DR SWANN INTRODUCES LONG-TIME ADVOCATES FOR FARM SAFETY IN THE HOUSE
EDMONTON, AB, June 18, 2015
Today in the house, Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann introduced Eric Musekamp and Darlene Dunlop, prominent advocates for updating Alberta’s arcane Occupational Health and Safety regulations which currently do not protect paid farm workers.
The introduction comes on the 9th anniversary of the death of farmworker Kevan Chandler in a silage elevator who, without WCB coverage, left a widow and two children. Mr. Chandler’s widow then spent the next six years in court before, thanks to a compassionate lawyer, finally receiving a settlement.
Swann hopes that the introduction of Musekamp and Dunlop and the sharing of Kevan Chandler’s story will encourage the government to, at long last, bring Alberta out of the 19th century to join the rest of the country in providing OHS and WCB coverage to paid farm workers.
The Alberta Liberals are shocked and saddened to announce the passing of Bill Alton, President of the St Albert Constituency Association, Interim Secretary for the Party, and most recently the Alberta Liberal Candidate for St Albert in the 2015 Provincial General Election.
Bill was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but had been a resident of St Albert since 1981. He was a retired carpenter and also served as a union organizer and education coordinator for Local 1325 United Brotherhood of Carpenters, from 2001 to 2011.
As a strong supporter of the St Albert community Bill was active in various capacities including Canvasser & Area Captain for the Heart & Stroke Foundation, and a Canvasser for the Diabetes, & Kidney Foundations. Over the years he served on the board of St Albert Minor Hockey Association, chaired the Cantilon Choral Society from 1998 to 2011, and was a member of the School Council for Leo Nickerson School and Sir George Simpson School.
Bill is survived by his wife Connie and his two adult children who are pursuing post-graduate degrees at the University of Toronto, and at Concordia University in Montreal.
He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.