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VIDEO: National Day of Mourning ceremony to take place in Cambridge this morning

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Those killed or injured on the job will be remembered today at a ceremony at the Workers’ Memorial in Cambridge.

The National Day of Mourning ceremony starts at 10:30am.

Those who will be in attendance are fighting for safer workplaces, as well as stronger penalties for negligent employers.

President of the Waterloo Regional Labour Council, Marc Xuereb says these types of fatalities are happening too often and their should be greater penalties for negligent employers.

“Tragedies such as the young worker who fell off an 11 story building in a construction site in 2013, Nick Lalonde, when those actions or inactions lead to workplace fatalities, employers must be held responsible. Even to the point of sending CEO’s to jail.”

He adds almost 1000 people die every year in workplace incidents in Canada, something that could be avoided if safety precautions were better enforced.