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International, Society

Safety improved for many, but not all Bangladeshi garment workers

Two retail company initiatives have led to much improved safety conditions in some clothing factories in Bangladesh but a new report suggests more should be done. Canadian companies like Loblaw, Hudson’s Bay and YM Inc. were central to the initiatives» 


Radiation from medical tests studied for safety

McMaster University is working on a campaign to make sure Canadians don’t get too much radiation through medical imaging. Excess exposure to radiation can cause cancer. While a single imaging event emits very little radiation, people may have several bouts» 


Pilots blame more accidents on government cutbacks

The Canadian Federal Pilots Association is blaming government budget cuts for “a significant spike in accidents and incidents involving commercial airlines, commuter aircraft and air taxis last year.” The government’s Transportation Safety Board reports a rise in the number of» 


‘Wrong people on trial’ for Lac-Mégantic disaster: support group

Three railway workers on trial for one of the deadliest and most destructive train disasters in Canadian history should not be made scapegoats for policy failures by the railway company they worked for and the federal government that failed to» 


Law would ban cell phone use while crossing roads

Distracted pedestrians are more likely to be hit when crossing the street so a member of the provincial government of Ontario is proposing a law to improve safety. The Phones Down, Heads Up Act was tabled today in the legislature» 

Economy, Health

Bill might stop employers from requiring high heels

Ontario might soon be the second province in Canada to stop employers from requiring women to wear high heels at work. Earlier this year, the province of British Columbia (B.C.) amended its Workers Compensation Act to make it illegal to» 

Economy, Health, Politics

Marijuana legalisation: Construction industry worried

With the legalization of cannabis to be announced on or near July 1, next year, many industries are very concerned about impairment on the job. It is well-known that the construction industy is fraught with dangers requiring workers to be» 


Improperly repaired rail led to 2015 accident: report

Following its investigation, Canada’s Transportation Safety Board recommends ways to improve track inspections in order to prevent derailments like the one in 2015 involving 39 freight cars near Gogoma, Ontario. Repairs had been made to the rail but a maintenance» 

Health, Immigration & Refugees, Society

Boating safety videos posted to prevent accidents, deaths

The Lifesaving Society has posted free online videos in several languages to teach skills and safety to new boaters, particularly to new Canadians. Canada has more freshwater than any other country in the world. It borders on three oceans and» 

Health, Society

Opioid crisis prompts festival safety tips

Authorities in the western province of British Columbia (B.C.) are worried about the opioid crisis and are issuing safety tips to those who plan to attend summer festivals. The provincial government has declared a public health emergency because of the»