2014 ONA Biennial Convention
Toronto - September 19, 2014

The Ontario Nurses' Association's 2014 Biennial Convention will take place from Monday, November 17 to Friday, November 21. Please check back again soon for important updates and registration details.

ONA congratulates Paul Cavalluzzo on his appointment to the Order of Canada
Toronto - September 12, 2014

ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, is pleased to congratulate esteemed labour lawyer Paul Cavalluzzo on his appointment to the Order of Canada.

Update Sept. 9 Travel-related Illnesses including Ebola
Ontario - September 09, 2014

Recent traveler-related infectious disease alerts have been issued from Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health and Public Health Ontario. The alerts include information on Ebola (Viral Hemorrhagic Fever), the Measles and MERS-CoV. Please read the alerts, including directions for health-care workers.

Donate now: help fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa
- September 05, 2014

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions  - in which the Ontario Nurses' Association is a member - has made two generous donations in the fight against the Ebola outbreak in Africa.

2014 Elections for ONA Vice-Presidents with Portfolio
- September 04, 2014

The cut-off for receipt of nominations for Vice-Presidents with Portfolio for the 2014 ONA provincial election has passed. There will be elections in Regions 1 and 3. See who the candidates are here.

To PM Harper: Launch a public inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls
Ontario - September 03, 2014

Send an email to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and tell him to launch an inquiry into Canada's missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.

You're Invited: Join ONA in Celebrating Pride in Timmins!
Timmins - August 29, 2014

Timmins is holding its first ever Pride Week, September 2-7, 2014. Members, staff, family and friends are invited to join ONA's Timmins office as they march in the Pride Parade on September 6.

Update Aug. 28 Read the latest edition of HOOPP's Pensions in Perspective newsletter here
Ontario - August 28, 2014

The summer edition of HOOPP's stakeholder newsletter Pensions in Perspective is now available for viewing online here.

Are you a recently graduated RN? Complete this survey for the chance to WIN a $300 gift certificate.
Ontario - August 25, 2014

Newly registered RNs who complete the Nursing Competence Self-Efficacy Scale (NCSES) survey  could win a $300 gift certificate to Future Shop or Winners.

New CFNU Report: A Roadmap to a Rational Pharmacare Policy in Canada
Canada - August 21, 2014

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions has released a new report highlighting four practical reforms which would improve our access to prescription drugs.

Attention Trillium Registered Nurses
Ontario - August 20, 2014

Attention Trillium Registered Nurses: Important Wage Information

You’re Invited: Join with ONA this Labour Day!
Toronto - August 14, 2014

On September 1, we invite all of our members, staff, friends and family to join with us and local unions in celebrating workers’ contributions to the labour movement at Toronto's Annual Labour Day Parade.

Canadian Nurses Join Protest in Detroit Citing Public Health Emergency
Detroit - July 18, 2014

Canadian nurses are traveling to Detroit to join US-based nurses and members of dozens of local, national, and even international organizations in a big march and rally in Detroit, Michigan, Friday in a stepped up protest against the city’s decision to shut off water to thousands of Detroit residents. The Canadian delegation includes nurses from London and Windsor, Ontario, members of the Ontario Nurses' Association, which is part of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, representing 200,000 nurses and students in Canada.

Thank you - ONA celebrates World Pride - See photos from the Pride Parade
Ontario - July 07, 2014

The photos are in: See ONA's presence at the Pride Parade on June 29!

Bargaining Updates
Toronto - July 07, 2014

Find important nursing homes bargaining updates here.

Read the June Board Highlights now
Ontario - June 27, 2014

Read the June 2014 Board of Director highlights now.

Day of Action at Queen's Park on July 8: Speak Out Against Private Clinics!
Ontario - June 25, 2014

ONA members and staff are invited to join the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) for a Day of Action against Private Clinics at Queen’s Park on July 8.  Come and help put pressure on the Premier to stop private clinics before it is too late!

National Aboriginal Day is June 21
Ontario - June 20, 2014

ONA is proud to join with individuals and organizations across Canada celebrating National Aboriginal Day and recognizing the achievements and contributions of Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Read Action Items and Highlights from the June PCM
Ontario - June 16, 2014

Read the June 2014 highlights and action plan from the Provincial Coordinators Meeting. Watch videos that were shown at the PCM and see the work of your union in action.

June 1 is Injured Workers' Day
Ontario - May 27, 2014

The Ontario Nurses' Association stands with individuals and organizations across Ontario to honour those who have been injured or died on the job. 

It's time to care: Giant Rock-in Chair Tour
Ontario - May 23, 2014

The Ontario Health Coalition has launched a new campaign, "It's Time To Care: Giant 'Rock-in' Chair Tour." The campaign aims to make inroads to improve long-term care in Ontario. The OHC is calling to set a minimum care staffing standard of four hours of hands-on care per day for each resident. In addition, improvements in access and a reduction in wait times are also part of the campaign's goals.
 

International Day Against Homophobia 2014
Ontario - May 16, 2014

On May 17, ONA marks the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

June 12 is Provincial Election Day
Ontario - May 14, 2014

On June 12, Ontarians will go to the polls to elect a new provincial government. Please check this page often for election updates and information.

Celebrate Nursing Week 2014!
Ontario - May 12, 2014

Check out our photos from Nursing Week 2014. Please send yours in to webmaster@ona.org

Register now for the June 2014 Provincial Coordinators Meeting (PCM)
- May 07, 2014

The 2014 June Provincial Coordinators Meeting (PCM) will be held on Tuesday, June 10 and Wednesday, June 11 from 0900 to 1630. An education day is being offered on Thursday, June 12 from 0800 to 1130. Pre-register online now!

Wear white on May 12 for the Global Nurses United Day of Action
Ontario - May 05, 2014

Wear white on May 12 and show solidarity with nurses around the world speaking up for safer staffing and patient care.

May 1st is International Workers' Day
Ontario - May 01, 2014

International Workers’ Day or "May Day" began in July 1889 when delegates to the International Workers’ Congress, held in Paris, called upon workers around the world to hold a one-day demonstration to fight for the eight-hour work day.

May is National Physiotherapy Month
Ontario - May 01, 2014

ONA is proud to celebrate National Physiotherapy Month in May, recognizing the work that physiotherapists do improving the health and well-being of Canadians.

Read the April Board of Director Highlights
Ontario - April 24, 2014

Find out what key decisions were made at the April Board of Directors meeting. Highlights include: an update to our More Nurses Campaign, information about the Hospital Arbitration, travel-related illnesses and much more.

The facts about wage settlements in the public and private sectors: 2013
Ontario - April 11, 2014

While the Tim Hudak-led Progressive Conservatives would have the public believe that public-sector workers like you enjoy a far higher standard of living than your private-sector counterparts, recently released collective bargaining highlights from the Ministry of Labour note just the opposite.

Day of Mourning 2014
Ontario - April 10, 2014

On April 28, the Ontario Nurses' Association joins with thousands of Ontarians to honour workers who have died, been injured or made ill as a result of their work.

Register now for the Health and Safety Caucus: Driving your workplace health & safety agenda
Ontario - April 07, 2014

Registration is now open for the Spring Health and Safety Caucus. Learn how you can make health and safety changes happen in your workplace.

Measles: What you need to know about the recent cases
Ontario - April 02, 2014

The Associate Medical Officer of Health in Hamilton has issued a medical advisory related to an investigation of a second case of measles linked to the recent travel-related case reported in the news this week.  The advisory contains information on the exposure sites and direction to continue precautions with patients who have respiratory symptoms.

In Memoriam: Anne Gribben, RN, ONA's founding CEO
Ontario - April 01, 2014

Ontario Nurses' Association members, staff and colleagues mourn the loss of Anne Gribben, RN, ONA's founding Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Gribben passed away on March 28, 2014.

Nursing Students: Tell your MPP that new nurses don't deserve to be paid less
Ontario - March 30, 2014

In hospital bargaining with the Ontario Nurses' Association, the Ontario Hospital Association proposed a three-per-cent rollback in wages for new nurses. This rollback will likely drive many talented new nurses away from the profession -- and the province. Tell your MPP that this proposal is unacceptable.

March 2014 PCM Wrap-up
Toronto - March 28, 2014

The March Provincial Coordinators Meeting took place on March 18 and 19 with an education day on March 20. If you missed, read the President's Report and watch the PCM Precis video which highlights key events from the meeting.

March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Ontario - March 21, 2014

ONA recognizes the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination as part of the global fight against racism and racial discrimination.

International Day of La Francophonie
Ontario - March 20, 2014

ONA celebrates the French language and culture on March 20, the International Day of La Francophonie.

Join us March 31 to mark the National Day of Action for a New Health Accord!
Ontario - March 18, 2014

Join  ONA members, colleagues and supporters on March 31 as people across Canada mark the National Day of Action for a New Health Accord. Dozens of events are taking place in support of a new federal Health Accord.

Hundreds attend rally at Queen's Park for More Nurses!
Toronto - March 13, 2014

The Ontario Nurses' Association organized a rally as part of our More Nurses Campaign at Queen's Park. Take a look at the photos - lots of support and solidarity! Hundreds attended to show their support for more nurses!

International Women's Day 2014
Ontario - March 07, 2014
On International Women’s Day (IWD), the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is proud to celebrate the achievements of women and recognize the progress that has only been made possible through their struggles.
Read the February Board Highlights
Ontario - March 05, 2014

Want to find out what decisions were made at the ONA Board of Directors meeting in February? Read the highlights and learn about ONA's priorities going forward, key decisions, regional reports and portfolio reports.

Social Work Week 2014
Ontario - March 03, 2014

The Ontario Nurses' Association is pleased to celebrate the excellent contributions of social workers during Social Work Week 2014! 

Feb. 28 is International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day
Toronto - February 20, 2014

February 28, 2014 will be the 15th annual International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day, which is dedicated to RSI education and prevention.

Hospital Sector Bargaining Update posted February 13, 2014
Ontario - February 13, 2014

Please read an update from the Hospital Central Negotiating Team (HCNT) regarding the status of hospital bargaining.

Register now for the March Provinical Coordinators Meeting (PCM)
Toronto - February 12, 2014

Registration is now open for the March Provincial Coordinators Meeting on March 18 and 19 with a half-day education session on March 20.

See the election results for the Nursing Homes Central Negotiation Team
Ontario - February 11, 2014

The election results are in for the 2014 Nursing Homes Central Negotiation Team. Find out who is representing you at the bargaining table.

ONA Launches Major Campaign: More Nurses!
Ontario - February 10, 2014

The Ontario Nurses' Association's major pre-election campaign to inform Ontarians that more nurses are needed in our health-care system was launched on Monday, February 10. Please be sure to visit our campaign website www.morenurses.ca often as information is updated regularly.

Read important info about H7N9 Avian Influenza
Toronto - February 07, 2014

Read important information regarding the Avian Influenza A H7N9, including guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Arlene King.

Black History Month 2014
- January 31, 2014

In February the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) joins with workers across the province to celebrate Black History Month and honour the contributions of black Canadians- past and present.

Apply for ONA's Novice and Advanced Leadership Conferences
Ontario - January 08, 2014

The Ontario Nurses' Association is offering two leadership conferences -- one for Novice and one for Advanced leaders -- this June in London. Both conferences will be held concurrently from June 2 to 6 at the London Hall, Western University. The deadline for submitting your application is February 28.

Nursing Homes Central Negotiation Team election
- December 16, 2013

There will be elections in Regions 1, 2, and 3. A Ticket of Nominations with a mail-in ballot has been sent to all members in the nursing homes sector in these regions. The deadline for completed ballots to be received is 1630h ET on February 7, 2014.

Human Rights Day 2013
Toronto - December 10, 2013

The Ontario Nurses’ Association celebrates Human Rights Day 2013. Human Rights day is observed annually on this day because The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations’ (UN) General Assembly on December 10, 1948.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Toronto - December 04, 2013

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Toronto - December 03, 2013

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is on December 3. This year's theme is "Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society and development for all." Additionally, the United Nations developed sub-themes to celebrate this day.

Apply for an RNFOO bursary
Ontario - December 02, 2013

The Registered Nurses' Foundation of Ontario provides financial support for Ontario registered nurses and nursing students to help them further their educational studies, conduct nursing and health care research, and support community health initiatives. The RNFOO will be accepting applications for its bursary and awards program beginning on Dec. 16.

Details here!

December 1 is World AIDS Day
- November 30, 2013

December 1 is World AIDS Day. This day, which started in 1988, has become one of the most recognized international health days. It is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness and to celebrate advancements in prevention efforts and in treatments of people with HIV/AIDS.

Read action items and highlights from the November PCM
Toronto - November 26, 2013

Read action points and highlights from the November 2013 Provincial Coordinators Meeting. Watch the November ONA In Action and PCM Precis videos.

Workers need to be fit-tested for new 3M 9210+ and 1870+ respirators
Ontario - November 19, 2013

At the end of this year, 3M will cease making the 9210 and 1870 respirators although they will be available for a time as distribution depletes their stock. Workers need to be fit-tested for the 3M 9210+ and 1870+ respirators even if you have been fit-tested on the old 9210 and 1870.

Nov. 19 update: Positive changes regarding Scrubbing In!
Ontario - November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013: Good news! MTV has agreed to take several helpful steps -- including airing Scrubbing In at a less prominent time -- to try to convey accurate information about nursing.

Celebrate National Nursing Students' Week
Ontario - November 14, 2013

The Ontario Nurses' Association celebrates National Nursing Students' Week from November 17-23, 2013. The Canadian Nursing Students' Association (CNSA) launched this special week to promote nursing students and the nursing profession.

Donate to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund
Ontario - November 13, 2013

The devastating typhoon damage in the Philippines will have resounding effects in the region. International relief efforts are now well underway through a number of organizations. Please donate to this worthy cause.

Novel Coronavirus (MeRS Cov) - Update Nov. 5
Toronto - November 05, 2013

November 5: The Provincial Infectious Disease Advisory Committee (PIDAC) released the following: Tools for Preparedness: Triage, Screening and Patient Management of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Infections in Acute Care Settings

Nursing Homes Central Negotiating Team - Call for Nominations
Ontario - November 04, 2013

The central nursing homes collective agreements expire June 30, 2014. As a result, it is time to initiate the process of electing a new Nursing Homes Central Negotiating Team and to make the call for nominations from members in nursing homes bargaining units.

The Rich and the Rest of Us: Hamilton
Hamilton - October 08, 2013

Join ONA members, members of other unions, and concerned community members on October 16 in Hamilton for The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Forum on Jobs, Inequality and the Future of Ontario—part of the All Together Now campaign.

Register now for the November Provincial Coordinators Meeting and HRE Caucus
Toronto - October 08, 2013

Registration is now open for the November Provincial Coordinators Meeting and the Human Rights and Equity Caucus.

Celebrate National Occupational Therapy Month
Ontario - September 30, 2013

National Occupational Therapy Month is celebrated each October. The Ontario Nurses' Association is proud to represent occupational therapists in several of our bargaining units across Ontario.
 

October is Women's History Month
Ontario - September 30, 2013

The Ontario Nurses' Association celebrates Women's History Month. Little known fact: Did you know that nurses were the first women in the Canadian military? Twelve women served in the Northwest Rebellion in 1885 as nurses in military hospitals.

Coming to your community: The Health Professionals job fair
Ontario - September 27, 2013

You're invited to attend the annual Health Professionals Recruitment job fair that connects health-care professionals with community representatives from underserviced areas across Ontario. Explore your opportunities!

Major ONA Win: Liability Insurance Fight Over!
Ontario - September 20, 2013

On Sept. 19, 2013, the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) Council approved a bylaw about liability insurance coverage. This means you will continue to be covered by the ONA Liability Insurance Plan along with what your employer offers, and you will not be obligated to purchase additional liability insurance.

Sign up for oncology care education by the de Souza Institute
Ontario - September 13, 2013

The de Souza Institute is offering many courses in oncology, palliative and cancer care. Visit its website to learn more about the Institute and how you can sign up.

Take Action: Global Day of Action on Sept 17
Ontario - September 13, 2013

The Ontario Nurses' Association is proud to support the Global Day of Action on September 17. This Day of Action will draw attention to and step up the fight against the devastating effects of austerity measures that are putting millions of people around the world at risk.

Labour inspectors looking for musculoskeletal disorders
Ontario - September 04, 2013

Ministry of Labour Inspectors are visiting health care workplaces in September and October and are checking for hazards that can lead to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

President and First Vice-President acclaimed to new two-year term
Toronto - September 04, 2013

ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, and First Vice-President Vicki McKenna, RN, have been acclaimed to their positions for another two-year term, for 2014 and 2015.

Researchers Looking for Participants for Employee Interactions Survey
- August 28, 2013

This study, conducted in online survey format, examines factors thought to influence whether a workplace situation is perceived to be harassment.

Update on Sandoz Medication Shortage
Toronto - August 21, 2013

In response to the Sandoz medication shortage, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care formed a group of stakeholders that includes ONA, representatives from all of the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) and several health care facilities. 

Walk with ONA on Labour Day
Toronto - August 09, 2013

Walk with ONA in the Toronto Labour Day Parade which will take place on Monday, Sept. 2. This year's parade theme is Champions of Fairness and Defenders of Rights. Show your support to the labour movement and help us wave our ONA flags!

ONA: Ensure the safety of our blood supply system
Toronto - July 30, 2013

Health Canada is looking into setting up for-profit clinics using paid plasma donors in Ontario. The Ontario Nurses' Association strongly objects to any such proposal. Read about this important issue here.

Liability Insurance Fight Almost Over
- July 12, 2013

This ONA News item provides an update to one of the cover stories in the June 2013 issue of Front Lines. Thanks to a letter writing campaign by ONA members, Ontario nurses will continue to be covered by the ONA Liability Insurance Plan along with what the employer offers, meaning there is no obligation to purchase additional personal liability insurance.

Call for nominations: President & First Vice-President
- July 10, 2013

Information regarding the nomination process to be followed for the provincial positions of President and First Vice-President is now available. The nomination deadline is September 3, 2013.

The facts about the defined benefit plans and other pension-related info
Toronto - July 05, 2013

Check out the one-pager Facts and Fiction produced by HOOPP about defined benefits today! Here's one of many examples: Fiction: All defined benefit plans are underfunded and not sustainable. Fact: HOOPP is 103 per cent funded and has assets of over $40 billion. HOOPP can deliver on the pension promise to members.

Hospital Central Negotiating Team Election Results
Toronto - July 04, 2013

See who will be representing you on the 2014 Hospital Central Negotiating Team.

Help protect Medicare: Attend the Shadow Summit July 24 and 25
Niagara on the Lake - July 02, 2013

Attend a mass rally in support of protecting Medicare! The rally coincides with the Council of the Federation meeting in Niagara on the Lake on July 24 and 25.

Update: Bill C-377 going back to the House of Commons
Ottawa - June 27, 2013

There's some good news from Ottawa, just in time for the Canada Day weekend. The Senate of Canada voted to amend Bill C-377 so it will not become law this summer. Instead, it will be sent back to the House of Commons for reconsideration by Members of Parliament in the fall.

Read highlights and action points from June's PCM
Toronto - June 26, 2013

Read highlights and action points from June's Provincial Coordinators Meeting held in Kingston in early June.

Walk or Ride with ONA in PRIDE Toronto 2013
- June 25, 2013

Join the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) Pride Toronto 2013 Contingent on Sunday, June 30 at 12:30 p.m.

College of Nurses of Ontario 2012 pass rates now posted
Toronto - June 11, 2013

The College of Nurses of Ontario has released the 2012 pass rates for each approved Ontario nursing program (registered nurses, nurse practitioners and registered practical nurses). This report also includes the total number of exam attempts and the pass rates on first-time writes.

Sign the petition to help striking Porter fuellers; Boycott Porter Airlines
- June 07, 2013

Support the Porter Airlines fuellers who have been on strike for 5 months trying to negotiate their first collective agreement.

Injured Workers' Day - June 1
Ontario - May 24, 2013

This Injured Workers’ Day marks the 30th anniversary of the day when more than 3,000 workers gathered at the Legislative Assembly to participate in public hearings on workers’ compensation and highlight the principle that injury should not mean poverty.

CFNU Convention
Toronto - May 14, 2013

The CFNU's 16th Biennial Convention runs from June 3-7 in Toronto. More than 800 nursing delegates from across Canada are attending this special event. The theme is Taking the Lead!, and the agenda includes education sessions, union business, resolutions and much more.

Elections for Hospital Central Negotiating Team
Toronto - May 14, 2013

The cut-off date for recept of nominations for regional full-time and part-time representatives to the Hospital Central Negotiating Team election has now passed. Find out who the candidates are in your region. Ballots must be received by June 28, 2013.

Register now for the June Provincial Coordinators Meeting (PCM)
Toronto - May 03, 2013

The 2013 June Provincial Coordinators Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 11 and Wednesday, June 12. An education day will be offered on Thursday, June 13 from 0800 to 1130.

Celebrate Nursing Week 2013!
Ontario - May 03, 2013

The Ontario Nurses' Association is proud to celebrate Nursing Week 2013. It is a time to recognize the year-round dedication and achievements of registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and registered practical nurses and Nurse Practitioners, and to increase awareness of their contributions to the well-being of Canadians. Nursing Week runs from May 6 to May 12.

May 1 is International Workers' Day
Toronto - May 01, 2013

May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, began in July 1889 when delegates to the International Workers’ Congress held in Paris called upon workers around the world to hold a one-day demonstration to fight for the eight-hour work day.

National nursing body releases statement regarding the role of RPNs in surgical pre-admission clinics
Orillia - April 26, 2013

The National Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses of Canada (NAPANc) has released a Position Statement regarding the role of RPNs in surgical pre-admission clinics.

ONA responds to proposed CNO amendment requiring members to provide email addresses
Toronto - April 25, 2013

The College of Nurses of Ontario is proposing amending a by-law requiring members to provide email addresses to the CNO. Ontario Nurses' Association President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, wrote a letter to CNO Executive Director and CEO Anne Coghlan expressing concerns about this amendment.
 

April 28 is the Day of Mourning
Toronto - April 17, 2013

Ontario will join more than 100 countries in marking April 28 as the day to commemorate workers who have died, been injured or made ill as a result of their work.

Read highlights and action points from the March Provincial Coordinators Meeting
Toronto - April 04, 2013

Read about ONA's new CEO/CAO and our new Director of Labour Relations - Contract Administration; how ONA is fighting against the attack on labour; commemorating the 10th anniversary of SARS; updates about central hospital bargaining, and more.

Register now for your Regional Health and Safety Caucus
Ontario - April 04, 2013

Registration for the 2013 Regional Health and Safety Caucus is now open. The theme is Health and Safety Activism... Building Knowledge and Capacity for Progress.

Hospital Central Negotiating Team - Call for Nominations
Toronto - April 02, 2013

The central hospital collective agreement will expire March 31, 2014. As a result, it is time to initiate the process of electing a new Hospital Central Negotiating Team and to make the call for nominations from members in hospital bargaining units.

Vote in the College of Nurses of Ontario Council Elections
Toronto - March 26, 2013

The College of Nurses of Ontario's (CNO) Council elections are now taking place. The Council makes decisions about how nursing is regulated and practised in Ontario. Council members are voted in by their peers and are elected to a three-year term. Be sure to vote - ballots must be received by the CNO by April 12, 2013.

ONA home page to change on March 26
Toronto - March 21, 2013

On March 26, a new home page that builds on the suggestions and ideas that came from our website users will be unveiled. Among the changes: a rotating spotlight section that highlights need-to-know info; ONA's social media links are more prominently featured; a quick links section, and much more.

Don't commercialize the Canadian blood system, says CFNU
Toronto - March 15, 2013

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions supports the Ontario Minister of Health's request to ask the Federal Minister of Health to refrain from approving licenses to for-profit blood agencies to expand the commercialization of the blood and plasma system. Read the letters here.

For hospital nurses: Changes in collective agreement effective April 1, 2013
Toronto - March 14, 2013

It's been a while since the Ontario Nurses' Association had negotiated improvements that become effective April 1, 2013. Please note the improvements and ensure that your employer implements them.

International Women's Day 2013
Toronto - March 07, 2013

On International Women’s Day (IWD) 2013, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is commemorating the achievements and progress made through the struggles of women.

ONA President Announces New Chief Executive Officer/Chief Administrative Officer
Toronto - March 06, 2013

I’m delighted to announce that the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) is welcoming our new Chief Executive Officer/Chief Administrative Officer (CEO/CAO) Michael Balagus. For the last nine years, Mr. Balagus was the Chief of Staff to two Manitoba Premiers responsible for coordinating political staff and acting as senior political advisor to the Premier, Cabinet and Caucus. He is both an experienced manager and political strategist.

Social Work Week: March 4-10
Toronto - March 04, 2013

The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) is pleased to celebrate the role and contributions of social workers during Social Work Week.

Register now for the March Provincial Coordinators Meeting (PCM)
Toronto - March 04, 2013

Register now for the March Provincial Coordinators Meeting (PCM). The meeting is on March 19 and 20 with a half-day education session on March 21. The meeting will take place in Toronto.

Are you attending the CFNU Convention in June? Register now!
Toronto - February 25, 2013

Registration is now open for the CFNU Convention which takes place from June 3-7 at the Westin Harbour Castle, One Harbour Square in Toronto. This is the CFNU's 16th Biennial Convention.

New policy brief: Supporting Double Duty Caregivers
Toronto - February 25, 2013

Read this brief that outlines recommendations to support double duty caregivers (health care workers who double-up as caregivers to older relatives). The brief lists several recommendations to support these workers including enhancing both workplace and home/community care supports. ONA has been involved in this research since 2003.

Sign up for the annual RSI-PLUS Awareness Day on Feb. 28
Sudbury - February 15, 2013

Register now for the OHCOW annual RSI-PLUS Awareness Day to be held on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 at Sudbury's Cambrian College eDome. Find out more details here!

For hospital RNs: Complete a survey to gauge quality of care
Toronto - February 13, 2013

Nurses from across Canada are being requested to voluntarily fill out a survey from the CBC that is intended to gauge quality of care. The CBC has guaranteed your total confidentiality. The deadline is February 18.

Attention nurses working in nursing resource teams or temporary nurse staffing agencies
Toronto - February 13, 2013

If you are a registered nurse or a registered practical nurse and you work for a temporary nurse staffing agency or a nursing resource team in Ontario, please take part in a 25-minute web survey led by the University of Toronto, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing.

Sign up now for the Feb. 14 Long-Term Care Teleconnect
Toronto - February 05, 2013

Entitled, "Abuse in Long-Term Care: Your Collective Agreement and the Long-Term Care Homes Act", this teleconnect will focus on the impact of the Long-Term Care Homes Act on ONA members as it pertains to allegations of resident abuse. Click for more details including how to register.

Find out about ONA's Novice and Advanced Leadership Conferences
Toronto - February 01, 2013

Two brand-new conferences -- one for novice leaders, the other for advanced leaders -- are taking place in London, Ontario next June. Find out more details including how to apply. Deadline for applying is February 8, 2013. Don't let this excellent opportunity pass you by!

Register for the Feb. 13 Human Rights and Equity Teleconnect
Toronto - January 30, 2013

Entitled "Personal Harassment and the Law," this teleconnect will provide an overview of the relevant legislative and contractual provisions regarding bullying and personal harassment and will review recent case law examining the workplace harassment and violence provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Register now!

Your one-stop shop to prepare for the Feb/March workplace violence blitz
Toronto - January 23, 2013

Ministry of Labour inspectors will be visiting health-care workplaces in February and March and will look at workplace violence and harassment prevention. ONA's health and safety specialists have put together the helpful information below to help you be prepared.

Sign up for the Jan. 21 Hospital Contract Interpretation Teleconnect
Toronto - January 08, 2013

Entitled, "Scheduling Issues: What does your Contract Say?", this teleconnect focuses on how the scheduling language was achieved, the challenges of dealing with scheduling issues and the differences in language. The target audiences for this teleconnect are hospital sector Bargaining Unit Presidents, Grievance Chairs and hospital bargaining unit leaders.

Take Action Now: Urge the CNA to retract its position on influenza immunization
Toronto - January 07, 2013

Send the Canadian Nurses Association's Board of Directors a message to urge them to rescind their position statement on influenza immunization of registered nurses. The case law has recognized that mandating health care workers to receive a vaccination is akin to an assault if the individual does not willingly consent to the vaccination, or does so under the threat of suspension.

ONA Offices - Holiday Closure
Toronto - December 21, 2012

The Ontario Nurses' Association's offices will be closed from Monday December 24 at noon and will reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. Happy holidays!

Apply today for an Registered Nurses' Foundation of Ontario scholarship
Toronto - December 21, 2012

The Registered Nurses' Foundation of Ontario (RNFOO) is now accepting applications for financial support to registered nurses and nursing students who want to continue their nursing education. Last year, 67 scholarships were awarded worth $95,000 in total. The deadline for applying is Monday, January 21, 2013.

RN Numbers Down in 2012 as Ontario continues to deprive the population of quality care
Toronto - December 20, 2012

The 2012 College of Nurses Membership Highlights were released in December. According to the new data, in the past year, the number of RNs employed only in nursing in Ontario fell by 844.

Now available: Your December edition of Front Lines
Toronto - December 17, 2012

Read about the launch of the new Value the Invaluable campaign, how a member's research may have "far-reaching" implication, download your copy of the Biennial report, including Biennial in photos, read an important Q-and-A about patient confidentiality and much more.

Important Notice for NPs from CNO regarding prescribing controlled substances
- December 17, 2012

The College of Nurses of Ontario has issued a question-and-answer document regarding Nurse Practitioners in Ontario prescribing controlled substances.

Registration is now open for the Local Coordinators and Treasurers Workshops
Toronto - December 12, 2012

Register now for the New Local Coordinator Workshop and Treasurers Workshop from January 21 to 23, 2013 in Toronto. Read the details here.

Don't use respiratory masks manufactured by Guangzhou Weini Technology
Toronto - December 10, 2012

Health Canada has issued this important notice regarding respiratory masks manufactured by Guangzhou Weini Technology (GWT). The notice states, in part, that NIOSH has recinded the N95 NIOSH certification of all GWT respiratory masks. Health care staff should not be using or promoting these masks.

Take Action Now! Urge your MP to vote against Bill C-377
Toronto - December 06, 2012

The Federal Conservatives are trying to push Bill C-377 through to a vote, which is expected to take place next Wednesday. The Canadian Bar Association says is unconstitutional, and the Privacy Commissioner says is an invasion of not only the personal privacy of Canadians, but also the commercial privacy of companies that do business with unions. Help to stop this Bill from passing!

Hold on to your ONA membership card
Toronto - December 03, 2012

In 2012, we issued permanent lifetime ONA membership cards to eligible members, meaning new cards will no longer be distributed at the beginning of each year. Should you have a change to your name or if you lose your card, we will issue a replacement card.

December 1 is World AIDS Day
Toronto - November 30, 2012

December 1 is World AIDS Day. This day, which started in 1988, has become one of the most recognized international health days. It is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness and to celebrate advancements in prevention efforts and in treatments of people with HIV/AIDS.

Attend an injured workers' rally on Dec. 14
Toronto - November 28, 2012

Show your support for injured workers and attend a rally on December 14 at 11 a.m. at the Ministry of Labour, 400 University Avenue in Toronto. Let's show the Ministry of Labour that we support injured workers!

ONA Leadership Development Program: Submit your EOI Form today
Toronto - November 27, 2012

We are still accepting Expression of Interest Forms for ONA's Leadership Development Program. There are still three seats to fill. The deadline for applying is November 30, 2012.

Biennial Convention - November 22
Toronto - November 23, 2012

Read highlights and see photos from Thursday's Biennial Convention.

Biennial Convention - November 21, 2012
Toronto - November 22, 2012

Read highlights and see photos from yesterday's Biennial Convention.

Biennial Convention - November 20, 2012
Toronto - November 21, 2012

Highlights from the Biennial Convention, November 20, 2012 including summaries, photos and video clips.

Human Rights & Equity Caucus - November 19, 2012
- November 19, 2012

Photos and video from Monday's Human Rights & Equity Caucus meeting at the site of the ONA 2012 Biennial Convention in Toronto.

Sign up today for two upcoming Teleconnects
Toronto - November 19, 2012

ONA's first ever Health and Safety Teleconnect will take place on November 27 from 1930 to 2100 hrs. The topic is Violence in the Workplace - Risk/Threats assessments. The Professional Practice Teleconnect, on December 10, is called Taking Back Our Work which will present information on how to empower nurses to find their voice and advocate for supportive and healthy work environments.

Celebrate National Nursing Student Week, Nov. 12-18
Toronto - November 12, 2012

The Ontario Nurses' Association celebrates National Nursing Student Week from November 12-18, 2012. The Canadian Nursing Students' Association launched this special week to promote nursing students and the nursing profession.

Attend a free OHS community symposium at Laurentian University
Sudbury - November 12, 2012

The Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health is holding a FREE community symposium on Thursday, December 6 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Taking place at Laurentian University, you will hear about recent research results from CROSH researchers and you can participate in a discussion about future research priorities.

Canadian Blood Services: Change in Donor Screening Model
Toronto - November 09, 2012

The Ontario Nurses' Association has been advised by our partner, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU), that Health Canada has removed the licensing conditions mandated as part of the pilot of the Donor Care Associate (DCA) model. The removal of conditions allows the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) to move forward with plans to expand the Donor Care Associate model nationally.

ONA marks its 40th Anniversary!
Toronto - November 01, 2012

On November 1, ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, joined the Board of Directors and ONA staff to mark the start of the union’s year-long 40th anniversary celebration. Linda spoke to the group under ONA’s newly installed anniversary banners. See photos and more details here!

Update: Vaccines back in use based on a review by Health Canada
Toronto - November 01, 2012

October 31 Update: Health Canada lifted the suspension on the two vaccines this morning after a review determined the vaccines remained safe to use.

Attend the Ontario Health Coalition's General Assembly & Conference
Toronto - October 29, 2012

The Ontario Health Coalition will hold its general assembly and conference on Nov. 17 and 18. Held at Hart House at the University of Toronto, this year's theme is "protecting health care in the face of austerity." Please visit the OHC website for more information including registration details.

Renew your College of Nurses of Ontario membership today
Toronto - October 29, 2012

The annual membership renewal process with the College of Nurses of Ontario is now open. Make sure you renew your CNO registration online before the December 31, 2012 deadline. Please don't delay: renew today!

Behind the Front Lines: Read the reality behind the reporting
Toronto - October 25, 2012

Read this well-written publication that provides a recap and critical look at health care news and the reality behind the reporting from the viewpoint of front-line Ontario registered nurses. Download it today!

ONA celebrates National Respiratory Therapy Week
Toronto - October 18, 2012

Respiratory Therapists Week is celebrated annually during the last week of October. The Ontario Nurses' Association is proud of the work our registered respiratory therapist members do each day in health care.

Support Algoma Public Health Nurses
Sault Ste. Marie - October 17, 2012

Sixty-eight Algoma Public Health nurses could be locked out of work on Nov. 1. It's flu season and we need the community's nurses providing vaccinations. Tell the Algoma Board of Health to keep the community's nurses at work.

Extra, Extra! Front Lines magazine now online. Read it now!
Toronto - October 17, 2012

Read the October issue of ONA's members' publication and keep in-the-loop of the work of our union. Please be sure to complete the Front Lines survey (a pop-up window on the page) so we can find out how we're doing.

Complete survey on retention of home care nurses
Toronto - October 15, 2012

Ann Tourangeau and a group of researchers from the University of Toronto received funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care to complete the study: Promoting Retention of Ontario Home Care Nurses. They are examining reasons why home care nurses are choosing to remain in or leave their jobs in the home care sector.

Complete ONA eLearning courses = Donations to charity
Toronto - October 11, 2012

ONA has launched an innovative campaign that combines education with charity. When an ONA member completes an eLearning course and registers on ONA's Facebook page under the eLearning tab, ONA will donate funds to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. It's win-win!

Act Now! Send a Message to the Premier to Reject the Protecting Public Services Act
Toronto - October 04, 2012

Send an e-mail to the Premier and your MPP to reject the draft Protecting Public Services Act. ONA believes that we have the legal and constitutional right to collectively negotiate our working conditions with our employers. The proposed legislation rips up that democratic right. We cannot and will not stand back and let that happen!

October is Women's History Month
Toronto - October 01, 2012

The Ontario Nurses' Association celebrates Women's History Month. The Government of Canada announced that this year's Women's History Month theme is Strong Girls, Strong Canada: Leaders from the Start.

Be prepared: Autumn safety blitzes target infection prevention and control in health-care workplaces
Toronto - October 01, 2012

Ministry of Labour inspectors will be conducting "blitzes" and visiting health-care workplaces in October and November to ensure that the workplaces have proper infection prevention and control safeguards in place.

Important information: Novel Cornavirus
Toronto - September 28, 2012

A new coronavirus has emerged in the Middle East, but we are aware of no evidence of its appearance in North America at this time. Please read this important information about it.

Apply for a subsidy to attend the Human Rights & Equity Caucus on Nov. 19
Toronto - September 24, 2012

Apply for a subsidy to attend the Human Rights & Equity Caucus on November 19. Please note that we have adjusted the date for subsidy submissions to September 28, 2012.

ONA urges rejection of sale of Shouldice to for-profit corporation
Toronto - September 21, 2012

The Ontario Nurses' Association urges the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to reject the sale of Shouldice to Centric Health Corporation, a TSX-listed for-profit company controlled by U.S.-based Global Healthcare Investments & Solutions.

Sign up for Oct. 10 conference that will help launch the mental injuries toolkit
Toronto - September 13, 2012

A mental injuries toolkit will be launched October 10 at a day-long conference co-sponsored by ONA and hosted at Sudbury’s Cambrian College E-dome. ONA member Pamela Mancuso and ONA staff person Tricia Sadoway are featured presenters at the conference.

Take Action Now: Send a message to your MPP to protest Bill 115
Toronto - September 06, 2012

Support teachers and education workers in their efforts to protect the democratic right to collective bargaining for all of us. Act now! Send an e-mail to your MPP to protest Bill 115 -- legislation that will impose a contract on Ontario teachers.

2012 Elections for ONA Vice-Presidents with Portfolio
Toronto - September 06, 2012

The cutoff for receipt of nominations for Vice-Presidents with Portfolio for the 2012 ONA provincial election has passed. Please check here for the names of the nominees for Region 1 and for the acclaimed Vice-Presidents.

REMINDER Sept. 6 teleconnect: Information about the fall Local elections
Toronto - September 05, 2012

For Local and Bargaining Unit leaders, this teleconnect is intended to prepare you for the upcoming fall elections. Among the topics: clarifying the Constitutional requirements of the election process, the step-by-step process outlined in the revised Guide to Local Elections and much more. Sign up today!

Sign up for the September 17 Professional Practice Teleconnect
- August 29, 2012

During this one-hour session, ONA's Professional Practice Specialists will explain the new College of Nurses (CNO) Practice Guidelines pertaining to the utilization of RNs, RPNs and Unregulated Care Providers (UCPs). Strategies on how to effectively utilize these documents in the Professional Responsibility Clause process to challenge inappropriate changes in staff skill mix will be discussed.

REMINDER: Human Rights & Equity Teleconnect is Sept. 11!
- August 28, 2012

This teleconnect is based, in part, on a research study conducted by the Canadian Federation of Nurses with the goal of creating mutual understanding and respect among the diverse generations of nurses. ONA Region 3 Vice-Presisdent Andy Summers, RN, who is responsible for the Board of Directors Human Rights and Equity portfolio, will be the moderator. 

Come to the rally on Tuesday to defend our democratic right to collective bargaining
- August 23, 2012

Join nurses, teachers, and other concerned Ontarians on Tuesday, August 28, 12:00 p.m., at Queen's Park in Toronto to defend our democratic right to collectively negotiate our working conditions.

You're invited to participate in the Labour Day Parade
Toronto - August 21, 2012

Labour Day is Monday, September 3. Please join ONA in the Toronto Labour Day Parade and show your support and solidarity. Meet at 9 a.m. at the northeast corner of University Avenue and Queen Street West. Look for the ONA flag!

ONA responds to proposal to allow pharmacists to administer influenza vaccine
Toronto - August 21, 2012

The Ontario Nurses’ Association has many concerns with a new amendment to Bill 179 draft regulation proposal that would authorize pharmacists to administer the influenza vaccine to patients aged five years and older. Among the concerns: patient safety, record sharing and costs. Read ONA's official response here.

Hot off the Press: Read the August issue of Front Lines
Toronto - August 16, 2012

Read about how ONA won the interest arbitration fight, a member reflects on the strike that was, how ONA education results in positive changes in ER, managing your rights around attendance management programs and much more. Plus, read our special features section: 10 years after SARS: how ONA is leading the charge around workplace safety.

Call for Nominations: Regional Vice-Presidents with Portfolio
Toronto - August 16, 2012

There is a call for nominations for the positions of Regional Vice-President with Portfolio. The term of these positions is from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2014. The nomination form and all supporting documents must be submitted to the Ontario Nurses' Association by Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 4 p.m.

Register for Sept. 13 Teleconnect: Long-term Care funding: The impact on staffing
Toronto - August 13, 2012

This teleconnect will focus on the impact of the changes in the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care funding on ONA members in the sector. The discussion will include: how the job security language in the collective agreements was achieved, how to enforce the language, and how to ensure the 24/7 RN staffing requirement can be enforced.

Local Elections Information
Toronto - August 01, 2012

Welcome to ONA's Local & Bargaining Unit Elections page. This is your one-stop shop for information, forms, dates and details about running your Local election this fall. This page will be updated regularly, so please check back again soon.

Hold the Date: Mental Injuries Toolkit Conference
Toronto - July 25, 2012

Stress from work is on the rise. As such, a toolkit that will provide information and tools for health and safety activites to help combat psychosocial hazards is being developed. The launch of the toolkit is October 10. Find out more details here.

Registered nurses across Canada call on Prime Minister Harper to meet the Premiers
Halifax - July 25, 2012

ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, and First Vice-President Vicki McKenna are in Halifax at the Council of the Federation meeting to urge the Premiers to champion a health accord and bring the federal government back to the table.

For London Health Sciences Centre University Hospital ONA Members
Toronto - July 12, 2012

Please complete the "Have-A-Say" Bargaining Questionnaire to let your negotiations team know what your priorities are for your first collective agreement.

ONA's Leadership Development Program seeking prospective participants
Toronto - July 11, 2012

ONA's Leadership Development Program 2012-13 will consist of 10 female participants from ONA’s designated groups: members of Aboriginal descent, racialized members, lesbian/gay/bisexual/ transgender members, members with disabilities, and Francophone members. The deadline for applying is July 15, 2012.

Apply for Late Career Nursing Initiative Funding
Toronto - July 09, 2012

The Nursing Secretariat has announced the Call for Applications for funding for the 2012/13 Late Career Nurse Initiative (LCNI), which assists organizations with retaining late career nurses (LCNs). The deadline for applying is July 31.

ONA supports the 59 Cents Campaign
Toronto - June 27, 2012

The Ontario Nurses' Association supports the 59 Cents Campaign. This initiative raises awareness to the dangerous cuts to the refugee health care program (Interim Federal Health Program). The idea is to send 59 cents to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to petition against the changes to the Program. Find out more and support this campaign today!

You're invited to Join ONA in the Toronto Pride Parade
Toronto - June 24, 2012

Several major events are scheduled across the province to celebrate Pride. These events are important for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgendered, intersexual, queer, questioning and 2-spirited communities. It is a time when our voices are heard and our presence as part of the broader community is recognized. Please join ONA in the Toronto Pride Parade.

Attention Local 238 Members: Halton Healthcare Services
Toronto - June 21, 2012

The Ontario Nurses' Association Board of Directors has made a decision that the Halton sites including Georgetown now all amalgamate into Local 238. Please read about the local election process, how to receive the nomination forms, and where they should be sent. Deadline is July 12.

Nominations open for CARE Centre Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Award
Toronto - June 21, 2012
Nominations are now open until August 17 for the annual CARE Centre Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Award. IEN stands for Internationally Educated Nurse and the award was established in 2011 to honour the late Dr. Joan Lesmond, a nursing leader who championed access to the nursing profession.
ONA celebrates National Aboriginal Day
Toronto - June 21, 2012

The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) is celebrating the 17th National Aboriginal Day on June 21. This is an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements and contributions made by Canada's aboriginal peoples: First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

Read the highlights from the June Provincial Coordinators Meeting
Toronto - June 18, 2012

The June Provincial Coordinators Meeting took place on June 5 and 6 in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Read about how ONA supports nursing students and a challenge to Locals, an account of the Handimand-Norfolk Public Health Nurses who where forced to strike, the organizing success of University Hospital of London Health Sciences Centre, and much more.

Sign up for the June 19 Human Rights & Equity Teleconnect
Toronto - June 14, 2012

This teleconnect will provide an overview of the many aspects of employers' attendance management programs as well as the principles and case law underlying these programs. ONA Human Rights and Equity Vice-President Andy Summers is the moderator.

Hospital Bargaining Unit Leaders: Sign up for June 25 Contract Interpretation Teleconnect
Toronto - June 13, 2012

This teleconnect will focus on how the job posting language was achieved; challenges dealing with job posting issues, what to do when faced with job posting grievances, and much more.

ONA President speaks at Standing Committee on Bill 55
Toronto - June 12, 2012

ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, made a presentation about ONA's submission on Bill 55 to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. Follow the link to read ONA's submission.  

Read the June edition of Front Lines
Toronto - June 12, 2012

Read about: Forced strike of Haldimand-Norfolk Public Health Nurses ends; Member feels like "an angel" after medical mission; North York General Hospital nurses head quality of worklife initiatives; Barriers to reporting sexual assault in the workplace; Nursing Week wrap-up and much more!

CFNU releases report on continuing care
Toronto - June 11, 2012

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) has released a report based on the National Discussion on Continuing Care, a meeting that was held on March 8. The meeting brought together more than 80 people passionate about improving continuing care in Canada. Follow the link to read a summary report, the PowerPoint presentations and much more.

Take action: Hands off HLDAA! Send a message to the government about interest arbitration
Toronto - June 05, 2012

The Ontario Nurses' Association is very concerned about the impact on the recruitment and retention of nurses from the attack on interest arbitration in the health care sector in Bill 55. Please act now: send your own message now to urge your MPP to speak up for protecting nurses and quality patient care and remove the proposed changes to HLDAA.

ONA supports Black Out Speak Out Campaign
Toronto - June 04, 2012

The Ontario Nurses' Association supports the Black Out Speak Out movement. This campaign is in defence of two core Canadian values: nature and democracy. Right now, Parliament is pushing through a bill to weaken many of the country's most important environmental protection measures and silence the voices of all Canadians who seek to defend nature.

Sign up for the June 11 Teleconnect: The ABCs of Long Term Care PRCs
Toronto - June 02, 2012

ONA's Professional Practice Specialists will explain the revised ONA Professional Responsibility Workload Report Form (long-term care) and the newly created Decision Tree. Strategies on how to effectively utilize the PRC process and form, including how to incorporate the College of Nurses of Ontario’s (CNO) standards, will be discussed.

June 1 is Injured Workers' Day
Toronto - May 28, 2012

Twenty-nine years ago, more than 3,000 injured workers, family members and supporters met at Queen's Park to protest changes to the workers' compensation act. The compensation legislation that was subsequently passed included important recommendations from injured workers. To mark this special day, June 1 was declared Injured Workers' Day. Join workers, labour and the community at a rally on June 1 at 11 a.m. at Queen's Park to commemorate it.

Sign up for free oncology and hospice care education offered by the de Souza Institute
Toronto - May 28, 2012

The de Souza Institute is offering free support, training and education for registered nurses interested in upgrading their oncology and hospice palliative care skills.

Register now for the June Provincial Coordinators Meeting (PCM)
Toronto - May 28, 2012

The 2012 June Provincial Coordinators Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 6. An education day will be offered on Thursday, June 7 from 0800 to 1130. The meeting takes place at the Queen's Landing in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Read a letter from ETFO President Sam Hammond congratulating ONA on settling the strike in Haldimand-Norfolk
Handimand-Norfolk - May 24, 2012

ETFO President Sam Hammond wrote a letter to ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud congratulating ONA on achieving a collective agreement for the Public Health Nurses in Haldimand-Norfolk. Read the letter here.

For current and former ONA members who worked for municipalities or home care services between 1996-1998, whether you were an ONA member or not when you were working for a municipality or home care service provider in the past, please read this informatio
Toronto - May 23, 2012

For those who were ONA members between 1996-1998 and worked as employees for municipalities or other employers providing home care services and who were then transferred to a Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) between 1996-1998, please visit this website for important information about a pension class action.

ONA supports striking workers in Pembroke
Pembroke - May 18, 2012

The Ontario Nurses' Association supports workers who are on strike in Pembroke. ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud and Vice-President Anne Clark walked the picket lines with CUPE members. They also walked with members of the United Steel Workers who have been locked out for two years.

Read a letter from HOOPP Settlors to Minister Duncan on employer-employee contributions
Toronto - May 18, 2012

In a letter to Minister of Finance Dwight Duncan, the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) Settlors are urging the Minister to reconsider the proposed contribution ratio between employers and members.

International Day Against Homophobia 2012
Toronto - May 17, 2012

May 17 is the annual International Day Against Homophobia. The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is marking this day by recognizing our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members’ year-round commitment to exceptional health care.

Nursing Homes staff: Attend an information session about the pension plan
Toronto - May 15, 2012

The Nursing Homes & Related Industries Pension Plan invites you to an information session about the pension plan. The session is on Wednesday, May 30 at 7 p.m. in Richmond Hill.

ONA helps shape Ontario mental health policy
Toronto - May 15, 2012

Nurses with mental health disabilities have difficulty in returning to work based on stigma and stereotypes and this must be addressed, ONA has told an Ontario Human Rights Commission consultation, which we were personally asked by the Commission to attend.

Update: Tentative agreement reached between CEP and Reliance Home Comfort
Toronto - May 10, 2012

Update May 17: The members ratified the agreement and now have a new collective agreement. A tentative agreement has been reached between the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) and Reliance Home Comfort. Voting on the agreement will take place this week.

Register now for the spring Health & Safety Caucus
Toronto - May 10, 2012

Registration is now open for the spring Health and Safety Caucus in conjunction with the Area Coordinators Conferences (ACC). The theme for this year's caucus is Evidence and Solidarity...The Keys to Real Health and Safety Action. Register today!

Read a letter from the CFNU to Premier Dalton McGuinty on the Health Care Innovation Working Group
Ontario - May 09, 2012

On behalf of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU), we would like to thank the Premiers for creating the Health Care Innovation Working Group. By so doing, it is clear that you recognize that the improvement of public health care and the effective use of health care dollars are dependent on governments working together. In the absence of federal leadership, thank you for trying to fill the void to facilitate inter-governmental cooperation and action.

Celebrate Nursing Week, May 6-12
Toronto - May 09, 2012

Nursing Week is celebrated each year throughout Canada during the week of Florence Nightingale’s May 12 birthday. This year, Nursing Week 2012 runs from May 6-12. It is a time to recognize the year-round dedication and achievements of registered nurses and registered practical nurses, and to increase awareness of their contributions to the well-being of Canadians.

Aboriginal Nurses' Day
- May 08, 2012

The Ontario Nurses' Association celebrates Aboriginal Nurses' Day on May 9. Celebrated during Nursing Week, Aboriginal Nurses' Day highlights the exceptional contributions of Aboriginal nurses.

Protect local health care: Attend a town hall meeting
Ontario - May 08, 2012

The Ontario Health Coalition has set up town hall meetings across the province to protect local access to health care. Starting on May 10 in Niagara, please join the discussion, share your experiences and ideas to help save local health services.

Haldimand-Norfolk Public Health Nurses Reach Tentative Settlement with County
Haldimand-Norfolk - May 01, 2012

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) and Norfolk County reached a tentative agreement late last night that may end the 12-day-old Public Health Nurses’ strike in Haldimand-Norfolk. ONA members will be meeting this afternoon to vote on the tentative agreement. The nurses could be back on the job as early as tomorrow. ONA is recommending acceptance of the deal.

May is National Physiotherapy Month
Toronto - April 30, 2012

The Ontario Nurses' Association is pleased to celebrate the role of physiotherapists during National Physiotherapy Month (NPM). Held each May, NPM highlights the positive contributions physiotherapists make in enhancing the health of Canadians. Physiotherapists have expert knowledge in how the body works and the use of hand techniques to help diagnose, treat and enhance a person's health and well-being.

ONA celebrates May Day 2012
Toronto - April 30, 2012

May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, began in July 1889 when delegates to the International Workers’ Congress held in Paris called upon workers around the world to hold a one-day demonstration to fight for the eight-hour work day.

Haldimand-Norfolk Public Health Nurses Forced on Strike: Updates Here!
Haldimand-Norfolk - April 30, 2012

The Corporation of Norfolk County has forced the 25 public health nurses -- members of the Ontario Nurses' Association -- on strike by insisting on gutting their collective agreement and refusing to negotiate a contract that respects the value the nurses provide to the Handimand-Norfolk community. Read the details here.

An Important Message About Striking Public Health Nurses in Haldimand-Norfolk County
Haldimand-Norfolk - April 29, 2012

Twenty-five Public Health Nurses - Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) members working for Haldimand-Norfolk Public Health - have been forced onto the picket lines and need your support. Since the strike began, our nurses have received an enormous outpouring of support from ONA members, nurses across Ontario and Canada, their own community and other unions. Many of you have asked what you can do to help. Find out here.

Action needed! Send a message to support public health nurses in Haldimand-Norfolk
Haldimand-Norfolk - April 26, 2012

Send a message to the Mayor of Norfolk County and Council representatives and urge them to reach a fair agreement with the public health nurses. The Corporation of Norfolk County has forced them on strike by insisting on gutting their collective agreement and refusing to negotiate a contract that respects the value the nurses provide to the Haldimand-Norfolk community.

April 28 is the Day of Mourning
Ontario - April 24, 2012

The Day of Mourning is April 28, a day to commemmorate workers who have died, been injured or made ill as a result of their work. The Ontario Nurses' Association urges you to join workers in your community to reflect during this important day and to call for more action to prevent tragedies in our workplaces.

Important Health Notice: Suspect cases of botulism in Peel Region
Peel - April 23, 2012

Dr. Arlene King, Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has issued a health care notice about suspect cases of botulism in Peel Region. Please read the notice about these cases.

Sign a petition to have FASD included in a Parliamentary Committee report
Toronto - April 20, 2012

The Ontario Nurses' Association believes Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a critical public health concern and that its omission from a Parliamentary Committee report undermines the health protection and promotion standard of our national public health care system. Sign a petition to have FASD included in the report of the Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care, Not to be Forgotten – Care of Vulnerable Canadians.

Download your copy of the April Front Lines
Toronto - April 19, 2012

In this edition, read about ONA's successful organizing campaign for University Hospital RNs; how a win for Sault RNs "plant seed" for other hemo units, a very talented group of ONA members are "gleeful" after winning on TV, and much more. Plus, download the special features insert: ONA leadership: how YOU can make a difference!

We need your help! Send a message to the Premier about the budget
Toronto - April 18, 2012

The Ontario Nurses' Association is very concerned about the impact on nurses and patient care from two major items in the recent Ontario Budget 2012. Send a message today about what you think about the proposed Ontario Budget.

Read the spring edition of the Human Rights & Equity Bulletin
Toronto - April 18, 2012

Read about how human rights programs are missing in nursing degree programs, a leadership development opportunity coming in fall of 2012 and a Q&A on accommodating persons with disabilities in the workplace. Download and read your copy today!

ONA supports the Partners for Mental Health Campaign
Toronto - April 11, 2012

The Ontario Nurses' Association is proud to support the Partners for Mental Health Campaign. This new initiative is aimed at creating a national social movement that aims to position mental health prominently in the attention of the public, governments and employers.

Read a letter from ONA to London Health Sciences Centre CEO on University Hospital certification
London - April 02, 2012

ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN writes, "ONA and its members are committed to a strong nursing profession and advocating for quality patient care. We very much look forward to a positive working relationship with you as we commence our representation of the University Hospital Registered Nurses."

For Personal Support Workers: Have your say at a roundtable!
Toronto - March 28, 2012

The Ontario PSW Registry Team is seeking Personal Support Workers to take part in group discussions about the Ontario PSW Registry. Roundtables are scheduled around the province and begin next month.

Read the highlights from the March Provincial Coordinators Meeting
Toronto - March 22, 2012

Read how ONA is gearing up for Nursing Week 2012 including the launch of a spring radio campaign, what Provincial Chief Nursing Officer Debra Bournes said to ONA members, and much more. Download and read the March 2012 PCM highlights today.

Urgent update: Packaging error for medications
Toronto - March 22, 2012

Sandoz Canada has alerted Health Canada about a packaging error for two medications. According to a Health Canada release, “one package of 2mg/mL (1mL) Morphine Sulfate Injection USP has been found to contain ampoules labelled as 0.2 mg/mL (1mL) Isoproterenol Hydrochloride Injection in addition to ampoules labelled as containing morphine.”

Download the March 2012 copy of Behind the Front Lines
Toronto - March 21, 2012

In this edition, read how the PC prescription for the economy is getting old, nursing jobs in hospitals are disappearing, Drummond Report analysis and opinions, a physician speaks out about hospital safety, and much more.

Read ONA's submission to the Long-Term Care Task Force on Resident Care and Safety
Toronto - March 20, 2012

The Ontario Nurses' Association has made several recommendations to this task force to address abuse and neglect in long-term care homes. ONA hopes that the recommendations be given serious consideration so that residents in long-term care homes receive the appropriate level of care they deserve to live safely and with dignity.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Toronto - March 20, 2012

The Ontario Nurses’ Association marks the 46th International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.

For hospital bargaining unit leaders: Sign up for the March 19 Contract Interpretation Teleconnect
Toronto - March 13, 2012

This teleconnect, our first on the topic of contract interpretation, “Benefits Under Attack” will focus on benefits in the Hospital Central Collective Agreement. As employers look to cut costs, many are targeting benefit reductions as the means to achieve savings. Beware, these measures may violate your contract and be prepared to defend your rights.

International Women's Day 2012
Toronto - March 07, 2012

On International Women’s Day, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is celebrating the achievements and progress made through the struggles of women. According to the International Women's Day website, this year's theme is "Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures." This special day is celebrated around the globe on March 8.

Last chance: Complete a survey on professional practice and workload issues
Toronto - March 06, 2012

The Ontario Nurses' Association is conducting a survey on professional practice and workload issues and you're invited to participate. The goal of this survey is to analyze the effectiveness of professional practice initiatives ONA has undertaken. Based on the results, we hope to be able to make recommendations on how ONA can better assist workload and professional practice concerns.

ONA celebrates Social Work Week
Toronto - March 05, 2012

The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) is pleased to celebrate the role and contributions of social workers during Social Work Week, March 5 to12. ONA’s social worker members are professionals who help people participate more fully in relationships, work, home and community life.

Planning for retirement? Attend a free retirement planning workshop
Toronto - March 05, 2012

This workshop -- open to all ONA members -- will include two key topics that are at the root of any successful financial plan: retirement considerations and money management. The workshop will be held on Thursday, March 8 at the Delta Chelsea in Toronto.

Read the latest issue of Behind the Front Lines
Toronto - March 02, 2012

In this edition, read how some nursing number headlines are misleading; that the Drummond Commission Report media coverage has been unrelenting, how hospital CEOs' salaries record payout attracts new outrage, and much more!

Sign up for the March 5 professional practice teleconnect
Toronto - February 27, 2012

The ABCs of Hospital PRCs: Listen to ONA’s Professional Practice Specialists explain the recent changes to the Central Hospital Professional Responsibility clause (Article 8) and the ONA/Hospital Professional Responsibility Workload Report Form. The teleconnect begins at 1930 hrs. Sign up today!

Register now for the March Provincial Coordinators Meeting
Toronto - February 24, 2012

The 2012 March Provincial Coordinators Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 7. An education day is scheduled for Thursday, March 8 from 0800 to 1130. The meetings take place at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto.

Retirement security for everyone: Send a message to the federal finance minister
Toronto - February 20, 2012

Send a pre-budget message to Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty that Canadians want decent pensions, not more years of working. The Canadian Labour Congress has launched an online campaign to tell the Minister not to change the eligibility of Old Age Security.

Hot off the Press: Download your copy of the February Front Lines
Toronto - February 10, 2012

In the February Front Lines, read about ONA's successful organizing drive at Halton, how ONA is involved in a groundbreaking RTW program, IAC findings validate Peterborough RNs' concerns, ONA challenges the Drummond Commission, and much more!

Participate in a study on flexible work for nurses
Toronto - February 07, 2012

Researchers from the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto are looking at how flexible work for nurses is shaped by the world we live in -- and you're invited to participate!

Sign up for the Feb. 7 HR&E Teleconnect on Bullying in the Workplace
Toronto - February 03, 2012

Register for the Human Rights & Equity Teleconnect on bullying in the workplace. The teleconnect will provide an understanding of the destructive phenomenon of bullying in the workplace and how the union can assist members experiencing bullying in their respective bargaining units.

Attend a fundraiser to honour the memory of RN Sonia Varaschin
Toronto - February 01, 2012

An event scheduled for February 4 will honour and pay tribute to slain registered nurse Sonia Varaschin. Event organizers hope to raise money for the Registered Nurses' Foundation of Ontario for the purpose of establishing a scholarship in Sonia's name.

Black History Month 2012
Toronto - January 31, 2012

February is Black History Month, a time to honour the achievements of black Canadians with ancestral roots from Africa. The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) joins with workers across the province in celebrating this month.

CNSA speaks out against issues regarding changes to the RN entry-to-practice exam
Saskatoon - January 26, 2012

The Canadian Nursing Students’ Association (CNSA) is alarmed by the decision of Canadian nurse regulators to engage in negotiations with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), an American corporation, to create a new Canadian RN entry-to-practice exam. “As Canadian nursing students, we are worried that an American company will not be in the best interest of Canadian students and will be unable to meet our unique needs that encompass our national competencies, health care values, beliefs, issues, culture, and context,” said CNSA president Evan Jolicoeur.

ONA leaders elected by Halton Healthcare RNs; Important info included
Toronto - January 20, 2012

Congratulations to the ONA members who were elected as your representatives at the first ONA bargaining unit general meeting for Halton Healthcare Services (Oakville-Trafalgar and Milton sites). Please read this ONA News item to learn about your new representatives and to get important information about our Legal Expense Assistance Plan (LEAP) and Malpractice Insurance coverage.

Halton Healthcare Services RNs: General meeting scheduled Jan. 19
Toronto - January 16, 2012

RNs of Halton Healthcare Services, please read this message about a general meeting scheduled on January 19 at 1900 hrs. At this meeting, you will choose your bargaining unit representatives and negotiating team.

ONA Membership Services Satisfaction Survey
Toronto - January 15, 2012

Please complete this survey that will enable ONA staff and the Board to monitor the effectiveness of the services provided to you. This also assists us in identifying trends and issues that need to be addressed to ensure ongoing quality service. You can complete the electronic survey by going here. The survey code is ONA2011 and the password is your email address. Thank you for your cooperation.

Read the January edition of Behind the Front Lines
Toronto - January 13, 2012

Behind the Front Lines provides a critical look at health care news and the reality from the viewpoint of front-line Ontario registered nurses. Read about the generous bonuses hospital CEOs received, how the Drummond Commission is under the microscope and much more.

Halton Healthcare Services RNs: Vote TODAY to join ONA
Oakville - January 10, 2012

RNs at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and Milton District Hospital deserve fairness and a voice about their working conditions. On Tuesday, January 10, vote "YES" to join ONA so we can work together to address workloads, wages, benefits, restructuring, reassignments, schedules, and the quality of our worklife. Click here to find out when and where to vote.

Apply now for a Registered Nurses' Foundation of Ontario Award
Toronto - January 09, 2012

The Registered Nurses' Foundation of Ontario (RNFOO) provides financial support for nurses and nursing students in Ontario. The call for applications for 2012 is now open and the deadline is January 23, 2012. Apply today!

Quality Public Services Commission wants to hear from you!
Toronto - January 05, 2012

The Commission on Quality Public Services and Tax Fairness wants to hear from you, our front-line members. The Commission is interested in hearing from service providers who will describe the impact they have experienced by an erosion of public services in Ontario. Have your say at a hearing or at a town hall scheduled across Ontario until mid-February.

Read ONA's 2010-2011 Annual Report
Toronto - December 21, 2011

Read the Ontario Nurses' Association's 2010-2011 annual report, which reflects on the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011. Read about ONA's successful organizing campaigns, how we engage our members, the many educational opportunities ONA members receive, and much more!

HOOPP news: read about plans for immediate vesting for members in 2012
Toronto - December 14, 2011

The latest Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) newsletter, Pensions in Perspectives, details the differences between a defined benefit pension plan and a defined contribution plan. Also, HOOPP just announced that it will move to immediate vesting for members beginning in mid-2012.

Register now for the Treasurers Workshops, January 24 and 25, 2012
Toronto - December 12, 2011

Here you will find the dates, location, online registration links and other important information about the Treasurers Workshops that will take place on January 24 and 25, 2012.

Hospital Pay Equity Negotiating Team
Toronto - December 07, 2011

Take a look and see who will be representing you on the Hospital Pay Equity Negotiating Team.

Coming in 2012: One-time bona fide membership sign-up
Toronto - December 06, 2011

Effective January 2, 2012, ONA will be making it easier for eligible members to take advantage of the full range of entitlements associated with ONA membership. Eligible members will be required to fill out a membership application form only once to become a bona fide member. If you have never completed an ONA membership application form – now is the time to do it.

Attend an injured workers' demonstration on December 9
Toronto - December 05, 2011

The Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups has organized its 20th Annual Christmas Demonstration on Friday, December 9 at 11 a.m. Come show your support to injured workers! The demonstration will be held at Ministry of Labour offices at 400 University Avenue in Toronto. ONA members will be on hand to show their support!

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, 2011
Toronto - December 05, 2011

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) is remembering the 14 women who were killed at École polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989 and the thousands who have been killed since then.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 2011
Toronto - December 01, 2011

The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated on December 3. This year's theme is "Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development."

Read the November issue of Behind the Front Lines
Toronto - November 24, 2011

Behind the Front Lines examines the reality behind media reporting from the point of view of front-line registered nurses. In this issue: Read about how nurses have spoken up for years about quality of care in nursing homes, find out what's good for the CEO also good for nurses, and read news the media is missing: how registered nursing numbers have declined.

Read the highlights from the November Provincial Coordinators Meeting
Toronto - November 22, 2011

Read about what Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Deb Matthews said to ONA delegates, find out the latest information about member entitlements, read an update on the Bargaining Unit President e-mail accounts and much more!

E-mail campaign success:
Toronto - November 21, 2011

More than 3,000 of you e-mailed the Ontario Premier, the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the College of Nurses of Ontario to express your concerns about the needless "personal" liability insurance requirement. We're pleased to announce that our e-mail campaign assisted with stopping this amendment from going forward.

ONA members, allies, friends: Attend a rally to support the Occupy movement
Toronto - November 18, 2011

Join ONA members, allies and and other concerned citizens on Saturday, November 19 at 2 p.m. at St. James Park for a march and rally to Toronto City Hall to show that the Occupy movement is strong!

ONA celebrates National Nursing Student Week! Student Teleconnect on Nov. 16
Toronto - November 14, 2011

The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) is proud to celebrate National Nursing Student Week, November 13 to 19. This week provides a special opportunity to acknowledge and recognize the excellent work done by nursing students and the nursing profession as a whole. ONA is holding a teleconnect on November 16 open to all nursing students. Find out about ONA and how you can get involved!

Arbitration Award for Participating Nursing Homes
Toronto - November 08, 2011

An arbitration award was released setting out the terms and conditions for a new collective agreement for Ontario registered nurses -- members of the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) -- and Participating Nursing Homes.

ONA celebrates Medical Radiation Technologists Week
Toronto - November 07, 2011

The Ontario Nurses' Association is celebrating the excellent and caring work that medical radiation technologists (MRTs) do for patients and for health care in Ontario.

Register for the next Professional Practice Teleconnect on effective communication
Toronto - November 04, 2011

Sign up for the Dec. 5 teleconnect and hear ONA's Professional Practice Specialists provide practical information to assist ONA leaders and members to help communicate effectively to support professional relationships with colleagues, employers and the College of Nurses of Ontario.

Apply to be a member of the Hospital Pay Equity Negotiations Team
Toronto - November 04, 2011

The Ontario Nurses' Association is entering into central pay equity negotiations with the Participating Hospitals. In preparation for that, the ONA Board of Directors has determined that the ONA Pay Equity Negotiating Team will have six ONA members on the team and one alternate. Find out how you can apply to be a member of the Hospital Pay Equity Negotiations Team.

Find/Contact your Bargaining Unit President tool now online
Toronto - November 03, 2011

Do you have a question for your Bargaining Unit President? You can now use ONA's new web tool called "Find/Contact your Bargaining Unit President." This tool allows ONA members to send a message to their Bargaining Unit President using a online form. Members simply need to complete the form, hit "send" and the message is sent directly to the Bargaining Unit President. Send your message today!

Download the October edition of Local 34's newsletter
Mississauga - October 26, 2011

Download the October 2011 issue of the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) Local 34 newsletter — for members of ONA who work at Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga and Etobicoke.

Extra! Extra! Front Lines magazine now online
Toronto - October 26, 2011

Read about the CCACs' settlement details, a professional practice success story at Sault Area Hospital, how ONA spoke out against changes to a key public health program and much more! You will see a pop-up window with a survey for Front Lines: tell us what you think about the publication!

Notice of Meeting - Nursing Homes Sector
Toronto - October 25, 2011

Please read the notice of meeting for the Nursing Homes Sector. The meeting will be held on Monday, November 7 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Only Bargaining Unit Presidents from Participating Nursing Homes and Non-Participating Nursing Homes, Local Coordinators and Observers (up to eight) from each Chartered Local Association, if Local budgeting allows, should attend the meeting.

Updated with agreement highlights: Community RNs and Allied Health Professionals Ratify New Agreement
Toronto - October 12, 2011

More than 3,000 Registered Nurses and Allied Health Professionals working in 10 of Ontario’s Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) have voted to ratify a new three-year contract.

Part-time employees: enroll in the HOOPP pension program
Toronto - October 11, 2011

If you’re a part-time nurse, you may want to consider enrolling in the HOOPP pension program so that you can start paving the way towards a financially secure future and retire when you want to.

Women's History Month, 2011
Toronto - October 03, 2011

In 1992, the month of October was proclaimed by the Government of Canada as Women’s History month. It was chosen in commemoration of the fact that women in Canada were recognized as persons under the law on October 18, 1929.

Tentative Settlement Reached for RNs, Allied Health Professionals at Ontario’s Community Care Access Centres
Toronto - September 30, 2011

Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, is pleased to announce that a tentative settlement has been reached for 3,000 Registered Nurses and Allied Health Professionals working in 10 of Ontario’s Community Care Access Centres (CCACs).

Send a message now to support 3,000 ONA members who work for the CCACs
Toronto - September 29, 2011

More than 3,000 Registered Nurses and allied health professionals who work at 10 of the 14 Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) across Ontario could be forced on strike as of 12:01 a.m. Monday, October 3. Send a message now to show your support and to send a clear message to the CCAC CEOs.

Training for new Capacity Assessors
Toronto - September 27, 2011

The Ministry of the Attorney General is now accepting applications for training as a capacity assessor. The deadline for applying is October 7, 2011.

Community Care Access Centre Employees Give ONA Overwhelming Strike Mandate
Toronto - September 27, 2011

Over 3,000 Registered Nurses and allied health professionals of the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) who work as Case Managers, Placement Coordinators, Nurse Practitioners and as other health professionals at 10 of Ontario's 14 Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) have given their negotiating team an overwhelming 95-per-cent strike mandate.

Register now for the November Provincial Coordinators Meeting (PCM)
Toronto - September 16, 2011

The November 2011 Provincial Coordinators Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 9 and Thursday, November 10. The Human Rights and Equity Caucus is on Tuesday, November 8 and an education day will be offered on November 11. The meeting will take place at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

Community Care Access Centre Central Negotiating Team (CCACCNT) Update
Toronto - September 15, 2011

Read an important update from your Community Care Access Centre Central Negotiating Team (CCACCNT).

Participate in the ONA Provincial Human Rights and Equity Team
Toronto - September 12, 2011

The Human Rights and Equity Team is now accepting Expression of Interest forms from ONA members to participate in the Human Rights and Equity Team. The team is seeking participants to represent ONA members with disabilities and members who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgendered (LGBT). The deadline is December 2, 2011.

Attend the Queen's Park rally on Tuesday, September 13
Toronto - September 09, 2011

A large-scale rally is planned for Tuesday, September 13 at noon at Queen's Park to rally to safeguard public health care and improved access to health care. If you work near University Avenue, come out during your lunch hour and show your support! Look for the ONA flags in the Queen's Park crowd and join us!

Apply now for a subsidy to the Human Rights and Equity Caucus in November
Toronto - September 08, 2011
The Human Rights and Equity Caucus is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Applications for subsidies are now being accepted. The deadline for subsidy applications is Friday, September 30.
President and First-Vice President acclaimed to new two-year term
Toronto - September 06, 2011

ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, and First Vice-President Vicki McKenna, RN, have been acclaimed to their positions for another two-year term, for 2012 and 2013.

Frontline public health nurses to provide input into Healthy Babies Healthy Children program prior to changes being implemented
Toronto - September 05, 2011

In response to a letter to the Premier from ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, the Minister of Children and Youth Services has made a commitment that the frontline public health nurses who are members of ONA will be asked for their input about changes to the Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) program before the government makes any official changes to the program's design.

Labour Day is Monday, September 5: Come to the Parade in Toronto
Toronto - September 02, 2011

Labour Day is a statutory holiday and is celebrated on the first Monday in September. Its origins can be traced back to 1872 when a demonstration was held in support of striking workers at Toronto Typographical Union. This ONA News item contains details about where and when to meet for the Labour Day Parade in Toronto on Monday morning.

Get the BMO ONA MasterCard and earn 1,000 reward miles
Toronto - August 24, 2011

The BMO ONA Gold AIR MILES MasterCard allows ONA members to earn 1,000 bonus reward miles. This special offer ends on August 31, so apply for your card today!

Attend a public evening forum and conference on poverty and health
Toronto - August 19, 2011

All are invited to attend a free public forum and conference. Called Welfare Rates are Making Us Sick, the forum and conference brings together expert speakers that will discuss poverty, health and austerity.

ONA Local 34 Newsletter
Mississauga - August 11, 2011
The August 2011 issue of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) Local 34 newsletter — for members of the Union who work at Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga and Etobicoke.
Read the summer edition of Equity Bulletin
Toronto - August 09, 2011

Produced by the Human Rights & Equity Team, this informative bulletin provides information and resources about issues related to human rights and equity. In this edition, read about human rights education on harassment and bullying. The bulletin is available in English and French.

Hot off the Press: the August issue of Front Lines
Toronto - August 08, 2011

Be sure to download your copy of Front Lines. Read about how nurses across Canada united at the CFNU convention; how ONA is gearing up for the October provincial election and much more! Also download and read an in-depth feature about RNs and RPNs.

The ONA 2012 Education Brochure is now online
Toronto - August 02, 2011

The Education Brochure for 2012 is now online. The brochure provides information about existing workshops, new workshops and much more. Workshops are organized into several sections to help you more easily identify those that will meet your needs.

Register now for webinar on C. Difficile
Toronto - July 29, 2011

A webinar on C. Difficile and best practices on infection prevention and control will take place on August 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The webinar costs $30 and is presented in part by the Public Services Health and Safety Association.

Nursing Home Negotiations - Interest Arbitration
Toronto - July 27, 2011

Read an update from your Nursing Home Central Negotiating Team on interest arbitration.

The July issue of Behind the Front Lines is now online
Toronto - July 20, 2011

Behind the Front Lines is the Ontario Nurses' Association's publication that provides a recap of and a critical look at health-care news. It examines the reality behind the reporting from the point of view of front-line registered nurses in Ontario. Read it today!

Community Care Access Centre Central Negotiating Team (CCACCNT) Update
Toronto - July 18, 2011

Read an update from your Community Care Access Centre Central Negotiating Team (CCACCNT).

ONA Provincial President and First Vice-President positions acclaimed
Toronto - July 14, 2011

The positions of Provincial President and First Vice-President have been acclaimed. Please read further details here.

Read the latest edition of The Work of the Union
Toronto - July 06, 2011

The Ontario Nurses' Association publication, The Work of the Union, is now available online. It summarizes some recent key activities, including in the areas of health and safety, human rights and equity, and organizing. Be sure to download and read your copy today. 

Nursing Home Negotiations Breakdown - Arbritration in July
Toronto - July 04, 2011

Read an update from your Nursing Home Central Negotiating Team.

Send a message to preserve collective bargaining rights in Canada
Toronto - June 27, 2011

Postal workers were forced back to work under the federal government's back-to-work legislation. This is contrary to the International Labour Organization's (ILO) convention and contravenes the right of all workers to bargain collectively. Please join the global campaign to preserve collective bargaining rights in Canada. Send a message to the Government of Canada. 

June 24 is Saint Jean Baptiste Day
Toronto - June 23, 2011

Saint Jean Baptiste Day - celebrated on June 24 - is a day of celebration that invites all French Canadians to recognize their wonderful successes and great achievements.

You're invited to join ONA in the Toronto Pride Parade
Toronto - June 23, 2011

ONA members, staff and all are invited to join ONA to participate in the Pride Parade on Sunday, July 3 in Toronto. This event is one of many across the province to celebrate diversity and to show our pride. 

ONA celebrates National Aboriginal Day
Toronto - June 20, 2011

The Ontario Nurses' Association is celebrating the 16th National Aboriginal Day on June 21. This is an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements and contributions made by Canada's aboriginal peoples: First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

Highlights from the CFNU biennial convention
Winnipeg - June 17, 2011

More than 800 nursing delegates from across Canada are in Winnipeg attending the Canadian Federation of Nurses Union's (CFNU) biennial convention. The 15th biennial event celebrates the 30th anniversary of the CFNU, Canada's largest nurses' organization representing more than 176,000 members.

Nursing Home Central Negotiating Team Update
Toronto - June 13, 2011

Read the latest update from your Nursing Home Central Negotiating Team.

Register for June 20 Professional Practice Teleconnect
Toronto - June 06, 2011

Register now for the Using Supportive Research to Combat the Displacement of Registered Nurses professional practice teleconnect on Monday, June 20.

Arbitration award for Ontario registered nurses
Toronto - June 03, 2011

An arbitration award was released yesterday setting out the terms and conditions for a new three-year collective agreement for more than 50,000 Ontario registered nurses and allied health professionals – members of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) – and some 137 Ontario hospitals.

Take Action: Stand up for public services
Toronto - June 01, 2011

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wants to privatize the city's public services starting with garbage collection. Yet who will be accountable when problems come up with the contracted-out service? Find out how you can take action to let Toronto councillors know that privatization is not an option.

June 1 is Injured Workers' Day
Toronto - May 31, 2011

June 1 is the 28th Annual Injured Workers' Day. Attend one of several events that are being held across the province to speak out about workers' compensation and other important issues injured workers face.

ONA wins four CALM awards
Toronto - May 20, 2011

The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) wins four presigious communications awards from the Canadian Association of Labour Media, including one for best website in Canada.

International Day Against Homophobia 2011
Toronto - May 17, 2011

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is marking International Day Against Homophobia 2011 by recognizing our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members’ year-round commitment to exceptional health care.

Information about nominations and elections for Local 34, Trillium Health Centre
Toronto - May 13, 2011

Find out about nominations and the elections process for Local 34 Trillium Health Centre. The elections will take place on Wednesday, May 18 in Mississauga.

May 13 is Aboriginal Nurses' Day
Toronto - May 13, 2011

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is pleased to celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal nurses on this, the 12th annual Aboriginal Nurses' Day.

Nursing Home Central Negotiating Team Update
Toronto - May 11, 2011
Read an update from your Nursing Home Central Negotiating Team.
Registration for the spring Health and Safety Caucus Education Day
- May 11, 2011

ONA is providing the Health and Safety Caucus education day in conjunction with spring Area Coordinators Conferences (ACC). We are also holding a video-conference for Region 1 and a Provincial video-conference. The events are scheduled in May and June; the first will be held on May 3 in Region 4.

Pre-registration for these events is required to ensure sufficient materials, lunches and refreshments.

The following links will take you to a separate pre-registration website and you will be given a choice as to which Regional Caucus you will be attending.

ONA Members

ONA Student Affiliates (CNSA members)

The theme for this year's Health and Safety Caucus is "Empower Your Joint Health and Safety Committee."

Hospital Bargaining Update
Toronto - May 10, 2011

Read an update from the ONA Hospital Central Negotiating Team plus find out about the Notice of Meeting for the Hospital Sector. The following should attend the meeting: Bargaining Unit Presidents from Participating Hospitals and Non-Participating Hospitals, Local Coordinators and Observers (up to 8 from each Chartered Local Association, if local budgeting allows).

ONA releases new research on the value of caring work
Toronto - May 06, 2011

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is releasing new research that focuses on the value of care provided mainly by women – including nurses – and includes some new wage data and recommendations.

Nursing Week 2011 greetings from ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN
Toronto - May 06, 2011

ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, says Nursing Week – which marks Florence Nightingale’s birthday – puts the spotlight on the invaluable contributions that nurses make.

Community Care Access Centre Central Negotiating Team (CCACCNT) Update
Toronto - May 03, 2011
An update from your Community Care Access Centre Central Negotiating Team.
May is National Physiotherapy Month
Toronto - May 02, 2011

National Physiotherapy Month celebrates the positive contribution physiotherapists play in enhancing the health and well-being of Canadians.

Send a message to ensure that hospital quality of care info. is public
Toronto - April 29, 2011

On May 5, MPPs on the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs will be voting on an amendment that will block public access to information on the quality of care in hospitals. Send a message to MPPs to stop Schedule 15 in Bill 173 from passing.

ONA celebrates May Day
Toronto - April 29, 2011

ONA members marked May Day with action. Handing out leaflets near Queen's Park, the members also talked to interested citizens about ONA's Value the Invaluable campaign.

Hospital Bargaining Update
Toronto - April 28, 2011

An update from the ONA Hospital Central Negotiating Team (HCNT).

Register online now for the June 2011 Provincial Coordinators Meeting
Sudbury - April 26, 2011

The 2011 June Provincial Coordinators Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 7 and Wednesday, June 8. An education day will be offered on Thursday, June 9, 2011 from 0800 to 1130. The meetings take place at the Holiday Inn in Sudbury.

Trillium RNs: ONA Welcomes You!
Mississauga - April 21, 2011

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is deeply honoured to welcome you, the registered nurses of Trillium Health Centre, to our union following an overwhelming certification vote on April 21, 2011. By choosing ONA, you have sent a strong message to your employer that you expect respect, wages, benefits and a quality of work life that reflects the value you provide, not only to your patients, but to the health care system as a whole.

Trillium Health Centre RNs: Vote TODAY to join ONA
Mississauga - April 20, 2011

Trillium RNs have had enough of cuts being made at the expense of nurses. On Wednesday, April 20, vote "YES" to join ONA so we can work together to address workloads, wages, benefits, restructuring, reassignments, schedules and the quality of our worklife. Click here to find out when and where to vote.

Help support striking UFCW Local 175 members
Toronto - April 15, 2011

UFCW Canada Local 175 members have been on strike since last month. Please support the UFCW workers - don't rent vehicles from National, Enterprise or Alamo car rental facilities until this strike ends.

Send a message to make workplaces safer and healthier for registered nurses
Toronto - April 12, 2011

It took some tragic events and Justice Campbell’s SARS report to convince the government that health care needs special health and safety attention. In honour of our fallen colleagues, and in tribute to Justice Campbell, we ask that you please join us to urge the Ontario government to stay the course on health and safety.

Come to the rally on Saturday for public services, good jobs and communities
Toronto - April 06, 2011

Join ONA members and concerned Ontarians on Saturday, April 9 at Dundas Square in Toronto to defend our communities, public services and good jobs. Together we can stop the cuts, closures, user fees and privatization that will hurt every person and every neighbourhood in Toronto. Let’s speak up before it spreads to every city and town in the province.

April 28 Day of Mourning: Participate in your community
Toronto - April 05, 2011

April 28 is the Day of Mourning, a day to remember workers who have died, been injured or made ill as a result of their work. Find out how you can participate in activities to remember and to call for action to eliminate workplace hazards.

Hospital Bargaining Update
Toronto - March 23, 2011

An update from the ONA Hospital Central Negotiating Team (HCNT) following the first four days of mediation with the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA).

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2011
Toronto - March 21, 2011

The Ontario Nurses’ Association is marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination by calling on the governments of Ontario and Canada to include measures in their 2011 budgets, which will be presented this month, to ensure fair and equitable access to jobs, education, health care, child care, occupational health and safety, housing and pensions for racialized Ontarians.

Register for the first OFL Workers of Colour Assembly
Toronto - March 14, 2011

The first ever OFL Workers of Colour Assembly – organized by the OFL Workers of Colour Committee and co-sponsored with the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Latin American Trade Unionists Coalition and the Asian Canadian Labour Alliance – will be held March 25 and 26 in Toronto. Register by March 23.

Subsidized MSD, slip/trip/fall & community care tool training available in March
Toronto - March 11, 2011

The Public Services Health & Safety Association is offering selected training this month for $25 per participant. The training starts on Monday, March 21. Register now because the sessions are filling up quickly.

Register for March 31 Human Rights & Equity Teleconnect
Toronto - March 08, 2011

Register now for the Understanding Bill 168: Violence and Harassment in the Workplace human rights and equity teleconnect on Thursday, March 31.

International Women's Day 2011
Toronto - March 08, 2011

On International Women's Day (IWD) 2011, the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) is celebrating the achievements and progress made through the struggles of women. Yet, on the 100th anniversary of this annual day of demonstration and commemoration, we know that equality has not yet been achieved.

International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day 2011
Toronto - February 28, 2011

February 28, 2011 is the 12th annual International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day, which is dedicated to RSI education and prevention. Please spread the word about the valuable activities around the province that are being planned to help build awareness and develop strategies to eliminate RSIs in our workplaces.

Participate in a study on nurses' activism and careers
Toronto - February 24, 2011

A research team at York University is looking for 90 registered nurses and nursing students across each of three generations (Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y). If you are willing to participate in focus groups or individual interviews, please contact the study coordinator.

Register for March 7 Professional Practice Teleconnect
Toronto - February 23, 2011

Register now for the Success Stories: Make the PRC Process Work for Your Bargaining Unit professional practice teleconnect on Monday, March 7.

Preparing for Nursing Week 2011
Toronto - February 16, 2011

Nursing Week is celebrated every year throughout Canada during the week of Florence Nightingale’s May 12th birthday. This year Nursing Week is May 9 to 15. ONA’s Nursing Week 2011 theme is “Value the Invaluable.” The 2011 Nursing Week Planning Guide is now available for downloading.

Hospital Sector Bargaining Update from Week 2
Toronto - February 10, 2011

An update from the Hospital Central Negotiating Team (HCNT) following the second week of negotiations.

Register online now for the March 2011 Provincial Coordinators Meeting
- February 03, 2011

Registration for the March 2011 Provincial Coordinators Meeting (PCM) is now open. Please register online by Monday, February 14, 2011 in order to meet the hotel room booking deadline.

Loading dock safety focus of enforcement blitz in health care sector
Toronto - February 02, 2011

The Government of Ontario has launched a heightened enforcement focus related to hazards in shipping and receiving areas, including loading docks. Ministry of Labour inspectors will visit industrial and health care workplaces in February 2011.

Black History Month 2011
Toronto - February 01, 2011

February is Black History Month, also known as African Heritage Month. The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) joins with workers across the province in recognizing the history, legacy and contributions of Canadians with ancestral roots in Africa.

Come to the 'Retirement Security for All' day of action on Jan. 29 in Hamilton
Toronto - January 05, 2011

The 900 members and 9,000 pensioners of the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1005 in Hamilton are locked out by US Steel because they won't let their employer short-change retirees and new hires. Join ONA members at the rally on Saturday to stand up for retirment security for all and let our governments know that working Ontarians can't afford to make pension concessions.

Nursing Homes Central Negotiation Team election results
Toronto - December 14, 2010

The results of the 2010 Nursing Homes Central Negotiating Team (NHCNT) election are now available.

Local Coordinators and Treasurers Week Sessions 2011
Toronto - December 07, 2010

This memo to Local Treasurers and Local Coordinators includes the dates, locations, online registration link and other important information about the New Local Coordinators Workshop, Local Coordinators/Treasurers Day and Treasurers Workshop that will be taking place from January 24 to 27, 2011.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women 2010
Toronto - December 06, 2010

ONA members are remembering the 14 women who were killed at École polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989 because they were women and the thousands who have been killed in anonymity since then. Violence against women continues to be a very real problem in our communities and globally. Every person is responsible for identifying, challenging and preventing it.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2010
Toronto - December 03, 2010

This year’s theme is “Keeping the promise: mainstreaming disability in the Millennium Development Goals.” More than 1.85 million Ontarians, 15 per cent of the population, report having a recognized disability. Disability is highly correlated with poverty and our governments need to do more to support people with disabilities.

World AIDS Day 2010
Toronto - December 01, 2010

This year, it is the 22nd anniversary and the United Nations’ theme is “Universal Access and Human Rights”. The purpose of marking this date annually is to strengthen the global effort to stop the AIDS pandemic.

UPDATED: Nursing Homes Central Negotiation Team election
Toronto - November 18, 2010

This are elections in Region 3 and Region 5. A Ticket of Nominations with a mail-in ballot has been sent to ONA members in the nursing homes sector members in these regions. The deadline for completed ballots to be received is 1630h ET on December 10, 2010.

Keeping an Eye on Prescription Drugs
Toronto - November 17, 2010

Today the Health Council of Canada released its discussion paper, Keeping an Eye on Prescription Drugs, Keeping Canadians Safe. The paper presents the many limitations to how drug safety and effectiveness is monitored and reported in Canada, providing recommendations for changes to the current system.

Take Action for Health Care
Toronto - November 16, 2010

Celebrate National Medicare Week by taking action to protect public health care. Send your own message to Prime Minister Stephen Harper right now.

Tell the CNO that ONA members already have adequate personal liability coverage
Toronto - November 11, 2010

The College of Nurses Ontario's (CNO) recent Notice to Members of proposed by-law amendments has caused a great deal of confusion and concern for ONA members with respect to the requirement for members to purchase personal liability insurance. Help end the confusion by letting the CNO know that, as an ONA member, you already have adequate personal liability coverage.

2010 Biennial Convention: Wednesday, November 10
Toronto - November 10, 2010

Photos from Day Two of the ONA 2010 Biennial Convention.

2010 Biennial Convention: Tuesday, November 9
Toronto - November 09, 2010

Highlights (including photos and videos) from Day One of the ONA 2010 Biennial Convention.

2010 Biennial Convention: Monday, November 8
Toronto - November 08, 2010

Photos from Monday's Human Rights & Equity Caucus meeting at the site of the ONA 2010 Biennial Convention in Toronto.

Medical Radiation Technologists’ Week 2010
Toronto - November 07, 2010

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is celebrating medical radiation technologists’ (MRTs) work and contribution to health care in Ontario during MRT Week — November 7 to 13, 2010. ONA members are proud to join with our MRT colleagues to recognize the expertise and skills of these important allied health professionals who improve the lives of our patients in often unrecognized roles.

Shannen's Dream campaign
Toronto - November 01, 2010

Shannen Koostachin led a movement for “safe and comfy” schools and quality culturally based education for First Nations children called the Attawapiskat School Campaign. She worked tirelessly to try to convince the federal government to give First Nations children a proper education before tragically passing away at the age of 15. This ONA News item provides an update on the Shannen’s Dream campaign and information on how to help.

Respiratory Therapists Week 2010
Toronto - October 24, 2010

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is proud to celebrate the work of our registered respiratory therapist (RRT) members. RRTs are allied health professionals who work alongside registered nurses (RNs) as vital parts of the front-line care team, particularly in hospitals. This year, Respiratory Therapists Week is October 24 to 30.

Persons Day & Women's History Month 2010
Toronto - October 18, 2010

Many women have organized themselves in their workplaces and become leaders of the labour movement, winning important gains including one of the most basic: decent wages that value their work. Eighty-one years after the success of the Persons Case, violence against women and sexism in the workplace remains a persistent problem, and women in Canada continue to experience one of the largest disparities between wages paid to them and men of any developed country.

Hospital Central Negotiating Team election results
Toronto - October 14, 2010

The results of the 2010 Hospital Central Negotiating Team (HCNT) election are now available.

Legislated change regarding personal liability insurance coverage
Toronto - October 08, 2010

An update from ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud regarding the recent amendments to the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) that may affect ONA members' responsibilities related to liability insurance.

Nominations for Nursing Homes Central Negotiating Team
Toronto - October 04, 2010

The central nursing homes collective agreements expire on June 30, 2011. As a result, it is time to initiate the process of electing a new Nursing Homes Central Negotiating Team, and make the call for nominations from members in nursing homes Bargaining Units. This ONA News item contains links to: Nomination and résumé forms; Mandate – Nursing Homes Central Negotiating Team; and Policy #18.2 – Nominations for ONA Committees/Teams Procedures.

Update on government's two-year compensation "freeze" talks
Toronto - September 30, 2010

A video message to Ontario Nurses' Association members from ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, about the Government of Ontario's two-year compensation "freeze" talks.

ONA member wins major benefits decision
Toronto - September 29, 2010

An ONA member working in the hospital sector has won a significant arbitration decision about employees' benefits. If your employer changes plan administrators or insurance carriers, notify your ONA Labour Relations Officer immediately. This ONA News item includes a summary of the decision and the full decision document.

ONA supports striking Steelworkers at Vale Inco in Voisey's Bay
Toronto - September 24, 2010

The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) is renewing its support for United Steelworkers (USW) on the Vale Inco picket line in Voisey's Bay, Labrador with a donation of $3,000 to the USW District 6 strike fund. This strike is about to enter its 15th month and is now the longest-ever labour dispute in the history of the mining operations in Canada that were previously owned by Inco.

Televote for ONA Vice-Presidents with Portfolios
TORONTO - September 22, 2010

Information about voting in the election for ONA Vice-Presidents with portfolios has been mailed directly to members in Region 4 (the VPs were acclaimed in the other regions). The Televote for Region 4 members begins once they have received the Ticket of Nominations. The deadline to vote is November 1. The resumes of the candidates in Region 4 and the acclaimed VPs are provided in this ONA News item.

2010 Health Care Program MSD Heightened Enforcement Campaign
Toronto - September 20, 2010

The Ministry of Labour has announced a Musculoskeletal (MSD) Heightened Enforcement Campaign for the health care sector. The campaign will be carried out starting September 15 and ending November 15, 2010.

Important update on the Hospital Central Negotiating Team elections
Toronto - September 16, 2010

New ballots are being mailed on September 20 for the elections in Regions 1, 2, 3 and 5 (the Region 4 representatives were acclaimed). Only completed red ballots are valid and must be received by ONA no later than 16:30h ET on October 12, 2010. Please read this ONA News item for more details.

Join in Labour Day events
Toronto - September 03, 2010

ONA members are encouraged to take part in Labour Day activities across the province. This ONA News item contains information about events in Barrie, Ottawa, Port Elgin, Toronto and Windsor.

Register online now for the 2010 Biennial Convention
Toronto - September 01, 2010

Online registration for ONA’s 2010 Biennial Convention is now open. ONA members and nursing student affiliate members should register and book their hotel rooms by Tuesday, October 5.

Important information: Demutualization proceeds for named HOODIP participants
Toronto - September 01, 2010

You may be eligible to benefit financially as a result of the settlement of a class lawsuit about the demutualization of an insurance company that covered nurses at certain workplaces through the Hospitals of Ontario Disability Income Plan (HOODIP). Some ONA members and retirees must take action to benefit, but many members are not required to do anything. Read this ONA News item to find out whether you need to take action.

Hospital Central Negotiating Team election
Toronto - August 30, 2010

Ballots for the Hospital Central Negotiating Team election were mailed directly to members on August 30. Completed ballots must be received by ONA no later than 16:30h ET on October 1, 2010. Information about the candidates is provided in this ONA News item.

Regional Summits on Hospital Fee-for-Service Funding
Toronto - August 25, 2010

The Government of Ontario is changing the way hospitals are funded, moving away from block grants to a type of fee-for-service funding. Join the Ontario Health Coalition at one of six regional summits to learn what the changes mean for patients and health care providers.

Ontario government's public sector wage restraint scheme
Toronto - August 19, 2010

As has been widely reported, Ontario nurses are part of the group of public sector employees who Premier Dalton McGuinty believes must share the financial burden that the government is facing as a result of the worldwide recession. ONA has been invited to send representatives to consultations with the government and health sector employers beginning in early September.

Second notice to employees of member organizations of the Ontario Hospital Association as of December 29, 1997
Toronto - August 17, 2010

This Notice May Affect Your Rights. Please Read Carefully. To: All current and former employees of member organizations of the Ontario Hospital Association (“OHA”) who paid a share of premiums and were covered by the OHA’s long-term disability policy (Policy No 2100) as of December 29, 1997.

Stop the attack on employment equity
Toronto - August 09, 2010

The Ontario Nurses' Association has endorsed the Colour of Poverty Campaign's open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper demanding that the federal government call off the attack on employment equity.

Support requested for petition calling for end to violence against aboriginal women
- July 26, 2010

ONA is encouraging members to sign a “Stolen Sisters” petition from the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), calling upon the Parliament of Canada to invest in initiatives to help prevent Aboriginal women from disappearing.

Call for nominations for the positions of Regional Vice-President with Portfolio
Toronto - July 08, 2010

ONA members who wish to allow their name to stand must complete the nomination form and submit the completed form to the CEO by the end of the business day (4:30 p.m.), on Thursday, September 2, 2010. The nomination form and other relevant documents including the ONA Provincial Election Guidelines are provided as a PDF file linked from this ONA News item.

Support for Québec nurses requested
Toronto - July 05, 2010

ONA Locals, please endorse the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ) petition for better working conditions.

Notice to employees of member organizations of the Ontario Hospital Association as of December 29, 1997
Toronto - July 05, 2010

This Notice May Affect Your Rights. Please Read Carefully. To: All current and former employees of member organizations of the Ontario Hospital Association (“OHA”) who paid a share of premiums and were covered by the OHA’s long-term disability policy (Policy No 2100) as of December 29, 1997.

Pride Week 2010
Toronto - June 25, 2010

Pride Week marks the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. In Ontario, Pride Week is now a ten-day event that is held in Toronto during the end of June each year. ONA is proud to be part of the continuing struggle of fighting for equality – in the workplace, in government and beyond.

Saint Jean Baptiste Day 2010
- June 24, 2010

On June 24 each year, French Canadians all across Canada and throughout Quebec mark Saint Jean Baptiste Day by expressing their cultural pride and rich heritage through musical concerts, cultural festivals, colorful parades and lively parties and celebrations.

National Aboriginal Day 2010
TORONTO - June 21, 2010

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is celebrating the achievements and contributions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples on the 15th National Aboriginal Day. Due to years of lobbying by the Assembly of First Nations, June 21 was proclaimed to be National Aboriginal Day on June 13, 1996. Each year National Aboriginal Day, also known as Aboriginal Solidarity Day, is celebrated across the country on the summer solstice.

New workplace violence and harassment prevention legislation takes effect today
Toronto - June 15, 2010

ONA’s persistent efforts to end workplace violence have paid off in the form of significant amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Learn about the new legislation that takes effect today.

Nominations for Hospital Central Negotiating Team
- June 01, 2010

The central hospital collective agreement will expire on March 31, 2011. As a result, it is time to initiate the process of electing a new Hospital Central Negotiating Team, and make the call for nominations from members in hospital Bargaining Units. This ONA News item contains links to: Nomination and résumé forms; Mandate – Hospital Central Negotiating Team; and Policy #18.2 – Nominations for ONA Committees/Teams Procedures.

27th Anniversary of Injured Workers’ Day
Toronto - May 27, 2010

June 1, 2010 is the 27th anniversary of the day when more than 3,000 injured workers, their families and supporters converged on Queen’s Park to protest unjust changes to the compensation act. They won and we’re going to celebrate by rallying and petitioning to improve compensation for injured workers in Ontario.

New on ONA.org
- May 18, 2010

ONA’s submission to government on Bill 21: Retirement Homes Act, 2010; Information about new workplace violence and harassment prevention legislation; and ONA President’s recommendations to the Health Minister re: pandemic planning.

Ontario Health Coalition report on small and rural hospitals
- May 17, 2010

Toward Access and Equality: Realigning Ontario’s Approach to Small and Rural Hospitals to Serve Public Values, is based on input received from more than 1,150 people who attended 12 hearings in regions across Ontario during March 2010.

International Day Against Homophobia 2010
- May 17, 2010

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is marking International Day Against Homophobia 2010 by recognizing and celebrating our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members’ year-round commitment to exceptional health care.

Nursing Week 2010 greetings from ONA President Linda-Haslam Stroud, RN
- May 09, 2010

Noting that RNs in Ontario are continuing to experience nursing cuts and rising workplace pressure, ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, says this is the week – which marks Florence Nightingale’s birthday – to put the spotlight on the priceless contributions that nurses make.

National Physiotherapy Month 2010
- May 06, 2010

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is pleased to celebrate the role and contributions of physiotherapists during National Physiotherapy Month (NPM). This year’s theme is “Your mobility is in good hands.”

ONA celebrates May Day with action
- May 01, 2010

ONA members are marking May Day with action by going door-to-door in the community of East York and asking residents to help stop cuts to registered nurse positions at the Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH). You can help to protect patient care and stop nursing cuts by sending your own message right now.

April 28 Day of Mourning: Participate in your community
- April 21, 2010

Ontario officially recognizes April 28 as a day to remember workers who have died, been injured or made ill as a result of their work. Join workers in your community to commemorate this important event and to call for more action to prevent tragedies in our workplaces. The Workers Health & Safety Centre’s province-wide list of events is linked in this ONA News item.

Register now for Canadian Labour Congress municipal election skills training
- April 08, 2010

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is offering municipal election candidate and campaign skills training. Sessions are scheduled to take place in 15 Ontario communities on weekends during April, May and June. There is no charge for ONA members to register.

Nurses demonstrate against health care cuts at Health Minister’s speech
- April 07, 2010

At a speech given by Health Minister Deb Matthews, more than 200 demonstrators criticized the McGuinty government for ignoring and downplaying the consequences of health care funding cuts. Send a message now to your MPP to stop nursing cuts and fund the services that patients need.

Statement on hospital CEOs’ salaries
- March 31, 2010

The release of Ontario’s public-sector “sunshine” list has revealed some excessive salaries among hospital CEOs and senior management. The Ontario Nurses’ Association believes that quality professional work deserves appropriate professional remuneration, but we are struck by the sheer scale of pay for some of these hospital executives.

Send a message to support striking Steelworkers today
- March 31, 2010

Last week ONA members joined 5,000 people from across the province in a rally to support striking Steelworkers in Sudbury. Show your support by sending a message to Vale-Inco CEO Roger Agnelli right now.

Communities rally to help nurses fight hospital cuts
- March 26, 2010

Announcements of nursing and service cuts and bed closures in the communities of Cobourg and London have prompted members of the public to join Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) members and other health care advocates to fight the cutbacks.

Extendicare Scarborough and VON Kirkland Lake nurses choose ONA as their union
- March 25, 2010

Nurses at Extendicare Scarborough and the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Kirkland Lake are now members of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA).

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2010
- March 19, 2010

The Ontario Nurses’ Association marks the 44th International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the United Nations called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination. Today, racialized communities in Canada are three times more likely to be poor than other Canadians because of inequalities in access to education, barriers to employment and low wages.

Register now for the Mar. 29 Provincial Professional Practice Teleconnect
- March 11, 2010

This one-hour session will address issues and strategies on how to effectively discuss your workload and/or PRC with your Manager. ONA’s Professional Practice Specialists will provide information on how ONA leaders can help their members deal with this important first stage of the PRC process.

International Women’s Day 2010
- March 08, 2010

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is celebrating the achievements and drawing attention to the struggles of women on International Women’s Day (IWD). This year’s themes are: “Demand Good Jobs and Good Pensions, Defend Public Services, End Violence and Exploitation.”

National Social Work Week 2010
- March 01, 2010

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is pleased to celebrate the role and contributions of social workers during National Social Work Week (NSWW), March 1 to 7. This year’s theme is “Poverty: There are Solutions – Social Workers Making a Difference.”

Preparing for Nursing Week 2010
- March 01, 2010

Nursing Week is celebrated every year throughout Canada during the week of Florence Nightingale’s May 12th birthday. For 2010, our theme will be: “Celebrate Our Nurses: The Heart of Health Care!” The 2010 Nursing Week Planning Guide is available for downloading as a link in this ONA News item.

International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day on February 28
- February 16, 2010

February 28, 2010 marks the 11th annual International Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day, which is dedicated to RSI education and prevention. This ONA News item contains information about activities planned around the province in February and March to help build awareness of and develop strategies to eliminate RSIs in our workplaces.

Pre-register online now for the Area Coordinators Conferences (ACC) Health and Safety Caucus 2010
- February 11, 2010

Pre-registration for the May 2010 Area Coordinators Conferences (ACC) Health and Safety Caucus 2010 is now open. Please pre-register online today.

Send a message today to lobby Premier McGuinty for a good jobs budget
- February 01, 2010

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has launched its Communities that Work campaign beginning with a province-wide blitz of radio ads urging Premier Dalton McGuinty to focus the 2010 Ontario budget on good jobs. The CommunitiesThatWork.ca website provides an easy to use ‘Email the Premier’ tool.

Black History Month 2010
- February 01, 2010

February is Black History Month, also known as African Heritage Month. The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) joins with workers across the province in recognizing the history, legacy and contributions of Canadians with ancestral roots in Africa.

Advice on how to help with Haiti earthquake relief
- January 20, 2010

The vast destruction brought about by the recent earthquakes in Haiti is causing unimaginable suffering. Many ONA members have been writing and calling to ask how to help. If you want to assist the people of Haiti, please consider donating funds. This ONA News item contains links to the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) website and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) web page for donating to the Canadian Red Cross (CRC).

Pre-register online now for the March 2010 Provincial Coordinators Meeting
- January 19, 2010

Pre-registration for the March 2010 Provincial Coordinators Meeting (PCM) is now open. Please pre-register online by Monday, February 8, 2010.

Send a message today to help stop the elimination of nurses from blood donor screening
- January 18, 2010

The Canadian Blood Services (CBS) is proposing changes to the way blood donors are screened. CBS wants to eliminate nurses from initial donor screening and replace them with 'multi-skilled workers.' This morning the Canadian Federation of Nurses' Unions (CFNU) launched SafeBlood.ca. The new website provides an easy to use, online 'Take Action' tool.

Positive changes a comfort in Lori Dupont follow up
- January 12, 2010

Changes to provincial workplace safety legislation and practices at Windsor’s Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital specifically are evidence of progress toward making the workplace safer for nurses.

Register online now for the January 2010 Treasurers' Workshop
- December 07, 2009

Registration for the January 2010 Treasurers' Workshop is now open. Please register online by January 8, 2010. The deadline to book hotel rooms is December 18, 2009.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women 2009
- December 04, 2009

The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) commemorates the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women. A proactive union that is committed to improving the economic welfare and quality of our members, ONA understands that ending violence against women requires social and economic equality. This ONA News item contains links to a Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) email campaign and statements from the CLC, the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Governor General.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2009
- December 03, 2009

The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year's theme is "Empowerment of persons with disabilities and their communities around the world." More than 15 per cent of people in Ontario report having a recognized disability. As caregivers for and supporters of persons with disabilities, across the province nurses take action to promote the goals of this day through their work every day.

Submission to the Standing Committee on Social Policy on Bill 168 (Violence and Harassment in the Workplace)
- November 24, 2009

Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN presented to the Ontario Legislative Assembly's Standing Committee on Social Policy regarding Bill 168, the Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Act (Violence and Harassment in the Workplace) 2009. This ONA News item contains links to the text of the bill and ONA's submission to the committee.

November 2009 Provincial Coordinators Meeting Highlights
- November 23, 2009

ONA leaders convened for the November 2009 Provincial Coordinators Meeting (PCM) on November 11 and 12 in Toronto. This ONA News item contains links to the PCM highlights documents and copies of the slides from two presentations that took place on November 13.

H1N1 Q & A for ONA Members
- November 18, 2009

This ONA News item contains a link to a new questions and answers (Q & A) document for ONA members about H1N1 as well as an information sheet from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care about N95 user training and fit-testing clinics that are being held across Ontario this month.

Ontario Federation of Labour 10th Biennial Convention
- November 13, 2009

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will be holding its 10th Biennial Convention from Monday, November 23 to Friday, November 27, 2009 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto. This ONA News item contains a link to information on the OFL’s website.

H1N1 update from Nov. 5 stakeholder teleconference
- November 09, 2009

ONA participated in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) H1N1 stakeholder teleconference on November 5. This ONA News item provides a summary of new information from the teleconference including the extended hours of operation for the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) hotline and a link to the list of flu assessment clinics.

ONA joins in celebration of Medical Radiation Technologists' Week
- November 09, 2009

From November 8 to 14, The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) is pleased to join with its Medical Radiation Technologist (MRT) members throughout the province who are celebrating their profession with their colleagues and communities to promote The Power of Technology with a Human Touch.

H1N1 update from Oct. 29 stakeholder teleconference
- November 02, 2009

ONA participated in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) H1N1 stakeholder teleconference on Thursday. This ONA News item provides a summary of the teleconference and links to new information including: a list of influenza vaccination clinics, an update on access to the provincial stockpile of supplied and equipment, and recently posted MOHLTC guidance documents.

Guidance for Public Health nurses regarding H1N1 and occupational health and safety - IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED
- October 29, 2009

Hard copies of this memo are being sent to the Public Health Bargaining Unit Presidents in the next mailing, however, it is important that the information be shared as soon as possible. To download a copy of the memo as a PDF file, please login to the Local Executive section of the website.

H1N1 update from Oct. 23 stakeholder teleconference
- October 27, 2009

ONA participated in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) H1N1 stakeholder teleconference on Friday morning. This ONA News item provides a summary of the information from the teleconference and links to new information that has been posted online by the MOHLTC.

Important communications from MOHLTC re: 2010-2012 HAPS Guidelines
- October 20, 2009

Letters from Joshua Tepper, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Human Resources Strategy Division, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), regarding the Hospital Accountability Planning Submission (HAPS) Guidelines.

H1N1 Issues Update
- October 19, 2009

On October 14, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) posted a new Important Health Notice (IHN) providing a status update on the current situation in the Province of Ontario. This ONA News item provides a summary of and links to the information in the IHN.

Register online now for the November 2009 Provincial Coordinators Meeting
- October 13, 2009

The Human Rights and Equity Caucus meeting will be held in Toronto on Tuesday, November 10.

Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital nurses choose ONA as their union
- October 08, 2009

Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) at the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital (SMGH) have voted to make the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) their union.

H1N1 Issues Update
- October 06, 2009

By now your employer should have conducted risk assessments in conjunction with your Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) to determine who may be at risk of exposure to H1N1 at work and how those workers should be protected. We know that the assessments have not been done in many of your workplaces and reports continue to be received about challenges that persist with respect to proper protection for workers who may be exposed to the HIN1 virus.

ONA Leaders Acclaimed!: President and First Vice-President will Continue to Serve Members
- September 04, 2009

Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, and Vicki McKenna, RN, have been acclaimed to the positions of ONA President and First Vice-President, respectively. An election using the televote system is not necessary this fall. ONA members, please log on for more information.

ONA Names CFNU Scholarship Winner
- August 11, 2009

The fund, set up at the 2007 CFNU Biennium Convention, is intended to assist students in accredited nursing education programs throughout Canada. As a member of the CFNU, ONA is entitled to one of the 10, $1,000 student scholarships awarded each year.

ONA President & CEO attend the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Convention in South Africa
- August 04, 2009

4 Aug 09 -- ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN and CEO Lesley Bell, RN attended the ICN 24th Quadrennial Congress, in Durban, South Africa, June 27 to July 4, 2009. Haslam-Stroud presented a paper - "Safety First: Recognizing and Responding to Violence in the Health Care Sector" to the conference.

H1N1 Flu Pandemic Update
- July 20, 2009

20 Jul 09 -- We continue to encourage ONA members to work with your bargaining unit leadership to identify and raise any health and safety concerns regarding the employer's readiness to protect workers from exposure to this and other infectious diseases. We are aware that the Ministry of Labour is monitoring and responding to concerns in our workplaces, and MOL just recently issued orders relating to an exposure of a worker to an H1N1 patient in a northern hospital.

Update on Canadian Blood Services Plans to Implement New Staffing Model
- July 20, 2009

ONA is continuing its lobbying efforts to have Canadian Blood Services (CBS) call a halt to a staffing model that would replace registered nurses with unregulated or multi-skilled workers for blood donor screening.

A Comment on Canada's Healthcare System
- July 16, 2009

16 Jul 09 -- A graphic comment on Canada's national healthcare standards.

Protecting Yourself from Heat Stress
- July 02, 2009

2 Jul 09 -- The Ministry of Labour has recently updated its Health and Safety Guideline on Heat Stress. In addition, members of the Occupational Health and Safety Council of Ontario (OHSCO) have also developed useful materials related to heat stress. These materials that may assist Joint Health and Safety Committees and members when dealing with extreme heat situations.

St. Jean Baptiste Day
- June 24, 2009

24 Jun 09 -- D'un bout à l'autre du Canada et surtout au Québec, le 24 juin chaque année, les Canadiens et Canadiennes françaises expriment leur fierté et leur riche héritage culturel en célébrant par des festivals culturels, spectacles musicaux, parades et fêtes communautaires, soulignant ainsi la Fête de la St.Jean.

Gay Pride Week
- June 23, 2009

23 Jun 09 -- "Pride Week" marks the anniversary of the "Stonewall Riots" in New York City in June of 1969. The riots were the turning point in the increased resistance to systemic oppression and harassment. A strong, diverse community of "Pride" has evolved since the riots and the ONA is proud to be part of the continuing struggle for the important challenges that remain - same-sex marriage, survivor pension benefits, hate crimes legislation and challenging homophobia and discrimination.

National Aboriginal Day 21 Jun 09
- June 19, 2009

19 Jun 09 -- The summer solstice holds special significance for many Aboriginal groups that celebrate their heritage on June 21, the first day of summer. 

Ontario Nursing Home RNs Ratify New Agreement
- June 12, 2009

12 Jun 09 -- The nurses – members of the Ontario Nurses' Association – will see wage increases, gains in workload and staffing issues, improvements in health and safety issues and increases to premiums over the two-year agreement.

Injured Workers' Day 2009
- May 29, 2009

This Injured Workers' Day marks the 26th anniversary of the day when more than 3,000 workers gathered at the Legislative Assembly to participate in public hearings on workers' compensation and highlight the principle that injury should not mean poverty.

"Good Jobs for All" Rally and March
- May 28, 2009

28 May 09 -- The "Good Jobs for All" rally and march will highlight the need to fix employment insurance and protect pensions. 

Upcoming ONA PCM, Human Rights & Equity Caucus, and Education Day - November 2009
- May 26, 2009

26 May 09 -- ONA's November Provincial Coordinators Meeting (PCM) is being held in Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front Street West, Toronto from November 11-12, 2009. The annual Human Rights and Equity Caucus is on November 10 and an Education Day is slated for November 13.

Study: Investigating the Health Effects of Double Duty Caregiving
- May 19, 2009

19 May 09 -- As more people are being sent home “quicker and sicker,” family members are taking on more frequent and complex caregiving responsibilities than in the past. In 2002, more than 1.4 million Canadians 45 years of age and over combined paid employment and care to older adults, and most caregivers worked full-time.

Happy Nursing Week to All ONA Members – May 11-17, 2009
- May 12, 2009

12 May 09 -- ONA's 54,000 registered nurses, registered practical nurses and allied health professionals, and 10,000 nursing students, are celebrating Nursing Week, May 11-17, 2009.

CFNU Policy Directive
- May 08, 2009

8 May 09 -- To review CFNU's policy directive,

Happy National Medical Laboratory Week!
- April 21, 2009

21 Apr 09 -- Celebrated from April 19 to 25, National Medical Laboratory Week recognizes the hard work and dedication of medical laboratory professionals.

Ministry of Labour April Safety Blitz
- April 02, 2009

2 Apr 09 --

Musculoskeletal disorders are injuries and disorders of the muscles, tendons and nerves that can develop from ongoing exposure to heavy lifting and carrying, forceful exertions, repetitive work and awkward postures.

2009 Leadership Development Program: Applications Due Soon!
- March 16, 2009

16 Mar 09 -- The Leadership Development Program will consist of 10 female participants from ONA's designated groups – Aboriginal, Visible Minorities, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered, Disabled, and Francophone. The program will encourage participants to share their own experiences, to vision, engage in discussion and debate, and provide skills and information sharing. It will promote group interaction and support.

Cutting Nurses, Cutting Care – Take Action Now!
- March 16, 2009

16 Mar 09 -- ONA launched its "Cutting Nurses, Cutting Care" campaign on February 9, 2009, in an effort to stop cuts to registered nursing positions and nursing care hours that threaten patient care.

ONA Members March on Queen’s Park
- March 06, 2009

6 Mar 09 -- ONA members marched from the Delta Chelsea Hotel to the front steps of Queen’s Park carrying signs reading “Stop Nursing Cuts, Save Patient Care” and distributing brochures to the public. Along the way, members shouted messages like “stop the cuts” and “cutting nurses, cutting care, when you need a nurse, who’ll be there?”

Celebrate International Women's Day!
- March 06, 2009

6 Mar 09 -- Events celebrating International Women's Day are held around the world. At many of these celebrations, the political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner.

Cutting Nurses, Cutting Care Campaign Kicks Into High Gear
- February 23, 2009

23 Feb 09 -- To take its Cutting Nurses, Cutting Care campaign to the next level, ONA is airing television ads that are intended to educate Ontarians of the serious consequences of cutting registered nursing positions and hours of care. The television commercials will air across the province until March 6. Also, transit shelter ads and billboards will run Cutting Nurses, Cutting Care ads in numerous cities across Ontario.

ONA Bursaries
- February 17, 2009

17 Feb 09 -- Each year, ONA members have the opportunity to apply for ONA's three bursaries.

RSI Awareness Day 2009
- February 11, 2009

11 Feb 09 -- According to WSIB statistics, RSIs account for more than 40 per cent of all lost-time injury claims. Unfortunately, many work-related repetitive strain injuries, like shoulder and back strains, go unreported to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) and many that are reported are turned down by WSIB.

Cutting Nurses, Cutting Care
- February 10, 2009

10 Feb 09 -- The "Cutting Nurses, Cutting Care" campaign, which launched on February 9, is an effort to stop cuts to registered nursing positions and nursing care hours that threaten patient care.

February is Black History Month
- February 03, 2009

3 Feb 09 -- Black History Month, celebrated each February in Canada and the United Sates, is an opportunity to share the historical and current contributions of African Canadians and African Americans in areas such as medicine, public service, education, art, culture, economic development, politics and human rights.

2009 Leadership Development Program
- February 03, 2009

3 Feb 09 -- The Leadership Development Program will consist of 10 female participants from ONA's designated groups – Aboriginal, Visible Minorities, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered, Disabled, and Francophone. The program will encourage participants to share their own experiences, to vision, engage in discussion and debate, and provide skills and information sharing.

Hospital Sector – Student Supervision Premium
- January 23, 2009

23 Jan 09 -- Article 9.08(a) of the hospital central collective agreement addresses student supervision. It reads as follows:

ONA Going to Arbitration to Halt Toronto East General RN Layoffs
- January 20, 2009

20 Jan 09 -- The Ontario Nurses’ Association is going to arbitration this week to try to stop the layoffs of registered nurses at Toronto East General Hospital. The hospital is seeking to layoff 36 patient care coordinators, replacing them with supervisors.

Another Successful Biennial Convention!
- November 25, 2008

25 Nov 08 -- More than 750 ONA members and leaders gathered at Toronto’s Royal York Hotel to discuss health care issues, Union business and make key decisions affecting ONA members across the province.

Biennial Convention – November 18 - 20, 2008
- November 18, 2008

18 Nov 08 -- The 2008 Biennial Convention will be an extraordinary event as ONA celebrates its 35th anniversary! To mark the occasion, ONA members from across Ontario will gather at Toronto’s Royal York Hotel to participate in the Convention and attend a gala dinner featuring the rock band, The Carpet Frogs.

Televote 2008: Voting Results
- November 07, 2008

7 Nov 08 -- This year\'s televote for the five ONA regional Vice-Presidents closed on November 1, 2008 at midnight. The results are as follows:

Happy MRT(T) Week!
- November 04, 2008

4 Nov 08 -- ONA\'s Medical Radiation Technologists-Radiation Therapists - MRT(T) - join with their colleagues in cancer treatment across Canada to celebrate national MRT(T) Week from November 2 to 8, 2008

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