The Myth of Vimy: War and Peace in Canada

The Myth of Vimy: War and Peace in Canada
With Ian McKay, McMaster University

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Monday 10 April, 2017, 7 p.m.,
Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street

Workers have fought in wars. Workers have also opposed wars. On April 10 2017, we mark the 100th anniversary of the bloody battle of Vimy Ridge, where many workingmen died. Some voices are urging us to commemorate that slaughter as a noble, heroic struggle that “forged our nation.” Ian McKay, one of Canada’s most respected historians, debunks that myth in The Vimy Trap, Or How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War (a book he co-authored with Jamie Swift). He argues against using militarism to build patriotism. He reminds us how often Canadians preferred peace to war. He makes a loud, clear call to avoid glorifying war.

Lest we forget.

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VIDEO – Toronto’s Poor: A Rebellious History

From Toronto Workers’ History Project meeting on 13 February 2017.

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VIDEO: Ester Reiter on the Jewish Left in Canada

From the 16 January 2017 meeting of the Toronto Workers’ History Project.

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VIDEO – presentation from Injured Workers Network

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

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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 current struggles for justice in the workers’ compensation system.

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 current struggles for justice in the workers’ compensation system.

NEXT GENERAL MEETING:
Tuesday 13 December, 7 p.m.,Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street
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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 current struggles for justice in the workers’ compensation system.

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 current struggles for justice in the workers’ compensation system.

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VIDEO – Portuguese Canadian Workers’ Project by Gilberto Fernandes

VIDEO – Portuguese Canadian Workers’ Project  by Gilberto Fernandes

Gilberto Fernandes, Portuguese History Project presentation from Glen Richards on Vimeo.

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Next General Meeting (with the Portuguese Canadian History Project)

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Join us at our next general meeting where we will reflect on the history of Portuguese immigrants and their descendants in Toronto with a multimedia exhibition and presentation by the Portuguese Canadian History Project’s lead director Gilberto Fernandes.

NEXT GENERAL MEETING:

MONDAY, November 14th, 7 p.m.,

Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto

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