Canada: BRITISH COLUMBIA: Reprieve

British Columbia had a sudden change of heart. After decades of discrimination against people of Japanese origin, the province last week began to see some good in them.

The issue came to a head when the provincial Forestry Department decided to reenforce a 46-year-old rule forbidding Japanese to work on Crown timberlands. The rule had been temporarily voided in 1943, when the Dominion government took over the forests. With provincial authority restored, the old ban was revived. The Forestry Department ordered lessees of Crown lands to fire 800 loggers of Japanese extraction.


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