As the Canadian flag flew at half-mast, workers gathered at Woodbridge Memorial Arena on a chilly Friday morning to pay their respects to those who had been killed and injured on the job.
The Woodbridge event was one of the many held throughout Ontario leading up to the Day of Mourning on April 28. Started in 1984 by the Canadian Labour Congress, the day is about creating safer workplaces so workers can end their working lives in dignity and health – not premature injury, disease or death.
On April 28, I invite you to join me in marking the annual Day of Mourning and remembering those who have been killed or injured on the job.
Started in 1984 by the Canadian Labour Congress, the day is about creating safer workplaces so workers can end their working lives in dignity and health – not premature injury, disease or death.
In Canada, workplace deaths remain a major problem. In 2011, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety reports that at least 919 workers lost their lives due to work-related causes.
A must read post from moneyville.ca blogger Sheryl Smolkin about your right to refuse unsafe work in Ontario. Also, be sure to check out your union's online health & safety and WSIB resources.
On Friday April 27, we mourn the loss of 338 lives lost to accidents or occupational disease in Ontario in 2011.
York Region event – 11:00 am, Woodbridge Memorial Arena, Islington + Highway 7
Toronto event – 12:00 noon, Monument to Chinese Railway Workers
Check with your labour council for details in your community.