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Guelph has several hills. These include the ones down which Eramosa Road and Gordon Street run. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, children and adults took to sleighing or tobogganing. As with curling and skating, the upper echelons formed groups. Guelph had its own formal association – the Sno...

This is the third in a series on Guelph workers in Winter. It provides a glimpse at hockey. To view follow this link…/The-Working-Class-In-W…

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, banker and retail employees as well as those working in various other crafts and trades to battle it out on the ice. In simple team uniforms, they ...

Have posted another blog on the LAOL website. It is on curling and pleasure skating. The next one is on hockey in Guelph
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Curling Curling was a gentleman’s game. Originally, local teams played on the natural ice of rivers and ponds. Above Goldie’s Mill was a favourite spot. Near Holidays’ brewery and above Alan’s Dam were two others. The first curling game took place in 1827 with William Dunlap on the ice. Late...

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Winter In Guelph Winter meant more than a change in the weather for Guelph’s working class. Many workers found themselves receiving “winter wages.” In fact, one former Guelph council member, Hamilton, on February 17, 1843, boasted he was able to offer cheaper goods because of this. The laws of...

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Labouring All Our Lives

Today is Labour Day. Enjoy yourselves, but take the time to note the origins of the day and the sacrifices workers make each and every day. While many improvements have occurred over the years - mainly the result of Unions pushing for safer working conditions, better wages and shorter hours - much remains to be done.
Accidents still happen and, for some peculiar reason, an accident that occurs on the job as a result of improper training, poor management or unsafe conditions is not MURDER but an Accident. As long as a worker's life is not valued, fatalities will continue to happen on the job. think about this the next time you hear someone bashing unions and calling for a free market system.

Following WWI Labour Day celebrations became Armistice celebrations. The photos below all date from ca 1918 Armistice celebrations.

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Labour Day is fast approaching. LAOL will be at the Labour Day Picnic on Monday, September 4 at Riverside Park. We hope to include several early day Labour Day photos/pictures. Below are several from early celebrations in 1902 (the first) and the rest are from 1904.All courtesy of the Guelph Civic Museum

LAOL will be appearing at the Guelph and District Labour Council's Labour Day Picnic.We will have a small display and information table. We are also going to be selling our Tee-shirts

Mon 12:00 PM EDTRiverside ParkGuelph, ON, Canada
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Labour Day is fast approaching - September 4th. LAOL will be at Riverside Park.Guelph with their display. Will include a few new Guelph artifacts - including, hopefully, an IMICO nutcracker borrowed from a friend, some ads from Woods (1948) and Raymonds (1911) a blotter from the Guelph Paper Box company (date unknown) and an instructions manual - albeit a little bit worn, for Raymond Sewing Machines (1907). Below is a photo of the City's First Labour Day Parade in 1902 courtesy of the Guelph Civic Museum.

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Some photos of our display at Hillside July 2017.

Just posted a new blog on Summertime Pleasures for Guelph workers online at

Explore the world of Guelph, Ontario’s 19th century working class. Learn about the industrial revolution’s effect on the early union movement and the working conditions of the time period.

Hillside is over for another year. Met some neat people who understood my passion for Labour History and are going to explore the website. Next stop, Labour Day Picnic.

Last day for LAOL at Hillside. Next stop is the Labour Day Picnic. Below is a photo of our display courtesy of photographer Tony Saxon

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Labouring All Our Lives has a space in the Hillside Neighbourhood Tent. Come check us out Saturday and Sunday.

LAOL will have a booth this year at Hillside Music Festival. Hope to help people learn more about our city's Labour/Working Class past. Will bring a few artifacts - currently on the hunt for more to show but have a limited budget to purchase them. Let me know if you have a line on any.Thanks

A photo from the 1960s of Leland Electric. Loaned to me by a neighbour, C. Pettifer, who worked at Leland Electric during the War years. Leland's was the site of several strikes. Incluidng 50 women in July 1941 and members of UE-CIO local 508 briefly went out concerning wages in 1948. They won.

In 1949 a dispute arose between two factors within the union. Leonard Maynard who was a UEW-CIO president, locked heads with Jock Smith a IUE -CIO supporter. This resulted in a split at Leland's with the UEW being voted out by the employees in 1950 for its communist/socialist ties. Jock Smith became leader of the IE-CIO local 508.

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