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Stop Health Care Privatization: Town Hall Meeting - November 16

Speakers from the Council of Canadians and BC Health Coalition will explore issues of:

- upgrading TWO hospitals
- curtailing regionalization
- keeping hospitals public, not private
- what a real "conversation on health" entails

Date:  Thursday, November 16
Time:  7:00 p.m.
Place:  Florence Filberg Centre - Rotary Room
          411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay

Come and share your views.  FREE ADMISSION; EVERYONE WELCOME.

CONVERSATION ON HEALTH: Aging population not a demographic time bomb

Contrary to the Chicken Little sky-is-falling scenario painted by Finance Minister Carole Taylor, an economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says in a study published today that British Columbia's health care system is sustainable.

The study finds that population aging is only a small contributor to pressures on the health care budget, and that the system can be maintained and enhanced without breaking the bank.

Segregation of health care providers from public forums undermines -health conversation," say unions

The provincial government should reverse its plan to exclude health care providers from the 16 regional public forums that are the centerpiece of the $10-million -Conversation on Health."

Health union leaders told Health Minister George Abbott today that the governments plan to declare more than 100,000 British Columbians who are health care providers as ineligible to participate in the public meetings will deepen public skepticism of the consultation process.

Privatizing health care: The disease or the cure?

Thursday, November 2 at the Oakridge Branch of the Vancouver Public Library, health care services will be the focus of a library-sponsored discussion.

Health care services are essential to our well being at every stage of our
life. Is universal health care important? What constitutes universal
health care? Can it be better provided through a single government-controlled model, a totally privatized model or a mix? What is the
experience in other countries? How does Canadas health care system
compare to others?

COPE 378 launches campaign to take back the power

Take Back the Power is an initiative of the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union, Local 378 (COPE 378) with the growing support of British Columbians who care that we are losing our precious resources like power, water and jobs.

The campaign's aim is clear and powerful: BCs energy resources need to be:

Anti-Scab Legislation: a Victory for Workers Rights

October 25, 2006
Canadian Labour Congress

OTTAWA ... The Canadian Labour Congress applauds and congratulates the MPs who have voted approval in second reading of Bill C-257, which would make it illegal for employers to hire replacement workers while their own employees are locked out or on strike. Such legislation is already in place in British Columbia and Quebec.

NUPGE: Cross-country 'Medicare Works' tour kicks off this week

Ottawa (18 Oct. 2006) ... Medicare Works, a national campaign tour to defend and strengthen Canadas public health care system, is being launched this week in communities across Canada.

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of the main sponsors of the campaign and tour. 

CLC needs your help to support anti-scab legislation

A few weeks from now, our Members of Parliament will vote on changes to the Canada Labour Code that, if adopted, would put an end to the use of scabs during labour disputes. Working people must ensure that this happens. When Bill C-257 comes to a vote, we want our M.P.s to vote -yes"! You can tell your M.P. to do this, right now, by clicking here.