Domestic violence policies needed

Inquest highlights Ontario’s need for workplace violence laws
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/07/2009

The recommendations of a coroner’s inquest into the stabbing death of a nurse at a Windsor, Ont., hospital will fuel the fire for legislation explicitly banning workplace violence in Ontario, according to a labour lawyer.

“The heat’s being turned up in Ontario for employers to take responsibility and accountability for workplace violence,” said Barbara Humphrey, a partner at Stringer Brisbin Humphrey in Barrie, Ont.

In November 2005, anesthesiologist Marc Daniel stabbed Lori Dupont, a nurse at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital, and then killed himself. Daniel, who also worked at the hospital, and Dupont had been romantically involved but had broken up in February 2005.