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Media Release: A vote for Kenney and the UCP puts health care at risk

For Immediate Release February 26, 2019 A vote for Kenney and the UCP puts health care at risk Two-tier, U.S.-style health care is a core ideology of Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party (UCP) and they will move to introduce it in Alberta if elected, says the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA). “Kenney has spoken out in favour of it (link to Kenney clip), his candidates speak in favour of the rich buying their…

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Media Advisory: Health-care union to address UCP privatization threat

Statements from the United Conservative Party (UCP) show that a Jason Kenney government will undermine Alberta’s health-care system with a radical and dangerous drive towards privatization, says the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA). “Health matters to Albertans and the need to know what the prospect of a Jason Kenney government actually means,” says Mike Parker, president of HSAA, which represents 26,000 health-care professionals. Parker will hold a media conference at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday) to…

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Media Release: Kenney’s zero-credibility plan could cut $1.2 billion from health care

For Immediate Release February 20, 2019 Kenney’s zero-credibility plan could cut $1.2 billion from health care Jason Kenney’s hollow words today (Wed., Feb. 20) on the UCP’s health-care guarantee could blow a $1.2 billion hole in health spending over two years, says the president of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA). “This was a classic performance from a political actor, full of hypocrisy, denial and dodges. The 26,000 members of HSAA have heard this kind…

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HSAA stands in solidarity with postal workers

The Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) stands in solidarity with thousands of postal workers who were ordered back to work earlier this week following a month of rotating strikes. Together with our affiliate unions, who are members of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), we have offered the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) an interest-free loan should they request it to further their actions. HSAA President Mike Parker says, “The actions…

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We have the power to bring about real change

Sometimes, it’s hard to believe that people have power. We’re just regular folks, after all. We work hard, we raise our families, we pay our bills, but the real power lies in the hands of governments and big employers, right? What can we little guys do? The answer is: We can do a lot. The trick is that we have to work together and we have to get involved. One year ago, on Nov. 15, 2017,…

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HSAA welcomes boost in funding for mental-health care

An Alberta government funding grant to help provide mental-health services to low-income and homeless Calgarians is a welcome move, according to the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA). “As a union, we’ve been advocating for better support for mental-health services across the province,” says Mike Parker, president of HSAA, which represents about 26,000 health-care professionals including mental-health therapists, social workers and addictions counsellors. “Our members work on the front lines and know only too well that…

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HSAA’s refugee family living an ‘ordinary’ dream

What’s your dream? Maybe you fantasize about winning the lottery and buying a beachfront home in Hawaii or a log cabin in the woods. Maybe it’s being able to afford to take your entire extended family on a five-star cruise. Or is it simply that you’ll have enough money to quit work? What if your dream was to lead a normal, ordinary life? To get up and go to work six days a week, to pack…

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Opinion: Stop being scared and get to know a newcomer

Note: This oped was originally published in the Edmonton Journal. Photo (above): The family pictured in Kananaskis with Ayed Saad and Faika Satterthwaite earlier this year. As headlines mistakenly scream about a refugee crisis in Canada, as we hear claims that diversity is a threat to Canada and as alt-right anti-immigrant groups try to recruit the homeless at a Labour Day event in Edmonton, we seem to be in a constant state of fear. Why? What happened?…

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HSAA welcomes continuing spotlight on EMS issues

Media Statement on Liberal EMS hotline July 23, 2018 The Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA), which represents paramedics in Alberta, welcomes any initiative that brings attention to the lack of resources in Alberta’s Emergency Services (EMS) system. “Our members have been telling us for years that they are stretched to breaking point by a system that doesn’t have the resources to do the difficult job they need to do,” says Trudy Thomson, vice-president of HSAA,…

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MS bike ride a struggle, but in a worthy cause

On June 9 and 10, I successfully completed MS Bike – the Multiple Sclerosis bike ride of 180 kms from Leduc to Camrose. On the second day, I was soaked with rain, peeling myself off the seat and so exhausted. I humbly reminded myself that there was an end in sight for me, that this struggle would be over within hours and that it was only temporary, a brief insight into the lifelong struggle for those…

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