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Nova Scotia Provincial Heritage Fair
"The Drive Just Below Badger"
"The Badger Drive"...Men floating logs from land, down brooks above Badger and into the Exploits River until they arrived at the Pulp and Paper Mill in Grand Falls, NL.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
The most interesting thing that I learned about my topic was when the men would have to control the logs so that they flowed in a certain direction down the river. The men also had little or no education so they had to teach themselves how to work with the logs. It was all skill.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
I learned that there is a lot of heritage in Newfoundland as well as Canada. I also learned that there were a lot of jobs created with the making of newsprint paper throughout our nation.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
I learned that today's technology is less labour-intensive and you don't have to work as hard as they did back then. Also today, we have to meet many standards and we have to wear the proper safety equipment for the job. Back then, they didn't have to wear proper safety equipment because there were no such thing as "safety" it was just go ahead and get the job done. There was no such thing as age groups, everyone and everybody had to work to survive and to provide their families with the necessities they needed.