When the Great War broke out in August 1914, no one on the Canadian home front imagined it would last four and a half years, or how it would fundamentally reshape their lives. These were abnormal times, and the Ottawa labour movement from individual union members to the local labour council was not immune. From 1914 to 1918, Ottawa labourists watched as patriotism was used as an excuse for exploitation and rabid inflation, even as their loved ones went to Flanders to fight, and yet there were successes in promoting the rights of working people in the capital. This story has never been told.
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