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Day of Mourning Ceremony remembers

City Workers killed while on the job

WINNIPEG - APRIL 28, 2003 - At a solemn ceremony held at City Hall today, Deputy Mayor Lillian Thomas asked all citizens to remember the fourteen civic workers who have died as a result of work-related causes since 1978.

To commemorate the day, the flags at City Hall will be flown at half-mast. The Day of Mourning Ceremony was also attended by the Honourable Becky Barrett, Minister of Labour and Immigration, Paul Moist, President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 500, and Wes Shoemaker, Chief, Fire/Paramedic Services.

Speaking to a gathering of city workers, Deputy Mayor Thomas said, "This day is a crucial reminder of the importance of health and safety in the workplace. Today our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those City of Winnipeg employees who have died from causes related to their work."

Paul Moist, representing all civic unions and associations said, "April 28th offers all civic employees the opportunity to remember all of their co-workers that have either been killed or injured on the job. It also serves as a reminder for all staff to work safely and to look out for one another while providing services to the public".

Besides the City Hall location, remembrance ceremonies were also held at city facilities at 1539 Waverley, 598 Plinquet, 1155 and 1220 Pacific, and at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

The Workers' Day of Mourning takes place annually throughout Canada on April 28. Commemoration of the Day of Mourning began in Canada in 1991, and it is now recognized in more than 70 countries worldwide.
Last update: 01.02.2004

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