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May 14, 2021
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Canada’s nurses mourn the death of Winnipeg nurse from COVID-19

Canada’s nurses are mourning the tragic death of one of our own, 26-year-old Kim Kotelo of Winnipeg, Manitoba. On behalf of 200,000 nurses and student nurses across the country, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions extends our deepest condolences to Kim’s loved ones, colleagues and the Manitoba Nurses Union community as they grieve this devastating […]

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May 13, 2021
COVID-19 Occupational Health & Safety

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

Updated on May 13, 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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May 12, 2021
Blog Long-term care safe patient care Safe Staffing seniors

Silas: It’s Time to Reimagine Aging in Canada

As we mark National Nursing Week amidst an ongoing global pandemic, many across Canada recognize the successes and commemorate the sacrifices nurses made in their tireless work caring for our loved ones, including our most vulnerable seniors. We’ve known for many years that Canada’s population is aging rapidly and that we face significant challenges in […]

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May 10, 2021
Blog CFNU President COVID-19 Nurses Week

National Nursing Week Message from the President

Courageous, resilient, essential: nurses are the voice of a system in crisis Dear members and supporters, It’s an honour for me, every year during National Nursing Week, to thank and celebrate Canada’s nurses. Without a doubt, you are compassionate, courageous, and incredible professionals. Our work is challenging, unrelenting and certainly not for the faint of […]

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May 6, 2021
COVID-19 vaccination

Canada must support the temporary waiver of the TRIPS Agreement

On May 6, 2021, Linda Silas, CFNU president, wrote to Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister Ng and Ambassador de Boer in support of the temporary waiver of the TRIPS agreement. The Right Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada The Hon. Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade Stephen de Boer, Canada’s […]

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April 27, 2021
COVID-19 Media Release

Canada's Nurses: We are reaching a breaking point

April 27, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – On the eve of the National Day of Mourning and as the nation’s health care system teeters on the edge of collapse, Canada’s nurses are sounding the alarm. They are demanding governments take bold concrete steps to counter the third wave of COVID-19, which has left hospitals with little […]

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April 23, 2021
Blog Climate Crisis

Op-ed: Climate action can save lives — it's time to go big

The following opinion editorial first appeared in the National Observer on April 22, 2021. Climate action can save lives — it’s time to go big By Courtney Howard & Linda Silas Discussions and plans of action around climate change are too rarely informed by the devastating health impacts of a rapidly warming planet. But if […]

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April 19, 2021
Child Care COVID-19 Federal Budget Long-term care Media Release Pharmacare

Budget 2021 falls short for nurses – from pharmacare to health transfers

April 19, 2021 (Ottawa, ON) – After over two years without a full accounting of federal spending, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) was disappointed by today’s release of Budget 2021. As we continue to grapple with another wave of COVID-19, the CFNU looked to the federal government to continue providing significant investments in […]

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April 17, 2021
Blog Safe Staffing

Op-ed: Canada needs better health data infrastructure

The following opinion editorial (by Ivy Lynn Bourgeault and Linda Silas) first appeared in the Toronto Star on April 16, 2021. Canada needs better health data infrastructure to support our health care heroes Canada’s health workers have been here for all of us throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It is time for us to be there […]

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April 12, 2021
Long-term care Media Release Safe Staffing

Canada Needs Better Health Data Infrastructure to support our healthcare heroes

The following media release has been published by the Canadian Health Workforce Network. Canada needs better health data infrastructure to support our healthcare heroes Associations, unions, networks and researchers call on federal government to invest in data infrastructure to better plan for and support the health workforce (Ottawa, ON) — More than 60 researchers, educators, […]

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