Part of the OCC-Disease Prevention Webinar Series
January 22, 2021
OHCOW hosted a public information session webinar and Facebook Live event for all occupational disease cluster groups in Ontario including all OHCOW’s current occupational disease cluster group projects. These groups include General Electric Peterborough workers, Pebra/Ventra Peterborough workers, Kitchener Rubber workers, McIntyre Powder exposed miners, Neelon Casting workers and anyone suffering from an occupational disease.
This event provided information and implications of Dr. Paul Demers’s January 2020 report, publicly released in July 2020 and entitled “Using Scientific Evidence and Principles to Help Determine the Work-Relatedness of Cancer”. We were honoured to have Dr. Paul Demers from the Occupational Cancer Research Center as our keynote speaker followed by a discussion with Prof. Katherine Lippel of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and labour activist Robert DeMatteo.
Discussions included Dr. Demers’ recommendations which include updating the presumptive lists and cancer related policies at the WSIB, enhancing the scientific capacity of the WSIB, improving access to exposure data for compensation and prevention purposes and improving recognition of occupational cancer and disease through medical education.
SESSIONS / SPEAKERS:
Using Scientific Evidence to Drive Prevention and Compensation
Dr. Paul Demers, Occupational Cancer Research Centre, Ontario Health Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Workers’ Compensation for Occupational Disease: Medicolegal Challenges
Prof. Katherine Lippel, CRC in OHS Law, University of Ottawa
A Labour/Worker Point of View
Bob Dematteo, Labour Activist