Monument, corner of King Street West and Centre Street, Oshawa
This triangular monument features two-dimensional sculptures on all three side panels, one depicting a worker supporting the fallen worker, the second with two workers holding the hard hat of the fallen worker, and the third with a pair of hands holding a dead canary. The famous labour motto “Mourn for the Dead - Fight for the Living” is emblazoned on the sculpture. It was sponsored by the Durham Regional Labour Council,
“Mourning for the Dead” is an important part of April 28, day of remembrance for those injured or killed in the workplace. Equally “Fighting for the Living” marks the beginning of a new year in which actions will be initiated in workplaces and communities aimed at ending the preventable tragedies and suffering. Canadian trade unionists established this day of remembrance for all victims of work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities in 1984. It was declared Canada’s National Day of Mourning and has now been recognized by the federal government, each province, and thousands of municipalities.