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International Women's Day events around BC

March 5, 2014
VANCOUVER Flash MobMarch 8 at 1:00 pmCome by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Robson Street side, wearing something that is white, purple and green, and show your support for the statement "Women's Rights are Human Rights". Presented by We Can BC, Amnesty International, Oxfam, VDLC, Maureen McGrath, and UFCW Local 247.

Report magazine going digital

March 2, 2014
HSA REPORT, MARCH 2014 HSA members are increasingly looking to get their information in a digital format. Whether it's email, web sites or social media, members are using desktop computers, tablets and smartphones to keep informed.

An interview with HSA President Val Avery

February 27, 2014
HSA REPORT, MARCH 2014 Ok, so we have a five year deal. How do you propose to take advantage of the break from bargaining?

HSA to join task force on mental health and addictions

February 27, 2014
HSA REPORT, MARCH 2014 In response to escalating police involvement in what has been called a mental health crisis, the Vancouver Police department recently produced a report which points to a steady increase in mental health related police incidents and proposed an action plan aimed at moving away from a crisis response model to a more community based, stakeholder driven model.

Health science professions seek joint regulatory college

February 26, 2014
HSA REPORT, MARCH 2014 Several HSA members are working with their professional associations to encourage the provincial government to regulate their professions under the Health Professions Act, and to create a joint regulatory college to oversee the practice of these health science professions. Approximately 6,000 HSA members would be regulated by this joint college.

Deciding to Run

February 26, 2014
HSA REPORT, MARCH 2014 Nicole Gilliss had a burning issue that motivated her to run for office. "When I decided to run for council in 2011, there was no doctor in our little town of Hudson's Hope, and hadn't been for three years. I wanted desperately for council to work towards recruiting a resident physician," says Gilliss. "I've always been interested in politics, and I wanted to be part of decision making and solutions, instead of someone speculating and whining from the sidelines."

Reminder: Monday, March 10, 2014 - Deadline for Scholarships and Bursaries available for HSA members and their families

February 26, 2014
(deadline extended from original date of FebRUARY 28) 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 aboriginal scholarships will be awarded to aboriginal students in BC.

Naleena Gounder, client care coordinator

February 24, 2014
HSA REPORT, MARCH 2014 BY LAURA BUSHEIKIN Making a positive change in your workplace starts with one simple step: talk to someone. That's how Naleena Gounder sees it. Gounder is a care coordinator at the Assertive Community Treatment Program (ACT) based at Vancouver General Hospital.

BC's largest social justice film festival underway Feb. 28

February 24, 2014
The Just Film Festival brings the pursuit of justice to the big screen, featuring social justice and environmental documentaries that go to the heart of issues confronting communities here and around the planet. The focus of the festival is to motivate audiences to action by focusing on issues both local and global. It runs February 28 – March 2 at Langara College and is BC's largest social justice film festival. The festival is suopported by, among other groups, CoDevelopment Canada, a long time beneficiary of HSA's Committee on Equality and Social Action's solidarity fund.

Sorting out the work week mess

February 24, 2014
HSA REPORT, MARCH 2014 BY JEANNE MEYERS, LABOUR RELATIONS AND LEGAL SERVICES As many members know, the process of transitioning to a 37.5 hour work week has been frustrating. From the beginning, employers have misunderstood and misinterpreted the terms of the negotiated agreement. They have attempted to reduce hours of work, eliminate earned days off and even layoff members. None of this is allowed by the agreement, which states that managers must work with staff in good faith to develop mutually-agreed schedules.