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.

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.

David Spencer. “Crusader slipped through history’s cracks”. London Free Press, Jan. 30, 2010

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