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Province reviewing how workers compensated for occupational illness

An Elliot Lake woman’s hard work continues to pay off with the provincial government announcing a review of how workers are compensated for occupational illness is now underway.

The review follows an announcement in February that the W-S-I-B will now compensate workers who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after being exposed to aluminum dust, known as McIntyre Powder.

Janice Martell, the founder of the McIntyre Powder Project tracked, recorded and reported the health histories of dozens of miners who were forced to inhale the powder as part of their job between 1943 and 1980, which in turn, led to an in-depth study of the neurological impact of the powder on miners.

The findings were released in 2020 and led to the recent compensation announcement and now the review, which is to be completed by the end of this year.

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