The Power of Workplace Proverbs

Proverbial wisdom has been a feature of human culture throughout recorded history. People just seem wired to generate short, insightful observations about the nature of their shared life. Often these have a practical purpose. In fact, the Book of Proverbs was originally a kind of instruction manual about how to raise good children and move […]

The Way We Worked: The House of Industry

While extreme poverty is harrowing in any day and age, the poor of 19th-century Canada had extremely limited options. Since neither unemployment insurance nor general welfare assistance existed at the time, the destitute often became vagrants or inmates of a workhouse, formally known as a House of Industry. The goal of this type of institution […]