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Day of Mourning marked across Canada

Over the weekend, events across the country including this one in Toronto marked the Day of Mourning for workers who have died on the job.

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National Day of Mourning for Workers

April 28 is the National Day of Mourning to remember and honour workers who have been killed, injured or have contracted illnesses related to workplace hazards.

The purpose of the day is to continue to raise awareness about workplace safety and continue to fight for workers. Every month in Canada workers are killed or injured on the job. Since 1979, when the deaths of workers started to be recorded by the Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, 10,384 workers have been killed in Ontario alone. Every year across Canada, more than 1,000 of workers die on the job. The number of workplace related injuries and illnesses are commonly underreported but total is in the hundreds of thousands – and rising.      


National Day of Mourning: Remember the fight

There is a monument on Front Street in Toronto. It is called 100 Workers. There are one hundred plaques for one hundred workers that died in the last century in Canada. It is a fiction. One hundred workers died last month.

Why aren't we doing more for workplace safety?


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April 29, 2013 |
Ultimately, unions remain the best way to prevent abuses in the workplace.
April 27, 2013 |
The Day of Mourning is about more than remembering the dead. It’s also about fighting for the living and making our workplaces safer and healthier.
Photo: Heather Hutchinson/Flickr
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April 19, 2013 |
Every April 28, unions, workers, and organizations in over 100 countries remember workers who have died, were injured or made ill from workplace causes.
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National Day of Mourning honours fallen workers

April 28, 2012
| Over 100 people gathered Friday afternoon at the Chinese Railway Workers Monument in Toronto to pay tribute to workers killed, suffered disease or injury on the job.
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April 25, 2012 |
This year the National Day of Mourning on April 28 marks the 20th anniversary of the Nova Scotia Westray mine disaster, where an underground methane explosion took the lives of 26 workers.

Toronto and York Region Labour Council commemorates Day of Mourning

Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 11:00am - 3:00pm


Toronto: 12:00 pm Larry Sefton Park, York Region: 11:00 am Woodbridge Arena
Toronto: Bay Street just north of Toronto City Hall, York Region: Islington and Highway #7
Toronto, ON
43° 39' 23.2056" N, 79° 23' 2.4684" W

Every year, workers killed and injured on the job are remembered on the National Day of Mourning. On Thursday, April 28th, the Toronto & York Region Labour Council will honour the memory of these workers at two events. The events feature speakers from various organizations including unions, as well as municipal government representatives.

12:00 pm Larry Sefton Park Bay Street just north of Toronto City Hall

York Region
11:00 am Woodbridge Arena, Islington & Highway #7 The Consul General of Italy will be in attendance

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