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March 2021

What sets apart people who use cannabis at work from those who don’t?

About one in 12 workers use cannabis during or just before a work shift, according to an Institute for Work & Health (IWH) study. What differentiates these people from those who also use cannabis but never at work? The study team took a closer look—and saw some surprising patterns.

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Exploring differences between stress and musculoskeletal claims: webinar

Workers’ compensation boards in several provinces across Canada now recognize work-related chronic stress claims. In the state of Victoria, Australia, where such claims have been accepted for many years, differences are found between mental health and musculoskeletal claims in return-to-work outcomes and processes. In an IWH Speaker Series presentation on April 6, IWH Senior Scientist and Scientific Co-Director Dr. Peter Smith delves into the differences between these two types of claims and explores the lessons they may hold for Canada.

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Amid COVID-19 hardship, some reasons for hope shared at disability and work conference

The devastating impact of COVID-19 on employment for people with disabilities was a major theme at the annual Disability and Work in Canada conference, held late last year. But participants also heard about ongoing initiatives on strengthening income support, promoting workplace inclusion, measuring progress—and many others that make up a pan-Canadian strategy to improve paid employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

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IWH announces this year’s Syme recipients

Congratulations to the four recipients of a 2021 S. Leonard Syme Fellowship in Work and Health. They are: Kathleen Dobson, University of Toronto; Siobhan Saravanamuttu, York University; David Kinitz, University of Toronto; and Jennifer Ritonja, Queen’s University. The Syme fellowships were established by IWH in 2002 to support early-career researchers who intend to study work and health.

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Uyen Vu
Senior Communications Associate

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