Winnipeg Free Press, newspaper
June 10, 1940 edition of the Winnipeg Free Press with lead story announcing the entry of Italy into World War II on the side of Germany. Also reported is the death of Norman McLeod Rogers, Minister of National Defence, in a plane crash.
The edition carries an article with the headline "Canada's Italian Alien Problem Faces Ottawa", which notes, "In company with other Italian consular officials in the dominion, Pietro Colbertaldo, regent vice-consul in Winnipeg, will be given his passport and the local consular office closed". The article specifies that although there are 2432 Italians residing in Manitoba, "According to a Free Press informant in touch with the alien situation in Canada, Italian residents in eastern Canada present the main problem to the authorities". In fact, only one Italian-Canadian from the province, a John Urso from Winnipeg, was interned.
The Winnipeg Free Press is the oldest newspaper in western Canada. The paper dates back to 1872, when it was known as the Manitoba Free Press.
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