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Rally in Vancouver March 31 for Childcare.

March 30-31 marks the elimination of federal-provincial childcare funding agreements by the Harper Conservatives. It also marks the closure of several childcare resource and referral centres in B.C. and the elimination of critical services to working families as a result of funding cuts by the Campbell Liberals.

A childcare rally is planned for Vancouver Saturday, March 31: Gather at 11 a.m. at Seaforth Peace Flame Park (south end of Burrard Street Bridge by Cornwall Avenue).

Save St. Paul's Coalition public meeting

Find out what's in the works for St. Paul's Hospital at a public meeting hosted by the Save St. Paul's Coalition, Council of Canadians, and B.C. Health Coalition.

The meeting will feature Stuart Murray, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives researcher, Aaron Jasper of the Save St. Paul's Coalition, and Maryann Abbs of the B.C. Health Coalition.

Sunday, April 1, 2 - 4 p.m.
Auditorium
870 Denman Street, Vancouver

'No sense of priority' in federal budget, says CLC President Ken Georgetti

OTTAWA ... -There is a small gift for everyone, its all over the place but there is no sense of priority and no sense of vision for the country in this budget," says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress, outlining two reasons why the budget fails the middle class that is the backbone of this country.

-First, it unfairly channels more money to wealthy individuals and profitable corporations. Second, this budget greatly erodes the federal governments capacity to improve the quality of life of working people, families and communities," explains Georgetti.

Working families hear lots of talk in federal budget but see no real action

Vancouver—Working families heard lots of talk that they were the centrepiece of todays federal budget but the details show its only talk, with little action says B.C. Federation of Labour Secretary-Treasurer, Angela Schira.

"No matter how much spin the Conservatives try theyre simply out of touch with the needs of working families," Schira said.

"Its disappointing that both our federal and provincial governments simply dont understand that you cant solve the labour shortage if you dont solve the childcare shortage," added Schira.

Pension backgrounders released today

Ottawa ... In an effort to help build the knowledge base and skill level of union activists around critical issues in the field of pensions, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is producing a series of Pensions Backgrounders.

The first two documents of the series ... Pensions Are Important and A Brief History of Pensions in Canada  ... are being released today.

Continue reading here. (Link to NUPGE website)

Meet the candidates for HSA president

As of March 1, 2007, seven HSA members have been nominated to run for the position of HSA president. The new president will be elected Saturday, April 21 by delegates to HSA's 36th annual convention in Vancouver.

Last chance to register for HSAs -Talking about Health Care" workshop

The public consultation phase of the provincial governments -Conversation on Health" has begun and will continue in different communities around the province until it wraps up in Vancouver on July 7. As health care professionals, HSA members have a great deal of expertise to contribute to this discussion about the future of public health care. As individuals, we have many questions and concerns about where Premier Campbell intends to take our health care system, and what it will mean for our communities, our families and ourselves.

Throne speech raises questions about government commitment to health conversation

The B.C. government confirmed in Tuesdays throne speech that a controversial blueprint for health care is in the works in spite of its ongoing -Conversation on Health" consultation with British Columbians. The third of 16 Conversation on Health public forums takes place this weekend in Kelowna.

The throne speech promised -fundamental health reforms that increase individual choice and maximize the supply of health services within the budgets available."