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November 27, 2020
Violence

Statement on the sentencing of NB man who brutally assaulted two nurses

Earlier today, a New Brunswick judge handed down a sentence in the case of Randy Van Horlick, the Acadieville man who who brutally assaulted an RN and LPN in March 2019. Van Horlick will serve six months incarceration and two years of probation. The case was a shocking and grim reminder of the violence that […]

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October 20, 2020
Violence

After two workers injured as a result of workplace violence, employer gets slap on the wrist

After failing to adequately protect health care workers from violence, one Ontario hospital has received a slap on the wrist: a fine of $80,000. The Ontario Court of Justice imposed the fine, late last week, following a guilty plea by Southlake Hospital in Newmarket, Ontario. The case stemmed from a January 2019 incident that left […]

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July 11, 2019
Media Release Violence

Nurses to premiers: Violence in health care demands action

MEDIA RELEASE Nurses to premiers: Violence in health care demands action July 11, 2019 (SASKATOON, SK) – A panel of experts on the mounting crisis of violence against health care workers presented to Canada’s provincial and territorial premiers this morning at an event coinciding with the Council of the Federation summit in Saskatoon. Co-sponsored by […]

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July 10, 2019
Saskatchewan Violence

Opinion: Premiers must act to end rampant violence in health care

This opinion editorial was originally published in the Regina Leader-Post and Saskatoon StarPhoenix on July 10, 2019. Opinion: Premiers must act to end rampant violence in health care Tracy Zambory and Linda Silas Canada’s provincial and territorial premiers are assembling in Saskatoon this week for their annual summit, and nurses unions from across the country […]

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July 9, 2019
Canadian Labour Congress Violence

A historic step towards greater protections for workers around the world

On June 21, 2019, Canada’s unions joined workers everywhere in celebrating the historic adoption of a new International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention and Recommendation addressing violence and harassment in the world of work. After over a year of negotiations with governments, employers, and workers, the Centenary International Labour Conference adopted the new framework at its convention in Geneva. […]

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July 9, 2019
Media Advisory Violence

Nurses will urge premiers at summit to end health care violence

MEDIA ADVISORY Nurses will urge premiers at summit to end health care violence July 9, 2019 (SASKATOON, SK) – Nurses union leaders from across the country will call on Canada’s provincial and territorial premiers to take action to end the pervasive and worsening workplace violence crisis affecting health care workers. Last month, Canada’s parliamentary health committee […]

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June 20, 2019
Media Release Violence

Parliament moves to end violence in health care sector

MEDIA RELEASE Nurses praise parliamentary report on violence in health care June 20, 2019 (OTTAWA, ON) – Canada’s nurses are eager for meaningful action following the first parliamentary study into violence against health care workers. A report by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health, released yesterday afternoon, makes a number of recommendations championed by […]

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June 28, 2017
Violence

Workplace abuse comes at steep cost for nurses, taxpayers

By JARED LINDZON The Globe and Mail Published Tuesday, Jun. 27, 2017 4:00PM EDT Despite having one of the most demanding jobs in the country, nurses remain without many of the protections and safety standards enjoyed by other public service workers, and it’s costing Canadian taxpayers billions. Sixty-one per cent of nurses say they have experienced […]

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June 8, 2017
safe patient care Violence

CFNU President unveils new survey results and report showing safe patient care declining, workplace violence increasing – many nurses considering leaving their jobs

June 8, 2017 (CALGARY) – A new national survey of Canada’s nurses, released today in conjunction with the CFNU’s discussion paper, Enough Is Enough: Putting a Stop to Violence in the Health Care Sector, shows that the majority believe patient safety is declining, or not improving, and workplace violence in health care is a serious […]

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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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