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Heather Sapergia acclaimed as Region 10 Director

February 5, 2010
HSA members in Region 10 have once again elected Heather Sapergia as their representative to the HSA Board of Directors. Heather was acclaimed after the February 1st deadline passed with no further nominations.  Heather works as a Medical Laboratory Technologist at the University Hospital of Northern BC (formerly Prince George Regional Hospital) where she previously served as Chief Steward for several years.

Three candidates running for Regional Director in Region 6

February 5, 2010
During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 6 will have an opportunity to elect a new representative on HSAs Board of Directors. Current Region 6 Director, Rachel Tutte, is stepping down after serving 2 terms. Nominations for the position closed on February 1st with three members declaring their candidacy: 

Help for Haiti

February 2, 2010
HSA's board of directors has made a $10,000 donation on behalf of HSA members to the Haitian relief efforts. HSA joins with individuals, organizations, and governments around the world that are mobilizing to provide food, shelter, and medical aid for the Haitian people devasted by the January 12 earthquake that has demolished large parts of the country and left hundreds of thousands dead or homeless.

West Coast LEAF seeks HSA members input on consequences of legal aid cuts on patients and clients

February 2, 2010
In 2004, West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) collaborated with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) to produce an in-depth study about the effects of cuts to legal aid. Legal Aid Denied: Women and the Cuts to Legal Services in BC examined the recent history and cumulative effects of cuts, undermining the health, safety, livelihoods, and families in need of legal assistance.

What are cuts costing you?

February 1, 2010
You and your family depend on BC's public services. So why doesn't the BC Government undestand that when they cut public services, they hurt your family and community. HSA and other unions have joined to support the BC Federation of Labour "Cuts Cost You More," advertising campaign. Visit the BC Federation of Labour website to hear the radio ad and see the print ad.

Attend vigil for autism services Monday, February 1

January 29, 2010
Despite wide-spread public outcry and media attention, the Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention (EIBI) program for children with autism is closing its doors this week due to government funding cuts. At Queen Alexandra Center for Child Health on Vancouver Island, 40 experienced and highly-trained therapists have lost their jobs. Today is their last day of work. These cuts were triggered this fall by Children and Family Development Minister Mary Polak, who announced funding for autism services for children under age 6 would be cut by more than $3 million.

CoDev Canada invites HSA members to World Community Film Festival January 29-31

January 26, 2010
CoDevelopment Canada invites HSA members and friends to its World Community Film Festival, January 29-31, 2010 at Langara College. The ninth annual film festival features documentaries set around the globe about social justice, food security, and environmental issues.

COMMUNITY HEALTH: HSA Board of Directors recommends rejecting tentative agreement

January 22, 2010
HSAs board of directors voted this week to recommend rejection of the tentative agreement reached last month in the Community Health Services and Support sector between the bargaining associations lead union, BCGEU, and the provincial government. The board agreed with HSAs negotiating team representing members in the sector that the agreement asks members to give up too many hard-won benefits.

Support BC's ambulance paramedics in 2010

January 21, 2010
Week of January 18, 2010 Friday, January 22 - Port MoodyWhat:  Protest at Port Moody ... Coquitlam MLA, Iain Blacks OfficeTime:  12:30 ... 1:30Where:  #203 ... 130 Brew Street, Port MoodyLet the Minister Responsible for Small Business, Technology and Economic Development know that eliminating workers legal rights through legislation is not an effective way to build a better and stronger British Columbia. Week of January 25, 2010

Nominations open for David Bland Memorial Award

January 19, 2010
Five years ago, 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 ands social services workers on the job.