May Day

On May 4, 1886, a peaceful protest by labour activists in Chicago suddenly turned violent. A bomb was thrown. The police reacted by firing indiscriminately into the crowd. At the end of the day, the death toll included seven policemen and four workers; only one death was linked to the…

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Murder in Buckingham

For those who aren’t too familiar with the National Capital Region’s suburbs, you may not have heard of Buckingham. It’s a small community of roughly 10,000 people, though it’s now technically part of the post-mega-amalgamation of the city of Gatineau. But in the early 1900s, Buckingham was very different. “Let’s…

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The Strike That Rocked Canada!

Can you imagine having to work twelve hours a day, six days a week? We’re not talking about being a workaholic; we’re talking about life before trade unions! It was around this time in 1872 that the workers in Hamilton and Toronto began demanding nine-hour workdays. Among them were printers…

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