Sudbury city council asked to help 'stop the killing'

Presentation from Steelworkers union, plan for money-losing community halls up for debate tonight. Live blog starting at 6 p.m.
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Sudbury city council will be asked to support a union campaign called "Stop the Killing, Enforce the Law" at tonight's meeting.

It's spearheaded by the United Steelworkers union, which would like to see the so-called Westray provisions of the criminal code used more frequently.

Named for the Nova Scotia mining disaster, the law allows for the officials of a company to be charged following a workplace death.

The Steelworkers say the law has only lead to three convictions in the last 20 years. The union did push for the law to be used against Vale in the deaths of two Sudbury miners in 2011, but police investigators say there was no basis to lay criminal chargers.

City councillor Joe Cimino, who invited the Steelworkers to tonight's meeting, has tabled a motion calling for council's support of their cause.

Also on the agenda tonight is a plan to turn around the 18 city-owned community halls that cost about $600,000 more than they brought in last year. The plan would see rental fees for the halls simplified, plus more emphasis be put on marketing the halls, as well as more regular maintenance.

Follow the meeting with CBC reporter Erik White on his live blog below: