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Occupational health and safety: Bell’s “Let’s Talk Day” puts the spotlight on mental health

This past Wednesday, January 28, was Bell Canada’s “Let’s Talk Day”, an annual event in which the communications giant makes additional donations (beyond its other contributions throughout the year) to Canadian mental health programs based on the number of text messages, wireless and long distance calls, and certain tweets and Facebook shares transmitted by its

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The latest on psychological health and safety in the workplace: Ontario Ministry of Labour releases report from its roundtable on traumatic mental stress

For the past few years, work-related mental stress has been the subject of increasing attention from the media, as well as from government, regulatory bodies and other stakeholders.  For example: In 2010, the Bill 168 amendments to Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act formally recognized workplace harassment (together with workplace violence) as occupational health and

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“F**k it – I quit!”: Perils of the YouTube-worthy resignation

Earlier this week, Charlo Greene, a reporter for KTVA News in Anchorage, Alaska, issued a dramatic “live-to-air” resignation that no doubt stunned viewers and her in-studio colleagues alike. Following a pre-taped report on the Alaska Cannabis Club (which, according to its Facebook page, “is a medical marijuana collective organized to serve patients throughout Alaska”), Ms.

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Occupational health & safety lessons from the tragedy at Lac-Megantic: Transportation Safety Board releases its report and condemns “weak safety culture”

In the early hours of July 13, 2013, a runaway freight-train operated by Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railway (“MM&A”) and carrying more than 70 tanker-cars loaded with crude oil derailed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The resulting explosion and fire claimed 47 lives, and destroyed a large part of the town’s downtown area. In the aftermath of

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Workplace hazards: A tragic reminder to expect the unexpected

On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, a worker was tragically – and fatally – attacked by large black bear at a Suncor mining facility near Fort McMurray, Alberta. It seems trite to observe that the worker’s encounter with the bear (as opposed to the types of industrial hazards more readily associated with mining operations) would have

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Multiple stabbing in Toronto workplace: A tragic reminder of employers’ obligations under Bill 168

April 9, 2014 brought shocking news of an employee who allegedly reacted to the termination of his employment by pulling a knife during the dismissal meeting and stabbing four of his co-workers.  At the time of this writing, three of those individuals remain in hospital—two of them in critical condition. News reports indicate that the

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St. Patrick’s Day: When shamrocks meet employment law

Last year, St. Patrick’s Day fell on a Sunday; and the year before, on a Saturday. In other words, for the past two years, St. Patrick’s Day has been well-timed from a reveller’s perspective. This year, most Canadians (apart from our friends in Newfoundland & Labrador, who enjoy March 17 as a statutory holiday) will

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