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Inside PEARS - Volume 5, Issue 1 : Winter 2009

February 13, 2009
Presented by The Occupational Health & Safety Agency for Healthcare in BC Inside PEARS is a quarterly e-newsletter intended to keep you informed on what is happening in the PEARS community. This newsletter is a forum for sharing success stories and best practices, and for learning about new research and issues impacting PEARS programs across the province.

Labour to campaign for economic change

February 10, 2009
Canadas labour leaders have given a resounding thumbs-down to the economic stimulus package presented in the federal budget. While it may address some of the difficult circumstances that working families face, they say it is fundamentally flawed and fails to address the problems faced by the hundreds of thousands of people who are losing their jobs.

Violence in health care survey

February 10, 2009
Between 2003 and 2007 more than 10 per cent of BC health care and social assistance claims were violence-related, according to WorkSafeBC. Taking into account incidents of violence that are not reported or do not result in a claim, a true picture of violence faced by BC health care workers is still unknown.

Time for a poverty reduction plan for BC

February 9, 2009
On February 5, 2009, more than 200 organizations and community leaders joined together to call on all BC political parties to commit to a comprehensive, legislated poverty reduction plan. Health Sciences Association of BC is one of the more than 200 organizations to sign onto an open letter calling for a commitment to a comprehensive poverty reducation plan. 

OHSAH Health & Safety Update

January 28, 2009
From Knowledge to Action: Solutions that WorkBC Health Authorities conference abstract deadline The BC Healthcare Collaborative Group is hosting the second Workplace Health, Safety and Wellness Conference in Kelowna, BC on September 14-15, 2009. "From Knowledge to Action: Solutions that Work"

Stimulus too timid; tax cuts ineffective — NUPGE

January 27, 2009
The Harper government has let Canadians down again with a stimulus package that is short on the bold investments needed to boost the economy, create jobs and protect vulnerable families, says the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE). The union says the budget is not equal to the challenges facing the country and should be significantly amended or defeated. Read more on the NUPGE website.

The economic crisis in BC: Developing an alternative

January 22, 2009
The Vancouver & District Labour Council Education Committeeand the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives present a public forum and conference on the economic crisis in BC. The public forum, Economics for Everyone, will be held Friday Jan. 30 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver. Featured speaker is Jim Stanford, Canadian Auto Workers' economist and author of Economics for Everyone.

Reminder regarding convention and election deadlines

January 22, 2009
1. REGIONAL DIRECTOR ELECTIONS A reminder that Regions 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 are holding elections for Regional Director.  All HSA members in these regions are encouraged to put their names forward for nomination.

Final week to register for HSA election campaign school

January 22, 2009
Space is still available in the non-partisan election campaign school HSA is holding for members interested in working on election campaigns or running for political office.  The school will focus on the May 12, 2009 provincial election, and will be the only campaign school HSA offers before this election. If you want to help elect representatives who will support public health care and community social services, or are considering running for elected office some day, then HSAs election campaign school is for you!

Equality and Human rights news

January 20, 2009
The latest issue of the NUPGE Equality and Human rights newsletter is now available at