McIntyre Powder Project


    Return to Timmins Nov 22 & 23, 2016

    The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) is returning to Timmins, Ontario on November 22 & 23, 2016 to register mine workers who were exposed to aluminum dust known as "McIntyre Powder".  Exposed mine workers are eligible for registration, and deceased mine workers can be registered by their next-of-kin.  Information collected from participants will be included in the McIntyre Powder health and exposure database being compiled by OHCOW.  Each participant will also have an individual file with OHCOW to review occupational exposures and potentially related health issues.  Registration for this event will be BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT, PLEASE CALL JANICE MARTELL AT 1-800-461-7120.  Thanks, and we'll see you in Timmins!  


    Mine Workers Exposed to McIntyre Powder can Register with OHCOW

    Mine workers exposed to McIntyre Powder (aluminum dust) are invited to REGISTER with the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) for the McIntyre Powder database.  

    TO REGISTER, CALL 1-800-461-7120. 

    If you were exposed to aluminum dust (known as "McIntyre Powder) in the mines, you can register with OHCOW to be included in the McIntyre Powder database.  Registering will open an individual file for you with OHCOW, with your informed consent.  OHCOW staff (client service representatives, occupational hygienists, nurses, and doctors) will gather your employment history, workplace exposures, and health information.  You may be referred for further medical tests.  Once all of the necessary information is gathered regarding your situation, you will be provided with a feedback report from OHCOW regarding your individual circumstances.  

    Your information will also be included in a group database, along with other mine workers who were exposed to McIntyre Powder.  This group information will be used to identify possible trends in health issues among exposed workers, to help determine if there may be relationships between occupational exposure to aluminum dust and health problems.  


    Deceased mine workers who were exposed to McIntyre Powder aluminum dust can be registered with OHCOW by their next-of-kin.  For more information, call 1-800-461-7120.


    Exposed mine workers who are incapacitated can be registered by their substitute decision makers [the person who has legal Power of Attorney to act on their behalf]. For more information, call 1-800-461-7120.



    FREE BUS tickets NOW AVAILABLE for Sudbury Intake Clinics

    If you live in the Elliot Lake, Ontario or Blind River, Ontario areas and want to participate in the October 3 & 4, 2016 McIntyre Powder Intake Clinics in Sudbury, Ontario FREE Coach BUS TICKETS are now available, sponsored by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).  

    For your Ticket(s) and to pre-register for the Intake Clinics, please contact McIntyre Powder Project founder Janice Martell at 1-800-461-7120.  

    For those who have already signed up for the FREE BUS, mail-outs with your Ticket(s) and the below Information Sheet are going out on Monday, September 19, 2016.  Please contact Janice Martell if you have not received your package by Tuesday, September 27, 2106



    OPSEU – Sponsored Coach Bus Travellers


    McIntyre Powder Intake Clinics – SUDBURY



    Monday, October 3, 2016 OR Tuesday, October 4, 2016


    United Steelworkers Hall, 66 Brady Street, Sudbury, ONT.





    8 a.m.: Bus Leaves A.J. Bus Lines parking lot, Blind River

    9 a.m.: Bus Leaves Civic Centre parking lot, Elliot Lake

    11 a.m.: Bus stops at Tim Horton’s in Sudbury

    12 p.m.: Bus arrives at United Steelworkers Hall

    12 to 4 p.m.: Participants complete the Intake Clinic process

    4 p.m.: Bus departs Steelworkers Hall parking lot

    6 p.m.: Bus arrives at Civic Centre, Elliot Lake

    7 p.m.: Bus arrives at A.J. Bus Lines, Blind River




    YOUR FREE BUS TICKET(S) ARE ENCLOSED for you and your support person (if applicable).

    You MUST have your TICKET with you in order to board the bus. 

    Please keep it in a safe place and bring it with you on the day that you are scheduled to attend the McIntyre Powder Intake Clinic.




    There are no restaurants within easy walking distance of the Steelworkers Hall.

    Arrangements have been made for “PEROGY PRINCESS” food truck to be on site in the parking lot of the Steelworkers Hall.  You are welcome to purchase food from this vendor (homemade perogies & cabbage rolls, mini-pies and tarts).

    Complimentary refreshments (e.g. coffee, tea, cookies, fruit) are available to participants of the Intake Clinic inside the Steelworkers Hall.

    You are welcome to bring food/snacks with you.

    You can purchase food during the late morning Tim Horton’s stop. 


    Memorial Album, Mining Master Record

    The McIntyre Powder Project will host an information table at the Intake Clinic. It will include information about the McIntyre Powder Project, the McIntyre Powder aluminum dust program, and how to apply for your Mining Master Record.

    A Memorial Album for deceased mine workers who were exposed to aluminum dust will be on display at the McIntyre Powder Project table.

    The Memorial Album contains photos, obituaries & stories of these mine workers, contributed by their families in their memory.  The memorial album is intended to showcase and honour the strength, pride, health struggles, and histories of the mine workers who risked their lives and health to earn a living to support their families. 

    You are welcome to contribute to this album, which stays with Janice Martell of the McIntyre Powder Project.  The album will be on display in an area that is accessible to the public and media. 



    Call me (Janice Martell) at 1-800-461-7120


    Contacting McIntyre Powder Project: Missing Info

    NOTE from Janice Martell:  Sometimes I receive messages that I am unable to reply to due to missing or invalid contact information OR I do respond to requests for follow-up but receive no further contact in return. Please remember to provide a way of contacting you and please double-check that your contact information (e-mail, address, or phone number) is correct.  I personally respond to all contacts received through this website, Facebook, e-mail, and phone.  YOUR E-MAILS AND MESSAGES ARE IMPORTANT TO ME.  


    (1) E-MAILS: Check your "Spam" or "Junk" folders to see if my e-mail response is there.

    (2)  FACEBOOK: Click on "See All Messages" and then Check "Filtered" messages or "Message Requests" to see if my response is there.  

    (3) PHONE CALLS:  Please double-check that you provided a phone number if you left a voice mail message on the 1-800-461-7120 # (McIntyre Powder Intake Clinics) and I have not called back.  Some messages I receive have no phone number or an invalid phone number.

    (4) Please try again if you have not received a response from me.  THANK YOU!  


    How to Register for the McIntyre Powder Project Intake Clinics


    HOW TO REGISTER: Call Janice Martell at 1-800-461-7120

    NOTE from Janice:  Due to my employment hours (which support my family and fund the work of the McIntyre Powder Project), on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., you will reach my voice mail.  If you reach my voice mail at any other time, I am likely helping other mine workers or their survivors with the pre-registration process.  Please leave a voice mail message, including your name and phone number, and I will call you back as soon as I am able to, OR please try calling me at another time.   Thank you so much! 


    ALL mine workers (miners, electricians, mechanics, millwrights, crusher house & mill workers, etc.) or other workers (e.g. Ministry of Labour mine inspectors) who were exposed to McIntyre Powder aluminum dust at ANY mine (not just McIntyre mine) can still register with OHCOW (Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers) to be part of this study on the health effects of aluminum dust.

    DECEASED MINE WORKERS:  Deceased mine workers who were exposed to the aluminum dust can be registered by their next-of-kin (some legal documents may need to be provided).

    INCAPACITATED MINE WORKERS: Incapacitated mine workers who were exposed to the aluminum dust can be registered by their guardian/caregivers (e.g. whoever has Power of Attorney).


    Registering will open a file for the mine worker at OHCOW (Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers), and will add the worker's story to the overall picture of the types of health issues suffered by workers who were exposed to aluminum dust.

    ** For more information about OHCOW’s role at the McIntyre Powder Project Intake Clinics, see the June 10, 2016 “News” posting on this website titled:  “OHCOW Statement on McIntyre Powder Intake Clinics”.**


    Details on the Next McIntyre Powder Project Intake Clinic:

    WHEN?  Monday, October 3, 2016 and Tuesday, October 4, 2016

    Clinic Hours:  8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    WHERE?  United Steelworkers Hall, 66 Brady Street, Sudbury, Ontario

    OPSEU Bus - The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) has generously sponsored a coach bus on both days of the Sudbury Intake Clinics.  The bus will leave from AJ Bus Lines lot in Blind River, Ontario at 8 a.m. sharp and will pick up Intake Clinic participants at the Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre parking lot in Elliot Lake, Ontario for 9 a.m. departure to Sudbury. The bus will stop at Tim Horton's restaurant in Sudbury at approximately 11 a.m. for a meal break (at your own cost - you are also welcome to pack a lunch).  The bus is expected to arrive by 12 noon or before at the Steelworkers Hall in Sudbury for the Intake Clinic.  The bus will leave the Steelworkers Hall for the return trip at 4 p.m. sharp.  Thanks to OPSEU Provincial office, OPSEU Region 6 office, and OPSEU Local 604 in Elliot Lake, coach bus transportation will be provided FREE to Intake Clinic participants  and their support persons.  RESERVED SEATING ONLY ON THE BUS.  To Reserve your seat on the OPSEU bus, call Janice Martell at 1-800-461-7120 to pre-register for the Sudbury Intake Clinic.  Please notify Janice that you require a seat on the OPSEU bus when you pre-register for the Sudbury Intake Clinic.  Thank you!




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