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You Can’t Do That on Television!

Notable for its sketch comedy, and the career launching of many young Canadian artists, the theme of the popular 80’s Ottawa TV show called “You Can’t Do That on Television” is a featured track on our National Press and Allied Workers’ Jazz Band CD. The band was brought to the studio to re-record the song for the theme for the show. The song is available now at our boutique!

Pictured here in front of the actual school lockers from the show is actress and original cast member, Abby Hagyard (mom), who recorded a pilot for a new show called, “15 minutes with Abby” at ComicCon.

BOOK RELAUNCH: October 1906: Two striking trade union leaders murdered by employer thugs

Original article can be found here

Buckingham, Ville occupée (‘Buckingham, Occupied city‘), first published 1983, by Pierre Louis Lapointe.

A nearly-forgotten story (at least in anglophone Ottawa) of the brutal and premeditated murder of two locked out (or striking) mill workers in the Ottawa region – specifically the MacLaren family pulp mill of Buckingham, Québec – was originally unearthed and told by renowned Québecois historian of the region Pierre Louis Lapointe in his ground-breaking 1983 work Buckingham, Ville occupée.

At the invitation of Solidarity Ottawa and the Ottawa Workers History Museum, Pierre Louis Lapointe has agreed to “relaunch” and present the story of Buckingham, Ville occupée at Mayworks 2018, 35 years after its original publication. The organizers are also using this event to announce the launch of a fundraising effort to support the translation into English of Pierre Louis Lapointe’s more recent and even more comprehensive book on this subject, published as La Vallée assiégée in 2006.

As a vital piece of our region’s working class history, it is crucially important that this work be made more widely available to the labour movement and the broader community, in English. The Bélanger-Thériault fund, named for the two workers assassinated by the MacLaren family’s privately-hired employer thugs, is hereby launched!

Light snacks will be provided, and a cash bar will be open for this event.

The presentation will be delivered in English, and questions will be encouraged in both English and French.


Date: April 30

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm



Arts Court Studio
2 Daly Avenue
Ottawa, Canada

Black History Month Documentary Screening in English

Screening of two documentaries illustrating racial discrimination in Canada’s past, and the struggle to change for the better:

Simply the Best is the story of the remarkable Cal Best.  Best was born into a segregated Canada, where the local movie theatre had a “Whites Only” section.  He grew up to be an activist and senior civil servant who worked tirelessly to improve conditions for the Black community.

Welcome to Dresden: Jim Crow Lived Here Too documents civil rights struggles in small-town Ontario. In the 1940s and 50s, anti-Black discrimination was common in Ontario. The town of Dresden was the scene of a civil rights struggle that led to the passing of the Fair Accommodation Practices Act of 1954.

Followed by a panel discussion with Arthur Carkner, producer of Simply the Best, and Sarah Onyango, Black History Ottawa and Joanne Robinson, Public Service Alliance of Canada activist.

Offered in partnership with Workers’ History Museum and Black History Ottawa.

Runtime: 120 mins

Détails sur l’événement

Le mercredi 28 février, à 18 h 30

Bibliothèque publique de Greenboro

363, Lorry Greenberg

Salle de réunion A (Centre communautaire)

Event Details

Wednesday Feb 28, 2018 at 6:30pm

Greenboro Public Library

363 Lorry Greenberg

Meeting room A (Community Centre)

Capital History Kiosks

CapitalHistoryKiosks: Project Team (*) and Graduate Researchers:

Left to rightSamantha Osborn*, Ross Rheaume*, Chelsea Fahey*, Barb Stewart*, Sara Hollett, Stephanie Lett, Sarah Chelchowski, Kelsea McKenna, Lisa Bullock, David Dean*, Francesca Brzezicki, Meredith Comba, Rebecca Sykes, William Teal, Jen Halsall, Adam Mahoney, Denise Steeves, Andre Mersereau*

Seated: Emily Barsanti-Innes, Kelsey Bodechon, Phoebe Mannell, Pascale Couturier

Absent: Kelly Ferguson, Chris Goneau*, Dany Guay-Belanger, Kira Smith

Photo: Paul Harrison, Workers’ History Museum (April 5, 2017)

The Workers’ History Museum is pleased to announce the launch of the first of over a dozen Capital History Kiosks featuring little known and untold stories about Ottawa’s past. The kiosks consist of vinyl wraps around traffic control boxes featuring a striking image, lively text, and a QR code taking visitors to the Carleton Centre for Public History’s web-based storytelling site,

Stories for Capital History Kiosks were developed by graduate students taking Carleton Professor David Dean’s seminar Museums, Public Memory, and National Identity in winter 2017. The first kiosk, located at Bank And Exhibition Way at Lansdowne Park, tells the early history of lacrosse at Lansdowne and was researched by Lisa Bullock.

Capital History Kiosks is a project of the Workers’ History Museum partnering with the Carleton Centre for Public History, the design firm Chapter One Studio, and artist Ross Rheaume. It was made possible by Ottawa 2017, CIBC and the three Arts, Culture and Heritage Program Stewarding Partners AOE Arts Council, Ottawa Arts Council and Council of Heritage Organizations of Ottawa and was funded by a City of Ottawa 2017 Arts, Culture and Heritage Investment Programme Grant.

There will be more than a dozen kiosks appearing across the city in the coming weeks.

A new WHM walking tour

How did Americans, the military, and the railways influence the development of jobs in early Ottawa? Answers were provided Sunday, 7 May 2017, when the Workers’ History Museum sponsored a guided labour history walk. Participants started at the Bytown Museum, went north to the Ottawa River, south along the Rideau Canal, then up to Confederation Square as part of the Jane’s Walk weekend.

Tour guide Bob Hatfield explained: “This is a pilot of a WHM / Bytown Museum walk, which we will give from July to October of this year as part of Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations.” Bob developed the tour, with research from Kira Smith, Ken Clavette and Linda McLaren.

WHM President Arthur Carkner and Secretary Bob Allen, who will be leading some of the tours later this year, were marshals at Sunday’s walk.

“American immigrants were the first white residents here”

Photo credits: Bob Allen

“The bodies of workers killed building the Rideau Canal will be reinterred in September, 2017”

Photo credits: Bob Allen