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January 18, 2021
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In memoriam: Canada’s health workers who have died of COVID-19

Updated on January 18, 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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January 14, 2021
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COVID-19: Specialized Mental Health Support for Health Care Workers

CFNU is inviting you to a FREE webinar by Homewood Health, especially designed for health care workers looking to learn coping strategies to safeguard their mental health during COVID-19 and beyond. As we battle this pandemic, it’s more important than ever to take care of ourselves, and each other. We hope you’ll join us.  The […]

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January 8, 2021
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CFNU Welcomes the PHAC’s Updated Infection Protection and Control Guidance for Acute Health Care Settings

January 8, 2021 – Earlier today, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) released updated COVID-19 guidance for acute health care settings. This is the first update to the PHAC’s guidance document since April 30, 2020 and since the agency recognized, last November, that the virus can spread through infectious respiratory aerosols suspended in the […]

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December 17, 2020
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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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December 16, 2020
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Position statement on COVID-19

Note: This is a reproduction of the CFNU Position Statement on COVID-19, which was updated and published in PDF form on December 16, 2020.  Please also consult the following position statements: 2021-01-18: COVID-19 Vaccination: Time to Speed Up the Rollout 2020-12-01: Pregnant Health Care Workers Should Not Be Forced to Work in COVID-19 ‘Hot Zones’ 2020-07-15: Canada’s Nurses […]

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November 20, 2020
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Global Nurses United demands World Health Organization strengthen Covid-19 guidance

Global Nurses United (GNU), a federation of the world’s premiere nurse and health care worker unions, including the CFNU, on November 19 sent a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO), demanding that the WHO strengthen its guidance on Covid-19. “Nurses and other health care workers in many countries still do not have the personal […]

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November 13, 2020
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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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October 28, 2020
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Leading national and international experts call on Canada to protect health workers from COVID-19

MEDIA RELEASE October 28, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – In the midst of a second wave of COVID-19 sweeping across the country, a growing number of Canadian and international experts – recognized as leading occupational health and safety experts, aerosol scientists, virologists, chemists, professors and medical doctors – are calling on the federal government to adopt the […]

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October 28, 2020
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Expert consensus statement on pandemic report

The following is a letter of consensus from leading international and Canadian experts endorsing the central recommendations from Mario Possamai’s independent report, A Time of Fear: How Canada failed our health care workers and mismanaged COVID-19. A Letter from the Signatories to Mario Possamai’s Independent Report The severity of the impact of COVID-19 on Canada […]

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October 19, 2020
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Health employers are violating provincial deals by refusing workers PPE, say nurses

Nurses “sick and tired” of employers denying them PPE, violating provincial deals October 19, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – As consensus grows that COVID-19 is airborne, some employers across Canada are still refusing to provide health workers the personal protective equipment they need to prevent infection, in violation of provincial deals. This is according to reports received […]

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