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June 22, 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 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 16, 2020
Media Release Mental Health Workplace Safety

New study reveals shocking levels of mental illness among Canada’s nurses

Anxious, depressed, suicidal: new study reveals shocking pre-pandemic levels of mental illness among Canada’s nurses June 16, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – A first-of-its-kind study on mental disorders among Canada’s nurses has been released today, revealing widespread and severe symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, depression, burnout and other conditions. The study, Mental Disorder Symptoms Among Nurses in Canada, is […]

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May 13, 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 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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April 28, 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 Media Release

Canada’s nurses mark National Day of Mourning

MEDIA RELEASE Canada must stop neglecting the safety of frontline workers, says nurses’ union leader Linda Silas on National Day of Mourning April 28, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – As Canada observes today’s National Day of Mourning for workers killed on the job, the country’s largest nurses’ organization joins unions across the country demanding action to keep […]

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April 7, 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 Media Release

“Canada must act urgently to protect all health care workers, before it’s too late,” Silas tells federal health committee

MEDIA RELEASE April 07, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – As president of the union representing 200,000 nurses, and on behalf of close to one million health care workers across the country, Linda Silas is demanding that the federal government act urgently to provide optimal personal protective equipment – including N95 respirators or a higher level of protection – for all […]

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March 24, 2020
Coronavirus covid Media Release

Nurses call on federal government to urgently enact COVID-19 safety measures for health care workers

MEDIA RELEASE March 24, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is urging federal decision-makers to rapidly enact emergency measures to keep health care workers safe from COVID‑19. “Frontline nurses across the country are frustrated and insulted that many of them are being denied N-95 respirators and other safety equipment they know they need,” said Linda Silas, CFNU […]

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February 24, 2020
Media Release Pharmacare

Canada’s nurses call on Trudeau to support NDP’s new pharmacare bill

February 24, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – On behalf of 200,000 nurses across the country, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is applauding the NDP for today’s announcement that they will introduce a bill to implement pharmacare across Canada. Nurses are calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to support the NDP’s bill and create a national single-payer […]

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February 5, 2020
Canadian Labour Congress Media Release

Labour president Linda Silas announces campaign co-chairs for bid to lead Canada’s unions

February 5, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – It was announced today that Sharleen Stewart, President of SEIU Healthcare, along with Lionel Railton, Canadian Regional Director of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), will serve as co-chairs of the campaign to elect Linda Silas president of the Canadian Labour Congress. “Working people and the unions that […]

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January 28, 2020
Coronavirus Media Release

Nurses unions call for immediate action to protect health care workers from the novel coronavirus

CFNU President Linda Silas: Nurses unions call for immediate action to protect health care workers from the novel coronavirus January 28, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – With one confirmed and one presumptive case of the novel (new) coronavirus in Canada, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is expressing concern about uneven preparations for a potential pandemic […]

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