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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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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 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 7, 2021
Blog COVID-19 vaccination

Leading by example: Nurses launch vaccination campaign

The following opinion editorial was published on April 7, 2021, on Healthy Debate. Leading by example: Nurses launch vaccination campaign By Linda Silas Today, Canada’s largest nurses’ organization has taken the unusual step of launching a national campaign encouraging members of the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19. COVID-19 cases aren’t just numbers on the […]

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April 6, 2021
Blog COVID-19 vaccination

Don’t wait: make a plan to get vaccinated

A few weeks ago, pharmacies in Ontario opened their online registration as part of the province’s Phase Two vaccination effort. It wouldn’t surprise anyone that I signed up my partner, Steve, and me right away. Because Steve is over 60, he quickly got an appointment. When he got there today, the pharmacy’s computer system had […]

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March 30, 2021
Blog COVID-19 Occupational Health & Safety Safe Staffing

A year into the pandemic, nurses are exhausted – and angry

As the anniversary for March 11 anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic has come and gone, nurses across Canada are at their breaking point. We are exhausted, burned out – and angry. Nurses are on the frontlines of the pandemic and our health-care system every day. We see its problems […]

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March 8, 2021
Blog Women's Rights

Silas: Let's put women at the heart of our recovery

March 8 is International Women’s Day, recognized globally as an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements. We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has had harsh impacts on women in Canada, and around the world. From our predominantly female nurse workforce on the frontlines to the many women who have given up paid work to care for […]

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March 4, 2021
Blog Canadian Labour Congress

Linda Silas ends CLC bid amidst pandemic’s ongoing impact on health care

“Always on your side” Dear friends, No one can argue that the pandemic has not upended every aspect of our lives, but I hope this letter finds you healthy and strong. Like many, COVID-19 has consumed my life over the past year, and it still remains a pressing concern for people in Canada and around […]

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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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