United Steelworkers Local 2724 support care for all in our community


United Steelworkers Local 2724 believe that as a community we should be taking care of each other. That’s why their motto is “Steelworkers make great neighbours.” Local 2724 have presented Sault Area Hospital Foundation with a generous gift of $45,851 to purchase a new piece of medical equipment for the hospital’s laboratory and help take care of the patients of our community.

“Sault Area Hospital’s Lab is one of the key areas responsible for helping physicians diagnose patients, as well as check on the progress of their treatments,” said Dr. Christa Cassalman, Cyto-Pathologist at Sault Area Hospital. “The equipment we use provides key information to local physicians. Each upgrade helps reduce wait times and provide more accurate information.”

The Sault Area Hospital lab processes over 2 million samples each and every year. In cytology, all tissue samples are prepared and analyzed to help diagnose patient’s conditions. The new unit being purchased with this donation will allow the lab to analyze samples using the most current techniques, producing more reliable results. This method is what new graduates in the field are being taught, and having this technology onsite will allow Sault Area Hospital to recruit the next generation of professionals.

“We wanted our gift to have the broadest impact on our community that it could. When we heard how the team in the lab is involved in the care of almost every patient at our hospital, we wanted to give them the tools they need.” said Rebecca McCracken, President of United Steelworkers Local 2724. “When we think of the people that need our hospital, we are thinking about our loved ones. Making a gift like this and knowing we are giving our hospital what is needed to provide the best possible care right here in our community; this is a significant moment for Local 2724.”

United Steelworkers Local 2724 has given over $100,000 to Sault Area Hospital Foundation since 2005. “This gift is a clear message that Local 2724 are great neighbours. This donation is supporting the hospital that our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and all our friends will visit when they need care. That’s just what great neighbours do. Thank you United Steelworkers Local 2724 and all your members for being leaders in our community and for joining us in supporting our hospital.” says Teresa Martone, Executive Director, Sault Area Hospital Foundation.

On behalf of the Sault Area Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, Executive Director and Staff, we would like to thank United Steelworkers Local 2724 and their members for helping to make outstanding care possible at Sault Area Hospital.


  1. In 2003 The Algoma Public Health Unit released a study that found cancer to be the second leading cause of death in our community during the period studied from 1986 to 1999. This study attempted to ‘dumb-down’ the fact that we were 12% above the overall provincial cancer rate & it took them four years to barely mention that we were 24% above the provincial average for respiratory & lung cancers.

    A 2017 report stated that there were since 7,534 newly diagnosed cases of cancer & even though Algoma Public Health could find ‘no apparent reason’ why our cancer rates were drastically higher then any other place on the planet. A very simple search of & thank-you, to Sault Online for showing us that.

    CancerAtlas.org “directly correlates lung cancer with causes such as aluminum production, arsenic and inorganic arsenic compounds which are most often associated with mining, asbestos, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, coke production for steel industry, hematite mining, iron or steel founding & nickel.”

    45 thousand dollars seems like a small price to pay for this ‘new equipment’ that will help our health care professionals to firmly determine the ‘real source’ of the increased cancer rates in our community.

    Considering that we may yet. Easily surpass even the National Average cancer rate by up to 40 or even 46% once we start adding exposures to cadmium, chromium & ferrochrome.

    I’m sure our public health unit has a report buried deep in their archives some where, clearly omitting the fact that fluoride, chlorine & other various free radical toxins might also be significantly contributing to our elevated rates of liver, kidney, bladder, prostrate & colon cancers.

    If these statistics were to be properly studied & included in the ‘next’ report. We may find out four years after the fact, that cancer is ineed the number one cause of death in our community.. but then again, we might also find out or conclude that these deaths may not be so ‘mysterious’ after all, just sayin’.

    Strange daze indeed..

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