Registration now open

Registration details and forms have now been posted – please click [here] or on the Registration tab at the top of the page.

Day one of the conference will take place at Osgoode Hall and downtown Toronto; days 2 and 3 at the Ontario Federation of Labour in Don Mills. Information on accommodation near the conference location is included – the hotel has special rates for a limited time so we encourage you to register early.

You can register by mail (download the form and mail with your cheque or money order) or register online (and pay by Paypal). If you have any questions or need further information, please contact meredith@mcmaster.ca

The influential Industrial Banner and its founder

Meredith’s hearings were covered in depth and with vigour by the trade union newspaper “Industrial Banner” (1899-1923). The paper was launched in London (Ont.) by labour activist Joseph Marks. In addition to covering union activities and strikes, the paper promoted education and literacy issues and worked to increase labour’s political influence also through its support of independent labour candidates.
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In 1903, with Marks still managing editor, the Labour Educational Association of Ontario took over publication and in 1912 moved operations to Toronto. In championing the campaign led by Fred Bancroft (Trade and Labour Congress of Canada) and Joseph Gibbons (Toronto Street Railway Employees’ Union) to ensure passage of the workers’ compensation legislation, Marks and his paper played a major role in forging a provincial labour movement.

Sources:
David Spencer. “Crusader slipped through history’s cracks”. London Free Press, Jan. 30, 2010 http://www.lfpress.com/comment/2010/01/29/12669331.html

James Naylor. (1991). The new democracy: challenging the social order in industrial Ontario, 1914-1925. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Meredith hearing coming to Manitoulin Island

Another sitting has been added to a busy schedule of hearings around the province:

On Monday, August 12  morning and afternoon sessions will be held at the
Manitoulin Legal Clinic, 12A Hillside Rd

The clinic is located on the Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation, which is on Highway 540, about 3 kilometers west of Little Current.

Please  contact Michael Shain, phone: 705-368-3333 for further information

Honouring workplace safety and compensation activists

For those in Toronto or heading here for the Meredith Conference, we hope you can attend the annual the Health and Safety Awards dinner on Friday November 1st which is also at the conference hotel (Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites, 175 Wynford Drive).

The Workers Health and Safety Centre in cooperation with the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, the Central Ontario Building Trades, the OFL Occupational Disability Response Team and Injured Workers Consultants hold this dinner to recognize the efforts of labour activists who have made a difference in the prevention of work-related injury and disease and have led the struggle for justice and fair compensation for injured workers. There is a cash bar and live jazz band starting at 6:30 and dinner at 7:00. The cost is $80.00 per ticket. Some tickets have been donated for injured workers. The dinner is independent of the conference and you can register for the dinner by mail using this form [download here].