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BC ministry of health faces challenge

On the day that Gordon Campbell visited Surrey with an announcement of a new -outpatient centre\" to augment health care services in that city ... widely speculated to be the most bold introduction of private health care into our system ... the government\s strongest and most effective advocate for thoughtful, managed and successful public health care reform threw in the towel.

Join the Walk for Peace, Justice and Sustainability, Saturday, June 24, 2006

The HSA Committee for Equality and Social Action (CESA) is urging all HSA members in the Lower Mainland to participate in this years Walk for Peace, Justice and Sustainability on Saturday, June 24 in Vancouver.  The walk is being held in conjunction with the World Peace Forum which was enthusiastically endorsed by delegates to HSAs 2006 annual convention in April.

HSA members will gather at 12:00 noon at Canada Place, in front of the Convention Centre (-the sails") on the Stanley Park side.  Look for the HSA flags!

(CLC) Anti-scab legislation good for Canada

After the first debate on Bill C-257 ... An Act to amend the Canada
Labour Code (replacement workers) ... Canadian working families feel more confident that Parliament will finally adopt legislation to ban the use of scabs during labour disputes under the Canada Labour Code.

-Its a matter of fairness and balance," explains Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress. -The prohibition to use scabs protects the interests of working Canadians and their families against the might of large, often global, employers with no roots in the community."

Telus Tour for the Cure arrives in Penticton

HSA members are invited to attend the official opening for the TELUS Tour for the Cure in Penticton on Wednesday, June 14 at 11 a.m. at the Cherry Lane Shopping Centre.

The TELUS Tour for the Cure is an informative and interactive exhibit that will travel to communities across British Columbia over the next eight months to promote the value and importance of breast health and mammography screening.  The Tour is part of a campaign by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to help women detect smaller tumors earlier.

(BCHC) Home support makes sense says BC Health Coalition

A Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives study released today documents the dramatic decline in BC home support services over the last four years.

The BC Health Coalition (BCHC) has received countless calls from individuals and families in crisis because of lack of available services.