Personal News to add to My Story:
My only issue right now is getting the required 25 signatures to be registered as a candidate. Fingers crossed!
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Ok so as some of you maybe aware, Onatrio will be having a Provincial election this June 2018. Well.....
I have decided to run in the election in my local area of Guelph. here is the interesting part. I am not running as an independent, but I am running for the "None of the Above Party". Yes the party does in fact exist and it is an officially registered party with elections Ontario. You can find out more about the party and their platform here at their website https://nota.ca/ You can even apply to run as a candidate in your local area, if there is a vacancy, which I encourage all injured workers to do in order to get the injured worker platform on the election.
This is a picture of myself and several others, which gee I hope they don't mind me putting this picture here. I am the chubby guy on the far left, yes I gotten old and fat over the years LOL! We did a small and quick protest in Kitchener Ontario. This was right before the Liberals were meeting to plan their election strategy for the June 2018 election.
We actually met Premere Wynn and not surprisingly she knew nothing of the problems injured workers faced in Ontario, let alone the rest of the country.
Me working in my workplace. This is very similar to where and how I was hurt. On a normal work day, I would by myself, hand unload between 30,000 and 45,000 pounds of product per day, plus driving for a total work day of between 12 and 15 hours. The product behind me fell and struck my back, neck, and head. Not surprisingly the employer and the WSIB severely downplayed the heavy physical work and long work days. They acted like I worked a 9-5 job in a sweet office, well because they do!. They also downplayed the seriousness of my workplace accident and injuries. not to mention he numerous future accidents and injuries they both intentionally suppressed.
In my story, I will be discussing such issues as:
Then how when I went to the Ontario Workers Compensation Tribunal, I was treated horrifically! During the hearing process, the WSIAT:
The comments above made by the WSIAT panel members were not just heard by me, I also was able to record everything they said about what they thought of me as an injured worker and all injured workers! As you progress through my story you too can hear the recording for yourself, which I will be providing. I will also be providing documents to confirm virtually everything I have said here in my story!
In Ontario when workers are hurt they must apply for benefits to the workers compensation board – WCB.
On January 1, 1998, the Ontario WCB became the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board – WSIB.
Also in Ontario, a person can appeal a WSIB decision to the Tribunal, which after January 1, 1998 became
the Workplace Safety & Insurance Tribunal - WSIAT.
I suffered a workplace injury on February 6th, 1997 when I was working. On the left picture, you can see me performing my work. I was hurt when product similar to what was behind me in the picture collapsed and hit me in the back, neck and head.
Here, in this section of my website, I will be telling my story with my dealings with my employer, the WCB/WSIB, the WSIAT, Ontario Civil Court, as well as the Court of Appeal for Ontario. I am doing this to hopefully help others through their fight and maybe just maybe encourage them to fight their respective WCB!
Most of all for all injured workers and workers to never forget that
My name is Paul Taylor I live in the Province of Ontario, in Canada,
and this is my story of my fight with the workers compensation system through:
the workers compensation decision making process,
the workers compensation appeal process,
as well as through the court process of civil lawsuit and judicial review!
It is my hope and prayer (I'm not that religious), that even a handful of injured workers are able to learn form my story and what I went through. Most importantly that they are able to learn through my story to fight their respective WCB and/or WCT.
Many injured workers, which I personally know, who have worked hard as unpaid volunteers advocating for injured workers. They have done so for a very longtime. The advocates and many other injured workers have told me their horror stories and warned me to be careful what I say and do online.
They, we, you, and I, were living in a constant state of fear of retaliation from the workers compensation system. A good example of this fear, is the three injured workers who will be going on March 22, of this year (2018) to the Ontario Court of Appeal. They are appealing their convictions in court. You see they were wrongly convicted by the WSIB (Ontario WCB), yes I said that right the WCB convicted them in court, for failing to report a material change to the WSIB.
So, not only do these injured workers loose any benefits, which they are lawfully entitled to and like most injured workers they are pushed into extreme poverty. These injured workers are on top of poverty, convicted in court like criminals!
I find this ironic as no employer has EVER been convicted by the WSIB for intentional claim suppression, even in the light of the 2013 Prism economics report which confirms wide spread employer claim suppression.
Well to all this intimidation, and threat of retaliation
To the workers compensation systems:
the WCBs, the Worksafes, the WSIBs, the WSIATs, the WCTs and so on I say:
GO FUCK YOURSELF - I'M NOT BACKING DOWN!
YOU MIGHT AS WELL SHOOT ME!
My apologies to those I offended with my language,
but there are no more other suitable words which could be used.
To the Injured workers I say to you:
FEAR NO MORE, SO WE CAN FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT!
A RIGHT WE MUST FIGHT FOR!
I have broken my story of my battle with my WCB and the Tribunal
into simple easy to navigate sections they are as follows:
Sadly I have been very busy fighting, so I have not been able to finish my story,
but I will try my best over the next few months.