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CONVERSATION ON HEALTH: Aging population not a demographic time bomb

November 7, 2006
Contrary to the Chicken Little sky-is-falling scenario painted by Finance Minister Carole Taylor, an economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says in a study published today that British Columbia's health care system is sustainable. The study finds that population aging is only a small contributor to pressures on the health care budget, and that the system can be maintained and enhanced without breaking the bank.

Push to privatize behind hospital choice, says Health Coalition

November 7, 2006
The push to locate a new hospital between Courtenay and Campbell River is an example of the privatization of health care, warns one of the guest speakers on the panel lined up for a November 16 Town Hall meeting at the Florence Filberg Centre.

Segregation of health care providers from public forums undermines -health conversation," say unions

November 6, 2006
The provincial government should reverse its plan to exclude health care providers from the 16 regional public forums that are the centerpiece of the $10-million -Conversation on Health." Health union leaders told Health Minister George Abbott today that the governments plan to declare more than 100,000 British Columbians who are health care providers as ineligible to participate in the public meetings will deepen public skepticism of the consultation process.

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.