The Working Class In Winter

Hockey – No One Was Fatally Injured While hockey was a gentleman’s game, hockey was not. It did not even pretend to be. Guelph workers joined Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) students,…

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LAOL at Hillside July 2017

In July 2017,  Labouring All Our Lives was fortunate to be granted a booth at Hillside Music Festival in Guelph. In this way, we were able to expand awareness of…

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Summer Pleasures in Guelph

Picnics and ExcursionsWhile people continued to work during the long, hot summer months, they did have one occasion to look forwards to. This was the company picnic. This was a…

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Deadly Construction: Scaffolding

Some workers were not protected by the Factory Act. Particularly neglected were construction workers and civic employees. In the 19th century,   there was no uniform requirement for erecting and…

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Guelph Industries: Northern Rubber

Northern Rubber opened shop on the corner of Metcalfe (now Huron) and Alice Streets in April 1920 with 60 employees. The building, constructed of reinforced concrete rose five storeys factory.…

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Relief Work

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…

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War Work

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…

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Birthday Bash at the Museum

Labouring All Our Lives First AnniversaryOn May 1st, 2016, LAOLs celebrated its first anniversary in style.The event was co-partnered by the Guelph Civic Museum. In attendance were local luminaries James…

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Day of Mourning

Mourn For The Dead; Fight For The LivingIn 1907, 13 employees working at Taylor-Forbes in Guelph, suffered a variety of injuries. That was a banner year for accidents. They ranged…

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