Be A Part of Niagara’s Day of Mourning Ceremonies – This Sunday, April 28th

Remembering All Those Who Were Injured or Who Died From Their Work

“This year it’s important we mourn the dead, but also fight for the living,” – Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates

A Call-Out from the Constituency Office of Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates

Posted April 26th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates. File photo

Niagara Falls —Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates released a statement ahead of Niagara’s Day of Mourning Ceremonies this Sunday, April 28th.

“I spent my entire adult life working in an industrial plant and I’ve seen first-hand what can go wrong in the workplace. Not one person should go to work in the morning and not know if they’ll ever see their families again,” said Gates.

Gates was the president of Unifor Local 199 when GM employee Joel Murray died on the job who is honoured every year in Niagara-on-the-Lake at the Day of Mourning ceremonies.

“I think the ceremonies are particularly important this year,” said Gates “We’ve seen accidents in the workplace go up every year for the last four years. Yet standards are going down – people need to know they have a right to refuse unsafe work, and a right to be safe at work. These events help raise that awareness. It helps us grieve for those whose lives should never have been lost but also recommit in our fight to make sure that every single workplace is safe for workers”.

Gates referred to recent Health & Safety policy changes which remove the requirement that workplaces have to post Ontario’s safety laws. Additionally, the Ministry has asked for comments on moving health and safety training onto online modules and changes to the working at heights regulations.

Gates will be attending the following ceremonies (and you are invited to attend them too):

  • Niagara-on-the-Lake, 9:15 a.m.
  • At the monument located at the Centennial Arena –
  • 1557 Four Mile Creek Rd. in Virgil
  • Niagara Falls, 10:30 a.m.
  • At the monument located at Niagara Falls City Hall –
  • 4310 Queen St.
  • Fort Erie, 11:45 a.m.
  • At the Monument located at Fort Erie City Hall –
  • 1 Municipal Centre Drive, along Highway 3

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