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City of Saint John to Observe 2013 Day of Mourning

26-Apr-2013

On Sunday April 28, flags at City Hall will be lowered to half mast in recognition of the National Day of Mourning, commemorating workers whose lives have been lost or injured in the workplace.

The City of Saint John, the Saint John Fire Department and the Saint John Police Force will also join with Worksafe NB and the New Brunswick Federation of Labour will attend official ceremonies at the Saint John District Labour Council monument at the W. Franklin Hatheway Labour Exhibit Centre in Rockwood Park at 11 am. Saint John Mayor Mel Norton will lay a wreath on behalf of the City.

In 2009, The City of Saint John, the Saint John Fire Department and the Saint John Police Force, in partnership with Worksafe NB, implemented the 5*22 Safety Management System. Workplace accidents at the City have decreased since its inception.

The National Day of Mourning is held annually on April 28, and was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991, eight years after it was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress.