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Hippie Society: Meet the Yorkville cast of characters

Flowers and free love. Antiwar marches and acid tests. In the mid to late 1960s, youth across North America and Europe began to "turn on, tune in and drop out." Fed up with the establishment — parents, schools, police — they went looking for a new way of life. To Toronto's Yorkville and Vancouver's Kitsilano district they came, preaching peace, love and non-conformity.

 CBC's Bill Harrington reports on the 'drug-oriented' Yorkville lifestyle.

Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News
Broadcast Date: Jan. 30, 1969
Guest(s): David Archibald
Host: Bill Bessey
Reporter: Bill Harrington
Duration: 3:18

Last updated: February 13, 2013

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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