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Fighting cancer one cell at a time

The Report: February 2010 vol.31 num.1

BY LAURA BUSHEIKIN

UP UNTIL HIS LAST YEAR OF UNIVERSITY, David Ko didnt have a clue what flow cytometry was. Now, five years later, this highly specialized laboratory technique is what he does every day at work... and he couldnt be happier.

Ko works at the BC Cancer Agency where he provides flow cytometry services to researchers, aiding them in their quest to find a cure for cancer.

Bringing hope to shadows

The Report: February 2010 vol.31 num.1

BY LAURA BUSHEIKIN

ASK YOUTH CARE COUNSELLOR CURTIS HINES what the best part of his job is and he can answer in one word: -Hope," he says.

Hines counsels mentally ill youth who are in adolescent psychiatric wards, and provides support for their families. Witnessing young people caught in the suffering of mental illness is not always easy, but what counts, says Hines, is that he can help.

Bait and switch: Governments using crisis to attack health care

The Report: February 2010 vol.31 num.1

AS THIS ISSUE OF THE REPORT GOES TO PRESS British Columbians are bracing for two very austere budgets from the provincial and federal governments. Both Gordon Campbell and Stephen Harper seem poised to use the financial crisis as a rationale for making deep cuts that will permanently damage our health care system.

Sadly, weve seen this before.

Provincial government breaks health care promise

The Report: December 2009 vol.30 num.5

AFTER ELECTION PROMISE TO PROTECT HEALTH, CAMPBELL MAKES DEEP CUTS THAT WILL RAISE COSTS IN THE LONG TERM

DURING THE PROVINCIAL election earlier this year, Premier Gordon Campbell promised there would be no cuts to health care despite BCs worsening financial situation.

Just two months later, that promise began to unravel.

EIBI program shuts down

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The Report: December 2009 vol.30 num.5

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT ELIMINATES INTERVENTION PROGRAM WITH PROVEN RESULTS

Protecting health care is key priority

The Report: December 2009 vol.30 num.5


elegates to the 2009 HSA Health Science Professionals Bargaining Proposal Conference, held in Vancouver November 8-10, have specifically identified -protecting quality health care" as one of the top priorities for bargaining.

Code Pink

The Report: December 2009 vol.30 num.5

HSA MEMBERS ARE PROTECTING CO-WORKERS FROM BULLYING

IMAGINE A WORKPLACE where all employees feel valued and respected by an employer who cares about their wellbeing. An inclusive environment where ideas are openly expressed and differences honored. A world of teamwork, clear communication, and harmony.

If that doesnt sound like your workplace, statistics say you arent alone.

Community builder

The Report: December 2009 vol.30 num.5

SOCIAL WORKER DARWIN WREN BELIEVES IN GETTING INVOLVED

by LAURA BUSHEIKIN

FOR SUCH A BUSY MAN, HSA member Darwin Wren comes across as remarkably calm. Perhaps thats because hes very clear about what is at the heart of his many different activities. -Building community is what it is all about," he says. -I really love helping people, advocating, and making my community a healthier place."

Champion for children

The Report: December 2009 vol.30 num.5

INFANT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM SUPERVISOR MICHAELA WOOLDRIDGE'S JOB JUST GOT HARDER

Short-term cuts are no way to reduce costs

The Report: December 2009 vol.30 num.5

THE BC GOVERNMENT SAYS TIMES ARE TOUGH; savings must be found and wages must be frozen so that every penny can be used to protect health care services for patients.

Sounds nice, but it doesnt make any sense.

The fact is that this government is cutting deeply into the health services they promised to protect, and furthermore, those cuts arent going to save money at all.