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Mills explosion public inquiry petition

A B.C. group is collecting thousands of signatures in hopes of convincing the province to call a public inquiry into two fatal mill explosions.

The families of four workers who were killed in two separate blasts in Burns Lake and Prince George have been calling for a public inquiry, saying they want someone to be held accountable.

Adam Connell of the United Steelworkers Union says about 5,000 signatures have been collected so far, and he hopes to get at least 10,000 before presenting the petition to Premier Christy Clark in the fall.

He says whether he gets only one signature or 10,000, he shouldn’t have to be petitioning for workplace safety.

Connell says the drive for having a public inquiry also keeps the issue in the spotlight.

He says the ultimate goal of the petition, which is being circulated both in-person and online, is to see more effective regulations be put in place.

The petition can be found at: www.usw.ca/inquiry.


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