Slim Evans Has Been Hit By A Car
- posted by Terry Glavin, Editor, Transmontanus Books
After the Colorado Coal Fields War, Slim came back to Canada where he worked in the mines in the Rocky Mountains. He was an organizer for the One Big Union and led an OBU strike at Drumheller, Alberta, where he got chucked in jail again, then got expelled from the American miners union that had gotten the certifications with the mining companies. In Vancouver, he got expelled from the American-run carpenters union because he'd joined the Communist Party.
He was chucked in jail again a few years later for leading a coal miners' strike in the Monashee Mountains, but he was out in time to play a key leadership role in the insurrectionary On-To-Ottawa Trek of 1935, when thousands of unemployed workers commandeered freight trains and headed east, towards the national capital. It was Slim that was assigned to negotiate with Prime Minister R.B. Bennett. The workers got as far as Regina, where they were attacked by riot police, and were bludgeoned and shot at. The Trek was over.