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Federal pension reform urgently needed

The Report: April 2010 vol.31 num.2


MORE THAN A THIRD of Canadian seniors receiving public pensions live on less than $11,000 a year: well below the poverty line.

HSA member Brigid Kemp has first-hand knowledge about the hardship represented by this number and the urgent need for pension reform. She has worked for several years with the South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS). Most of her work has been with senior women over age 50 who have been in abusive relationships.

Taking your stories to Victoria

The Report: April 2010 vol.31 num.2


DO BCS POLITICAL REPRESENTATIVES HAVE ANY IDEA who HSA is and what we do? Will they weigh our concerns in balance with those of many other groups who vie for the attention and support of the MLAs who craft the laws we all live by?

Thanks to a dedicated group of HSA volunteers, the answer is ‘yes.

Helping people back from the edge

The Report: April 2010 vol.31 num.2


SHEILA KERR DIDNT NEED the services of a career counsellor to choose her professional path. In fact, she never even had time to wonder what she wanted to be when she grew up. At the age of 14, her life experience led her to a volunteer position at the Living Positive Resource Centre in Kelowna, and shes been there ever since.

Budget announcements a lesson in irony

The Report: April 2010 vol.31 num.2

THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT has settled on a disturbingly ironic tone in recent announcements.

It began a few months ago, on December 1, which marks World AIDS Day. While local and national governments around the world recognized this date by reaffirming their commitment to continue the fight against HIV and AIDS, BCs government chose this very day to announce plans to do exactly the opposite by cutting funds to community based HIV and AIDS organizations including AIDS Vancouver.

HSA supports member involvement in grassroots political action

The Report: February 2010 vol.31 num.1


THE NUMBER OF HSA MEMBERS involved in political action around the province has increased exponentially over the last few years. HSA has supported more members than ever before to run for political office, work on election campaigns, and attend a range of different workshops to acquire the knowledge and skills to be involved in elections.

But in addition to electoral politics, HSA members around the province are also increasingly involved in political action at the grassroots level.

Provincial cuts hammer HIV/AIDS services

The Report: February 2010 vol.31 num.1

ON DECEMBER 1, as local and national governments around the world reaffirmed their commitment to continue the fight against HIV and AIDS, BCs government announced plans to do the opposite.

Effective December 1 ... World AIDS Day ... BCs Ministry of Health imposed funding cuts to community- based HIV and AIDS service organizations, including AIDS Vancouver.

Fighting cancer one cell at a time

The Report: February 2010 vol.31 num.1


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


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


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.