The Ombudsperson speaks out on WorkSafeBC

The Ombudsperson of B.C., Jay Chalke, has just issued an important report, “Severed Trust:  Enabling WorkSafeBC to do the right thing when its mistakes hurt injured workers.” The report focuses on the tragic case of a cabinet-maker, Mr. Snider.  Today, this blog belongs to Mr. Snider, the Ombudperson’s report and the issue of WorkSafe’s accountability to injured…

Dignity and fairness – a human rights approach to injured workers

In 2006, the United Nations published the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This is not a sleeper U.N. Convention. Canada, as part of its commitment to the Convention, passed the Accessible Canada Act in June, 2019 and a few months ago, the B.C. government passed provincial Accessibility legislation.  The B.C. law will be implemented…

The disability experience – whose life is it?

From most accounts, disabled people have made significant strides towards equality and inclusion.  There is a line of improvement for “Persons with Disability”(PWD), from the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2006 to “disabled rights” legislation in Canada in 2019. There is even a growing academic field of “disability studies” which explores…