June 26, On this day in 1919…   The Winnipeg General Strike officially ends at 11 a.m. as business owners and government officials refuse to bargain with employees any further. Members of the Central Strike Committee meet with the premier and agree to send strikers […]

June 21, On this day in 1919…   Ignoring the parade ban issued by Mayor Charles Gray, groups of labour workers and pro-strike veterans declare they will hold a “silent march” in respect for the arrested leaders of the Central Strike Committee. The mayor, fearing […]

June 17,  On this day in 1919…    The Federal Government makes revisions to the Criminal Code, broadening the definition of sedition, and allowing the arrest of any member of an “unlawful organization” suspected of conspiring against the Dominion of Canada.   The next day, in the early hours of the morning, hundreds of Royal North-west […]

June 10, On this day in 1919…   After issuing a ban on parades, Mayor Charles Gray attempts to keep the peace by addressing the crowds of strikers and returned men in Victoria Park. He urges the men to avoid violence and to stop congregating […]

June 5    On this day in 1919…  In response to the unrest generated by the Winnipeg General Strike and sympathetic strikes across Canada, Federal Justice Minister, Arthur Meighen, asks the Federal Government to make an amendment to the Immigration Act. After deliberating, they pass the updated […]

June 4, On this day in 1919…   Despite their attempts to silence rumours of socialist revolutions on the prairies, neither Federal Justice Minister, Arthur Meighen or the Labour Minister, Sen. Gideon Robertson are able to stop word of the Winnipeg General Strike from spreading. […]

May 30   On this day in 1919…   Following the lead of Arthur Moore, the president of the Manitoba Command of the Great War Veterans Committee, 2,000 veterans march toward the grounds of the Manitoba Legislature. The men demand to speak with Premier T.C. […]

May 29 On this day in 1919…   Following the order of Sen. Robertson, the City of Winnipeg issues a notice to the Winnipeg Police Service, requiring all officers to sign a loyalty oath, renouncing their right to strike or lend support to any authority […]

May 24, On this day in 1919…   Troubled by Alfred J. Andrews’ letters, Federal Justice Minister, Arthur Meighen, and Labour Minister, Sen. Gideon Robertson arrive in Winnipeg – ready to restore order and silence any rumours regarding a Socialist uprising in the city and […]

May 17 On this day in 1919…   While many writers had walked off the job, major newspapers, such as the Manitoba Free Press, Winnipeg Telegram and Winnipeg Tribune, still acted as the primary source of news for people throughout the city. Although the Manitoba […]

May 15 On this day in 1919…   Winnipeg residents wishing to make telephone calls in the early hours of the day were met with silence. The familiar, cheerful voices of female telephone operators vanished. At 7 a.m., the “Hello Girls,” as they were commonly […]

May 13 On this day in 1919…   Dozens of railway, foundry, and factory workers from the Winnipeg Trades and Labour Council (TLC) gather in a meeting room on the second floor of the Labour Temple on James Street. The TLC’s president, James Winning, a […]

May 2 On this day in 1919… Members of the Metal Trades Council decided to walk off the job, protesting inadequate working conditions and wages. Like the building trades workers, they too had been planning to mobilize for a long time. The metal trades workers […]

May 1st On this day in 1919… Negotiations came to a standstill between management and building trades workers. Since February, the Building Trades Council, which represented unionized workers, had been in talks with the business owners of the Builder’s Exchange, advocating for new work schedules […]