Nurses and other healthcare workers in the frontlines of Ontario’s COVID-19 pandemic – especially in long term care, but increasingly in other sectors – are experiencing trauma. This is the result of sheer exhaustion, insufficient and late government action leading to escalating spread of COVID-19, episodes of public disregard for the necessary rules to contain the virus, and the excruciating loss of lives. And there is more – the muzzling of healthcare workers’ voices.
RNAO has been particularly active in recent months addressing structural inequities that led to vulnerable populations suffering the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. RNAO is adding its voice to a campaign launched in June supported by hundreds of progressive organizations in Canada calling for a just and sustainable recovery from COVID-19.
Are you a fan of salsa or Latin culture?
Tune in on Saturday, July 18 at 6 p.m. ET and Sunday, July 19 at 7 p.m. ET (encore performance) for the virtual TD Salsa in Toronto Festival. The festival is Canada’s largest celebration of Latin culture and will feature musical performances, dance class instructions, culture parade features and a lot of dancing!
RNAO’s push for family reunification continued this week by laying out a step-by-step process by which LTC homes can bring this about in a safe, humane and responsible way.
Dr. Denise Gestaldo has brought to our attention the struggle of Zimbabwean nurses. On 6 July, the Zimbabwean government arrested 13 nurses at the Harare hospital. They were protesting their deteriorating pay and working conditions. Those nurses have since been released on bail -- but have been dismissed from their jobs. With the inflation rate hovering around 1000%, the cost of living has risen so rapidly that public sector salaries are now almost worthless.
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