Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Speaking Notes/Submissions

  • April 21, 2016

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students in Ontario. RNAO has voiced support for the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 1994 (SFOA) in the past and continues to support the government's efforts to strengthen smoking laws.

  • April 13, 2016

    Thank you for the opportunity to appear before the committee to address dementia in Canada. Today I am here representing the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association and the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario. The Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association (CGNA) is the national organization representing gerontological nurses and promotes gerontological nursing practice across national and international boundaries.

  • April 8, 2016

    Dear Premier Wynne,

    The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario is dismayed with the exclusion of nurses in Bill 163. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as the “exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury or sexual violation” (APA, 2013, pg1). The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) sets three criteria regarding the event that could trigger PTSD:

    1. Directly witnesses the traumatic event;
    2. Witnesses the traumatic event in person;

  • April 6, 2016

    RNAO welcomes the introduction of legislation to move forward carbon pricing in Ontario. There is a broad consensus among economists that pricing carbon is an essential component of a strategy for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. There is also a broad consensus among climate scientists that climate change is happening, that it is primarily due to human emissions of GHGs, and that humans must substantially reduce their GHG emissions if they wish to avoid catastrophic climate change.

  • April 6, 2016

    My name is Natalie Lapos, and I am the co-chair of RNAO's Ontario Nurses for the Environment Interest Group. With me today is, Kim Jarvi, Senior Economist for RNAO. As you may know, we are the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students in Ontario.

  • March 21, 2016

    Good afternoon. My name is Dr. Doris Grinspun and I am Chief Executive Officer of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, or as it is best known: RNAO.

    We thank you for the opportunity to be here today, representing Ontario’s registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing students to speak in staunch support of supervised injection services (SIS). This issue is tremendously important to us as health professionals, community members, family members, and friends of loved ones whose lives have been lost or are at risk because of substance use and addiction. Implementing SIS is a pragmatic and evidence-based policy that will improve health outcomes, prevent needless deaths, and contribute to safer communities.

  • March 18, 2016

    Dear Members of the Prescription Drug Status Committee,

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and nursing students in all roles and sectors across Ontario. RNAO appreciates this opportunity to provide feedback on the proposal to revise the listing of naloxone on the Prescription Drug List to permit the non-prescription use of naloxone.

  • March 16, 2016

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is delighted to provide feedback to Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins' Patient’s First Discussion Paper. We begin with a brief summary in the form of a table to facilitate a high-level overview of RNAO's responses to the various proposals in the Minister's paper. This brief executive summary is followed by the full submission, which provides a more detailed analysis of each component of the paper, along with identified enablers for success.

  • March 4, 2016

    Good Afternoon. My name is Tim Lenartowych and I am a registered nurse and the director of health and nursing policy at the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO). We are the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students in Ontario. Joining me today is Andrea Baumann, a registered nurse and policy analyst at RNAO. As the largest regulated health workforce, RNs and NPs are deeply affected by Bill 119, which is why we welcome this opportunity to provide input to the Standing Committee.

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  • March 3, 2016

    RE: RNAO Urges Province to Use Public Health Evidence to Inform a Comprehensive Provincial Alcohol Strategy

    Dear Premier Wynne,