Warning notice issued by the Director of Internment Operations
Notice warning against the transmission of messages, parcels, newspapers and other articles to internees in any of the Canadian internment camps. The warming, which features the Royal Coat of Arms of Canada at the top, was issued by the Director of Internment Operations in Ottawa on March 11, 1940. The notice states that anyone found guilty of transmitting such materials without prior consent of the Director of Internment Operations will be found guilty under the Defence of Canada Regulations and "shall be liable on Summary Conviction to a penalty not exceeding Twelve Months Imprisonment and a fine of $500.00 or on Indictment to a penalty not exceeding Five Years Imprisonment and a fine of $5,000.00."
It is unclear whether this notice was posted at internment camps for visitors to see prior to being admitted into the camps or whether they were sent to family members or friends prior to being allowed to visit internees at the internment camps.
During World War II, Germans Canadians were the first ethnic group to be interned in Canada. After Mussolini's war declaration on June 10, 1940 the Canadian government gave the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) orders to arrest Italian Canadians considered at threat to the nation's security. Although there were 26 internment camps in Canada during WWII, Italian Canadians males were interned at three camps: Petawawa, Kananaskis and Fredericton/Ripples.