The annual Day of Mourning on April 28 commemorates workers who have been killed or seriously injured as a result of their job. In B.C., family survivors will be joined by workers, unions, employers and local labour councils to mark the day with more than 35 ceremonies throughout the province.
In 2018, there were 131* work-related deaths in B.C., 66 resulting from occupational disease (primarily related to historical asbestos exposure), and 65 resulting from traumatic injuries. In the Okanagan-Similkameen region in 2018, 4 work-related death claims were accepted.
A public memorial ceremony is being held in Kelowna with presentations from:
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: Ben Lee Park, 900 Houghton Road
The Canadian Labour Congress held the first National Day of Mourning ceremony in 1985, making Canada the first country to formally commemorate workers killed in the workplace. In 1991, the federal government passed the Workers Mourning Act, and the following year British Columbia proclaimed April 28 the Day of Mourning. Today, it is recognized in 100 countries around the world.
More information may be found at www.dayofmourning.bc.ca.
Our next Labour Council meeting is Wednesday May 1st at the BCGEU building on Borden Avenue in Kelowna at 7:00 pm. We are having an election for 3 year term TRUSTEE. If you wish to be nominated or nominate someone else, please attend.
The Kelowna-Lake Country Federal New Democratic Party is holding its nomination meeting for a candidate for the 2019 Federal Election. Sunday, April 28th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm at Parkinson Recreation Center, Kelowna-Lake NDP members will have the opportunity to choose between candidates for nomination, Erik Olesen and Justin Kulik. The meeting will welcome guest speaker Richard Cannings, Member of Parliament for South Okanagan-West Kootenay. Cannings is a renowned natural historian, biologist, and tireless environmental steward for our region.
Olesen works as a residential care assistant and is a member of CUPE Local 523 and ran for the BC NDP in the 2017 provincial election. Kulik recently gathered close to a quarter million signatures in support of a petition to Canada’s Ministry of Agriculture to prevent food waste and is an active volunteer in Kelowna. Both candidates are long time Okanagan residents.
The Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola NDP will have their nomination meeting at noon, May 4, at the Okanagan Regional Library's Westside Learning Lab, located in the Okanagan Lake Shopping Centre (the mall with the Landmark Xtreme theatres). Joan Phillip is expected to be acclaimed as the candidate. Richard Cannings will speak.
The BC Federation of Labour'Health and Safety Centre's Strains, Aches, and Pains (Ergonomics) course is designed to provide OH&S Committee members with the knowledge and skills to identify and find effective solutions to ergonomic problems at the workplace.
From the BCFed Health and Safety Centre:
The BCFED OH&S Centre has released its 2019 public course schedule and course guide. If you are a member of the Health and Safety Committee in your workplace, please review the 2019 course schedule and make it part of your education planning at your next committee meeting. If you are not a member of your Health and Safety Committee, please forward this important information to them.
From the BC Federation of Labour Health and Safety Centre:
The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training course was developed by the Mental Health Commission of Canada to help people provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. MHFA teaches mental health first aid skills. The course does not train people to be therapists, counselors, or mental health professionals.
The philosophy behind MHFA is that a mental health crisis, such as suicidal and self-harming actions, may be avoided through early intervention. If a crisis does arise, an MHFA trained person in the workplace can take action that may reduce the harm that could result. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.
Register today and secure your seat!
From the BC Labour Heritage Centre
The BC Federation of Labour Health and Safety Centre is the largest training provider of Joint Occupational Health & Safety education in BC. If you are a member of the Health and Safety Committee in your workplace, please review the 2019 course schedule and make it part of your education planning at your next committee meeting. Avoid disappointment and register soon.
See the course guide and schedule here.
And a course calendar here.
The North Okanagan Labour Council made a donation to The Bridge Youth and Family Services for its Youth Recovery House. Click here for a photo and more information.
Updated Sept. 4
Media coverage of the NOLC's Labour Day picnic:
Appetite for Labour Day picnic looks to be growing each year
Families and unions gather for Labour Day Picnic
North Okanagan Labour Council hosts fifth annual Labour Day Picnic
Annual Labour Day picnic at Mission Creek Park