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“…Half measures which mitigate but do not remove injustice are, in my judgment, to be avoided. It would be the gravest mistake if questions were to be determined not by a consideration of what is just to the workingman, but of what is the least he can be put off with.”   (W.R. Meredith)

In 1910 Chief Justice of Ontario, Sir William Meredith, was appointed by the Ontario government to head a Royal Commission into the operation of workmen’s compensation laws in Canada and around the world. In between the time he was appointed until near the end of 1913 when he issued his “Final Report,” Sir William gathered written evidence, travelled to several countries in Europe to see up close how workmen’s compensation systems were working there, and, most importantly, held 27 sittings where he heard from almost 100 witnesses whose testimony combined to produce nearly 1,000 pages of written testimony. The “Final Report” was the summation and defence of his thoughts and recommendations