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McIntyre Powder Project

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Raised by 71 people in 6 months
My Dad, Jim Hobbs, was an underground miner who died of Parkinson's. I think that his Parkinson's was related to a neurotoxin called McIntyre Powder (aluminum dust) that he had to breathe as a condition of employment in the mines. More than 42,000 mine and factory workers worldwide had to inhale McIntyre Powder between 1943 and 1980. It was basically a gas chamber. I am trying to document their health issues and find answers about what the aluminum dust did to their bodies, their brains, their lives. The workers' compensation system (WSIB) in Ontario, Canada has documents that can answer some of those questions.  The cost of accessing those documents is $7967.95.  Any money raised in excess of this request will be used by me to fund my McIntyre Powder Project work.  If you have 12 minutes of your life to spare, please watch my video.  It was hard to film. It was hard to ask for help -

but I am fighting Goliaths, and I need allies. Thank you.
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Thanks to your generous support, we paid the $3984 deposit to the Ontario WSIB to process our Freedom of Information request. However, we also requested a fee waiver as releasing this information is in the public interest. WSIB responded that they require 6 months to process our request (Oct 2018), and they will release the information in batches to us as it is processed. They are considering our fee waiver request. Thank you for helping me to do what I could not have done alone.
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This is the photo of my Dad bringing fish to his family. Seeing how little his youngest sister (front left) was made me realize how much they needed him after my Grandpa was hurt at work.
Jim Hobbs, being a provider.
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Newspaper article from when my Dad and his brothers ran the family farm after my Grandpa Hobbs was hurt in an industrial accident and couldn’t support the family.
My Dad as a young boy, stepping up when he was needed.
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