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The Working Class In Winter

Tobogganing And Sleighing

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In winter, children hit the hills with sleighs and toboggans. While those with money joined the Snowshoe and Toboggan Club, others made do with the local hills .they careened wildly down streets and on the sidewalks. Favoured streets included Eramosa, Dublin and Cork.

Deadly Construction: Scaffolding

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Construction sites were one of the most dangerous places to work in late 18th and early 20th century Guelph, Ontario. Ditch digging and working on Scaffolds could be and were fatal. Legislation did not cover scaffolding until 1911. In Guelph, a Scaffold Inspector was not appointed until 1913. This resulted only after the many complaints of the Guelph Trades and Labour Council and several deaths during 1912 and 1913.

Relief Work

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 The Great Depression spread across Canada, comfortably and unevenly settling in for the  duration of the 1930s. In  Guelph, some employers continued to employ workers. Yet, they did so at decreased numbers and what even the     David Croll, the then Minister of Municipal Affairs called "starvation wages." Companies felt free to...

War Work

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During both World Wars, the entire country became mobilized. Companies that once produced everyday items       were retooled for war production. Guelph was no different than other communities across Canada. It showed its support for the war effort in a number of ways.Citizens and businesses  alike bought War and Victory Bonds, planted Victory Gardens and became “Soldiers of the Land.” 
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Guelph's First Labour Day Parade

Although it became a legal statutory holiday in 1894, Guelph did not hold a Labour Day Parade until September 1902.

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