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  title={Poverty, Distress, and Disease: Labour and the Construction of the Rideau Canal, 1826-32},
  author={William N.T. Wylie},
  journal={Labour/Le Travail},
THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE Rideau Canal was one of the first projects in Upper Canada to employ thousands of wage-earners. While this was a British military undertaking, the officers and the contractors they hired shared a common attitude to workers: they were viewed primarily as instruments of production required to facilitate the most economic completion of the project. Because of an unfavourable labour market, labourers were forced to endure difficult and often dangerous working and living… 
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