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December 8, 2021
Media Release Pharmacare

Liberal government must move forward on pharmacare

Liberal government must move forward on pharmacare, say nurses and advocates December 8, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, along with numerous civil society organizations, is calling on the Liberal government to fulfill previous commitments to introduce a universal pharmacare program by including it in the Economic and Fiscal Update and […]

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December 7, 2021
Blog Violence

Silas: Let’s put an end to violence against nurses

The following opinion editorial first appeared in Toronto Star on December 6, 2021. By Linda Silas Last month, Ottawa introduced Bill C-3 amending the Criminal Code to recognize violence against health workers as an aggravating factor during sentencing. The legislation would also criminalize intimidating or obstructing health-care workers or patients seeking care. Nurses’ unions welcome these new […]

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November 30, 2021
COVID-19 Health Human Resources Mental Health Nursing Shortage

Follow-Up Request for Meeting on Health Care Priorities

The following is a letter sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on November 24, 2021, as a follow-up to a previous letter, sent September 21, 2021. November 24, 2021 The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada Subject: Follow-Up Request for Meeting on Health Care Priorities Dear Prime Minister: The Canadian Federation […]

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November 26, 2021
Violence

MEDIA RELEASE: Canada’s nurses applaud new federal legislation to protect health care workers against violence

November 26, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) welcomes the federal government’s announcement of new legislation intended to protect health care workers from violence at work. Nurses are applauding measures outlined today aimed at protecting health care workers, including criminalizing activities blocking access to health facilities and amending the Criminal Code to […]

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November 23, 2021
Health Human Resources Media Release Nursing Shortage

Canada’s nurses respond to Throne Speech

Canada’s nurses respond to Throne Speech, calling for swift action on nursing shortage November 23, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) is responding to today’s Speech from the Throne, welcoming commitments to support health care and advance equity, but decrying the absence of clear and meaningful action to address Canada’s critical nursing […]

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November 16, 2021
Anti-Black racism Anti-racism Equity

Nurses commit to action against anti-Black racism in nursing and health care

November 15, 2021 — Anti-Black racism is a public health emergency in Canada that has created and reinforced serious health and social inequities for Black Canadians. For too long we have rested comfortably on the false narrative that systemic racism did not exist in our country or our profession; over the course of the past two […]

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November 10, 2021
COVID-19 Occupational Health & Safety

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

Updated on November 10, 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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October 20, 2021
COVID-19 vaccination

Booster shots should be offered to Canada’s health care workers

Booster shots should be offered to Canada’s health care workers: employers must apply a layered approach to protecting workers The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, which represents close to 200,000 nurses and student nurses across Canada, urges the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) to recommend that provinces/territories offer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID‑19 booster shot to […]

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October 19, 2021
Violence

CFNU urges government to reflect assault against a health care worker in the Criminal Code as an aggravating circumstance

Below is the letter Linda Silas, CFNU President, sent today to Prime Minister Trudeau. Dear Prime Minister: I write on behalf of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) to urge your government to take serious and immediate steps to address the rampant workplace violence facing health care workers across the country. Assaults against nurses […]

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October 6, 2021
COVID-19 Health Human Resources Media Release Nursing Shortage

Nurses’ unions praise emergency health worker summit and call for urgent reprieve

MEDIA RELEASE Nurses’ unions praise emergency health worker summit and call for urgent reprieve October 6, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) is praising an emergency summit convened by doctors and nurses to address a health care system brought to its knees by the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CFNU […]

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