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Day of Mourning Statement from Prevention Council

April 2022

Ontario’s Prevention Council Chair released the following statement today:

April 28 is the National Day of Mourning all across Canada. Workers, families, employers, and others come together to commemorate those who have lost their lives or suffered an injury or illness due to their work. In 1991, the Parliament of Canada passed the Workers Mourning Day Act making April 28 an official Day of Mourning. Ontarians are working relentlessly in making our workplaces safe. The day marks an opportunity to renew our collective commitments to protecting the health, safety, and well-being of all workers.

There are many ways employers and workers will observe the Day of Mourning. Some will observe a moment of silence. Others will wear a commemorative pin. For all Ontarians at the workplace, let’s pause, think and action one item that can make our workplace safer today and for the time to come. From better training standards, to finding ways to recognize hazards earlier, and to support those working with mental health issues, we can overcome workplace injuries.

Please join us in commemorating those who suffered workplace accidents and also those working tirelessly in preventing them.

Prevention Council:

  • Blair Allin, National Health and Safety Representative, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
  • Brian Arnold, Fire Chief, Cambridge Fire Department
  • Patrick Bourgeois (Vice-Chair), Construction Manager, Peter Kiewit Sons ULC
  • John Bourke, Business Manager/Financial Secretary, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • Stephen Chaplin, Vice President of Health, Safety & Environment, EllisDon
  • Rodney Cook, Vice President Workplace Health and Safety Services, WSIB
  • Cora DeMarco, Manager, Technical Mining
  • Colin de Raaf, Director of Training, CLAC
  • Daniel Fleming, Manager, Training and Development GTA, NORCAT
  • Dr. Isra Levy, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Innovation, Canadian Blood Services
  • Lee-Anne Lyon-Bartley, Executive Vice President, HSEQ, Dexterra Group
  • Bill Mader, Insulator, Local 95
  • Dr. Joel Moody, Chief Prevention Officer, Ministry of Labour, Training, Skills and Development
  • Erin Oliver (Chair), Vice President of Health, Safety and Sustainability, Modern Niagara Group Inc.
  • Patricia Pereira Janicas, Director, Health & Safety, Kenaidan Contracting Ltd
  • Dustin Philp, Plant Chairperson, Tormont-Concord Unifor Local 112
  • Sandro Pinto, Executive Director, LiUNA Local 183
  • Peter Rowe, Director, Chair of the Regulatory Committee, Ontario Petroleum Institute
  • James St. John, Business Manager/Financial Secretary, Central Ontario Building Trades
  • Roger Tickner, President, Tickner and Associates Inc.