Day of Mourning proclaimed in Fort St. John

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Photo: Fort St. John Mayor Bruce Lantz gives Julie Romine and Robert McGuire the proclamation, naming Wednesday as Day of Mourning in the City – Chrstine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

By Christine Rumleskie

 

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Fort St. John City Council has declared a day to remember those who have lost their lives on the job.

Julie Romine and Robert McGuire are from the B.C. Government Employees Union, and made the request at Monday night’s Council meeting.

Romine says in 2009, 121 B.C. workers lost their life to a workplace injury or disease. That number is down from 2008, but Romine says one life lost is too many.

Council unanimously voted to proclaim Wednesday, April 28th as "Day of Mourning" in Fort St. John. The theme this year is "When someone dies at work, whole families are harmed."

Residents are asked to join in the annual march, which will begin at City Hall at noon. The march will head to the Worker’s Memorial at Centennial Park, where there will be a somber ceremony to remember those lives lost.

Romine says it’s also an opportunity to recommit to the fight for improved health and safety awareness in the workplace.

Lunch will be provided, and there will be transportation available back to City Hall.

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