March 2012

March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Let’s make Aboriginal and racial justice our goal, not just a slogan for one day each year.

Ottawa (21 March 2012) – Today, we mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On that day in 1960, South African police opened fire and killed 69 people, mostly women, at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid in Sharpeville South Africa.

Canadian society has marked the day since it was declared by the United Nations in 1966, as a moment of reflection and commitment to racial justice in our own society.

Pharmacists' wage rollback rescinded in B.C.

“This is the first sign we’ve seen that HEABC has been given the green light to be at the bargaining table to negotiate,” Johnson said.

Vancouver (09 March 2012) - On Mar. 6, the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) announced that it was rescinding the plan to roll back the temporary market adjustment for pharmacists.

Health Sciences Association of BC President Reid Johnson applauded the efforts of hospital pharmacists across the province who spoke out against the nine to 14 per cent wage rollback planned for April 1, 2012.

We Need a Women's Rights Reawakening: Article by Heather Mallick

Women in Canada and the U.S. have not been in this much danger for a generation.

Toronto (8 Mar. 2012) - Heather Mallick is a Canadian journalist and author who has been a guest speaker at several National Union Women's Conferences.  Below is her article posted in the Toronto Star on March 6, 2012:

Thursday is International Women’s Day. Women in Canada and the U.S. have not been in this much danger for a generation.