Bike-riding injured workers to make stop in Cornwall

A display for the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups during a social justice fair in February 2015. (Photo/@ONIWG)

CORNWALL – A couple injured workers will be stopping in Cornwall Monday afternoon to draw attention to the province’s workplace insurance system, known as WSIB.

Richard Hudon and Peter Page are on a 600 kilometer journey by bicycle from Ottawa to Toronto.

They expect to be in Ontario’s capital city June 1, in time for Injured Workers Day and a demonstration at Queen’s Park.

The pair of riders claim that the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board system is being destroyed by the provincial government by denying claims for “fair compensation” and making cutbacks to benefits.

“If a worker is injured at work, she or he should be compensated for any resulting disability not pushed into poverty and forgotten,” Page said.

They will be at the Cornwall Day of Mourning Monument in Lamoureux Park on Monday afternoon at 4 p.m.

The bike trip is also a means to collect money for the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups (ONIWG) legal defence fund.

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