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Breaking Rocks


A CO at the camp in Montreal River, Ontario, breaks a rock before it is hauled away. These COs helped to build the Trans-Canada Highway during the war. The path of the highway through northern Ontario was hilly and rocky. The COs used dynamite to blast apart large rock formations. The COs then broke the rocks into even smaller pieces. Much of this work was done by hand.

Film Credit: "Conscientious Objectors in Alternative Service Camps, 1941-43, in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia," Rev. J. Harold Sherk Films. Mennonite Heritage Centre, Video Vol. 86.


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