Elgin County Honours Fallen Workers on National Day of Mourning with Black Flag Raising Ceremony
April 28, 2023
For Immediate Release
Central Elgin, ON – Today, April 28, 2023, the County of Elgin raised a black flag in front of the Elgin County Heritage Centre to observe the National Day of Mourning. April 28th is a day that commemorates workers who have been killed, injured, or suffered illnesses due to workplace incidents or exposures. According to the Canadian Labour Congress, approximately 1,000 workers in Canada die annually, with even more enduring life-altering injuries and illnesses on the job.
At today’s ceremony, Warden Ed Ketchabaw provided remarks to County staff. “Today, we pay tribute to those who have lost their lives, grieve with the affected families, friends, and communities, and reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that workplaces in Elgin County and throughout the nation are secure environments to earn a living.”
“Workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses are preventable, and it is the duty of governments and employers to put in place legislation, programs, and health and safety protocols that strictly adhere to and ensure the protection of workers in our organizations and communities,” said Warden Ketchabaw.
The County of Elgin will continue to raise awareness of workplace safety in our communities in the hope that this knowledge will assist individuals in advocating for their own safety while reducing preventable and tragic workplace incidents. For more information and resources related to the National Day of Mourning, visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety at https://www.ccohs.ca/events/mourning/.
For additional information, please contact:
Warden Ed Ketchabaw
Elgin County Administration Staff at the Flag Raising Ceremony