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February 24, 2021

Canada’s nurses frustrated by rejection of national pharmacare bill

MEDIA RELEASE February 24, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) expressed disappointment and frustration at the outcome of today’s vote on Bill C-213, An Act to Enact the Canada Pharmacare Act. Liberal, Conservative and Bloc Members of Parliament rejected the private member’s bill, introduced by New Westminster-Burnaby MP and NDP House Leader, […]

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February 22, 2021
Blog Pharmacare

Silas: Enough talk – it’s time to make pharmacare a reality with Bill C 213

We’ve had enough of resolutions and public polls – It’s time for MPs to make pharmacare a reality with Bill C 213 According to a 2019 national poll conducted jointly by the CFNU and Heart & Stroke, 93 percent of Canadians felt it was important for everyone in Canada to have equal access to prescription […]

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February 19, 2021
Pharmacare

Too many people are struggling to pay for their medications

The following opinion editorial by Hassan Yussuff (CLC president), Doug Roth (Heart & Stroke CEO) and Linda Silas (CFNU president) was published in Toronto Star on February 19, 2021. Too many people are struggling to pay for their medications A silent health crisis is looming as more people struggle to pay for their prescription drugs. […]

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February 19, 2021
Coronavirus covid19 Occupational Health & Safety

In memoriam: Canada’s health workers who have died of COVID-19

Updated on February 19, 2021 Across the globe, health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic do essential work caring for patients but all too often put themselves at risk of infection. Join the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions in remembering and honouring the lives of all Canada’s health care workers who […]

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February 16, 2021
Canadian Labour Congress Media Release Pharmacare

New joint campaign calls on feds to take immediate action on pharmacare

Media Release New joint campaign calls on feds to take immediate action on pharmacare Health and labour groups aligned in push for universal access to prescription drugs         February 16, 2021 – Ottawa, ON – Heart & Stroke, Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) have teamed up to raise the […]

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February 12, 2021

Letter to Minister Hajdu: Saskatchewan’s failure to prioritize all health care workers in its vaccine rollout

February 12, 2021 The Hon. Patty Hajdu Minister of Health   Dear Minister Hajdu: RE: Saskatchewan’s failure to prioritize all health care workers in its vaccine rollout Recently, we learned that Saskatchewan has changed its priority list with respect to vaccination to exclude a significant proportion of the health care workforce, including doctors and nurses, […]

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February 9, 2021
Blog Coronavirus COVID-19 vaccination

Linda Silas: Vaccination, trust in science and patience is the only way out of this pandemic

The following opinion editorial was published on January 28, 2021, in The Province. Linda Silas: Vaccination, trust in science and patience is the only way out of this pandemic Opinion: Large-scale trials on the efficacy of the vaccines involved tens of thousands of participants with few or no reported serious adverse events. A COVID-free future […]

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February 5, 2021
Long-term care

CFNU Welcomes NDP’s Care Guarantee

Today, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) welcomes Jagmeet Singh’s announcement of the NDP’s Care Guarantee, applauding the urgency of his party’s response and its commitment to our nation’s seniors. For years, Canada’s nurses have called for governments’ immediate attention to our long-term care system on the brink of collapse due to neglect and […]

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January 25, 2021
COVID-19 covid19 vaccination

Silas: "Let's be patient: better days are around the corner."

With the arrival of vaccines, a future without COVID-19 is within our reach. Many of us are looking forward to a time when we can hug loved ones again and leave our homes without fear. That future won’t materialize overnight; it will be an incremental process informed by science. With so many lives lost, so […]

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January 22, 2021
Coronavirus COVID-19

CFNU urges Ontario Health Minister that self-isolating essential workers should receive pay

On January 22, 2021, the CFNU wrote to The Hon. Christine Elliott, Ontario Deputy Premier and Minister of Health: Dear Minister Elliott, I am writing to urge you to ensure that all essential workers in Ontario who are required to self-isolate due to an exposure to COVID-19 receive pay during their self-isolation period. The Ontario government provided full […]

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