Spilling Blood Abroad, Spilling Tzatziki at Home: Contextualising the Legal Aftermath of Toronto’s Anti-Greek Riots and the Forgotten Veteran

Toronto’s 1918 Anti-Greek Riots were one of the worst periods of violence in the city’s history. However, despite its destruction, the Anti Greek Riots are relatively unknown to Torontonians today. My paper seeks to contextualise the social factors that affected the law’s implementation toward Greek damage claims. The paper aims to demonstrate that circumstantial factors detrimentally affected damage claims made by Greek business owners, and that conflicting social issues ( such as veteran affairs) were pressing enough to overlook the Greek’s cause in an effort to quell political stresses from powerful interest groups.