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BC Health Coalition launches Friends of Medicare campaign

BC Health Coalition launches Friends of Medicare campaign, calls for positive, public solutions to health care challenges

This week, the BC Health Coalition, along with Canadian Doctors for Medicare, Oxfam and the Council of Canadians, will officially launch its Friends of Medicare campaign.  Focused on strengthening universal medicare in B.C., the coalition will expand its work with citizens across the province to promote positive, public solutions to health care challenges.

Public health forum - Friends of Medicare - Join us!

Would UK-style changes to our health care system benefit patients?  Or corporations?


Thursday, May 17
7pm - 9pm
Croatian Cultural Centre
3250 Commercial Drive, Auditorium 2


Jacky Davis, London doctor and founding member of Keep NHS Public
Will McMartin, Political commentator & contributor to The Tyee

Innovative surgical projects show how waitlists can be solved

(Vancouver) Surgical waitlists can be dramatically cut if the BC government takes leadership by scaling up innovative projects already underway in the public system, a new study says.

Why Wait? Public Solutions to Cure Surgical Waitlists, released today by the CCPA and the BC Health Coalition, is a submission to the BC government's 'conversation on health.' The study looks at five groundbreaking projects in BC, and successful initiatives in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.

Public health care forum: Friends of Medicare - join us!

Would UK-style changes to our health care system benefit patients?  Or corporations?

Public health care forum:

Tuesday, May 15
7pm - 9pm
Clock Tower Building, Kamloops

For more information and a printer-friendly version of the poster, click here.

Labour demands action on workplace safety as activists lobby provincial government

Members of the BC Federation of Labour's Occupational Health and Safety Committee headed to Victoria Monday, April 30 to press the case for better workplace safety enforcement and decent pensions for workers injured on the job.

The lobby, headed by Federation President Jim Sinclair and Secretary-Treasurer Angela Schira, comes on the heels of Day of Mourning ceremonies across BC that marked the beginning of a month of labour action to win safer workplaces.

Labour marks Day of Mourning

HSA President Reid Johnson and Region 7 Regional Director Marg Beddis joined in the Day of Mourning for workers killed and injured on the job by laying a wreath at Bear Creek Park in Surrey Saturday. New Westminster & District Labour Council in conjunction with the Vancouver & District Labour Council, Fraser Valley Labour Council and BC Federation of Labour  hosted the event.

West Kootenay Public Solutions Forum - Who says we can't afford public health care?

It's a fact - improving public health care is within our means.  Find out how.

Castlegar and District Health Watch and the BC Health Coalition invite you to a West Kootenay Public Solutions Forum.

Thursday, May 24
7:00 p.m.
Castlegar & District Community Recreation Centre
2101 6th Avenue

Speaker:  Dr. Robert Woolard, Canadian Doctors for Medicine

$10 now rallying cry for improved minimum wage

B.C.'s lowest paid workers need your help. The B.C. Federation of Labour is campaigning to boost the provincial minimum wage to $10 an hour and eliminate the $6 training rate for new workers.

The Campbell government has frozen the minimum at $8 since 2001. Six years without a raise is too long.   Thats why the BCFed is calling for an immediate increase to $10 NOW, so that our lowest paid workers get a long-overdue pay increase. Please click below to sign the $10 NOW petition.