CUPE Ontario’s 280,000 members joins all Canadians in mourning the tragedy that took the lives of at least 22 people in Nova Scotia.  


Our deepest sympathies are with the families, friends, and neighbours of these victims. While we can’t imagine what they’re experiencing, this senseless event has rippled through all our communities, across the country.  


A former CUPE Local 132 member and her husband were even among the victims: Dawn Gulenchyn, a retired long-term care worker, and Frank Gulenchyn. As a heart-warming offering of solidarity, large group of first responders, including members of CUPE Ontario, drove by the home of their son, an Oshawa resident, with sirens and flashing lights to pay their respects. 


While these acts are small compared to the tragedy, collectively they speak to the power of community – to our capacity for displays of solidarity and care even with the constraint of physical distancing. To the people of Nova Scotia, CUPE Ontario, as well as so many others, are with you.