Chatham-Kent commemorated National Day of Mourning 2014 on Monday with flags at half-staff and a ceremonial one minute of silence at the Civic Centre to remember those who have lost their lives in workplaces across Canada. National Day of Mourning also pays tribute to those who live with the effects of a workplace injury or illness and who strive to move their lives forward.
“National Day of Mourning is a time for everyone in our community to honour the workers and their families and friends who have been deeply affected by work related incidents,” said Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope. “It is also a time to strengthen our resolve to establish safe conditions in every workplace in everyday practices in our lives.”
Today’s ceremony at the Civic Centre included municipal employees, managers and union representatives. National Day of Mourning is held annually on April 28 across Canada. This day was officially recognized by the Federal Government in 1991, eight years after the day of remembrance was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress. The Day of Mourning has since spread to many other countries around the world.
This year’s event also marks 100 years since the Workmen’s Compensation Act - now called the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act - was passed into Ontario law, introducing important basic protections for workers.
“We must all continue to work together in order to build a strong safety culture that includes prevention and pro-activeness,” said Denise Lidster, the municipality’s Manager of Occupational Safety.