Starting this week, I will be offering my historical walking tours as part of a six week ‘Learning in Retirement’ course at Carleton University with the title: “Walking Through Ottawa’s History: ‘Forgotten Stories’ from a Radical Tour Guide”. Teaching retirees is a new venture for me, and I’m greatly encouraged by the initial response to this...Read more
About: Brian McDougall
A former public servant and university teacher and long-time activist in Ottawa, Brian’s passion and enthusiasm for telling the unique stories about peoples’ history in Ottawa make his tours inspiring, sometimes provocative and never boring.
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April 24th will mark the centenary of the 1916 ‘Easter Uprising’ against English colonialism in Dublin, Ireland. Given the importance of the Irish in Ottawa history (e.g., building the Rideau Canal) and their ongoing battle against British colonialism, we would be remiss in not highlighting at least one of the Ottawa-based commemorative activities taking place. Kevin Dooley,...Read more
For more than 200 years, colonial authorities – first the British Government and now the Canadian one – have used force and fraud to transform traditional Algonquin territory into ‘private (settler) property’. And for 200 years, Algonquin have protested and resisted their dispossession. That ongoing conflict is now assuming a more visible form in the heart...Read more
Eighty years ago, on July 1, 1935, millionaire Conservative Prime Minister, R. B. Bennett ordered the RCMP to crush the On-to-Ottawa Trek involving thousands of young unemployed men. (That is one of the stories I tell during my Protest, Strike and Rebellion walking tour in downtown Ottawa.) The Trek brought together unemployed activists from hundreds of...Read more
In the labour history of Ottawa-Gatineau, the ‘Match Girls’ (les allumettières) employed by E B Eddy hold a place of honour, having conducted the first two major strikes (1919 and 1924) by women workers in this region. Led by their President, Donalda Charron, the women match workers demonstrated enormous solidarity when faced in 1924 with a...Read more
So here I am, a long-time Ottawa political activist starting a new business – something I never thought I’d do. With Peoples’ History Walking Tours of Ottawa, I aim to satisfy the needs of visitors and residents alike to know more about the history of this city.Read more
The Peoples Social Forum which takes over the University of Ottawa campus from Thursday August 21st through to Sunday August 24th, features a number of workshops, films, meetings and other arts and culture events of interest to Ottawa history buffs.Read more
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