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Labour Day Message

August 24, 2007
Over the past five years, Canadas economy has lost over 300,000 of its best-paying jobs and continues to lose hundreds more every week. These were jobs with good salaries. They offered benefits that helped people raise healthy families and plan for a decent retirement. They came with incomes that supported local businesses and paid for social services that raised everyones quality of life.

Health unions ad sends a positive public solutions message to Canadian physicians

August 21, 2007
-Public health care. Lets look at the evidence" is the message that B.C.s health care unions are sending to Canadian physicians in an ad placed in todays Globe and Mail and Vancouver Sun as doctors from across the country meet in Vancouver this week for the Canadian Medical Associations annual general meeting.

Register early for Run for the Cure and win!

August 20, 2007
Join the HSA team by Sept. 20, 2007 and be entered to win a $500 travel voucher from WE Travel. This year's annual Run for the Cure, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's most important fundraiser, is Sunday September 30. HSA has supported the run for the past 10 years, and as a gold-level sponsor encourages HSA members and others to join the HSA team to Run for the Cure September 30.

Double-dipping and private care go against evidence-based policy

August 16, 2007
While there can be no doubt that the vast majority of doctors care first and foremost for their patients and their well-being, it doesnt follow that the public policies their delegates support will adequately address issues of waiting times, of access and of fairness.

Support our public health care system

August 14, 2007
As the Canadian Medical Association meets in Vancouver to discuss the future of our health care system, come and learn more about positive public solutions. Join the BC Health Coalition and the Council of Canadians to celebrate public health care and send a message to the CMA. Date: Sunday, August 19Time: 12 noon to 4 p.mPlace: Vancouver Art Gallery, Hornby and Robson

Public rehabiliation services make economic sense

August 13, 2007
HSA President Reid Johnson calls for increased rehabilitation services in the public health care system as provincial government wraps up Conversation on Health process. See his letter here.

Working people make gains in July

August 10, 2007
OTTAWA ... The latest employment numbers from Statistics Canadas Labour Force Survey show that July was a relatively good month for workers. Finally, theres a bit of good news for working people across the country. More people looking for work were able to find full-time jobs. Employment for young Canadians continued to be strong. Wages were on the rise. And the beleaguered manufacturing sector saw a gain in jobs after months of devastating losses, particularly in central Canada.

Financial 'success' takes its toll on injured workers

August 3, 2007
HSA President Reid Johnson responds to a Vancouver Sun editorial on the financial position of Worksafe BC. See his letter to the editor here.  

Canadians deserve more paid vacation time

July 31, 2007
A new report released today by the Canadian Labour Congress confirms what most working people in this country have long suspected. Canadians give more of their waking hours to their employers than workers in most OECD countries. While less discussed than wage and income inequality, there are huge differences among working people in terms of access to paid time off the job within Canada ... mostly depending on their province of residence. Ken Georgetti, the president of the Canadian Labour Congress, says it's time for a change.

HSA members elect Kimball Finigan as Region 5 Director

July 16, 2007
HSA members in Region 5 have elected Kimball Finigan, a radiation therapist at the Vancouver Centre of the BC Cancer Agency as their representative on the HSA board of directors. Finigan defeated Gerald Yu, a health records administrator at Childrens and Womens Health Centre of BC.