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The Daily Colonist, June 29–July 5, 1915

#dailycolonist1915 - The news out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago.

No significant changes on any front this week. The news from the front is repetitive and it seems the editors are aware that. no matter how important the war may be, vague tales of a few yards gained here, a few yards lost there, aren't holding the public interest and so there are more stories of local interest. It is mostly stories of the Ukrainian internment (as it is now known) and the terrorist bombings in Windsor that caught my attention this week. The stories on the Ukrainian internment are especially relevant now because the new "Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act" (previously Bill C-24) that allows for the stripping of Canadian citizenship from people who hold or are eligible to hold a second citizenship makes what went on in the internments of WWI entirely possible again.


The Daily Colonist, June 1–7, 1915

#dailycolonist1915 - The news out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago:

You'd almost think this week's news was a steampunk fanfic and not the actual news from 100 years ago. We've got submarine and Zeppelin pirates, a secret submarine base in Asia Minor, Zeppelins bombing London, the king's birthday, and earls being knighted. We also have the beginnings of forced labour in Canadian concentration camps and the Armenian Genocide in Turkey. But we wrap up the week with good news from Denmark.


The Daily Colonist, May 25–31, 1915

#dailycolonist1915 - News out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago:

Italy enters the war. Germans make more gas attacks and the gas being used is identified for the first time. Mine explosion in Nanaimo. Not to mention a fair bit of weird local news...


This city is rife with lying landlords.

  • Example 1.: After viewing an apartment Elaine mentions that the hallway smelled of urine. The landlord says, "Really, I hadn't noticed"… meanwhile, a metre away, I am reading a notice on the lobby cork-board written by said landlord, admonishing tenants for letting pets urinate in the hall. Nope.

The Daily Colonist, May 11–17, 1915

#dailycolonist1915 - The news out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago:

This is the largest post in this series to date, with 85 "clippings". There are huge Canadian casualty lists from Ypres, anti-German rioting throughout the British Empire, lots of news about the sinking of the Lusitania, fighting continues at Gallipoli, and local news about transit and "ride-sharing" that has a striking relevancy today.


The Daily Colonist, May 4–10, 1915

#dailycolonist1915 - The news out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago:

News from Ypres continues to dominate the news this week, with Gallipoli taking second seat until another huge milestone of the war, the sinking of the R.M.S. Lusitania, takes place on the 7th, with the news reaching Victoria on the 8th. It seems the endless grim lists of casualties punctuated by the sinking of the Lusitania is too much for some, and anti-German riots break out in Victoria.


The Daily Colonist, April 13-19, 1915

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The Daily Colonist, April 6-12, 1915

#dailycolonist1915 - News out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago:

The general buzz this week is on Russian advances in the Carpathian Mountains. The articles are all short on specifics, even in comparison to the heavily censored news from the Western Front, as all the news from the Eastern European theatre seem to be, so none of them were really worth "clipping". Suffice to say that the Russians have advanced through at least two Carpathian passes into Hungarian territory. The more interesting articles and advertisements from this week follow:


The Daily Colonist, March 30-April 5, 1915

#dailycolonist1915 - The news out of Victoria, British Columbia, 100 years ago:

Stories of German submarines sinking British merchant ships without allowing the crews and passengers to get to lifeboats dominate the paper this week. I've only made a couple of small selections on this subject to get at the gist of it, but it is a big deal nonetheless, and a very important milestone in the shift from ancient warfare to the brutal nature of modern warfare.


The Daily Colonist, March 20-29, 1915

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