I was at Brock University last week to begin a course in global labour history for the Department of Labour Studies. The first class was about introductions, about explaining the course topic, and outlining the work students will be doing. But there was also time to offer a taste of a historical perspective on the study of labour and work.
A screenshot of the course description, from the website of the Department of Labour Studies, https://brocku.ca/webcal/2017/undergrad/labr.html#LABR_2P93 (accessed 13 January 2018)
Back in the Fall of 2016 I worked on a project for YMCA Canada. I researched the topic of “railway YMCAs” in support of YMCA Canada’s “LocalMOTION” program commemorating Canada 150. Railway Ys were YMCA buildings located in remote railway towns and near large railway yards. They served railway workers and the local community from the late nineteenth-century to the late-twentieth-century.
YMCA Canada, “The Canadian Railway YMCA Story,” 5:09min YouTube video, published 9 June 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDsIyyW1iJY
A couple of weeks ago I met with Jonathan Ore of CBC News to discuss the new Battlefield 1 video game, set in the First World War. The end result was his piece about the historical value of the game, and a brief video. They are both here at CBCNews.ca.