May 7, 2020. Janice along with USW, as well as Dr. Paul Demers, Greg Mercer, WSIB, OHCOW, Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) have all contributed tremendously to bring justice to these workers and their families. The information below was provided by the OFL and WSIB. Please also see (at the bottom of this email) a link from the WSIB for current COVID-19 statistics.
McIntyre Powder Report by Janice Martell – USW News Release
Please see our USW news release on the Janice Martell’s McIntyre Powder report. Our Union has much to be proud of as we played a significant role in Janice’s McIntyre Powder project and quest for justice. Janice is a dedicated, determined advocate fighting for justice of Miners, she never gave up.
Media Appearances by Janice Martell
- Greg Mercer’s 6-part series on occupational diseases in The Toronto Star. Greg brought the Rubberworkers stories to light. The McIntyre Powder miners are featured in Part 5, with an absolutely haunting video of one of our miners, Ed Mack.
Occupational disease is killing Canadian workers. And there is no national strategy
- CBC Article: WSIB study finds link between use of McIntyre Powder in Ontario mines and risk of Parkinson’s
- Janice Martell’s CBC radio interview this morning (audio link).
- Northern Ontario Business article on OCRC study:
McIntyre Powder definitively linked to Parkinson’s disease in miners: report
- Janice Martell will be on the CTV Northern Ontario (Sudbury) news tonight, Friday May 8 at 6 p.m. EDT.
Dr. Demers’ McIntyre Powder Study (OCRC)
The WSIB arranged for Dr. Paul Demers of Cancer Care Ontario (Occupational Cancer Research Centre) to conduct an independent study with regard to the development of neurological conditions resulting from exposure to McIntyre Powder in the mining sector. Dr. Demers’ review is now complete and the results indicate an association between Parkinson’s disease and McIntyre Powder. Dr. Demers’ report was posted to the WSIB website yesterday, May 7, 2020.
Here is a link to a plain language summary of the study:
The full report and WSIB update are available on the WSIB website. The links are provided below.
WSIB – COVID-19
The WSIB has posted the top 5 sectors with Covid-19 claims. This information will be updated every Monday.
District 6 Health and Safety Coordinator