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Brendan Shields acclaimed as Region 4 Director

February 5, 2010
HSA members in Region 4 have elected Brendan Shields as their representative to the HSA Board of Directors. Brendan was acclaimed after the February 1st deadline passed with no further nominations.   Brendan is a Music Therapist who has worked in a variety of health care settings in Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health.  He currently works, and serves as a Steward, at Richmond Hospital.

Joan Magee acclaimed as Region 8 Director

February 5, 2010
HSA members in Region 8 have elected Joan Magee to a fourth term as their representative to the HSA Board of Directors. Joan was acclaimed after the February 1st deadline passed with no further nominations.  

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: 

Need treatment, will travel

February 2, 2010
Business in Vancouver By Noa Globerman Millions of patients travel to places like Belgium, Costa Rica and South Africa annually to undergo urgent or elective medical procedures. Whether it's to avoid the high costs, long waits or poor quality they usually associate with their local health systems, the prognosis remains medical tourism is fast becoming a multibillion-dollar industry.

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.

Bait and switch: Governments using crisis to attack health care

February 1, 2010
The Report: February 2010 vol.31 num.1 AS THIS ISSUE OF THE REPORT GOES TO PRESS British Columbians are bracing for two very austere budgets from the provincial and federal governments. Both Gordon Campbell and Stephen Harper seem poised to use the financial crisis as a rationale for making deep cuts that will permanently damage our health care system. Sadly, weve seen this before.

Bringing hope to shadows

February 1, 2010
The Report: February 2010 vol.31 num.1 BY LAURA BUSHEIKIN ASK YOUTH CARE COUNSELLOR CURTIS HINES what the best part of his job is and he can answer in one word: -Hope," he says. Hines counsels mentally ill youth who are in adolescent psychiatric wards, and provides support for their families. Witnessing young people caught in the suffering of mental illness is not always easy, but what counts, says Hines, is that he can help.