2016 Joseph Mairs Memorial Report

The 2016 Joseph Mairs Memorial was held January 24th.

Mairs 24.01.2016 poster

1Duncan Brown chaired the meeting.

2The program opened with live music from Beverly McKeen,

3Followed by Art Farquharson and Alan O’Dean

5And Charlie Fox.

4Chair of the Joseph Mairs Memorial Committee, Alastair Haythornthwaite, made some remarks on the need for an Anti-War Government. The text of his talk is here.

6Keynote Speaker, Donald Gutstein, delivered the main address ” So Harper is Gone, But What About Harperism?”. The text of his address is here.

Art, Alan and Beverly closed the indoor portion of the program with song.

7The meeting participants formed up behind our piper, Frank Nichol, for the procession to graveside.

8Our piper played a lament, followed by a moment of silence

9And the laying of flowers.

 

10We will never forget Our Labour Martyr, Joseph Mairs.

 

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2016 Joseph Mairs Memorial

The Joseph Mairs Memorial will be held on January 24th.
Mairs 24.01.2016 poster

To download a printable PDF of the poster >click here<

Press Release:

press release

to:                all media and community members

from:        joseph mairs memorial committee

subject:       14th annual joseph mairs memorial, january 24th 2016

date: November 4, 2015

The Joseph Mairs Memorial Committee welcomes everyone to the 14th Annual Joseph Mairs Memorial at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Hall, 1135 4th Ave Ladysmith, BC at 1:00 pm on Sunday, January 24th, 2016.

Come and join with other working people to honour Our Labour Martyr, Joseph Mairs.

As always, our general theme for the day is ‘Our Common Condition’.

We are very pleased to announce our keynote speaker for this year’s event is Donald Gutstein.

Donald is an adjunct professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. He’s written five books on media and politics. His recent book, ‘Harperism’ explains the fundamental transformations which occurred during Stephen Harper’s years as prime minister. Now that Harper, the man, is gone from federal politics, the question Donald addresses is how permanently is Harperism entrenched in Canada?

His talk is entitled- So Harper’s Gone, But What About Harperism?

As always we will hold a discussion after Don speaks and we encourage everyone to participate. Through this event, we hope to provide an opportunity for all of us to consider our next moves in building a more just, more equal, more democratic Canada. 

Again, this year we will enjoy live music by local musicians linked to the Labour Movement (Art Farquharson and friends, Beverley McKeen and friends and Charlie Fox – our splendidly talented family). All this will be technically perfect due to the skills of our sound person Mike Gagnon.

After the indoor programme, we will form a procession behind our long time piper Frank Nichols and walk to the cemetery to place flowers at the graveside of Joseph Mairs.

Joseph Mairs was a trade unionist and a coal miner. He died in 1914, a month short of his 22nd birthday, after being arrested by government troops during the Occupation of Ladysmith.

This struggle which coal miners on Vancouver Island waged was for the eight hour day, health and safety regulations and union recognition.

Joseph rests in the Ladysmith Cemetery beneath a cairn his fellow miners erected in his honour with the inspiring inscription:

“A Martyr to a Noble Cause – The Emancipation of His Fellow Men”.

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Joseph Mairs Memorial 2015

The 2015 Joseph Mairs Memorial was held January 18th.
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The event was well attended by Trade Unionists from across Vancouver Island who gathered to listen to live music and hear our Keynote Speaker, Mitch Anderson. An Open Forum followed the Keynote Address.

Here are the highlights of the afternoon:

Chair and Founder of the Joseph Mairs Memorial, Alastair Haythornthwaite’s remarks ‘2015 is an election year and Labour better pay attention!’

Beverly McKeen performs her composition ‘Trouble In The Mines’ with Ron Ingram

Art Farquhason and Alan O’Dean and the Joseph Mairs Memorial’s unofficial anthem ‘You Ain’t Done Nothing If You Ain’t Been Called A Red’

Charlie Fox’s tribute to the miners of Ladysmith ‘ A Million Tons of Coal’

Our Keynote Speaker, Mitch Anderson, discusses ‘Why Can’t the Second Richest Country in the World Afford Postal Delivery?’ by contrasting resource policies in Norway and Alberta.

 

 

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Joseph Mairs Memorial January 18th, 2015

The Joseph Mairs Memorial Committee welcomes everyone to the 13th Annual Joseph Mairs Memorial at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Hall, 1135 4th Ave Ladysmith, BC at 1:00 pm on Sunday, January 18th, 2015.  

Come and join with other working people to honour Our Labour Martyr, Joseph Mairs. As always, our general theme for the day is ‘Our Common Condition’.

We are very pleased to announce that this year our keynote speaker is Mitchell Anderson.

Mitchell Anderson is a Vancouver based freelance writer and frequent contributor to the Tyee. His research focuses on resource pricing and sustainability. In 2002, the Tyee sent him on assignment to Norway to learn more about their oil fund that currently has more than $900 billion in assets. He wrote a 10 part series comparing petroleum policy in Norway and Canada which shed light on the question of why Canada- with our vast natural resources- is not a wealthier country.

the_tyeeClick here to read Mitchell Anderson’s contributions to The Tyee.

His talk on January 18th is titled “Why Can’t the Second Richest Country in the World Afford Postal Delivery?”

As always we will hold a discussion after Mitch speaks and we encourage everyone to participate. Through this event, we hope to provide an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the need for the public ownership of our resources. 

Again, this year we will enjoy live music by local musicians linked to the Labour Movement (Art Farquharson and friends, Beverley McKeen and friends and Charlie Fox – our splendidly talented family). In addition we will have a new musical addition- Lily Haythornthwaite. All this will be technically perfect due to the skills of our sound person Mike Gagnon.

After the indoor programme, we will form a procession behind our long time piper Frank Nichols and walk to the cemetery to place flowers at the graveside of Joseph Mairs.

Joseph Mairs was a trade unionist and a coal miner. He died in 1914, a month short of his 22nd birthday, after being arrested by government troops during the Occupation of Ladysmith.

This struggle which coal miners on Vancouver Island waged was for the eight hour day, health and safety regulations and union recognition.

Joseph rests in the Ladysmith Cemetery beneath a cairn his fellow miners erected in his honour with the inspiring inscription:

“A Martyr to a Noble Cause – The Emancipation of His Fellow Men”.

The Poster
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The 2014 Joseph Mairs Memorial

The 2014 Joseph Mairs Memorial was successfully held on January 19th, 2014 in Ladysmith BC. The event attracted a large audience of Trade Unionists and was well received. As it was the One Hundredth Anniversary of the death of Our Labour Martyr, the event looked back over the last one hundred years and forward for the next one hundred years.
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The event featured live music, a presentation about politics and labour over the last century and a Youth Panel.

Here is material from the event:
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The focus of the event was the Youth panel. Five young people talked of their vision for the future and the audience responded in a Public Forum:

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The text of the address, Labour Politics Since 1900 in British Columbia, delivered by Alastair Haythornthwaite to the gathering:
http://josephmairs.ca/2012_pages/pdf/labour-politics-BC.pdf
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Ron Ingram opened the event with a rendition of Brother, Can You Spare A Dime:

art

Art Farquharson performs:

charlie

Charlie Fox’s song, A Million Tons of Coal, remembers those miners before the Great War.

lily

Lily Haythornthwaite plays and sings One Day I Shall Be Released:

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The 2013 Memorial Is A Great Success

mort&duncan(2)The 2013 Joseph Mairs Memorial was well attended, the crowd nearly 100% Trade Unionists. This is the mandate of the Joseph Mairs Memorial, a forum for Trade Unionists to exchange ideas on the issues that confront us at home and abroad.

Keynote speaker was Mordecai Briemberg, a tireless advocate for Justice and Democracy in the Middle East. His presentation is here.

Founder and Chair Alastair Haythornthwaite’s introductory remarks, “The Projection of Power” can be found here.

A special thanks to our live musical performers:

  • Beverly McKeen and Harold Anderson
  • Art Farquharson and Allan O’Dean
  • Charlie Fox

We are greatful to the organization who support the Joseph Mairs Memorial:

  • Nanaimo,Duncan and District Labour Council
  • United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1518
  • International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local Lodge 692
  • International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Victoria Lodge 456
  • International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District Lodge 250
  • Victoria Labour Council
  • Community Alliance for Public Education

A picture gallery of the performers, speakers and event:

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Press Release

To:             All media and community members

From:       Joseph Mairs Memorial Committee

Subject:    11th Annual Joseph Mairs Memorial, January 20th 2013

Date:         November 26th 2012

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The Joseph Mairs Memorial Committee welcomes everyone to the 11th Annual Joseph Mairs Memorial at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Hall, 1135 4th Ave Ladysmith at 1:00 pm, Sunday, January 20th, 2013.

Come and join with other working people to honour Our Labour Martyr, Joseph Mairs. As always, our general theme for the day is ‘Our Common Condition’.

We are very pleased and proud to have with us for this day our dear friend, Mordecai Briemberg on the critical and timely topic- “The New Middle East: Democracy or War?”

Mordecai Briemberg was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1938. He attended the universities of Alberta, Oxford, and California (Berkeley), and then came to teach sociology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia in 1966. He was elected chair of the Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology (PSA) department, but in a political purge of the department he was one of eight faculty fired in 1971. After working for trade unions, he became an ESL instructor at Douglas College, and retired in 2003.  

Mordecai has been active in anti-war movements from 1960 to the present: from anti-nuclear weapons activism to opposing US and European imperial wars in Indochina, Iraq Afghanistan and elsewhere. Supporting many national liberation movements, he has been particularly involved for more than four decades in solidarity efforts with the Palestinian struggles against Israeli colonialism. He has been part of efforts in B.C. to create a democratic and critical minded university, and to develop and sustain independent media (newspaper and radio), so that these ‘voices’ can contribute to building the capacities of working and marginalized people, the only ones who can re-shape the world to meet their needs. With so much still to be accomplished, he remains motivated, active, and hopeful.

After the talk, Mordecai will lead a floor discussion which will focus on issues arising from the urgent need to address the perpetual war the peoples in the Middle East and indeed the globe have endured and our hope for peace and justice.

During the discussion we will include all our guests in the conversation.

Again, this year we will enjoy live music by local musicians linked to the Labour Movement -Art Farquarson and friends, Beverley McKeen and friends and Charlie Fox – our splendidly talented family.Mike Gagnon- our long time sound engineer- will be there to make sure our musicians soar.

After the indoor programme, we will form a procession behind our long time piper Frank Nichols and walk to the cemetery to place flowers at the graveside of Joseph Mairs.

Joseph Mairs was a trade unionist and a coal miner. He died in 1914, a month short of his 22nd birthday, after being arrested by government troops during the Occupation of Ladysmith.

This strike which coal miners on Vancouver Island waged was for the eight hour day, health and safety regulations and union recognition.

Joseph rests in the Ladysmith Cemetery beneath a cairn his fellow miners erected in his honour with the inspiring inscription

 “A Martyr to a Noble Cause – The Emancipation of His Fellow Men”.

 

For more information contact:

Alastair Haythornthwaite 250 889 8903 /250 748 3274

josephmairs@shaw.ca

Find us at Facebook – ‘Honour Our Labour Martyr Joseph Mairs’

 

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The 2012 Joseph Mairs Memorial

The 10th Joseph Mairs Memorial was held on January 22, 2012.

The Joseph Mairs Memorial Committee founder and chair, Alastair Haythornthwaite spoke to ‘Our Common Condition’, both with the striking miners of 1913 and with workers across the nation.
http://josephmairs.ca/2012_pages/pdf/Alastair_address_22.01.2012.pdf

Our keynote speaker was Dr. Ingo Schmidt who spoke to “The Class Language of Economics”. Drawing on his personal experience as the son of working class parents growing up in Germany, Dr. Schmidt exploered how class distiction is both denied and recogonised by all in society.

Here is a gallery of the afternoon event:

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