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Media Advisory – Nurses’ Conference in Moncton to Focus on Health Care

OTTAWA, Aug. 6 – Nurses and health stakeholders from across the country will convene in Moncton, New Brunswick, on August 8 to attend a conference on health care hosted by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU).

The conference, How soon is now? Health care for every generation, will discuss issues and solutions related to health disparities and access to care in Canada. The conference will be chaired by CFNU President Linda Silas, features a key note address by National Chief Phil Fontaine of the Assembly of First Nations, and panel sessions featuring Ted Schrecker (University of Ottawa), Dr. Bob Gardner (Wellesley Institute), Dr. Steve Morgan (University of British Columbia), Dr. Judith Shamian (Victorian Order of Nurses), and Dr. John Gillis (Canadian Doctors for Medicare). The conference will take place the day before Council of the Federation meetings begin. Nurses are in Moncton to remind Premiers to keep health care on their meeting agenda. At the conference, CFNU will launch its latest publication, Conversations with Champions of Medicare. Authored by Ann Silversides, this book features conversations with nine medicare advocates including Shirley Douglas, the Honourable Monique Bégin and the Honourable Roy Romanow. The book will remind Premiers of the hard-fought battles to implement our public health care system and urge their support for its continued sustainability.

Founded in 1981, the CFNU is the largest organization of nurses in Canada with 135,000 affiliated members from coast to coast.

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For further information: Linda Silas, CFNU President, (613) 859-4314 (cell); Teresa Neuman, Acting Director of Communications/Campaigns, CFNU, (613) 292-9106 (Cell)