Looking Back at Life in 1945!
Minimum Wage was $0.40 per/hr.
New house cost was between $4,600-$10,000
The average Electric Bill as $4.58 a month
A New car sold for $1,020 and fuel was $0.15 per gallon (no litres back then in Canada)
January – World War II: The first conscripted Canadian soldiers arrive overseas. February – Maurice Richard sets a new record for the most goals (50) in a single ice hockey season.
March – The cartoon character Sylvester the cat debuts in Life with Feathers.
April – Toronto Maple Leafs won their Fifth Stanley Cup by defeating the Detroit Red Wings 4 games to 3.
May – Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) is observed by the western European powers as Nazi Germany surrenders, marking the end of WWII in Europe.
June -William Lyon Mackenzie King is re-elected as Canadian prime minister.
July – The ‘Family Allowance’ payments were introduced.
August – VJ Day marks the end of the Second World War. Over a million Canadians had fought in the conflict and 42,000 were killed.
September – The Ford Motor employees in Windsor, ON go on strike.
October – Elvis Presley’s 1st public appearance at the age of 10.November - Wills Transfer started operations in Smiths Falls, ON with 2 trucks providing local moving and cartage services.
December – Toronto Argonauts won their Sixth Grey Cup by defeating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 35 to 0 in the 33rd Grey Cup played in Varsity Stadium in Toronto.“1945 Grey Cup Recap”.