RESCHEDULED | Film Screening | City Builders: A History of Immigrant Construction Workers in Post-war Toronto

Tuesday, February 12, 7:00 p.m. RESCHEDULED due to weather. Please note the new date below. Tuesday, February 19, 7:00 p.m. Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil St. This film focuses on the labour organization of Italian immigrant workers in the residential construction sector, known at the time as “the jungle” due to its terrible working conditions and widespread exploitation by developers and (sub)contractors. Led by the charismatic Bruno Zanini, a petty criminal and aspiring opera singer-turned-labour organizer, and the thundering Charles Irvine — a shillelagh-wielding Scottish immigrant who

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Workers and Sport in Toronto | Jan. 8, 7pm

Tuesday, January 8, 7:00 p.m. Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil St. Sports have long been a crucial expression of working-class cultures and experiences. Many workers played sports as a leisure activity after a long week on the job, and sports clubs and teams were often important branches of political, ethnic, or religious organizations. Sports have also been the site of struggle. Working peoples have fought for the right to play sports and access to spaces in which to do so. Immigrant and racialized communities have pushed

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Year-End Fun: AGM, Book Launch, Music & more! Dec. 4, 7pm, Steelworkers’ Hall

Tuesday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil St. Join us for an evening of fun and building towards TWHP’s 2019. At 7:00pm, we will hold our Annual General Meeting, featuring reports from the Executive Committee, Treasurer, and Archives Committee. We will also elect the Executive Committee for 2019. All are welcome to the AGM, though only TWHP members in good standing may vote. At 7:30pm, the general programme will begin, featuring a book launch of Craig Heron’s Working Lives: Essays in Canadian Working-Class

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Revisiting the 1981 CUPW Strike for Maternity Leave

Mikhail Bjorge and Kassandra Luciuk [Reposted from ActiveHistory.ca] As co-instructors, we are currently teaching a course on the history of women and work. Our primary concern in this course is to have students think historically about women’s lived experiences under capitalism. We explore how things looked in the past, how they were transformed over time, and, in turn, why they look the way they do today. By teaching in this way – pulling history into the present – we aim to re-center

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Video from the Toronto Purchase Revisited

From our monthly meeting on 24 Sept. 2018. Toronto has been home to Indigenous peoples for thousands of years, including the Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and most recently the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. Today, it remains home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island. It goes without saying that most of Toronto’s Indigenous inhabitants – like its other inhabitants – are, for a sizable portion of their lives, workers. And many are aware that the processes that gave

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Histories of Toronto’s East-End Workers – Oct. 9, 7pm

Tuesday, October 9, 7:00 p.m. Ralph Thornton Community Centre 765 Queen St E. (east of Broadview) ** Note change from our usual location ** The area of Toronto east of the Don River has always had a rich, distinctive history. Its industries, its neighbourhoods, and its community institutions have all sustained a large working-class population. Come out to hear fascinating reports on three projects that explore that history, focusing on industry, health care, and community journalism.   Camille Begin, The

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The Toronto Purchase Revisited: Indigenous History in Toronto – Sept. 17, 7pm

Monday, September 17, 7:00 p.m. Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil St. Toronto has been home to Indigenous peoples for thousands of years, including the Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and most recently the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. Today, it remains home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island. It goes without saying that most of Toronto’s Indigenous inhabitants – like its other inhabitants – are, for a sizable portion of their lives, workers. And many are aware that the processes that gave rise

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