(CBC) Alberta Federation of Labour president Gil McGowan said a tougher sentence is needed in cases like Cooper's. "That fine doesn't fit the crime," McGowan said. "The size of the fine compared to the fact that a life was lost and the company is a multi-billion dollar company, we think it doesn't send the message that we think should be sent about the value of human life." According to the agreed statement of facts, Cooper had spotted water leaking near a tailings pond near the end of his shift on Jan. 19, 2014 at approximately 5:10 a.m. He called his supervisor and went to inspect the source of the water. About an hour later when he hadn't heard an update, the supervisor began searching for Cooper. Searchers found Cooper's parked car, its door left open and footprints leading to a safety vest near a three- to four-metre hole. A scarecrow sits in a tailings pond in front of the Suncor oilsands extraction facility near Fort McMurray, Alberta. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images) Emergency services arrived on the scene with excavators and a vacuum truck.
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