“People are more outspoken today and I don’t think that – even if they did allow it – I think there’d be a bigger fight, a lot bigger fight …
They [Hydro] got through it pretty easy, I’d say.”
Max Rutley, Interview Audio Excerpts, interview with his sister Vale Brownell, Lost Villages Historical Society, LVHS Schoolhouse, Long Sault, Ontario. August 22, 2013
People would put up a bigger fight now. Hydro had it pretty easy.
We sent to Ingleside because that’s where we were told to go from Farran’s Point.
I miss the old ways. But we don’t have much choice.
Video Excerpt: Max Rutley interview with his sister Vale Brownell, Lost Villages Historical Society, LVHS Schoolhouse, Long Sault, Ontario. August 22, 2013
In this clip from the joint interview with his sister Vale Brownell, Max Rutley shares his view a project like the Seaway would be face much bigger public fight today.
The local oppostion to this project, which included public meetings attracting thousands of residents, was unable to stop the construction of the Seaway. The oppostion also could not stop the construction of the hydro-electric damming which caused the most damage and which a navigable canal system did not require.
In today’s political context, local voices and concerns would likely have been taken more seriously than they were by government and public authorities in the 1950s.
Max Rutley grew up in Farran’s Point, Ontario. He now resides in Ingleside, Ontario.