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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-830151-2
    • 5.0 x 8.0 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 126 pages
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    • 5.0 x 8.0 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 126 pages
  • Keywords
    • Union conflict,
    • Logging industry,
    • Northern Canada,
    • Northern Ontario,
    • Strike breakers,
    • Labour violence,
    • Reesor Siding Tragedy

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The Reesor Siding Tragedy
Canada's Bloodiest Labour Conflict
by Charles A Beaudoin

Northern Ontario, January 1963. Weeks of violence and rising tension, mob mentality, and failures in leadership culminated in the Reesor Siding Tragedy: a shooting that took the lives of three strikers from the Spruce Falls Pulp and Paper Company and left eight wounded. In the political and legal aftermath, the details of the event were quickly covered up, leaving Canadians to forget about it—until now. Set against the backdrop of the harsh environment of the northern frontier, The Reesor Siding Tragedy: Canada’s Bloodiest Labour Conflict is a thrilling and thoroughly researched account of this important event in Ontario’s history. Charles A. Beaudoin unmasks the mishandling by the provincial government, police leadership, and union and Spruce Falls management that led to the lives of hardworking men who just wanted to earn a fair income being changed forever. As tensions and labour disputes rise again across North America, this book asks us to consider what happens when things go wrong—and how we can do better.

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Charles A. Beaudoin has a deep appreciation for history, having spent his adult life studying the subject and teaching it in high school. Charles has also worked in a paper mill, in a bush camp, in logging, and at negotiating union contracts as a union member and management negotiator. The Reesor Siding Tragedy, Charles’s first book, draws on these interests and experiences, and even has a familial connection—his brother was a police officer on the scene the night of the tragedy. In addition to writing, Charles has been a Rotarian, president of the conservative party in the Simcoe County riding, president of a minor hockey association, and president of a principal’s association. He married his wife Lorraine in 1969, and the two retired to Wasaga Beach, Ontario together in 2001.


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