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Porters Winslow (no other name available); Jean Napoleon Maurice, Sam Morgan and (seated) James Thompson get their assignments from W.A. Gough, sleeping agent at Windsor station in Montreal in August 1944. Until the 1950s, most black men in Montreal worked for the railway companies as sleeping car porters, red caps and some categories of dining car employees, historian Steven High writes.

--November 20, 2017. Quebec might not have had a system of whites-only signage, as in the southern United States during the Jim Crow era, or any immediate plans to build a wall to keep out our neighbours, but we do have a history of slavery and racism. With our daily diet of “fake” news from Donald Trump’s America, Canadians could be forgiven for feeling smug. And there is much to be thankful for. Even so, it is important to remind ourselves that progress...