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Day of Mourning - April 28, 2014

April 2, 2014
Across Canada, April 28 has been designated the Day of Mourning, a time when workers, families, employers and others come together to remember those who have lost their lives to work-related incidents or occupational diseases.

Care providers and family members share stories at HSA mental health forum

April 1, 2014
HSA president Val Avery listens to Ingrid Sochting, an HSA member and chief psychologist for Richmond mental health outpatient services.   HSA marked yesterday's expiry of the Canadian Health Accord with a public forum on mental health services.

Arbitration makes progress on 37.5 hour week challenges

March 28, 2014
HSA, on behalf of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA), recently met with employers March 10 to 12 to negotiate a resolution to the approximately 1500 grievances related to the 2013 transition to a 37.5 hour work week. Aided by veteran arbitrators Vince Ready and Corrine Bell, some progress was achieved.

March 31 National Day of Action for a New Health Accord

March 26, 2014
BC HEALTH COALITION The current Health Accord expires March 31st, 2014 and the federal government is refusing to renegotiate it. Expiration of the accord will result in a $36 billion dollar cut to public health care, and an additional $16.5 billion dollar cut to health care equalization payments. On March 31, people across the country will be holding rallies to sound the alarm and let their MP's know that it is time to step forward and ensure that our health care system has a future. Here in BC, 8 communities are holding rallies - see list below.

HSA to hold mental health forum March 31

March 20, 2014
Health Sciences Association of BC, a union representing mental health professionals working in hospitals and communities across the province, will hold a public forum on mental health services March 31 in Vancouver.

College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC Annual Education Day

March 18, 2014
HSA’s Registered Psychiatric Nurses are encouraged to apply for education funding to cover costs related to participation in the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC (CRPNBC) Annual Education Day scheduled for Friday, May 9 2014 in Coquitlam. The education day – TRAUMA – It Affects Us All - focuses on providing valuable insights into the various forms of trauma. For information about the agenda for the education day, see the poster here.

Government proposing new Laboratory Services Act (Bill 7)

March 11, 2014
Bill 7, the Laboratory Services Act was introduced in the BC Legislature by the Liberal government on February 17, 2014, and is currently at the stage of first reading. The proposed legislation makes significant changes in several areas, including the legislative framework, governance and funding models for medical laboratory services. A general overview of these changes is available here on the HSA website.

International Women's Day events around BC

March 5, 2014
VANCOUVER Flash MobMarch 8 at 1:00 pmCome by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Robson Street side, wearing something that is white, purple and green, and show your support for the statement "Women's Rights are Human Rights". Presented by We Can BC, Amnesty International, Oxfam, VDLC, Maureen McGrath, and UFCW Local 247.

Reminder: Monday, March 10, 2014 - Deadline for Scholarships and Bursaries available for HSA members and their families

February 26, 2014
(deadline extended from original date of FebRUARY 28) HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children.  Ten scholarships will be awarded for full-time studies, twenty bursaries for full-time studies and four bursaries for part-time studies.  Two aboriginal scholarships will be awarded to aboriginal students in BC.