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

Are you confused about your rights to Workers’ Compensation (WSIB)? Feeling stressed out after a workplace injury or illness? Read on…

The Thunder Bay & District Injured Workers Support Group and Advocacy North for Injured Workers are hosting an Injured Workers Outreach Forum, beginning the evening of Wednesday, October 3rd and running thru Thursday, October 4th . We are inviting all injured workers (and interested parties) to participate. The forum will be held at Christ Lutheran Church at 47 Walkover St. – just behind McDonalds on Red River Road.
Our Forum is planned to help vulnerable and marginalized workers, including those returning to work after an injury and those who may not have been injured, but have limited knowledge of occupational health and safety laws and available resources, to learn more about their rights and the laws that guide them as a worker in Ontario. It will include public legal education, summary advice for injured workers and peer support.
For the first time in many years, injured workers in northern Ontario have access to a community legal clinic lawyer to help them with their compensation claims. 11 legal clinics in Northern Ontario have joined forces, creating the Advocacy North Project, to expand their services in employment law, injured workers law and elder/senior law along with community development and peer support work. The Thunder Bay & District Injured Workers Support Group welcomes the energy and the commitment of Catherine Boivin-Girard, Northern Regional Injured Workers’ Lawyer, home-based in Timmins, to our region and looks forward to the many ways in which she will be able to provide legal services to our injured workers.
Please contact Janet Paterson at jlrwpat@tbaytel.net or (807) 472-6910 or our office at (807) 622-8897 or tbiwsg@gmail.com for more information.