Author: Van Dyke Law

A new documentary released earlier this month takes an intimate look at what happens when seriously ill former workers try to get justice for the suffering they believe was caused by the very company that sustained their city for generations. “Together with other workers and widows, these advocates are seeking justice and challenging a system […]

July 2019 went down in the books as the hottest month ever recorded globally – a statistic that parallels climate trends in Canada. A recent CBC story explored the topic of sun safety in outdoor workplaces–what regulations exist to protect people who work outside in extreme heat?  As it turns out, there are few concrete […]

The Canada Day long weekend is often considered the real beginning of summer, and for many folks in Ontario, it wouldn’t be complete without some time out on the water. The fun and festive atmosphere of a holiday long weekend–or any wonderful, warm summer day–can lead to poor choices in boating, though. OPP reports from […]

With the arrival of summer, it is prime motorcycle season here in Ontario. With about 220,000 registered motorcycles in the province, motorcyclists and other drivers should remember these key tips for safely sharing the road. For motorcyclists: Be seen. Drivers who hit motorcyclists often say that the motorcycle “came out of nowhere” and they just […]

Last week, the province announced it is undertaking an operational review of the WSIB “to ensure workers and their families remain supported and protected in the workplace.” According to the province’s news release, the review will have the following: Financial Oversight (sustainability of the WSIB insurance fund and controls over it) Administration (effectiveness of the […]

A recent study published in the journal Injury Prevention reveals some troubling data about Ontario children involved in pedestrian-motor vehicle collisions. Dr. Linda Rothman, a senior research associate at Sick Kids and the study’s lead author, puts it bluntly: “Simply put, poorer children are at an increased risk of getting hit by cars. Child pedestrian […]

This coming May 6 to 10th is the second annual Ontario Falls Awareness Week will take place during this week, “workplaces are encouraged to stop work for 15–30 minutes in order to have a safety talk about fall hazards specific to their work environment.” These safety talks should be tailored to each workplace’s needs, address […]

Spring is on the way and snowmobiling enthusiasts are enjoying the last few rides of the season. Unfortunately, it has been a fatal winter for 13 sledders in Ontario; the OPP recently reported that there have been 11 fatal accidents to date. At this time of year, with waterways beginning to thaw, the OPP notes […]

The past few months have held many ups and downs for former rubber industry workers and surviving family members in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. The good news began late in 2018, when the WSIB announced it would review many previously denied claims, including those from rubber workers. More welcome news followed in January, when the government […]

Finally, some encouraging news for Ontario workers suffering from occupational cancer, and the families of those workers who have died of their illnesses. The Ministry of Labour has announced it is launching a review of occupation cancer, with a report due by the end of 2019. The government named Dr. Paul Demers to lead the […]