Weekly Rewview

Welcome to the double 20s and the first Weekly Report

Lakehead University Research Speakers Series

This is an opportunity to listen to some of the research work being done at our local University.  Lakehead University has been very supportive of the Injured Workers Support Group. We have two of their students doing research for us as part of their education program.

The event is taking place at LU on Monday, January 13th between 12pm and 130pm. There will be a light lunch provided.  RSVP is required.  If you are interested, the details check out the poster and info in the post below this one. 

Thunder Bay & District Injured Workers Support Group Fundraiser – First Annual Labour Awards Dinner

The date for our First Annual Labour Awards Dinner is Friday, February 28th and we are looking forward to a very exciting event.  Doors open at 6 pm and dinner is being served at 6:30 pm.  Tickets are now available.  They are $40.00 each and if you purchase a full table (8 tickets), you will receive a complimentary bottle of wine.   You can contact our office by phone for tickets, talk to a board member or come to the office on Tuesday between 10am and 200pm. 

Board Executive Re-elected

Elections were held at our last board meeting.  Congratulations to …

Janet Paterson (President)

Ted Bobrowski (Vice President)

Steve Mantis (Treasurer)

Jules Tupker (Secretary)

Tuesdays Together

Tuesdays together resumed yesterday and are held weekly until our summer schedule kicks in.  Join us from 10 am to 12 noon in the HAGI boardroom as 1201 Jasper Drive.  Activities include educationals, Paint Your Pain, wellness and games. Everyone is welcome to attend!

City Council

TBDIWSG president Janet Paterson and fellow Board Member Greg Snider will be meeting with the Thunder Bay City Council to discuss the many activities we are involved with and that the Citizens of Thunder Bay have come to appreciate.  Feel free to attend.

Education

Steve Mantis has been invited to talk to some of the students at Westgate High School about workplace safety.   Steve has been doing this important outreach for decades, raising awareness about the importance of health and safety in the workplace for many who will be entering the workforce.  He talks about some very important issues that can keep our young adults safe.  Please let us know If you would like him to speak to a group. 

Ford backtracks because of IW pressure

We have received updates that both the Injured Workers Community Legal Clinic (IWC) and the Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario (IAVGO) have had a portion of their funding budget restored, retroactive to their budget cuts of April 1, 2019.     We are awaiting an update for the third injured workers legal aid clinic in Toronto.  Meanwhile, northern and northwestern Ontario’s legal aid lawyer position was short-lived, and it doesn’t sound like it will be re-instated.  Great work to all who supported our legal aid clinics during the last year!  Together we made change!

Articles of interest

Injuredworkersonline.org has a great review of the past year.  The journey of this past year is one that we won’t forget.  Follow the below link to learn more.

The year in review

Below is a link to another article by Sara Mojtehedzadeh of the Toronto Star.  This time she enlightens us on the decreasing number of inspections by the MOL. 

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2019/12/04/employers-keep-breaking-safety-laws-and-government-enforcement-isnt-stopping-them-auditor-general-finds.html

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