Update on the Voluntary Blood Donations Repeal Act in Alberta: A private member’s bill was introduced in the Alberta legislature on July 8 to repeal the Voluntary Blood Donations Act in that province. This legislation bans payment to donors and advertising for paid donations.
Yesterday, Graham appeared before the Alberta legislature to share our perspective on this matter. He called for a broader dialogue with the ministers of health, so we can better understand the implications of commercial plasma collection in Canada and agree, as a country, on how we should or could approach it.
He discussed how we're responsible for meeting the needs of patients who require life-saving medications that are made from different proteins in plasma, and why increasing commercial collections will not ensure Canada’s plasma supply. He also shared our plans to increase the amount of plasma we collect from voluntary donors in Canada, and how this will help ensure a secure domestic supply to manufacture into plasma protein products.
Watch Graham’s full presentation and listen to him respond to questions here.
Stories from the frontline: Have you missed any of the stories in our special series highlighting frontline employees? We’ve now gathered all of them here to make it easier for you to read and share them. For those who’d prefer to post a hard copy in a break room or office, you’ll find printable versions attached to each article. Happy reading, and keep an eye out for the remaining installments of this series on the dedicated page, at blood.ca/stories, and on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
New branded templates now available: We’ve made some improvements to the templates page on Connect. Whether you are writing a letter, crafting a briefing note, planning an agenda, taking minutes or creating a PowerPoint presentation, we are making it easy for employees to ensure they have the latest versions of our templates. What’s new?
- New templates, including a poster template and bilingual and French letterhead.
- Controlled document templates have been updated with a new look and feel.
- Information classification standards added to every template.
See this and more, including tips on how to use templates by heading over to Connect.
Question of the day: Paying this much attention to diversity and this survey will just divide us all and create fractures. Why aren’t we focused on what unites us all?
We wish that we could focus only on those things we have in common and especially things that unite us, but we know that people are treated differently because of who they are, what they look like, their role, and their background. So, until employees feel that their experiences are acknowledged and understood, we need to take some time to understand each of us as individuals.
The ultimate purpose of our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and this survey is to create a more equitable and inclusive organization so that those who are impacted by different types of bias and discrimination can thrive. Your participation in this assessment will help this work.
To complete the survey or schedule an interview with Feminuity go to Connect.
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