Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Cole Winnipeg, Manitoba

Fair address: Red River Heritage Fair

Project: How Streetcars Shaped Winnipeg

A look into the development of transportation in Winnipeg in an era defined by progress and prosperity.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The first entrepreneurs who came to Winnipeg were especially interesting to me. Anything was possible in Canada in the late 19th century, and the relatively young entrepreneurs like Albert Austin whose dreams laid a foundation for today's Canada are an inspiration for me.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I've learned that things we take for granted, like our transpiration system, shape Canada in more ways that we might expect.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

Working a minimum wage job has certainly changed. Before the days of workers rights and unions, the first horsecar drivers worked 10 hour days in the grueling cold. The comparison between working 100 years ago and working today is certainly a striking one, and we can thank people like the streetcar drivers for their advocacy for worker's rights.

  • Shirley Skibo

    Great job Cole! It was very interesting to see how a young man, Albert Austin forged ahead near the turn of the 19th century with his dream of streetcars and the ensuing impact it had on transportation development.
    22/06/2018 12:32:10 PM

  • Patrick Graham

    Great research Cole. After this contest is over, this video should be added to Winnipeg's City Councillor's list of reading material.
    22/06/2018 9:57:12 AM

  • Anton Andonov

    Great work cole, I miss the tramway or for that matter any decent public transportation in Winnipeg. Who knows, perhaps with cheap electricity and the drive for clean air we can see the re-birth of the tram!
    21/06/2018 12:42:25 PM

  • Meenu Sharma

    Very nice video. Very informative and interesting. Great job! Keep it up.
    21/06/2018 12:25:14 PM

  • Kathy Bernard

    really interesting! I was really impressed by the detailed research presented
    21/06/2018 11:38:15 AM

  • Kristin

    I learned a lot, I didn’t know Winnipeg had street cars!
    20/06/2018 9:10:34 PM

  • Jaime Smith

    Well done. Well researched and informative.
    20/06/2018 7:26:19 PM

  • Joe Bozyk

    Great video Cole! Very informative!
    20/06/2018 11:46:10 AM

  • Henry Pursey

    Great video, good luck!
    19/06/2018 3:53:22 PM

  • Jeff Carlson

    Interesting and informative. Very well done.
    19/06/2018 6:06:02 AM

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Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.