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Annual Day of Mourning cancelled due to COVID-19

Community COVID-19 Shine On

TRENTON — The annual National Day of Mourning ceremony will not be held this year at Trenton Park due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives or have suffered life altering injuries as a result of workplace accidents and occupational diseases,” states Larry Maloney, vice-president of Pictou County Injured Workers Association. “We also pay respect to those directly and indirectly impacted by the tragic events of April 18th and 19th and the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The Workers’ Compensation Board reports 22 Nova Scotians died last year due to workplace injuries and occupational diseases. From 2004 to 2018, 339 people have died due to workplace activities in Nova Scotia. During the same period, more than 106,000 serious injuries have occurred.

“Public awareness campaigns consisting of TV, radio, newspaper and social media advertising are helpful in spreading the prevention message but much more needs to be done to end these workplace tragedies,” says Maloney. “Increased investigation and the criminal prosecution of the small number of employers that continually contribute to a disproportionately high number of injuries each year will be more effective.”

In 1991, the Parliament of Canada passed the Workers’ Mourning Day Act making April 28 an official Day of Mourning. Today, more than 100 countries all over the world commemorate this day of respect.