- Student Worksheet - Bibliography/Resources
EPISODE 15: An English
Sense of Justice: T. Phillips Thompson
Directed by Lindalee Tracey
The grandfather of Canadian
author Pierre Berton, arrived from England in 1857. T. Phillips Thompson
became a crusading newspaperman in Toronto, and champion of the poor and
the working class.
- Emigration from England
- Labour reform movement in
the late 1800s
- The power of journalism
to express ideas and instigate change
- Louis Riel
- Labour Reform
- Working Class
- To understand what it means
to be a social activist and a labour advocate
- To be aware of the conditions
of the working class in turn-of-the-century Canada
- To comprehend the importance
of journalism as a forum for public ideas and debate
- Discuss why Thompson is
referred to as Canada's Charles Dickens.
- Research how Thompson's
Quaker background might have influenced his social conscience.
- Create a chart that lists
five examples of labour reform at different times in Canadian history.
Explore the conditions that led to reform - long hours, low pay, unsafe
conditions. List the action taken, such as a strike, walk-out, boycott,
etc. Finally, what results were achieved: pay increase, health benefits,
Date and Reason
for Labour Reform
Results & Benefits of Action
- Put together a mock newspaper
dedicated to a social cause, complete with columns, letters to the editor,
feature articles, and cartoons.
- Compare three daily newspapers
on their coverage of a contemporary social issue.