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The News About Wages

CBC News broke the story broke this week that workers at the Division Street Tim Horton’s location in Cobourg were being denied their paid breaks and various benefits as a result of the increased minimum wage in Ontario.  Other stories have emerged about employer efforts to mute the effects of higher minimum wages by effectively reducing their labour costs, including this Twitter thread by @AndrayDomise.  (See his news story here.)  A piece posted today by CBC News does a good job of summing-up the stories that have so far been confirmed by journalists in Ontario.


The reactions I have seen to this news on social media has focused on employer greed.  In the statement Premier Wynn issued about the story, the focus is employer bullying. Some commentators have stated that something like this was bound to happen, given the business rationale for keeping costs down and the challenge of managing such an unusually large wage hike. But another common theme has been that the story reveals the need for unions. This tweet by Bruce Anderson is an example.


Screenshot taken on 5 January 2018.


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It’s August 4th

August 4th is the anniversary of Britain’s entry into the First World War, and, thus, the anniversary for Canada and the rest of the British Empire that existed back then.  So it’s an appropriate day to highlight our latest post in our centennial series on ActiveHistory.ca.  Here’s the reference:

  • Sarah Glassford, Christopher Schultz, Nathan Smith, Jonathan Weier, “A View from the (Editing) Trenches: Summer 2016 and the Challenges of (Knowledge) Mobilization,” 2 August 2016, ActiveHistory.ca, http://activehistory.ca/2016/08/a-view-from-the-editing-trenches-summer-2016-and-the-challenges-of-knowledge-mobilization/Our Series Wants You - Poster copy

In our piece we reflect on where we have been in the past two years, how this resonates with First World War history in some surprising ways, and we consider where we might be headed.  There is some news about our editorial team, and this nifty promotional poster.


You can download the poster from the post, or from right here.



Nathan Smith, “It’s August 4th,” 4 August 2016, HIS241.com, http://www.his241.com/?p=334



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Canadian Red Cross History in 120 Objects

The Canadian Red Cross has launched a digital commemoration of its 120 years of history.  I helped out on this project for a few weeks, and I am happy to say that it looks great.


  • The Canadian Red Cross, 120 Years of the Canadian Red Cross, Website, launched June 2016: http://www.redcross.ca/history/home#/?&date=2010.


The digital design is attractive, easily manipulated and read.  The primary aim is to engage visitors, and the virtual exhibit works well, in my naturally biased opinion, as a public history site.  It uses images of items to draw visitors in, and places these items on a timeline going back to 1885, when the Red Cross symbol was first employed in Canada.


And yes, that was during the suppression of the 1885 Rebellion in what became Saskatchewan.  Learn a little about that from the site here and here.  Red Cross history is pretty fascinating.  There were several stories that grabbed my attention back in the Spring of this year, as well as engrossing historical themes.  Most of all, though, I think I was just consistently impressed by the work of the Red Cross as an institution, and the efforts of its personnel and volunteers.  The new website certainly offers plenty of evidence that the Red Cross has an important place in Canadian history, as it has internationally since the movement began in the 1860s.


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Above is a screenshot of a portion of an info-graphic about the Canadian Red Cross, found here: http://www.redcross.ca/about-us/about-the-canadian-red-cross/what-we-do-infographic.



Nathan Smith, “Canadian Red Cross History in 120 Objects,” 29 June 2016, HIS241.com, http://www.his241.com/?p=325



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