Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Speaking Notes

  • Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 12:56

    Good afternoon. My name is Kim Jarvi and I am a Senior Economist at the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario – (RNAO). With me is Rob Milling, Director, Health & Nursing Policy with the RNAO. We are the professional association for registered nurses who practise in all roles and sectors in Ontario. Our mandate is to advocate for healthy public policy and for the role of registered nurses in enhancing the health of Ontarians.

  • Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 10:32

    Good morning. My name is Sabrina Merali. As an experienced public health nurse and program manager with the International Affairs and Best Practice Guideline Centre, I am pleased to be here today representing the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario.

    Ontario’s nurses are in support of Healthy Decisions for Healthy Eating Act, 2012 as we believe it would be a tremendous benefit to the people of Ontario. With increasingly hectic schedules and the demands of juggling competing commitments, many people each week depend on restaurants to meet their nutritional and social needs.

  • Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 01:00

    My name is Laura Hanson and I am a nursing policy analyst with the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO). RNAO is the professional organization representing more than 30, 000 registered nurses who practice in all roles and sectors across Ontario. We appreciate the opportunity to participate in these public consultations.

    As a Budget Committee, you are facing a choice. Will City Council apply creative remedies to the task of building a healthy city? Or will you impose restrictions and cuts that will negatively impact the well being of all of Toronto’s residents and will, within certain communities, have devastating consequences?

    RNAO is speaking here today because nurses are acutely aware of the critical link between social and environmental conditions and health. We work in schools, hospitals, offices, shelters, long term care facilities, on the streets and in patients’ homes. Nurses hear and see the struggles that people, especially those on social assistance and in low-paying and precarious jobs, face to get basic necessities such as food, shelter, clothing, child care, recreation services and transportation.

  • Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 00:00

    Good morning. My name is Doris Grinspun, and I am the Executive Director of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO). With me today is Rob Milling, Director of RNAO’s Policy department. RNAO is the professional association for registered nurses who practise in all roles and sectors in Ontario. Our mandate is to advocate for healthy public policy and for the role of registered nurses in enhancing the health of Ontarians.

    RNAO was proud to represent Ontario’s nurses on the vitally important Tobacco Strategy Advisory Group (TSAG), a panel of health experts established to advise the government on a five-year plan to build on the successes of the Smoke-Free Ontario strategy.

  • Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 00:00

    Good afternoon. My name is Rhonda Seidman-Carlson, and I am the President-elect of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO). With me today is Kim Jarvi, of RNAO’s Policy department. RNAO is the professional association for registered nurses who practise in all roles and sectors in Ontario. Our mandate is to advocate for healthy public policy and for the role of registered nurses in enhancing the health of Ontarians.

    The 2011 Budget was a cautious budget, and RNAO greeted it with qualified approval. There was limited new spending and no new taxes. The resulting budget deficit was projected to drop to 2.5 per cent of GDP in the coming fiscal year, compared to 3.3 per cent and 2.7 per cent in the previous two years. In those years, the government had responded to the economic crisis by deficit spending in order to help avert a full-blown collapse. There was broad domestic and international consensus on the necessity of deficit spending under the circumstances and nurses supported the approach. Given that unemployment in Ontario and Canada remain stubbornly high in spite of some economic recovery we caution our provincial and federal governments to be careful to avoid tipping their economies back into recession by prematurely cutting deficits.

  • Friday, April 1, 2011 - 19:37

    RNAO Speaking Notes – Doris Grinspun, Executive Director, RNAO

    Joint Review Panel – Darlington Nuclear Project

    April 1, 2011

         
    The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional organization representing registered nurses in Ontario. It is the strong, credible voice leading the nursing profession to influence and promote healthy public policy.

    We appreciate the opportunity to make a submission to the Joint Review Panel on the proposal by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) for site preparation, construction, operation, decommissioning and abandonment of up to four new nuclear reactors at the existing Darlington Nuclear site near here on the north shore of Lake Ontario.

  • Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 00:00

    Good afternoon. My name is Wendy Fucile and I am the Immediate Past President of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario.

    The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association for registered nurses who practise in all roles and sectors across this province. We work to improve health and strengthen our health-care system.

    RNAO appreciates the opportunity to present this submission on Bill 140 to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy.

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 00:00

    Good afternoon. My name is Doris Grinspun, and I am the Executive Director of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO). RNAO is the professional organization for registered nurses who practise in all roles and sectors across Ontario. We appreciate the opportunity to address the Standing Committee on Social Policy on Bill 141.

    Nurses are in a unique position to provide feedback on a pandemic response. We are the health professionals who deal directly with members of the public during a pandemic and help coordinate and provide care. Safeguarding the public by preventing the rapid spread of virulent sickness and disease is without question, a high priority.

    At the outset, I extend, on behalf of RNAO our warmest congratulations to the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King, on her courageous and expert leadership.

  • Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 00:00

    Thank you, Shawn-Patrick. The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional organization representing registered nurses in Ontario. It is the strong, credible voice leading the nursing profession to influence and promote healthy public policy.

    Like all Canadians, and people around the world, our hearts go out to the people of Japan who are dealing with unthinkable tragedy. We admire their courage and resilience even as the full extent of the disaster is still unknown.

    We know that the best and brightest of the world’s nuclear technologists and engineers are working around the clock to prevent further catastrophe and we wish them all the best. As their efforts on the other side of the globe inspire us with hope, our government and the nuclear industry here in Ontario assure us it could never happen here and we have nothing to worry.

  • Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 00:00

    Good Morning. My name is Lynn Anne Mulrooney and I am Senior Policy Analyst at the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario. RNAO is the professional association for registered nurses who practice in all roles and sectors across the province.

    Thank you to the Recession Relief Coalition for organizing this Hunger Inquiry on what is literally a life and death issue. From our daily nursing practice and from the overwhelming evidence, nurses know that not having access to nutritious food and affordable shelter is why those with lower incomes are sicker and die earlier compared with those who have more resources. Today we will be hearing from a variety of compelling speakers who will be able to tell us more about some of the evidence linking hunger and poverty with poor health. We will hear from people with direct experience of being hungry, health care providers who witness the negative impacts of short-sighted public policy on the health of their patients, and researchers who are helping us understand the big-picture patterns of what is happening to large segments of our community because of these harmful policies.