Day of Mourning Ceremony in Waterloo April 28, 10:30am
Waterloo City Hall, 100 Regina St. S., Waterloo
Waterloo, ON - Workers, union leaders, and local politicians will gather on Monday morning in Waterloo to commemorate the National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job.
Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran, MPP Catherine Fife, and a representative of MP Peter Braid will all give addresses, as will Labour Council President Marc Xuereb and keynote speaker Greg Bobier, who is a business agent with the Waterloo-Wellington-Dufferin Trades Council.
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"The Day of Mourning is our annual opportunity to remind government and the community of the great achievements we have made in the area of workplace safety, largely thanks to the work of the labour movement," said Waterloo Regional Labour Council President Marc Xuereb. "But it's also an urgent reminder of how far we still need to go. Too many workers are killed or injured on the job, and unfortunately we still have inadequate penalties for employers whose negligence leads to workplace deaths."
977 workers died from work-related causes in 2012 (the last year for which data is available), and 306 of those were in Ontario, making Ontario the province with the highest number of workplace deaths, far more than second-place Quebec with 211.