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Join Injured Workers Action for Justice and IAVGO Community Legal Clinic for the launch of “Bad medicine: a report on the WSIB’s transformation of its health care spending”. This report examines the effect that the WSIB’s transformation has had on one category of benefits, health care benefits, by analysing the WSIB’s own data in the context of the changes the WSIB has made to its business model and the experience of injured workers. Co-author Antony Singleton will be speaking about his research, to be followed by a discussion facilitated by Injured Workers Action for Justice on how to use this report to organize for better health care from WSIB.
The 3rd annual Justice Bike Ride, Sponsored by the Ontario Network for Injured Workers’ Groups, will make a 600 km route from Ottawa to Toronto through the communities of Cornwall, Brockville, Kingston, Belleville, Cobourg and Oshawa. Starting out from Ottawa May 25, the ride will finish at Queen’s Park on Injured Workers’ Day. Check information on participating and supporting the ride.
Details on events to be held at each community will be posted here as finalized.
Join labour activists and historians for a walking tour, films, presentations, and discussion on local workers’ history and popular struggles. Stay for a social. See full program on Toronto Workers’ History Project website.
Co-sponsored by: Toronto Workers’ History Project, Canadian Committee on Labour History & Steelworkers Toronto Area Council
Dr Ashley McAllister (Karolinska Institute) will share results of a Study based in Australia and Ontario on the challenges of “Designing disability income support policy for mental illness”. She outlines five main challenges and considers the ramifications of ignoring them — including distrust among policy designers of physicians’ evidence to support DIS applications.
To confirm your attendance, please RSVP to Albana Canga (email@example.com or 416-927-2027 ext. 2160).
If you’re unable to attend a plenary/seminar in person, you may be able to watch and listen via a live stream. For information on how to access a live stream, please e-mail Albana Canga (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Join us for the 11th annual overnight vigil at Queen’s Park, led by the Women of Inspiration Injured Workers Group.
From 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. a cultural showcase will celebrate the resilience of injured workers with an evening of music, poetry, storytelling, and satire. (Dinner at 7:00 p.m.). The overnight vigil will follow the cultural event, to remind MPPs that injured workers cannot sleep at night due to pain and poverty, so how can our politicians?
Please bring something to sit on, a blanket or umbrella if needed, and a sleeping bag and flashlight if you are planning to stay the night.
Join us for the Injured Workers’s Day rally Thursday June 1st, 11:30 a.m. in front of the Legislative Assembly at Queen’s Park. (Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1044072909025603/)
Organized by the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups (ONIWG) http://injuredworkersonline.
Accessibility options will be available so that those with mobility difficulties will be able to join the march.
Following the rally, all are welcome to a Panel discussion – Fighting Back Against Unsafe and Toxic Work. at 2 p.m. in the OCAD University Auditorium, 100 McCaul St, Room 190. Featured speakers include injured workers, survivors and victims of occupational disease, healthcare workers standing up to workplace violence, and health & safety activists. Food will be served at the event.
(Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1960098277553292/ )
All workers have a right to a safe workplace, with a work environment that is free from violence, harassment, toxic exposures, and injury hazards. And when injuries or illnesses happen on the job, workers have a right to workers’ compensation. Today those rights are being violated. In response to WSIB and governmental handling of epidemics of workplace violence and debilitating – sometimes fatal – chemical exposures, workers across the province are fighting back.
Following the Injured Workers Day rally, join us for a panel discussion featuring health and safety activists who are organizing in different sectors:
- Janice Martell – Founder of the McIntyre Powder Project
- Sue James – Retired worker from the Peterborough General Electric factory
- Heather Neiser – Healthcare worker and activist with the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)
- Len Elliott – OPSEU executive board member and Health & Safety inspector
- ONIWG speaker
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1960098277553292/
The Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD) hold their 2017 conference Safe, Healthy and Productive Workplaces: Learning from Research and Practice at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, on June 1-3, 2017. See full details.
Among programme topics:
- Older workers, chronic disease, episodic disease and work participation
- Mental health, musculoskeletal health
- Environmental/psychosocial hazards and interventions
- Case management, return to work coordination, early intervention
- Workplace accommodation and social inclusion
- Stay at Work Initiatives
- Impact of sex and gender on RTW outcomes, implications for policy and practice
This month the Bright Lights meeting will be on June 8th (since the first Thursday of the month falls on Injured Workers Day!)
The new start time is 10:30 a.m., with a report on the provincial injured worker strategy meeting, July picnic plans and more… All welcome.
(Please remember that we are a scent-free office)
- Monday June 19th, 2017 – 1:30pm-3:30pm
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Topic: Pre-post evaluation of an integrated RTW planning program in workers’ compensation assessment clinics. Featured speaker at the Institute for Work and Health Plenary is Dr. Aaron Thompson from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).
To RSVP your attendance, or for information on how to watch and listen via a live stream, please contact Albana Canga (firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-927-2027 ext. 2160).