Senators Urge Passage of Occupational Safety and Health Act

first_imgGovernment Senator, Lambert Brown, is supporting a call for legislation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, which seeks to safeguard the welfare of persons in the workplace. “The Occupational Safety and Health Act is essential in protecting the workers and their families. It is good for employers (as it) will save them from having to face compensation (and) lost time (among) other (factors) that (can) inhibit efficient business,” he contends. Senator Brown was debating a motion proposing the Bill’s tabling in the Houses of Parliament, which was piloted by Opposition Senator, Kavan Gayle, during Friday’s (February 15) sitting of the Senate at Gordon House. The Act covers a broader range of considerations for safeguarding workers’ welfare on the job and defining conditions of employment, than are provided under the existing Factories Act. Additionally, it proposes the establishment of a joint Health and Safety Council to monitor the well-being of workers. Senator Brown noted that a draft Bill, prepared by the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel, has been submitted to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, and urged that it be brought to Parliament, “with some rapidity and with some urgency”, for deliberations. In presenting opening arguments on the motion, Senator Gayle, in noting that the existing Factories Act Regulations are “outdated”, having being approved in 1961, contended that the Occupational Safety and Health Act is expected to be more “far reaching” in its jurisdiction. He contended that the Bill should, among other things, cover key issues such as workplace inspections Senator Gayle suggested that the Bill’s passage be supported by an effective sensitization programme, and an established helpline at the Ministry of Labour and Security, to facilitate timely responses to queries. “If Jamaica is to achieve the goal of our National Development Plan, Vision 2030, to become the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business, we must have the Occupational Safety and Health Act in place as quickly as possible,” Senator Gayle said.last_img read more

Scheer pushes pipelines as he campaigns in Calgary

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) — The federal conservative leader made a stop in Calgary to talk pipelines Saturday.Andrew Scheer held a news conference on Scotsman’s Hill to discuss the idea of a national energy corridor.This, after B.C.’s top court, ruled that the province can not restrict oil shipments through its boundaries.The ruling is considered a major win for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which Ottawa and Alberta view as crucial to getting more oilsands crude to overseas markets.The plan includes: cancelling the carbon tax, repealing Bill C-69, ending the B.C. shipping ban, establishing timelines for approvals, eliminating foreign interference in approvals process, and invoking federal jurisdiction when necessary.— Kayla Bruch (@KaylaBruch1) May 25, 2019The B.C. government says it plans to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada.Scheer has said he is pleased with the ruling but admits a climate of uncertainty remains for investors in the resource sector.He called on Ottawa to put the brakes on a bill to enact new environmental assessment legislation and to fast-track any judicial reviews to the Supreme Court.last_img read more

Jury finds Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty in 2015 death of

first_imgJury finds Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty in 2015 death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco Updated: 3:30 PM November 30, 2017 , Posted: November 30, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN FRANCISCO (KUSI) — A jury reached a verdict Thursday in the trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, a Mexican citizen and undocumented immigrant charged in the 2015 killing of Kate Steinle in San Francisco. According to CNN, the jury found 54-year-old Garcia Zarate not guilty of homicide charges, but he was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.The handgun belonged to a Bureau of Land Management ranger who reported that it had been stolen from his parked car in San Francisco a week before Steinle was shot.Prosecutors called Steinle’s father as their first witness.Through tears, with a packed courtroom hanging on every word, Jim Steinle recounted the final moments of his daughter’s life after she was shot.He told the court that he and a family friend were visiting his daughter and they went for a walk on the popular waterfront.The elder Steinle said he heard a loud “bang” and his daughter collapsed in his arms, saying “’help me, Dad.’”Jim Steinle said her eyes were closed and she had trouble breathing.”I couldn’t figure out what was wrong,” he said, choking back tears. “She didn’t have any health problems.”He rolled her on her side and discovered a bullet hole with little blood. Paramedics arrived and she was later declared dead at a hospital.Garcia Zarate had acknowledged shooting Steinle in the back. He has said he was handling the handgun when it accidentally fired.Garcia Zarate had been deported five times and was homeless in San Francisco when he shot Steinle. He had recently completed a prison sentence for illegal re-entry to the U.S. when he was transferred to the San Francisco County jail to face a 20-year-old marijuana charge.The shooting touched off a political furor during last year’s presidential race, with President Donald Trump citing the killing of 32-year-old Steinle as a reason to toughen U.S. immigration policies.last_img read more