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How we took action to improve ergonomics at our workplace

December 13, 2019
By Vicky Grant, HSA member I have been working at BC Cancer as a radiation therapist for almost 25 years. Most of that time has been at the Surrey Centre, formerly known as the Fraser Valley Cancer Center. Radiation therapists are involved in planning and delivering radiation therapy treatment to cancer patients, and assist in assessing and managing the treatment’s side effects. 

Network of healthcare professionals delivers care to people with precarious status

December 13, 2019
By Samantha Ponting, HSA Communications Ingrid Mendez and her partner didn’t come here from Guatemala because they thought Canada was a beautiful country.

Creativity and curiosity thrive at Nanaimo CDC expanded preschool

December 13, 2019
When the Nanaimo Child Development Center (CDC) opened over 50 years ago, the preschool was one of its first community programs, said HSA member Kathleen Silvey.

As Brian Day's court case ends, the future of healthcare hangs in the balance

December 13, 2019
Successful Charter challenge to provisions banning extra-billing, private insurance would create two-tier systemBy HSA President Val Avery Public health care is one of Canada’s greatest achievements. But our most-cherished social program is under threat.

HSA 49th convention set for April 2-3: resolutions deadline January 28

December 13, 2019
Preparations for HSA’s annual convention, where delegates representing members from throughout the province set goals, debate policies, and recommend actions for the union and its members to carry out for the year, are already underway.

HSA Social Justice Day Workshop

December 12, 2019
HSA SOCIAL JUSTICE DAY WORKSHOP  DATE: Thursday, February 20, 2020TIME:  8:30am – 4:00pm    PLACE: HSA Head Office - 180 East Columbia St. New Westminster, BC The Committee on Equality and Social Action invite you to a workshop to explore different aspects of the Climate Emergency.

Health employers drop punitive measures of employee flu vaccine policy

December 4, 2019
  * updated December 13, 2019 to clarify that under the amended policy, it is still mandatory to report vaccination status, but no longer mandatory to wear a mask if not vaccinated. After years of controversy surrounding the province’s “vaccinate or mask” policy for health care workers during the flu season, the provincial policy has been amended to remove the disciplinary portion of the policy, where health care workers were at risk of being fired if they did not get a flu shot.

As private health care court case ends, future of medicare hangs in the balance

December 3, 2019
Public health care is one of Canada’s greatest achievements. But our most-cherished social program is under threat.

2020 Scholarships and bursaries available for HSA members and their families

November 21, 2019
  HSA is offering scholarships and bursaries to all members and their children.  Ten scholarships will be awarded for full-time studies, twenty bursaries for full-time studies and four bursaries for part-time studies.  Two indigenous bursaries will be awarded to indigenous students in BC. The criteria and details are set out on the application forms available on the HSA website.

NUPGE marks Community Social Service workers' day with a call to federal government to increase funding for services

November 6, 2019
Larry Brown, President of the National Union of General and Public Employees (NUPGE) marked November 6, Community Social Service Workers' Day, with a call to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to increase support for community social services. "Governments have consistently underestimated the funding required to provide the support services and programs necessary to ensure people are able to lead lives filled with opportunity and dignity," he says in the letter