100 Years Ago: Walter Morris Wounded, Soldiers and Nurses Will Have Vote, Liquor Advertising Controlled, Prevention of Food and Vegetable Waste

The Intelligencer August 14, 1917 (page 1)

“Wounded in Action. Mr. Thomas Morris of this city, is in receipt of the following telegram, which explains itself. Ottawa, Ont., Aug. 11, 1917. Thomas Morris, 94 Station Street, Belleville. Sincerely regret to inform you 636563 Private Walter Morris, infantry, officially reported admitted to No. 10 Field Ambulance, July 29, 1917. Concussion. Will send further particulars when received. Director of Records.

Private Morris left Bellevilled with the 155th Battalion. Previous to enlisting he was employed at the G. T. R. shops.”

The Intelligencer August 14, 1917 (page 1)

“Soldiers and Nurses Will Have a Vote. Hon. C. G. Doherty, Minister of Justice yesterday introduced a bill entitled ‘The Military Voters Act of 1917.’ …  A change was to be made in the qualification for military voting. It was proposed to extend the vote not only to men of age, but to men under 21 who were overseas.

It was also proposed that not only should men in the Canadian forces vote, but men who had enrolled in Canada and who were now in the Imperial units. This applied particularly to the aviation corps and naval units.

It was also proposed to do away with any distinction  of sex among those engaged in active service; nurses would be included. The fact that a soldier might be an Indian, moreover, would not prevent him from voting. …

The bill, said Mr. Doherty, provided for complete machinery overseas to take the vote. As though an election were actually being conducted there.”

The Intelligencer August 14, 1917 (page 3)

“Ontario Can Be ‘Bone Dry.’ Ottawa. Ontario and other prohibition Provinces get the right, through their Legislatures, to put the ban upon the liquor advertising. The mails are denied to circulars and letters soliciting orders for liquors. The publication of liquor advertisements within those Provinces may be made a punishable offence, moreover—which is the most radical provision—any prohibition Province may prohibit the entrance of any newspaper, published outside its territory, which contains liquor advertising.

The new ‘temperance bill’ making these provisions went through committee and received its third reading in the House on Saturday. …  The bill goes to the Senate on Tuesday.”

The Intelligencer August 14, 1917 (page 3)

“Learn How to Prevent Waste. The Educational Bureau of the Food Controller’s Office, issues the following bulletin which contains much useful information:

There is bound to be a great waste of fruit and vegetables this season unless people are forewarned in time. In the towns and cities where backyard garden movement was most successful, the danger of waste is most imminent.

Early in the spring Canadian city folk betook themselves to the backyard with hoe and spade to convert that ‘Slacker’ into a back garden. Their faithful work is bringing results in fine crops of fruit and vegetables. But the problem of taking care of those crops before they spoil is now pressing for solution.

The Food Controller has said that Waste and Defeat are synonymous at the present time, and surely this end of the fight rests on the shoulders of the women. Every bean and pea, every ear of corn, every berry, and every other ripe fruit and vegetable gazes reproachfully from the new gardens and demands to be popped into some place where it can stand in line and do its bit.

Unlike their sisters in the country, who harvest their garden crops in boxes and bottles against the long winter months, city women have not been trained to store vegetables and fruits. …  Those who are interested in food conservation and methods of canning, preserving, drying and storing should write for information to G. A. Putnam, Esq., B.S.A., Superintendent of Institutes, Department of Agriculture, Toronto, Ont.”