WEEKLY NEWS


‘It’s just another blow’: Why injured workers say they’re losing out as inflation hits

By Sara Mojtehedzadeh, Thu., April 14, 2022


Safety Corner: The compensation system is flawed, we need to fix it

By Maia Foulis 28 Feb 2022


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What is the Ontario Health Clinics for Ontario Workers? (OCHOW)”

OCHOW and the DRYDEN RB5 PROJECT


February 20, 2022

Last week Doug Ford’s Health Minister announced that he is bringing in private hospitals

They are midstream in privatizing 18,000 LTC beds for the next 30-yrs. 

They passed legislation to privatize the last remaining public parts of home care

They are privatizing vaccines and COVID-testing, and more.

They are planning billions of dollars in permanent cuts to public services post-election…

…if we don’t stop them.

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It Stops Now. EMERGENCY SUMMIT II 

Health Care Privatization & Cuts

 Launch the fight back for Long-Term Care, Hospitals, Home Care & more

 Join us on Tuesday, February 15 at 7pm via Zoom to beat back privatization & austerity, and to force improvements in LTC, hospitals and home care. 

Join us, get involved, organize your community and build a movement that cannot be ignored. 

Register at: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkd-yqqj4vGtFN45F7F_JN-4UvCMSpLx_4

Be part of the IRON RING around our public health care. 

We WILL make a difference and we WILL protect our most vulnerable if we all work together to make it huge.


ACTION TAKEN BY DOCTORS AND MEMBERS OF THE ONTARIO HEALTH COALITION

This weekend, we stood together in solidarity with health care workers to support public health, science, democracy, equity and our public hospital staff and patients as the anti-public health convoy came to Toronto. 

We counted more than 1,000 people there! Watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/P63P3qBXKtY

Thank you very much to everyone for standing with us.


Two recent articles co-written by Janice Martell and Tee Guidotti are attached below.


The first article (“Trading One Risk for Another”) was published last August and it deals with McIntyre Powder history, Janice’s father’s story, and the McIntyre Powder Project. 

[Full bibliographic reference: Martell, J., & Guidotti, L. T. (2022). Trading one risk for another: consequences of the unauthenticated treatment and prevention of silicosis in Ontario. NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, 31(4).]


This second article focuses on the lived experiences of the miners themselves; not only their experiences with McIntyre Powder inhalation, but it highlights a lot of the issues that other injured workers have to face.   It documents issues such as: incentives provided to workers to not report their injuries or not make a compensation claim; injured workers being sent back to work on “light duty” to help keep the industry’s accident statistics low; workers not being given access to the results of their workplace medical screening programs, etc.

[Martell, J., & Guidotti, L. T. (February 9, 2022). Breathe Deep, Boys: Voices of the McIntyre Powder Project Miners. NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy.]


Members of the TBIWSG continue to do incredible advocacy work! See attached below: Presentation to Parliamentary Committee on Finance & Economic Affairs Pre-Budget Hearings Virtually, in Northwestern Ontario, January 10, 2022, made by Steve Mantis .