Day of Mourning Serves as a Reminder and Call To Action

Carol Hughes, MP
Carol Hughes, MP

Elliot Lake – The fact that people are killed, injured, or become sick at work due to poor enforcement of health and safety regulations is a tragedy, according to Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP, Carol Hughes.

“We have had legislation that can hold employers criminally responsible in place for 15 years, but the enforcement of it is not consistent which explains why some employers still take risks,” said Hughes. “That’s why nearly a 1000 workers die from work related injuries and illnesses every year, while others are injured or suffer from occupational diseases.” .

“The Workers Day of Mourning which is marked every year on April 28th is meant to honor the memory of fallen workers, raise awareness for those who still suffer the consequences of a work-related injury or illness, and to commit ourselves to do more,” said Hughes.

“Workplace safety has to be everybody’s concern,” said Hughes.  “We can’t accept the idea that health and safety measures amount to a financial burden or accept the actions of employers who treat these concerns with neglect.”

“That is how we can honour the memories and stories of workers who lost their lives, suffer from occupational diseases, or have been injured in the workplace,” said Hughes.  “When we do this, more people will come to understand the best way forward involves working together to ensure that workplaces always become safer.  A healthy workplace is a productive workplace and we can be both safe and productive so that everyone is better off at the end of the day.”



Elliot Lake — Il est tragique que des travailleurs soient tués, blessés ou deviennent malades en raison de l’application laxiste de la réglementation en matière de santé et de sécurité, a déclaré la députée d’Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing, Carol Hughes.

« Depuis 15 ans, des lois existent pour tenir les employeurs criminellement responsables de telles situations, mais elles ne sont pas appliquées de façon uniforme, ce qui explique que certains employeurs prennent encore des risques, a expliqué Mme Hughes. C’est aussi la raison pour laquelle chaque année, près de 1 000 travailleurs meurent de blessures ou de maladies liées à leur travail, tandis que d’autres sont blessés ou souffrent de maladies professionnelles. »

« Le 28 avril, nous soulignons le Jour de deuil pour les travailleurs afin de rendre hommage aux travailleurs décédés, de faire connaître la réalité de ceux qui souffrent encore des conséquences d’un accident ou d’une maladie liés au travail, et de nous engager à faire davantage », a poursuivi Mme Hughes.

« La sécurité au travail est l’affaire de tout le monde, a affirmé Mme Hughes. Nous ne pouvons pas accepter l’argument selon lequel les mesures de santé et de sécurité au travail représentent un fardeau financier pour les employeurs ni accepter que des employeurs balaient nos préoccupations du revers de la main. »

« Nous devons honorer la mémoire et l’histoire des travailleurs qui ont perdu la vie, qui souffrent de maladies professionnelles ou qui ont été blessés au travail, a continué Mme Hughes. Ainsi, plus de gens comprendront que la meilleure façon de progresser consiste à travailler ensemble pour que les lieux de travail deviennent de plus en plus sûrs. Un milieu de travail sûr est un milieu de travail productif. Il est possible de concilier la sécurité et la productivité afin que tous les travailleurs puissent retourner à la maison à la fin de la journée. »

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Carol Hughes MP
Carol is a three-term MP who has worked hard for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing since being elected in 2008. In addition to her role as MP, Carol serves as Assistant Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole in Canada’s 42nd Parliament. A tireless advocate for the communities she serves, Carol was a leading figure in the fight to preserve ten federal constituencies for Northern Ontario. She has been a prominent spokesperson for passenger rail service, preserving postal service outlets, and good jobs in the region. Carol has worked with First Nations on local and national issues and served as the New Democrat critic for First Nations Health prior to assuming the responsibilities of Assistant Deputy Speaker. With decades of labour experience, Carol understands the priorities of hardworking families. She has introduced legislation to expand access to Employment Insurance benefits and to require mandatory reporting of workplace accidents and occupational diseases. She has also worked with veterans on legislation that will create a Defence of Canada Medal to honour those who served domestically to protect Canada during the Cold War. Committed to serving all her constituents, Carol maintains full constituency offices in both Kapuskasing and Elliot Lake. She also holds regular clinics in communities throughout the riding. Before entering politics, Carol was a regional representative for the Canadian Labour Congress. Earlier, she worked for Probation and Parole Services in Elliot Lake and Youth Justice Services in Sudbury. A long-time community volunteer and activist, Carol lived in Elliot Lake for nearly three decades with her husband Kieth. And as a proud mother and grandmother, Carol is committed to building a better Canada for future generations.


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