Goodwin’s Way explores a British Columbia town’s resistance to a coal-powered future 100 years after the killing of controversial local labor activist Ginger Goodwin.
Sponsored by MacDonald Hoague & Bayless.
(Neil Vokey, 56 min, Canada)
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Almost a century after controversial labor activist Ginger Goodwin was shot down, residents of Cumberland, B.C. find themselves at a crossroads when highway signs honoring his memory disappear.
By removing the signs marking “Ginger Goodwin Way”, supporters claim that the provincial government aimed to erase a powerful legacy of workers’ rights. Meanwhile, his critics argue that Goodwin was nothing more than a lawbreaker, a draft-dodger, and a rabble-rouser.
The notorious Cumberland mine worker took part in some of Canada’s most important labor battles of the early 1900s. Blackballed after the bitter 1912 Vancouver Island miner’s strike, Goodwin fought for the eight-hour workday at the height of World War I, while boldly opposing the conscription of his fellow workers. His influence was so great that his death in 1918 prompted Canada’s first-ever general strike.
Now, just two kilometers from the road that once bore his name, clouds loom over the site of a newly-proposed coalmine. While Cumberland’s young families dream of transcending their town’s traditional reliance on a boom-and-bust resource economy, the Raven Coal Project threatens to return the region to a era that left boarded-up buildings, slag heaps, and industrial clean-up sites in its wake.
Goodwin’s Way examines a town’s grassroots resistance to a coal-powered future, as Cumberland residents reconnect with Goodwin’s legacy of passionate defiance: his “way.”
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