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1919 Winnipeg General Strike 100th Anniversary

May 23, 2019

RNWMP operations in Winnipeg General Strike, 1919. Canadian government / Royal North West Mounted Police; declared to be in the Public Domain, http://collectionscanada.gc.ca/pam_archives/index.php?fuseaction=genitem.displayItem&lang=eng&rec_nbr=3615118 [Public domain]

He was one of two people fatally shot in a crowd of thousands. However, the ambiguity surrounding his death seems to outweigh the death itself. Did he antagonize his aggressors or was he a passive victim? Hit by a stray bullet, perhaps? Even the spelling of his name is up for debate. Mike Sokolowski, a Ukrainian working class immigrant who was shot by North-West Mounted Police while protesting, was one of several notable people involved in the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 who are now buried at the Brookside Cemetery, which neighbours Red River College’s Notre Dame Campus.

As part of the Winnipeg General Strike’s 100th anniversary activities, former CUPE president Paul Moist has organized walking tours at the Brookside Cemetery. Information regarding the official tours can be found here. For those interested in doing a daytime tour during the week, Paul is offering a lunch hour tour on two weekdays for the RRC community specifically. Attendees are welcome to attend one or both days—a different section of the cemetery will be explored each day.

Anyone planning to attend should email the Library at circndc@rrc.ca indicating which day(s) they will be attending. Attendance is limited to 20 participants for each day.

  • When: 12:00-1:00 PM, Wednesday, June 12. 12:00-1:00 PM, Thursday, June 13.
  • Where: Meet in front of the Administration Building at the Brookside Cemetery.

*All participants must read the Safety Guidelines.

For other exciting community events and opportunities to commemorate the Winnipeg General Strike’s 100th anniversary, be sure to check out the Manitoba Federation of Labour website and the display at the library entrance.

While the strike began as a means to improve workers’ rights, it revealed other societal issues and influenced more than just the world of organized labour. Underlying issues in politics, women’s rights, and immigration were all brought to light by the strike. If you want to learn more about the strike itself, or are interested by some of these surrounding issues, consider checking out some of the following physical and online resources that are offered at the library. Many of them will be out in the library’s main display case.

Print resources:

The Bolshevik’s Revenge (A Sam Klein mystery) – Allan Levine

The “war to end all wars” has just ended, the Bolsheviks have seized power in Russia and most of the Western world is convinced that a widespread workers’ revolt is imminent. Winnipeg is no exception as sector after sector of the city is shut down by a massive General Strike, and when one of the city’s most prominent capitalists is murdered, detective Sam Klein is called in to solve the case before the city erupts in chaos.

 

Negotiating Sex Work: Unintended Consequences of Policy and Activism – Edited by Carisa Renae Showden and Samantha Majic

Attitudes on sex work are primarily divided between those who consider that selling sexual acts is legitimate work and those who consider it a form of exploitation. Organized into three parts, Negotiating Sex Work rejects this either/or framework and offers instead-diverse and compelling contributions that aim to reframe these viewpoints.

 

We’re Going to Run This City: Winnipeg’s Political Left After the General Strike – Stefan Epp-Koop

We’re Going to Run This City explores the dynamic political movement that came out of the largest labour protest in Canadian history and the ramifications for Winnipeg throughout the 1920s and 1930s.

 

 

Working People: An Illustrated History of the Canadian Labour Movement – Desmond Morton

Working People tells the story of the men and women in the labour movement in Canada and their struggle for security, dignity, and influence in our society. Highlighting some of the great events of labour history, Desmond Morton explores the clash between idealists, who fought for socialism, industrial democracy, and equality for women and men, and the realists who wrestled with the human realities of self-interest, prejudice, and fear.

 

E-resources:

Bloody Saturday: The Winnipeg General Strike – CBC documentary by Andy Blicq

Was the strike a legitimate protest against low wages, poor working conditions and a lack of bargaining rights, or was it an attempt by immigrants to import “Bolshevism” and a new political order? Bloody Saturday takes a contemporary look at the key moments of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike and how lives were lost and changed.

 

Transforming Labour: Women and Work in Post-War Canada – Joan Sangster

Transforming Labour offers one of the first critical assessments of women’s paid labour during the quarter century after the close of the Second World War, a period when more and more women, particularly those with families, were going ‘out to work’. Using case studies from across Canada, Joan Sangster explores a range of themes, including women’s experiences within unions, Aboriginal women’s changing patterns of work, and the challenges faced by immigrant women. By charting women’s own efforts to ameliorate their work lives as well as factors that re-shaped the labour force, Sangster challenges the commonplace perception of this era as one of conformity, domesticity for women, and feminist inactivity.

 

Uberworked and Underpaid: How Workers are Disrupting the Digital Economy – Trebor Scholz

One of network culture’s toughest critics, Trebor Scholz chronicles the work of workers in the “sharing economy,” and the free labor on sites like Facebook, to take these myths apart. In this rich, accessible, and provocative book, Scholz exposes the uncaring reality of contingent digital work, which is thriving at the expense of employment and worker rights. The book is meant to inspire readers to join the growing number of worker-owned “platform cooperatives,” rethink unions, and build a better future of work. A call to action, loud and clear, Uberworked and Underpaid shows that it is time to stop wage theft and “crowd fleecing,” rethink wealth distribution, and address the urgent question of how digital labor should be regulated and how workers from Berlin, Barcelona, and Seattle can act in solidarity to defend their rights.

 

Blog author: Jordan Zimmerly

Welding Guide

May 7, 2019

Myth: Trades students don’t use the library.

Fact: Many do especially to learn WHMIS on our computers, get WI-FI on their personal devices, or ask general questions. Why? We provide a service to help students access the information they need in an approachable manner. This same goal goes into the new Welding guide with information about our welding resources from print to streaming video, perhaps answer a point-of-need question, and maybe serve as a starting point to begin asking those questions.  The guide aims to complement the hands-on learning in the shop while pursuing life-long learning.

Find the WELDING guide here:

RRCLibrary.libguides.com/welding

or

  1. Go to library.rrc.ca
  2. Click on “Your GUIDE is ready
  3. Select the subject box – Welding is in the Skilled Trades section – to see all the guides on this subject
  4. Click the desired guide and you have a great starting point.

Other guides you may find interesting:

What is a Guide?

Guides are curated web pages created by our library staff. Many people who are starting to explore a topic aren’t sure where to start – there are so many options and it can be overwhelming.

Guides are a starting spot for students looking for more information on a particular topic in the collection. A guide will typically include featured books and journals (both print and electronic), databases, Videos (DVDs and streaming) and websites. They may also include specialized information specific to the topic (i.e. WHIMIS or resources specific to an assignment).

Do not hesitate to contact guide owners (information is on the guide) if you have any suggestions to improve this guide (content or special interest areas) or stop by the library – we would love to hear from you. If you would like to see a specific guide for a particular topic please let us know.

We encourage you to share this resource with your students, include it on your Learn site and help us promote this Library tool.

Civil Engineering Guide

March 6, 2019

There are multiple facets to being a Civil Engineer.

Did you know that Red River College Library has many great resources on the design, construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, canals, dams, airports, pipelines, structural components of buildings, and more?  Check out our guide on Civil Engineering for links to many resources (print and electronic).

Find the CIVIL ENGINEERING guide here:

RRCLibrary.libguides.com/civil_engineering

or

  1. Go to library.rrc.ca
  2. Click on “Your GUIDE is ready
  3. Select the subject box – Civil Engineering is in the Engineering and Construction Technology section – to see all the guides on this subject
  4. Click the desired guide and you have a great starting point.

Other guides you may find interesting:

What is a Guide?

Guides are curated web pages created by our library staff. Many people who are starting to explore a topic aren’t sure where to start – there are so many options and it can be overwhelming.

Guides are a starting spot for students looking for more information on a particular topic in the collection. A guide will typically include featured books and journals (both print and electronic), databases, Videos (DVDs and streaming) and websites. They may also include specialized information specific to the topic (i.e. WHIMIS or resources specific to an assignment).

Do not hesitate to contact guide owners (information is on the guide) if you have any suggestions to improve this guide (content or special interest areas) or stop by the library – we would love to hear from you. If you would like to see a specific guide for a particular topic please let us know.

We encourage you to share this resource with your students, include it on your Learn site and help us promote this Library tool.

AV Services has a new look on the Web

February 26, 2019

AV Services new web content

AV Services’ new Web content

There is more to AV Services than meets the eye. In our newly enhanced Web content, we would like to provide a central place where users can look up information about our services and resources. You will also find handy online forms that you may use to communicate with us. Of course, you may also stop by in person, call us, or email us at your convenience.

Hope to hear from you soon,

RRC Library – AV Services

Holiday Hours

December 11, 2018

The Red River College Libraries would like to remind our patrons of the following holiday hours of operation:

  • Sat 15 Dec – Sun 16 Dec
    Closed
  • Mon 17 Dec – Tue 18 Dec
    Notre Dame Campus Library: 7:45AM – 4:00PM
    Exchange District Campus Library: 8:00AM – 4:00PM
  • Wed 19 Dec
    Notre Dame Campus Library: Closed.
    Exchange District Campus Library: 8:00AM – 4:00PM
  • Thu 20 Dec – Fri 21 Dec
    Notre Dame Campus Library: 7:45AM – 4:00PM
    Exchange District Campus Library: 8:00AM – 4:00PM
  • Sat 22 Dec – Tue 1 Jan
    All locations closed throughout the holidays.​
  • Wed 2 Jan 2019
    Return to regular hours. ​​

Please refer to our web pages for detailed info:
Holiday Hours Page  |  View the hours for the next 30 Days

Veterans’ Week: 5-11 November #CanadaRemembers

November 2, 2018

Veterans know the price paid for our freedom and they want all Canadians to share in this understanding. They are passing the torch of remembrance to us, the people of Canada, to ensure that the memory of their efforts and sacrifices will not die with them, and that an appreciation of the values they fought for will live on in all Canadians.

Reference: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance

Canada’s Hundred Days and the Armistice
100th anniversary – 1918-2018

This year, Canada remembers our country’s great contributions and sacrifices in the First World War. Our many achievements on the battlefields of Europe were capped by a three-month stretch of victories at the end of the war – August 8th to November 11th, 1918 – that came to be known as “Canada’s Hundred Days”.

100th Anniversary of Canada’s Hundred Days and the Armistice

The First World War (August 4, 1914 – November 11, 1918)

  • 650,000+ Canadians and Newfoundlanders served
  • 170,000+ wounded
  • 66,000+ dead

Canada’s Hundred Days (August 8 – November 11, 1918)

The last 3 months of Canadian Corps’ victories at the end of the First World War

  • 100,000+ Canadians advanced 130 km
  • 32,000+ prisoners taken
  • 3,750+ artillery pieces, machine guns and mortars captured
  • 39,000+ wounded
  • 6,800+ dead
  • 29 Canadians and 1 Newfoundlander received the Victoria Cross (VC)—the highest award for military valour service members could earn. This represents nearly one-third of all VC’s earned in Canadian history.

Reference: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/news/info-graphics/hundred-days-armistice

Acts of Remembrance – Social Media

Every year in November, we stop to remember, salute and honour Canada’s Veterans and active duty personnel. This year, we hope that Canadians from coast to coast to coast will join us to pay tribute to our heroes for their service and sacrifice. Let’s start a social media movement that tells our Veterans that #CanadaRemembers.

Posted by Mark Nelson – RRC Library

 

Visible Body – Anatomy & Physiology

April 17, 2018

Red River College has obtained access to “Visible Body – Anatomy & Physiology”, a visually stunning, step-by-step introduction to each human body system from Wolters Kluwer.

RRC Staff and students may now use this resource, by connecting through the library web site. For instructions, please refer to our guide (link is below).

What does Visible Body provide?

“Visible Body – Anatomy & Physiology” provides a 3D introduction to the human body in 50 visual interactive chapters. Anatomy and physiology is presented in 3D model sets, animations, and illustrations.

Each unit presents a body system in a series of chapters, with bite-sized visual interactivities and quizzes. The site also features trackable unit objectives, with multiple-choice and dissection quizzes for assessing self-paced learning.

What units are included?

12 units are included: cells and tissues, integumentary, skeleton and joints, muscle types, nervous, endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive

What are some of the features?

  • The user can view anatomy and physiology of all 12 body systems, and study the detail of the complex physiology by rotating, zooming and dissecting 3D models of bones, organs, and tissues.
  • The user can work through a bite-sized presentation of a concept, then use the self-assessment quizzes to assess mastery
  • The user can use study tools to reinforce and track learning

Would you like to see a demo?

How do I connect to “Visible Body – Anatomy & Physiology”

RRC Staff and students should refer to our guide:
How to use and install Visible Body – Anatomy and Physiology.

A Video Display for Earth Day

April 4, 2018

April 22 is Earth Day, the world’s largest environmental movement. This is a dedicated time to celebrate the Earth and promote environmental awareness. In honour of Earth Day, AV Services at NDC Library has curated a selection of DVDs and streaming videos on environmental topics, which all staff and students at RRC may access or borrow.

View the list of Earth Day videos now on display >> Earth Day Video List

Questions or suggestions?

If you have any questions about AV materials, or you are an instructor and would like to suggest a purchase, please contact AV Services:

Notre Dame Campus

Phone: 204.632.2231
Email: av@rrc.ca

Exchange District Campus

Phone: 204.949.8370
Email: av_edc@rrc.ca

World Water Day 2018: Thursday, March 22

March 20, 2018

World Water Day is an annual event celebrated on 22 March. The day focuses attention on the importance of universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in developing countries.

World Water Day 2018: Thursday, March 22

The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.

Damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption. Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their health, education and livelihoods.

Sustainable Development Goal 6 commits the world to ensuring that everyone has access to safe water by 2030, and includes targets on protecting the natural environment and reducing pollution.

Reference: http://worldwaterday.org/

Library Resources

The Red River College Library maintains items related to “water” and “clean water access” in our collection; patrons are encouraged to search our online catalogue for resources. In addition, please check out our window display at the Notre Dame Campus Library where we have placed related resources.

You may view a list of items in our window display here:
http://library.rrc.ca/Search/Window-Display.aspx

Below you will find a selection of the resources we have in our display. If you see something you like, just come to the Notre Dame Campus Library and inquire at the Circulation Desk. Read More →

Pink Shirt Day: Take a Stand on Bullying

February 26, 2018

Check out our window display at the Notre Dame Campus Library where we have placed library resources related to bullying and Pink Shirt Day.

On February 28, 2018, we encourage everyone to practice kindness and wear pink to symbolize that you do not tolerate bullying.

Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and online. Over the month of February, and throughout the year, CKNW Kids’ Fund’s Pink Shirt Day aims to raise awareness of these issues, as well as raise funds to support programs that foster children’s healthy self-esteem.

Reference: https://www.pinkshirtday.ca/

How it began

Now a movement celebrated across the globe, Pink Shirt Day has humble beginnings. Inspired by an act of kindness in small-town Nova Scotia, CKNW Kids’ Fund, working with partners Boys & Girls Clubs and CKNW 980, was inspired to raise funds to support anti-bullying programs. Here is a snippet of an article detailing the original incident:

“David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied [for wearing a pink shirt]…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new Grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school. ‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’ So Mr. Shepherd and some other headed off to a discount store and bought 50 pink tank tops. They sent out message to schoolmates that night, and the next morning they hauled the shirts to school in a plastic bag. As they stood in the foyer handing out the shirts, the bullied boy walked in. His face spoke volumes. ‘It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,’ Mr. Price recalled. The bullies were never heard from again.” — GLOBE & MAIL

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