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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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:

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Art Farquharson performs:

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

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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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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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PRESS RELEASE

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The Joseph Mairs Memorial Committee welcomes everyone to the 10th Annual Joseph Mairs Memorial at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Hall, 1135 4th Ave Ladysmith at 1:00 pm, Sunday, January 22nd, 2012. 

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 Dr. Ingo Schmidt who will address “The Class Language of Economics”. 

Ingo is an economist and Coordinator of the Labour Studies Program at Athabasca University. He earned his PhD from the University of Göttingen and wrote a doctoral thesis on trade unions and Keynesianism. Ingo has taught at different universities in Germany and Canada and was staff economist with the metal workers union, IG Metall, in Germany. He has co-authored and edited a number of books, most recently a volume on Varieties of Neoliberalism (in German) and is finishing, with Bryan Evans, a volume on Social Democracy After the Cold War (in English). His works have appeared in a number of German and English language journals, including Monthly Review and Labour/Le Travail Studies in Political Economy. Ingo is also the economics columnist of the monthly paper and a co-editor of Göttinger Betriebsexpress, a local labour paper. 

After the talk, Dr. Schmidt will lead a floor discussion which will focus on issues arising from the debt crisis and the urgency for an accurate analysis and response to the agenda of the rich. 

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 McKeenand Martyn Jones and Charlie Fox – our splendidly talented family).

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
facebook: Honour Our Labour Martyr Joseph Mairs

 

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