• OHCOW Mining Exposures & Health Reports NOW AVAILABLE online!

    Since 2016, over 500 McIntyre Powder-exposed miners and mine workers have registered with the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, Inc. (OHCOW).  A dedicated OHCOW multidisciplinary team (administrative, leadership, nursing, occupational hygiene, and medical) continues to investigate the possible links between workplace exposures and health issues found in this group of workers who were historically exposed to McIntyre Powder (aluminum oxide dust).

    As part of this work, OHCOW's McIntyre Powder Project team is conducting scientific literature reviews on occupational and environmental exposures and health conditions, focusing on health issues found among the McIntyre Powder-exposed worker group.  OHCOW has produced reports on their reviews, which are now publicly available online at OHCOW's website, www.ohcow.on.ca.  These reports provide important information for workers and their advocates for purposes of workers' compensation cases.  Additional reports will be available in the coming months, and will also posted to the OHCOW website.  The OHCOW "Mining Exposures & Health" reports will be updated as new scientific literature becomes available. 

    A direct link to the OHCOW reports is posted on our McIntyre Powder Project website (see "OHCOW Mining Exposures and Health", under the "Links" tab on the top menu bar). 

    Thank you to OHCOW for this groundbreaking work!

  • 500 Mine workers on MPP Voluntary Registry

    In April 2015, the McIntyre Powder Project began compiling a voluntary registry, documenting health issues experienced by mine workers (and in one case, a factory worker) who had been exposed to McIntyre Powder aluminum dust.  To date, 500 workers have registered with the McIntyre Powder Project or were registered by their surviving next of kin.  Nearly 200 are deceased - 38 of whom died since the MPP voluntary registry was established. 

    Most of the workers have multiple diagnosed health conditions and/or symptoms, with respiratory problems affecting 317 (172 with diagnosed conditions, 145 with symptoms but no diagnosis, 12 have sarcoidosis).  Neurological conditions were reported for 153 workers, including 99 with diagnosed conditions and 58 with symptoms but no diagnosis (55 of which involved memory issues).  Of the diagnosed neurological conditions, there are 44 with Parkinson's, 31 with Alzheimer's, 17 with dementia, and 7 with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease).  121 workers report cardiovascular conditions.  Cancers were reported for 110 workers, 51 of which were lung cancer, and 4 with multiple myeloma. 

    The McIntyre Powder aluminum prophylaxis program was a human experiment.  Documenting the health issues experienced by the affected workers and seeking answers for those workers and their surviving families remains the life work of the McIntyre Powder Project.  Many thanks to those who have contributed their stories. Your courage is making history and changing the future for those at risk for occupational disease.

  • McIntyre Powder researchers and JFIW bike riders coming to Elliot Lake May 25 & 26, 2018!

    The McIntyre Powder Project is thrilled to host expert researchers and Justice for Injured Workers cyclists for FREE public information and reception events in Elliot Lake and Massey, Ontario on May 25 & 26, 2018.

    Details below! This will be of special interest to mine worker and their families, health care providers, and researchers, along with community members in general.   Opportunity for learning, questions, discussion, and participation in displays highlighting occupational disease and McIntyre Powder miners' memorial.

    Friday, May 25th - Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre (Theatre), 255 Hwy 108, Elliot Lake, Ontario 

    1-4 p.m. FREE public Seminar: "Occupational Disease in Mining and McIntyre Powder Research"

    Presentation Schedule: 

    1 to 2 p.m.  McIntyre Powder Project & Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

    Janice Martell, Dave Wilken

    o   History of the McIntyre Powder aluminum prophylaxis program

    o   Updates on McIntyre Powder-exposed worker group at OHCOW 

     2 to 3 p.m.  Occupational Cancer Research Centre – Cancer Care Ontario

    Dr. Paul Demers, Dr. Victoria Arrandale

    o   Occupational disease in mining

    o   Study of McIntyre Powder-exposed mine workers and neurological disorders

     3 to 3:30 p.m. Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Laurentian University

    Dr. Douglas Boreham, Andrew Zarnke, PhD candidate, Dr. Christopher Thome

    o   Radon and McIntyre Powder 

    3:30 to 4 p.m.  Wrap-Up, Justice for Injured Workers Bike Ride, Announcements

    o  Opportunity for further questions from audience        

    o   Announcements for evening events and 2018 Justice for Injured Workers bike ride

    Friday, May 25th - Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre (Theatre), 255 Hwy 108, Elliot Lake, Ontario 

    7-9 p.m.  RECEPTION EVENT for the 2018 JFIW Bike Ride -  FREE, OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! All are welcome.

    • Welcome to the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups (ONIWG)'s cyclists for the 2018 Justice for Injured Workers Bike Ride 
    • Workers Comp Is a Right campaign
    • McIntyre Powder Project - Overview and In Memoriam

    Friday, May 25th - Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre (LOBBY outside Theatre), Elliot Lake, Ontario 

    MEMORIAL DISPLAY & INFORMATION TABLES: The lobby outside the Civic Centre theatre will host information tables and memorial displays dedicated to mining, occupational disease awareness, and the Workers Comp Is A Right campaign. FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

    SIGN THE MINERS' COVERALLS: A set of miners' coveralls will become a memorial display bearing the names of mine workers who are living with or have died with an occupational disease.  Travelling to Timmins, Elliot Lake, Massey, and Sudbury in May 2018 - and to Queen's Park in Toronto for Injured Workers Day on June 1, 2018 - these coveralls will bring awareness to occupational diseases in the mining industry. Any mine worker living with an occupational disease can sign their name on the coveralls OR their names can be signed by family members of mine workers who died with an occupational disease.

    VIEW & CONTRIBUTE TO MEMORIAL ALBUM: The McIntyre Powder Project's MEMORIAL ALBUM will be at all events in May. Family members of deceased McIntyre Powder-exposed mine workers can contribute photos or stories to the memorial album, which is open to the public and media.

    Saturday, May 26th - 7 a.m. Miners' Memorial Park, Elliot Lake 

     7 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Jim Hobbs Memorial Ride - 2018 JFIW bike ride from Elliot Lake to Massey

    Starts: 7 a.m. - Elliot Lake Miners' Memorial Park- Hwy 108 North (600 metres north of Hampton Inn) 

    Ends: 1 p.m. - Massey Arena, 455 Government Road, Massey, Ontario 

    Reception event and public presentation follows at Massey Arena from 1-3 p.m.

    The McIntyre Powder Project and members of the Jim Hobbs family and Massey community will welcome the 2018 JFIW cyclists as they arrive from Elliot Lake. Information, memorial display, and FREE public presentation on McIntyre Powder Project and Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups.

  • Timmins! May 10, 2018 - "McIntyre Powder History & Research Updates" - FREE Public Seminars

    The McIntyre Powder Project and the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, Inc. (OHCOW) are hosting FREE public information events in Timmins, Ontario on May 10, 2018. These sessions will provide updates on OHCOW's work with the McIntyre Powder-exposed mine workers who registered during or since the 2016 McIntyre Powder Intake Clinics. Scientific research involving McIntrye Powder (aluminum dust) will be discussed, as well as historical discoveries involving the McIntyre Powder aluminum prophylaxis program.  Please see details below and plan to join us! 


    WHAT:  "Occupational Disease in Mining and McIntyre Powder Research" free public seminar

    Target audience:  mine workers, their families, local physicians and researchers, general public

    WHEN: Thursday, May 10, 2018 - Afternoon Session: 1-3 p.m. Evening Session: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    WHERE: Ramada Inn Ballroom - 1800 Riverside Drive, Timmins, Ontario 705-267-6241 


    PRESENTATIONS (time frame includes presentation - Q & A /discussion time to follow):

    Afternoon Session (1-3 p.m.)

    1 to 2 p.m. 

     ·         McIntyre Powder Project & Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)

    Janice Martell, Dave Wilken

    o   History of the McIntyre Powder aluminum prophylaxis program

    o   Updates on McIntyre Powder-exposed worker group at OHCOW 


      2 to 2:30 p.m. 

    ·         Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Laurentian University

    Andrew Zarnke, PhD candidate, Dr. Christopher Thome

    o   Radon and McIntyre Powder  


    2:30 to 3 p.m.

    ·         Discussion, Q & A, Wrap-Up 

            o   Opportunity for questions from audience, Discussion, Future Steps


     Evening Session (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

    Same order of presentation, content, and format as afternoon session 

    6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  - Dave and Janice

    7:30 to 8 p.m.  - Andrew and Chris

    8 to 8:30 p.m. - Discussion, Q & A, Wrap-Up

  • Justice For Injured Workers 2018 - Jim Hobbs Memorial bike ride 

    More details to follow, but please SAVE THE DATE!! The McIntyre Powder Project is hosting free public information and reception events in Elliot Lake (Friday, May 25, 2018) and Massey (Saturday, May 26, 2018) for the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups (ONIWG) 2018 Justice for Injured Workers bike ride (from Elliot Lake to Massey) in memory of my dad, Jim Hobbs. This is the first time the bike ride is coming to northern Ontario. Details are below in the call-out letter. Thanks!




    The Ontario Network of Injured Workers (ONIWG) is once again supporting the “Fourth Annual Justice for Injured Workers bike ride. ONIWG is asking all of our friends who believe in a compensation system that supports the injured worker to help in making this year’s ride a success. The message for this year’s bike ride will be “Occupational Disease: The Other Workplace Fatality”, and we ask that you ride with us in solidarity bringing all the concerns of workers to the doorstep of our provincial government. The upcoming election is of great importance to injured workers as we ask that we be treated with justice and dignity instead of being pushed into poverty and marginalized simply because we were injured at work.


    This will be the “Justice For Injured Workers” Riders (JFIW) fourth annual bike ride and this year we plan to start in Elliot Lake with a memorial ride on Saturday May 26, 2018 for Jim Hobbs. The riders will be riding from Elliot Lake into Massey where Jim was born and lived most of his life. Jim and his daughter’s valiant efforts to bring attention to occupational disease and in particular the devastating use of McIntyre Powder is an inspiring story of courage and determination. Men like Jim Hobbs should not be forgotten as so many miners succumb to occupational disease and in many cases never receive compensation for their illness. The Parkinson’s disease that Jim suffered from because of his exposure to McIntyre Powder reduced the quality of life and the enjoyment of it. Jim Hobbs succumbed to this disease in May of 2017. The memorial ride will honour Jim Hobbs and all workers who have died of occupational diseases.


    On May 27, 2018 we will be arriving in Sudbury to participate in a ceremony and remembrance of miners who have been killed or died due to occupational illness. (Details to follow)

    The Workplace Safety & Insurance Board is an onerous bureaucratic system that forces the injured worker to navigate a complex system – a system set up it seems to deny the workers injured or made sick by their workplace. The G.E workers in Peterborough or the Victims of Chemical Valley (VOCV) in Sarnia should not be forgotten either as they are examples of government’s callous disregard of their plight.


    “Worker’s Comp is a Right” should be shouted out from every corner of this province and by riding with the “Justice for Injured Workers” riders on Saturday May 26, 2018 you can be part of that voice that cries out; “Justice for Injured Workers.”


    All money raised goes to help support ONIWG’s fight for the rights of injured workers in Ontario. We welcome all types of support, including the following:


    * Monetary donations

    * Cyclists interested in biking any part of the route please contact us!

    * Accommodation or meal vouchers

    * Volunteers to organize a public/media meeting or event along route

    * Assistance contacting local media and spreading the word

    To find out more about our ride, visit us online at www.injuredworkersonline.org (under events).

    In solidarity,


    Peter Page,

    On behalf of the ONIWG Bike Ride Committee


    Please enclose a cheque or money order payable to The Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups and mail to: ONIWG Treasurer Janet Paterson 127 Ravenwood Avenue Thunder Bay ON P7B 4H7


    If you would like to participate, donate or help make this year’s ride a success, please contact us by Email: peter_page@hotmail.com or Phone: 905 745 1003 or contact Janice Martell @ minersinfo@yahoo.ca or @ www.mcintyrepowderproject.com or phone 1 800 461 7120


    June 1st Rally at Queen’s Park 11:00 AM 

    2018 JFIW Bike Ride Route


    Friday May 25, 2018 

    Arrive Elliot Lake 

    Reception and gathering to be held 

    Saturday May 26, 2018 

    Begin 68 km Memorial ride to Massey arriving at Massey arena

    Sunday May 27, 2018

    Begin 102 km ride to Sudbury

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