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Metric system: Metre mistake?

Depending on your perspective, it was either a sensible scientific shift, an annoying unnecessary change or a sinister communist plot. Canada's decision to go metric in 1970 definitely sparked some passionate debates. It even drove some Canadians to civil disobedience. CBC Archives explores the history of Canada's gradual and sometimes shaky transition to the metric system — a transition that, to this day, has yet to be fully completed.

When 18th-century surveyors scientifically determined what the length of a metre would be, it seems they made an error.
Medium: Radio
Program: As It Happens
Broadcast Date: Nov. 12, 2002
Guest(s): Ken Alder
Host: Barbara Budd, Mary Lou Finlay
Duration: 12:10

Last updated: July 18, 2013

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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