Canada’s concentration camps

Most Canadians aren’t aware that we interned the “enemy” during WW2. Why don’t we ever hear of these poor (literally) Italians? Why isn’t this taught in Canadian schools? What about the Japanese? The German immigrants?

Since most were interned in these work camps for years, it makes me wonder if, like other rules of war, there was a worldwide agreement on how to treat interned “aliens”. If there were rules for humane treatment, then why is the world so sure that Germany did not abide by the rules and take the  Russian position that these work camps were turned into gassing centers to exterminate the alien?

After all, if Germans had a worthy propaganda enemy, let alone military enemy, it was the great Russian war machine.  They not only defeated the Germans physically, but also in the historical narrative.


In the early hours of June 10, 1940, RCMP officers began rounding up 44 Italian-Canadian men in Vancouver. Mussolini had joined forces with Nazi Germany; Canada was at war with Italy. These men were declared enemy aliens and sent to an internment camp in Kananaskis, Alta.

More than 600 Italian Canadians were interned across the country, at camps in Petawawa, Ont., and Minto, N.B., as well. The British Columbia men – of which there are no survivors today – were held for up to three years; no charges were ever laid.

We don’t talk about German POWs

Aliceville, Alabama

Lies by omission.. Who knows about the 500,000 prisoners of war, most of whom were German? Answer: almost no one.

Reporter Karen Duffin and her father were talking one day when, just as an aside, he mentioned the Nazi prisoners of war that worked on his Idaho farm when he was a kid. Karen was shocked … and then immediately obsessed. So she spoke with historians, dug through the National Archives and oral histories, and uncovered the astonishing story of a small town in Alabama overwhelmed by thousands of German prisoners of war. Along the way, she discovered that a very fundamental question – one that w

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* Published: 2015-05-22 6:51:33 PM

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* Show Notes: www.radiolab.org/story/nazi-summer-camp/

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Niagara Falls are fake – or at least not 100% natural (real)

The falls are very engineered and far from their natural form.

Niagara Falls might be at its most spectacular in winter. Over the recent holidays, the icy cascade captured the public’s imagination: numerous newspapers ran stories about the frozen wonderland, and social media posts about the falls were widely shared.

Source: How Niagara Falls is a wonder of natural — and artificial — beauty | Toronto Star

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Death by Derivatives • Damn Interesting

Options/futures – quite a history going back a long way. This site has a great audio option as well.

In April of 1873, an unhappy man walked along Clark Street in downtown Chicago. His name was Aymar de Belloy. There was a gun in his pocket, and a nickel – enough for one final glass of beer.

Source: Death by Derivatives • Damn Interesting

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The Weight of Chains 

Just finished watching this fast paced (and a bit confusing) Michael Moore style documentary on the destruction and rebuilding in an EU/US image of Yugoslavia.

It was an excellent deconstruction of the NATO Balkan assault of the 90s. In two hours you will know more about what really happened then 10 years of new bytes leaked past the Clinton-Lewinsky sideshow, clearly meant as distractive pablum for the American audience.

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