A legitimate agenda for addressing farm safety must include addressing the gaping legislative holes in the safety net for agriculture workers.
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On the eve of the National Day of Mourning, it's important to address in very concrete terms why unions are so important. Because they save lives.
To call the West Fertilizer Co. explosion an accident ignores that it was preventable, and was quite possibly a crime, as is common with so many dangerous workplaces.
Workplace health issues need to become part of our daily consciousness. Unions can't make that happen on their own.
Of the 11 initiatives before the 2012 California electorate, one drawing perhaps the most attention is Proposition 37, on the labelling of food containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.
From 2004-2010, there were 7,045 workplace deaths in Canada, but not a single corporate executive or director has been jailed.
This year the National Day of Mourning on April 28 marks the 20th anniversary of the Nova Scotia Westray mine disaster, where an underground methane explosion took the lives of 26 workers.
Ontario claims inspectors will be taking a "zero-tolerance" approach to any breach of Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations.
Agriculture worker deaths or injuries while in transit are occurring at a disturbing rate in Ontario and across Canada. An inquest would bring awareness, answers and recommendations.
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OPSEU's Dan Sidsworth said the ombudsman's investigation must take into account a range of ancillary issues affecting conditions that correctional officers face each day.