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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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June 5, 2020
Coronavirus covid19 Occupational Health & Safety

In Memoriam: Canada’s Health Care Workers Who Have Died of COVID-19

Updated on July 14, 2020 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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May 29, 2020
Coronavirus covid19 Long-term care

Open letter to PM Trudeau from Canada's Nurses: Urgent Call for Action to Protect Canada’s Seniors

Click here for PDF of the letter signed by Linda Silas, president of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, and presidents of 8 provincial nurses’ unions (CFNU members). Dear Prime Minister Trudeau: Like you and millions across our country, Canada’s nurses were appalled by the findings of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in the course […]

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May 13, 2020
Coronavirus covid19 Media Release Nurses Week Press Release

Nurses to meet with parliamentarians to call for more robust pandemic preparedness

MEDIA RELEASE: Nurses to meet with parliamentarians to call for more robust pandemic preparedness May 13, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – As part of National Nursing Week, Canada’s nurses will welcome members of parliament, senators and health care stakeholders to a virtual event focused on infectious disease preparedness and response. The event aims to build awareness of […]

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May 13, 2020
Coronavirus covid19 Media Release

Canada’s nurses mourn death of London nurse from COVID-19

Media Statement May 13, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – Nurses unions across Canada are devastated to learn that nurse Brian Beattie has died of COVID-19. Brian was a dedicated registered nurse who worked at Kensington Village, a long-term care home in London, Ontario. He was a member of the Ontario Nurses’ Association and the Canadian Federation […]

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May 9, 2020
Coronavirus covid19 Long-term care seniors Statement

We Owe It to Canadians to Transform Long-Term Care

CFNU Statement: We Owe It to Canadians to Transform Long-Term Care The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions joins with other Canadian Labour Congress affiliates in supporting the calls to action in the report, Lessons from a Pandemic: Union Recommendations for Transforming Long-Term Care in Canada, released today. The CLC report reflects the CFNU’s previous recommendation […]

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