Why is Mike Sokolowski an important person in Canadian history?

Mike Sokolowski (AKA: Sokolowiski) was killed in front of City Hall on what came to be known as Bloody Saturday, shot by the Royal Canadian Northwest Mounted Police during the fighting. Sokolowski was the only person killed in the riot and buried at Winnipeg’s Brookside Cemetery (section 45, plot 450).

Who was responsible for bloody Saturday?

The Royal North-West Mounted Police charged at the protestors, beating them with clubs and firing bullets. The violence injured about 30 people and killed two. Known as Bloody Saturday, the day ended with federal troops occupying the city’s streets.

What caused the Winnipeg General Strike in 1919?

Canadians were angry. Some wanted better wages and working conditions. On May 1, 1919, Winnipeg’s building and metal workers went on strike for higher wages. Two weeks later, the Winnipeg Trades and Labour Council appealed for a general strike in support of the metal workers.

What does Bloody Saturday mean?

It was June 21, a defining day of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike that became known as Bloody Saturday. The nighttime raids and arrests of labour leaders on June 16 and 17 were an aggressive move by the government to try to stamp out the strike by attacking it at the top.

What was Sokolowski role?

Michael Sokolowski (born 24 February 1962) is a retired Canadian sprinter. Alongside nearly every sprinter at the Scarborough Optimist Track and Field Club, Mike admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs at the Dubin Inquiry in 1989 and subsequently had his funding suspended.

What were the causes of labor unrest in 1919?

High wartime inflation, with food prices doubling and clothing costs more than tripling between 1915 and 1920, further aggravated ongoing labor disputes. More than four million workers—one fifth of the nation’s workforce—participated in strikes in 1919, including 365,000 steelworkers and 400,000 miners.

Why did the general strike happen?

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) called the strike to prevent wage reduction and worsening conditions for coal miners. It took place over nine days, from 4 May until 12 May 1926. Many industries were involved and the strike had wide-reaching effects on people and trade unions.

When did the Winnipeg General Strike End?

June 26, 1919
Winnipeg general strike/End dates

Who opposed the Winnipeg General Strike?

Citizen’s Committee
Within hours almost 30,000 workers had left their jobs. Even essential public employees such as firefighters went on strike. Opposition to the strike was organized by the Citizen’s Committee that was formed shortly after the strike began by Winnipeg’s most influential citizens.

How many strikes were there in 1919?

Over 4 million workers–one fifth of the nation’s workforce–participated in strikes in 1919, including 365,000 steelworkers and 400,000 miners. The number of striking workers would not be matched until the Depression year of 1937. The year began with a general strike in Seattle.