Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Speaking Notes/Submissions

  • May 16, 2016

    Good afternoon. My name is Andrea Baumann and I am a registered nurse and a policy analyst for the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO). We are the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students in Ontario. With me today is Cindy Baker-Barill, a public health nurse, and past-president of the Community Health Nurses' Initiatives Group – an interest group of RNAO. Our association and its members advocate for healthy public policy, and aim to influence decisions that affect nurses and the public we serve.

  • May 9, 2016

    RNAO is the professional association that represents Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and nursing students in Ontario. We advocate for healthy public policy, promote excellence in nursing practice, increase nurses’ contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influence decisions that affect nurses and the public.

    I’d like to begin by wishing you all a Happy Nursing Week. Today marks the start of national nursing week, when we celebrate the important contributions of Canada’s nurses and reflect on what is needed to optimize nursing care delivery.

  • April 29, 2016

    Dear Premier Wynne,

    Thank you very much for meeting with me on April 21. I agreed to follow-up with you and convey, in writing, my concerns regarding the privatization of Hydro One.

  • 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

    The need to prevent and manage dementia in Canada is critical. In 2011, 747,000 Canadians lived with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias (ADRD). This amounted to 14.9 per cent of Canadians 65 and older (Alzheimer Society, 2012). By 2031, the number of Canadians living with dementia will increase to 1.4 million (Alzheimer Society, 2012). Dementia does not discriminate. It impacts people of all socioeconomic classes, genders, ethnicities, and is not just a disease of older persons. For example, roughly 1 in 1000 people under the age of 65 develop dementia (Alzheimer Society Canada, 2015).

  • 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.