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Jamaican farm workers die in Canada

Liaison service dubs incident 'work-related accident'

Jamaica Observer

Saturday, September 11, 2010 | 1:32 PM    

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TWO Jamaican farm workers lost their lives on a farm in Ontario, Canada yesterday.

Chief Liaison Officer in the Jamaica Liaison Service (JLS) in Toronto, Larkland Stone, would only describe it as a 'job-related accident' on the Filsinger Farm in Ontario.

He said the identities of the victims were being withheld, until officials from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in Jamaica can notify their next of kin.

Stone said the Canadian Ministry of Labour and police are investigating and the bodies have been removed to the morgue for autopsies to be conducted.

Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto, Seth George Ramocan, expressed shock at the sudden death of the Jamaican workers.

“We are very saddened by the untimely loss of our two Jamaican men. Our hearts go out to the families,” he said.

The Jamaican Farm Work Programme began in Canada in 1964, and this year more than 6,000 Jamaicans were employed on over 300 Canadian farms.

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