COPE Local 96 Christmas supper

COPE Local 96 Christmas supper is BACK!

After a two-year hiatus, we are back
We will be having our supper at the Knights of Columbus, 301 May Street South
The event is open to current and retired members of Local 96
$10.00 per ticket (retirees as well)

Symposium 6:00 pm
Dinner 6:30 pm

If you are in need of tickets, please contact your local unit VP


Address change

COPE Ontario, as well as Local’s 96 and 81 (our members over at Alstrom)
have moved our offices to the West Arthur Place on Arthur Street East

our new address is

COPE Local 96
1265 East Arthur Street
Suite 600a, P.O. Box 42
Thunder Bay, ON P7E 5H7

our phone number is the same

COPE Health Care Report

COPE Ontario has instituted a regular health care report for COPE members
four (4) times a year. The health care report will keep COPE members
updated on the changes occurring in health care and the impact of changes
on COPE health care workers.

The next issues of the COPE Health Care Report for 2022 will be in
December. In 2023 the Health Care Report will be quarterly.

to view the entire document
please click on the link COPE Health Care Report October 2022

2021-2023 Executive Board

Below are the names of your new Executive Board for COPE Local 96!

TREASURER: Bonnie Cava
SECRETARY: Heather Del Ben
VP TBRHSC: Ann Forget
VP LU: Alexis Paulusma

COPE Local 96 has received concerns from our members about workplace health and safety. The Executive Board has discussed Covid 19 and debated these issues thoroughly and feel the best way to protect our members is to follow the advice of the public health experts, protect personal privacy and promote healthy workplaces while defending our members rights.

The executive board is committed to following Public Health’s advise. The board is committed to keeping our members and their family’s safe. The Executive Board reaffirms its support for personal health choices and the protection of people’s personal medical. COPE Local 96 will always defend its members and advocate for appropriate PPE and effective policies to ensure their health and safety in the workplace.
COPE Local 96 supports the rights of an individual’s personal health choices and protection of private and personal medical information.

COPE Local 96 Executive

Jack Elwert bursary

Now that spring is here it is the time that grade 12 students should be looking forward to their high school graduation but unfortunately COVID 19 has put that on hold. COPE Local 96 provides three bursaries each year (Jack Elwert Bursary Award) that is based on academic performance and a short essay.

We understand the difficulty of providing the union with academic transcripts especially due to the interruption in the school year. Therefore, for this year we will accept a copy of your report card from last semester in lieu of your transcript”

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me and I will be glad to assist you.

Rob Bell

Executive Vice President

COPE Local 96


Jack Elwert Bursary Letter and Application to

Threads of Life

lets all gave a huge shout out to Heather for spear heading this great initiative – THANKS Heather

Heather Bouley, a Dietary Assistant at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre says NO to workplace injuries and YES to Health and Safety.

Threads of Life is a Canadian Registered Charity that provides support to families who are living with the aftermath of a workplace fatality, life-altering injury, or occupational disease. This program provides free access to peer support and links to community resources. Currently, Threads of Life are supporting over 2,900 families across Canada. Threads of Life’s mission is to “help families heal through a community of support to promote the elimination of life-altering workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths.”

Threads of Life

Christmas Union Social

Good Morning All

I just wanted to touch base with everyone as we have not been able to have any General Membership
meetings since Covid 19 started. We are still having our eboard meetings with social distancing. No one
is working in the COPE office here in Thunder Bay or in the Toronto area. But our reps are working from
home if we do need to contact them.

Each VP in COPE 96 is still available if there are any problems that need to be dealt with.
Unfortunately this year we will not be able to have our annual Christmas party.
The eboard met last night and have decided that with all we have been through this year we still wanted to do something, so
as you know that at the Christmas party we do a draw for 50 – $25 gift cards. So this year we are still going
to do the draws but we will have 200 – $25 gift cards and all members in good standing will have their
names put in a hat and we will draw the names at our next eboard meeting on November 10 th . We will
either call you or mail your gift card to you if your name is drawn.

Hopefully things will change in the next few months and we will be able to get back to life as we knew it.
Please Take Care and Stay Safe

Aldra Pawson
President COPE Local 96

Victory for Patients Over Private Clinics in B.C. Court Challenge: Historic Victory Against Profit-Driven Health Care

Some good news about public health care.

Victory for Patients Over Private Clinics in B.C. Court Challenge:

Historic Victory Against Profit-Driven Health Care

Toronto – A ten-year legal attack launched by one of the largest private for-profit surgical centres in Canada seeking to strike down key protections for single-tier health care has reached a critical juncture. Today a B.C. Court ruled on the case upholding the provisions in British Columbia law that protect our system of public health care without extra user fees for patients.

The landmark ruling by Justice Steeves dealt a strong blow to the efforts of Dr. Brian Day and others advocating for-profit privatization of health care to undermine Canada’s publicly-funded health care system. This decision ensures that access to health care will continue to be based on need and not on wealth. It has implications for the whole country and the Ontario Health Coalition has been following the case closely.

Canada’s public health care system is based on foundational principles of equity and compassion that underlie the principles of the Canada Health Act and provincial legislation that is built upon it. The recent public health emergency caused by COVID-19 has underscored just how important our public health care system is. This decision protects our ability to endure crises without financial ruin and to care for one other into the future.

The B.C. Health Coalition and Canadian Doctors for Medicare were Intervenors in the court challenge. This is what they said: “This is a historic victory against profit-driven health care in Canada,” said Dr. Danyaal Raza, Chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare. “We know that single-payer publicly-funded health care is the fairest way to pay for health care, rather than forcing patients to pay out-of-pocket or buy private insurance. This case was never about wait times – it was always about profit.”

The sections of BC law that the private clinic operators sought to strike down are in place to preserve a public health care system for in which access to necessary medical care is based on need and not an individual’s ability to pay. This case has always been about increasing profits for doctors and investor-owned health care facilities.

“As a group of patients, doctors and health care advocates, we became involved in this case in order to defend and protect public health care,” said Edith MacHattie, co-chair of the BC Health Coalition. “This is a victory for everyone who uses health care in Canada. Even though the attack had been launched in BC, it took aim at the very heart of the Canada Health Act and every provincial health care insurance plan.”

Cambie case release

Bill 195

This Explanatory Note was written as a reader’s aid to Bill 195 and does not form part of the law.
Bill 195 has been enacted as Chapter 17 of the Statutes of Ontario, 2020.

The Bill enacts the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020.

The Act continues orders made under sections 7.0.2 and 7.1 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act in relation to COVID-19. Continued orders will cease to apply after 30 days but can be extended by the Lieutenant Governor in Council for additional periods of up to 30 days.

Orders may be amended by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, subject to limitations. A continued section 7.0.2 order may be amended if the amendment would have been authorized under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and if it satisfies other specified requirements. Certain continued section 7.0.2 orders listed in the Act may not be amended. Any continued order may be amended to address transitional issues. Orders may also be revoked.

The power to extend, amend or revoke orders can be delegated to a Minister.

The powers to extend or amend orders cease to apply after one year but the Assembly, on the recommendation of the Premier, may extend those powers for additional periods of up to one year.

Enforcement provisions are included to provide for court orders to restrain contraventions and to provide for offences. Those provisions are based on provisions of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

The Premier, or a Minister, is required to report regularly to the public and, at least once every 30 days, appear before, and report to, a standing or select committee of the Assembly. The Premier is required to table a report in the Assembly after one year and after any extension of the power to extend or amend orders.

If the COVID-19 declared emergency has not already been terminated, the Act provides for its termination.

The Act comes into force on a day to be named by proclamation of the Lieutenant Governor.

Ontario Bill 195