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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 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 24, 2020
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Letter to PM Trudeau: The need for universal pharmacare is URGENT

November 24, 2020 The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health   Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister Freeland and Minister Hajdu, Following the September 23 Throne Speech, we once again commend you for your ongoing commitment […]

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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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August 7, 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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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