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Sisters in Spirit Vigil October 4

October 1, 2010
The fifth annual Sisters in Spirit Vigil will take place October 4 across Canada to honour murdered and missing Aboriginal women and their families. Sisters in Spirit (SIS) is an initiative launched by the Native Womens Association of Canada (NWAC) to address the issue of the hundreds of Aboriginal women and girls who have either disappeared or have been found murdered in Canada over the past few decades. The SIS initiative has worked to identify root causes, trends and circumstances of violence that have led to these disappearances and deaths.

A sad anniversary

October 1, 2010
The Report: October 2010 vol.31 num.5 THIS PAST SEPTEMBER 16 marked a sad anniversary for children with special needs in this province. Last year on this date, BCs Children and Family Development Minister Mary Polak announced funding cuts of more than $3 million for autism services for children under age six. As a result of this decision, Victorias Queen Alexandra Centre for Child Health laid off 40 highly trained behavioural interventionists and closed its autism behaviour intervention program.

Off to a great start

October 1, 2010
The Report: October 2010 vol.31 num.5 MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGIST Kylah Sorenson has got her career off to an excellent start by attaining a perfect GPA of 4.33, the highest mark in her graduating class at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George. Even more gratifying, she has been awarded a prestigious Governor General's bronze medal for academic achievement. Sorenson, who graduated in February of this year, is now happily working as a Laboratory Technologist at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia.

H1N1 lessons can make your workplace safer

October 1, 2010
The Report: October 2010 vol.31 num.5 DELEGATES TO THE 2010 HSA CONVENTION in Vancouver asked a number of questions about last year's outbreak of novel H1N1 influenza strain; why certain decisions were made, and what we've learned to help us prepare for the next outbreak. Why weren't cardiology technologists considered frontline workers and immunized along with nurses and doctors?

Labour adjustment agreement reached in consolidation of diagnostic imaging services throughout Lower Mainland

September 30, 2010
HSA has completed negotiations with Lower Mainland health authorities for a transition to a region-wide consolidation of diagnostic imaging services. The agreement allows for the significant restructuring of services without displacements and layoffs of diagnostic imaging staff. Highlights of the Section 54 agreement include:- Provisions for seamless employment transfer - Expanded opportunities in job postings and bumping rights - Increased opportunities for clinical specialization, and

Minister's autism claims \"nonsensical\"

September 28, 2010
Victoria Times Colonist

Run for the Cure this Sunday, October 3

September 27, 2010
This Sunday, October 3, join us in the annual Run for the Cure. Its not too late to join our team!  Visit HSAs website and follow the links to the Breast Cancer Foundations Run registration page. This year, HSA President Reid Johnson will be running with Fraser Valley members at the Abbotsford Run. Look for HSAs booth at the Run in your community.  Send us your photos of the Run: if we publish your photo in The Report magazine or on our website, well send you a gift.

Cuts to autism services cost us all in the long run

September 24, 2010
Coquitlam Now

Community social services negotiations stall; discussions begin on essential services

September 24, 2010
Bargaining for the community social services sector contract resumed this week, but quickly stalled. Josef Rieder represents HSA at the bargaining table, with HSA bargaining team chair Lynn Kelsey. -In the absence of meaningful discussion that could lead to an agreement, the Community Social Services Bargaining Association has asked the employer for dates to begin discussion on essential service levels," he said.