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Issues Faced by Vulnerable Workers in Canada

The Law Commission of Ontario defines vulnerable workers as “those engaged in precarious work”. “Precarious work” includes: those jobs where one has low wages and at least two of these other features; no pension; no union; and/or small firm size. Precarious work includes temporary foreign labour, service industry jobs, food services and accommodation jobs, temporary […]

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Linda McKay-Panos
Linda McKay-Panos, BEd, JD, LLM, is the Executive Director of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre in Calgary, Alberta.
 

The Right to Refuse Dangerous Work

There may, undoubtedly, be cases justifying a wilful disobedience of such an order; as where the servant apprehends danger to her life, or violence to her person, from the master; or where, from an infectious disorder raging in the house, she must go out for the preservation of her life. But the general rule is […]

Authors:

Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal is a Professor of Law at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.
 

Aleksandar Gvozdenovic
Aleksandar Gvozdenovic is finishing his B.Comm. at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary and will start law school in the Fall of 2014,
 

Viewpoint 39-3: Canada’s Asbestos Policy: Economics trump global health concerns

Asbestos was once considered so safe it was used as an ingredient in toothpaste. Today asbestos is recognized as a potent carcinogen by health experts and scientists worldwide. Despite this, in Canada it seems economic concerns take precedence over health when it comes to the international trade of asbestos. History of asbestos The history of […]

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Suman Gupta
Suman Gupta lives in Nova Scotia. She is concerned about the detrimental health and environmental effects of basing international and domestic policy on bad science and misconstrued information.
 

Update: Ticket Offences at Work

In the Nov/Dec 2013 issue of LawNow, the column Ticket Offences at Work explained a new workplace ticket system. As of January 1, 2014, Occupational Health and Safety officers in Alberta can use this tool to obtain better compliance with OHS legislation. As an appendix to the column, the authors prepared a table listing the […]

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Marilyn Doyle
Marilyn Doyle
Marilyn Doyle is a library technician in Edmonton.
 

Occupational Health and Safety 3: Ticket Offences at Work

Introduction Most Canadians are familiar with “tickets” for minor offences.  If we have personal experience at all with the legal system, it is most likely through receiving the occasional ticket for parking, seat belts, rolling through a stop sign, speeding or some other traffic offence.  There are several other regulatory subjects that are enforced by […]

Authors:

Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal
Peter Bowal is a Professor of Law at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta.
 

Evan Knight
Evan Knight is a final year student at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary.
 


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