Former waitress awarded workers' compensation

Ontario woman diagnosed with terminal lung cancer never smoked a day in her life
||Last Updated: 10/21/2002

An Ontario waitress who contracted lung cancer from second-hand smoke has been awarded workers’ compensation.

Heather Crowe, 57, a former waitress and non-smoker, was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer last March. She had worked for 40 years as a waitress, the last 15 in an Ottawa restaurant. Over the years she worked at restaurants across the country, including Calgary and Toronto.

She submitted a claim in July for benefits and the claim was approved earlier this week. Her lawyer, Phil Hunt, said he believes it’s the first time in Canada that an employee in the service industry has been awarded workers’ compensation for second-hand smoke.