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CANADIAN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY NEWS.
Federal – When the patent for painkiller OxyContin expired at the end of November, provincial and territorial health ministers unanimously agreed to ask the federal government to delay the approval of a generic form of the drug pending further research.
Federal – The federal government has announced that it is reviewing the temporary foreign worker program (TFW), in light of the controversy that erupted with the hiring of more than 200 foreign workers at a British Columbia coal mine.
Victoria – A review into the safe use of conducted energy weapons for British Columbian police officers is wrapping up and will be tabled early this year.
Kamloops – The identity of the perpetrators of a dangerous and potentially deadly logging protest in the forests near Kamloops, BC, has stumped the RCMP and the province’s Ministry of Forests.
Victoria — The British Columbia government is developing a regulatory framework to keep mixed martial arts fighters, promoters and the officials who keep them in line as safe from harm as possible.
Victoria — Those who help keep order in Nunavut courtrooms will be getting lessons from the Justice Institute of British Columbia’s sheriff academy.
Lake Cowichan — Loader operators, log truck drivers and their supervisors are being asked by the BC Forest Safety Council to stop and do a careful review of their operations after an incident where a rock fell from a logging truck and smashed through the windshield of an oncoming pickup truck, killing the pickup driver.
Prince George — The RCMP has officially denied allegations of harassment and sexual assault in the first lawsuit filed by one of their Mounties based out of British Columbia.
Edmonton — A routine traffic stop almost turned ugly for an Edmonton Police Service constable, a news release from the police service says.
Calgary — Police in Calgary are making sure big brother is not only watching, but has video evidence to prove it.
Regina — The Saskatchewan government appears to be moving forward with legislation to protect workers and the public from asbestos exposure, just days after one of the province’s most tireless advocates for asbestos awareness died from mesothelioma.
Winnipeg — The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba will be conducting an employer survey throughout the month of November, contacting random registered employers for their opinions on expectations, experiences and overall satisfaction with the organization’s performance.
Mississauga — While acknowledging that most contractors in the province could be facing an increase of 4.3 per cent on their workers compensation premiums for 2013, the Ontario General Contractors Association commended the work done to keep the rate hike even higher.
Toronto — The Ministry of Labour released the results of its July blitz on rock crushing, screening and conveying processes on November 6.
Toronto — Concerns that radioactive dust could blanket crowds at the popular Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto has prompted Canada’s nuclear watchdog to halt the demolition of a contaminated building.
Gander — The Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board facilitated a workshop for fishing industry stakeholders focused on fishing vessel design for ships under 40 feet.