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October 20, 2020

After two workers injured as a result of workplace violence, employer gets slap on the wrist

After failing to adequately protect health care workers from violence, one Ontario hospital has received a slap on the wrist: a fine of $80,000. The Ontario Court of Justice imposed the fine, late last week, following a guilty plea by Southlake Hospital in Newmarket, Ontario. The case stemmed from a January 2019 incident that left […]

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October 19, 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 Media Release Occupational Health & Safety

Health employers are violating provincial deals by refusing workers PPE, say nurses

Nurses “sick and tired” of employers denying them PPE, violating provincial deals October 19, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – As consensus grows that COVID-19 is airborne, some employers across Canada are still refusing to provide health workers the personal protective equipment they need to prevent infection, in violation of provincial deals. This is according to reports received […]

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October 16, 2020
Media Release Pharmacare

Canada’s nurses urge patented medicine regulatory body to stand its ground

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is calling on the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) to move ahead with new regulations and their accompanying guidelines in the face of growing pressure from the pharmaceutical industry and certain industry-funded patient groups. “We are concerned that the PMPRB failed to release their guidelines, yesterday, for regulations […]

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October 8, 2020
Canadian Labour Congress Equity Racism

Canada’s unions stand united against all forms of racism and against police violence

The following statement was released by the Canadian Labour Congress on October 8, 2020. The CFNU supports the CLC’s call to dismantle all forms of racism.  As communities across Canada, and around the world, grapple with COVID-19, racialized communities have not only been disproportionately impacted by the health fall-out, but are also dealing with the […]

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October 6, 2020

Canada’s nurses welcome appeal win in Strom case, affirming nurses’ Charter rights

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is pleased to learn that the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of nurse Carolyn Strom, overturning a decision by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association (SRNA) Discipline Committee. Ms. Strom was previously found guilty of professional misconduct and fined $26,000 by SRNA, the province’s regulatory body for […]

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October 5, 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 Media Release

Investigation: Canada failed health workers and mismanaged COVID-19

MEDIA RELEASE October 5, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – An investigation into Canada’s management of COVID-19 and the safety of the nation’s health care workers has been released. The investigation’s report, A Time of Fear, details Canada’s systemic preventable failure to adequately prepare and urgently respond to the gravest public health emergency in a century. The independent investigation […]

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October 2, 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 Media Release

Investigation into Canada’s management of COVID-19 and health worker safety to be released

MEDIA ADVISORY October 2, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – As new COVID-19 cases in Canada soar, an independent investigation into the nation’s performance responding to the pandemic and protecting health workers is set to be released. The investigation’s final report is titled A Time of Fear: How Canada failed our health care workers and mismanaged COVID-19. The report […]

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September 30, 2020

The CFNU mourns the death of Joyce Echaquan, calls for action

On behalf of Canada’s nurses, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) offers its sincere condolences to the family and community of Joyce Echaquan, and expresses outrage over the racist comments directed against her by health care staff. “There is no room in our society for racism or discrimination of any kind, and I strongly […]

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September 24, 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 Media Release

Joint Statement on Domestic Production of N95 Respirators

MEDIA RELEASE Domestic Production of N95 Respirators: Essential Services and Essential Production September 24, 2020–The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, and Green Jobs Oshawa have issued a statement in response to both federal and Ontario governments’ media release that 3M will make N95 respirators in Brockville. Production is not […]

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September 23, 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 Media Release Pharmacare

Throne Speech: Canada’s nurses encouraged by commitments to a healthy recovery

MEDIA RELEASE September 23, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is encouraged by the government’s commitment to a healthy recovery in today’s Speech from the Throne. It encourages all parliamentarians to support the government’s recovery agenda. “Nurses across the country welcome the government’s commitments for this new session of parliament, including important steps […]

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