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Kevin Falcon faces challenges in new cabinet post, say health science professionals

June 10, 2009
BCs Minister of Health Kevin Falcon faces immediate challenges in his new job, says Reid Johnson, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC.  -Just this week, it was revealed that health authorities are facing financial pressures that could result in reduced services and increased user fees for British Columbians. In a growing province and where were seeing increasing acuity in the patients in the health care system, we need a focus on improving access to health care services ... not reducing access," he said.

NUPGE town hall meeting on the economy June 11

June 9, 2009
You are invited to a Nanaimo town hall meeting June 11 as part of a national campaign to allow Canadians from all walks of life input into the discussion about the current economic crisis and to ensure thatgovernments find solutions that work for all Canadians. The -experts" had their chance. We tried it their way: it didnt work, and now its our turn.

OHSAH Health & Safety E-Update March 2009

June 2, 2009
Ergonomic workstation resources available The Injury Prevention department at OHSAH will release two new print items this month: a workstation assessment checklist (Computer Workstation Assessment Checklist) and poster (Avoid Discomfort at your Workstation). Both the poster and the checklist contain visual guidelines to personal workstation improvements. To order your copy, you can contact or download them from our webpage.

HSA magazine takes top national award

May 26, 2009
At a national conference this weekend, the Canadian Association of Labour Media awarded its highest honour to The Report, the magazine for HSA members. The Report won "Best Overall Publication" demonstrating the best combined use of writing, graphics, design, and editorial content and judgement.  The category includes all local, provincial, and national union publications produced by staff, including federations of labour across Canada

Supervisors in the Union - Additional Date: Tuesday, June 16

May 21, 2009
Dates:Friday, June 12 (Vancouver - HSA office)  FULLTuesday, June 16 (Vancouver ... HSA office)Thursday, June 18 (Victoria ... Hotel Grand Pacific) The June 12 workshop is now full.  Another workshop has been added for Tuesday, June 16 at the HSA office. HSA members who work in a supervisory role will have the opportunity to attend a one-day workshop in either Vancouver at the HSA office or Victoria at the Hotel Grand Pacific.

Take time to vote May 12

May 7, 2009
Tuesday, May 12 is BCs provincial Election Day.  Polls are open that day from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time).  All HSA members are urged to vote in this critical election.  Right to time off Section 74 of BCs Election Act states that any employee who is entitled to vote is entitled to have four consecutive hours free from employment during voting hours on General Voting Day for the purpose of voting. 

Exposure survey at Mission Memorial Hospital ... Current and former MMH workers

May 5, 2009
In recent years, HSA activists at Mission Memorial Hospital have spearheaded efforts to call attention to a possible cancer cluster at their workplace. The employer, HSA, and The Occupational Heath and Safety Agency for Healthcare (OHSAH) participated in a lengthy process on this topic. Following this investigation of the site, OHSAH is now conducting a survey of past and current employees of Mission Memorial Hospital to assess a broader range of possible exposures. HSA encourages you to participate.  

Swine flu: HSA urges members to follow Public Health Agency of Canada guidelines

May 1, 2009
HSA encourages all members to take precautions and ensure safety. The National Unions website outlines the necessary steps and equipment required for health-care workers to appropriately plan and protect themselves. Keep checking HSAs website at for updates as they become available; the union is continuing to coordinate with the health authorities, Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare (OHSAH), the Centre for Disease Control, and WorkSafeBC.

Advance voting in the provincial election

May 1, 2009
HSA members are urged to vote in the provincial election.  The outcome of this election will have a profound effect on the health care and community services our members provide, as well as other public services that our families, friends and communities rely on. Eligible voters may vote on the general voting day, May 12, or may vote on any of the following advance voting days:

Updated flu alert - Health care workers advised to wear properly fitted N-95 respirators

April 30, 2009
Health care workers providing direct care ... in the same room or in close contact ... to SRI patients are advised to wear properly fit-tested N-95 respirators