Platform for Change: Science Based Decisions

by Greg Snider editing by Steve Mantis

Canadians just went through an election were three of our four major national parties were adamant that Governments needed to start making science based decisions and not decision lead Science.  The fourth party claimed their decisions were science based, after all it is pretty hard to say that you shouldn’t review your work, or the work of others, to ensure you are doing the best you can.  The same rule obviously holds true for any Workers Compensation Program.

The challenge is to have meaningful research done without predetermination and to be read accurately. Continue reading

Platform for Change – Universal Coverage

by Greg Snider  with thanks to Steve Mantis for editing

It may come as a shock to many people that WSIB coverage is not universal. In Ontario close to 30% of workers are not protected under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.  If you have been reading the past articles in this series you may be asking yourself “is that really a problem”.   The answer to that is that it matters a great deal.  Many workers not covered by WSIB will be receiving no coverage what so ever or be covered under an insurance company, with all the restrictions profit line can create. Continue reading

Platform for Change; “Your input is important to us.”

Four members of the Thunder Bay and District Injured Workers Support Group met with Minister Flynn this past June.  At one point during the meeting TBIWSG treasurer Steve Mantis reference the Platform for Change.  Minister Flynn was very quick to say how impressed he was with the document and the information it contained.  TBDIWSG Trustee, Eugene Lefrancois was quick to suggest that the Minister implement the Platform for Change. Then everyone laughed.  Continue reading

Platform for Change: Collective Liability

By Greg Snider with thanks to Steve Mantis for editing

After reading the title of this article the majority of Canadians will be asking themselves, what is Collective Liability?  This is interesting since one of Ontario’s most popular public programs (OHIP) is based on Collective Liability.  We all pay into our Provincial Health Care account and when we need to pay for medical costs, money is taken out of that account.  This shelters our daily income and savings from sudden unexpected high expenses.  It works the same way for employers protecting them and their business from going bankrupt from a single accident.

There is agreement from the employer, employee and Injured Worker Groups that Collective Liability should be in place.  Where disagreement occurs is over how far it should go. Continue reading

Platform for Change – Justice, Humanely and Speedily Delivered

By Greg Snider, with thanks to John Rae and Jules Tupker for editing

The problem with Workers Compensation in Ontario is summed up in its name. Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).  It mentions neither the worker nor the compensation that the organization (WSIB) is to administer should she/he be injured or become ill while at work. Continue reading

Platform for Change: Worker’s Compensation must be Public

by Greg Snider with thanks to John Rae and Steve Mantis

Workers deserve to be compensated when injured in the workplace, of that there can be no debate.  After all, every province and Territory in Canada has some form of Workers Compensation Law.  The same is true of every industrialized nation.  The question we face today is how we best provide workers with compensation for injuries suffered while at work. Continue reading