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April 26, 2013
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Day of Mourning commemorates workers

Environment, Labour and Justice

April 28 is the Day of Mourning, honouring the memory of workers who have been injured or killed on the job. All Islanders are encouraged to show their support for those affected by workplace tragedy, to remember those we have lost and to raise awareness of the importance of workplace safety, says Janice Sherry, Minister of Environment, Labour and Justice.

“This Day of Mourning reminds us of the hazards many people face in their workplaces and it is an occasion for workers, employers and government to commit to making sure every worker comes home from work safely,” said Minister Sherry.

Islanders are invited to attend the annual Day of Mourning Ceremony, hosted by the Prince Edward Island Federation of Labour. The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, at Province House in Charlottetown and will be followed by a public reception.

“Our heartfelt condolences are extended to families, friends and colleagues who have been affected by workplace tragedy,” said Nancy Guptill, Workers Compensation Board Chair. “In recognition of the Day of Mourning, I encourage all Islanders to work together to keep each other safe and to build a culture of safety in every workplace.”

The Day of Mourning was first recognized in Canada in 1984, and since then has been commemorated in over 100 countries worldwide. In 2012, there were four Islanders who passed away as a result of work-related injuries and illnesses.

Media Contact: Ron Ryder
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