Sunday, November 08, 2015
Prize watch Chalmers Award to Negotiating a River
Posted by Christopher Moore
Negotiating a River, Daniel Macfarlane's study of the political, social, and engineering history of the construction of the St Lawrence Seaway, published by UBC Press, received the Floyd Chalmers prize for the best book of 2014 in Ontario history.
One of the largest engineering projects ever attempted, the 1950s construction made uneasy partners of Canada and the United States, led to first ever use of a computer in Canada, and drowned eight villages, 20,000 acres, and the homes of 6500 people in Ontario, plus equal numbers in New York State.