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The "SWISHA" Project
School House Museum
Deep River , Ontario

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   The School House Museum's
presentation of “The SWISHA
Project” leads the viewer
through the 1940s
construction by the Ontario
Hydro Power Corporation of a
major hydro electric power
dam on the Ottawa River at
Des Joachims (pronounced
locally as ‘D'Swisha’),

Quebec, Canada. It includes
life in the construction
camps, the
dislocation/relocation of
communities up stream, the
effect of the dam on the
lumber industry on the river,
the creation of the Hydro
Colony at Rolphton, Ontario,
life in the Colony, the

dismantling of the Colony and
relocation of its buildings.
   The viewer can access
details of the project in
Ontario Hydro's 1948
Publication, “Des Joachims
Generating Station, Ottawa
River,” and a month-by-month
account of the dam's
construction as detailed in

the final edition of the
Ontario Hydro Construction
Division's publication,
“DesJoachims News.”
   An account of the
project, as seen through the
eyes of freelance writer,
Bruce McLeod, and published
in the November 1950 issue of
Maclean’s magazine under the

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