Tuesday, September 3, 2013

WCB Conference: No Half Measures

No Half Measures is a conference October 31-November 2 in Toronto examining the state of workers' compensation 100 years after Sir William Meredith's report on addressing the injustices associated with occupational injury. This report led to the passage of Ontario's Workmen's Compensation Act.

Registraton has now opened. The program looks quite interesting. Thursday, October 31 will see a bus tour that includes Meredith's Rosedale home, gravesite and the building thet housed Ontario's forst Workmen's Compensation Bard in 1915. It concludes with a tour of Osgoode Hall Court House where Meredith served as Ontario's Chief Justice and where he wrote his 1913 report. Dinner and keynote speakers follow.

The next two days are at the Ontario Federation of Labour auditorium in Don Mills. Friday night is also the annual Health and Safety Awards dinner recognizing labour activists who have made a difference in the prevention of work-related injury and disease as well as fair compensation for the injured. The program has not yet issued but I expect there will be some discussion of the hearings that occurred around Ontario over the past few months about the state of workers' compensation.

-- Bob Barnetson

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