Front Line Registered Nurses Join in Labour Day Parade: Nurses Celebrate Solidarity

    TORONTO, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - Front-line registered nurses from the Toronto
area will join hundreds of union members marching in the city's Labour Day
parade this long weekend.
    The nurses - members of the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) - will join
other health-care union workers in the celebrations.
    "Labour Day and its messages of solidarity has a deeper meaning than ever
for me this year," says ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "The weekend
marks the symbolic end to summer, return to school, and this year, the
possibility of the second wave of H1N1. While no one can predict how severe
the pandemic will become, we can count on a large increase in the number of
flu patients needing care.
    "For those of us in the health-care sector," Haslam-Stroud says, "this
means we will have to be vigilant in ensuring that nurses and front-line
health-care providers are protected and for ONA to advocate for patient
safety. We remain under tremendous pressure as staffing in hospitals and other
facilities continues to be inadequate. And the stress on nurses in every
sector - from hospitals to public health, home care and long-term care - will
increase as the pandemic unfolds."
    ONA Region 3 members will meet at Dundas and University and march along
Queen Street West and into the Dufferin Gates of the Canadian National
Exhibition beginning at 9:30 am Monday morning. Families of the nurses will
join them in the parade.

    ONA is the union representing 54,000 front-line registered nurses and
allied health professionals and 10,000 nursing students providing care in
Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community and
industry. ONA is celebrating 35 years of nursing advocacy - a proud past, a
powerful future.

For further information:

For further information: Ontario Nurses' Association: Sheree Bond, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2430, Cellular: (416) 986-8240; Ruth Featherstone, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2267

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