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2804, 2023

National Day of Mourning, April 28

In 1991 the federal government officially recognized the National Day of Mourning, held annually on April 28, eight years after the Canadian Labour Congress launched the day of remembrance. The date 28 April was picked because on that day in 1914, the Workers Compensation Act received its third reading [...]

2501, 2023

Pat McGrath Scholarship Winner 2022

Sarah Kadach from Vernon, BC, is the recipient of the Workers’ History Museum Pat McGrath Scholarship for 2022. She is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN) at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus. She plans to either become a healthcare lawyer or to pursue [...]

1301, 2023

Kids reacting to typewriters

Enjoy the reactions of kids looking at old typewriters and trying them out. Hilarious. To all you former secretaries, commercial school grads, computer experts---this is for you and your kids and your grandkids! Look at the watches they're wearing too!... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfxRfkZdiAQ

808, 2022

Minnie Bell 2

Devoted followers of the WHM website will recall the "Career of a Canal Tug" feature in our "What's New" section. Well, researcher Paul Harrison, who authored the piece, is not one to rest on his laurels, and has provided the following update: With the help of a genealogist, I [...]

2310, 2021

The Career of a Rideau Canal Tug

By Paul Harrison Alva with barge in locks 1905; Workers' History Museum Image Collection PC0112 Among the WHM's image collection items are postcards of the Rideau Canal locks below Parliament Hill, a popular vista - then as now - for visitors to the capital. Unlike most, however, [...]

2604, 2021

What It Was Like Logging in Quebec in the 1940s

Before the age of chainsaws and logging trucks, farmers from Ontario—my father and I included—would travel to a logging camp in Quebec to earn additional money during the wintertime. Memories of logging in Quebec in the 1940s Back in 1943, when I was 17, I spent the [...]

3103, 2021

Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of March 25, 1911

The Workers’ History Museum held a storytelling evening on the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in New York City. That March day in 1911, a fire broke out in the building where young Jewish and Italian women worked making shirtwaist blouses. The exit doors were chained shut [...]

2602, 2021

Lucky Us

We are very pleased to have Sam Derby-Wiman doing his placement term from January to April 2021 working on our collection. He is a third-year student in the Applied Museum Studies program (AMS) at Algonquin College and his professional interest is collections management. We are hoping that he [...]

502, 2021

Meet Our Summer Students from 2020

The Workers’ History Museum was very fortunate to receive funding from Young Canada Works for two students from June to October 2020. They worked on two projects over the summer and early fall. We apologise for not posting this earlier but due to the website redesign, it did not [...]

1412, 2020

Justice and Dignity for All: Stories from the Struggle for Pay Equity

By Evert Hoogers, retired postal worker and former CUPW National Union Representative. This gripping labour documentary takes 34 minutes to provide an inspiring account of 40 years of struggle by rural and suburban mail couriers in successfully winning the right to unionize, joining the Canadian Union of Postal Workers [...]

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