Media Advisory - Photo Op: Registered Nurses to Join Other Health-Care Providers at Queen's Park Rally for Safe Needle Legislation

    TORONTO, April 30 /CNW/ - Carrying six-foot tall models of blood-tipped
unsafe needles, members of the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) Region 3 will
join other health-care providers at Queen's Park on May Day (May 1) to rally
in support of legislation making the use of safety-engineered devices
    Ontario law does not make the provision of safety-engineered needles
mandatory for health-care workers, leading to thousands of needless
needlestick injuries a year. NDP MPP Shelley Martel's proposed Bill 30, making
their provision mandatory, has been languishing at a Legislative Standing
Committee for months.
    ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN and Vice-President Andy Summers,
RN, will join Martel, ONA members, SEIU Local1.on Secretary-Treasurer Cathy
Carroll, OPSEU First Vice-President Patty Rout, and their members in
protesting this lack of safe equipment. Terry Downey of the Ontario Federation
of Labour and John Cartwright from the Labour Council will also participate.
    ONA notes that the eloquent final SARS Report, written by the late
Justice Archie Campbell, recommended a renewed emphasis on workplace health
and safety, including the use of the precautionary principle - or erring on
the side of caution in protecting health care workers. Providing safe
equipment to workers is vital, he said.

    ONA is the union representing 53,000 registered nurses and allied health
professionals working in Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities, public
health, the community and industry. Photos of safety-engineered sharps are
available for downloading at

    What:     May Day Rally in Support of Safe Needle Legislation
    When:     Tuesday, May 1, 2007 from noon to 1:00 pm.
    Where:    Front lawn of Queen's Park, Queen's Park Circle

For further information:

For further information: Ontario Nurses' Association, Sheree Bond, (416)
964-8833 ext. 2430, cellular: (416) 986-8240; Melanie Levenson, (416) 964-8833
ext. 2369

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