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Metric transition update

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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The National gives an update on the metric transition at the end of 1983.
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Dec. 27, 1983
Guests: Jack Halpert, Jim Lockett, Bonnie Stern
Host: Knowlton Nash
Reporter: Dan Bjarnason
Duration: 5:46

Last updated: May 27, 2014

Page consulted on May 27, 2014

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