Mayor Nancy Peckford issued the following statement to mark the National Day of Mourning on April 28, 2020:
“Today marks the National Day of Mourning, a day in Canada dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives or suffered injury due to a work-related tragedy.
Consequently, the Municipality of North Grenville’s flags will be flown at half-mast.
It is a day where, collectively, we renew our commitment to improving health and safety in workplaces throughout the country, and to preventing further injuries, illnesses and deaths.
This year is especially poignant as we recognize those essential and frontline workers who have, or may, sacrifice their health — or their lives — as they serve Canadians during the pandemic.
This is particularly true of our health care staff, emergency responders, retirement and nursing home employees, personal support workers, daycare workers, grocery store and postal clerks, trucking personnel and so many other employees on the job each and every day.
In 2018, the year for which there are the most recent statistics, 1,027 workplace fatalities were recorded in Canada — an increase of 76 from the previous year.
In North Grenville, in addition to remembering those lost and injured, the day is also an opportunity to remind ourselves and other employers throughout the community to do everything in our power to provide a safe working environment.
Sometimes, it’s the little things that can make a big difference on the job. It is important that we all work together – employees and employers – across all sectors to ensure a safe and accommodating workplace.”