Shelby R.

Thorold, Ontario

Niagara Catholic Regional Fair

Halifax Riots

The project I choose to do was on the Halifax Riots in 1945. This topic was important to me because I had family who was there at the time these riots occurred. I wanted to share my deeper knowledge on the riots with Canadians.



What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

What I learned from this project was the amount of damage that had been done and the number of people who were involved at the time. It surprised how celebrations of the end of WWII turned into violence and destruction. It also occurred to me while researching this project that there was very little information about this event in history.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

An important lesson that I want to share with my fellow Canadians is the troubled past of Halifax during and after WWII. While almost all the rest of Canada was celebrating Halifax was the opposite.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

The difference between now and then is that we are living in a much more peaceful country, and violence of this kind doesn't occur often. I feel lucky that people like me and my parents haven't be involved in war or destruction of this kind.