Every now and then, I feel the need to discuss issues here on Life with Lynnie (LwL). Today, is one of those days.
The issue? Injured workers.
Here in Windsor, Ontario on March 17th and 18th, 2015, a fellow went to court.
Because an injured worker was speaking up on Facebook (FB) about how Workers Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) has hurt him.
This fellow, Mike Spencer, is an injured worker. He's now living in poverty.
Living on $610.00 per month, isn't easy. Not for him. Nor, for anyone else. Especially, since some other injured workers are receiving even less per month, to live on.
No one knows for sure if the comments were actually made by Mike Spencer. Even if they were, what happened to freedom of speech? Freedom of speech that we are blessed to have, here in Canada.
Even so, the commenting about how WSIB contributes to/causes people to commit suicide, WSIB's corporate safety manager Frank Brunato who apparently lives in Toronto, apparently felt belittled.
Here is a link to a Windsor Star article entitled, Ontario's safety board tries to muzzle online commenter: http://blogs.windsorstar.com/news/ontarios-wsib-tries-to-muzzle-online-commenter.
It's obvious to me, and probably to others, that WSIB does not want an injured workers to speak up about how they are suffering and in some cases, being treated poorly.
I recall many years ago, telling a doctor that was working on behalf of WSIB that I thought they were trying to make me go jump off the bridge. I also told him I wouldn't do it. And, told him I wouldn't ever see him, again.
For a couple more years, I continually suffered, until a physician I went to see for another reason, confirmed that I truly had a health problem. Later, I had to have two (2) severe surgeries. Yet, WSIB never acknowledged and accepted the truth of my situation. Nor, did WSIB pay the cost.
We tax payers, did. WE paid the cost.
I feel badly if Mr. Frank Brunato truly feels hurt himself.
Hopefully, God will open his eyes to the truth about how injured workers suffer. After all, Mr. Frank Brunato is not suffering financially, like Mr. Mike Spencer, is. Nor, like other injured workers who are receiving even less, to live on.
Who is to say Mr. Mike Spencer is guilty of doing what he was accused of.
Even if it was Mr. Mike Spencer who made those remarks, what happened to our laws that permit freedom of speech?
Many people working for WSIB are living on far better incomes, than the majority of injured workers.
Here is a link to an article that explains Mr. I. David Marshall's position with WSIB and income: http://www.wsib.on.ca/en/community/WSIB/230/ArticleDetail/24338?vgnextoid=e1860bb37dce4310VgnVCM100000469c710aRCRD.
If you clicked on that link, you are aware that Mr. I David Marshall is living on quite an income!
Thinking about the difference of income between those in charge of cutting back and providing the lowest possible income for injured workers brought to mind how against God's Word, this is.
After all, God told us to love our neighbours, as ourselves.
Just as our Lord told us, in Mark 12:28-31, "And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."
There are no commandments greater than those commandments.
Just as Jesus Christ said, we need to love the Lord, thy God, with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. And, then, we should love thy neighbour as thyself.
Are injured workers being loved?
No. At least, not in my opinion.
However, I will continue to pray about this situation. I'll pray for Mike Spencer. And, for other injured workers, who are suffering.
Please... find it in your heart to pray for injured workers, too. Thank you. May God bless you.
Until next time...
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