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July 30, 2020

Premiers’ Summits

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, premiers’ summits are not being held in their usual form. Below is the information for the most recent in-person event.

Canada’s provincial and territorial premiers usually gather at an annual meeting, called the Council of the Federation, to discuss shared issues in their relations with the federal government. The CFNU hosts a policy event during these summits to highlight a pressing health care issue and present the latest research and analysis from leading experts. During the event, leadership of provincial nurses’ unions share the perspectives of frontline nurses with their premiers. Previous topics of discussion have included the effects of health care cutbacks, the need for a pharmacare program, and improving access to mental health services.

Council of the Federation 2019

At the most recent Council of Federation in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, premiers and representatives from 11 provinces and territories joined nurses from across the country for a policy event held on July 11, 2019. Host Premier, the Hon. Scott Moe, welcomed his provincial and territorial counterparts to the event, Violence in Health Care: Causes & Solutions.

Premiers heard a powerful message from expert speakers and nurse leaders about the severity of violence in health care. The CFNU’s media communiqué emphasized the need for action to end violence.

Group photo of National Executive Board members and panelists at the 2019 Council of Federation

Nurses unions leaders with guest speakers at CFNU policy breakfast

CFNU President Linda Silas appealed to premiers of all political stripes to tackle head-on the violence epidemic in health care with evidence-based policies to improve staffing levels and security. Silas also called on federal leadership to tighten criminal code provisions to deter health care employers from neglecting the safety of their staff and to hold perpetrators accountable. The message was clear: violence is not part of the job.

The event featured the following guest speakers:

  • Kevin Kelloway, the Canadian research Chair in occupational health psychology at St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia;
  • Maura MacPhee, a safe staffing expert and RN from UBC, and
  • Clint Hodges, the Manager of Protection Services at Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto.

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