The current regulations were brought in following a number of heartbreaking tragedies, such as the death of 2-year-old Eva Ravikovich, who died in 2013 after being left in an SUV for hours on a hot summer day.
Condolences go out to Stiles' family, friends and colleagues.
"My heart and thoughts are with Kellie's friends, family, and his colleagues at VIRCC, and the broader B.C. corrections and sheriffs community during this difficult time." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"He touched the lives of thousands of workers, at the bargaining table and at the provincial legislature. John's passion for equality and fairness inspired so many to follow in his footsteps." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Warren (Smokey) Thomas said there was a big problem when senior managers lie to the minister.
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.
“It’s a tragedy when any worker loses their life on the job, and we hope his family can take some solace knowing that he was helping protect the public from wildfires.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Sentence of 25 days in jail, to be served on weekends, for company directors who violated health and safety regulations resulting in an employee's death.
Employers have a responsibility to ensure proper safety protocols are implemented and enforced in workplaces across the province.
"On behalf of the entire National Union, I want to offer our sincere condolences to the member's friends and family. To the members of the MGEU/NUPGE, our hearts are with you as you grieve this loss." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.