The Roaring Twenties and Dirty Thirties

  • Prohibition

    Prohibition was an attempt to forbid by law the selling and drinking of intoxicating beverages. In March of 1918 the government made it illegal to manufacture or import alchohol in all the provinces. . Aboriginal wines were also exempt. Alcohol could still be sold through the government for industrial, scientific, mechanical, artistic and medical usage. A dramatic aspect of the prohibition era was rum running.
  • Spainish Flu

    Spainish Flu
    The Spainish flu came in 3 waves, killing an estimated 60 million people worldwide. It was found in large cities, small towns, rural areas.People started wearing masks, since they knew no cure. The flu infected people of all ages, even very healthy fit people with strong immune systems. It started out like the normal cold (cough and stuffy nose) progressing to a dreadful ache , a very high fever and an inclination to stay in bed. No one really knows where it actually started.
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  • Winnipeg General Strike

    Winnipeg General Strike
    The Winnipeg General Strike, which lasted from May 15th to June 25th 1919, is Canada's best-known strike, making it significant. The employers of the Winnipeg Builders Exchange and the unions grouped together under the Building Trades Council and started the strike which caused much disruption. Many non-unionized people joined and the general strike started on May 15th. People were being arrested and deported under Canadas new Law on Immigration. Riots broke out and one person was killed.
  • Group of Seven

    Group of Seven
    The Group of Seven was a group of Canadian painters set out to create Canadian art style instead of the European style Canadian artists used. The Group was formed in Toronto in 1920. The members of the Group were: Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer, Frank Johnston, J.E.H Macdonald, F.H. Varley and Franklin Carmichael.They tried to establish a more equitable and independent relationship between art and nature.
  • Insulin

    Over a million people in North America had diabetes and two proffesors in Toronto knew that if he could isolate the hormone insulin in animals he could treat diabetes patients with injections of it. in the summer of 1921, Medical Researchers Banting and Best (University of Toronto) managed to isolate insulin with the help of J.B. Collip. By late 1922 was made available to people to treat their diabetes. It is significant because it was a major discovery, saving the lives of many people.
  • Prime Minister Mackenzie King

    Prime Minister Mackenzie King
    William Lyon Mackenzie King is the longest serving Prime Minister in Canadian history, serving from December 29, 1921 - June 28, 1926. Some of his major accomplishments were the creation of old age pensions in 1926, unemployment insurance in 1940, family allowances in 1944 and his leadership through World War 2 (1939 to 1945.) He also tried to unite the French Canadians and English Canadians by creating the Canadian Citizenship Act and became the first Canadian Citizen.
  • Foster Hewitt and Hockey Night in Canada

    Foster Hewitt and Hockey Night in Canada
    Foster Hewitt was one of the first ever people in Canada to perform a play-by-play of a sports game. His first broadcast was on Feb16th 1923. Foster Hewitt’s Impact on Canada was huge as he was the premium hockey play-by-play broadcaster for 40 years during hockey night in Canada. This was actually the first radio program which was widely listened to all over Canada and in fact the phrase "he shoots, he scores!" has been attributed to him.He was inducted into the hockey Hall of Fame.
  • Chinese Exclusion Act

    Chinese Exclusion Act
    The Chinese Exclusion Act stopped Chinese immigrants from coming into Canada. The Chinese population in Canada went from 46,500 in 1931 to about 32,500 in 1951. The act became in effect on July 1st, 1923.
  • RCAF

    On April 1st 1924 "Royal" was added to the CAF to make it the Royal Canadian Air Force. They did civil tasks such as anti-smuggling patrols, forest fire watches, aerial forest spraying, mercy flights, law enforcement, and there was some training. A major undertaking by the RCAF during 1927–28 was the Hudson Strait Expedition whose purpose was to investigate ice movements and navigation conditions in the Hudson Strait in preparation for the possible creation of a shipping port in Hudson Bay.
  • Black Tuesday

    Black Tuesday
    The stock market values were soaring high in Canada, but suddenly it crashed causing the Great Depression. This was significant because many people lost their homes and had huge debts.
  • Prime Minister R.B. Bennett

    Prime Minister R.B. Bennett
    Richard Bedford Bennett served as the 11th Prime Minister of Canada. He served from August 7, 1930, to October 23, 1935, during the worst of the Great Depression years. * the Relief Act 1926. Some of his accomplishments were: the creation of the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission in 1932, the creation of the Band of Canada in 1935 and the creation of the Canadian Wheat Board 1935. He is very significant because he led Canada through a very hard time successfully, the Great Depression.
  • 5 Cent Speech

    5 Cent Speech
    In 1930, Prime Minister Mackenzie King made the biggest political mistake of his career. He insisted that social welfare (which included providing relief) was the responsibility of the provinces. King also declared that he would not give a "five-cent pieve" to any province that did not have a LIberal government.
  • Statute of Westminster

    Statute of Westminster
    The Statute of Westminster was a British law enablling Canada and the other colonies full legal freedom, unless they choose to follow the same rules. The Statute is of historical importance because it marked the effective legislative independence, though it may not have become independent straight away.
  • CBC - Canadian Broadcasting Company

    CBC - Canadian Broadcasting Company
    CBC is Canada's longest existing broadcasting network in Canada making it very significant in Canadas history. But before it became a full crown corporation it was used to broadcast programming to riders aboard its passenger trains, with coverage primarily in central and eastern Canada. With the Act of Parliment (Act) it became a real company and took over CRBC's staff and facilities. Initially, only 49 percent of the population were being served.
  • SS St. Louis

    SS St. Louis
    The S.S. St. Louis was part of the Hamburg-American Line. It had been docked in Hamburg, waiting for its next voyage to transport German Jewish refugees to Cuba. The regugees would then stay in Cuba until they could move into the USA., but Cuba or the USA would not accept them, and they would have to return to Germany to face death.