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September 6, 2021
Blog COVID-19

Linda Silas: All workers deserve safety, dignity and respect

On this Labour Day, I’m reminded of the driving forces that coalesced workers into a strong labour movement. During the industrial revolution, workers banded together to demand safer and healthier working conditions. In mines and factories, they fought for the right to return home, safe and sound, at the end of the workday. They called for […]

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August 30, 2021
Blog Nursing Shortage

Op-ed: Without a nurse, a bed is just a bed

The following opinion editorial first appeared in Toronto Star on August 30, 2021.   Without a nurse, a bed is just a bed Solutions for the nursing shortage in Canada  By Linda Silas Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we repeatedly heard about a shortage of beds in hospitals and long-term care. Field hospitals were deployed, equipment was […]

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August 25, 2021
Blog Pharmacare

Op-ed - No more excuses: pharmacare now

The following opinion editorial first appeared in The Province on August 25, 2021. No more excuses: pharmacare now By Steve Morgan and Linda Silas Nearly a quarter century ago, the federal government hosted a conference on national pharmacare in Saskatoon – the birthplace of Canadian medicare. The meeting was extraordinarily frustrating to delegates who anticipated […]

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August 21, 2021
Blog COVID-19 Long-term care

Op-ed: Devastation brought by COVID-19 shows Ottawa must take over care for seniors 

The following opinion editorial first appeared in Toronto Star on August 21, 2021.  Devastation brought by COVID-19 shows Ottawa must take over care for seniors  By Linda Silas and Pat Armstrong As Canada faces the reality of entering a fourth wave, COVID-19 continues to take an immense toll on Canada’s long-term care sector, where conditions […]

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August 14, 2021
Blog Pharmacare

Op-ed: All parties in this pandemic election should agree on one big issue – national pharmacare

The following opinion editorial was published by the Canadian Labour Congress and first appeared in the National Newswatch on August 14, 2021. All parties in this pandemic election should agree on one big issue – national pharmacare By Beatrice Bruske, Doug Roth and Linda Silas On August 11th, the federal and Prince Edward Island governments signed an […]

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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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