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HST referendum deadlines

In keeping with a resolution passed by delegates at HSAs 2010 convention, HSA is encouraging members to vote -Yes" to extinguish the Harmonized Sales Tax in the current BC-wide referendum. 

If you havent received your HST Referendum Voting Package yet, then you should contact Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683 (toll-free) to request a package.  The deadline to request a voting package is midnight (local time) Friday, July 22, 2011.

Rally to support locked-out Rocky Mountaineer workers

The Great Canadian Railtour Company Ltd., operating as Rocky Mountaineer Vacations, has locked out members of Teamsters Local 31 as of June 21, 2011, affecting 109 on board attendants.

The Teamsters are holding a rally in support of these workers, and welcome support from other union members and the community.

  • Date: Thursday, July 7
  • Time:  4:00 pm
  • Place: 1755 Cottrell Street, Vancouver
    (behind the Home Depot off Terminal Avenue in Vancouver)

Copeman Clinic: Health Coalition questions Medical Services Commissions ability to protect patients from illegal user charges

FOI reveals that auditors failed to verify Copemans claims that there was no preferential treatment at its member-only primary care clinic.

The BC Health Coalition is calling for an inquiry into the provincial governments ability to ensure that patients get fair access to physician services after it was discovered the Medical Services Commission (MSC) did not perform a test of access during its 2007 audit of Vancouvers Copeman Healthcare Centre.

HSA encourages members to vote YES to scrap the HST

In keeping with a resolution passed by delegates at HSAs 2010 convention, HSA is encouraging members to vote -Yes" to extinguish the Harmonized Sales Tax in the current BC-wide referendum. 

The 2010 resolution directed HSA to take the following actions to oppose the HST:

BREATHTAKING: A Canadian Documentary directed by: Kathleen Mullen

The Silent Killer: Asbestos - It's in our homes, our schools, our hospitals - our lives.

Date:  Thursday, June 16, 2011
Time:  7:00pm
Place:  Fifth Avenue Cinemas, 2110 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tickets:  Open Seating - Admission by donation to Toxic Free Canada

For more information, please contact Nina Hansen at 604.430.1421 or email nhansen@bcfed.ca

Contract Interpretation: in the event of flooding

In recent weeks, many BC communities have experienced flood warnings or evacuation orders. What are your rights in the event of flooding?

Q:  I work at a hospital that is subject to flooding if the river rises too high. My manager has told me that in the event of a flood, I may be relocated for my job. Can my employer do that?
 
A:  The River Forecast Centre of British Columbia has predicted that spring runoff could be higher than normal this year, and that there is potential for flooding in some communities.

BC Health Coalition Action Alert: Join public health care supporters at all candidates debate scheduled for Surrey North riding tomorrow, April 20!

The upcoming federal election is an enormous opportunity for British Columbians who want their universal public health care system to be strengthened and protected.
 
At upcoming debates, candidates will be answering questions about the issues that voters care about most. Lets make sure that public health care is top of mind for all candidates!