The 2015 Joseph Mairs Memorial was held January 18th.
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.
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.
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:
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:
The text of the address, Labour Politics Since 1900 in British Columbia, delivered by Alastair Haythornthwaite to the gathering:
Ron Ingram opened the event with a rendition of Brother, Can You Spare A Dime:
Art Farquharson performs:
Charlie Fox’s song, A Million Tons of Coal, remembers those miners before the Great War.
Lily Haythornthwaite plays and sings One Day I Shall Be Released: