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Sunday, 9 April 2017

The Winnipeg Streetcar Strike of 1906

Western Canada Pictoral Index, Robert Goodall Collection, No. 9842

My column in today's Winnipeg Free Press is about the Winnipeg Streetcar Strike of 1906. It shocked the city with its violence and the sight of troops in the street.

It is an event I knew very little about before I dove into the newspapers of the day. It ended up being a fascinating glimpse into Winnipeg's early public transportation woes and labour strife.

At 2,500 words it is my longest column by far, but I could have written another 2,500 more!

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