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HSA Board of Directors elects vice president, secretary-treasurer

April 30, 2008
Suzanne Bennett, regional director for HSA Region 1, has been elected by the HSA Board of Directors to serve as the unions vice-president.  The vice-president assumes the duties of the president at the presidents request or in the presidents absence and chairs the unions resolutions committee. This is her second term as vice-president.

Supervisors in the Union

April 23, 2008
HSA is offering three one-day workshops this Fall: Dates:Thursday, June 5 (Kelowna ... Coast Capri Hotel)Tuesday, June 10 (Prince George ... Coast Inn of the North)Thursday, June 12 (Vancouver ... HSA Office) HSA members who work in a supervisory role will have the opportunity to attend a one-day workshop in either Kelowna, Prince George, or in Vancouver at the HSA office.

Mourn for the dead; fight for the living

April 23, 2008
On April 28, 2008, we mark the 24th anniversary of the National Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job. The National Day of Mourning is an initiative of the Canadian Labour Congress and was started in 1984. It is now celebrated around the world from Azerbaijan to Zambia.

Rally for Medicare, increased political action supported by HSA delegates

April 21, 2008
Delegates rallied to Stand Up for Medicare. Delegates to the 37th annual convention of the Health Sciences Association kicked off the two-day convention with a rally to support Medicare, and closed the annual meeting bidding farewell to two long-standing board members. The Friday rally, -Standing up for Medicare" featured warnings about what the future hold for health care in B.C.

HSA convention delegates hold rally to Stand up for Medicare

April 16, 2008
The Health Sciences Association of BC (HSA) will kick off its 37th annual convention Friday, April 18, 2008 at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown Hotel in Burnaby, 6083 MacKay Avenue. Charting our Course is the theme of this years convention, as delegates consider a number of resolutions to set priorities for the unions future. Delegates will also participate in a noon-hour rally to defend publicly funded and delivered health care. Highlights of the Convention include:

Election Campaign School for Women

April 15, 2008
Are you a woman considering either running for elected office, or working in a key position in a future election campaign? If so, then the annual Canadian Women Voters Congress Womens Campaign School is for you.

Rally to Defend Medicare

April 15, 2008
Speak out against the threat to public health care in BC Join us!Friday, April 18 March: noonAssemble beside the Hilton Metrotown6083 McKay Avenue, Burnaby(McKay & Kingsway) Rally: 12:15-1:15pmNortheast corner of Central ParkCorner of Kingsway & Patterson, Burnaby1 block from Patterson Skytrain stationParking available off Patterson

Escalating shortage of lab professionals threatens patient care

April 11, 2008
Ottawa (10 April 2008) ... In the lead-up to National Medical Laboratory Week, Canadas largest organization of health science professionals is sounding alarm bells that accessible and high quality patient care is threatened by an escalating shortage of medical laboratory technologists across the country.

Public health care forum draws standing-room only crowd

April 9, 2008
Just hours after Health Minister George Abbott tabled controversial amendments to the Medicare Protection Act on April 8, more than 200 people attended a public talk by physicians and international policy experts about the dangers of continued health care privatization in B.C. Dr. Michael Klein ... physician, researcher and founding member of the Canadian Doctors for Medicare ... reasserted that health care funding has remained stable as a percentage of both the B.C. and Canadian economies over the past decades.

VIHA trims Alberni lab services

April 4, 2008
Alberni Valley News Microbiology lab services at West Coast General Hospital (WCGH) are being downsized, and two positions have been eliminated as partial service moves to Nanaimo. Management says its streamlining services, but the president of the Hospital Sciences Association (HSA) says savings should be used to deliver local service. The Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) said the move is a step toward a "hub-and-feeder" system service delivery, and takes effect May 1.