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Conservative government abandons working women

October 6, 2006
The Steven Harper Conservatives funding cuts and backtracking on previous policy commitments are a clear sign that the federal Conservative government is abandoning working women says B.C. Federation of Labour Secretary-Treasurer, Angela Schira. Last week, the federal government announced a 38.5 percent funding cut to Status of Women Canada. Just this week, Conservative Beverley Oda, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women confirmed the federal government is refusing to fund any advocacy initiatives by womens groups.

Talking about Health Care

October 6, 2006
As health care professionals, HSA members have a great deal of expertise to contribute to the current public discussion about the future of public health care.   As individuals, we have many questions and concerns about where Premier Campbell intends to take our health care system, and what it will mean for our communities, our families and ourselves.

TELUS Tour for the Cure arrives in Richmond

October 6, 2006
HSA members are invited to attend the official opening for the TELUS Tour for the Cure in Richmond on Saturday, October 14th at 11:00 a.m. at Richmond Centre Mall. The TELUS Tour for the Cure is an informative and interactive exhibit that will travel to communities across British Columbia over the next eight months to promote the value and importance of breast health and mammography screening.  The Tour is part of a campaign by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to help women detect smaller tumors earlier.

Privatization and the public good - Vancouver Public Library Series

October 2, 2006
This fall, Vancouver Public Library's Speak Up series explores privatization. How public services are defined and delivered is an ongoing controversy with important policy implications concerns. The outcome of these discussions will affect the living standards of everyone in British Columbia. Health care and privatization will be on the agenda October 11 and October 24. For information, see Speak Up Series

HSA runs for the cure

October 2, 2006
HSA members from across British Columbia participated in this year's CIBC Run for the Cure -- the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's most important fundraising event of the year. An estimated $1.4 million was raised in Vancouver alone.HSA is a silver-level sponsor of the event, and was represented at each of 10 run sites across B.C., supplying pink ribbon tattoos to participants.

TELUS Tour for the Cure arrives in West Vancouver

September 29, 2006
HSA members are invited to attend the official opening for the TELUS Tour for the Cure in West Vancouver on Wednesday, October 4th at 11:00 a.m. at Park Royal Shopping Centre. The TELUS Tour for the Cure is an informative and interactive exhibit that will travel to communities across British Columbia over the next eight months to promote the value and importance of breast health and mammography screening.  The Tour is part of a campaign by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to help women detect smaller tumors earlier.

Analysis shows there is no health spending crisis

September 28, 2006
This month, BC Finance Minister Carole Taylor released the government's first quarterly report for the current fiscal period. In releasing the information, she rang alarm bells, saying that health spending is out of control. Is it really? Columnist Will McMartin takes a closer look at the numbers in The Tyee, an online news magazine and debunks the myth that health spending is out of control. Click here to read the article in The Tyee.

NUPGE says national leadership needed on Pharmacare

September 22, 2006
Ottawa - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) joins the Canadian Health Coalition (CHC) in welcoming the latest progress report on a National Pharmaceutical Strategy (NPS), compiled by provincial health ministers. The strategy should work to improve pharmaceutical management and help offset the impact of catastrophic drug costs for Canadians.

We're running the race every day - join us October 1

September 22, 2006
As HSA's Team Captain for the 2006 Run for the Cure, I encourage you to support this year's CIBC Run for the Cure, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's most important fundraiser of the year. Runs are being held across British Columbia, and even if there isn't a run in your community, you can help the fight against breast cancer by making a donation to a member of the HSA provincial team.