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(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.

Medicare: It's worth saving

June 1, 2006
The Report: June / July 2006 vol.27 num.3 by CINDY STEWART

Work-related injuries

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

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.

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.

TELUS Tour for the Cure arrives in Vernon

May 26, 2006
HSA members are invited to attend the official opening for the TELUS Tour for the Cure in Vernon on Wednesday, May 31 at 11 a.m. at the Village Green Mall. 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.

The Report recognized for excellence in writing

May 25, 2006
The Report, HSA's official publication published six times per year, has been awarded the Ed Finn Award for best feature story by the national 450-member Canadian Association of Labour Media (CALM).

UN agency rebukes Canada for violating labour standards

May 24, 2006
Ottawa (23 May 2006) - The International Labour Organization has blasted the government of Canada in extraordinarily frank language for failing to uphold international labour standards that it is obligated to enforce. Ottawa has also been rebuked for not using its influence to bring offending Canadian provinces into compliance with the United Nations labour standards.

Suzanne Bennett to represent Region 1 on HSA Board of Directors

May 23, 2006
HSA members in Region 1 have acclaimed Suzanne Bennett as their representative to HSAs Board of Directors. She was acclaimed after the May 18, 2006 deadline passed with no further nominations.  Suzanne is the first HSA member from the community social services sector to serve on the board.