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City of Winnipeg Day of Mourning Ceremony
Remembering those who have lost their lives serving the citizens of Winnipeg

NEWS @ A GLANCE:

Flags flew at half mast at City Hall today in remembrance of the 54 civic workers who have died since 1978 as a result of work-related causes. The Workers’ National Day of Mourning takes place across Canada on April 28th every year. It was proclaimed by Canada’s Parliament in 1991, and is now recognized in more than 90 countries. (for more details, please read the full media release below)

WINNIPEG - April 27, 2007- Flags flew at half mast at City Hall today in remembrance of the 54 civic workers who have died since 1978 as a result of work-related causes. On this solemn day, Mayor Sam Katz reminds all citizens of the paramount importance of health and safety in the workplace. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those City of Winnipeg employees who have lost their lives while serving our citizens” said Mayor Katz.

“When one civic employee is lost, it is a loss and a tragedy for all of us,” said Annitta L. Stenning, Chief Administrative Officer. “Today we rededicate ourselves to making our workplace as safe as it can possibly be.”

In attendance: Honourable Nancy Allen, Minister of Labour and Immigration; Stephen Fletcher, Member of Parliament, Charleswood – St. James – Assiniboia; Deputy Mayor, Brenda Leipsic; Annitta L. Stenning, Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Winnipeg; Gary Swanson, President, Canadian Union of Public Employees; Alex Forrest, President, United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg; Cliff Jeffers, Chief of Human Resources of the City of Winnipeg; Terry LeBlanc, Sergeant -At-Arms; Winnipeg Police Service Choir, conducted by Honorary Superintendent Barry Anderson; and Piper Mark O’Rourke.

In recognition of the two firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty last February 4th, 2007, Deputy Mayor, Brenda Leipsic, presented Books of Condolence to the families of Captain Lessard and Captain Nichols.

In addition to City Hall, worksite ceremonies were also held at City facilities at 1155/1199 Pacific Ave., 1220 Pacific Ave., 598 Plinquet, and at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

The Workers’ National Day of Mourning takes place across Canada on April 28th every year. It was proclaimed by Canada’s Parliament in 1991, and is now recognized in more than 90 countries.


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