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Letters: Business owners driven out of province by harsh fines

A Richmond News reader laments the impact of WorkSafeBC penalties on local businesses.
A Richmond business managed to slash a WorkSafeBC fine by 80 per cent after a successful appeal. Google Maps screenshot

Dear Editor,

Re: “WorkSafe fine slashed 80% after Richmond business appeals,” Dec. 11

I like your article about WorkSafeBC and the fines they give employers.

What you fail to mention is that some people like me, who ran businesses here in B.C., have left B.C. permanently, closed the business and let off many employees because the culture here always punishes the employer.

Few businesses will stay here if this trend continues.

WorkSafeBC has done a major disservice to B.C.

Steve Smith

Former Richmondite

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