Over 30 Teamsters attended the National Observance at Vincent Massey Park in Ottawa. With the Teamsters Canada truck, we made a positive statement about our support for the event and the importance of the Day of Mourning as a national event. At the conclusion of the event the Teamsters Canada truck let out three long blasts from its air horn as a tribute to fallen and injured workers. Also of note, Teamsters Canada Rail Conference joined in the tribute; trains were stopped at 12:30 local time across the country and whistles were sounded.
Sister Kim Wild-Lewis laid the wreath on behalf of Teamsters Canada. Her courage and leadership on the need for wider recognition for the Day of Mourning was noted by the Ottawa and District Labour Council, the sponsors of the National Observance.
Teamsters Canada will continue to press for the passage of our Bill that is before the House of Commons that would mandate flags be lowered to half-mast on all federal public buildings. Teamsters Canada is also trying to bring similar bills before provincial legislatures. We expect this effort will take some time to achieve, but we will not stop until our goal is achieved.
Information: Phil Benson, Teamsters Canada – (613) 737-4185