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May 26, 2023 20 mins

A recent survey of members of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario reveals violence in the classroom has become one of the most pressing safety issues in the education sector. ETFO president Karen Brown talks about the challenges and possible solutions to curb the violence directed at teachers.

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Canadian Occupational Safety senior editor, Shane Mercer, is joined by two guests to talk about the National Day of Mourning. Anne Tennier, president and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety talks about the origins of the day and how it is marked in Canada. Shirley Hickman, executive director for Threads of Life, discusses the impact of the day on workers who have been killed, hurt or made sick by their job...

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COS senior journalist, Shane Mercer, speaks with Jamie Kneen, the national program co-lead with Mining Watch Canada about how technology is eliminating hazards in mining while creating new ones. This episode of COS Talk is part of a series marking 60 years of publication for Canadian Occupational Safety.

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The executive director of Made Safe, Neal Curry, joins COS senior journalist, Shane Mercer for a conversation about how safety within Canada’s manufacturing industry has evolved over the past several decades. This episode of COS Talk is part of a series marking 60 years of publication for Canadian Occupational Safety.

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Birchcliff Energy's Ryan Sloan chats with COS Talk about his long career in safety and what distinguishes a good leader from a bad one.

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Danny Shields of Avetta shares his insights into current issues, and tells COS Talk about how a teacher’s encouragement sparked his passion for health and safety

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BC Hydro’s Stephanie Benay looks back at her stellar career, and explains why more needs to be done for women in safety.

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