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“Emergency services in Thunder Bay are putting more money aside for Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) claims, particularly related to mental wellness. The WSIB allocations for the Thunder Bay Police Service, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue and Superior North EMS combine for a $1-million increase in the proposed 2020 city budget.” Article: ‘We see terrible […]

” ‘The WSIB had argued that this was a private interest matter, that this was just to do with my dad’s WSIB claim and that there was no public interest in this,’ Martell said. ‘In the Information and Privacy Commissioner ruling, the decision very clearly stated that no, this is a matter of public interest.’ […]

“Ontario’s Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton responded to criticisms of his government’s health and safety programs oversight with a promise to act on the upcoming release of a report containing an operational review of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).” Article: McNaughton pledges continued safety improvements following AG report Author: […]

“Custodial workers in Ontario schools are concerned asbestos containing materials (ACM) are not well managed and training is inadequate, according to a recent report.  The report is based on a survey conducted by researchers from the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.” Article: […]

“The federal government’s Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program is supposed to protect migrant workers’ safety. But according to a researcher at Western University, that program is somewhat toothless — leaving thousands of workers open to exploitation.” Article: Ontario’s migrant farm workers not getting protections promised by federal government Author: CBC News: Windsor Morning Date: December 18, […]

“Just 1 per cent of workplaces across the province are being proactively inspected to ensure they are safe — and the Ministry of Labour’s enforcement efforts are failing to prevent employers from repeatedly violating safety protections, according to this year’s auditor general report.” Article: Employers keep breaking safety laws — and government enforcement isn’t stopping […]

“Unifor report Caring in Crisis: Ontario’s Long-Term Care PSW Shortage finds chronic under staffing in long-term care homes puts workers at risk and is hurting residents. ‘Every step of the way, we heard that PSW’s face impossible workloads and heavy physical labour that leads to preventable injuries. These unsafe conditions, paired with low pay, precarious working conditions […]

Foodora and Uber workers rallied earlier this month in front of the Ontario Labour Relations Board and protested what they described as a misclassification of gig workers as independent contractors. The misclassification allows the companies to avoid providing a minimum wage, unemployment and workers’ compensation, health care benefits, and other traditional protections, according to the […]

“Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) chief operating officer Brian Jarvis has resigned. Jarvis will leave the job effective Dec. 31.  … Jarvis had borne the brunt of attacks from critics as he restructured the WSIB to streamline claim processing. Critics claimed his solutions were making things worse for claimants and resulted in a massive […]

“… greenhouse and other agriculture workers are at great risk — experiencing higher lost-time injury rates than any other Schedule 1 sector over the last six years, according to a WSIB report. Data tells us that most of these injuries occur as a result of contact with equipment or exertion, but the numbers alone cannot […]