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Nova Scotians Honour Workers and Families on Day of Mourning

NOTE: A list of Day of Mourning ceremonies follows this release.

Nova Scotians will honour workers who have died or were injured on the job at Day of Mourning ceremonies across the province Saturday, April 28.

Labour and Advanced Education Minister, Labi Kousoulis and Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia CEO, Stuart MacLean, will join representatives from the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour at a ceremony at Province House in Halifax.

Shannon Kempton, who lost her father as a result of an explosion at an auto yard in 2013, will also speak at the event.

“I wish for more time with my dad,” said Ms. Kempton. “One more day so that I can tell him that I love him. One more day so that I can take him to our cabin. One more day to just hang out like we used to do when I was a kid.”

In 2017, 21 Nova Scotia workers lost their lives at work or because of work-related injuries, diseases or conditions.

“This ceremony is about joining together and honoring those who were killed or injured on the job, as well as their families, loved ones and colleagues who’ve been affected by workplace tragedies,” said Mr. Kousoulis. “This ceremony also serves as an important reminder that we must continue improving workplace safety, and preventing workplace injuries and fatalities.”

The annual event is organized by the Federation of Labour to publicly acknowledge those affected by workplace tragedy.

"Our thoughts, condolences and commitment go out to the families and friends of the workers who have lost their lives, or were injured due to work," said federation president, Danny Cavanagh. “A person’s life should not be at risk when they are at work; nor should a worker’s loved ones wonder if they will be returning home safely.”

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

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Nova Scotians will honour workers killed or injured on the job at Day of Mourning ceremonies across the province tomorrow (April 28th).

Government and industry representatives will join family and friends of those killed or injured on the job at a ceremony outside Province House in Halifax.

Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis says this ceremony serves as an important reminder that we must continue improving workplace safety, and preventing workplace injuries and fatalities.

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A list of Day of Mourning ceremonies:

  • Province House, 1726 Hollis St., Halifax, at 11 a.m.
  • Memorial Park, Park St., Kentville at 3 p.m.
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch 128, 850 Victoria Rd., Sydney, at 11 a.m.
  • Bridgewater Fire Department, 81 Dominion St., Bridgewater, at 1 p.m.
  • Fisherman's Memorial, Water St., Yarmouth, at 11:30 a.m.
  • Trenton Park, 119 Park Rd., Trenton, at 6 p.m.