Theatre Group to Meet!

First Meeting of TWHP Theatre Discussion Group: April 5th, 7-9 pm, Steelworkers Hall The Theatre Discussion Group will discuss, explore, document, read and perhaps even perform Toronto workers’ theatre past and present. At our first meeting, we will discuss what we can do within the TWHP’s larger objectives. Please bring your ideas of what you’d like to do. Share This:

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TWHP Book Club

The Workers’ History Book Club meets once a month at the Steelworkers Hall Lounge. We pick a book that relates to workers in Toronto, either fiction or non-fiction. Our discussion include the larger context in which the book was written, how it relates to our current understandings of work and Toronto as a city, and how we could use alternate forms of history (storytelling, novels, plays) to keep workers’ history alive. We are currently reading Consolation by Michael Redhill. All

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Next General Meeting: The Injured Workers History Project (IWHP)

The Injured Workers History Project (IWHP) is the work of a group of injured workers, advocates and researchers who are uncovering and writing the history of the injured workers’ movement in Ontario. In collecting oral histories and conducting archival research, the Project has captured memory and documented an important part of Ontario’s social history. It has also engaged injured worker activists and leaders in determining how what has been learned can be used to educate and motivate injured workers in

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Talk: Women and the Challenge of a Socialist Jewish Voice to the Canadian State

Book Launch with ESTER REITER Ester Reiter is a Senior Scholar in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, York University   Thursday, October 20, 2016 Nexus Lounge OISE 252 Bloor St. West, 12th Floor 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.   Light refreshments will be provided   A Future Without Hate or Need brings to life the rich and multi-layered lives of a dissident political community. Many of the women in this secular Jewish community were activists who attempted to weave

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Cloud Garden Park (14 Temperance St.)

With its greenhouse and waterfall, Cloud Garden Park makes for an urban oasis in the downtown core, but the massive quilt-like wall by artist Margaret Priest honours the construction trades that built this city, with each section made of a different construction material to represent that particular trade. “Where our banks and financiers have buildings and streets named after them, the construction workers that actually raised the beams of the skyscrapers are celebrated here,” says Kidd. Share This:

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Hogg’s Hollow disaster (York Mills Station)

On March 17, 1960, five Italian immigrant labourers died while digging a water main tunnel that passed underneath the Don River in Hogg’s Hollow when a fire broke out and the tunnel later filled with water and silt. A royal commission afterwards resulted in new labour safety laws and increased employer accountability for their workers. Breaking Ground, a large quilt by fabric artist Laurie Swim honouring the five fallen workers, was installed on the 50th anniversary of the disaster and hangs in the main

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UNIA Hall — United Negro Improvement Association (355 College St.)

Though the hall itself is now gone, the current location of Thymeless Bar is where the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and other black groups and organizations met after the hall was purchased by the Toronto division of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) in the 1930s. UNIA president Marcus Garvey even visited on occasion and local jazz musicians like Archie Alleyne also used the hall. Shawn Micallef https://www.thestar.com/life/2015/09/03/torontos-rich-in-labour-history.html Share This:

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