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April 28, 2022
Occupational Health & Safety Statement

Canada’s nurses mark National Day of Mourning

Silas says to truly honour workers, we must fight to ensure all workers go home safely at the end of each day. As Canada observes today’s National Day of Mourning for workers killed on the job, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) joins unions across the country in demanding that occupational health and safety […]

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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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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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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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August 26, 2021
COVID-19 Occupational Health & Safety

Message to Canada’s Nurses from Linda Silas re: mandatory vaccinations

Throughout this pandemic, the CFNU has consistently aligned its position with science, evidenced-based decision-making, and a precautionary approach. When COVID-19 first emerged and little was known about how it spread, the CFNU fought for PPE and airborne precautions to keep nurses safe – to keep everyone safe. We pushed governments and employers to put safety […]

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August 12, 2021
COVID-19 Nursing Shortage Occupational Health & Safety Safe Staffing

Nurses’ unions announce national day of action on September 17

Canada’s nurses are done asking – we demand action now UPDATED: Nurses’ unions announce national day of action highlighting the nursing crisis will be held on September 17 The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions and provincial nurses’ unions across the country are organizing a national day of action to demand urgent government action fixing Canada’s […]

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March 30, 2021
Blog COVID-19 Occupational Health & Safety Safe Staffing

A year into the pandemic, nurses are exhausted – and angry

As the anniversary for March 11 anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a global pandemic has come and gone, nurses across Canada are at their breaking point. We are exhausted, burned out – and angry. Nurses are on the frontlines of the pandemic and our health-care system every day. We see its problems […]

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March 11, 2021
COVID-19 Media Release Occupational Health & Safety

One year in: The lessons from COVID-19 mustn't fall by the wayside

March 11, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – On the one-year anniversary of the WHO’s pandemic declaration, Canada’s nurses are renewing their call for better pandemic preparedness. As a result of governments not heeding the lessons from the 2003 SARS outbreak, Canada’s health care workers contracted COVID-19 at twice the global average during the first wave. “Canada […]

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January 14, 2021
COVID-19 Media Release Mental Health Occupational Health & Safety

COVID-19: Specialized Mental Health Support for Health Care Workers

The 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.  […]

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