Thursday, March 18, 2010

1930s Great Depression Chokeslams Canada

End of the 1920s and begging of the 1930s were a peaceful time period for the Ivaov family. But then, out the blue, bad news came: Mr. Ivanov had passed away. He was 77 years old. He lived peacefully ever since the family arrived in Canada. He worked hard for decades. He was one of the courageous men the family had ever seen. Filat and entire family were deeply sad about this tragedy. The other major incident in the 1930s was the fact that Filat was forced to leave the town the find a job. Filat left his family, his son Maczim and wife, for the second time since he first for WWI. The 1930s were the very opposite of the previous decade. It was the beginning of a long lasting depression. Almost every middle class worker had lost their jobs because factories were closed due to overproduction. Filat worked as a sheet metal laborer. The manager of the factory laid of workers because there was no demand for his productions. This did not limit for the Ivaov family only, but it expanded through the entire province of Manitoba and across Canada. As a result, men had to leave their families to find jobs.

The next worst thing that happened to the Ivanov family was that Maczim lost his job. He too had a job. After he left college, Maczim worked in a shoe factory. During the late 1920s, the town was prosperous. His wife, Anna, also had a job, and she served as a cobbler. However, at the beginning of the 1930s, almost everybody lost their jobs. Nevertheless, Maczim did not leave my hometown because he had to look after his two sister’s families. Sabina and Selena’s husbands left Brandon to find jobs and support their families. They also had children. Maczim was responsible for looking after them. They came to his house and lived for almost 6 years. These events were common for every family. Millions of Canadian families had to “brutally” endure the great depression For instance, Maczim recalled meeting a person called Adam at his factory, who had two children. However, he had to leave his family because he was looking for jobs desperately. After few days, Maczim also realized that he should attempt to find a job, but his family did not allow him to do so. He was loitering around the town, but no one provided him a job; because other had their own problems as well. The only way most Canadian families survived was using government aid. Canadian Government provided a family with a $4.55 a week. Although it may seem little, but it was a huge a relief for millions of families. What's more, the prices of groceries were relatively low: a loaf of bread was 6 cents and flour was 11 cents per kilogram. Needless to say, these prices pale in comparison to the hardships that people went through.

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