Ontario's Front-Line Nurses Mark 2007 Day of Mourning

    Ontario Nurses' Association President to Speak in Toronto

    TORONTO, April 27 /CNW/ - The 53,000 members of the Ontario Nurses'
Association (ONA) will join thousands of other Ontarians today in marking the
Annual Day of Mourning.
    ONA members - registered nurses and allied health care professionals -
will participate in a variety of activities to honour those who died on the
job. ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, will speak at a gathering at Larry
Sefton Parkette in Toronto (Bay and Hagerman Streets, immediately behind
Toronto City Hall) at noon.
    "Front-line nurses continue to be the most ill and injured profession in
this province," notes ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "I will join
others in remembering the colleagues we have lost on the job - recently to
SARS and one to workplace violence."
    The final report of the SARS commission noted that health care lacks a
culture of safety - leaving nurses to care for their patients without adequate
protective equipment. ONA has been lobbying for changes to the Occupational
Health and Safety Act to strengthen workplace protection for those
experiencing harassment and violence in the workplace.
    ONA continues to lobby for the provincial government to pass legislation
to make the use of safety-engineered "sharps" mandatory, in order to prevent
needless needlestick injuries that can expose nurses to HIV, hepatitis and
other blood-borne illnesses.
    "As we continue to carry out our work to ensure safer workplaces for
nurses, it's important that we take the time to remember our fellow nurses who
have lost their lives to care for others," says Haslam-Stroud. "We can learn
lessons from what happened to our colleagues, and ensure that improvements are
made so that health care professionals are provided with safe work

    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.

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

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