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Your monthly update from the BC Health Coalition

State of BC Health r1 BC Health

Your May 2023 monthly update from the
BC Health Coalition

UPDATE

Five questions we are asking after the Medical Services Commission and Telus Health reach an agreement

In April, the Medical Services Commission (MSC) reached an agreement with Telus over its LifePlus plan. The commission initially issued an injunction against the company in December of 2022. The MSC alleged that Telus Health was unlawfully extra-billing patients for services covered under MSP through the LifePlus plan. The MSC has now dropped the injunction and says Telus is in compliance. Going forward, Telus will no longer be able to charge patients a subscription fee for services covered under MSP. But despite the recent Telus agreement, questions remain as private for-profit health care continues to encroach on our public health care system from multiple avenues across BC. Read...

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BC must take the Roberts Bank consultation seriously

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[evoz] Reminder: Cafe Simpatico, tomorrow, Friday, May 26

Central America Support Committee

presents
Cafe Simpatico
Join us Friday, May 26, for Cuba Update, a focus on the current situation in Cuba. Leima Martinez, the North American Director of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples, visiting from Havana, will provide recent news about Cuba. The evening will start with a new video by the Friends of Cuba documenting their recent trip to Cuba.
Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from first-hand experience about the problems and prospects facing Cubans today, and to show our solidarity.

Friday, May 26, 2023Paul Phillips Hall at Fernwood Community Association 1923 Fernwood Road Doors open at 7:00 PM: Presentation at 7:30 PM
Everyone is welcome! Refreshments including Fair Trade Nicaraguan coffee. Donations tonight will be for solidarity work with Cuba.
Sponsored by Central America Support Committee (CASC) with Victoria Friends of Cuba.
www.victoriacasc.org https://www.facebook.com/vcasc/





[evoz] Cafe Simpatico: Cuba Update with ICAP Director Leima Martinez May 26

Central America Support Committee

presents
Cafe Simpatico
Join us Friday, May 26, for Cuba Update, a focus on the current situation in Cuba. Leima Martinez, the North American Director of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the People, visiting from Havana, will provide recent news about Cuba today. The evening will start with the premier of a new video by the Friends of Cuba documenting their recent trip to Cuba.
Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from first-hand experience about the problems and prospects facing Cubans today, and to show our solidarity.

Friday, May 26, 2023Paul Phillips Hall at Fernwood Community Association 1923 Fernwood Road Doors open at 7:00 PM: Presentation at 7:30 PM
Everyone is welcome! Refreshments including Fair Trade Nicaraguan coffee. Donations welcome.
Sponsored by Central America Support Committee (CASC) with Victoria Friends of Cuba.
www.victoriacasc.org https://www.facebook.com/vcasc/





Paov, become a BCHC member today!

NationBuilder r1

Dear Paov,

This is a final reminder to join the BCHC as a member in 2023 if you haven't already. You can easily sign up for membership online by clicking the button below.

Join the BCHC

You can also become a member by mailing us a cheque with this form and sending it to BC Health Coalition at 3102 Main St Unit #302, Vancouver, BC V5T 3G7.

If you are signing up for membership for the first time, you'll automatically be entered in a giveaway to receive a copy of Neglected No More, André Picard's 2021 book on the state of seniors care in Canada, along with a BC Health Coalition t-shirt.

With your help, we can keep fighting for a strong public health care system for all!

Read more: Paov, become a BCHC member today!

Tackling industry pollution – at sea

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[evoz] Amazon Reforestation: May 20 & 21 Garage Sale and Bottle Drive



GARAGE SALE & Bottle DriveMay 20 & 219 am - 3 pm3835 Saanich Road(near Uptown)ALL Proceeds go to Support Amazon Reforestation ProjectACRAABRAZIL.ORG
Lots of great stuff from multiple homes, estate.

Send a postcard to your MP to cap climate pollution

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Be a part of the movement to strengthen public health care

NationBuilder r1

Dear Paov,

Last week, you received an invitation from us to join the BC Health Coalition as a member in 2023. This is a friendly reminder of that invitation. Together, our members are building a province-wide movement to strengthen public health care in British Columbia.

Will you join that movement in 2023 by clicking the button below and becoming a BCHC member?

Join the BCHC

If you are signing up for membership for the first time, you'll automatically be entered in a giveaway to receive a copy of Neglected No More, André Picard's 2021 book on the state of seniors care in Canada, along with a BC Health Coalition t-shirt.

We hope you sign up for a membership in 2023. If not, you can also support our upcoming campaigns with a one-time donation of $10,...

Read more: Be a part of the movement to strengthen public health care

Help us turn up the heat on your MLA this summer

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[evoz] Save the date: Cafe Simpatico "Cuba Update" May 26

Central America Support Committee

presents
Cafe Simpatico
Join us in May for the final Cafe of the spring season. The topic: "Cuba Update."
In collaboration with the Victoria Friends of Cuba, the evening will include video, photos and analysis by solidarity activists who have recently travelled to Cuba.
May 26, 2023Paul Phillips Hall at Fernwood Community Association 1923 Fernwood Road Doors open at 7:00 PM: Music at 7:30 PM
Everyone is welcome! Refreshments including Fair Trade Nicaraguan coffee. Come see old friends, meet new people, and show your support for Latin America. Donations welcome.

Sponsored by Central America Support Committee (CASC)
www.victoriacasc.org https://www.facebook.com/vcasc/





Become a member today!

NationBuilder r1

Dear Paov,

As a coalition, we depend on the active support of our members to be connected to health care realities on the ground.

You've supported our work by either donating or signing up for our newsletter and campaign updates. Now we're looking for you to take the next step by signing up to become a member by clicking the button below. Will you join the movement to strengthen public health care in 2023 by becoming a BC Health Coalition member?

Join the BCHC

The support of our members have made a number of major campaign wins possible over the last year. The BC Court of Appeal’s judgment on the Cambie case reaffirmed that health care access should be based on need and not ability to pay. For the #BetterCareForSeniors campaign, we held the B.C....

Read more: Become a member today!

So who killed the spotted owls?

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Find out whats next for the movement to end fracking

Find out what’s next for the movement to end fracking

Gitxaała Nation's legal challenge for

r1 Earth Week Edition

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Your monthly update from the BC Health Coalition

State of BC Health r1 BC Health

Your April 2023 monthly update from the
BC Health Coalition

UPDATE

Supreme Court of Canada dismissal is a win for public health in BC and nationally

Access to quality health care is a fundamental right that should not be determined by one's ability to pay. And yet, 14 years ago, the CEO of a BC-based for-profit clinic launched a legal battle that aimed to dismantle key protections in the BC Medicare Protection Act ensuring equitable access to care. On April 6, 2023, that battle came to a close when the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision to dismiss Cambie Surgeries Corporation's application for leave to appeal. The Supreme Court of Canada's dismissal upholds the decisions at the BC Supreme Court and BC Court of Appeal that...

Read more: Your monthly update from the BC Health Coalition

This game-changing mining lawsuit needs your support

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Support Kwakiutl: no old-growth logging without community consent

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Good afternoon to everyone — except Brian Day

NationBuilder r1 This morning the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed Cambie Surgeries Corporation’s leave for appeal. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Dear Paov --

I want to share some good news. This morning the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed Cambie Surgeries Corporation’s leave for appeal. This means that more than a decades-long legal attack by Cambie Surgeries and its CEO, Brian Day, on our public health care system has come to an end. You can read our Press Release here and view the Supreme Court decision here.

The Supreme Court’s dismissal upholds the BC Supreme Court and BC Court of Appeal judgements protecting public health care. The BC Supreme Court found that the evidence before the court showed that a duplicative private health care system would increase wait times in the public system and cause harm to all who depend on it. The BC Court of Appeal also agreed with the BC Supreme Court’s finding that a private duplicative health care system would result in longer wait times for the vast majority of us who rely on the public health care system.

This legal attack on our publicly-funded health care system has finally come to an end. That being said, the work to strengthen and...

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BC communities are standing up for wildlife

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