Scott Price


  • Seeing Winnipeg with the right eyes

    One of the things I love about learning Winnipeg’s history is how much vibrancy it adds to how I experience the city. As I learn more history, certain areas and places take on greater significance, representing the overlap of historical continuums.

  • What the history of streetcars tells us

    I often see people commenting on photos of Winnipeg in the 20th century on social media. Many of these comments express yearning for a time when Winnipeg was a multi-modal city.

  • First left-wing mayor rode anger toward streetcars to office

    A day before the November 1922 Winnipeg civic election, mayoral candidate and alderman J.K. Sparling ran an ad in the Manitoba Free Press attacking his opponent S.J. Farmer.

  • The 1906 streetcar strike

    A black-and-white photo of a crowd of strikers overturning a streetcar has become one of the most endearing images of the 1919 General Strike. When the event was memorialized with a statue on Winnipeg’s main street, it became one of the signature images associated with the city.

  • The streetcar emerges

    The terms “suburbs” and “suburbanization” often bring to mind the period after the Second World War, defined by rows of bungalows on tree-lined streets. Another image of the suburbs are the more recent stucco McMansions in far-flung areas of the city with garages standing guard over sidewalk-less streets.

  • A people’s history of streetcars

    In September of 1955, a streetcar made its final run down Portage Avenue. This was the last time a streetcar went down a Winnipeg street – nearly 70 years ago.

  • Hancox’s feminist interventions into Canadian socialist organizing

    Edith Hancox was a high-profile feminist involved in the Communist Party in Winnipeg as both an organizer and a writer.

  • The political evolution of Edith Hancox

    In last month’s “A people’s history of Winnipeg” column, I introduced Edith Hancox, a socialist and feminist organizer involved in the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike and activism throughout the 1920s.

  • Introducing Edith Hancox, socialist feminist

    In early September 1919, thousands of Women’s Labour League meeting attendees resolved to march to Manitoba’s provincial legislature and demand that jailed strike leaders be released from prison.

  • Does Manitoba have a dirty hydro problem?

    By now, everyone has seen the images coming out of anti-fracking protests led by the Elsipogtog First Nation near Rexton, New Brunswick. The protester’s blockade is just one in a long line of movements by indigenous communities in the past several decades to push back against resource exploitation on their lands. It is also a symbol of a fight for what kind of Canada we and future generations will live in.

  • Winnipeg’s inner city needs more solidarity, not charity

    Growing up in suburban North Kildonan, any time my family drove into downtown Winnipeg my parents immediately locked the car doors.

  • International News Briefs

    Pakistan continues to face issues with flooding; Internet restrictions lifted in Burma; Role of NATO in Libya hailed as a success; Tensions grow on Afghan-Iranian border; Malnourishment strikes North Korea’s army