Day of Mourning April 28. One is too many

I’m not the best at skipping flat stones across water, but I’ve had a few multiples – the stones that ricochet off the water several times before finally sinking into the depths. It’s absorbing to watch the ripples move out from each point where the stone contacted the surface; how far outward each set of rings extends; the places where the circles intercept creating a small chaos on the water.

It’s a fitting image for workplace tragedy. We know how deeply a work-related fatality, serious injury or occupational disease affects the immediate family. But who knows how far those ripples extend? Friends of the family, neighbours, work team members, acquaintances in the community, relatives not even born yet – all will be affected. Some of our Threads of Life speakers and family members wonder about how the emergency workers felt, who had to respond to the injury or death; the supervisor who had to testify in court; the policeman who had to deliver the news.

Canada and many other countries set aside one day every year – April 28 – to recognize and remember those who have been killed or seriously injured at work. On that day, you can attend one of the many ceremonies across the country – use the links below to find one near you. Or light your own candle and pause a moment to reflect. Because, by the time the ripples have reached the shore, and the water becomes smooth again, we’ve all been affected.

Visit our web site to learn more about the National Day of Mourning, April 28th.

Find where to participate in one of hundreds of ceremonies taking place across the country:

(Please note that this list of links includes just national or provincial organizations posting information about Day of Mourning for 2017.)

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS): Learn about the National Day of Mourning

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Learn the details about ceremonies and place a flower in dedication of a worker at

ALBERTA: Workers’ Compensation Board of Alberta and the Alberta Construction Safety Association

SASKATCHEWAN: WorkSafe Saskatchewan

ONTARIO: Workers Health & Safety Centre (listing of ceremonies) and Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB): Mark the day by lighting a virtual candle to show your support.

MANITOBA: Manitoba Federation of Labour

NOVA SCOTIA: Workers’ Compensation Board of NovaScotia’s Stories from workers and families affected by a workplace tragedy

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR: Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Atlantic

PEI: Worker’s Compensation Board of PEI

NEW BRUNSWICK: WorkSafeNB (English | French)

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES AND NUNAVUT: Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission

YUKON: Yukon Federation of Labour.

These workers died on the job. Honour them along with the thousands of other Canadians who have died on the job. #DayofMourning

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Susan Haldane

Susan Haldane

Susan Haldane manages marketing and communications for Threads of Life.
Her background is in journalism, public relations and health and safety.
Susan Haldane

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