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Privatization and the public good - Vancouver Public Library Series

This fall, Vancouver Public Library's Speak Up series explores privatization. How public services are defined and delivered is an ongoing controversy with important policy implications concerns. The outcome of these discussions will affect the living standards of everyone in British Columbia.

Health care and privatization will be on the agenda October 11 and October 24.

For information, see Speak Up Series

TELUS Tour for the Cure arrives in West Vancouver

HSA members are invited to attend the official opening for the TELUS Tour for the Cure in West Vancouver on Wednesday, October 4th at 11:00 a.m. at Park Royal 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.

Analysis shows there is no health spending crisis

This month, BC Finance Minister Carole Taylor released the government's first quarterly report for the current fiscal period. In releasing the information, she rang alarm bells, saying that health spending is out of control.

Is it really? Columnist Will McMartin takes a closer look at the numbers in The Tyee, an online news magazine and debunks the myth that health spending is out of control. Click here to read the article in The Tyee.

We're running the race every day - join us October 1

As HSA's Team Captain for the 2006 Run for the Cure, I encourage you to support this year's CIBC Run for the Cure, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's most important fundraiser of the year. Runs are being held across British Columbia, and even if there isn't a run in your community, you can help the fight against breast cancer by making a donation to a member of the HSA provincial team.

NUPGE says national leadership needed on Pharmacare

Ottawa - The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) joins the Canadian Health Coalition (CHC) in welcoming the latest progress report on a National Pharmaceutical Strategy (NPS), compiled by provincial health ministers.

The strategy should work to improve pharmaceutical management and help offset the impact of catastrophic drug costs for Canadians.

Labour Studies Program - Capilano College - Fall 2006

Please check out the variety of courses offered by the Capilano College Labour Studies Program for the Fall of 2006  The instructors and staff are members of unions in British Columbias public sector.  In 2005, the Labour Studies program celebrated its 30th anniversary of developing, promoting and offering union education.  Participant feedback indicates these courses provide valuable information, and are facilitated by instructors that have an incredible amount of knowledge.

TELUS Tour for the Cure arrives in Vancouver

HSA members are invited to attend the official opening for the TELUS Tour for the Cure in Vancouver on Saturday, September 23rd at 11:00 a.m. at Oakridge 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.

TELUS Tour for the Cure arrives in Burnaby

HSA members are invited to attend the official opening for the TELUS Tour for the Cure in Burnaby on Monday, September 18th at 11:10 a.m. at Metropolis at Metrotown.

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.

Last chance for Steward Training Sept. 18 - 20

There is still room available in HSA's Steward Training Level 1 workshop  beginning September 18.  Members who need this training should be aware that this is the only time this workshop is scheduled this fall. Please register as soon as possible since space is limited.

In addition, Occupational Health and Safety stewards are reminded of the two-day Basic Training Workshop scheduled for: