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Metrication: Man caught selling carpet by the yard

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.

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A store owner in Calgary is charged for selling carpets by the yard.
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: April 19, 1982
Guest(s): Tom Dinas, Zoritza Kasparian
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Eve Savory
Duration: 1:40

Last updated: July 18, 2013

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