The Peterborough Occupational Disease Action Committee (PODAC) is leading the charge to raise funds for a memorial monument that will honour the lives of workers who succumbed to occupational diseases. “We want to ensure the legacy of occupational disease is not soon forgotten in our community and beyond,” says Sue James on behalf of the committee.
For 126 years, General Electric (GE) was a cornerstone of the Peterborough economy, employing thousands of workers. This was also the source of widespread occupational diseases, stemming from the exposure to more than 40 known or suspected carcinogens and countless toxic chemicals.
To bring “A Place to Remember” to fruition, PODAC set a fundraising goal of $80,000. The monument would be in Peterborough’s Millenium Park, near another monument to the labour movement.
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