D.O.M.’s Rocque Strong Leader

The Thunder Bay and District Injured Workers Support Group would like to issue a very, very large thank you Bob Larocque for his many years of hard work in making the Thunder Bay Day of Mourning Ceremony the best such event in Ontario.

He has taken Thunder Bay’s Day of Mourning Ceremony from a small gathering, of injured workers and union activists, beside the Injured Workers Monument to an event that attracted the attention of the Premier of Ontario.  This is almost exclusively because of the work and organizational skills of Bob Larouque.

Bob has announced that this will be his last year on the Day of Mourning Planning Committee  (It should be noted that I haven’t began my extensive lobbying of Bob to change his mind.).  As a member of that Committee for several years now, I know how valuable his tireless work, organizational skills and knowledge was to the event. Although I know the event will continue to be a success without him, I can’t say I know how that will happen.

Again thank you Bob Larocque for everything you have done.

I would encourage everyone to attend the Moses Sheppard Scholarship FundraisingDinner to be held on November 27th at the Slovak Legion.  This is another amazing event put on by Bob Larocque.






Thank You Jan Piley

The Thunder Bay and District Injured Workers Support Group would like to send out a huge thank you to Jan Piley who has stepped down from the Board. Jan joined the Board after retiring as a staff representative with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.  Her extensive knowledge of labour and Workers Compensation issues was a great asset during her seven years on the the board. For most of her time on the Board Jan took on the added responsibility of secretary.

both Jan’s professionalism and her ability to keep our passions focused  on the task ahead will be greatly missed on the board.

Injured Workers Decry Secretive WSIB Annual General Meeting

SOURCE: Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups

Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups

September 14, 2016 06:30 ETTORONTO, ON–(Marketwired – September 14, 2016) – In the wake of mounting public criticism, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is holding what advocates believe to be its first Annual General Meeting this morning in over a decade. Injured workers will be protesting in front of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to call attention to the private, invite-only event in the midst of growing public concern with its dealings.

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Many Problems, One Solution:

WSIB Premium Setting Policy

by Greg Snider   edited by Steve Mantis

I read with dismay recently the story of Robert Piche, a small business owner, and his problems with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.  Does this sound odd coming from an activist for Injured Workers?  It shouldn’t many WSIB policies are hurtful to both businesses and employers.

Don’t get me wrong Mr. Piche is still better off than the many Injured Workers denied employment by a competitive workplace and a damaged body while also being denied any form of compensation by WSIB.   Granted Mr. Piche who has a disability and that can be a barrier to other employment he also made a choice to invest in a business and he would have gladly taken all future profits.  Continue reading

ONIWSG Looking For Your Help

The 25th AGM/Conference committee  would  like  to  gather as many pictures or small video clips as possible into a 7 minute video.

The purpose of this videos is to celebrate the success of 25 years of ONIWG.

This will be a group effort as we require our membership groups, affiliates, and supporting advocates to select and forward pictures to peticanhearns@gmail.com in the next two weeks.

Should you require assistance getting photos scanned or digitalized, please let us know.  Help is available.

Thank you for your solidarity and assistance with this project.