Doctors alarmed by loophole allowing sale of used asbestos products

Journal of Commerce | The Canadian Press | October 14, 2021 OTTAWA—Public health advocates and environmental groups say the federal government needs to close a loophole allowing the sale of second-hand products containing asbestos. Canada banned the cancer-causing mineral and products that contain it in December 2018, more than 30 years after the World Health Organization…

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B.C. invests in substance-use treatment system

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | October 14, 2021 VANCOUVER—The Province of British Columbia is investing $132 million over the next three years for treatment and recovery services. The funding will increase services across all regions of the province to strengthen the full continuum of substance-use treatment and recovery services, including withdrawal management, transition…

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Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

October 12, 2021 Construction incident summaries are based on information obtained as soon as possible after the incidents: they are preliminary and subject to change. Details have been edited to protect workers’ privacy. See additional summaries online. Injury Type: Injuries to upper body Core Activity: Low slope roofing Location: Lower Mainland Date of Incident: 2021-Sep A worker was descending from…

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VIDEO PART ONE: ‘Addiction in general is very efficient at disguising itself’

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | October 13, 2021 In a candid interview with Daily Commercial News staff writer Angela Gismondi, Rob Trymbulak, an ironworker and a supervisor on the Gordie Howe Bridge project in Windsor, Ont., shares his journey from addiction to recovery. Trymbulak was an addict for 25 years and graduated from…

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PST Refund Extension Saves Businesses More Money

VICTORIA – A StrongerBC program that refunds businesses the PST paid on select machinery and equipment will be extended for an additional six months. This extension will give businesses another chance to reduce costs and make new investments to adapt to the changes the pandemic has required, and to set them up to take advantage…

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Last Chance! Comment on proposed changes to First Aid Regulations

Feedback deadline 4:30 pm on Friday, October 8, 2021. WorkSafeBC’s Policy, Regulation and Research Division is seeking feedback on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. The consultation phase provides stakeholders an opportunity to share feedback before the proposed amendments are taken to public hearing. There are two proposed regulatory amendment packages under…

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Vaughn Palmer: Hint, hint — Henry wants most employers to order vaccinations of staff

Vancouver Sun | Vaughn Palmer | October 7, 2021 Opinion: Dr. Bonnie Henry has reinforced urging from WorkSafeBC that employers should require workers to get vaccinated VICTORIA — The provincial government and Dr. Bonnie Henry sent strong messages this week on mandatory vaccinations in the workplace, starting in the public sector but spreading outward to private…

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Public service employees in British Columbia must get vaccinated against COVID-19

Journal of Commerce | The Canadian Press | October 6, 2021 VICTORIA — Social workers, sheriffs and administrative assistants are among an estimated 30,000 government employees in British Columbia that will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk losing their job. The BC Public Service Agency said Tuesday that a deadline of Nov. 22…

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THE LONE HUNTER…Premiere

On behalf of BCCSA, meet Dave….The Lone Hunter. A powerful and supreme construction worker with perfect physique on a dark journey as he is caught between two identities. The Hunter finds himself after discovering the right tools that allow him to gather his pride so he is no longer alone. Watch the most honest and entertaining…

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Recent work-related incidents reported to WorkSafeBC

September 27, 2021 Construction incident summaries are based on information obtained as soon as possible after the incidents: they are preliminary and subject to change. Details have been edited to protect workers’ privacy. See additional summaries online. Injury Type: Close call Core Activity: Crane operation / Highrise construction / Structural concrete forming Location: Interior B.C. Date of Incident: 2021-Sep During…

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Industry Special: the BCCSA celebrates 20 years of making safety simpler – Alliance continues to be a united voice for all construction employers

Journal of Commerce | BCCSA | September 28, 2021 Good things don’t always happen all at once — they happen according to the timeline required to build consensus. This year marks the 20th anniversary of construction industry safety associations in BC, a first step that culminated in the merger of the Construction Safety Association of B.C. (CSABC)…

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B.C. rejects recommendation to allow WorkSafeBC to make special payments to workers for its errors

Vancouver Sun | Gordon Hoekstra | Publishing date:Sep 25, 2021   B.C. Ombudsperson Jay Chalke conducted an investigation into errors made by WorkSafeBC in terminating monthly injury-benefit payments to a cabinetmaker who had lost the tips of some of the fingers on his left hand. The B.C. government has rejected a call by the B.C. Ombudsperson…

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Human Rights Approach to Proof of Vaccination

POLICY GUIDANCE | JULY 2021 This document echoes the call for a human rights-based response to the pandemic. It offersgeneral advice on how duty bearers can respect human rights when developing policies that treatpeople differently based on whether or not they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. In thisdocument, we refer to such polices as “vaccination…

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