Bill 47 – Arguments for and against

A new bill being proposed by the UCP, Bill 47, is receiving some backlash from the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees. The union says the bill, which is aimed at improving worker safety, will end up taking away rights from those workers.

Meanwhile, Alberta Labour Minister Jason Copping disagrees. He counters by saying Bill 47 will improve workplace health and safety but will also ensure worker’s compensation is sustainable.

If Bill 47 passes most changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act will take effect September 1, 2021. The province says most changes to the Worker’s Compensation Act would take effect on January 1 of next year.

(Aired Monday, Nov. 16, 2020)

Jeannette Rocher

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Minnesota and Manitoba, Jeannette has had the opportunity to live in a variety of places including New York, Arizona, and Nevada. After completing college and a paid internship with CBC Winnipeg, Jeannette embarked on her journalism career by moving overseas to take a job on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. While overseas she covered stories in Fiji, Guam and Japan including the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan and its surrounding islands. She covered a mass shooting, an Earth quake, murder cases and other substantial court cases. In 2013 she moved to Alberta where she covered the devastating floods of High River and Medicine Hat for CTV News. She then went on to produce and host Go! Southern Alberta for Shaw TV. She now calls Miracle Channel home. In addition to reporting in the field, you can catch her anchoring daily weather reports, as well as longer interview segments on BCN, and the week-in-review show on BCN Weekends. 

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