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May 1, 2018
Media Release Pharmacare

Body Count: Canadians with curable illnesses are dying every day without pharmacare, according to a new study from Canada’s nurses

MEDIA RELEASE OTTAWA, May 1, 2018 – Canada’s nurses unveiled a new study today – the first of its kind in Canada – that reveals the number of people in Canada who die or fall ill because prescription medications are unaffordable. The study, entitled Body Count, confirms that shortfalls in prescription drug coverage result in […]

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April 19, 2018
Media Release Pharmacare

Nurses call Liberal pharmacare resolution an historic opportunity

CFNU President, Linda Silas, and NSNU President, Janet Hazelton, will attend Liberal convention to promote pharmacare for all. HALIFAX, April 19, 2018 – At this weekend’s national convention, Liberal delegates will have the opportunity to vote on an historic resolution on universal pharmacare. Titled Implementing Universal Access to Necessary Medicines, the resolution calls for the […]

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April 18, 2018
Media Release Pharmacare

Parliamentary report echoes nurses’ twenty-year call for universal pharmacare

MEDIA RELEASE Wednesday April 18, 2018 (OTTAWA) – Canada’s nurses applaud today’s release of Pharmacare Now, a report by the House of Commons health committee, recommending the development of a national, universal prescription drug plan, calling it “an ambitious and historic confirmation of what frontline nurses have been saying for years – that pharmacare will […]

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April 17, 2018
Blog Pharmacare

Opinion: Trudeau Liberals at universal pharmacare crossroads in Halifax

By Linda Silas, CFNU President Published in the Chronicle Herald on April 17, 2018 Liberal party members from across the country are in Halifax this weekend for the party’s final national convention before the next federal election. Observers are watching closely, hoping to gain insight into the policies that will form the Liberal platform in […]

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February 28, 2018
Federal Budget Pharmacare

Joint letter to Prime Minister Trudeau on Finance Minister Bill Morneau's comment on pharmacare

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, Canadian Labour Congress and Canadian Doctors for Medicare are calling on Finance Minister Bill Morneau to recuse himself from the pharmacare file. In a joint letter sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today, the three organizations express dismay over comments made today by Minister Morneau […]

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November 17, 2017
Pharmacare

Powerful video shows loss of life without pharmacare

As part of the national campaign for universal pharmacare, the Canadian Labour Congress has just launched a powerful new video telling the story of Judy Pope, a Cambridge, Ontario woman forced to make an impossible choice: pay for medication that would prolong her life, or keep her family’s finances and home intact. A cancer-fighting medication had kept […]

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August 31, 2017
Labour Day Pharmacare

Pharmacare campaign - Labour Day September 4

  Canada-wide Pharmacare campaign was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress on Labour Day September 4, 2017. Download CFNU’s Labour Day ad on Pharmacare in PDF format (the CFNU jointly with CUPE, Unifor and SEIU).

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May 12, 2017
Mental Health Pharmacare Violence

Proud nurses and union activists in Toronto for 28th Constitutional Convention of the CLC

Over 140 proud nurses and strong union activists from across Canada met in Toronto this week for the Canadian Labour Congress Convention. The theme of the 28th Constitutional Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress was ‘Together for a Fair Future.” View the whole agenda including speaker bios here. On Monday May 8, 2017, the first […]

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March 28, 2017
Pharmacare

Petition to the Government of Canada for National Pharmacare

Canada’s nurses encourage the citizens and residents of Canada, to sign the petition that calls upon the Government of Canada to: 1. Implement through a Federal law, a Pan-Canadian Universal Pharmacare Plan, in this 42nd Parliament; and 2. Implement a National Formulary for medically necessary drugs including a drug monitoring agency providing regulations and oversight […]

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March 21, 2017
Mental Health Pharmacare Safe Staffing

10 things unions are looking for in Budget 2017

After the Trudeau government introduced its first budget last year, Canada’s unions were optimistic, but knew that much more would be needed to really build a fairer and more prosperous Canada. Infrastructure funding, and improvements to EI and the Guaranteed Income Supplement for seniors emerged as highlights in the 2016 budget. But working Canadians and […]

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