100 Years Ago: Movies Must Show Canadian and British Troops, Many Food Regulations Rescinded, Victory Loan Honor Flag to County Council

The Intelligencer December 5, 1918 (page 1)

“ ‘Canada First,’ Order Of Ontario Govt. To Movies. Toronto. Hon. T. W. McGarry, Provincial Treasurer, intends to put a stop to the existing practise of many moving picture theatres in the Province showing war films which portray almost exclusively the actions of the American army, while ignoring the part played by the British and Canadian forces. He has advised the film exchanges that unless more films depicting the part played by Great Britain and Canada in the war are shown on the screen, that he would instruct the censors to cut out much of the material such as that which has been recently shown throughout the province. …

While he was prepared to admit the part taken by the American army in the war, particularly in the last few months, the Minister said the fact that Great Britain and Canada have both been in it since its commencement must not be overlooked. ‘I do not see why the film exchanges cannot obtain material such as I have indicated, and certainly our Canadian citizens will not much longer stand for the exaltation of an army of another nation and forgetfulness of our own.’ ”

The Intelligencer December 5, 1918 (page 6)

“Rescind Many of the Food Regulations. Ottawa. Changes in the food regulations following upon the armistice of November 11th, in so far as they affect the general public, are summarized in a Canada Food Board statement as follows:

Compulsory restrictions of the amount of flour which may be held in store by dealers, householders and others have been rescinded.

The compulsory purchase of a proportion of substitutes for wheat flour has been rescinded.

The use of substitutes by manufacturers, bakers, public restaurants and households are no longer compulsory, but in view of the necessity of conservation, and in order to prevent waste of stock of substitutes already on hand, the Food Board urges the greatest possible voluntary use of them to be continued.

Sandwiches may now be served in public eating places during the noon meal hour.

Restrictions on the quantity of bread served at public eating places are now removed.

Manufacturers may make and sell doughnuts, biscuits, crullers, Scotch shortbread or cake, and French pastry, provided they are vegetable fats only.

Manufacturers, provided they do not exceed 40 pounds of sugar in every 100 pounds of flour may make and sell seed cakes and biscuits filled with icing, so long as they do not increase the total amount of sugar used as allotted.

Restrictions on the manufacture of wheat in the form of breakfast food, alimentary paste, buckwheat and self-rising flours, etc., have been rescinded.

Conservation regulations of beef are still in force and are still important, in view of the requirements at the present time and in the future.

Conservation of butter and animal fats is still very important.

Until the end of the year the regulation of the consumption of sugar will be necessary, after which it is hoped the new crop will be available.”

The Intelligencer December 5, 1918 (page 8)

“Victory Loan Honor Flag Presented to County Council. W. B. Deacon of Belleville addressed the council, saying it was his duty and pleasure to present to the Hastings County Council the Governor-General’s flag won by the county for going beyond the objective in the recent Victory Loan Campaign. …

Mr. H. W. Ackerman said there was considerable rivalry amongst the municipalities and several honor flags were won. In some places not only were the honor flags won, but many places won crowns. The county had certainly done good work.

Warden Montgomery said the Council accepted with pride the honor flag. The canvassers worked hard and their efforts were crowned with abundant success and a glorious end had been achieved. He accepted the flag and it would be held in remembrance for the good work achieved by the county in the Victory Loan Campaign of 1918.”