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Budget 2009 shows BC Liberals in holding pattern in lead-up to May provincial election

February 17, 2009
Todays budget tabled by the BC Liberal government makes it clear that the BC Liberals are in a holding pattern until the next provincial election, says Reid Johnson, president of the Health Sciences Association of BC. HSA represents more than 15,000 health science professionals who provide clinical, diagnostic and rehabilitation services in hospitals and community facilities.

Election budget 2009 leaves health authorities hanging until 2011

February 17, 2009
Todays 2009/2010 provincial budget announcements failed to provide any new money for health care in British Columbia until 2011.  In addition, the budget included no movement towards the creation of previously promised not-for-profit residential beds or any new funding for seniors care. -In times of economic crisis, providing the ability for health authorities to invest in home and community care today would be a productive form of economic stimulus that would benefit communities across the province, said Leslie Dickout, Medicare Campaigner, BC Health Coalition.

Education fund available for HSA members in HSPBA agreement

February 16, 2009
(This information applies to HSA members of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association.) In January of 2008 the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association successfully negotiated an agreement to resolve issues flowing from the Supreme Court of Canada decision that certain sections of Bill 29 were unconstitutional. HSA made professional development for our members a priority. As a result, the final agreement included a fund for professional development education for all HSPBA members.

Suzanne Bennett acclaimed as Region 1 Director

February 16, 2009
HSA members in Region 1 have again acclaimed Suzanne Bennett as their representative to the HSA Board of Directors. She was acclaimed after the February 12th deadline passed with no further nominations.  Suzanne has been the Region 1 Director since 2006.  She is the first HSA member from the community social services sector to serve on the board. Suzanne is a youth addictions counsellor at the John Howard Society in Courtenay. She has been a member of HSA since 1998 and served as chief steward for five years. 

Marg Beddis acclaimed as Region 7 Director

February 16, 2009
HSA members in Region 7 have re-elected Marg Beddis, a dietitian at Surrey Memorial Hospital, as their representative on the HSA Board of Directors. Since becoming an HSA member in 1991, Marg has been active as a Steward, Assistant Chief Steward and Chief Steward for Surrey Memorial Hospital.  She has also served as a Member-at-Large, and on several HSA committees, including Occupational Health and Safety, Political Action, Equality and Social Action, and Resolutions. Marg has also been an HSA Constituency Liaison in Surrey.

Janice Morrison acclaimed as Region 9 Director

February 16, 2009
HSA members in Region 9 have acclaimed Janice Morrison, a physiotherapist at Kootenay Lake Hospital, as their representative on the HSA Board of Directors. Since becoming an HSA member in 1990, Janice has been a Steward, Assistant Chief Steward, and Chief Steward at Kootenay Lake Hospital, as well as a Member-at-Large.  She previously sat on the Committee for Equality and Social Action, and the Political Action Committee, and currently serves on the Trial Committee.

Kimball Finigan acclaimed as Region 5 Director

February 16, 2009
HSA members in Region 5 have acclaimed Kimball Finigan, a radiation therapist at the Vancouver Centre of the BC Cancer Agency as their representative on the HSA board of directors.  He was acclaimed after the February 12th deadline passed with no further nominations.

Bruce MacDonald acclaimed as Region 3 Director

February 16, 2009
HSA members in Region 3 have once again acclaimed Bruce MacDonald as their representative to the HSA Board of Directors. He was acclaimed after the February 12th deadline passed with no further nominations.  Bruce is a social worker at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. He has been a member of HSA since 2000.  Bruce was first elected to the HSA Board of Directors in 2006 and currently sits on the unions Constitutional and Organizational Policy committee, Finance committee, and also serves as the unions Secretary-Treasurer.

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.