An Analysis of the Lac-Mégantic Derailment

In July 2013, a tragic accident occurred in the town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec which involved a Montreal, Maine, and Atlantic Railway (MMA) freight train carrying 7.7 million liters of petroleum crude oil in seventy-two class 111 tank cars. When the train was parked in Nantes, there was a mechanical issue which required the locomotives to …

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Critical Case Study Analysis: Springhill Mine Disasters 1891, 1956, 1958

The Springhill mining disaster is actually in reference to three separate disasters that happened in the Springhill coalfield, near Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. These events took place in 1891, 1956, and 1958, in three different mines in the area. Since the last incident in 1958 the mines have switched ownership from the Cumberland Railway & Coal …

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Pandemonium in Panama: The Demise of the Molejón Gold Mine

The Molejón Gold Mine was supposed to bring jobs and prosperity to Panama. In 2010, the Molejón Gold Mine started commercial production in its location about 120km west of Panama City, in Central America (Bourdillon, 2018, January 11; Mining Technology, 2018). The gold mine was an operation run by Petaquilla Gold, which is owned by …

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Harm Reduction Workers Call on Ontario Government to Declare a State of Emergency over Opioid Crisis.

More then 700 healthcare workers are calling on the Ontario government to declare a state of emergency in 59 towns and cities as front-line workers are being affected by the opioid crisis. Front-line hospital staff are reporting a staggering increase of contact with opioid drugs resulting in fatal and non-fatal overdoses. Hospital staff are arguing …

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Will it be harmful or beneficial for the workers in the aftermath of the minimum wage hike in Ontario?

The Liberal government of Ontario has imposed a new rate of minimum wage which jumped from $11.60/hr to $14/h and will continue to increase to $15/hr in January, 2019. However, it is important to notice that the workers were caught in the middle of the fight between the Government with increasing minimum wage policies in …

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Petaquilla Minerals Ltd: Canadian Company Harmed Workers & The Environment in Panama

Not only did Petaquilla Minerals Ltd abandon the Molejón Gold Mine altogether in 2015, leaving a pile of gravel and rusting equipment, but it also left without playing wages and employee benefits of more than 600 workers. The failed amount is totaled at 11 million US dollars. The company also faced fines of 2 million US dollars for …

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