Community leaders are coming together to continue to make Nova Scotia the safest place to work in the country. As part of the workplace safety strategy, the province and the Workers’ Compensation Board are encouraging community leaders to commit to making workplaces safer. “We need to work together, as community leaders, if we want to really improve our workplace safety,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “Some great work has been done to date, but we know encouraging leaders to get involved in safety is how we can start to see significant changes.” Ms. Regan joined Workers’ Compensation Board CEO Stuart MacLean and board of directors chair Elaine Sibson, to host about 170 public and private sector leaders at a Leadership Matters conference in Halifax, today, Nov. 7, to discuss how community leaders can get more involved. “Safety champions must emerge from all sectors around the province if we want to be the safest place to work in Canada,” said Mr. MacLean. “Having these pivotal leaders on board will help make the difference our province needs.” Many businesses across the province have leaders who are already proving the value of safety champions in the workplace. “At all times, the safety of our employees is a top priority,” said Robert Patzelt, senior vice president, corporate development with Scotia Investments Limited. “We’ve learned that when leadership at all levels keeps workplace safety top of mind, you move from control through compliance to a shared commitment that sticks and results in better safe work practices.” One of the strategy’s four goals is to have visible leadership commitment to workplace safety. Nova Scotians are making this happen by rewarding workers and employers for safe work practices, and creating more opportunities for workers and employers to lead safety excellence. For a copy of the new strategy, visit http://novascotia.ca/lae/documents/WorkplaceSafetyStrategy.pdf .
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today offered Canada’s full support to the Government of Sri Lanka and those working to ensure that efforts towards reconciliation, non-recurrence, peace, and justice on the island are realized, and that international and domestic commitments on accountability, transitional justice, and ending impunity are met.In a statement issued today to mark the ninth anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka Justin Trudeau said that the wounds of the war linger as the survivors seek answers for their loss. He also invited all Canadians to take time to recognize the important contributions that Tamil-Canadians make to Canada and the adversity they have overcome. (Colombo Gazette) “Today, we mark the ninth anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka. The war – which lasted over 26 years – resulted in immeasurable injuries, loss of life, and displacement. The wounds of this war linger as the survivors seek answers for their loss, including family members and loved ones who have disappeared,” he said. “I reiterate my call to the Government of Sri Lanka to establish a process of accountability that has the trust and confidence of the survivors. Canada offers its full support to the Government of Sri Lanka and those working to ensure that efforts towards reconciliation, non-recurrence, peace, and justice on the island are realized, and that international and domestic commitments on accountability, transitional justice, and ending impunity are met,” he said.The Canadian Prime Minister extended his deepest sympathy to Canadians of Tamil descent, and all victims of the armed conflict and their families. The Prime Minister said that over the past nine years, he has met many Tamil-Canadians personally affected by the war and their stories are a solemn reminder of the need to attain lasting peace and true reconciliation.