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by Journal Of Commerce last update:Apr 29, 2011

Day of Mourning ceremonies took place today across western Canada as the union movement commemorates all the workers who have died, been injured or suffered illness as a result of their job.

Day of Mourning ceremonies took place today across western Canada as the union movement commemorates all the workers who have died, been injured or suffered illness as a result of their job.

At a ceremony in Vancouver's Hastings Park, Jim Sinclair, president, B.C. Federation of Labour said the 179 workers were killed in the province in 2010. He said this statistic is very troubling, because the vast majority of these deaths and injuries were entirely preventable.

The Vancouver Fire Rescue Services Honour Guard was at the ceremony to show their solidarity for Shona Musgrave. Her husband, Randy Musgrave, died of leukemia following 25 years working with the Vancouver fire department.

A piper with the Honour Guard played the bag pipes to end the ceremony.

Members of the public and the media paid their respects to fallen workers at the Day of Mourning ceremony at Hastings park in Vancouver.

A worker holds a BC Federation of Labour banner while watching the ceremony.

WorkSafeBC fatal and serious injury investigations officer, Mohinder Bhatti, speaks at the Day of Mourning ceremony held in Nanaimo, April 28, 2011.

WorkSafeBC officers attend the Day of Mourning ceremony at the Hastings Park Workers Memorial Sanctuary in Vancouver, April 28, 2011.

WorkSafeBC vice president of Prevention Services, Betty Pirs, speaks at the Day of Mourning ceremony at the Hastings Park Workers Memorial Sanctuary in Vancouver, April 28, 2011.

Wreaths are laid, honouring fisherman, at the Net Needle Memorial, at Garry Point in Steveston during the Day of Mourning ceremony on April 28, 2011.

Members of three CUPE locals (CUPE 116, CUPE 2278, CUPE 2950) at the University of British Columbia, along with representatives of the university and the Musqueam First Nation attended the Day of Mourning ceremony. It was held at the CUPE 116 Memorial site at UBC located near the Chan Centre and Rose Garden, April 28, 2011

On April 28, 2011, the Olympic flame at Jack Poole Plaza at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre was relit for the Day of Mourning ceremony that honours B.C. workers who have died from work-related injuries and illness.

Donna Wilson, WorkSafeBC vice president of Industry Services and Sustainability, speaks to 300 construction workers at the Day of Mourning ceremony held at BC Place, April 28, 2011.

last update:Apr 29, 2011

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