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(CLC) Anti-scab legislation good for Canada

June 8, 2006
After the first debate on Bill C-257 ... An Act to amend the CanadaLabour Code (replacement workers) ... Canadian working families feel more confident that Parliament will finally adopt legislation to ban the use of scabs during labour disputes under the Canada Labour Code. -Its a matter of fairness and balance," explains Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress. -The prohibition to use scabs protects the interests of working Canadians and their families against the might of large, often global, employers with no roots in the community."

(BCHC) Home support makes sense says BC Health Coalition

June 7, 2006
A Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives study released today documents the dramatic decline in BC home support services over the last four years. The BC Health Coalition (BCHC) has received countless calls from individuals and families in crisis because of lack of available services.

Town Hall meeting tonight

June 7, 2006
Important meeting tonight on the future of health care in Comox and Courtenay. Download PDF poster here.  

Telus Tour for the Cure arrives in Penticton

June 7, 2006
HSA members are invited to attend the official opening for the TELUS Tour for the Cure in Penticton on Wednesday, June 14 at 11 a.m. at the Cherry Lane 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.

New health centre for the North Shore: better care for patients or bigger bucks for developers?

June 6, 2006
Wednesday, June 14 7:30-9:30 PM Royal Canadian Legion123 West 15th (at Lonsdale), North Vancouver Come hear whats right and whats wrong about the planned -Primary Access Health Care Centre" to be built and owned by private developers on the grounds of Lions Gate Hospital. Speakers ... Richard Neal and Mary-Ann Abbs, BC Health Coalition Come out and give your views Sponsored by North Shore Health CoalitionFor more information contact: Becy Seet 604-828-0155

(BC FED) Labour calls for free Adult Basic Education to address BCs literacy challenge

June 5, 2006
Burnaby—Free Adult Basic Education is a must to address BCs literacy challenge B.C. Federation of Labour President, Jim Sinclair said today in a presentation to the BC Legislatures Select Standing Committee on Education. Sinclair noted that among working-age Canadians, 3 million (14.6 percent) struggle with very serious literacy challenges, having difficulty with even the most basic written materials. The unemployment rate for Canadians at the lowest literacy level is 26 percent, compared with 4 percent for those at the highest literacy levels.

Labour Peace Forum to feature international speakers

June 1, 2006
The Labour Peace Forum, taking place at the University of B.C. June 25 and 26, will feature discussion about trade unions' experiences in the peace movement around the world.

Work-related injuries

June 1, 2006
The Report: June / July 2006 vol.27 num.3 by SARAH OLEARY

Technology: Essential to your health

June 1, 2006
The Report: June / July 2006 vol.27 num.3 by LAURA BUSHEIKIN The basic job description for Biomedical Engineering Technologists (BMET) sounds undeniably dry: they take care of medical equipment. But in reality the job is varied and interesting, involving a multitude of skills and demanding, occasionally, miracles, says Ron Fyffe, a BMET at Vancouver General Hospital, where he is also an HSA steward.

Tie a purple ribbon: taking on workplace violence

June 1, 2006
The Report: June / July 2006 vol.27 num.3 by LAURA BUSHEIKIN No meetings. No budget. No long-term plan. Just a deeply felt desire to honour three colleagues whod been injured in a violent workplace altercation. Thats how Shannon Breeze, a registered psychiatric nurse in Victoria, describes the origin of the Purple Ribbon Campaign she helped initiate at her workplace in April 2005.