British Columbia

B.C. government proclaims July 27 Ginger Goodwin Day

July 27, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Albert Goodwin, who was also known as Ginger due to his red hair.

Goodwin played key role in leading 2-year-long coal miners' strike on Vancouver Island from 1912 to 1914

Albert 'Ginger' Goodwin played a key role in leading the two-year-long coal miners' strike on Vancouver Island from 1912 to 1914. (Cumberland Museum & Archives, C110-002)

The B.C. government has declared July 27 as Ginger Goodwin Day, celebrating a man considered a pioneer of B.C.'s labour movement.

Friday marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Albert Goodwin, who was also known as Ginger due to his red hair.

Goodwin emigrated from England to Canada in 1906 and moved to Cumberland, B.C., in 1910.

He played a key role in leading the two-year-long coal miners' strike on Vancouver Island from 1912 to 1914 as workers protested frequently deadly conditions.

A conscientious objector, Goodwin took to the woods near Cumberland after refusing to enlist in the Canadian Army in the First World War.

After authorities decided to track down draft dodgers in the area, Goodwin was shot dead at the age of 31 by a special constable near Comox Lake on July 27, 1918. 

The province says the proclamation of Ginger Goodwin day reflects a commitment to protect all workers by enacting and enforcing laws, regulations and policies that support safe working environments. 

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