Month: May 2019

Aeshetic Mappings Of the West

John Palliser describes the land

The expedition reached Lower Fort Carry on 11 July, and departed two days later on horseback along the main ‘road’ south to the 49th parallel. This route offered the men their first view of the grasslands: “The country to the west,” wrote Palliser baldly, “is dead flat, and the eye rests in that direction on nothing but extensive swamps” (90). 

Yet, despite their initial feeling that the land was “dead,” they discovered that the region teemed with life: the following description of a day’s travel north of Pembina, if it indicates no modulation of the initial sublime response, does serve to show that when the surveyors looked at the terrain in proximity and with care, they rather ?noticed ?wondrous variety than ?felt ?sublime uniformity:

After again proceeding on the march we encountered irregular country with many hollows, and traversed by small creeks, thus rendering the road very bad. The heat throughout the day has been excessive, and, towards evening, a cloud of great density appeared in the northwest, and before we could erect our tents a heavy thundershower

Aftermath of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike The Robson Report By George Siamandas

The Robson report was established to look into the origins of the strike and to find solutions to the grievances of the strikers.

Highlights from the Robson report

The strikers had faced very difficult conditions in the years preceding 1919.  James Winning head of the Trades and Labour Council testified

The. Voice the newspaper of the strike preached elimination of profit system and espoused Bolshevik ideas add it was thought this worked up the unions.

As is true today, 100 years later, a major finding of the Robson report was that the strike was in part due to an increasing awareness of income inequality.

The report noted that there was a strongly held need to provide social and medical services as a matter of right not as a charity

The report acknowledged that workers had the right to organize.

 The commission recommended that a joint industrial council would help avoid future difficulties by addressing issues of concern to labour. 

Commissioner Robson