News release

Nova Scotians Pay Tribute to Workers and Families

NOTE: A list of ceremonies across the province follows the release.

Nova Scotians will pay tribute to workers who died on the job or from work related injuries at Day of Mourning ceremonies across the province today, April 28.

"One illness, one injury, or one life is too much when someone is just doing their job," said Vicki Dickson, Threads of Life member and wife of Kevin Dickson, who was killed in a workplace incident in 2011. "This is a day that we can all pay tribute to those workers who have died or continue to suffer because of their work."

Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan and WCB Nova Scotia CEO Stuart MacLean will join Ms. Dickson and representatives from the Federation of Labour at a ceremony today at Province House in Halifax.

"Today is about coming together to honour those workers who were killed or injured on the job, and to show support for their families and loved ones," said Ms. Regan. "This day serves to remind us all of the importance of safety, and helps to ignite efforts across the province to eliminate workplace illnesses, injuries and deaths."

In 2015, 27 Nova Scotian workers lost their lives at work or because of work-related injuries.

For more information on the Day of Mourning, visit dayofmourning.ns.ca .

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Nova Scotians will pay tribute to workers who died on the job or from work related injuries at Day of Mourning ceremonies across the province today (April 28th).

Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan and WCB Nova Scotia CEO Stuart MacLean will join family, friends, and industry representatives at a ceremony at Province House in Halifax.

Ms. Regan says the day serves to remind us all of the importance of safety, and helps to ignite efforts across the province to eliminate workplace illnesses, injuries and deaths.

Ceremonies to mark the day are also being held in Kentville, Lunenburg, Port Hawkesbury, Sydney, and Yarmouth.

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Media Contacts:

Andrew Preeper
Cell: 902-222-0266 Email:
Joan Wark
Nova Scotia Federation of Labour 902-454-6735 Email :
Sarah Reeves
Workers' Compensation Board 902-717-1343 Email:

The following is a list of National Day of Mourning ceremonies:

  • Halifax, 11 a.m., Province House, 1726 Hollis St.
  • Memorial Park, Park St., Kentville at 7 p.m.
  • Fisherman's Memorial, corner of Bluenose Dr. and King St., Lunenburg, at 6 p.m.
  • UNIFOR Local 972 Union Hall, 323 Reeves St., Port Hawkesbury, at 7 p.m.
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch 128, 850 Victoria Rd, Sydney, at 11 a.m.
  • Fisherman's Memorial, Water St., Yarmouth, at 12:15 p.m.