Disability Policy: From Remedies to Rights – Review by Injured Workers Online.

The attached Document was distributed  and completed by Maytree.  Maytree is committed to advancing systemic solutions to poverty and strengthening civic communities. I will start with a review by Injured Workers On Line on this post and put the actual report on a separate post. 

 

Challenges in Disability Policy 

Persons with disabilities face many challenges in accessing public programs for financial aid or disability supports – or from being trapped in them once eligible. In a recent report  Disability Policy: From Remedies to Rights (Dec. 2018), Sherri Torjman lays out the bureaucratic Catch-22 : Continue reading

WSIB management defends system in face of workers’ concerns

Staff warn of service issues, understaffing in ‘call centre’ model, documents show

Another awesome article from Sara Mojtehedzadeh which was published in the Toronto Star on February 22, 2019.   A writer committed to the truth and a paper committed to printing it.

Senior management is doubling down on controversial changes at the provincial workers’ compensation board, as employees blast the organization’s new “call centre” model and warn that failure to address understaffing and service issues could have “life and death implications” for injured workers, according to documents obtained by the Star. Continue reading

Changes to JOHS Training Standards Designed to Keep Profits Safe

written by Greg Snider   Editing + by Lise Vaugeois

Steve Mantis responded to the Ontario Governments changes to the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee Training Standards with an e-mail to preventionfeedback@ontario.ca.  In the Government’s own words, the changes were made to “reduce the burden on Business …  and save employers and workers time and money.”  The condensed version is: they are making the training shorter and online while giving the employer more time to implement the training. Continue reading

Awesome New Website. Check it out.

y times have we said “if people could just see what WSIB was realy doing to Injured workers., then we might just get change.”  Some of the TBDIWSG members who met with new NDP mpp Judith Monteith-farrel heard the same message from her.  She beleive the current Government was far more open to hearing a message if people personal stories were a part of the message.  If you agree with this you need to check out this new facebook page.  I know it’s facebook but rest assured that trip will be worth it. Continue reading

The Parliamentary Committee on Finance & Economic Affairs Roadshow

 

By Greg Snider and Jules Tupker

The Parliamentary Committee on Finance & Economic Affairs has been touring the province for Pre-Budget presentations and made their only appearance in the Northwest at Dryden on January 21st.  The Conservative government is in its first year of power and it certainly doesn’t look good for Injured Workers in Ontario. Continue reading

In The Rear-View Mirror: 2018

by Greg Snider  Edited by Lise Vaugeois

As we say good by to another Christmas season and head in to the heart of our long winter, lets take a moment to look back at the year gone by.
On April 28th the Thunder Bay and District Injured Workers Support Group (TBDIWSG) continued to work with the Thunder Bay and District Labour Council in co-hosting the April 28th Day of Mourning Observance. For the second year in a row the event was held at the Finlandia Club. Correctional Officer Mike Lundy was this year’s guest speaker. He spoke about living with workplace stress and how that can seriously affect one’s life. He talked about how prominent PTSD is among jail guards and first responders. This year we honored four Hydro One workers who died in a helicopter crash and the six workers who were on the Humboldt Bronco’s bus crash. This important event continues to grow the recognition of those who have been killed or injured in the workplace. Continue reading