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Putting people first a great reason to run

Laura Dupont

HSA REPORT, JUNE 2014

Laura Dupont understands that her community of Port Coquitlam is all about people and families, and this is motivating her to run for the first time in this fall's municipal election.

Regional conference gives BCFED province-wide focus

BC Fed regional conference

HSA REPORT, JUNE 2014

"We need to be the BC Federation of Labour – not the Downtown Vancouver Federation of Labour."

That's how Jim Sinclair, BC Fed President, opened The fourth BC Federation of Labour Regional Conference was held June 6-7 in Kimberley. He was remembering the words of a delegate to the convention that saw the Federation move from annual to biannual conventions.

Public health defenders win right to speak in court case

HSA REPORT, JUNE 2014

The BC Supreme Court has ruled that a group of public health care supporters that includes the BC Health Coalition and Canadian Doctors for Medicare, may submit expert evidence in a BC case that is attempting to destroy Canada's Medicare system.

Taking your message to Victoria

HSA Lobby Day in Victoria

HSA REPORT, JUNE 2014

On May 1st, a group of 20 HSA members from around the province and from a range of professions spent the day in Victoria.

HSA RPNs address trauma at professional event

CRPNBC Conference

RPNS Nicole McIntosh and Genelle Sandberg were on hand to promote HSA's work.
HSA REPORT, JUNE 2014

HSA and its members played a big role in a recent event hosted by the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC.

Report magazine going digital

HSA Report going digital

HSA REPORT, MARCH 2014

HSA members are increasingly looking to get their information in a digital format. Whether it's email, web sites or social media, members are using desktop computers, tablets and smartphones to keep informed.

HSA to join task force on mental health and addictions

HSA REPORT, MARCH 2014

In response to escalating police involvement in what has been called a mental health crisis, the Vancouver Police department recently produced a report which points to a steady increase in mental health related police incidents and proposed an action plan aimed at moving away from a crisis response model to a more community based, stakeholder driven model.

Health science professions seek joint regulatory college

HSA REPORT, MARCH 2014

Several HSA members are working with their professional associations to encourage the provincial government to regulate their professions under the Health Professions Act, and to create a joint regulatory college to oversee the practice of these health science professions. Approximately 6,000 HSA members would be regulated by this joint college.

Deciding to Run

HSA REPORT, MARCH 2014

Nicole Gilliss had a burning issue that motivated her to run for office.

"When I decided to run for council in 2011, there was no doctor in our little town of Hudson's Hope, and hadn't been for three years. I wanted desperately for council to work towards recruiting a resident physician," says Gilliss. "I've always been interested in politics, and I wanted to be part of decision making and solutions, instead of someone speculating and whining from the sidelines."