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.

  • Rina Weiszner

    Wow, I was truly impressed by the production value of the video, the archival footage, the soundtrack, and the content. Little interesting bits like "fake tracks" to lure home buyers are especially useful in reminding us that housing development is not always what it seems. Thank you for reminding us that progress is made in small incremental steps...two steps forward, one step back. Well done, Cole.
    18/06/2018 11:27:17 PM

  • Carol Churchward

    Loved your video. Very informative and interesting. Great job!
    18/06/2018 4:24:34 PM

  • Marilyn Kubinec

    What a great look back at streetcars in Winnipeg. I remember them well. Thanks for this, Cole.
    18/06/2018 3:30:40 PM

  • Marilyn Kubinec

    What an excellent and informative look at streetcars! I remember them well. Thanks, Cole.
    18/06/2018 3:24:16 PM

  • Walter Burdz

    Very informative video. I think that Cole did a great job in putting this all together.
    18/06/2018 1:20:43 PM

  • Ione Milt McMahon

    Great job Cole. The street cars were gone when I moved to Winnipeg unfortunately.
    18/06/2018 12:29:14 PM

  • Gordon Chamberlain

    Very interesting and well done.
    18/06/2018 12:09:19 PM

  • B. Magnusson

    Great work. Nice to see the evolution of public Transit in Winnipeg.
    18/06/2018 10:49:20 AM

  • Yvonne Rindall

    This was a well documented and interesting read. I remember Winnipeg's street cars very well and was present on Main St. with my school class to bid them farewell. Great job Cole!
    17/06/2018 9:36:46 PM

  • Barry Rindall

    A well researched and illustrated look back at the influence street cars had on the development and growth of Winnipeg around the late 19th century. The later pictures brought back some fond memories! Choice of sound track nicely complemented the clear and well told story.
    17/06/2018 8:43:46 PM

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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.