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Why does it cost more to retrain this injured worker to stock shelves than it would to send him to university for four years?

After Carlos Avilés maimed his hand fixing a machine for his boss, the provincial agency responsible for his rehabilitation came up with a bizarre scheme.

The Workplace Safety & Insurance Board decided Avilés would need months of costly but basic math and language training, even though he already had an Ontario high school diploma.

At a private learning centre where tuition costs as much per year as Canada’s top law school, Avilés would prepare for life as a clerk earning near minimum wage. more