Write to Greg Rickford – MPP, Kenora-Rainy River

    Dear Mr. Rickford:

    Violence against Lake of the Woods hospital workers–particularly at the detox centre seeing unprecedented demand for services–has skyrocketed.I’m writing to urge you to help by securing increased funding and staff at Kenora’s hospital.

    Our dedicated hospital staff being hit, spat at, and verbally assaulted is not acceptable. They have risked so much during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide patient care.

    Hospital workers deserve better protections, pay and respect.


    Violence and harassment in hospitals – The Agenda with Steve Paikin

    Read OCHU nurse Sonja Bernhard’s first-person account of violence and burnout at work, and watch TVO on Friday March 11, at 8 p.m. EST for the first segment in a series on the rising rates of violence in hospitals.

    Gritty Nurse Podcast – Code White: How do we address violence in nursing?

    Dr. James Brophy and Dr. Margaret Keith discuss their book, Code White on the Gritty Nurse Podcast.

    “Premier, now is the time to stand clearly and unequivocally with health care workers and the sick against harassment, violence and racism”: CUPE

    TORONTO, ON - Concern is mounting among hospital staff – the great majority of whom are women and many of whom are racialized- working in Toronto’s downtown hospitals that their safety and that of people seeking hospital care is uncertain with truckers heading to...

    Book Review “Code White” — The Hidden Epidemic Plaguing Health Care Workers

    Just two weeks ago, Illinois Department of Family and Child Services social worker Deirdre Silas was brutally stabbed to death while conducting a welfare check on children living in a private home. The threats, the injuries and sometimes the fatalities that health care and social service workers face on the job are the every-day rule, not the exception. And the politics and stress around COVID-19 have increased the number of threats they face.

    Surge in violence against staff, “creates toxic work environment” deepening Ontario’s hospital staffing crisis

    TORONTO, ON – Increasing violence directed at hospital staff is among factors driving the worsening staffing shortage in Ontario’s health sector, say two unions representing nearly 70,000 hospital workers province-wide. According to the Canadian Union of Public...

    OCHU RPN on CBC’s The Current

    Click here to listen to RPN Sonja Bernhard and Code White researcher/writer Jim Brophy talk about the violence faced by health care workers on CBC’s The Current.

    In timely new book Code White Canadian researchers expose ugly truths, urge cures about violence against health care workers: media conference September 1

    TORONTO, ON - Before the COVID pandemic hit, researchers Dr. Margaret Keith and Dr. James Brophy began ground-breaking work on violence against hospital and long-term care workers. Today, with nurses reporting an increase in violence fueled by the world health crisis,...

    Navigating Attacks Against Health Care Workers in the COVID-19 Era

    A week and a half after Chicago’s COVID-19 lockdown began in 2020, a nurse on a bus ride home from her hospital shift felt the brunt of the pandemic. But it didn’t come in the form of treating an onslaught of patients with SARS-CoV-2—she hadn’t been assigned to care...

    ‘Everyone is terrified’: What’s behind workplace violence at Newmarket’s Southlake hospital?

    “The number of code white alarm calls at Southlake, sounded when someone is at risk of violence, rose from 402 in 2015-16 to 653 in 2016-17. In 2017-18, there were 549 calls.”

    ‘Happens too often’: Stabbing of HSN nurse by patient highlights pervasive violence in health care sector

    Nurse received serious injuries after being stabbed with screwdriver; 62-year-old man charged with assault A recent incident at Health Sciences North involving an employee being stabbed by a patient highlights the pervasive nature of violence in Ontario health-care...

    Newsletter – May 27

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    Bill to protect workers who report or speak up about violence against staff in the workplace reintroduced

    France Gelinas MPP re-introduces bill to protect workers who report or speak up about violence against staff in the workplace. Download Bill 111Download speaking_out_about_workplace_violence_and_workplace_harassment_act_2019_...Download

    Violence in long-term care homes prompts fears of staffing crisis

    Workers in long-term care homes are reporting unprecedented levels of assault and harassment, contributing to a turnover rate that is leaving the industry at risk of a staffing crisis, a new study says. Read and watch more on CTV.

    Breaking Point: Violence Against Long-Term Care Staff

    A new report from James Brophy, Margaret Keith, and Michael Hurley Direct resident care in long-term care facilities is carried out predominantly by personal support workers and registered practical nurses, the majority of whom are women. They experience physical,...

    Kingston Violence conference a major success

    40 participants from Kingston healthcare organizations attended a conference on Violence in Healthcare on March 2 at City hall in Kingston. Presenters included Dr. Margaret Keith and Dr. James Brophy; Sharon Richer, Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario Council of...