Georgia Straight newspaper that has some interesting information I wanted to share.
The date was June 10, 1940 and the Canadian government had just declared war on Italy. The government also declared that any Italian nationals, who were naturalized after 1922, were enemy aliens.
Many Italian Canadians were able to live a somewhat normal life even with this designation. However, there were others whose lives were more difficult. These were the men shipped off to internment camps.
Now some of these men had ties to fascist Italian groups but the question remains: "Where these men being punished or was interning them a precaution?" I suppose the same thing could be said of the Japanese people who were interned during WWII as well.
These families were denied 'relief' from the certain provinces and not allowed to speak Italian or congregate in groups of more than five. Many lost their jobs and faced hostility from the non-Italian community.
I also consulted Wikipedia for additional facts. I hope you enjoyed the pictures of the fine Italian auto mobiles. I will explore and find more to tell you about Italians in Vancouver while I show you more photos from Italian day in a later post.
I hope you find the beauty around you.