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March 22, 2024
Long-term care Safe Staffing Statement

Statement on new provincial continuing care regulations in Alberta

Silas: Standards of care are needed to protect patients and residents. Canada’s nurses echo the concerns raised by the United Nurses of Alberta on new provincial continuing care regulations. “As many jurisdictions are moving towards models of nurse-patient ratios aimed at improving patient care and retaining nurses, what we seem to be seeing in Alberta […]

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September 17, 2021
Health Human Resources Media Release Nursing Shortage Safe Staffing

Canada’s nurses hold national day of action to highlight nursing crisis

September 17, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – Nurses, health care workers and their supporters are participating in a national day of action today, protesting the lack of government action to fix the critical nursing shortage and make urgently needed improvements to Canada’s beleaguered health care system. The day of action was called by the Canadian Federation of Nurses […]

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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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May 12, 2021
Blog Long-term care Safe Staffing

Silas: It’s Time to Reimagine Aging in Canada

As we mark National Nursing Week amidst an ongoing global pandemic, many across Canada recognize the successes and commemorate the sacrifices nurses made in their tireless work caring for our loved ones, including our most vulnerable seniors. We’ve known for many years that Canada’s population is aging rapidly and that we face significant challenges in […]

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April 17, 2021
Blog Safe Staffing

Op-ed: Canada needs better health data infrastructure

The following opinion editorial (by Ivy Lynn Bourgeault and Linda Silas) first appeared in the Toronto Star on April 16, 2021. Canada needs better health data infrastructure to support our health care heroes Canada’s health workers have been here for all of us throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It is time for us to be there […]

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April 12, 2021
Long-term care Media Release Safe Staffing

Canada Needs Better Health Data Infrastructure to support our healthcare heroes

The following media release has been published by the Canadian Health Workforce Network. Canada needs better health data infrastructure to support our healthcare heroes Associations, unions, networks and researchers call on federal government to invest in data infrastructure to better plan for and support the health workforce (Ottawa, ON) — More than 60 researchers, educators, […]

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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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May 17, 2017
Safe Staffing

National expert of safe RN staffing speaks to MHAs

The Registered Nurses’ Union Newfoundland and Labrador (RNU) hosted a breakfast Tuesday for 15 MHAs and others to hear from from Mike Villeneuve, a nurse leader known nationally for his work in health system policy and the future of nursing.  “Today, we presented extensive research on the impact of RN staffing,” said RNU president Debbie […]

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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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