Today is the National Day of Mourning

Events today throughout the GTHA, and across the country, on this National Day of Mourning.

The Day of Mourning, also known as Workers’ Memorial Day, is officially recognized in about 100 countries worldwide.

Canadian flags at Queen’s Park, on Parliament Hill, and in front of town halls across Canada are flying at half-mast.

The day is traditionally marked in many ways including holding public ceremonies, wearing black and yellow ribbons, lighting candles, observing a moment of silence, and sharing stories about how workplace tragedies have touched peoples’ lives.

According to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, there were 220 deaths in Ontario workplaces last year, and more than 183-thousand injuries – numbers that jump significantly when the WSIB factors in lives lost as a result of hazardous exposures at work.

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