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Sep. 29- Oct.1, 2014: WDPI 2014 - Work Disability Prevention and Integration [conference details]
The Institute for Work & Health is co-hosting the third international scientific conference on research aimed at preventing work disability and promoting safe and sustained return to work across a range of conditions. Registration is now open.

July 15, 2014: In memory of Dr Sharon Dale Stone [Memorial date and details to be announced]

A Celebration of Life is being organized shortly to commemorate the life and achievements of the late respected Lakehead Professor of Sociology. Dr Stone was well-known to the injured worker community for her participation in the recent RAACWI project on injured workers' experiences of stigma. Involved with the Thunder Bay & District Injured Workers Group, Dr Stone co-authored the 2002 report "Connecting for Change: injured workers in Northwestern Ontario and the effectiveness of peer support". Among her many works: "Workers without work: Injured workers and well-being" (Journal of Occupational Science, 2003).

June 24, 2014: ONIWG Legal Defence Fund public meeting [flyer]
ONIWG is asking injured workers to come forward and help launch a legal challenge against the Board to keep the compensation system a public system! Not privatized for greed and profit.

When: Tuesday, June 24 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: USW Hall, 1031 Barton St East, Hamilton, Ontario

For more information contact Peter Page (905)745–1003; RSVP:

June 1, 2014: Injured Workers' Day [Flyer]
On this 31st anniversary let's celebrate our history. And on the eve of an election, now is the time to let all parties know injured workers, their advocates and the community at large demand the fairness under a balanced system for workers and employers that the Meredith "historic compromise" is supposed to guarantee. Demand an end to the destruction of our workers' compensation system caused by cost-saving measures - "not on the backs of injured workers!".
When: Sunday June 1 at 11:00 a.m.
Where: in front of Legislative Building, Queen's Park (walk north from Queen's Park subway stop at College/University

Sponsored by the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups (ONIWG). For more information please call IAVGO at (416)924-6477 or IWC at (416)461-2411.

May 31, 2014: Injured workers' vigil at Queen's Park [flyer]
Calling on injured workers, supporters and their families to join the Women of Inspiration during the vigil outside the Legislature leading up to Injured Workers' Day. Come for
When: beginning 7 p.m. Saturday night May 31 until June 1st rally
Where: in front of Legislative Assembly,walk up from Queen's Park subway (college & University)

May 9,16 & 23, 2014: Injured workers pickets at the Ministry of Labour [Flyer]
When: Fridays from 12:00 noon - 1 p.m.
Where: Ministry of Labour, 400 University Ave (close to St Patrick subway)

Workers injured on the job hold the Ontario government responsible for severe WSIB cuts. The Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups will picket the Ministry of Labour in the weeks leading up to June 1st, Injured Workers Day. Unions including the UFCW, CUPE and OPSEU will also be present to join in the demand that the government take immediate action to stop the sweeping and harmful changes taking place at the WSIB. Add your voice!

May 1, 2014: Bright Lights meeting
All groups welcome - Women of Inspiration, Chinese and Tamil groups. Get an update on proposed new rules - and discuss how to prevent them becoming policy; plans for May; Injured Workers Day and more.
Where: Injured Workers Consultants, 815 Danforth Ave, Suite 411
When: 10:00 a.m.

This meeting is scent-free to avoid allergic reactions and sickness. Thank you

Apr. 28, 2014: Day of Mourning
Join the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, families and friends Monday April 28 in remembering those who have been killed on the job or died was a result of workplace disease

York Region Location:
Woodbridge Memorial Arena
5020 Highway # 7 (at Islington)
Time: 11:00 a.m.

Toronto Location:
Larry Sefton Park
Bay & Hagerman Streets (Behind City Hall)
Date: Monday, April 28 Time: 12:00 noon

Click [here] for the Workers Health & Safety Centre listing of events around the province

Apr. 14-15, 2014: Bancroft Institute Research and Action Workshop: Has the WCB/WSIB abandoned its mandate?

Monday, Apr. 14, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. keynote speech, panel discussion, wine & cheese; (note new room: Emmanuel College, U. of Toronto, Rm EM302, 75 Queen's Park Crescent)
Tuesday, Apr. 15, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave)

Keynote speaker: Jeffrey Hilgert. Registration required - download the flyer here for agenda and registration details.

Mar. 25, 2014: Injured migrant workers need your support at the courtroom
IAVGO and Justicia for Migrant Workers call for your court support: "In October 2013, the Ontario government lost its appeal at the Health Services Appeal and Review Board in which they were seeking to remove OHIP coverage for migrant workers who got injured on the job. When the government lost their appeal, they decide it was worth public resources to continue the appeal to Division Court. These injured workers are now forced to continue to defend their right to healthcare.

On Tuesday March 25th, this extremely important legal case on access to healthcare for injured migrant workers will be heard. The case will be heard at Osgoode Hall [130 Queen Street West- closest main intersection University Ave & Queen in Toronto] from 10am-1pm. The case will be heard in courtroom #3."

Mar. 6, 2014: Bright Lights meeting
When: Thursday March 6 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Injured Workers Consultants Legal Clinic, 815 Danforth, Suite 411

All groups welcome! Because of allergies, please help us keep this a scent-free event

Feb. 28, 2014: 15th Annual Repetitive Strain Injuries Day : RSI Injuries - the latest casualties of the WSIB policy-grab [Information sheet][flyer]
Workers and allies will gather in Toronto to focus on preventing repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) and mobilizing a defense against the benefits grab in WSIB's proposed policy changes. The fact is that workers compensation benefits are under attack even while no specific ergonomic regulations compel employers to prevent musculoskeletal injuries. Therefore, preventing the injuries in the first place and fighting the attacks on compensation will be themes of this 15th RSI Day. Download the flyer for more details on how the changes will affect you.

When: Friday February 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Registration at 9:00)
Where: The 519 Church Street Community Centre, 519 Church St. Toronto(Church St. just north of Wellesley)

Cost: Free. including lunch, but pre-registration required. In order to plan for food, please register by emailing: or
**This is a "SCENT FREE" event** Please do not wear scented products. Thank you. *Donations from unions and community groups to cover the cost of food are appreciated. If your group wishes to donate please email

Feb. 1, 2014: Presentation to Karl Crevar of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
Award presentation by MP David Christopherson of the Diamond Jubilee medal created in honour of Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne. The Medal honours Canadians who have made a significant contribution to their community and their country. It recognizes Karl's many years of volunteer service to his community and to the injured workers' struggle for a just workers' compensation system. A founding member of the Hamilton and District Injured Workers Group and the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Group (ONIWG), Karl was ONIWG's President for its first 15 years and continues to play an important role in the movement.
When: Saturday, Feb.1st from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (1:30 p.m. presentation)
Where: Landmark Place, Hamilton Community Legal Clinic, 100 Main Street East, 2nd Floor (South side of Main E. at Catharine), Hamilton, Ontario

Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 29th to
Entrance - Please enter through the Commercial Entrance on Main St. Upon entering the building there is an elevator located to the left, stairs and escalator to the right. Signs will be posted to direct you to the meeting room. Parking - Street metered parking or Pay and Park lot are located on the north side of Main St. opposite Landmark Place.

Feb. 1, 2014: We are not disposable! Panel discussion
Migrant farmworkers do some of the most dangerous work in Ontario yet they are heavily precluded from obtaining their rights to workers' compensation. Panel discussion and workshop with several injured migrant workers who stood up for their right to stay in Ontario for healthcare and workers compensation.
When: Saturday, Feb. 1 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: College Street United Church, 452 College Street, Toronto

TTC tokens available. Refreshments will be served. The space is accessible. Free to attend. This event is part of the "Better Healthcare" Campaign and is endorsed by Injured Workers Action for Justice, IAVGO Community Legal Clinic and Justicia for Migrant Workers. For further information see Injured Workers Action for Justice

Jan. 30, 2014: Brantford & Brant County Injured Workers & Family Support Group meeting [flyer]
All welcome for the Group's first meeting - Learn about the workplace Safety and Insurance Board. Discover that you and your family are not alone!
When: Thursday, Jan. 30 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Brantford & District Labour Centre, 1100 Clarence Street South, Suite 201

This evening's speakers: Michelle McSweeny (ONIWG President), Jeannie Howe (President, Hamilton & District IWG, ONOIWG Regional Rep.), Karl Crevar (CIW Rep, Past President ONIWG). For further information please contact Kim

Dec. 18, 2013: Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) annual vigil
Join J4MW's annual vigil in recognition of International Migrant Workers Day. "On this day, we will pause, joining migrant workers and allies around the world in reflection."
When: Wednesday, Dec. 18 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: Chinese Railroad Monument - at Blue Jays Way / Navy Wharf Court. This is one street south of Front St., east off of Spadina Avenue.

For further information see

Dec. 9, 2013: Annual Christmas injured workers' demonstration [Flyer]
Where: outside Ministry of Labour, 400 University Ave (just south of Dundas - St Patrick subway)
When: Monday, Dec. 9th at 11:00

Not on the backs of injured workers! Workers' compensation benefits are under attack by WSIB cost cutting. Minister Naqvi is invited… join us for refreshments afterwards. For more information contact Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups, Toronto Injured Workers’ Advocacy Group members at (416) 461-2411 (416) 924-6477 (416) 971-8832

Nov. 30, 2013: Fundraiser for Hamilton & District Injured Workers' Group [Flyer]
Join us for a matinee viewing of Their Only Power was Moral - a history of Ontario's injured workers - and support HDIWG by buying your own copy of the DVD.
When: Sat. Nov. 30, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Royal Canadian Legion, 1180 Barton St E., 2d floor, Hamilton

Any questions please call (905)543-9090

Nov. 26, 2013: Important message to supporters of Jimmy Velgakis
Both Jimmy and Cheri have taken a break in their hunger strike as a gesture of hope and goodwill in anticipation of a decision from the Appeals Tribunal to grant a hearing on the merits of Jimmy's case.

Please note: The OFL Solidarity Demonstration scheduled for Tuesday, November 26th has been cancelled. In the meantime your solidarity has been very important to both Jimmy and Cheri and has contributed to positive steps at this time. We will keep you posted.

Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2013: Meredith Conference, Toronto: No "half-measures" - Workers' compensation 100 years after Sir William Meredith [keep checking conference website for further details]

This conference will commemorate the anniversary of the publication of Meredith's Final Report and the passage in 1914 of Ontario's first "modern" Workmen's Compensation Act by:

  • Analyzing the legal and political evolution of workers' compensation systems in Canada and around the world
  • Comparing contemporary workers' compensation systems within Canada, between Canada and other countries, or between other countries
  • Envisaging models of workers' compensation that in Meredith's words will "remove injustice"
  • Considering how workers' compensation could work for injured workers in the new economy

November 1, 2013: Health and safety activist awards dinner [registration form]
The Workers Health and Safety Centre in cooperation with the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, the Central Ontario Building Trades, the OFL Occupational Disability Response Team and Injured Workers Consultants hold this dinner to recognize the efforts of labour activists who have made a difference in the prevention of work-related injury and disease and have led the struggle for justice and fair compensation for injured workers. There is a cash bar and live jazz band starting at 6:30 and dinner at 7:00. The cost is $80.00 per ticket. Some tickets have been donated for injured workers.

October 30, 2013: Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups Annual General Meeting, Toronto
Everyone is invited to attend! Events are being finalized and more details will follow. Business will include general elections for all executive board positions for the next three-year term. Each member group of ONIWG is entitled to 2 delegates eligible to vote at the AGM. Member groups are invited to nominate individuals for executive board positions in advance. For more information or to submit nominations, contact ONIWG Secretary Steve Mantis by email at

In conjunction with the AGM, on Oct. 31, Nov. 1-2 ONIWG is partnering to hold the Meredith Conference No Half-Measures
Allergy alert: Increasingly workers are becoming sensitized to chemicals in the environment. Therefore we ask attendees to please refrain from the use of scented products.

October 19, 2013: OHCOW Windsor Local Advisory Group free workshop "Identifying and addressing current workers' compensation challenges"
Forum to be held at the Giovanni Caboto Club, 2175 Parent Ave. There will only be room for the first 100 registrants. You can register in advance by emailing Kathy Mayville at or calling 519-973-4800 ext. 2510.

October 10, 2013: Bancroft Institute policy & research discussion : Unjust by Design [Flyer]
The second in this popular forum for discussion among injured workers, academics and advocates on workers' compensation issues will feature keynote speaker Ron Ellis. Osgoode Hall law professor and former chair of the Appeals Tribunal, he will address issues presented in his new book "Unjust by design: Canada's administrative justice system".

When: Thursday, October 10 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Where: Alumni Hall CV112 , Victoria University (in University of Toronto), 73 Queen's Park Crescent (East Side) - see map on flyer

Refreshments will be served. RSVP appreciated - The event is free, with a suggested donation of $5 for waged attendees. Tokens are available for unwaged attendees.

October 7, 2013: Meredith hearing in London - it's time to have your say!
When: Monday, Oct. 7 from 2-5 p.m., 6-8 p.m.
Where: 1092 Dearness Drive, OPSEU Office (off Bradley & Wellington)

Please email Wendy Knelsen to book a time slot or for further information.

October 6, 2013: Two injured worker activists honoured for their community work Belated but sincere congratulations to ONIWG's Karl Crevar and Sheelagh Macdonald on receiving the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal earlier this year for their work with injured workers and veterans. The medal, created in commemoration of the Queen's service to Canada, recognizes significant contributions to the community.

September 2, 2013: Labour Day parade [Toronto flyer]
Calling on injured workers and families to come and join the parade - let's meet at 9:00 a.m. at the northeast corner of University Ave and Armory St, just south of Staples and across the road from the Ministry of Labour. Free admission to the CNE.

August 22, 2013: Meredith hearing in Toronto [Flyer]
When: Thursday, August 22 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Injured Workers Consultants, 815 Danforth Ave Suite 411

Come and discuss your experiences and opinions on the state of workers' compensation, and how it can be improved

August 12, 2013: Meredith hearing in Manitoulin
A new sitting has been added to the Meredith hearing schedule. A morning and evening session will be held Monday Aug. 12 at the Manitoulin Legal Clinic, 12A Hillside Rd, Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation, Little Current, Manitoulin Island.
For more information contact Michael Shain, pnone (705)368-3333.

June - October 2013: Meredith hearings reconvened! [Flyer]
The workers' compensation system in Ontario has been altered in many important ways. Injured workers have challenged many of these changes claiming that they violate both the content and the spirit of the original "Meredith Principles." In response, the organizers of the No Half-Measures Conference are scheduling a new set of hearings. Over the next few months these hearings will take place in cities across Ontario [see updated schedule here] in order to find out how the workers' compensation system is working.

Injured workers, and others who have been directly affected by the workers' compensation system, are invited to give their testimony - oral or written. If you are interested in making a presentation or want more information please email

June 28, 2013: Rally outside Human Rights Tribunal for justice for Ned Livingston Peart [Flyer]

Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) invites the community to attend the closing day of the historic Human Rights Tribunal examining the workplace death of Ned Livingston Peart, a Jamaican migrant farm worker who was killed working in a tobacco farm in rural Ontario. This case is intended to bring forward changes to prevent workplace deaths and injuries and to improve working and living conditions of migrant farmworkers in the province. There has never been an inquest into the death of a migrant worker under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program in Ontario or anywhere in Canada. Fill the Human Rights Tribunal for the last day of the hearing to demand justice for Ned Peart at a rally outside the Tribunal!

When: Friday, June 28 (hearing on 14th floor begins at 9:30 a.m.; rally outside the Tribunal is at 12:30 p.m.)
Where: Human Right Tribunal of Ontario - 655 Bay St. at the intersection of Bay and Elm St).

For more information contact J4MW by e-mail at or follow on twitter to receive recent updates @j4mw,#justice4peart

June 21: Injured workers' information picket outside the WSIB
The past few years have been especially difficult for injured workers. The WSIB is focused almost exclusively on cutting costs and saving money on the backs of injured workers, which forces more and more people into poverty and uncertainty. Claims denials are up, benefits payments are down, and injured workers are being stigmatized, victimized, and disrespected. Enough is enough!
When: Friday, June 21 at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Outside the WSIB head office, 200 Front Street

June 1st, 2013: 30th anniversary of Injured Workers' Day(& overnight vigil, May 31) [Flyer]
Join the rally to celebrate and call for justice. Workers' compensation is being destroyed to save employers money. Demand justice! Question austerity! Not on the backs of injured workers!
When: Overnight vigil begins 4:00 p.m. Friday May 31st; June 1st rally Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Queen's Park, Ontario Legislature (walk north from Queen's Park subway, College/University)

For more information call the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups (ONIWG) at 905-662-7128; iAVGO at 416-924-6477; IWC at 416-461-2411

May 7, 2013: Bancroft Institute meeting: From disability to welfare [Flyer]
The Bancroft Institute for Studies on Workers' Compensation and Work Injury will be holding the first of its 2013 Policy and Research Discussion Series. Keynote speaker John Stapleton examines all forms of disability income sources in Canada (including workers' compensation). He points out that social assistance disability income expenditures are not only growing faster but growing in their share of overall disability expenditures. This is the case in Ontario and several other provinces. Stapleton explores reasons why this growth is occurring.
When: Tuesday May 7, 2013, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00
Where: Alumni Hall VC112, Victoria University, in the University of Toronto, 73 Queen’s Park Crescent East (see map in flyer)

Refreshments will be served. RSVP Appreciated: The event is free, with a suggested donation of $5 for waged attendees. Tokens are available for unwaged attendees.

May 2, 2013: Bright Lights (Women of Inspiration, Chinese Injured Workers Group) meeting
When: Thursday May 2, at 10:00 - 12: noon
Where: IWC, 815 Danforth Ave, Suite 411

Join us for a report back on action initiatives to challenge unfair treatment by the Board; report on Day of Mourning and update on upcoming events, including Bancroft Community Forum and June 1st preparations. Scent-free event.

April 28, 2013: National Day of Mourning
On the National Day of Mourning we remember those who are killed, suffer disease or are injured on the job in Canada. Launched in 1983 by the Canadian Labour Congress, it was enacted by the federal government as a national day of mourning in 1991. It has since been adopted by almost 80 countries around the world.
Click here for a list of Day of Mourning events Apr. 26-29 around the province (prepared by the Workplace Health and Safety Centre).

Toronto-area events: [pdf] " On Friday, April, 26th join the Toronto and York Region Labour Council as we remember our sisters and brothers who have been killed on the job or who have died as a result of workplace diseases. This special day also offers an opportunity to re-dedicate our efforts to achieve healthier and safer workplaces and seek justice for injured workers."
Toronto Location:
Larry Sefton Park
Bay & Hagerman Streets (Behind City Hall)
Date: Friday, April 26th Time: 12:00

York Region Location:
Woodbridge Memorial Arena
5020 Highway # 7 (at Islington)
Date: Friday, April 26th Time: 11:00 a.m.

April 4, 2013: Bright Lights meeting
When: Thursday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Injured Workers Consultants, 815 Danforth, Suite 411

Women of Inspiration and Chinese IW Group are welcome!

March 16, 2013: Injured workers' public meeting [flyer]
Are you tired of how the WSIB treats you? Do you want action? Are you ready to fight back with other injured workers? Join the fight for Fair Compensation!
When: Saturday Mar. 16, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Meet at United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St, Toronto

Injured worker allies are also welcome. Lunch is provided. TTC tokens are provided. Space is wheelchair accessible. Childcare expenses reimbursed up to $50 on a RSVP / first come first served basis. Organized by Injured Workers Action for Justice and IAVGO Community Legal Clinic. Please register by Mar. 8th by calling IAVGO at (416)924-6477.

March 9, 2013: Tamil Speaking Injured Worker Group meeting [new date - postponed from Feb. 27] Injured at work? Free information meeting. Agenda (Tamil) - agenda (English)
When: Saturday Mar. 9, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Where: Injured Workers Consultants (IWC), 815 Danforth Suite 411, Toronto (between Pape and Donlands subway station)

Organized by the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO) (416)487-6371 and IWC (416)461-2411.

March 7, 2013: Presentation to the OFL People's Budget community conversations ⁄ Thunder Bay & District Injured Workers' Support Group

In preparation for the upcoming provincial budget, Thunder Bay's injured workers take part in the OFL's community consultation. Their submission argues that the workers' compensation system and the WSIB has been off loading costs from a system funded through workplace employment payroll costs unto individuals and the public purse....increasing the stress on the provincial budget at a time when the government is predicting major cutbacks in public services. Disabled and injured workers have been falling behind for the last 17 years - a reduction of 25% in their benefits, however the current WSIB administration is imposing further cuts in benefits and increasing denial of claims. "We believe it is changing from an "historic social compromise" struck back in 1913 to a more private, corporate model."

March 7, 2013: Bright Lights meeting
When: Thursday Mar. 7th 10:00 a.m. -
Where: IWC, 815 Danforth ave, Suite 411

A discussion on how the Board is changing the system from the inside, and how we can work together to prevent the destruction of Ontario's workers' comp system. Scent-free event.

February 28, 2013: 2013 RSI Day - denying RSI   [Flyer] ¦ [Agenda]
14th Annual International Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day

When: Thursday Feb. 28, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Registration and coffee at 9:00)
Where: Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto (Spadina and College)

This is a scent-free event. Please register by emailing We rely on the generous donations from unions and community groups to offer this free conference each year. If your group wishes to donate to cover the cost of food and room rental, please email

See also:

  • OHCOW RSI Plus Awareness Day 2013, Sudbury - Feb. 28: Office ergonomics 101. Attend in person or over the Internet. Registration deadline: Feb. 21. Read further details here. For more information you can contact Trevor Schell, or the Clinic at 705.523.2330, (705 & 807 areas) 1-800.461.7120, or (all other areas) 1.877.817.0336.
  • WHSC RSI Day events - Ergonomics Training workshops across the province [schedule]

February 7, 2013: Bright Lights meeting
When: Thursday, Feb. 7 at 9.30 a.m.
Where: Injured Workers Consultants, 815 Danforth Ave, Suite 411 (between Pape and Donlands subway)

Women of Inspiration, Tamil and Chinese groups welcome!