Category: News

May 8th: History of the lumber and forestry industry in the Ottawa Valley

We have a new office and to celebrate, the Workers” History Museum along with guest speaker Michel Martin will be holding a free reception followed by a lecture on the Ottawa Valley Forestry Industry Workers in the 19th and Early 20th Century.

Join Us.
Date: May 8th 2013
Time: 6pm reception / 7 pm talk.
Admission: This is a free event open to the general public.
Location: Workers’ History Museum office. 251 Bank Street, 2nd Floor (corner of Bank St. and Cooper St.), Ottawa

About Michel Martin

Educated at Laurentian and Queen”s universities, Michel Martin is a retired freelance journalist and writer and a former federal public servant. He is the author of two books of local working class history, available free of charge at his website . He is currently working on a third book tentatively titled Resisting Domination:Popular Classes in the West Before 1492. Michel Martin has been active for years in union, community and party politics in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.


Letter to Rona Ambrose Re: Macdonald Building

According to a front page article in the Ottawa Citizen published on Thursday, February 28, 2013, US stone is going to be used for the extension that is being made to the Macdonald building (former Bank of Montreal building), rather than stone from Canada. On March 8th, the Workers’ History Museum’s board of directors wrote a letter to Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, suggesting that the government use Queenston Limestone from Niagara-on-the-Lake. See a copy of the letter below.

WHM letter Ambrose re. MacDonald Building


Historic Canals in Jeopardy

Winterlude is in full swing here in the National Capital Region as thousands of people flock to the Rideau Canal, the world’s longest outdoor skating rink and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Interest in the ongoing preservation and celebration of the Rideau Canal clearly falls within the mandate of the Workers’ History Museum. Unfortunately, cuts to the Rideau and Trent-Severn canal systems may put the future of these historic Canadian canals in jeopardy.

The Union of Canadian Transportation Employees (UCTE) launched a campaign over the summer of 2012 to raise awareness about the negative effects of the $29.2 million in cuts to Parks Canada. UCTE is a component of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and an institutional member of the Workers’ History Museum.

The Rideau Canal alone will lose $2 million annually, despite being designated a National Historic Site of Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cuts will affect several other canals, including Lachine, Carillion, Chambly, and Saint-Ours.

With reduced staff to maintain and manage the canals, along with proposals to shorten the operating season and hours of service, our region’s tourism industry is under threat.

“For communities along these canal systems, this means the loss of tourism dollars and millions in economic spin-offs for small businesses, such as marinas, hotels, restaurants and boat operators,” said Christine Collins, UCTE National President.

For further information:
Lira Buschman, UCTE Communications Officer: 613-558-4003
Lino Vieira, PSAC Communications Officer: 416-577-0238