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April, 2017

National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job or Died as a result of Occupational Disease

 

We pause every April 28th to remember workers killed and those who still suffer from a work-related injury or illness, their lives and livelihoods forever compromised.

But we can never pause our prevention efforts.

Every day of the year

• Educate others about health and safety rights, responsibilities and prevention measures.
• Insist on effective workplace prevention programs developed with full worker participation.
• Insist on training that supports the identification, assessment and control of workplace hazards.
• Encourage local media to report on health, safety and environmental issues.
• Press elected officials to support stronger regulations and better enforcement of existing laws.
• Create monuments to promote public awareness of workplace health and safety.

Make time for prevention

• Demand high quality training that promotes a hazard-based approach.
• Become a workplace health & safety representative.
• Identify and report workplace hazards.

Take time to remember:

• Attend a Day of Mourning ceremony in your community - see list below. Encourage others to attend an event.
• Draft a message for your organization’s publication or website.
• Coordinate a Day of Mourning event in your workplace.
• Work with local media to promote and cover the Day’s significance and events.
• Convince employers and public institutions to, among other things, lower flags to half-mast.
• Share stories of workers injured and killed on the job - ensure they are not forgotten.
• Read about the history of the Day of Mourning.
Download the BCFED OH&S Centre DOM Poster.
Learn about the Day of Mourning in Schools Project.

Labour sponsored events taking place around BC:

Abbotsford: Friday April 28th starting at 10:30 am at Abbotsford City Hall, Civic Plaza (near the fountains), 32315 South Fraser Way. Sponsored by CUPE 774 and the City of Abbotsford.

Campbell River: Friday April 28th starting at 10:30 am at Spirit Square Shoppers Row. Sponsored by the Campbell River and Courtenay District Labour Council (and City of Campbell River).

Courtenay: Friday April 28th starting at 10:00 am Simms Park Pavilion, Old Island Highway. Sponsored by CUPE Local 556 (and City of Courtenay and Threads of Life).

Cranbrook: Friday April 28th starting at 5:00 pm at Rotary Park, 100 10th Avenue South. Sponsored by the East Kootenay District Labour Council.

Delta: Friday April 28th starting at 10:45 am at Rotary Park in front of the Delta Municipal Hall. Sponsored by CUPE Local 545 – Delta Public Employees.

Gibsons: Friday April 28th starting at 11:00 am at Dougall Park, Gower Point Road and South Fletcher Road. Sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Labour Council.

Kamloops: Friday April 28th starting at 6:00 pm at St. Andrews on the Square (corner of 2nd and Seymour). Sponsored by the Kamloops and District Labour Council.

Kelowna: Friday April 28th starting at noon at Ben Lee Park, 900 Houghton Rd. Sponsored by the North Okanagan Labour Council.

Lake Cowichan: Friday April 28th starting at 9:00 am at Forest Workers Memorial Park, 58 Shore Rd. Sponsored by the BC Ferry & Marine Workers Union.

Mission: Friday April 28th starting at 10:00 am at Mission Public Works Yard, 33835 Dewdney Trunk Road. Sponsored by CUPE 1267, IAFF and the District of Mission.

Nanaimo: Friday April 28th starting at noon at Pioneer Waterfront Plaza, 100 Port Drive. Sponsored by the BC Ferry & Marine Workers Union and the Nanaimo, Duncan & District Labour Council.

New Westminster: Friday April 28th starting at 11:00 am at Westminster Pier Park. Sponsored by the New Westminster & District Labour Council.

Parksville: Friday April 28th starting at 3:00 pm (tentative) at Parksville City Hall. Sponsored by the Nanaimo & Duncan District Labour Council.

Prince George: Friday April 28th starting at noon at the Workers Memorial Statue, Patricia Blvd. and Queensway Street. Sponsored by the North Central Labour Council.

Rutland: Friday April 28th starting at noon at Ben Lee Park, Franklin & Houghton near Waterpark. Sponsored by the North Okanagan Labour Council and WCB.

Salmon Arm: Friday April 28th starting at 10:45 am. Sponsored by the CUPE 1908, City of Salmon Arm and Columbia Shuswap Regional District.

Sparwood: Friday April 28th starting at noon at Centennial Square, Ceremony at Titan Park and Unveiling of Miners Memorial Wall. Sponsored by United Steelworkers 9346.

Squamish: Sunday April 30th (please note date) starting at 11:00 am at the Workers’ Memorial Monument at Pavilion Park. Sponsored by the Squamish & District Labour Committee.

Vancouver: Friday April 28th starting at 10:30 am at Hastings Park, 2901 East Hastings Street at Centre Grounds near the PNE Forum, enter via Gate 2. Sponsored by the BC Federation of Labour, Business Council of BC and the Workers Compensation Board (marketing name WorkSafeBC).

Victoria: Friday April 28th starting at 10:30 am with a Memorial Procession starting at the Victoria Conference Centre at 720 Douglas Street to the Official Ceremony starting at 11:00 am on the front lawn at the BC Legislature, 501 Belleville Street. Sponsored by the Victoria Labour Council, the BC Federation of Labour and CUPE BC.

Williams Lake: Friday April 28th starting at 11:00 am at the Cenotaph at City Hall, 450 Mart Street. Sponsored by the United Steelworkers 1-425.

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