Monthly Archives: January 2019

Doug Ford Government Moves to Make Workplaces Less Safe

The government of Doug Ford continues to undermine Ontario. Now they are working to weaken a formula that has saved lives and created more than one generation of dedicated H&S Activists. The classroom experience is an integral piece of training and permits invaluable interaction between students and instructors. Not to mention the vast majority of the training takes place to close to home so the out of town piece is misleading.

News Release
Ontario’s Health and Safety Training Heading to 21st Century
Online training will save Ontario businesses approximately $5,000,000
January 31, 2019 8:30 A.M.
Ministry of Labour
Ontario’s government is working for the people to reduce burdens on job creators, as well as workers by improving training programs that certify those who promote health and safety at workplaces.
Today, Minister Laurie Scott brought Ontario’s health & safety training into the 21st century. These changes mean 50,000 Ontario workplaces no longer need to send workers for a five-day classroom course. By cutting red tape, Minister Scott is providing flexibility by making online courses fully available to Ontario businesses, reducing the time needed to take the first part of the course.

Spending up to five days away from family was unfair to Ontario workers and was a major cost to Ontario job creators. Minister Scott is reducing red tape, helping workers and moving Ontario training standards into the 21st century. These changes will save Ontario businesses and other organizations an estimated $5 million per year.

The changes include:

promoting flexibility by allowing training to take place solely online for the first part of the learning, in addition to classroom, blended and distance learning
simplifying the requirements by removing complicated rules and red tape
extending the time to complete the second part of training to within a year of completing the first part, providing more time for employers to schedule training

“I am committed to creating fair and competitive processes for business, dynamic labour markets and safe workplaces for every worker in Ontario,” said Laurie Scott, Minister of Labour. “Our government will make Ontario Open for Business and Open for Jobs by making our province the best jurisdiction in North America to recruit, retain and reward the workers of today and tomorrow.”

Allowing the option of training to take place solely online – in addition to the existing options of classroom, distance and blended learning – reduces travel and accommodation costs for businesses. Businesses will no longer have to pay for travel and accommodation costs for employees to travel for up to five days to take in-person training. These changes will reduce burdens and costs to businesses, while ensuring standardized high-quality training is accessible to all workers across Ontario.

“Joint health and safety committees are a cornerstone of a well-functioning workplace internal responsibility system. These improvements will help workplaces promote a strong health and safety culture by meeting the needs of both employers and workers,” said Ron Kelusky, Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer.
Quick Facts
Generally, workplaces with 20 or more workers are required to have a Joint Health Safety Committee (JHSC) with one certified worker member and one certified employer member.
About 15,000 JHSC members are certified every year in Ontario.
Additional Resources
Joint Health and Safety Committees
Media Contacts
Christine Bujold
Minister’s Office
Janet Deline
Communications Branch

Due to weather: January Grey Bruce Labour Council meeting cancelled

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

    Due to the current weather and forecast of it becoming worse this evening the GBLC January meeting is canceled.  In the event that you have important information to report to council, that you would like shared please send it to me by next Monday February 4th and I will forward the information to council.

 I will be looking to the Executive to bring forward items where motions are or were intended before the 4th of February.

 Please be safe on the roads and on behalf of the Grey Bruce Labour Council I apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation may have caused.

Our next regular meeting is scheduled for February 25th at the OPSEU Office in Owen Sound beginning at 7:00pm.

 Reminder — OSSTF is holding an information picket at MPP Bill Walkers Office on February 7th beginning at 3:30pm (information attached)

Stay warm and safe and we will see you in February.

In Solidarity,


Kevin Smith, President

Grey Bruce Labour Council



Vigil, Islamic Ctr, Kincardine, Jan. 29th

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

                On the evening of January 29, 2017, at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City, shortly after the end of evening prayers a mosque in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood of Quebec City, six worshippers were unnecessarily lost their lives and nineteen other innocent people were injured when a lone gunman opened fire just before 8:00pm.  A remembrance vigil is being held on Tuesday January 29th at the Islamic Centre in Kincardine.


Please consider attending this vigil on Tuesday at 7PM, commemorating the Quebec Mosque shooting.

“an event at the Islamic Centre (corner of Broadway and Queen, Kincardine) at 7:00 on Tuesday evening.

Word is going out to all the area churches, on social media and in all the online newspaper versions we can find – and hopefully MYFM as well. Please spread the word through your network of friends/colleagues etc.”

In Solidarity,


 Kevin Smith, President

Grey Bruce Labour Council

No Cuts to Public Education Rally, Feb 7th, 2019, MPP Bill Walker’s Office

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

    As you know Doug Ford and the PC Government has made several attacks on public services since being elected.  Within Education he started by reverting the sexual education curriculum, creating a snitch line to report teachers who didn’t conform, cancelled summer math workshops for educators, canceled funding for school repairs, and has cut funding for specialized programs for students.  


OSSTF District 7 will be holding an Education Information Rally Thursday, February 7, 2019  from 3:30 to 4:30 pm In front of MPP Bill Walker’s constituency office, located at 920 1st Avenue West, Owen Sound.   

      As a courtesy to the tenants of the building, please do not park in the lot at 920 1st Ave. W.   Please park in municipal parking along the river or at City Hall.   Public washrooms are available at the Owen Sound Public Library.   This will be a peaceful information rally. All are welcome! 


Please pass this message and the attached flyer along to all your friends and family and join us on February 7th

no cuts to public education mpp flyer[39653]


Media Reports/Pictures, Owen Sound Women’s March, Jan. 19, 2019

The event organizers did an amazing job, many thanks.

Also, thanks to our local media friends. It is seldom anything but a pleasure to see the coverage that local media give to socially responsible events in our region such as this march.



Please note time changes, Owen Sound Women’s March, Jan 19, 2019





“Two years ago, on the first full day of Donald Trump’s presidency, women, men and gender non-conforming people, young and old, of diverse faiths, differently abled, immigrants and indigenous – came together, 5 million strong, on all seven continents of the world to march on Washington to protest the loss of women’s rights and freedoms proposed by President Trump.  The premise for this march and all of the other ‘sister marches’ and solidarity pickets occurring around the world was a belief in a world that is equitable, tolerant, just and safe for all.


On Saturday, January 19, 2019, to coincide with the Women’s March on Washington 2019, union members along with workers and community members all across Canada will march and gather to show support. ‘The #WomensWave’ together will express profound concerns about the direction government policy is going in Canada, across the world and most notably the regressive policies of conservatives and neo-liberals in government, the corporate world and, far too often, those emboldened to support such regressive policies by the regressive governments everywhere.


This year, events are planned in Ontario to mark this anniversary, to show solidarity for women, to push for the advancement of women’s rights, human rights and labour rights in Ontario and to stand against the Trump like policies of the Ford government that attacks workers, public services, women and girls and our communities.


Two networks, which grew out of the incredible grassroots efforts of previous year’s marches, are planning marches: Women’s March Canada, and March on Canada.  Initially the Grey Bruce Labour Council was organizing to run a solidarity picket, but we are so pleased to learn that Owen Sound’s first Annual Women’s March going to take place. The Grey Bruce Labour Council is organizing to show support for Owen Sound’s first Annual Women’s March.

The Women’s March is meeting in the Library Auditorium at 2:00pm on January 19th for a rally and community interaction before the march hits the streets. This will also be an opportunity for those who want to get involved but are unable to walk the distance, to participate in a seated (and heated) area.


The march will pass in front of MPP Bill Walker’s constituency office. Walker is the Minister of Government and Consumer Services. The office is located 920 1st Avenue West, Suite 100 Owen Sound.


The community and labour council affiliates are invited to participate in this march to send a message of support to people the world over saying that the politics of “going backwards” will not stand and that decades of progress will not end with Trump or Ford or any other entity focused of turning the clock back on human rights, women’s rights and labour rights.

For More Information, please Email

Labour Council VP, Dave Trumble