Nova Scotians remember and pay tribute to 22 workers who lost their lives on the job in 2006 at the annual ceremony to mark the National Day of Mourning. Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour, and Rick Clarke, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, were in attendance at Province House to honour those who died and were injured on the job in Nova Scotia. On April 28 every year, government and labour leaders join friends and family members to remember those workers killed or injured on the job and to renew their commitment to protecting the health and safety of workers in Nova Scotia. “Today, we gather to remember those employees who paid the ultimate price,” said Mr. Parent. “We must always remember that workplace accidents have tragic consequences for workers and their families. We must also be committed to working harder to put an end to all workplace accidents.” “As we gather today to pay tribute to workers who lost their lives we must also use this day to commit to taking steps and measures to make our workplaces safe and healthy,” said Mr. Clarke. “If we hope to see a cultural change to improve workplace safety and health, it is up to government, employers, business and labour to take up the challenge and work together to make it happen.” According to the Workers Compensation Board, 31,810 employees reported getting injured on the job in Nova Scotia and 8,274 of them lost time from work because of their injury. Health and social services, manufacturing and retail industries had the most lost-time accident claims in 2006. “Although Nova Scotia is making strides at reducing workplace injuries, more work needs to be done,” said Mr. Parent. “The Department of Environment and Labour is committed to working with employers and employees throughout the province to make Nova Scotia one of the safest places in Canada to work.” The Day of Mourning was started by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984 as a day to honour the dead and remember the living. The ceremony and has since spread across Canada to more than 80 countries around the world. For more information on occupational health and safety in Nova Scotia and how to protect yourself at work, see the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/healthandsafety .
A Melbourne university student from Sri Lanka is in shock after 145 people chipped in almost $20,000 to cover her school fees and save her from expulsion and possible deportation, Sky News reported.A crowd-funding campaign was launched after Sanduni Sulochana’s parents in Sri Lanka were unable to pay the full fees for her final year of an economics degree at the University of Melbourne. Friend Thavisha Rambukwella, unable to stand by as Sulochana fretted about being kicked out of university and losing her student visa, set up the GoFundMe campaign which reached its $18,500 goal this week. (Colombo Gazette)