It happened again, this time in Ontario.
Ontarians are clamouring for their own version of Grant's Law after a young man died in an incident similar to the one that resulted in the death of Grant de Patie, just across the Fraser River in Maple Ridge, seven years ago.
Grant was working alone at night at a Maple Ridge gas bar in 2005 when he was killed trying to stop a "gas-and-dash." He was dragged more than seven kilometres under a stolen car.
The horrific incident resulted in the formulation and enactment of "Grant's Law" in B.C. Gas station patrons are now required to pay up front when gassing up their vehicles, and the new law initially required gas bars to be staffed by at least two people between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
That's what the folks in Ontario want - and now, after some close calls in the Lower Mainland, worker safety activists are calling for extension of those rules to other workplaces that put late-night employees in potentially risky situations.
Actually, what they want - and what Ontarians want - are the rules set down in the original Grant's Law - which have since been modified (we would say "weakened") by allowing employers to substitute extra staffing with cameras and a panic button.
For the safety of those who serve us at night, it's time to return to the original Grant's Law, and expand it to ensure a broader range of safety for all who need it.
And while we're at it, let's install an Ontario-style whistle-blowers hotline for employees to report employers who illegally deduct outside thefts from workers' pay cheques.
Making employees - usually men and women who don't know about the workplace rules intended to protect them - pay for others' criminal behaviour add to young workers risking their lives for mere money.
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