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.
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”.