TORONTO, April 24, 2019 /CNW/ - In advance of the National Day of Mourning on Sunday, April 28, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is hosting a public ceremony to mourn and honour those who have died, been injured or suffered illness in the workplace.
In 2018, 228 people in Ontario died because of work and behind every one of those numbers is a story. Renee Guay, whose father John died from mesothelioma caused by repeated exposure to airborne asbestos, will share her story at the ceremony. Numerous Threads of Life families who have also lost loved ones will attend the ceremony along with other WSIB stakeholders.
WHEN: Friday, April 26, 2019 – 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
WHERE: Simcoe Park, located on the west side of the WSIB office at 200 Front St. W., Toronto
WHO: Other speakers will include:
- Honourable Laurie Scott, Minister of Labour
- Elizabeth Witmer, WSIB Chair
- Tom Teahen, WSIB President & CEO
Other notable Day of Mourning events:
Every day, millions of people go to work and too many of them never make the commute home. To reinforce that message, transit vehicles across the province are wrapped in black and feature visual tributes to people who've died at work.
- David Ellis is the face of the Toronto streetcar (b-roll attached). At 18 years old, on his second day on the job, he was crushed and killed while cleaning an industrial cookie dough mixer (see a short clip of David's father, Rob Ellis here).
Various landmarks across the province will be illuminated in yellow, traditionally a colour of hope, on Sunday evening, April 28.
- These include: the CN Tower, Niagara Falls, the Peace Bridge, Kitchener City Hall, Guelph City Hall (Market Square), Hamilton City Hall (HAMILTON sign) and the 3D TORONTO sign in Nathan Phillips Square.
View the WSIB's Day of Mourning website and watch our video here
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SOURCE Workplace Safety & Insurance Board
For further information: WSIB media relations, [email protected], 416-344-4202