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Whitecourt Trailblazers Club Wanting Clarification of New OHS Legislation

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November 5, 2018 at 11:47 am - Home, Local News, MyTownToday.ca
By Erika Chorostil

The Whitecourt Trailblazers Snowmobile Club has ceased all of their volunteer activities for the short and medium term until the club can get a better understanding of new OHS legislation.

The club was recently made aware of Bill 30, An Act to Protect the Health and Well-Being of Working Albertans. It defines a worker as a person engaged in an occupation including a person who performs or supplies services for no monetary compensation to an organization or employer.

This means all non-profit organizations are held to the highest degree when it comes to volunteer safety, and now some groups are calling on the province to better clarify expectations.

Trailblazers President Dan Guenette on what the legislation means for volunteer groups.

The Whitecourt Trailblazers, a club that relies heavily on its volunteers, sent a letter to the province asking for clarification of the Bill, what it means for non-profit groups, and asking for it to be changed to better suit volunteers.

Guenette says they had a phone meeting Wednesday with OHS to discuss the legislation and will be setting up a meeting with a representative in the next few weeks to go over the legislation and requirements, which he says will be a big help going forward.

For now, though, all volunteer activity has been stopped until the club has a better understanding of the situation.

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