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UN agency rebukes Canada for violating labour standards

Ottawa (23 May 2006) - The International Labour Organization has blasted the government of Canada in extraordinarily frank language for failing to uphold international labour standards that it is obligated to enforce.

Ottawa has also been rebuked for not using its influence to bring offending Canadian provinces into compliance with the United Nations labour standards.

Tour for the Cure arrives in Port Alberni

HSA members are invited to attend the official opening for the TELUS Tour for the Cure in Port Alberni on Wednesday, May 17 at 11 a.m. at the Alberni Mall.

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.

HSA rejoins Telus Tour for the Cure

HSA has returned as a sponsor for the Telus Tour for the Cure, an interactive multi-media education exhibit providing information on breast cancer prevention, detection and treatment.

As sponsor of the mammography section of the travelling exhibit, HSA is working with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to raise awareness and participation in the free breast cancer screening program.

Budget: -No vision and no hope for working families," Georgetti says

OTTAWA ... Working families have been let down by the first budget of federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, according to the Canadian Labour Congress. It shows no vision of the country and offers no sense of hope to working Canadians.

-After the repeated promises to govern in the interests of ordinary working families, we have a budget which fundamentally undercuts the ability of the federal government to make a positive difference in peoples lives over the long term," says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress.

B.C. Health Coalition calls on Harper to defend medicare in B.C.

The Federal government must follow through on its promise to uphold the Canada Health Act, and refuse to allow public funds to be used to underwrite the profits at the Copeman Healthcare Centre. The BC Health Coalition (BCHC)  sent a  strongly worded letter yesterday to Prime Minister Harper demanding that he take action similar to his intervention in Alberta to reverse the explosive growth of private health clinics in B.C.

May Day ... International Day of the Worker

May 1st  is a day chosen by workers to acknowledge the struggles and celebrate the gains the labour movement has made throughout history.  Now, with workers rights and public services under attack by governments across this country and around the world, it is more important than ever to remember the importance of international solidarity and the history of May Day.