Scarborough's GECO 'Bomb Girls' of the Golden Mile
When: Mar 8 2016
Where: Toronto, Canada
On International Women's Day 2016, please join the City of Toronto as Scarborough historian Barbara Dickson, author of Bomb Girls – Trading Aprons for Ammo (2015), explores the remarkable true story of how 17,000 'girls behind the boys behind the guns' filled nearly 257 million munitions with high explosives over four long years at GECO, Canada's largest top-secret armaments complex of World War II. Hear how 170 temporary buildings and 4 km of tunnels were hastily built in the tense early months of 1941 over 348 acres of quiet Scarborough countryside, how the plant operated, the challenging daily routines and myriad other activities of its workers, and GECO's legacies for the post-war era.
You won't want to miss this unique glimpse into one very special piece of Toronto heritage and Canadian history highlighting the resolve, resilience and particular bravery of Canadian women that continues to echo in the few remaining GECO buildings and tunnels still in use 75 years later in the heart of Scarborough's 'Golden Mile'!
Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Place: Council Chamber, Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West, Toronto ON M5H 2N2
Times: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Afternoon: MC/Introduction by Josie Scioli, Chief Corporate Officer and 'Champion', Toronto Public Service Women's Network
Evening: MC/Introduction by Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning Division
Guest Speaker (both): Barbara Dickson
Special Acknowledgements: Councillor Michelle Holland