McGuinty Government Calls For Renewed Commitment To Workplace Safety To Honour Fallen Workers

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McGuinty Government Calls For Renewed Commitment To Workplace Safety To Honour Fallen Workers

Urges All Ontarians To Observe Tomorrow's Day Of Mourning TORONTO, April 27 - The McGuinty government is urging Ontarians to mark tomorrow's Day of Mourning and to reaffirm a shared commitment to workplace safety, Labour Minister Chris Bentley said today. "Tomorrow, we remember and honour the memory of those who have been killed or injured on the job," said Bentley. "Although great strides have been made in improving workplace health and safety in Ontario, there is still much to do. I urge Ontarians to use the Day of Mourning to reaffirm a shared commitment to workplace safety and focus on injury prevention." April 28 is recognized each year as a Day of Mourning to pay tribute to those who have died, suffered injury or experienced illness due to work-related causes. Day of Mourning is being recognized by most governments in Canada, including the Ontario government. Bentley will mark the day by leading a moment of silence in the Ontario legislature and attending a ceremony organized by the Toronto and York Region Labour Council. Flags at Queen's Park will also be lowered to half-mast to commemorate fallen workers. Events are also being organized by labour groups in communities across Canada. For a list of events in Ontario, please visit the Workers Health and Safety Centre website at http://www.whsc.on.ca/DayMourning/05_locations.html. "We will honour the memory of the fallen today by preventing the injuries that would have occurred tomorrow," said Bentley. Disponible en fran├žais www.gov.on.ca/lab/For further information: Contacts: Peter Fitzpatrick, Minister's Office, (416) 326-7710; Belinda Sutton, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405