Northumberland County – Flags Lowered in Recognition of National Day of Mourning

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Today (April 26, 2024), flags at Northumberland County headquarters have been lowered to half-mast in acknowledgment of the National Day of Mourning on April 28.

Headquarters will also be lit in yellow during the evenings of April 26 to 28, symbolizing solidarity and remembrance. The National Day of Mourning is an annual day of remembrance for those who have lost their lives, suffered injuries, or illnesses as a result of workplace accidents.

“We lower our flags in recognition of The National Day of Mourning in solidarity with communities across Canada and around the world,” states County Warden Brian Ostrander. “Today, we not only honor the memory of those who have lost their lives or suffered from workplace tragedies, but also reaffirm our commitment to fostering a culture of safety and well-being for all workers.”

First observed in Canada on April 28, 1991, the National Day of Mourning has evolved into an International Day of Remembrance, highlighting the importance of workplace safety and the protection of workers from harm. In Ontario alone, statistics from 2021 reported 341 workplace fatalities and 2,387 critical injury events.

During the regular meeting of Council on April 17, 2024, County Council proclaimed April 28, 2024, as the National Day of Mourning in Northumberland, and reaffirmed the County’s commitment to providing a safe workplace through the elimination of workplace hazards causing injury, harassment, and violence.

“As we observe the National Day of Mourning, we reflect on the profound impact of workplace incidents. Behind each statistic lies a human story—a family devastated and futures forever altered,” commented Warden Ostrander. “Northumberland County remains dedicated to fostering a safe and healthy work environment for all employees. On this day of remembrance, we take a moment to renew our commitment to cultivating a culture of safety, we honor the memory of those we have lost, and establish a legacy of workplace well-being for future generations.”

For more information about the National Day of Mourning, please visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety website at ccohs.ca.

Pete Fisher
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