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Industrial inquiry commission delivers report on BC Ambulance Service, including appropriate collective bargaining structure

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

The industrial inquiry commission reviewing different service delivery and operational models for the BC Ambulance Service, including options on an appropriate collective bargaining structure, delivered its report to the BC Minister of Labour on January 15, 2010, according to this January 18, 2010 news release from the government.

The report was written by Chris Trumpy, a long time public servant who was the Deputy Minister of Finance before retiring in 2009.

In addition to the appropriate collective bargaining structure, the Trumpy report examines issues relating to staff recruitment, training and retention; staff workload and occupational health and safety; deployment strategies; and total compensation for paramedics and dispatchers.

The non-binding report has been provided to CUPE Local 873, the union representing BC's paramedics and dispatchers, and their employer, the Emergency and Health Services Commission.  read more »

Federal government establishes regional Canada Industrial Relations Board panel in BC, names 3 part-time appointees

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia - Canada/Federal

The federal Minister of Labour issued a news release today in which she announced the establishment of a regional Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) panel in British Columbia with three part-time appointees.

According to the Minister, the regional panel "will strengthen and improve the management of the CIRB and make it more responsive to local issues and more accessible to organizations." It will also "allow stakeholders to present issues locally, improve the timeliness of decisions, as well as avoid time-zone discrepancies.".

The part-time appointees are:

  1. Allan Hope, Q.C., a well known arbitrator who lives in Prince George. Mr Hope will be a part-time Vice-Chairperson;
  2. William Terence Lineker, who will be a part-time Member representing employers; and
  3. Cynthia Catherine Oliver, who will be a part-time Member representing employees.

CLE BC "Human Rights Conference - 2009"

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia - Canada/Federal

Day 2 of the annual CLE BC "Human Rights Conference - 2009" took place today in Vancouver. J. Grant Sinclair, Q.C., whose appointment as chair of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ended this week, was the luncheon speaker. He presented on section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act, which prohibits hate messages.  

New member appointed to Canada Industrial Relations Board

Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal

The federal Minister of Labour announced today the appointment of David Paul Olsen as a full-time member to the Canada Industrial Relations Board. You can read about the appointment/Mr. Olsen here

Jill M. Callan's appointment as chair of BC Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal extended

Topics: - Appointments - BC WCAT
Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

By Order in Council dated March 3, 2009, Jill M. Callan's appointment as of chair of the BC Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal was extended until March 3, 2014.

Ms. Callan was appointed chair of WCAT when it came into existence on March 3, 2003. You can read Ms. Callan's bio here.

New Vice Chairperson appointed to Canada Industrial Relations Board

Jurisdiction: - Canada/Federal

The federal Minister of Labour announced the appointment today of Mr. William G. McMurray as Vice-Chairperson of the Canada Industrial Relations Board. The appointment is effective March 31, 2009.

Mr. McMurray has been a practitioner of administrative law, specializing in labour and employment law. He has acted as counsel for some of Canada's largest employers in the federal transportation and telecommunications sectors.

You can read the full media release here.

Four New Vice-Chairs Appointed to BC Labour Relations Board

Jurisdiction: - British Columbia

Four new vice-chairs were appointed to the BC Labour Relations Board today.

Michael J. Adam is the Director of Labour Relations for Western US for Weyerhaeuser Canada and a former Partner in the Labour and Employment Practice Group with Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang.

Beverley J. Burns is the Director of Labour Relations of WorkSafeBC. Previously, she was the in-house counsel of Woolworth Canada Inc.

Ritu N. Mahil, is an Instructor at Capilano College, Labour Studies Program. She is also currently a Lawyer at Health Sciences Association of BC. Prior to this, she was a lawyer with Fiorillo Glavin Gordon.

Bruce R. Wilkins is the in-house Counsel for the Health Sciences Association of BC. Previously, he was the Crown Counsel with the BC Ministry of Attorney General.

The vice-chairs three year terms run until May 25, 2010.

B.C. Labour Relations Code Review Committee releases report examining 14 issues

The Report of the B.C. Labour Relations Code Review Committee to the Minister of Skills Development and Labour was issued on April 11, 2003.

The committee - consisting of Daniel Johnston, John Bowman, Eric Harris, Bruce Laughton and Marcia Smith - was appointed by the BC Government in December 2002 as special advisors under section 3 of the Code to provide advice on 14 specific issues.

The appointment of the committee was preceded by the release of a discussion paper by the Minister of Skills Development and Labour that had set out ideas for potential changes to the Code.

The Report is worth reading for its review of the Code's history alone. The 14 specific issues addressed in the Report are:  read more »