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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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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

Is today the day you die at work?

The National Day of Mourning was established in Canada at the urging of the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984, and is now recognized in over 80 countries around the world. The 28th of April is the day that workers and unions mourn for the dead and fight for the living. On this day, we find inspiration to redouble our efforts to keep workers both safe and healthy.

Unfortunately, the annual observance of this day has not made Canada safer for workers. Over the past decades, successive governments have pledged their support to workers and their unions. They have announced new workplace health and safety laws and regulations -- some of the best in the world. Regrettably, the resources needed to enforce those laws have not always been provided.


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In 2007, according to the latest report from the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada, 1,055 people lost their lives at work. That's four people every work day.
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