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January 20, 2022
COVID-19 Media Release Nursing Shortage

CFNU and CNA: Federal Govt action is needed to support and retain nurses past Omicron wave

January 20, 2022 — For 22 months nurses and other health workers have shouldered the enormous burden of the pandemic. They are burnt out, demoralized, and have little left to give. The emergence of the highly transmissible Omicron variant that is fuelling the fifth wave of this pandemic deeply concerns the Canadian Federation of Nurses […]

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January 13, 2022
COVID-19 Media Release Nursing Shortage Occupational Health & Safety

Canada’s nurses: it’s time to hit the brakes

January 13, 2022 (OTTAWA, ON) – Canada’s nurses are alarmed at the rapid spread of Omicron across Canada. Immediate and decisive action is urgently needed to keep our health care system from crumbling under the weight of this highly infectious variant. “This isn’t the time to be pussyfooting around,” declared Linda Silas, president of the […]

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January 6, 2022
COVID-19 Media Release

Canada’s nurses are once again calling for stronger protections

January 6, 2022 (OTTAWA, ON) – As Ministers of health meet tonight to discuss the most recent upheaval caused by COVID-19, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is again imploring governments to provide the most basic protections for frontline health care workers. At a time when we cannot afford to lose a single health care […]

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November 30, 2021
COVID-19 Health Human Resources Mental Health Nursing Shortage

Follow-Up Request for Meeting on Health Care Priorities

The following is a letter sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on November 24, 2021, as a follow-up to a previous letter, sent September 21, 2021. November 24, 2021 The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada Subject: Follow-Up Request for Meeting on Health Care Priorities Dear Prime Minister: The Canadian Federation […]

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November 10, 2021
COVID-19 Occupational Health & Safety

In memoriam: Canada’s health workers who have died of COVID-19

Updated on November 10, 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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October 20, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccination

Booster shots should be offered to Canada’s health care workers

Booster shots should be offered to Canada’s health care workers: employers must apply a layered approach to protecting workers The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, which represents close to 200,000 nurses and student nurses across Canada, urges the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) to recommend that provinces/territories offer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID‑19 booster shot to […]

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October 6, 2021
COVID-19 Health Human Resources Media Release Nursing Shortage

Nurses’ unions praise emergency health worker summit and call for urgent reprieve

MEDIA RELEASE Nurses’ unions praise emergency health worker summit and call for urgent reprieve October 6, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) is praising an emergency summit convened by doctors and nurses to address a health care system brought to its knees by the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CFNU […]

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September 10, 2021
COVID-19 Media Release Occupational Health & Safety

It’s time to bring the temperature down

Over the past few weeks, we have watched public discourse around vaccination and other public health measures rapidly devolve. This reached fever pitch, last week, as a small but vocal minority protested outside hospitals, disrupting access to vital care. More recently, we’ve seen federal election candidates attacked and their campaign signs defaced. Even the nursing […]

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September 8, 2021
COVID-19 Occupational Health & Safety

Letter: Future PM must commit to robust measures to protect Canadians from COVID-19

The following letter was sent to all federal party leaders on September 3, 2021. Amid a fourth wave of COVID-19 and a federal election campaign, Canada’s nurses call on you to commit to adopting robust prevention measures to protect the Canadian public and frontline workers. We support the appeal sent to you by members of […]

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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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