One man was dragged from the tunnel alive, another was found dead
and four others are still missing with all hope given up for them.
- Excerpt from The Telegram, March 18, 1960
"HOGGS HOLLOW DISASTER"
50TH ANNIVERSARY CEREMONY AND MEMORIAL
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The Miller Restaurant
3885 Yonge Street
(south of York Mills)
Press Conference: 9:30 am - Miller Restaurant
Mural Unveiling: 10:30 am - York Mills Subway Station
TORONTO, March 15 /CNW/ - As a result of the tragedy, workers across Ontario were mobilized to join unions seeking protection. They rallied around important safey issues and stood firmly against further exploitation. In response, the government announced a royal commission to study and modernize all worker safey regulations, paving the way for the present Act. These changes to legislation saw safe working practices become a mandate, and would benefit workers in the future.
LIUNA Local 183, along with The Central Ontario Building Trades, COSTI Immigrant Services and visual artist, Laurie Swim initiated "Breaking Ground" which recognizes and celebrates the contributions that immigrants have made to improve workplace safety laws for all Canadians. Breaking ground is a permanent reminder of the lessons learned through this tragic indicent, and of the importance of remaining vigilant about workplace safety.
On Wednesday March 17, 2010, we celebrate the contributions of these unforgotten men and the tireless efforts of LIUNA Local 183, the Central Ontario Building Trades, the Toronto Transit Commission and other labour unions, through their volunteer labour, have made possible the construction of the permanent home of the quilt at the York Mills Subway Station.
To mark this pivitol event in Ontario labour history, a presentation will be made at the Miller Restaurant (9:30 am Wednesday March 17, 2010), followed by the unveiling of the quilt at York Mills Subway Station (10:30 am). Family of the fallen and the living rescuers will mark this signifcant milestone by paying homage to these brave men and celebrate the honor that will be given them in this permanent memorial.
SOURCE Universal Workers Union, Local 183
For further information: For further information: and to confirm your attendance contact: Michael O'Brien, (416) 206-0204; or Suzanne Linhares, (416) 737-9628