Monday, May 12
Monday, April 23
I've been wondering what to do about this blog that's been pretty much dormant for a couple of years. During that time a lot of text and image links have broken, some formatting issues have crept in and I've found a few embarrassing grammatical errors, (most of these were written after midnight !)
A new (and bad) Blogger interface means that if I open a post to make changes the formatting, especially line breaks and text fonts, go crazy, so going through an updating all of the posts would take longer than it would to start from scratch. What I have decided to do instead is live-tweet the events starting in late April 2012.
Thursday, October 6
Danny Schur's odyssey to document the Winnipeg General Strike continues. The man who brought you Strike! the Musical will start shooting a feature film about the event in summer 2012.
They are taking registrations now for movie extras - they need a whopping 750 of them ! If you are interested or form more information please contact Schur at dannyschur - at -hotmail.com
Also, Schur's documentary Mike's Bloody Saturday premiered on October 1, 2011 in the city hall courtyard. It is available for viewing on MTS TV. Catch a trailer for it here.
Thursday, September 29
New photos of the Winnipeg General Strike offer different perspective on seminal event
Winnipeg Free Press, September 29, 2011
Schur still hasn't found that photograph, but in the search of the province's archives in July, he discovered a cache of 12 new ones that offer new perspectives on Bloody Saturday, the culmination of one of the most defining events in the city's history."
Tuesday, December 14
This year, I am not re-uploading the posts so the best way to go through this blog is to use the 'by date' archives at the side.
For 2011 my intention is to come back, clean up some of the editing and old links and perhaps add additional content that I have found since doing this blog.
Saturday, December 11
Friday, October 29
Presented to the Provicne back on November 6, 1919 Robson found, much like the Mathers' Commission of earlier in the year, little evidence of Bolshevik revolution. Rather, he concludes, the strike was a "protest against conditions" that they faced and a "demand for relief":
"it is too much for me to say that the vast number of intelligent residents who went on strike were seditious or that they were either dull enough or weak enough to allow themselves to be led by seditionaries."
Saturday, May 1
Saturday, February 20
"Legal Gentlemen Appointed by the Federal Government": the CanadianState, the Citizens' Committee of 1000, and Winnipeg's Seditious ConspiracyTrials of 1919–1920"
Thursday, January 21
Wednesday, December 9
Friday, November 6
Similar to the feds', Mathers Commission report of earlier in the year, Robson does not find much in the way of Bolshevik revolution. Rather, he concludes, the strike was a "protest against conditions" that workers faced and a "demand for relief":
The government did not make the report public for another four months, after the trials of the strike leaders were complete.
Tuesday, September 22
WHEN: Thursday, 24 September 2009, 7:30 PM
WHERE: Archives & Special Collections, 330 Dafoe Library, U of M
This event is sponsored by Archives & Special Collections and the Association for Manitoba Archives. All are welcome!
Wednesday, September 9
Exhibit: Winnipeg's 1919 General Strike: The Ripple Effect of Fear
Martin Auditorium, Dalnavert Museum, 61 Carlton Street, Winnipeg.
This display, developed in commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, showcases those who were in charge on either side and the consequences of the fear that gripped that era as witnessed in Winnipeg. Learn why this event was so significant at that time and what seeds were sown affecting our lives today.
Monday, September 7
Saturday, September 5
Name: The Commission to Inquire into and Report upon Industrial Relations in Canada (often short-titled to the Royal Commission on Industrial Relations or the 'Mathers Commission')
Government: Dominion of Canada
Time of Activity: April - June 1919
Date of Report: July 1, 1919 (Tablled in House)
Chair: Thomas Graham Mathers
Detail: The Royal Commission to enquire into and report upon the causes and effects of the General Strike which recently existed in the City of Winnipeg for a period of six weeks, including the methods of calling and carrying on such strike
Name: The "Royal Commission to enquire into and report upon the causes and effects of the General Strike which recently existed in the City of Winnipeg for a period of six weeks, including the methods of calling and carrying on such strike" (often short-titled to the Royal Commission on the Winnipeg General Strike or 'The Robson Commission').
Government: Province of Manitoba
Time of Activity: July - November 1919
Date of Report: November 6, 1919 (not made public until March 20, 1920)
Chair: Hugh Amos Robson
Detail: That title sort of sums it up !
Tuesday, September 1
Sunday, August 30
Walter Pue, in a paper titled Cowboy Jurists & the Making of Legal Professionalism said of this era in Prairie law:
Issac Pitblado At the time he was a member and cousel for the Committee as well as the head of the Manitoba Law Society. The Isaac Pitblado Lectures have been held annually for almost 50 years.
Travers Sweatman - (no image) Famous for having defended Thomas Kelly during the Manitoba Legislative Scandal. He would later become a judge (source) nominated by A.J. Andrews (source)
James Bowes Coyne A member of the Aikins firm
Thomas J. Murray K.C. (no image) Represented Moses Chartinoff
Marcus Hyman - Defended the 'radical aliens', those born outside Canada, facing deportation by the the Board of Inquiry. Later in life he became an MLA and introduced The Manitoba Defamation Act (1934) - the first Canadian group libel law, and the only one until 1970 (source).
E.J. Murray (no image)
All that I could find on-line were written by those on the side of labour. If anyone has a link to something from the other side or from a legal point of view please share !
"Repressive Measures": AJ Andrews, the Committee of 1000 and the Campaign Against Radicalism after the Winnipeg General Strike
"Legal Gentlemen Appointed by the Federal Government": the Canadian State, the Citizens' Committee of 1000, and Winnipeg's Seditious ConspiracyTrials of 1919–1920.
Thursday, August 27
Saturday, August 1
One group that I certainly will follow are "The Winnipeg Eight". These strike leaders, who by now were household names, were all arrested / had warrants issued for their arrest on June 17, 1919. They faced multiple charges of sedition.
Sent to Stoney Mountain (see above photo) to await their trials as of August 1 they were still waiting in jail.
Those eight are:
CPR Machinist, Manitoba leader for the OBU. Arrest warrant issued June 17, (while he was in Montréal). Charged with seditious conspiracy.
B.C.-based, editor of socialist newspaper and OBU delegate. Warrant issued for arrest for sedition, captured on a train in Calgary while returning to B.C.
Friday, July 31
The first annual run of Strike! at Winnipeg's Canwest Performing Arts Centre at the Forks, Winnipeg. Show times for this 8-show limited engagement are 8:00 PM daily with an additional 2:00 PM Sunday matinée on August 2nd.
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Thursday, July 30
Sunday, July 26
A goal of the Committee was to share "best practises" with other communities that are, or may, deal with large-scale labour unrest. During and after the strike members would make presentations (see earlier entry for Moose Jaw).
This booklet outlines the history of the strike from their point of view. It also provides great detail about the organization and activities of the committee. The final section is a detailed "how to" guide when it comes to dealing with unrest and how to set up a civilian government should the unrest turn to a general strike.
Tuesday, July 21
Monday, July 20
Friday, July 17
Sunday, July 12
The report, which can be read in it's entirety here, was underway but would not report back to the Province until November 6, 1919 and the report would not be made public until March 29, 1920 (I won't release the results until then either !).
Image source and a more detailed bio:
The Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba, 1870-1950 By Dale Brawn, Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History
Saturday, July 11
Tuesday, July 7
Monday, July 6
If you did not catch the outdoor performance of Danny Schur's Strike The Musical, or if you did and you are till tapping your toes, you can catch excerpts on Weds July 8 from Noon to 1 pm at Centre Court, Portage Place.
This is all in aid of the full length theatrical debut from Jul 30 - Aug 5 at the Canwest Performing Arts Centre (Theatre for Young People) venue at The Forks. Info for that can be found here.