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October 19, 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 Media Release Occupational Health & Safety

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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October 5, 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 Media Release

Investigation: Canada failed health workers and mismanaged COVID-19

MEDIA RELEASE October 5, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – An investigation into Canada’s management of COVID-19 and the safety of the nation’s health care workers has been released. The investigation’s report, A Time of Fear, details Canada’s systemic preventable failure to adequately prepare and urgently respond to the gravest public health emergency in a century. The independent investigation […]

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October 2, 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 Media Release

Investigation into Canada’s management of COVID-19 and health worker safety to be released

MEDIA ADVISORY October 2, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – As new COVID-19 cases in Canada soar, an independent investigation into the nation’s performance responding to the pandemic and protecting health workers is set to be released. The investigation’s final report is titled A Time of Fear: How Canada failed our health care workers and mismanaged COVID-19. The report […]

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September 24, 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 Media Release

Joint Statement on Domestic Production of N95 Respirators

MEDIA RELEASE Domestic Production of N95 Respirators: Essential Services and Essential Production September 24, 2020–The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, and Green Jobs Oshawa have issued a statement in response to both federal and Ontario governments’ media release that 3M will make N95 respirators in Brockville. Production is not […]

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September 23, 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 Media Release Pharmacare

Throne Speech: Canada’s nurses encouraged by commitments to a healthy recovery

MEDIA RELEASE September 23, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is encouraged by the government’s commitment to a healthy recovery in today’s Speech from the Throne. It encourages all parliamentarians to support the government’s recovery agenda. “Nurses across the country welcome the government’s commitments for this new session of parliament, including important steps […]

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August 7, 2020
Coronavirus covid19 Occupational Health & Safety

We need made-in-Canada N95 respirators

The following is a letter sent to The Hon. Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, on August 7, 2020, from CFNU President Linda Silas.  Dear Minister Anand, On behalf of the close to 200,000 nurses and nursing students represented by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, I am writing to request that the […]

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August 6, 2020
Coronavirus covid19 Pharmacare

Now more than ever, Canada desperately needs a universal, single-payer, public pharmacare program.

The following is a letter sent August 6, 2020 to the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance; and the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health. Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister Morneau and Minister Hajdu, Now more than ever, Canada desperately needs a universal, single-payer, public pharmacare […]

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July 28, 2020
Coronavirus covid19

CFNU media release: Compensation benefits for health workers who contract COVID-19

MEDIA RELEASE Premiers must guarantee compensation benefits for health workers who contract COVID-19, say nurses July 28, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – As the number of health care workers infected with COVID-19 continues to climb, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is calling on Canada’s premiers to urgently implement legislation granting them fast access to workers’ compensation benefits, […]

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July 15, 2020
Coronavirus covid19

Don’t mess it up! Eight ways to stay healthy during reopening

After months of pandemic lockdown, is there anything better than seeing dearly missed friends and family, or simply soaking up the sun at your local park? Our need for connection is understandable, and returning to the familiar is an important boost to our mental wellness. But as public health restrictions loosen, nurses have a simple […]

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June 22, 2020
Coronavirus covid19 Media Release

Nurses launch investigation into Canada’s failure to protect health care workers  from COVID-19

June 22, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is launching an independent investigation into why Canada has failed to protect more than 16,000 health care workers from being infected by COVID-19, ignoring the lessons learned from the tragic SARS outbreak in 2003. Canada’s rate of infection of health care workers is 19 per […]

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