Written by Hassan Yussuff, as published in the Winnipeg Free Press and in the Toronto Star, May 15, 2019
The year 1919 was fraught with discontent.
Workers in Canada were struggling to make ends meet and inflation had risen by 65% over a six-year span. Men who had just returned from a horrific war in Europe could not find employment; factories were shutting down and bankruptcies were a common occurrence. Tens of thousands of people in Winnipeg alone lived in substandard housing where disease was a deadly reality. Working-class immigrants faced deep divisions along ethnic, linguistic, and religious lines. READ MORE