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Lost Villages: a monument to the need for citizen activism

By Les Whittington      

Canadians aren't as willing to accept to big infrastructure projects in their front yards as they were in decades past.

The St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959, the year it was completed. Many Canadians were forced to leave or move their homes during the construction. Photograph courtesy of Library and Archives Canada and the National Film Board
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LONG SAULT, Ont.—To some people along the St. Lawrence River south of Ottawa, July 1 has a very different meaning than it does to most everyone else. They call July 1, 1958 “Inundation Day.” At 8 a.m. that morning, engineers blew a cofferdam that unleashed the waters of the St. Lawrence. Over the next few days, it flooded 250 square kilometres of farmland, towns, a two-lane highway, cemeteries, and railroads. About 6,500 people on the Canadian side of the river saw their lives

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