100 Years Ago: New Food Regulations Include Lawn Socials and Picnics, Widows’ Pensions in Ontario, More Men Than Needed for Farms

The Intelligencer July 13, 1918 (page 1)

“Canada’s New Food Regulations Include Lawn Socials and Picnics. The following regulations shall apply to all: Public eating places [which] shall include hotel, restaurant, cafeteria, club or club-room, private family keeping boarders, boarding house, school, dining car, steamship, or any place whatsoever where meals or refreshments are regularly served or sold to others than members of the family or household of the proprietor or caterer

Public entertainments, lawn socials, bazaars and tea meetings, public luncheons, dinners and picnics, fairs and exhibitions, lodge, club and fraternal societies’ meetings; and all such places of a like or similar character

Private and semi-private luncheons, dinners, parties and picnics where food or refreshment is served to fifteen or more persons other than members of the family or household of the proprietor; save and except fishing and cargo vessels, military, lumber, logging, mining construction and fish curing camps, hospitals and such places as may hereafter be excepted by the Canada Food Board. …

Sugar receptacles shall not be left on dining tables or counters, except in railway trains and steamships.

Sugar shall not be served unless and until asked for.

For sweetening beverages, not more than two teaspoonfuls or an equal weight of sugar shall be served to any person at any one meal.”

The Intelligencer July 13, 1918 (page 1)

“Pensions For Widows Necessary In Ontario. Toronto. The wisdom of undertaking a scheme of mothers’ pensions is being impressed upon the Ontario Government. These pensions are—or would be monthly allowances to widows with children which would enable them to stay home and care for their family, instead of going to work and sending the little folks to institutions. It is pointed out that the State has to bear a large portion of cost maintaining such places, and that it would be relieved of a part of this burden if it pensioned the mother instead.

In addition, the children would be brought up in the home under a mother’s care, which is the natural and desirable condition. And the great army of children who are not even sent to an institution while their mother works, but who are left to play around home, or to be the careless oversight of some neighbor, would be given a start in life under much more auspicious conditions. The mother would, in reality, be paid to look after her family instead of being paid for some outside work.”

The Intelligencer July 13, 1918 (page 2)

“More Men Offer Than Needed for Farms. Ottawa. There should be no dearth of farm labor for harvesting the crop in Ontario this fall. Senator Gideon Robertson, head of the Canada Registration Board, when seen stated that the number of men signifying their willingness to work on farms during the harvesting season was much larger than could possibly be utilized in the Province.”