News & Updates

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...

Sooke News Mirror

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...

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...

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...

Tri-City News

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 Vancouver SunSee full version of the original letter here

When: Saturday, October 23, 2010Classes 9:00 ... 4:30 pm, registration 8:30 amWhere: Justice Institute of BC, New Westminster Campus, 715 McBride BlvdThe New Westminster & District Labour Council is hosting the following labour education courses: Talk BackGain insight and experience in talking about, and even debating, principle union positions of everyday issues ... from seniority versus merit, to public-private partnerships...

HSA is offering a 2-day OH&S steward workshop this fall:Date: November 8 & 9, 2010Location: HSA Office, 300 ... 5118 Joyce Street, VancouverOccupational health and safety issues are very important to HSA members, and OH&S stewards play a vital role in promoting a safe work environment and helping to prevent injuries. These workshops are participatory and discussion oriented. We encourage...