One year later, still no response from Coroner or Ontario government to Hampstead tragedy



The Hampstead Tragedy - BACKGROUND

CTV - 6 February 2013

CBC - 4 February 2013

Still too many questions in tragic farm workers’ crash
London Free Press - 5 February 2013

Essex MPP Taras Natyshak asks Ontario coroner to reconsider Hampstead decision
Stratford Beacon Herald - February 6, 2013

One year later, Hampstead crash survivors remain haunted by memories
CTV News - February 6, 2013

NDP questions coroner's decision not to hold inquest into deadly van crash
Times Colonist - February 6, 2013

No coroner's inquest into Ontario van crash that killed 11 people
Global TV - 5 February 2013

Ontario crash that killed 10 migrant workers was ‘driver error,’ coroner says, declining inquest
Globe and Mail - 5 February 2013

Union outraged no inquest set into death of 10 migrant workers near Stratford
London Free Press - 5 February 2013

CP24 - 5 February 2013
Inquest won't be held into Hampstead crash that killed 11 people

No inquest into deadly southwestern Ontario van crash
CBC News - 4 February 2013

Juan Ariza, Hampstead Survivor, should have the Right to Stay in Canada
UFCW Canada - January 31, 2012

Hampstead crash survivors share their story at Toronto symposium and launch of international "Right2Stay" campaign
UFCW Canada - October 2, 2012

In wake of Hampstead tragedy UFCW Canada and AWA set up Migrant Workers Family Support Fund
UFCW Canada - 7 February 2012

Condolences and a call for increased diligence in wake of horrific Ontario accident
UFCW Canada - 6 February 2012

UFCW Canada calls for Coroner's Inquest into Hampstead tragedy
UFCW Canada - 10 February 2012

Migrant Workers Family Support Fund delivers first cheques to Hampstead Tragedy survivors
UFCW Canada -  10 May 2012

Survivors of the Hampstead Crash speak
Global TV - 2 Oct 2012

Recovering from a crash that killed 11 men, Juan Ariza’s case has attracted a London MP’s attention
Brantford Expositor - December 21, 2012

Christmas wish  of Hampstead crash widow is for survivor to get visa extended so he can visit sick wife
National Post - 21 December 2012

Survivors of Hampstead crash struggle to cope
The Record - 9 May 2012

Peruvian survivors of accident want residence in Canada
FOX NewsLatino - 9 May 2012

Migrant community mourns in disbelief after Ontario crash
Globe and Mail - 7 February 2012

Community shattered by deaths: Farm crash mirrors 2004 tragedy
Toronto Star - 7 February 2013

Canadian road accidents involving migrant workers
CBC - 7 February 2012

Toronto, ON - February 4, 2013 - A year ago, on February 6, 2012, a horrific collision near Hampstead, Ontario killed ten migrant agriculture workers being transported in a van, as well as the Ontario driver of a flatbed truck. Three other migrant workers who were in the van continue to struggle with shattering injuries.

 "It is a tragedy waiting to happen again," says Wayne Hanley, the national president of UFCW Canada (United Food and Commercial Workers union). Last February, Hanley and the union called on the Chief Coroner for Ontario to hold an inquiry into the tragedy including how the total lack of regulations governing the transport of agriculture workers may have contributed to it.

"The coroner acknowledged the call for the inquest but that was it. A year later, nothing has happened. Why? The role of an inquest is to make recommendations to prevent such future tragedies. An inquiry would confirm that right now in Ontario, transporting cattle is more strictly regulated than transporting farm workers," said the leader of Canada's largest-private-sector union.

For more than two decades, UFCW Canada has led a national campaign for improved safety, workplace, and labour rights for agriculture workers. In association with the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA), UFCW Canada operates ten agriculture worker support centres across the country; four of them in Ontario.

"Workers are in jeopardy every day. They tell us of being carted around in the back of cube vans, open flat bed pickups, and even on top of food crates loaded behind a tractor. The Ontario government must not wait for another tragedy before it acts. A coroner's inquest into Hampstead is critical, but in the meantime, the government could move tomorrow under the Health and Safety Act to regulate and enforce safe transportation of farm workers," said the UFCW Canada national president.

"A year has passed since Hampstead. There is no excuse for further delay."

In the wake of the Hampstead tragedy, UFCW Canada and the AWA established the Migrant Workers Family Support Fund to immediately assist the families of the 14 workers who were injured and killed. With the assistance of individuals, community organizations, churches and unions, the fund raised over $226,000, of which 100% was divided and distributed to the families.