Ontario NDP MPP Percy Hatfield (Windsor-Tecumseh) introduced a bill in the legislature last week that would require flags to be lowered on all Ontario government and public sector buildings on our national workers Day of Mourning. “This bill requires that all Canadian and Ontario flags outside the legislative building, government of Ontario buildings and other buildings such as city and town halls, schools, universities, colleges and hospitals be flown at half-mast on the Day of Mourning, April 28 of each year,” said Hatfield. Since 1988, the Legislative Assembly has recognized a day of mourning for workers to remember those who had been killed, injured or suffered disease on the job. The day also serves to protect workers by strengthening our commitment to health and safety in all workplaces. Today, a day of mourning is recognized in more than 100 countries around the world. On average, 1,000 Canadian workers are killed on the job each year and hundreds of thousands more are injured on the job or permanently disabled or diseased. Yet, it is estimated that over 90 per cent of workplace deaths are preventable. Workers, especially young workers, need to be aware of workplace dangers they could face in their jobs. “Raising awareness is necessary, however, not enough is being done within our public sector institutions to recognize this day. We need more institutions mandated to recognize this day by lowering their flags,” said Hatfield. Bill 180, Workers Day of Mourning Act, is scheduled to be debated in the legislature on April 7th.