This year I am helping Jeff Cronin from the Society of Energy Professionals to organize the Day. Ceremonies will start at 11:00 am on the steps of Owen Sound City Hall.
Hazel Pratt-Paige is organizing for the Day in Hanover (11:00 am in Heritage Park, across the road from City Hall).
Please join us on April 28 to show your support for workers who are harmed on the job and their families who must bear the consequences.
- Over 900 workers are killed in Canada every year – nearly 3 a day.
- Nearly a quarter of a million hours are lost due to injury as reported to Workmen’s Compensation Boards. (Only half of all injuries and diseases are actually reported.)
- Ontario has half of all workers killed, and 240,000 injuries as reported to Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.
- Ontario’s 57,000 accepted claims (many are not accepted) costs the economy $6 billion a year.
- PTSD is taking a horrendous toll on first responders and it’s even affecting those who struggle to provide for their families on minimum wage.
Ontario Bill 180, Workers Day of Mourning Act has unanimously passed seconded reading. Hopefully it will pass 3rd reading and into law before April 28th. Here is the text of the Bill. It’s very short: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=3854