Doc tells lit­tle-known story of WWI in­tern­ment camps

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Your daugh­ter Mar­garet (Qual­ley) has fol­lowed in your foot­steps as an ac­tress. How do you hope her ex­pe­ri­ence Read the full in­ter­view at “Self-care is not a gift, it’s a ne­ces­sity,” says ac­tress Andie MacDow­ell. MacDow­ell’s beauty must-haves: L’Oréal Paris brow stylist de­finer, $13, Pure-Clay cleans­ing mask for sen­si­tive skin, $18, Pure-Sugar scrub for dull skin, $12, lo­re­al­ When ac­tor-film­maker Ryan Boyko was in Grade 10 in Saska­toon, he saw a doc­u­men­tary about the in­tern­ment of Ukrainian Cana­di­ans dur­ing the First World War that left him stunned.

Grow­ing up in a Ukraini­anCana­dian house­hold, he’d never heard that about the war and he went to his his­tory teacher to learn more.

“He said, ‘You mean the Ja­pa­nese in­tern­ment dur­ing World War II?’ and I said, ‘No, I mean the Ukrainian in­tern­ment dur­ing World War I,’ ” Boyko, 38, re­called in a re­cent phone in­ter­view. “And he looked at me and said, ‘That never hap­pened.’ ”

The ex­pe­ri­ence sparked a decades-long re­search jour­ney into the lit­tle-known chap­ter of Canada’s his­tory for Boyko, re­sult­ing in his fea­ture di­rec­to­rial de­but That Never Hap­pened, which

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screened in Ot­tawa and sev­eral other Cana­dian cities through Nov. 12. It hits var­i­ous dig­i­tal plat­forms on Nov. 13, and will be avail­able on de­mand through Shaw and Bell.

The doc­u­men­tary fea­tures in­ter­views with ex­perts and in­ternee de­scen­dants as it de­tails Canada’s first na­tional in­tern­ment op­er­a­tions be­tween 1914 to 1920, when roughly 8,500 peo­ple from Ukraine and other Euro­pean coun­tries were la­belled “en­emy aliens” and un­justly put into camps un­der the War Mea­sures Act.

De­scribed in the film as es­sen­tially “prison camps,” some of them were in na­tional parks and had in­ad­e­quate food, cloth­ing and shel­ter for the in­ternees, who were forced to do hard labour. At least 106 peo­ple died in the camps, said Boyko.

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