In oral presentation to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy on changes to the Legal Aid Services Act in Bill 161, Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, ONIWG speaks to concerns on the Bill’s language on purpose, issues of fee-for-service, loss of community control…
Letter to the WSIB President on the group’s support of the government’s Bill 178 which recognizes black mental health awareness specifically and that provision of health care service should be culturally appropriate. As such, WOI requests the WSIB to put together a task force mandated to take the necessary steps and begin the process of collecting race-based statistics.
Many vulnerable essential service workers, not covered by workers’ compensation, are putting themselves at risk during the current pandemic. WOI endorses Maryam Nazemi’s Apr. 7 letter (attached) to the Premier calling for universal coverage.
IWC calls on the WSIB to take a proactive role to ensure the well-being of injured and ill workers during this critical time. This includes applying the precautionary principle by extending compensation to all workers who must be removed from the workplace and isolated due to work exposure to COVID-19, whether they become symptomatic or not; reviewing LOE decisions based on availability of suitable work; providing education and psychological support.
ONIWG calls on WSIB to challenges injured workers face from social distancing & reduced access to treatment facilities, COVID-19 claims adjudication policy, financial stresses and deeming. (See also Mar. 25 letter to Premier on applying presumption of work-relatedness )
Letter outlines concerns on the new Legal Aid Services Act, including whether it will limit access to justice for the low income, see fees introduced, remove community control over legal needs …
IWC submission draws attention of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) to confidentiality concerns regarding clinical notes and medical reports provided by physicians to the WSIB.
In “Deeming laws and practices as violations of the rights of people work-acquired disabilities in Canada”, its submission to the 22nd session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ONIWG encourages the Committee to focus attention on Canadian workers’ compensation and the employment injury benefit systems which stigmatize and fail to ensure income security.
While addressing the Review focus on financial oversight, administration and efficiency, the IWC Submission asks the Reviewers also to consider the implications these high level issues have on the frontline experience of injured workers.