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Action must be taken to protect healthcare workers

| Political action, Social Justice

Ottawa, September 13, 2021 – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF/FCE) is standing in solidarity with healthcare workers in their call for the creation of safety zones around hospitals as anti-vaccine protests pose increasing risks to staff and patients. 

“Blocking people from safely entering hospitals is not only dangerous, but it also completely undermines the incredible work being done to care for Canadians during this pandemic,” says Sam Hammond, CTF/FCE President. “We want to see politicians across Canada take a stand and stop these protests and protect our workers instead of simply paying them lip service.” 

The CTF/FCE voices its strong opposition to these intimidating protests and supports healthcare workers as protests increase nationwide, with more planned to take place in several cities this week. 

“With Covid cases already emerging throughout Canadian schools, where a vast number of children are unable to be vaccinated, it is imperative that our healthcare systems are prepared to address an influx of patients,” says Hammond. “These protests do not reflect the shared values of this country. In fact, they are un-Canadian and have no place in our society.” 

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation

Founded in 1920, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation is the national voice for the teaching profession. As the national alliance of provincial and territorial teacher organizations, the CTF/FCE represents over 300,000 elementary and secondary school teachers across Canada. 

Media contact

Andrew King,
Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF/FCE)
Mobile: 819-213-7847