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National Day Of Mourning: This Is How Many Canadians Die At Work

04/28/2015 06:06 EDT | Updated 04/29/2015 11:59 EDT

The average number of Canadians killed on the job for works out to 2.47 deaths per each day of the year, according to the most recent data on workplace deaths in Canada. It seems like an odd statistic to bring up until you realize Apr. 28 is National Day of Mourning.

The annual day of observance wasn't federally recognized until 1991 — eight years after Canadian Labour Congress staged their first day of remembrance for workers killed in Canada. Since then, National Day Of Mourning has expanded to over 80 countries around the world. It's also gained recognition by the International Confederation of Free Trade.

So what does this mean for Canadians? Well, flags on Parliament Hill will fly at half mast. Workers across the country will light candles, wear ribbons and black armbands as they observe moments of silence. And if you're in Toronto — a city where two brickworkers were killed in a scaffolding accident last March — the CN Tower will light up yellow in solidarity.

So take some time today to think about Canada's National Day of Mourning. It's the One Thing You Should Know Today.

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