Workers Day of Mourning 28 April 2012

In 2010, 1014 workplace deaths were recorded in Canada – an increase from 939 the previous year. This represents more than 2.78 deaths every single day.

In the eighteen year period from 1993 to 2010, 16,143* people lost their lives due to work-related causes (an average of 897 deaths per year).

The National Day of Mourning, held annually on April 28, 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 about 80 countries around the world and has been adopted by the AFL-CIO and the International Confederation of Free Trade.

The Canadian flag on Parliament Hill will fly at half-mast. Workers will light candles, don ribbons and black armbands and observe moments of silence.  Region 3 Locals  are asked to participate by declaring April 28 a Day of Mourning , post a notice at your worksite and encourage your members attend a ceremony in your community.

We give a lot to our work, we shouldn’t be expected to give our lives. 

Durham Region Labour Council

12:00 (noon)       Day of Mourning Monument Area
Oshawa City Hall (corner of King St. and Centre St.) Oshawa, ON

Light Refreshments to follow at USW Hall 125 Albert Street Oshawa, ON

Guest Speakers:

Bill Stratton, Chair DOM Committee             Mayor John Henry
Irwin Nanda, OFL Executive V-P                  Jim Freeman, President, DRLC

Contact:           Durham Region Labour Council
T: 905-579-5188/E:

Lindsay & District Labour Council

12:30 p.m.     Workers Memorial, Victoria Park Victoria Avenue (across from Lindsay Police station)

Followed by short march after the ceremony to Queen Street United Church for lunch Lindsay, ON

Contact:                  James Mulhern
T: 705-340-8237/E:

North Simcoe Muskoka & District Labour Council

12:00 (noon) City Hall Foyer Orillia, ON

Contact:             Doris Middleton
T: 705-238-8003/E:

Peterborough & District Labour Council

11:00 a.m       Peterborough City Hall, 500 George St. N. Peterborough, ON

Singer/Songwriter: George Hewison

Followed by light lunch at the Black Horse Pub 452 George St. N, Peterborough, ON

Contact:     Peterborough & District Labour Council T: 705-742-9286

Northumberland Labour Council
Saturday, April 28, 2012, 4:15 p.m.
Lucas Point Park, Cobourg
Meet and greet to follow ceremony at Columbus Community Centre,
232 Spencer Street, Cobourg.
Contact: Gloria Riley (905) 372-9726 or

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