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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 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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December 17, 2020
Blog Coronavirus COVID-19

President’s year-end message: "Your actions matter"

“Your actions matter – don’t let anyone tell you differently” Dear friends, We are nearing the end of this year, but the challenges that defined it remain. To say things have been hard this year would be an enormous understatement. Our lives have been reshaped. Our actions have carried enormous weight. We have made difficult […]

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November 13, 2020
Blog Coronavirus covid19

Canada is failing to protect our health care workers from COVID-19

The following opinion editorial first appeared in the Toronto Star on November 12, 2020 Canada is failing to protect our health care workers from COVID-19 By Linda Silas On Nov. 3, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) updated its guidance on the routes of transmission of COVID-19 to recognize potential aerosol spread of the […]

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November 6, 2020
Alberta Blog

Privately funded health care: a wrong-headed approach - op-ed by Linda Silas

The following opinion editorial first appeared in the Edmonton Journal on November 2, 2020. If Alberta’s United Conservative Party wants to improve the province’s health care, they couldn’t be taking a more wrong-headed approach. Delegates at a recent UCP general meeting narrowly endorsed a controversial proposal to “support the option of a privately-funded and privately-managed […]

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November 3, 2020
Blog

Linda’s solidarity message on the U.S. election

On day of the United States’ election, the leader of Canada’s nurses is sending strength and solidarity to health care workers and racialized communities south of the border. Dear friends, Tonight, like many Canadians, I will be glued to coverage of the U.S. election results, not because of the fanfare that always accompanies the race, […]

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September 4, 2020
Blog

Labour Day: Canada’s nurses are ready to move forward together

A Labour Day message from CFNU President Linda Silas Labour Day is always an important celebration when we recognize the progress that workers have made over the years. Together, we have come far in our efforts to ensure safe and healthy work, fair compensation, job security and crucial benefits that lift us all. Like so […]

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December 18, 2019
Blog Climate Crisis

Just Transition: For Healthier Jobs, Families and Communities

Let’s remember that there are no jobs on a dead planet By Linda Silas, CFNU President I’ve just returned home from my first-ever climate change conference. And it was a big one! As part of the Canadian labour delegation, I was one of 25 delegates selected by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) to attend the largest […]

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April 17, 2018
Blog Pharmacare

Opinion: Trudeau Liberals at universal pharmacare crossroads in Halifax

By Linda Silas, CFNU President Published in the Chronicle Herald on April 17, 2018 Liberal party members from across the country are in Halifax this weekend for the party’s final national convention before the next federal election. Observers are watching closely, hoping to gain insight into the policies that will form the Liberal platform in […]

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