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Election 2017


Our new NDP and Green party Government has yet to fulfill their promise made to the first responders in BC by legislating the Presumptive Clause.  It has been a longh drawn out process with disappointment and sadly, no movement on a Government that was so keen, so eager when they were in Opposition. Two Private Members Bills were put forward by the NDP, expressing the importance of the lives of first responders, the importance of the roles we play in society and the deep sadness when a life is lost in the line of duty...and a life is taken at the hand of one of our own. 


So, we ask, we plead, we have screamed...why are we still waiting. 


WHY?   We still wait...now it not until Spring 2018 the new MInister of Labour, Minister Henry Bains states that it will be brought to the legislature. He claims the entire WorkSafe BC requires a full inquiry from the top down...but this takes time....my response is with a head hung low and a heavy heart, and how many more lives will be lost, I am tired of waiting....aren't you?
















APRIL 10, 2018....IT HAS BEEN A LONG JOURNEY BUT I FINALLY GOT THE CALL.....


Minister of Labour, Harry Bains gave me the courtesy of calling me the day before Introducing the NDP Legislation, not the one I first provided them, but an Amendment to WorkSafe BC,  giving First Responders the "Presumption" required for them to have their mental health injury claims accepted without delay;  providing treatment and financial benefits.   I was so honored when Minister Bains said, as "you were the first person who got this ball rolling, you are the first person I am calling today".  It truly was a gift, not because I want credit, but because of the journey that so many First Responders have had to endure to even have their claims accepted, and so many denied and now, no one else will have suffer the re-traumatization WSBC imposed upon us and hopefully, no more lives will be lost to suicide. 


Here is the Legislation Minister Bains Introduced, and in one week - it passed the Three Readings necessary to make it an Act.   The Lt. Governor is expected to read it and have it reach Royal Assent on May 31, 2018.  


BILL 9 – 2018
WORKERS COMPENSATION AMENDMENT ACT, 2018

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows:

Explanatory Note
1 Section 5.1 of the Workers Compensation Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 492, is amended

(a) by adding the following subsection:

(1.1) If a worker who is or has been employed in an eligible occupation

(a) is exposed to one or more traumatic events arising out of and in the course of the worker's employment in that eligible occupation, and

(b) has a mental disorder that is recognized, in the most recent American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, at the time of the diagnosis of the mental disorder under subsection (1) (b) of this section, as a mental or physical condition that may arise from exposure to a traumatic event,

the mental disorder must be presumed to be a reaction to the one or more traumatic events arising out of and in the course of the worker's employment in that eligible occupation, unless the contrary is proved. , and

(b) in subsection (4) by adding the following definitions:

"correctional officer" means a correctional officer as defined by regulation of the Lieutenant Governor in Council;

"eligible occupation" means the occupation of correctional officer, emergency medical assistant, firefighter, police officer, sheriff or, without limitation, any other occupation prescribed by regulation of the Lieutenant Governor in Council;

"emergency medical assistant" means an emergency medical assistant as defined in section 1 of the Emergency Health Services Act;

"firefighter" means a member of a fire brigade who is

(a) described in paragraph (c) of the definition of "worker" or employed by the government of Canada, and

(b) assigned primarily to fire suppression duties whether or not those duties include the performance of ambulance or rescue services;

"police officer" mean an officer as defined in section 1 of the Police Act;

"sheriff" means a person lawfully holding the office of sheriff or lawfully performing the duties of sheriff by way of delegation, substitution, temporary appointment or otherwise.

Explanatory Note
2 Section 6.1 (1) (a) is repealed and the following substituted:

(a) described in paragraph (c) of the definition of "worker" or employed by the government of Canada, and .


Transitional Provisions
Explanatory Note
Transition – mental disorder presumption
3 On or after the date this section comes into force, the Workers' Compensation Board and the Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal must apply section 5.1 of the Workers Compensation Act as it reads on the date this section comes into force when making a decision respecting a claim that involves section 5.1 of the Workers Compensation Act and that was made, but not finally adjudicated, before the date this section comes into force.

Explanatory Note
Transition – firefighters' occupational disease presumption
4 On or after the date this section comes into force, the Workers' Compensation Board and the Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal must apply section 6.1 of the Workers Compensation Act as it reads on the date this section comes into force when making a decision respecting a claim that involves section 6.1 of the Workers Compensation Act and that was made, but not finally adjudicated, before the date this section comes into force.

Commencement
5 This Act comes into force on the date of Royal Assent.


Explanatory Notes
SECTION 1: [Workers Compensation Act, section 5.1] creates a presumption for a worker with a mental disorder, as set out, who is or was employed in an eligible occupation as defined in that section.

SECTION 2: [Workers Compensation Act, section 6.1] extends the occupational disease presumptions in respect of section 6.1 (1.1) to (4) of the Act to firefighters employed by the government of Canada.

SECTION 3: [Transition – mental disorder presumption] clarifies how section 5.1 of the Workers Compensation Act must be applied to a claim that is made but not finally adjudicated before the date this section comes into force.

SECTION 4: [Transition – firefighters' occupational disease presumption] clarifies how section 6.1 of the Workers Compensation Act must be applied to a claim that is made but not finally adjudicated before the date this section comes into force.