Grim history lurks beneath the new Exhibition Place hotel – The Globe and Mail

“When war spilled out of Sarajevo in 1914, Canada’s factories and fields were already filled with roughly 170,000 Ukrainians lured here with promises of jobs and free land. They had come with big expectations – and Austro-Hungarian passports. When Canada went to battle with the immigrants’ former emperors, more than 80,…000 non-naturalized Ukrainians had to register as “enemy aliens,” along with far fewer Germans, Austrians, Serbians, Croatians and Hungarians. Close to 9,000 civilians were forcibly held at 24 camps across Canada, and New Fort was Toronto’s collecting ground for detainees who were shipped to wilderness camps with electrified fences, where they would build roads and railways for no pay.”

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