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Day of Mourning ceremonies set for April 28

Each year, on April 28, workers and their families come together at National Day of Mourning ceremonies across Canada, to mourn workers lost to workplace illness and injury. In Prince George the ceremonies will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Prince George Workers Memorial at the corner of Patricia Boulevard and Queensway Avenue.

And each year, Canada records roughly 1,000 workplace deaths. There were over 27,000 accepted claims for time off due to workplace illness or injury in 2021, the most recent year for which data is available.

“Let me be clear, these numbers are unacceptable,” said Matt Baker, President of the North Central Labour Council. “Yet every year, the number of workers injured, made sick or killed at work increases. For all the advancements we’ve made around occupational health and safety in Canada, somewhere, something is falling short.

“Workers should never be in a position where they feel the need to perform unsafe work or risk losing their jobs. Occupational health and safety is a collective responsibility and Canada’s unions are committed to standing behind workers in knowing their rights, using the tools and defending our hard fought health and safety wins.”

Everyone is welcome to come to the Prince George ceremony.

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