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December 1, 2008
The Report: December 2008 vol.29 num.5 by LAURA BUSHEIKIN

HSA offers election campaign school - REVISED DATES

November 26, 2008
HSA is holding a non-partisan election campaign school for members who are interested in working on election campaigns or running for political office.  The school will focus on the provincial election scheduled for May 12, 2009. If you want to help elect representatives who will support public health care and community social services, or are considering running for elected office some day, then HSAs election campaign school is for you! Campaign School Dates:  Thursday & Friday, February 19 & 20, 2009

Thank you for election support

November 25, 2008
Penticton Western News I want to take this moment to say a huge thanks to everyone who voted for me and my bid to be a Penticton School Trustee. My campaign was financed by a very small budget. Without the support of my union, Health Sciences Association, the Canadian Labour Congress, the South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council and the Penticton International Association of Firefighters, Local 1399, I could not have done as much as I did in my campaigning.

16 Days of Activism focuses on ending violence against women

November 20, 2008
Through the union's Committee for Equality and Social Action, HSA is supporting the "We Can" campaign to end violence against women. The campaign kicks off in Vancouver with a dinner November 25 featuring guest speakers Mona Mehta of Oxfam Great Britain, Sandra Moran, of Guatemala's Women's Sector of the Civil Society, and Robert Fox, executive director of Oxfam Canada. HSA has a limited number of free tickets for this dinner available. If you would like tickets, please send an email to:

Health professionals call throne speech a huge disappointment for ignoring "health-care deficit"

November 19, 2008
Ottawa (19 Nov. 2008) ... Health professionals are calling todays speech from the throne a -huge disappointment" because it failed to address important issues facing Canadas health-care system.  "Its clear from this throne speech that the Harper government doesnt view health care as a top priority and in fact seems to suggest the job is pretty much done," says Elisabeth Ballermann, Co-Chair of the Canadian Health Professionals Secretariat (CHPS). 

Public solutions for better ... faster health care

November 18, 2008
During National Medicare Week the National Union is urging governments to look to the public system to deliver solutions to wait-time issues and health care shortages. Ottawa (17 Nov. 2008) - The Canadian Health Coalition and health coalitions across the country are marking November 17-22 as National Medicare Week. The National Union of Public and General Employees is supporting the week and calling for governments to make a greater commitment to publicly funded, delivered and administered health care.

BC Health Coalition urges citizens to take action during National Medicare Week, November 17 to 22

November 18, 2008
The BC Health Coalition is urging citizens to take action to protectand expand public health care in their communities during NationalMedicare Week, November 17-22. -Ongoing violations of the Canada Health Act (CHA),such as private clinics extra-billing and costly membership fees, area threat to Canadians health and their pocketbooks," says Joyce Jones,Community Co-Chair of the Coalition.

Will Obama make the Employee Free Choice Act a reality?

November 12, 2008
Obama's election provides an opportunity for progressive labour law reform in the U.S. Washington (10 Nov. 2008) - The election of Barack Obama as president is one of the few moments in recent years that organized labour in the United States has had something to cheer about. Obama has promised to sign the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) if passed by the new Congress following his inauguration in January. The EFCA was introduced but not passed in the last Congress.

HSA members urged to vote in Municipal Election

November 12, 2008
On Saturday November 15, 2008 British Columbians head to the polls to elect mayors, municipal councillors, school trustees, and regional district representatives. These local representatives make decisions that affect our everyday lives, and play a critical role in making our neighbourhoods, towns, and regions places where we want to live.  Local politicians also speak up for communities on important local, provincial and federal issues, and are an important voice for our communities with higher levels of government. 

OHSAH Health & Safety Update

November 12, 2008
Get Your Flu Shot! Flu season is fast approaching! In Canada, epidemics of influenza usually start during the late fall and last right through to early spring. Annual vaccination is highly recommended for all healthcare workers, particularly those who work with people who are at high risk for medical complications from influenza or more likely to require medical care (e.g. children under six months of age, persons aged 65 years or older.) For healthy adults under 65 years of age, the flu vaccine has proven 70% - 90% effective.