Nelson joins nation in day to mourn

Across Canada, April 28 has been designated the Day of Mourning.

Across Canada, April 28 has been designated the Day of Mourning. A time when workers, families, employers, and others come together to remember.

A ceremony will be held in Nelson at Lakeside Park Tyler Lake Memorial Fieldhouse starting at noon on Saturday to pay tribute to fallen workers.

All are invited to attend and organizers ask for understanding from Nelson soccer youth and their families who have games going on at Lakeside Park.

Ceremonies will also be held in Trail with a march starting at the Steelworkers Hall to the Family Plaza at 3:30 p.m. and in Castlegar at Kinsman Park at 6 p.m.

The day, observed across the country, honours the memory of workers who have been killed, injured, or suffered illness as a result of work-related incidents.

The Canadian Labour Congress first recognized the Day of Mourning in 1984. In 1990, this day became a national observance with the passing of the Workers Mourning Day Act, and on April 28, 1991, the federal government officially proclaimed the national Day of Mourning.

Canada was the first nation to recognize the Day of Mourning and since 1984, acknowledgement of the day has spread to many countries and is now observed throughout the world.

Typically, the Canadian flag on Parliament Hill is flown at half-mast, and workers and employees observe the day in various ways including wearing ribbons, lighting candles, and observing moments of silence.

In 2011, there were 142 workplace fatality claims in BC. Of these 71 were the result of occupational disease, mainly owing to previous exposure to asbestos.

In BC an average of three workers die each week, 2,600 injuries are reported each week and 17 workers are permanently disabled every working day.

 

Just Posted

Playmor Junction daycare expansion faces opposition

Neighbours upset with rezoning application, citing traffic, noise and concerns about future uses

Foster care is ‘superhighway to homelessness,’ youth advocate tells Nelson audience

Katherine McParland grew up in foster care and lived on the streets

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

Pacific Insight to lay off part of workforce

The company says it is transferring automotive production to its Mexico facility

Black belt tests on this week at Kootenay Martial Arts

Grandmaster Brenda Sell returns to assist in testing

VIDEO: Candidates at Nelson election forum

Mayoral candidates joined 18 council candidates for an evening of very short answers

Two B.C. cannabis dispensaries raided on legalization day

Port Alberni dispensaries ticketed for “unlawful sale” of cannabis

Canada not sending anyone to Saudi business summit

Sources insist Ottawa never intended to dispatch a delegation this time around

Earthquake early-warning sensors installed off coast of B.C.

The first-of-its kind warning sensors are developed by Ocean Networks Canada

VPD ordered to co-operate with B.C. police watchdog probe

According to the IIO, a court is ordering Vancouver police to co-operate with an investigation into a fatal shooting

B.C. woman looks to reduce stigma surrounding weed-smoking moms

Shannon Chiarenza, a Vancouver mom of two, started weedmama.ca to act as a guide for newcomers to legal cannabis, specifically mothers

B.C. teen gives away tickets to Ellen Degeneres show, plans O Canada welcome

The Grade 9 student wanted to give away tickets in the spirit of inclusivity

Canada’s top general takes aim at new reports of military sexual assault

Gen. Jonathan Vance is unhappy some troops continue to ignore his order to cease all sexual misconduct

Most Read