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Archival Find Confirms 1935 Golden Tale from ‘On-to-Ottawa’ Trek

Archival Find Confirms 1935 Golden Tale from ‘On-to-Ottawa’ Trek

The On-to-Ottawa Trek in 1935 is a fabled part of Canada’s social history.  Thousands of unemployed men, frustrated with the lack of compassion from government to their plight, boarded CPR freight trains in Vancouver with a plan to confront Prime Minister RB Bennett in Ottawa. After receiving a cool reception in Kamloops and clinging to …

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The Ginger Goodwin General Strike

The Ginger Goodwin General Strike

by Rod Mickleburgh Originally published in the Mickleblog August 2, 2018 At 12 o’clock sharp on Aug. 2, 1918 – one hundred years ago today –Vancouver transit operators stopped their streetcars in mid-route, drove them to the barns and walked home. The city’s normally bustling waterfront fell silent, as 2,000 burly stevedores and shipyard workers …

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Hiring Halls and Company Favouritism on the Waterfront

Hiring Halls and Company Favouritism on the Waterfront

The International Longshore Association disappeared from the waterfront in BC following their 1923 strike. The union was broken by employers in the Shipping Federation of BC, and a company union was put in place. Favouritism in hiring was rampant. As the economy worsened in the 1930s new militant longshore unions were formed and a key …

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Miners Memorial Weekend

Miners Memorial Weekend

33rd Miners Memorial Weekend and Ginger Goodwin Commemoration 2018 by Joey Hartman and Karen Ranalletta 100 years ago, 31-year-old labour organizer Albert “Ginger” Goodwin was shot and killed by special police constable Dan Campbell as he hid in the hills above Cumberland, BC. Goodwin and others in those hills were evading conscription to WWI – …

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