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International Day of Mourning

April 28

International Day of Mourning

The Day of Mourning is a time to renew our commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and remember the dead but fight for the living.

To help #FlattenTheCurve, this year’s Day of Mourning vigils and events have been moved to online venues listed below (where information was available). Please DO NOT visit any parks/venues for any events as they have all been cancelled.

Visit the Workers’ Health & Safety Centre (WHSC) website for info on other locations as well, or check with your local labour council if you don’t see an event in your community here or on the WHSC site.

  • Waterloo Labour Council: The 2020 Day of Mourning event will be streamed online on the Labour Council’s website, on their YouTube channel, and on Facebook on April 28, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Brantford  and District Labour Council: The Labour Council will create a video to be posted on Facebook on April 28th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Hamilton and District Labour Council: The HDLC will put together a Day of Mourning video including impact statements from frontline workers. The video will be available at 9 a.m. on April 28th. In addition, the HDLC is working at having Day of Mourning information included in the board of education ‘distance education’ packages for students that week. Visit them on Facebook. The HDLC also asks that around sunset/8 p.m., that supporters put a candle, led light, or flashlight in their windows to commemorate lives lost due to workplace injuries and illnesses.
  • Toronto York Region Labour Council: Details still to follow but the ONLINE events will take place on April 28 at 11 a.m. for York, and Noon for Toronto.
  • Windsor and District Labour Council: Visit the WDLC website on April 28 for videos and more content from this year’s speakers to commemorate the Day of Mourning.
  • Ottawa and District Labour Council: A virtual ceremony will take place on April 28, 2020 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Click here for login details. In addition, the ODLC usually spends approximately $1000 each April 28th on roses/wreaths and other associated costs towards the April 28th Day of Mourning. This year we will be donating this cost to the Ottawa Food Bank given the difficult times so many individuals and families in our community continue to face.
  • Sudbury District Labour Council: Video message (available at 11:00 am) on Facebook on the SDLC website.
  • Sudbury/Laurentian: An online ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety & Health (CROSH) website.
  • Kingston & District Labour Council: Sharing photos and messages of support for frontline
    workers online on their Facebook group.
  • Peel District Labour Council: Join the 10 a.m. Zoom meeting or find it live on Facebook.
  • Thunder Bay & District Labour Council: Find a video message on Facebook.
  • Kenora & District Labour Council: Find a Facebook video message online at 10 a.m.
  • Guelph District Labour Council: Virtual event shared at 5 p.m. on Facebook.