Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

December 11, 2007 16:12 ET


Inquest into the workplace murder of nurse Lori Dupont highlights critical changes needed in Ontario laws says OFL

Attention: Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 11, 2007) - "The release of the recommendations of the Coroner's Inquest into the 2005 workplace murder of Lori Dupont, a nurse who worked at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor, has put a sharp focus on crucial laws that need changing," said Irene Harris, OFL secretary-treasurer.

"The Inquest has dealt with all of the concerns raised by the Ontario Nurses' Association and we completely support its President Linda Haslam-Stroud in calling on the government for 'immediate action to implement these recommendations', "Harris said.

The recommended changes include changing workplace legislation to include abuse and harassment as an occupational health and safety issue and changes to the Occupational Health & Safety Act and the Public Hospitals Act.

"Labour, women's groups and occupational health and safety activists have been calling on government to change these laws for over a decade," said Harris. "The consequences of doing nothing on these recommendations can be life-threatening to workers as the tragic and needless death of Lori Dupont has shown."

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Contact Information

  • OFL Secretary-Treasurer, Irene Harris
    Primary Phone: 416-347-0454