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Reaction to the mining deaths at Lockerby Mine

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | May 06, 2014 - 2:51 PM |
Some official reaction to the deaths of two miners Tuesday who worked for Taurus Drilling Services at First Nickel's Lockerby Mine:

“Our city has endured a tragic accident at First Nickel Inc.’s Lockerby Mine site following a ground collapse.
“On behalf of city council and all citizens of Greater Sudbury, I offer my condolences to the families, friends and co-workers of the individuals. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.”
— Greater Sudbury Mayor Marianne Matichuk

“On behalf of New Democrats, my deepest condolences to the families and friends of two miners who were recently killed at First Nickel’s Lockerby Mine. Today is a grim reminder of the dangers miners face each and every day on the job. My heart goes out to everyone touched by this terrible tragedy.
“The mining community has deep roots in the Sudbury area. I know the people of Sudbury will come together to support the families, friends and coworkers of the two miners killed on the job.
“Every miner's death in Ontario is one too many.”
— NDP Leader Andrea Horwath

“I was shocked and saddened when I heard about the two fatalities at the Lockerby Mine. My thoughts and prayers are with the workers’ families and colleagues.
“My thoughts are also with the people of Sudbury. These tragedies are devastating to the community. I know that the people of Sudbury, miners everywhere, and all Ontarians are shaken by these tragedies.
“This is unacceptable. We must find better ways of protecting people who go into mines every day to earn a living. No job is worth a life. All of us have the responsibility to work together to do what we can to stop these senseless tragedies from happening again.”
— George Gritziotis, chief prevention officer with the Ministry of Labour, and chair of the Ontario Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review

"Our deepest condolences go out to the families, friends and co-workers of two miners who lost their lives this morning in Sudbury.
"A tragic event like this stirs up emotions and memories of grief for all the families who have gone through a similar experience. We, at Sudbury Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers Union, Local 598/Unifor, view that all workers (both unionized and non-unionized) deserve the same protections that allow each of us to go to work and return home each day to our families and communities."
— Anne Marie MacInnis, President, Sudbury Mine, Mille and Smelter Workers Union, Local 598/Unifor

“I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of the two men who were killed at the First Nickel Lockerby mine in Sudbury.
"Today’s tragic loss reminds us how fragile and uncertain life can be. We honour the dedication and professionalism of these men.
"Once again, my heart goes out to the families and communities of these courageous men.”
— Premier Kathleen Wynne

"This is a very sad day, particularly for the families and the colleagues of the fine people who lost their lives in this terrible incident. My thoughts are with them during this difficult time.
"We are absolutely committed to mine safety in the province of Ontario and to making sure that our miners go home to their families at the end of their shift. Every injury or fatality is one too many.
"Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer is currently leading a comprehensive mining safety review with an advisory group of industry, labour and health and safety representatives. It will build on productive discussions with the MINES group, United Steelworkers, the Ontario Mining Association, and other key mining partners, which will lead to recommendations on how we can make the workplace safer for miners across the Province.
"We need to work together to ensure our mines are a safe workplace. These important consultations will allow the mining sector to provide input and advice on the major issues in mining health and safety."
— Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines

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