Federal leaders' debate: Trade Justice Network says Canada's trade deals need independent analysis, not corporate cheerleading

“Most Canadians wouldn’t buy a new car without researching the warranty coverage, the mileage, reviews and so on. Yet our government would have us agree to sweeping economic agreements like CETA and the TPP without providing us any facts." — Larry Brown, Trade Justice Network co-chair and NUPGE National Secretary-Treasurer

Nova Scotia uses Westray Bill to charge employer

Halifax (11 Sept. 2015) — The first-ever charge has been laid against an employer under Bill 45, better known as the Westray Bill, in Nova Scotia. The law came into effect as a result of a massive underground mine explosion in 1992 that killed 26 men. 

After the explosion, the labour movement pressured Parliament to pass legislation that amended the Criminal Code of Canada to hold criminally liable employers who failed to take steps to protect the lives of their employees. The Westray Bill provided a new regime outlining the framework of corporate liability in Canada.


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