Founded in 1873 on the initiative of the Toronto Trades Assembly, the Canadian Labor Union represented organized labour's first attempt at a national federation. Moderate in ideology and practice, the CLU would only extend support to striking members who had sought arbitration first.
Walk anywhere in Vancouver and there are signs of lumber giant MacMillan Bloedel Ltd.'s presence: the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park, the H. R. MacMillan Planetarium, the MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. Canadiana Collection in the public library, and the H. R.
Montreal's Bronfman family is no stranger to controversy. After arriving in Canada from Russia in the 1890s, they made a fortune outrunning federal tax collectors and selling whisky to American mobsters. The next generation made headlines tussling over control of the family firm, Seagram Co. Ltd.