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A winter scene in Biggar, 1939

A view of Main Street in Biggar, Saskatchewan at night during the Christmas season in the winter of 1939. There are lights strung up over the street and a Christmas tree is set up in the middle of the intersection. The two closest buildings have signs which read "Savoy Cafe" and "Canada Hotel"

Blaikie, Bob (R.N.)

Biology Building - Exterior

View of exterior of the Biology Building; winter scene.

Bio/Historical Note: Designed by Izumi, Arnott and Sugiyama, the W.P. Thompson Biology Building was constructed between 1957-1959 and officially opened in 1960. Set back from the Bowl, the flat-roofed cube style building was located between the collegiate gothic architecture of the Chemistry and Physics Buildings. Originally it consisted of a teaching and a research wing, but a header and greenhouse complex was added in 1962. Unlike at many other Canadian universities, the Department of Biology at the U of S remained a single unit, balancing diverse sub-disciplines rather than separating into several distinct departments. Prior to the building's opening in 1960, work in biological sciences was scattered among four campus locations. Perhaps the most striking of the building’s features is the mosaic that adorns the south and west exterior walls. It depicts the four main stages of cellular mitosis. The artist, Roy Kiyooka, chose chromosome patterns as a testament to Dr. Thompson's important discoveries regarding the genetics of wheat rust. In 1986, the Geology Building was completed on the south side of Biology, resulting in the transformation of the south facade from an exterior into an interior wall, part of a new atrium.

CUPE/Student Rally

A series of images of the CUPE/Student rally to protest cuts to education and the increases to tuition fee. Image of the crowd and speakers including Chris Axworthy, Professor of Law, and Glen Makahonuk, CUPE 1975 President.

Bio/Historical Note: A senior library assistant at the University of Saskatchewan, Glen Makahonuk served as president of the Saskatchewan division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees from 1992 until his untimely death in 1997. During the same period, he served as president of CUPE Local 1975 (representing University of Saskatchewan support workers), regional and general vice-president on CUPE's National Executive Board, and vice-president with the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour. Despite his many union offices, Makahonuk took pride in being part of the “rank and file.” He continued his work at the university and found time to chair his Local's grievance committee for almost twenty years, handling over 1,200 grievances. Makahonuk was a strong proponent of “social unionism.” He believed that unions should not be focused solely on collective bargaining and grievance handling, but rather should strive to advance the broad interests of the working class and the unemployed, forge strong ties with social justice coalitions, and organize workers. He was a constant fixture at picket lines. Indeed, he is fondly remembered as one of the best picketers during Saskatoon's Common Front municipal strike of 1994. It was also a common sight to see Makahonuk at the microphone speaking to resolutions at union conventions, which he saw as an opportunity for workers to educate each other about the issues facing the labour movement. In letters to politicians and “letters to the editor,” he called for measures to improve the lives of working people and the unemployed, such as anti-scab legislation, pay equity, a higher minimum wage, and well-funded social programs. While Makahonuk won widespread respect as a tireless labour activist, he was also a keen student of labour history, which helped shape his deep sense of social justice. He completed his Master's thesis on the Estevan coal miners' strike of 1931, and was a frequent contributor to Briarpatch and Saskatchewan History. Just prior to his death on 10 Dec. 1997, Makahonuk authored the booklet Class, State and Power: The Struggle for Trade Union Rights in Saskatchewan, 1905-1997.

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