Olympic Cauldron to be lit in memory of B.C. workers

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Vancouver’s Olympic Cauldron will be lit on Thursday, April 28, to commemorate workers who have been killed as a result of their jobs in B.C.

The event will be one of 25 ceremonies across the province to help mark the national Day of Mourning, which was established in 1984 by the Canadian Labour Congress in honour of people who have been killed in the workplace.

In 2015, there were a total of 122 work-related deaths in B.C.; 72 were caused by occupational disease primarily resulting from exposure to asbestos decades ago and 50 resulted from traumatic injuries. There were 13 work-related deaths from traumatic injury in the Greater Vancouver area last year.

To honour these, and other workers who have tragically lost their lives, the ceremony will feature a moment of silence, followed by a piper leading an honour guard procession, alongside the lighting of Vancouver’s Olympic Cauldron.

Vancouver Day of Mourning ceremony 2016

When: Thursday, April 28

Time: 10:30 a.m. (Olympic Cauldron to be lit at 10 a.m.)

Where: Jack Poole Plaza – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver

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