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Two candidates running for Regional Director in Region 10

February 8, 2008
During the next several weeks, HSA members in Region 10 will have an opportunity to elect a new representative on the HSA Board of Directors. Current Region 10 Director, Lois Dick, announced last year that she would not be seeking re-election. Nominations for the position closed on February 7th with two members declaring their candidacy: Mandi Ayers, a Medical Laboratory Technologist at Bulkley Valley District Hospital and Heather Sapergia, also a Medical Laboratory Technologist, at Prince George Regional Hospital.

Workshop Reminder

February 6, 2008
There is still room available in the two-day OH&S Steward Training workshop on March 10 & 11, 2008.  Please register as soon as possible if you are interested in attending this workshop. OH&S Steward Training:  March 10 & 11, 2008 Eligible stewards should print a pre-registration form off the HSA website (go to 'Member Services', then 'Education') and return it to the HSA Office (Attention:  Karin Herbert) as soon as possible.  HSA will call you to confirm your registration.

BC Health Coalition calls on citizens to report health care violations through new national website

February 5, 2008
Today the BC Health Coalition is supporting Canadas nurses and hospital workers, which have teamed up to launch the -Know your Medicare Rights" campaign.  The campaign will focus on providing citizens with an opportunity to report incidences of extra-billing and other violations of the Canada Health Act through a new national website.

National Union responds to new Health Council report

February 5, 2008
'The National Union has set out a ten step plan for addressing wait-times and putting our Medicare system on stable footing. This report suggests that we are on the right track.'  ... James Clancy, NUPGE president Ottawa (4 Feb. 2008) ... A new report from the Health Council of Canada (HCC) makes an important contribution to the on-going dialogue regarding health care reform in Canada, says James Clancy, National President of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).

Labour Makes the World Go Round

February 5, 2008
A Vancouver and District Labour Council education series on bosses' and workers differing perspectives on economic issues Wednesday evenings, 6:30 to 9 p.m. February 20 & 27, March 5 & 12 CAW Hall, 312 12th Street, New Westminster Download information here

Agreement reached in Bill 29 talks

January 28, 2008
Highlights include a $3 million fund for re-dress and education The HSA Board of Directors has approved a tentative Memorandum of Agreement with the provincial government and HEABC that includes a one-time payout of $3-million that will compensate members financially harmed by Bill 29 and establish an educational fund for health science professionals covered by the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association contract.

Co-Development Canada holds world film festival February 8-10

January 25, 2008
Rights, Reels and Resistance is the theme of Co-Development Canada's World Community Film Festival February 8...10 at Langara College. The seventh annual film festival features documentaries set around the globe about social justice and environmental issues. This years theme reflects the urgent need to acknowledge and celebrate resistance and the fight for human rights in communities across the world. For information and listings, visit the film festival website.

Reminder regarding convention and election deadlines

January 24, 2008
1. REGIONAL DIRECTOR ELECTIONSA reminder that Regions 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 are holding elections for Regional Director.  All HSA members in these regions are encouraged to put their names forward for nomination.

National Union urges premiers to adopt comprehensive climate plan

January 24, 2008
Ottawa (24 January 2008) ... The 340,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is urging Canada's provincial and territorial premiers to adopt a comprehensive climate change plan when the Council of the Federation meets next Monday and Tuesday in Vancouver. New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham is the current chair of the federation.

Private medical schools the wrong prescription, says CHPS

January 23, 2008
Ottawa (23 Jan. 2008) - A recent proposal by Dr. Brian Day, president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), to create private medical schools in Canada is being condemned by Canadas largest organization of health science professionals.