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Blair Rifle Range: 1927 - 1968



Blair Rifle Range: 1927 - 1968 

In 1934, fearful of growing numbers of homeless
men congregating is Vancouver, the federal 
government established the Blair Rifle Range 
Unemployed Relief Camp. Homeless men were moved 
to the Rifle Range and put to work expanding 
the site. In the spring of 1935 man stormed out and 
joined hundreds of others from across the country in a plea 
for "work and wages" that become the On-to-Ottawa Trek. 
Their actions hastened the creation of unemployment 
insurance in Canada. In later years thousands of soldiers 
trained here in preparation for overseas service in 
World War II.



Submitted by @BC_LHC

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