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Privatizing health care: The disease or the cure?

October 31, 2006
Thursday, November 2 at the Oakridge Branch of the Vancouver Public Library, health care services will be the focus of a library-sponsored discussion. Health care services are essential to our well being at every stage of ourlife. Is universal health care important? What constitutes universalhealth care? Can it be better provided through a single government-controlled model, a totally privatized model or a mix? What is theexperience in other countries? How does Canadas health care systemcompare to others?

Medicare Works: Town hall meeting November 15

October 31, 2006
Come to your community's town hall.  Join doctors, health care specialists and social movement leaders as we push for innovation and improvement within the public system. Wednesday, November 15, 2006The ANZA Club: 3 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver(Ontario Street & one block north of Broadway) Click here for additional information.

Medical team approach will soon provide new hips and knees within 20 weeks

October 26, 2006
An article in the Edmonton Journal October 25, 2006 demonstrates the need to include the whole health care team to address backlogs in the health care system.   Reducing the wait and pain: Medical team approach will soon provide new hips and knees within 20 weeks The Edmonton Journal Wed 25 Oct 2006 By Jodie Sinnema EDMONTON - The wait for hip and knee replacements will soon shrink dramatically, Capital Health says.

COPE 378 launches campaign to take back the power

October 26, 2006
Take Back the Power is an initiative of the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union, Local 378 (COPE 378) with the growing support of British Columbians who care that we are losing our precious resources like power, water and jobs. The campaign's aim is clear and powerful: BCs energy resources need to be:

Anti-Scab Legislation: a Victory for Workers Rights

October 25, 2006
October 25, 2006 Canadian Labour Congress OTTAWA ... The Canadian Labour Congress applauds and congratulates the MPs who have voted approval in second reading of Bill C-257, which would make it illegal for employers to hire replacement workers while their own employees are locked out or on strike. Such legislation is already in place in British Columbia and Quebec.

CLC needs your help to support anti-scab legislation

October 18, 2006
A few weeks from now, our Members of Parliament will vote on changes to the Canada Labour Code that, if adopted, would put an end to the use of scabs during labour disputes. Working people must ensure that this happens. When Bill C-257 comes to a vote, we want our M.P.s to vote -yes"! You can tell your M.P. to do this, right now, by clicking here.

NUPGE: Cross-country 'Medicare Works' tour kicks off this week

October 18, 2006
Ottawa (18 Oct. 2006) ... Medicare Works, a national campaign tour to defend and strengthen Canadas public health care system, is being launched this week in communities across Canada. The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of the main sponsors of the campaign and tour. 

TELUS Tour for the Cure arrives in Coquitlam

October 11, 2006
HSA members are invited to attend the official opening for the TELUS Tour for the Cure in Coquitlam on Friday, October 20th at 11:00 a.m. at Lougheed Town Centre. The TELUS Tour for the Cure is an informative and interactive exhibit that will travel to communities across British Columbia over the next eight months to promote the value and importance of breast health and mammography screening.  The Tour is part of a campaign by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to help women detect smaller tumors earlier.

Conservative government abandons working women

October 6, 2006
The Steven Harper Conservatives funding cuts and backtracking on previous policy commitments are a clear sign that the federal Conservative government is abandoning working women says B.C. Federation of Labour Secretary-Treasurer, Angela Schira. Last week, the federal government announced a 38.5 percent funding cut to Status of Women Canada. Just this week, Conservative Beverley Oda, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women confirmed the federal government is refusing to fund any advocacy initiatives by womens groups.