Activities - events
Check here for upcoming events of interest to injured workers...
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 meredith100.ca 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 - BancroftInstitute@gmail.com. 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: BancroftInstitute@gmail.com 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."
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.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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
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!
December 14, 2012: 21st annual Christmas demonstration [Flyer]
-New! see photos from the rally (taken by OFL)
When: Friday Dec. 14 11:00 a.m.
Where: outside the Ministry of Labour, 400 University Ave, Toronto (just south of Dundas - St Patrick subway)
Its time to speak up now, workers' compensation benefits are under attack. Minister Jeffrey is invited…join us for refreshments afterwards. For more information call Ontario Network of Injured Workers (905)745-1003 ; Toronto Injured Workers' Advocacy Group members (416)461-2411, (416)924-6477, (416)971-8832.
November 29-30, 2012: International Symposium on the Challenges
of Workplace Injury Prevention through Financial Incentives
Economic incentives like experience rating are often seen by governments as an effective way to encourage employers to invest in occupational health and safety. Do they work? Can they work? What are the alternatives?
The symposium will provide a forum for researchers, policy-makers, injured worker communities, employers, unions to discuss the social, economic and policy implications of using these incentives to prevent workplace injuries. It invites submissions for brief oral presentations (deadline Oct. 1)
Where: 89 Chestnut Conference Centre, Toronto
Symposium details (including registration and program) available at the Institute for Work & Health website at www.iwh.on.ca/prevention-incentives-2012/. For more information, please contact Harriet South at email@example.com or 416-927-2027 ext. 2295
September 29, 2012: Annual walk to remember the victims of asbestos, Sarnia - "Working towards justice for asbestos victims and a ban on its production" [Flyer]
When: Saturday Sept. 29 at 11:00 a.m.
Where: meet at Dow People Place in Sarnia’s Centennial Park
Remembrance starts with a 30-minute program, with a couple of
international guests coming who will share the impact Canadian
asbestos has had on them and their fellow citizens. Then the Walk
will be about 3-4 blocks along the waterfront, ending at the
memorial for Victims of Chemical Valley. If you have lost a loved
one to asbestos, please bring a copy of a photo that can be added to
the victim’s memorial.
On the Friday evening before the walk (Sept. 28th), the organization "Victims of Chemical Valley" will be holding a candlelight vigil by the memorial at Centennial Park. Check here for further details about the remembrance and links to good resources on mesothelioma and asbestos.
September 27, 2012: Asbestos Disease Symposium in Toronto -
Screening, early detection and treatment - the Canadian and Indian
In Ontario there are estimated to be approximately 500 new cases of asbestos cancer (lung cancer, mesotheliom) annually for the next 10 years. A disease whose symptoms may not appear for 2-3 decades after exposure, early detection and referral for treatment is vital. The symposium will also highlight the growing problem of asbestos exposure in India.
When: Thursday, Sept. 27 from 1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Where: St Michael's Hospital, 30 Bond St, Toronto - Paul Marshall Lecture Theatre, Queen Wing 1st floor/ground floor
Registration is free but please RSVP to Alex Cohen, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers - firstname.lastname@example.org 416-510-8713, press 1 for provincial office
September 18, 2012: Injured workers'
special meeting on "Saving the right to appeal WSIB decisions"
Bright Lights, Women of Inspiration, Chinese injured workers groups are invited to discuss and respond, as a community, to the Board's proposal to reduce or undermine the right to appeal bad WSIB decisions. This proposal is laid out in "Modernisation of the WSIB Appeals System" - with the deadline for comments being Sept. 30, 2012.
When: Tuesday Sept. 18 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: IWC, 815 Danforth Ave Suite 411, Toronto (between Pape & Donlands subway)
September 3, 2012: Labour Day parade, Toronto [Flyer]
Injured workers - come out and join the parade. We'll meet at 9:00 a.m. in front of Staples (Business Depot), across from 400 Univeresity (Ministry of Labour). There may be transportation for those who need it. Please try and be on time.
Remember that if you come, you get free admission into the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). Invite your family, friends and children. If you can attend, or want more information, please call Orlando or Correen at (416)461-2411. Hope to see you all there!
July 22, 2012:"Remembering the Dead, Standing up for the Living"
- March and vigil to commemorate the Hampstead Accident
On the six month anniversary of the tragic accident that killed eleven people (including nine migrant workers from Peru) Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW) is organizing a March and Vigil, starting Sunday July 22 at noon. The organizers aim to to raise awareness of the thousands of migrant workers who have been injured, become or sick while working in Canada; and call for better protection of migrant workers under federal and provincial laws.
When & where: Sunday July 22, 2012 meet at 11:00 a.m. at The
Working Centre, at 58 Queen St. S. Kitchener, ON. From here, cars
and buses will leave together for the site. Meet back at The
Working Centre at 2 pm for a reception. March starts at 12:00 p.m.
Get on the Bus From Toronto: Sign-up form for transportation
Please support in any of these ways: sending a group from your
community to attend; sending a message of support or endorsement;
providing a ride or financial support to bring migrant workers to
the event; lobbying your federal or provincial politicians;
spreading the word. Contact:
Justicia for Migrant Workers c/o Workers Action Centre, 720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 223, Toronto, ON M5S 2T9, Canada
June 2012: Legal Workers Against Illegal Cuts needs your help
Legal Workers Against Illegal Cuts is an ad hoc group of injured worker representatives from the private bar, community legal clinics and other organizations.
We are concerned that the WSIB is cutting benefits to injured workers in violation of WSIB policies, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, and Tribunal case law. The WSIB is also acting in bad faith in reversing entitlements, targeting workers for enhanced scrutiny and making patently unreasonable decisions. We are gathering recent case examples of the WSIB’s illegal and bad faith austerity agenda. We are asking workers and representatives to provide us anonymized short case examples by June 29 of the WSIB’s illegal or bad faith decisions in the past two years. [more details]
June 28, 2012: RAACWI all-day Planning meeting - "How is our
workers' compensation system working for injured workers?" [Flyer]
Please join us for a full day of discussion to begin the planning for the next seven years. There is room for many ideas - we want yours!
When: Thursday June 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: The Friends House, 40 Lowther Ave. Toronto. (Bedford exit of St. George subway stop and walk north two short blocks.)
Light refreshments and lunch will be provided. If funding permits, subway tokens will be made available - if not, we regretfully will not be able to supply them. Please remember to come scent-free for this event. We hope you will join us.
June 12, 2012: RAACWI Community Forum - "Understanding the
poverty of injured workers in Ontario"
Speakers: Bonnie Heath (York University) and Peri Ballantyne (Trent University. [Flyer]
When: Tuesday June 12 from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Injured Workers Consultants, 815 Danforth Suite 411
Everyone welcome! Join us and share your thoughts. Free of charge, refreshments provided. (Please come scent free). For more information call IWC at (416)461-2411 or email email@example.com
June 1, 2012 : 29th Injured Workers' Day
Join us and help stop the destruction of our workers' compensation system!
- Toronto [Flyer]
- Queen's Park, outside Ontario Legislature : June 1, 11:00 a.m. -
(overnight vigil begins at 4:00 p.m., Thurs. May 31)
For more information call ONIWG 905-662-7128; IAVGO 416-924-6477; IWC 416-461-2411; TWHSLC 416-971-8832
- London [Flyer]
- outside WSIB Offices, 148 Fullarton St : June 1, 11:30 a.m. -
For more information call London & District Injured Workers Group (Wendy Knelson 519-637-0882 ; email firstname.lastname@example.org) or London & District Labour Council (Patti Dalton (519-659-4301 ; email email@example.com); joined also by St Thomas & District Labour Council, Institute for Injured Workers Group and Occupy London.
- Niagara [Flyer]
- outside WSIB offices, 301 Paul St, St Catharines : May 31, 4:30
Sponsored by Occupy Niagara, ONIWG, Niagara Regional Labour Council. For more information call 905-934-6233 or 905-933-2811.
May 2012 picket days for injured workers:
- May 4th – Noon – Weekly Picket at WSIB - 200 Front Street West
- May 11th – Noon – Weekly picket at WSIB – 200 Front Street West
- May 18th – Noon – Weekly picket at WSIB – 200 Front Street West
- May 25th – Noon – Weekly picket at WSIB – 200 Front Street West
May 17-18, 2012: Migrant Agricultural Workers’ Human Rights and
The conference, organized by the Industrial Accident Victim’s group of Ontario (IAVGO), Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) and Justicia for Migrant Workers (J4MW, gives participants an opportunity to examine various areas of law as well as healthcare issues relevant to migrant workers - and a platform to exchange ideas and updates on law reform work as well as formulate strategies that will increase the capacity of workers to improve their rights and protections.
While the targeted audience is community health clinics, community
legal clinics, members of the private bar, organizers and activists,
the conference is open to anyone who is interested in developing and
implementing strategies to improve the working and living conditions
of migrant workers in Ontario.
If migrant workers from your community are interested in attending this event please let IAVGO know in advance so that they can estimate numbers for translators.
May 8, 2012: Injured Workers Speaker School graduation!
Celebrate the speakers and another successful course.
When: Tuesday, May 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Injured Workers Consultants, 185 Danforth Ave, Suite 411
April 27/28, 2012: National Day of
Mourning - Workers' Memorial Day [poster]
1014 persons lost their lives in 2010 due to work-related causes, 2.78 deaths every day. Again this year, on April 27 & 28, Canada will hold events of remembrance, as it has since the Canadian Labour Congress launched it in 1991.
April 21, 2012: Tamil injured workers - Need more
information? Come to a free meeting (Tamil language) [details]
When: Saturday Apr. 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Where: 4002 Sheppard Ave East, 5th floor (at Kennedy Rd) CICS LINC Centre
Learn about your rights to workers' compensation and the Workplace
Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). Get involved and learn about our
FREE Tamil injured workers support group.
Organized by the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (416) 487-6371 and Injured Workers Consultants Community Legal Clinic (416) 461-2411.
April 20, 2012: RAACWI Community Forum:
Looking to the future of workers' compensation adjudication
Special guests: Joan Eakin (University of Toronto) & Peter Heimler (KPMG)
When: Friday, Apr. 20 from 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: 519 Church Community Centre, 519 Church St, Toronto
Everyone welcome! Join us and share your thoughts, make connections. Free; light lunch provided. Please come "scent free". For more information or to register, please phone: IWC at (416) 461-2411 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
March 30, 2012: RAACWI Community Forum
Join us for two presentations:
"Repeat workers' compensation claims" / Jacob Etches (IWH)
"Return to work after occupational brain injury in Ontario" / Angela Colantonio (U of T and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute)
When: Friday, Mar. 30 - presentations at 10:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. (light lunch provided)
Where: IWC, 815 Danforth Ave, Suite 411
Everyone is welcome! Join us and share your thoughts and connect with others. Free of charge. Please come scent free! For more information or to register, please phone: IWC at (416) 461-2411 or email to email@example.com
March 16, 2012: Solidarity Against Austerity!
Join the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups and others holding a pre-budget march and rally to stop the social cutbacks proposed by Drummond. Let's get back to fighting poverty, not creating it!
When: Friday, Mar. 16 at 12:00 noon
Where: College St and Bay St , Toronto (Outside the Ministry of Housing) - closest accessible subway is Queen's Park
For more information about getting downtown to the march from Toronto or out of town, click here
February 29, 2012: 13th Annual Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
Awareness Day [flyer]
When: Wednesday Feb. 29 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. (registration & coffee at 8:30)
Where: USW Hall, 25 Cecil St, Toronto (College & Spadina)
This is a free information session but as space is limited, please pre-register and note that it is a scent-free event. Following the Information Session, we will proceed to Queen’s Park for Question Period (10:30 a.m.). Hear how the Government responds when asked what they are going to do about RSI.
February 7, 2012: Action meeting on proposed workers
compensation changes for injured workers at IWC
When: Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.
Where: Injured Workers Consultants, 815 Danforth Ave, Suite 411
Get an update on the KPMG proposed changes, hear about recent meetings with MPPs. Plan, learn and have fun in a comfortable environment. Call (416)461-2411 if you have any questions. Hope to see you there...
January 25, 2012: Rally & information
picket - Thunder Bay
Stop the attack on injured workers
When: Wednesday, January 25, 4-5 p.m.
Where: outside MPP Michael Gravelle's office, 215 Van Norman St, Thunder Bay
We need to stand up to protect the rights of All workers – both before and after injury or disease. The WSIB is a compensation system…NOT an insurance company. JOIN US…WE NEED YOUR HELP…BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!!! Please call the Thunder Bay & District Injured Workers Support Group at (807)622-8897 for more information.
January 13, 2012: Special meeting at IWC
(Toronto) on the KPMG proposals for injured workers!
Join us to discuss how the audit report attacks injured workers and why it is so dangerous ; how you can make your voice heard effectively when talking to the Board, Members of the provincial parliament, and community organizations. Pizza and refreshments provided.
When: Friday, January 13, 10:00 a.m. -
Where: Injured Workers Consultants community clinic, 815 Danforth Ave, suite 411
January 12, 2012: Community outreach
meeting in London on injured workers' concerns and the KPMG audit
This meeting is being hosted by the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups (ONIWG) and 2 people are coming from the legal clinic in Toronto to discuss the critical issues facing injured workers including the KPMG report.
If there was ever a time to participate in a meeting, now is that time! The attack on worker benefits has gotten worse and worse and now they are even looking at changing legislation to enable them to subject workers who have been pensioned off or deemed to lifelong scrutiny.
When: Thursday, Jan. 12 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: St Joseph's Health Care London, 21 Grosvenor St, Mount Hope Centre building, St Mary's, Room w020.
This meeting is open to all injured workers and their family
members, union activists, health and safety activists and anyone
else willing to hear about the issues and have a forum to discuss
how best to deal with them.
Please email Wendy Knelsen or call (519)637-0882 or (226) 919-7276 to let her know if you are able to attend (so she can ensure there are enough refreshments for everyone) or need further information.
- Sarnia - Jan. 11th at 2 p.m. – OHCOW
- London - Jan. 12th at 6:00 p.m. [details]
- Thunder Bay - Feb. 2nd - public meeting on the KPMG report
- Barrie - Feb. 7th at 7 p.m. (Elementary Teachers Union Hall, 24 Saunders Rd. [details here]
- St. Catharines - Feb 22nd at 17 Gale Crescent : Meet & Greet 6 p.m.; Presentation 7 p.m.
- Windsor - Feb. 27th at 4:30 p.m. at CAW Local 200/444 Union Hall, 1855 Turner Road
- Hamilton - Feb. 29th at 6:30 p.m. at RCL Branch 58, 1180 Barton St. E., 2nd Flr [details here].
- Thunder Bay - Mar. 1st (discussion of the WSIB Funding Review)
Please contact ONIWG at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
December 9, 2011: Injured workers' Christmas demonstration :
"Justice - not poverty" [Flyer]
Join us on the 20th annual rally for good cheer and other surprises. Minister Jeffrey is invited...Refreshments provided
When: Friday, December 9 at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Ministry of Labour, 400 University Ave, Toronto (just south of Dundas - St Patrick subway
November 14-17, 2011: ONIWG AGM & Conference 2011: " Fighting back to restore your rights & dignity" [registration form]
- ONIWG Annual General Meeting : Monday, Nov. 14 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. at IAVGO, 489 College St, Suite 302
- ONIWG Conference : Tuesday, Wednesday Nov. 15-16 [agenda] United Steelworker's Hall, 25 Cecil St, Toronto
November 4, 2011: Health & Safety Award Dinner
Injured worker activists were properly honoured at the annual event organized by the Toronto and York Region Labour Council and the Workers Health & Safety Centre. Also recognized - IWC's Marion Endicott, winner of OFL's ODRT award for excellence in representing injured workers.
October 21-23, 2011: CAW Ontario Workers' Compensation
The CAW Ontario Workers' Compensation Conference will take place at the CAW Family Education Centre, Port Elgin. The 2011 Workers' Compensation Conference, "Strategies to Deal with New Developments in WSIB Policy and Practice" will review new developments in Ontario workers compensation law and policy including the new work reintegration program and CPP disability appeals - and discuss the deteriorating situation for injured workers.
September 29, 2011: London rally - Injured workers to protest the ongoing attacked on injured workers' benefits
When: Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: in front of the WSIB office at 148 Fullarton St
The organizers will be reimbursing injured workers for parking or bus fare. It is time to do something about this appalling system of abuse and culture of denial! All injured workers, healthy workers, friends, family members, neighbors, union brothers and sisters (feel free to bring your flags in support), and anyone that is a taxpayer is welcome to attend the rally. As more and more workers are being denied benefits under WSIB, workers are forced to rely on social assistance and community resources so this issue affects everyone! Hope to see you there!
When: Thursday, Sept. 29 from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Injured Workers' Consultants, 815 Danforth Ave, Ste 411
Karin Maiwald presents recent research on work re-integration : "Disability Management practices involving the injured worker. What is the idea? What is the result?". To be followed by a discussion on the upcoming Ontario elections - what are the candidates saying about injured worker issues?
September 23, 2011: Protest at Queen's Park [press
There's power in numbers! - join the rally outside Queen's Park from 12-4 pm to help fight for change and finally get JUSTICE for injured/disabled workers.
September 7, 2011: Injured worker protests
Tony Mauro is so fed up that he has decided to take his protest to Queen's Park every day from 10:00 am to noon. Tony is in his seventies, has a very serious disability and a sick spouse. What makes him so determined and upset? For years he has protested the fact that Section 147 allows Old Age Security to be deducted from workers' compensation. If the pre-injury wages were low and happened when inflation was rampant (early seventies), and the permanent disability high, the inclusion of Old Age Security as "income" can reduce workers' compensation.
"One hand gives, the other takes it away". Tony questions why Old Age Security (OAS) which is a universal benefit unrelated to injury, is considered income for the purpose of workers' compensation. OAS relates to age, not disability. One of the sad ironies is that OAS is fully adjusted to inflation, while WSIB/WCB benefits are not. So when OAS goes up with inflation, the worker compensation benefits (not indexed) are reduced!
Tony is well known in the Italian community. Liberal MPP Laura Albanese proposed a private members bill to eliminate the deduction of OAS from workers' compensation benefits, but the bill died as the legislature ended and the election was called. Seeing his compensation cheque reduced again, this month, was the last straw.
Tony wants to take a public stand now, so that the issue won't disappear for good. He will be at Queen's Park every day from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon with a sign. Please join him if you can. He also said make sure that the candidates in the Ontario election deal with this particular problem and all the other problems that face injured workers.
Click on the photo below to see some of our injured workers at the Labour Day parade
September 5, 2011: Labour Day parade! [Flyer]
Injured workers are invited to join the Steelworkers in the annual Labour Day march.
When: Monday Sept. 5 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Meet across from 400 University Ave on the SE corner of University and Armory (by Staples)
Remember that if you come you'll get free admission to the CNE so let all your family know about it. If you need more information please call Orlando or Correen at (416)461-2411. If you can bring your car or van to the parade, please let us know ahead of time. Thank you!
June 15, 2011: Injured Worker Public Meeting
When: Wednesday June 15 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Ave (see map on flyer)
At this meeting, we plan to continue to help build organizational
skills; discuss possible actions in preparation for the upcoming
election like MPP delegation meetings, petition writing and
campaigns. We also expect that injured workers will redefine and
restate their demands to the Government.
Light refreshments and TTC tokens will be provided. Please confirm your attendance by June 13th. Call IAVGO at (416) 924-6477
June 13, 2011: RAACWI Community Forum - The role of leadership in the Injured Worker Movement - What can we learn from the past to strengthen our movement in the future? [Flyer]
When: Monday June 13 from 1:00 - 5:00
Where: 519 Church Street Community Centre, 519 Church St (Yonge & Wellesley subway station)
Guest speaker: Robert Storey. Everyone is welcome! Free of charge. For more information or to register, please phone: IWC at (416)461-2411 or email email@example.com
June 1, 2011: Injured Workers' Day
This annual rally of the injured worker community, supported by their advocates and labour, commemorates the day in 1983 when they successfully challenged the government's elimination of their permanent disability pension. It also reminds the MPPs and policymakers of the trade-off that is the basis of the workers' compensation system: workers giving up their right to sue in return for fair compensation for work-related injuries or illnesses.
So far, there are events planned in Ontario for Thunder Bay, Niagara, Windsor, London and Toronto. Outside of Toronto, events have included an MPP lobby, a public meeting, a barbeque.
- Toronto - Queen's Park at 11:00 a.m. [Flyer] ¦ [ONIWG media advisory]- plus vigil from 3 p.m. May 31st
- Thunder Bay - rally and BBQ from 11.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lakehead Labour Centre 929 Fort William Rd [Flyer]
- Niagara - rally at 4:30 p.m. in front of the MTO building at 301 St Paul St in St Catharines
May 31, 2011: Vigil - "Injured workers are sleepless" [Flyer]
Again this year the Women of Inspiration (WOI) are organizing a vigil for May 31 - the day before Injured Workers' Day. It's an overnight vigil started 5 years ago by the WOI who wanted to make a point: "injured workers cannot sleep and want justice". Interesting conversations with MPPs entering the Legislature always occur and injured workers have long memories...
When: pick a time between 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 31st and 11 a.m.
Wednesday June 1st (big turnouts needed especially between 3-5
p.m. and 8-11 p.m.)
Where: Meet us at the south end of Queen's Park by front stairs of the building
Please spread the word and volunteer to be part of the vigil. Even if you come to say hello, and stay a little while, it really helps boost morale. Please check the attached leaflet for the most important times to show up. …And congratulations to the Women of Inspiration for keeping up this important tradition. The women have taken the lead, let's support them, it's our fight!
When: Monday, May 9th from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Injured Workers' Consultants, 815 Danforth Ave, Ste 411
Iggy Kosny and Marni Lifshen will present on their work with immigrant injured workers followed by lots of discussion. Everyone is welcome! Free of charge! For more information or to register, please phone: IWC at (416)461-2411 or email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year since 1984 when launched by the Canadian Labour Congress, Canadians gather on this day to remember those who have died due to work-related causes. Statistics published by the Association of Workers Compensation Boards of Canada on recorded workplace fatalities, put the number of workers' deaths at 15,129 between 1993 and 2009. In Ontario alone, 384 workers died from the job in 2009, with 2.57 workplace deaths occurring daily across the country. Honour the memory of these workers by joining one of the many commemorations across the province, and by advocating for changes that make a real difference in improving occupational health and safety.
April 12-15, 2011: Community meetings
on the WSIB Funding Review
You are invited to attend a community meeting to learn more about the WSIB Funding Review and to share your thoughts about the future of the Workers Compensation System and WSIB.
- Thunder Bay - April 12 at 7:00 p.m. Lakehead Labour Centre, 929 Ft. William Road
- Windsor - April 14 at 3:00 p.m. CAW Local 1973, 3719 Walker Road
- London - April 15 at 1:00 p.m. St. Joseph's Health Care London, Mount Hope Centre in the St. Mary's Building, Room W020 - Magnolia Room, 21 Grosvenor St.
Everyone is welcome - the Ontario Network of Injured Workers' Groups (ONIWG) encourage everyone to become involved. The WSIB is worried about the future funding of the system and has begun a formal review. Areas under review – annual cost of living allowances, occupational diseases, assessment rates, incentive programs, system funding & investments. We firmly believe that a system focused on helping injured & disabled workers to recover will, in the long term, be of the greatest benefit to our families, our communities and Ontario. The system has become very complex and adversarial. The ONIWG brief will include recommendations to remove much of the adversarial nature of the system, make it easier to understand and navigate for all.
April 5-28, 2011: WSIB Funding Review public hearings
Public consultations on funding Ontario's workers' compensation system will take place in Toronto, Hamilton, London, Sudbury, Windsor and Thunder Bay. Check here for details of when and where. Some time has been left for walk-ins if you wish to make your views known, or come and support groups making formal submissions.
When: Thursday, Mar. 31 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where: Membership Room (basement) OPSEU Building - 31 Wellesley St E (across from Wellesley subway)
Presentations and panels on worker representation and activism in health and safety prevention and compensation; how to learn from and involve injured workers in collective strategies for prevention; tools to achieve safer and healthier workplaces. Further details to be announced.
March 30, 2011: Hamilton & District Injured Workers Group
public meeting on the Funding Review
More details soon! Check back here
March 23, 2011: Injured worker public
meeting, Toronto [Flyer]
Come and help set the Injured Workers' agenda for how to change workers' compensation in Ontario. As the Board and politicians have become more and more concerned about the so-called "financial crisis" in the last couple of years, the WCB/WSIB has already been cutting benefits by:
- cutting injured workers off benefits much sooner and forcing them to return to unsafe work
- telling injured workers that they can heal at work so there is no need to stay at home
- telling injured workers they can work even when they have a really bad injury and other barriers to finding work; and
- putting workers through useless retraining programs that don't actually get them back to work and then cutting them off or reducing benefits
When: Wednesday, Mar. 23 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: United Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Ave [see map]
As we head into a general provincial election this fall, this is the time to let the politicians know what injured workers are demanding (and have been demanding for years).
March 3, 2011: Thunder Bay & District Injured Workers'
Support Group public meeting on the Funding Review
The WSIB is worried about the future funding of the system and has begun a formal review. Areas under review – annual cost of living allowances, occupational diseases, assessment rates, incentive programs, system funding & investments. Everyone is Welcome – Get Informed, Get Involved
When: Thursday, Mar. 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Lakehead Labour Centre - 929 Fort William Rd
For more information please call the Support Group at (807)622-8897.
February 28, 2011: International RSI
Workplace injuries such as repetitive strain injuries (RSI's) account for 42% of all lost time claims and 50% of all lost time days.
Toronto: RSI Day demonstration at Queen's Park [Flyer]
Enough is enough! What is the government doing to reduce the number one injury in Ontario?
When: Monday Feb. 28 at noon
Where: in front of the Ontario Legislature, Queen's Park, Toronto
Spnsors: OHCOW, CAW, IWC, OFL, OPSEU, RSI Activist Group, UFCW. For more information email email@example.com.
Sudbury: The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers
offers the 12th annual RSIPLUS Awareness Day conference.
When: Monday, Feb. 28. from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: eDome, Cambrian College, 1400 BarryDowne Rd, Sudbury - for those outside Sudbury, see website for details on joining the conference online
Registration forms and further information available on the OHCOW website [click here] or contact Trevor Schell at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone (705)523-2330.
February 24, 2011: "Breathtaking:
A personal investigation into the present-day use of asbestos"
Premiere of a Canadian documentary which takes on the asbestos industry through a moving and personal investigation into the death of Richard, father of director Kathleen Mullen, from mesothelioma (a rare cancer uniquely caused by asbestos exposure). The film also explores the indefensible present-day use of asbestos which Canada still mines and exports for its use in developing countries.
When: Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, Toronto (south side entrance)
This special screening is co-presented by Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) and Planet in Focus (PIF). It will be followed by remarks by Pat Martin, M.P., and discussion with director, family members and special guests. Pay-what-you-can (proceeds donated) at the door. For more information and to reserve a seat for the screening contact: email@example.com.
February 10, 2011: Bright Lights meeting
(all groups welcome)
Taking action to meet the serious challenges of government and Board changes affecting the lives of injured workers.
When: Thursday, Feb. 10 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: IWC, 815 Danforth Ave, Suite 411
February 7, 2011: RAACWI Community Forum - The economics of WCB/WSIB; WSIB Funding Review
When: Monday, Feb. 7 from 1:00 -
Where: Injured Workers' Consultants, 815 Danforth Ave, Suite 411
Discussion and presentations by Dave Wilken, lawyer, and Hugh Mackenzie, economist and research associate with CCPA. Everyone welcome; free of charge.
January 30, 2011: Memorial for Dr Jan
The first anniversary of Dr. Kryspin's death is approaching. Dr. Kryspin was a Toronto doctor who treated many injured workers and who supported and advocated for them beyond his medical practice. Fortunato Rao has organised a mass at San Lorenzo Church. After the service we will have refreshments and an opportunity to share stories about a doctor who worked so hard to help injured workers. Everyone is welcome. Please inform anyone who knew Dr. Kryspin or who might want to participate regardless. The telephone number for the church is (416)782-2953.
When: Sunday Jan. 30, 12:45 p.m.
Where: San Lorenzo Church at 2981 Dufferin St. (one light South of Lawrence)
January 11, 2011: RAACWI Community Forum - WCB/WSIB Work Re-integration
When: Tuesday, Jan. 11 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Injured Workers' Consultants, 815 Danforth Ave, Suite 411
The new policies and practices will be explored through presentations, analysis and discussion. Guest speakers: Kevin Brown (OWA)and Ellen McEachern (IWH).
December 13, 2010: RAACWI Community Forum - Working with the policy "bureaucracy": Insights of a former policy advisor
When: Monday, Dec. 13 from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Injured Workers' Consultants, 815 Danforth Ave, Suite 411
Additionally a second speaker, Peter Smith, will report on recent research on "no lost time claims". Everyone welcome! Free of charge. For more information or to register, please phone: IWC at (416)461-2411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org