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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

What do you mean I need my husband’s signature? – October 30, 2015, 7 p.m.

Working together empowers communities.

In the second half of the 1970s Ottawa women came together to create an institution that would allow women to open bank accounts in their own names.

Working together empowered individuals.

This is the story of women who worked to create the Ottawa Women’s Credit Union and about the Antigonish movement that inspired them.

Storytellers: Ruth Stewart-Verger and Donna Stewart

Songs by Maura Volante

Cost: $15 with a cash bar

Location: 251 Bank Street, 2nd Floor

Les Allumettières – A Story by Ruth Stewart-Verger

The E. B. Eddy plant at Chaudière Falls has been at the centre of Ottawa’s industrial life for well over a century. The WHM naturally has a great interest in the plant and in the people who worked there over the generations. As has been noted in our blog, we have a team of photographers diligently documenting the site ahead of its planned redevelopment, and we are also working on an exhibit on the company’s activities. Of course, so much of the history comes through in stories and the Museum was fortunate enough to have Ruth Stewart-Verger give us one of these stories. Before a packed house, Ruth told the story of Donalda Charron, who led les allumettières on strikes in 1919 and 1924, protesting against meagre pay and horrible working conditions while making matches for E. B. Eddy. Here is a recording of that story, for your enjoyment. (Approx. 30 minutes) Les Allumettières – A Story by Ruth Stewart-Verger

Legal intern at the Workers’ History Museum

Jacob Saltiel will be working with the Workers’ History Museum on two important issues over a six week period.  Jacob is Human Rights / Social Justice Intern with Raven, Cameron,  Ballantyne & Yazbeck LLP.  The firm of labour lawyers has loaned Jacob to the museum to review WHM by-laws and do preparatory legal research for the Workers with Disabilities project.

Jacob holds a B.A. (with Distinction) from Concordia and an M.A. from Trent.  Currently he is studying law at the University of Ottawa.

Thank you to WHM Board member David Yazbeck for organizing this.
Legal Intern Jacob Saltiel (left) starts 6 weeks of work with the Workers’ History Museum at an orientation session conducted by WHM volunteers Bob Hatfield (centre) and Arthur Carkner (right).  25 May, 2015.