On Remembrance Day let’s not celebrate wars but think of those who lost their lives. Let’s not think of producing more deadly weapons of massContinue reading
Today I remember my father, James Edward Thomson, who fought in Europe with the Royal Montreal Regiment and won an award for bravery from KingContinue reading
Today we honour the dead. And that’s as it should be. “If ye break faith with us who die,” John McCrae wrote, “we shall notContinue reading
Remembrance Day is a conflicted day for me, I have had the absolute luxury of never having to fight in an armed conflict and forContinue reading
There couldn't be a more powerful protest. Or a greater slap in the face. For years he posed as a patriot, for years he strutted around boastingContinue reading
A typical Canadian Remembrance Day ceremony: the scene in St. Albert one year ago today. Below: B.C. Conservative MP Mark Strahl, on-air Conservative partisan DonContinue reading
Whenever I fall into the trap of thinking that the Canadian public is indifferent to the things that are going on both within our own country and abroad, I turn to the letters section of The Toronto Star. Admittedly, the majority of the sentiments expr…Continue reading
So many memories and such wonderful music that relected and softened the roughest edges of the timeContinue reading
“The End of the War Years” by The Fallout
from the album Dismantlement (Insurgence Records, 2007)
We hold our breath and we wait
for some for some good news to hear.
A scrap of faith in which to believe,
but all we get are reasons to fear.
“Power & The Glory” by Cockney Rejects
Those years ago our ships set sail to restore England’s pride.
Thousands of blokes like me and you, were on their way to d…
Buffy Sainte-Marie performs for Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War in 2008.Continue reading
Remembrance Day 2012 at Queen’s Park, Toronto
This year, since November 11 fell on a Sunday, I managed to attend two Remembrance Day ceremonies at Queen’s Park in Toronto.
First I obse…
United Nations.Soldiers and veterans, those who have fought in wars, have made a dear sacrifice. It is important we remember them and honour them on this day. It is also a day to remember the horror of war, to know the true nature of the sacrifice troo…Continue reading
Today is Remembrance Day in Canada, which marks the armistice that ended World War I, which came into effect at 11:00 a.m. on November 11th, 1918. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Canadians are asked to pause in memory of the thousan…Continue reading
I’ve seen many war memorials. A good many of them are topped by some heroic-looking lump of bronze depicting a perfect specimen, with immaculate puttees, a jaw fixed in determination, wielding a Lee Enfield with bayonet attached and leaning…Continue reading
Lately, I guess as a response to the rhetoric that comes pouring forth every year as Remembrance Day approaches, I have made several critical posts directed against those who find it so easy to don the mantle of patriotism while paying only lip serv…Continue reading
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The Harper Conservatives must really hate Canadian military veterans.
The HarperCons seem to prefer that our armed forces members either die in action or commit suicide due to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder than live to require healthcare and other b…
“The misuse of November 11: How the Harper government exploits Remembrance Day” – by Peter Goffin, November 9, 2012: Excerpts:
The greatest trouble with Harper’s Conservatives using Remembrance Day to construct an image of Canada as one of history’…