Day of mourning

By Mike D'Amour

April 26, 2017 3:52 PM

REMEMBERING The National Day of Mourning flag lowering ceremony was held at City Hall last year to bring awareness to job safety. President of the Lloydminster Construction Association, Cody Bexson, former Mayor Rob Saunders and project manager and owner of CanSafe Rob Munroe observed a moment of silence. FILE LLS PHOTO

Tomorrow will mark the day Lloydminster and the rest of our country recognizes and pays tribute to the hundreds of Canadians who are killed or injured on the job each year.
John Stevens, manager of health safety and wellness for the City of Lloydminster said it all started in 1984 when the Canadian Union of Public Employees began to celebrate workers’ memorial day, which was on April 28.
In 1985, Canadian Labour Congress officially called it the National Day of Remembrance.
It wasn’t until 1991 when the first Canadian National Day of Mourning was observed.
“Since then, it’s spread to more than 80 countries,” said Stevens.
“It signifies those lives lost by Canadian workers and a call to protect the lives of the living.”
Most recent stats say we lose quite a few people in Canada every year.
In 2015, there were 852 workplace fatalities, more than two per day.
In 2016 there were 144 work-related deaths in Alberta, and 31 in Saskatchewan.
“The City of Lloyd has been looking at those days and wanting to have something for a few years so starting in 2010, that was the first year they did the proclamation, proclaiming the National Day Of Mourning in Lloydminster,” Stevens said.
“In 2014 the city started holding an event just outside city hall and we do that in conjunction with the Lakeland Regional Safety Committee, and the Lloydminster Construction Assoc.”
Mayor Gerald Aalbers is not available tomorrow, so Lloydminster city Coun. Ken Baker will be giving a speech; there will be the signing of the proclamation, and then there will be a flag lowering ceremony with a minute of silence, followed by announcements of events occurring during North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 7-13.
The event starts tomorrow at 9:30 a.m., in front of city hall.
ATCO is providing coffee and doughnuts afterwards.

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