February 26, 2008
According to new research by the Canadian Stroke Network (CSN), nine out of 10 hospital deaths involving recovering stroke patients could be prevented if they were put in an organized follow-up program that involved care provided by health science professionals such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

Health care needs people

February 25, 2008
HSA President Reid Johnson responds to February 24, 2008 Vancouver Province columnist Brian Lewis, who praises the new facilities and equipment at the Abbotsford P3 hospital set to open next year. See letter to the editor here.

Additional steward workshop scheduled

February 21, 2008
Due to increased demand for OH&S steward training, HSA is offering the following workshop: OH&S Steward Training Level 1 (2-day workshop): May 26 and 27, 2008 Please apply ASAP as workshops have been filling up quickly. Download Pre-registration form