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Council Highlights - April 3, 2006 Meeting

“Day of Mourning” Proclaimed for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job
Council proclaimed April 28, 2006 as the “Day of Mourning” in the Town of Richmond Hill for workers killed or injured on the job. All Town flags will be lowered to half-mast in recognition of this day. In December 1990, the Government of Canada passed the Workers’ Day of Mourning Act, establishing April 28 as the official day observed every year to commemorate workers injured on the job, killed, disabled or who suffer from occupational illnesses. The “Day of Mourning,” which originated in Canada, is now commemorated in more than 70 countries worldwide. Within Canada, the “Day of Mourning” is officially recognized by many private and public sector employers, including numerous municipalities. The Town has recognized and proclaimed this day for many years and, in doing so, is publicly acknowledging its commitment to ensuring a safe and healthy workplace, continuing with its efforts for accident and illness prevention and demonstrating that it is an Employer of Choice. For more information, contact Merv Johnston, Director of Human Resources Services, at (905) 771-2521 (From Committee of the Whole Meeting held Monday, March 27, 2006; Staff Report SRCSD.06.06, Agenda Item No. 4).

Further Proclamations
Council proclaimed the week of April 23 to 30, 2006 as “Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week” in and for the Town of Richmond Hill. Each year, thousands of Ontarians get a second chance to live life to its fullest thanks to the kindness of those who have donated organs and tissue. There are currently more than 4,000 Canadians on the organ transplant waiting list and because the need is far greater than the available supply, many Canadians die waiting for a transplant. The Town encourages residents to donate organs and tissue to grant fellow Canadians another chance at life.

Council also proclaimed the week of April 22 to 29, 2006 as “Coaches Week” to recognize the thousands of coaches who volunteer their time in Richmond Hill, and are the backbone of amateur sports.

April 21 to 23, 2006 was proclaimed “Global Youth Service Day,” an international celebration of youth volunteerism. “Global Youth Service Day,” in its 7th year, is the largest annual celebration of young volunteers, where millions of young people in countries all over the world highlight and carry out thousands of community improvement projects.

For more information, contact Robert C. Prowse, Director of Council Support Services/Town Clerk, at (905) 771-2502 (From Committee of the Whole Meeting held on Monday, March 27, 2006 and Council Meeting held on Monday, April 3, 2006; Proclamations).

The next Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 10, 2006 at 4:30 p.m. and the next Council Meeting is Monday, April 24, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held in Council Chambers.

This document was produced by the Communication Services Division staff at the Town of Richmond Hill. The contents of this summary are intended to be for information purposes only. The actual text of Council resolutions can be found on the Town's Website, Copies of staff reports and other correspondence can be obtained from the Council Support Services/Town Clerk Division.

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