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The discussion centred around Mr. Falcone's emigration experience, community activities and philosophy of life.

  • Began with outlining the Italian honorary consular officials in Edmonton beginning during the period of W.W. II: Victor Losa, the jeweler; Luigi and Salvatore Biamonte; Angelo Biasutto; and, finally, Peter Caffaro.

  • His Father was the first to emigrate: in June, 1946 went to work in Czechoslovakia and in 1949 was to go to the U.S.A. but, instead, his brother went; in 1951, he came to Canada to Toronto, where he worked as a bricklayer; he was paid less by the Italian padrone and decided to come to Edmonton

  • Because his Father had been away throughout the war period and, then, in Czechoslovakia before coming to Canada, the family was not a cohesive unit; he did not know his Father; his Father initially intended only to make money in Canada and return to Italy to live but, in 1952, he sponsored one son and in September, 1959, Tony came; the intent was to re-unify the family

  • Tony was a trained teacher (graduated in 1953 from the equivalent of Normal School) who could not obtain work in Italy (taught for a year-and-a-half as a substitute teacher); wrote civil service exams to become a courtroom clerk in the Justice Department; he was ranked 550th out of 11,000 individuals who sat the exam; after an oral interview, he was ranked 2,500th and this would have meant a 3-5 year wait to get a job; that's why he came to Canada; also served in the Italian Army and was attached to NATO doing security checks

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