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Cuts to autism services cost us all in the long run

September 24, 2010
Coquitlam Now

Community social services negotiations stall; discussions begin on essential services

September 24, 2010
Bargaining for the community social services sector contract resumed this week, but quickly stalled. Josef Rieder represents HSA at the bargaining table, with HSA bargaining team chair Lynn Kelsey. -In the absence of meaningful discussion that could lead to an agreement, the Community Social Services Bargaining Association has asked the employer for dates to begin discussion on essential service levels," he said.

Interested in serving on the Community Action Program for Children Advisory Committee?

September 22, 2010
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) in BC is looking for individuals to serve on the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) Advisory Committee. The purpose of the CAPC Advisory Committee is to make recommendations on CAPC-specific funding and policy, including program implementation and evaluation, to PHAC. By participating as an Advisory Committee member, an individual has the opportunity to provide input that will shape the delivery of the program in BC. PHAC is currently seeking representation from the following:

Cuts cruel and costly

September 21, 2010
Sooke News Mirror

Autism service cuts cruel

September 20, 2010
The Daily Courier (Kelowna) Sept. 16 marked a sad anniversary for children with special needs in this province. Last year on this date, B.C.'s Children and Family Development Minister Mary Polak announced funding cuts of more than $3 million for autism services for children under age six. As a result of this decision, Victoria's Queen Alexandra Centre for Child Health laid off 40 highly trained behavioural interventionists and closed its autism behaviour intervention program.

Private clinics: now is the time for government action to stop for-profit health care

September 20, 2010
New evidence of Canada Health Act violations, BC Court of Appeal ruling affirming government authority to audit for-profit clinics, and resolution at next weeks UBCM Convention all signal need for immediate government response. New research conducted by the BC Health Coalition has revealed evidence that for-profit clinics across the province continue to openly charge patients additional fees to jump the queue for health services already covered by Medicare.

Criminal records checks: an update

September 20, 2010
Health science professionals who work with children have been receiving employer notifications regarding the requirement for criminal records checks. As a result of amendments to the Criminal Records Review Act which came into effect in January 2008, all employees who work with or have unsupervised access to children (under age 19) must undergo a criminal records check every five years ... not just upon hire.  The deadline for compliance is December 31, 2010.

Autistic kids in BC hurt by cuts

September 19, 2010
Tri-City News

Closing autism intervention program a false economy

September 17, 2010
The Vancouver Sun See full version of the original letter here

Community Social Services bargaining resumes next week

September 17, 2010
The union bargaining committee for community social services workers met this week to prepare for bargaining resuming next week. Josef Rieder represents HSA at the bargaining table, with HSA bargaining team chair Lynn Kelsey. -Were looking forward to working with employers to reach a fair settlement that improves the working life and conditions of our members," he said. -We hope the employers are willing to actively participate in collective bargaining after almost a year of talks."