Details surrounding the conflict
The management of the mill implacably refused to negotiate with the strikers. On the evening of February 10, 1963, the strike broke out. About 400 strikers traveled to Reesor Siding to dismantle the ropes of wood piled up by farmers and contract workers.
Arriving at the scene, the strikers faced police warning them not to set foot on the property. Tense, at their wit's end, the men advanced on the police. A farmer fired a warning shot in the air, trying to ward them off. But the strikers quickly besieged the police line. It was at this point that the farmers, fearing to die, fired shots at the strikers. In the end, 11 strikers were shot in the shooting, three of them fatally.
About 20 farmers were arrested and charged with attempted murder, but after an intensive three-day trial, they were found not guilty as their lives were in danger.
During the judgment, more than 200 strikers were arrested for their participation in the riot. They were held for two weeks at the Monteith Prison Center. Of these, 137 were found guilty of unlawful assembly and fined a total of $ 27,000, which the union paid.
Ironically, the strike ended before February 17, when the provincial government imposed compulsory arbitration. Although there were no further incidents afterwards, animosity between the parties persisted for many years.