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 past year is especially poignant as we recognize those essential and frontline workers who have sacrificed their health — or their lives — as they serve Canadians during the COVID-19 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.
While we cannot come together, as in years past, to observe a moment of silence at 11:00 am, we can take the opportunity to honour all the workers we have lost or who have suffered illness at work.
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 work together - employees and employers - across all sectors to ensure a safe and accommodating workplace.
We also honour the many families and friends who have been deeply affected by these tragedies.
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