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Agreement reached in Bill 29 talks

January 28, 2008
Highlights include a $3 million fund for re-dress and education The HSA Board of Directors has approved a tentative Memorandum of Agreement with the provincial government and HEABC that includes a one-time payout of $3-million that will compensate members financially harmed by Bill 29 and establish an educational fund for health science professionals covered by the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association contract.

Co-Development Canada holds world film festival February 8-10

January 25, 2008
Rights, Reels and Resistance is the theme of Co-Development Canada's World Community Film Festival February 8...10 at Langara College. The seventh annual film festival features documentaries set around the globe about social justice and environmental issues. This years theme reflects the urgent need to acknowledge and celebrate resistance and the fight for human rights in communities across the world. For information and listings, visit the film festival website.

Reminder regarding convention and election deadlines

January 24, 2008
1. REGIONAL DIRECTOR ELECTIONSA reminder that Regions 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 are holding elections for Regional Director.  All HSA members in these regions are encouraged to put their names forward for nomination.

National Union urges premiers to adopt comprehensive climate plan

January 24, 2008
Ottawa (24 January 2008) ... The 340,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is urging Canada's provincial and territorial premiers to adopt a comprehensive climate change plan when the Council of the Federation meets next Monday and Tuesday in Vancouver. New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham is the current chair of the federation.

Private medical schools the wrong prescription, says CHPS

January 23, 2008
Ottawa (23 Jan. 2008) - A recent proposal by Dr. Brian Day, president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), to create private medical schools in Canada is being condemned by Canadas largest organization of health science professionals.

Health science professionals critical to improved wait times

January 18, 2008
HSA President Reid Johnson responds to the Jan. 18, 2008 editorial in The Province on the need for improved wait times in diagnostic testing. Read his letter to the editor here.

Nominations open for David Bland Memorial Award

January 17, 2008
In 2005, David Bland, a vocational rehabilitation counsellor and HSA member from Richmond Mental Health, was murdered at his workplace by a former client.  His tragic death served as a sombre reminder that more needs to be done to prevent incidents of violence in the workplace and to protect health care and social services workers on the job. 

CCPA, Fraser Insitute debate health care policy

January 9, 2008
Tune into Shaw TV's Voice of BC with Vaughan Palmer Thursday night for a debate about health care policy between the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Fraser Institute. The show will be broadcast on Thursday, January 10th from 8-9 pm and re-broadcast on Saturday at 10 am and Sunday at 2 and 8 pm. Outside Vancouver, please check your local listings for broadcast times.

Scholarships and bursaries available for HSA members and their families

January 9, 2008
HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children. We will be awarding ten scholarships for full-time studies, twenty bursaries for full-time studies and two aboriginal scholarships. The criteria and details are set out on the application forms. To obtain a copy please see the HSA website: or contact your chief steward.

Reminder: HSA election campaign school

January 2, 2008
There will be elections at all 3 levels of government during the next 18 months. A federal election is expected to be called in early 2008. Municipal and school board elections will be held in November, 2008. The provincial election is scheduled for May, 2009. If you want to help elect representatives who will support public health care and community social services, or are considering possibly running for elected office yourself, then HSAs non-partisan campaign school is for you! Campaign School Dates: January 31 & February 1, 2008