Janice Martell worked on behalf of miners who had been exposed to McIntyre Powder
Janice Martell’s father Jim Hobbs didn’t live to see the fruits of his daughter’s lobbying efforts on behalf of miners who had been exposed to McIntyre Powder.
Hobbs, who worked at a uranium mine in Elliot Lake, developed Parkinson’s disease later in life and passed away in May 2017 at the age of 76.
Three years after his death, the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board acknowledged the “increased risk of Parkinson’s disease in McIntyre Powder-exposed miners.”
Martell said her mom Elaine is one of 13 widows she is aware of who have been granted survivor benefits in the wake of the WSIB’s acknowledgement.
Up until then, Hobbs had been denied workers’ compensation despite claims he had likely developed Parkinson’s from repeated inhalation of McIntyre Powder while working at the mine.