Media Release: The Annual Mine Rescue Competition Celebrates Its 60th Year

Yellowknife, NT (June 7, 2017) – The Mine Rescue Competition of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut celebrates 60 years of mine rescue this year, with the public event to take place on Saturday, June 10th. The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut invites Northerners to witness the challenges mine rescue teams encounter, as they strive for excellence during the 60th Annual Mine Rescue Competition.

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60 Years of Mine Rescue

June 10, 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Mine Rescue Competition. In 1957 the mines were federally regulated; and fortunately for us Steve Homulos and Fred Dunn saw the need to bring mine rescue competitions to the north. September 1957 hosted four teams, including three gold mines from the Yellowknife area and one uranium mine from Great Bear Lake. This year eight teams are expected to participate in the 60th anniversary competition, including one from northern Ontario.

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Media Release: #FocusOnSafety Territorial Youth Video Contest Winners Advance to National Stage

Yellowknife, NT (May 1, 2017) – A video by Arviat high school students that encourages youth to be aware of workplace hazards has won first prize in the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission’s #FocusOnSafety territorial high school video contest.

The winning team comprises of five students and a sponsor teacher from John Arnalukjuak High School, in Arviat. Their video, “#FocusOnSafety”, won $1,000 with a matching prize of $1,000 for their school. 

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Media Release: The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission Lay Charges under the Nunavut Safety Act

Iqaluit, NU (January 30, 2017) – On January 27, 2017 the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission filed charges in the Nunavut Court of Justice under the Nunavut Safety Act.

The multiple counts allege various offences of the Safety Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, including failure to maintain an establishment in such a manner as to ensure the health and safety of persons, in accordance with section 4(1)(a) of the Safety Act.

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Media Release: Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission Launches new e-Services on WSCC Connect

Yellowknife, NT (January 9, 2017) – Today, the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) announce the release of two new e-Services, added to WSCC Connect.

Report Payroll allows businesses to submit and revise their annual payroll reports online. There are two options to submit; Fast File, aimed at single-industry employers to report in one sitting; and Advanced Payroll Reporting, which provides a full range of payroll e-Services and allows users to save information before completing and submitting their reports.

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Media Release: Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission Announces New Workers’ Advisor

Yellowknife, NT (January 3, 2017) – Today, the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) welcomes the appointment of Mr. Patrick Scott of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, as the new Worker’s Advisor for the Northwest Territories & Nunavut.

Appointed by the Northwest Territories Minister Responsible for the WSCC, the Honourable Glen Abernethy, Mr. Scott begins his three-year term as an advocate for injured workers.

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Media Release: WSCC Seeks Input on Proposed Legislative Changes and Safety Ticketing

Yellowknife, NT (December 2, 2016) –The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) continues to seek feedback on the proposed changes to the Workers’ Compensation Acts (WCAs) of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, and on the proposal to introduce a safety ticketing system.

Last month the WSCC met with Stakeholders in Yellowknife and Iqaluit to discuss proposed changes to the WCA. The proposed changes will not alter the rights, duties, or obligations of employers and workers, but instead will make the Acts easier to understand and apply.

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