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Unions launch legal challenge against election gag law

July 24, 2008
Lawyers representing seven BC unions filed documents and launched a legal challenge July 23 against Bill 42. Bill 42 originally attempted to restrict third party election advertising for five full months before the next provincial election. Following widespread criticism, Bill 42 was amended but still goes far beyond any similar laws in the country and essentially shuts off all third party election advertising for three months before the next election.

Worksafe BC holds information session on infectious disease in high-risk communities

July 21, 2008
WorkSafeBC is hosting a half-day information session Tuesday, October 14 for social service and community care employers and workers. The focus will be on current and emerging trends in infectious diseases, including MRSA and TB, in high-risk communities. Registration is open, and not restricted to employers and workers in social services and community care.

Vancouver Whitecaps celebrate unions August 10 vs. Atlanta Silverbacks

July 18, 2008
Vancouver Whitecaps FC is celebrating unions in B.C. Sunday, August 10 at Swangard Stadium with reduced ticket prices for union members. The game is Sunday August 10, with a 4 p.m. kick-off. To order, call 604-669-WAVE (9283) and ask for the "union day" special. Reduced prices are as follows: Bronze $19 $11Silver $25 $13Gold $28 $17Platinum $36 $25 There is no minimum order, and the offer is good until August 8, 2008.

More Power to You

July 16, 2008
BC Citizens for Public Power will host a gathering of concerned British Columbians -- from activists to academics, environmentalists to energy experts, as well as filmmakers, First Nations leaders and other public power devotees. More Power to You is a conference for community and environmental activists organizing to protect public power in British Columbia. 

Tentative agreement for 11,000 HSAA members in Alberta

July 10, 2008
Three-year proposal contains increases totalling at least 14.5%, plus lump sum payments, new flexible spending accounts and improved benefits Edmonton (9 July 2008) - The Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE) is conducting a ratification vote on a tentative three-year agreement affecting more than 11,000 paramedical professional and technical employees across the province.

HSA Political Action Fund available to support members running or working in November municipal election

July 9, 2008
HSA Political Action Fund available to support members running or working in November municipal election HSA members who are running for municipal office, or working on campaigns to elect candidates for local government positions, can apply to HSA for the following financial support from HSAs Political Action Fund: 1. Members who are candidates can apply for up to 5 days of wage replacement and/or up to $200 to cover approved personal expenses incurred to run for office. 

Coalition puts spotlight on secret government drug deals

July 4, 2008
Groups representing seniors, consumers and labour say access to affordable medicines threatened in Canada Ottawa (3 July 2008) - A coalition of groups representing seniors, consumers and labour is investigating a trend among provincial governments toward signing secret tender agreements with pharmaceutical companies. A research report released Thursday by Aidan Hollis, an economist at the University of Calgarys Institute for Advanced Policy Research, suggests that the coalition has legitimate cause to worry.

TELUS 'Tour for the Cure' visits Campbell River

June 27, 2008
Campbell River Courier-Islander The TELUS Tour for the Cure - an interactive touring exhibit promoting the value and importance of breast health and mammography, arrived at the Campbell River Common shopping centre Wednesday and will remain until Sunday. The tour is visiting 24 communities and providing 42 aboriginal breast health sessions around B.C. until November. Every woman in B.C. 40 years of age and older is eligible for a free annual mammogram, however, less than half of eligible women get the exam.

Ontario fails to set minimum nursing home standards

June 19, 2008
Toronto (19 June 2008) - The Ontario government has broken an election promise to set a minimum standard of care for the 75,000 people who live in long-term care nursing homes across the province. Premier Dalton McGuinty made the pledge in 2005. Critics have called for a standard of at least 3.5 hours of care daily for elderly patients living in long-term care institutions.

BusinessWeek audience hears NUPGE on public health care

June 17, 2008
Ottawa (17 June 2008) - Health care is a major presidential election issue in the United States this year and Canada's public Medicare system and its advocates are attracting a lot more attention than normal. BusinessWeek magazine recently asked James Clancy, president of the 340,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees, to participate in its Debate Room forum on the pros and cons of the Canadian system.