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Lecture

The Boom Years


Department
History
Course Code
HIS263Y1
Professor
Heidi Bohaker

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HIS263 Mar 8
The Age of Booms
He thirty years after WWII were seen in many ways as the golden years because of
a series of interlocking booms
Babies
Enormous increase in Canadas population
1941 1971 the population almost doubled
There were two main sources of this growth and population
There was an increase in immigration and natural increase
The baby Boom was one of the main sources of boom
The baby boom had an enormous effect on the post-war society
The baby boomers were the largest age group in the age mix
They had to reconstruct old institutions and construct old ones to keep up with this
growth
There was a massive building of public schools
Governments have to race to keep up with the number of students
Once the baby boomers outgrew school age, public schools were shut down and
colleges and universities begin to expand
There is an intense focus on the family and children
Psychologists were interested in normalcy in children
They were worried about a phenomenon they called under-mothering
The worried that the increase of women in the labour force would result in children
who dont get enough time with their mother
There was also the idea of over-mothering
There were so many children, that they become an enormous consumer market
Prosperity
The baby boom generation comes of age in an era of unprecedented prosperity
The per-capita income doubles
They become the bedrock of a mass consumer society
Houses become more affordable and families fill their houses with more and more
consumer goods
The first Public TV stations start in 1952, when the CBC opens stations in Montreal
and Toronto
From then, it grows rapidly
CTV becomes the first private broadcasting system in Canada in 1960
As TV grows, Canadians deal with the social implications of televised media
American shows gained prime time spots in Canada
The automobile also becomes central to the Canadian way of life
There is about 1 car for every 10 people in 1941
By 1971, there is 1 car for every 2.3 people
Suburbs
The Canadian population in the post-war period is increasingly urban
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