Summer 2009





Liberal MP Pacetti Wins Support for Italian Internment Redress Bill

Liberal MP for Saint-Léonard/Saint-Michel Massimo Pacetti’s bill, dedicated to rectifying injustices carried out against Italian-Canadians during World War II, was passed through second reading in the House of Commons. "The internment of Italians during World War II has been acknowledged, but never redressed officially in the House of Commons," said Mr. Pacetti. "My bill gives the Government of Canada the opportunity to apologize on behalf of all Canadians to the many Canadian citizens who were unjustly mistreated." Bill C-302 intends to recognize the injustice that was done to persons of Italian origin through their "enemy alien" designation and internment during World War II and provide restitution and promote education on Italian-Canadian history. The bill also calls for the issuing of a postage stamp to commemorate the internment, and for the Government of Canada to negotiate in good faith with representatives of the Italian community for a funding agreement similar in scope and application to the Acknowledgement Commemoration and Education (ACE) program negotiated by the previous Liberal government, which was unilaterally cancelled by Conservative government when it came to power in 2006.



Caterina Edwards Wins Alberta Prize

Edmonton’s Caterina Edwards is the 2009 winner of the Writers Guild of Alberta's prize for nonfiction for Finding Rosa: A Mother with Alzheimer’s, a Daughter in Search of the Past by Greystone Books. The Writers Guild of Alberta is a provincial arts service organization that represents both professional and emerging writers in Alberta. Their mission is to support, encourage and promote writers and writing, to safeguard the freedom to write and to read, and to advocate for the well-being of writers. The winners of the 2009 awards were announced in Calgary.



Italy's Carolina Morace New Canadian Women's Soccer Team Coach

Former Italian international star Carolina Morace was named the new head coach of Canada's women's soccer team. The Canadian Soccer Association made the announcement at a media conference in Toronto. Morace will also serve as coach of the Canadian under-20 women's team. "Today we embark on a new era in women's soccer in Canada," said CSA general secretary Peter Montopoli. "Our goal is very clear: winning medals on the international stage. We've taken the first step to achieving this goal by hiring the best coach available to lead out the women's program." Morace, 45, replaces Even Pellerud, who led Canada to the quarter-finals of the Beijing Olympics in August 2008. "My objective is to ensure that Canada plays at the highest level of international football," Morace said. Born in Venice, Morace explained that her coaching philosophy is based on demanding hard work from her players, both in training and in games. Morace earned 153 caps for Italy, scoring 105 goals. She played in the first ever FIFA Women's World Cup in 1991 in China, scoring four goals before Italy was knocked out in the quarterfinals. Morace has also coached the Italian women's national team and more recently served as a soccer TV analyst in Italy. Source: CBC Sports



Fiat CEO’s Canadian Connection

In 2004 Sergio Marchionne was appointed Fiat’s CEO. That someone with an Italian name should lead one of Italy’s most storied car companies is no surprise. But Marchionne is no stranger to Canada. Though he was born in Chieti, Italy, he was raised and educated in Southern Ontario. He has dual Canadian and Italian nationality. In January 2006 he was also elected Chairman of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA). Marchionne, together with Fiat Group Chairman Luca di Montezemolo, returned Fiat's automobile division to profitability in 2006. Together, they have been widely credited with the turnaround of the group into one of the fastest growing companies in the auto industry. Marchionne is a lawyer and an accountant. He earned a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University.



Steve Galluccio Goes Back to the Theatre

Steve Galluccio’s new play is slated to open at Montreal’s Centaur Theatre in October. The Italian-style comedy of errors is titled In Piazza San Domenico and is set in the Naples of the 1950s. After co-writing the screenplay in 2003 for the record-breaking Canadian film Mambo Italiano and the television series Ciao Bella, Galluccio returns to his roots in theatre. “Writing for TV is enjoyable but exhausting,” says Galluccio. “You can’t do anything else. Theatre is fun. I have always wanted to write a play that pays homage to the Sophia Loren-style movies of the 1950s and 1960, so I did.” Unlike Mambo Italiano, which dealt with the controversial theme of two gay lovers – one of whom is Italian, the new play is a “straight-forward, traditional comedy,” says Galluccio.

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