Author Tags: Outdoors, Politics

A grandson of J.S. Woodsworth, Glenn Woodsworth was born in 1943, the year after CCF-co-founder J.S. Woodsworth died. Having never known his grandfather, he was nonetheless deeply influenced by him. He knew J.S. Woodsworth's wife Lucy, who lived to age 102, and he gleaned some of his grandfather's political idealism from his own father, Ralph who, he claims, was most in tune with his grandfather's thinking among six siblings. In conjunction with a conference called Human Rights and Social Activism, Rethinking the Legacy of J.S. Woodsworth, at SFU Vancouver's Harbour Centre campus Sept. 22-24, 2005, Glenn Woodsworth and his wife Joy launched A Prophet at Home, an Intimate Memoir of J.S. Woodsworth (Tricouni Press, 2005), their latest title from Tricouni Press. The 54-page book features three of his grandfather's previously unpublished letters and a reminiscence of J.S. Woodsworth by his son Charles, likely penned in the late 1940s. Two of the letters were written by J.S. Woodsworth to his family during the Winnipeg Strike in 1919 and one was written to his daughter, Grace MacInnis. "My main purpose is to make sure the material isn't lost," said Glenn Woodsworth.

Woodsworth is the author of Cheap Sons of Bitches, An Informal Bibliography of the Publications of William Hoffer, Bookseller (Tricouni Press/Stephen Lunsford 1998). Also a past president of the B.C. Mountaineering Club, Glenn Woodsworth wrote the first rock climbing guide to the Squamish Chief in 1967 and is a former member of the Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names. A geologist by profession, he wrote Hot Springs of Western Canada: A Complete Guide (Gordon Soules, 1977; 1999; 2014).

[BCBW 2005] "Outdoors" "Politics"

PHOTO: J.S. Woodsworth

Review of the author's work by BC studies:
Alpine Anatomy: The Mountain Art of Arnold Shives

A Prophet at Home : An Intimate Memoir of J.S. Woodsworth
Press Release (2005)

J.S. Woodsworth's legacy rekindles debate on labour in B.C.

Legal, social and political change in B.C. will be at the forefront of debate at a conference celebrating the life and legacy of J.S. Woodsworth, a major figure in the evolution of labour in Canada.

Human Rights and Social Activism, Rethinking the Legacy of J.S. Woodsworth will be held at SFU Vancouver's Harbour Centre campus from Sept.22-24. Social scientists, politicians, labour and social activists will examine such issues as the effects of globalization on institutions and social policy, the contemporary erosion of social rights, community education and activism, aboriginal rights and justice, and gay rights and equality legislation.

Speakers will include Stephen Lewis, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, who will talk on Beyond Canada's Borders: Peace, Human Rights and Social Activism, at a banquet on Friday evening at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver.

Other speakers include Allen Mills, Woodsworth's biographer, former MP Svend Robinson, Neil Edwards of the Ontario Human rights commission and David Sangha of the University of Northern BC., speaking Saturday on human rights and future policy discourse. Mills will give a free public lecture at Harbour Centre's Fletcher Challenge Theatre on Sept 22 at 5:30 p.m. For a complete list, registration and information, check www.sfu.ca/conferences/jswoodsworth

In conjunction with the event, Woodsworth's grandson, Glenn Woodsworth, will launch a short book about his grandfather, called A Prophet at Home : An Intimate Memoir of J.S. Woodsworth, featuring unpublished written material by Woodsworth. The book is being published by Glenn Woodsworth's publishing company, Tricouni Press.