OTTAWA, Oct. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - Politicians, regulators, victims, labour
and management from across Canada, along with international experts,
will come together at the University of Ottawa on Oct. 24-25 to examine
why amendments to corporate criminal negligence law have not led to
more criminal prosecutions.
WHAT: Westray + 20 Symposium
WHEN: Oct. 24-25, 2012
WHERE: Tabaret Hall, Room 112, University of Ottawa, 550 Cumberland St.
WHO: Politicians, regulators, victims, labour, management, international
The Westray + 20 Symposium is organized through the Canada Research Chair on Occupational Health
and Safety Law at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. Panels will
address the lack of prosecutions despite thousands of workplace
fatalities since 2003-2004, when parliament unanimously passed what
became known as the "Westray Bill."
The bill amended the Criminal Code of Canada to hold corporations, their
directors and executives criminally accountable for willfully
endangering workers' lives.
The symposium marks 20 years and five months since the explosion of the
Westray Mine in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, where 11 bodies remain buried
at the site that killed an entire shift of 26 miners on May 9, 1992.
For details on the two-day event, visit www.commonlaw.uottawa.ca/westrayplus20.
Admission is free and open to media but space is limited.
SOURCE: Westray + 20 Symposium
For further information:
Caroline Couillard, 613-562-5800 ext. 3640, email@example.com