Canada Goes Metric

metric rulerWhy is it that Canadians measure distance in kilometres, but only know their heights in feet and inches? Why do the products in Canadian supermarkets come in such irregular sizes? What does the way that a country measures things say about that country’s culture, values, and identity? I have started preliminary work on a new research project, which examines Canada’s controversial adoption of the metric system during the 1970s and early 1980s. My research will explore the rationale behind metrication, the federal government’s approach to this policy change, and the ensuing backlash from many Canadian citizens, which took the form of formal lobbying, public protests, and civil disobedience. Check back here for updates as the project unfolds!