Chinese-Canadian Workers in Toronto

More than 4,000 Chinese workers died building the country’s first transcontinental railroad, yet most of the Chinese community faced discrimination and outright racism. Laws were specially created to oppress and exclude them. Yet they persevered. Our panelists will take us through more than a century of the experiences of Chinese-Canadians: fighting back, organising and leading the way for many others. Join the Toronto Workers’ History Project in this special livestreamed presentation. PANELISTS Winnie NgActivist, scholar, Chair Emeritus, Ryerson-Unifor National Chair

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Chilean-Canadian Memoria in Toronto

Click for the video on Facebook On September 11, 1973 the Chilean military under General Pinochet brutally attacked the democratically elected Popular Unity Government, killing President Salvador Allende and established a military junta that suspended civilian rule and killed, imprisoned and tortured thousands of Chileans. It was from this baptism of fire that the Chilean Canadian community built and re-built itself. On September 11, 2020 the TWHP will be holding a webinar about the churches and unions that campaigned to have

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Social History for Social Distancing

Like so much else, the Toronto Workers’ History Project is on hiatus as the world confronts the COVID-19 crisis. As promoters of workers’ history and participants in workers’ movements, we are thinking a lot these days about the front-line workers tasked with fighting the pandemic head-on: nurses (like those pictured above), doctors, and other medical staff. We are also in solidarity with those essential workers whose jobs require them to continue being out in the world, at heightened risk of infection:

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Japanese Canadians: Internment and Dispersal | March 3, 7pm

Tuesday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St. During World War II, over 20,000 Japanese Canadians were interned by the Canadian state and displaced from their homes and communities in British Columbia. Their businesses and homes, including a fleet of fishing boats, were seized and never returned or properly compensated for. A traumatic and damaging experience for those affected, this forced relocation was also the genesis of the Japanese Canadian community in Toronto, as many internees eventually settled in the city, where they

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Writing Sex Work History | Feb. 4, 7 p.m., 120 Diner

Tuesday, February 4, 7:00 p.m.120 Diner, 120 Church St., Toronto ** Note change from our usual location ** Though criminalized and pushed to the margins, sex workers have played critical roles in Toronto’s history, contributing to its economic development and fighting for the rights of queer folk and other marginalized communities. While attitudes toward sex and sex work have changed dramatically in recent decades, prostitution laws continue to marginalize and punish sex workers, and put them at high risk of violence. Generations of

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Emma Goldman in Toronto

Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 p.m.Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil St. The year 2020 will mark the 80th anniversary of the death of anarchist and feminist Emma Goldman in Toronto in May 1940. Deported from the United States in 1919, Goldman spent part of her exile in Toronto during the 1920s and 1930s. Join us for an evening of remembering and learning about Emma Goldman’s life and death in Toronto.  Featuring: Emma’s Last Visit  A production of the Toronto Workers’ Theatre Group Written by Craig Heron. Directed

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Workers on Film: An Evening with CLiFF

Tuesday, October 8, 7:00 p.m.Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil St. Imagine a world where thousands of films are made about workers and the conditions under which they live, work, fight, and succeed in their daily lives! Instead, the world of labour has found it increasingly difficult to communicate its message as fewer and fewer people have greater control over the means of communication – the media. It is more important than ever that working people be able to tell their own stories in

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Toronto Workers and World War II + Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 p.m.Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil St. September 20 is the 80th anniversary Canada declaring war on Germany in 1939. The next six years of World War II shook up the lives of workers in Canada and around the world. Mikhail Bjorge, author of the forthcoming book The Workers’ War, will talk to us about how workers in Toronto waged their own war on the home front. The meeting will begin with the TWHP Annual General Meeting. ACCESSIBILITY INFO: Steelworkers Hall

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Predicting the Future of Temporary Foreign Worker Programs… In the 1960s and 70s

Originally published on Active History on 4 October 2017. Republished here with permission. Edward Dunsworth The Thanksgiving season is often seized upon by farmworkers and activists to highlight agricultural workers’ contributions to society and the precarious conditions that so often characterize their work and life. In both Canada and the United States, farm labour activists have riffed on a popular motif which recognizes farmers, modifying it to some variation of: “Got Food? Thank a Farmworker.” In Canada, these messages have

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