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More than 200 delegates and guests from CUPE Nova Scotia’s annual convention, including CUPE National President Paul Moist, joined community members in Sydney to commemorate April 28, the National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured as a result of unhealthy work environments.

The event was held at the Whitney Pier Legion - near the infamous Sydney Tar Ponds. A decade after the last mill was dismantled, Whitney Pier continues to have some of the highest rates of cancer and MS in Canada. Over the years, more than 300 workers lost their lives in the now-closed Sydney Steel Plant.