Were you a kid in 1947?

Spring 1947. The long struggle of World War II was over. But just as Canada began to enjoy the peace it had earned, a new conflict erupted when children across the land rose to fight for their birthright—the five cent chocolate bar.

This is the synopsis of a new film in production about a little-known but very interesting part of modern Canadian history: the Five Cent Wars. Toronto film maker Phillip Daniels is making a documentary about the wars, which were the talk of the Dominion in 1947.

“I started on the film after reading an article about it, and wondering if the story was really true,” says Phillip. “After I did some research and spoke to several ‘candy warriors’, I got excited about preserving this story for future generations.”

The protest began in a small B.C. town and quickly spread throughout the country, as Canada’s kids boycotted what they felt was a vastly overpriced eight-cent chocolate bar.

“The kids’ national boycott of more expensive candy was no laughing matter for stunned proprietors who watched their sales fall eighty percent overnight,” says Phillip. “Child pickets besieged storeowners with whistles, armbands and placards bearing slogans lik”Don’t be a Sucker! Don’t Buy 8 Cent Bars!” In Victoria, the legislature was shut down when hundreds of children swarmed its hallowed halls demanding the return of nickel bars.”

Incredibly, the protest died after newspapers like the Toronto Telegram said it was yet another Communist plot. It’s a fascinating story, and Phillip welcomes any information from Fifty-plus.net readers with chocolate bar war stories to add to the film.

“I’d love to hear from any of your members with memories to share, or any commentary they might wish to offer,” he says. ” I am especially looking for old photos of kids’ protests that people might have hidden away in attics or basements from St. John’s to Victoria.”

Contact Phillip Daniels at (tel/fax 416-925-0999), or by email at [email protected]