Constance Backhouse: Ontario's Dark Reformatory Past

published 6 years ago

The Ontario Female Refuges Act is a little known piece of legislation from Ontario's past which allowed officials to send women aged 16 to 35, who were unwed and pregnant or deemed to be troublemakers, to reformatories where they were held against their will and subjected to questionable medical experimentation. Constance Back tells Steve Paikin more about this dark chapter in Ontario's past.

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