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Who I'm Remembering Today

Karyn Pickles | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living
Karyn Pickles

Two years ago, a great man died at the very impressive age of 97 (and a half). He is remembered and missed for the love, strength and support that he gave his family and friends, for the many great contributions to the Canadian mining industry during his long life, and also for his service in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II.

Wearing a Poppy Isn't About Supporting War - It's About Giving Thanks

Amitha Kalaichandran | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living
Amitha Kalaichandran

Taking this time to reflect on the dedication of our armed forces is not the same as blindly supporting war. Remembrance Day is really about being present to the experiences of those who sacrificed their mental and emotional well-being in the name of our country. It's about expressing gratitude to those who gave up their dreams so that the rest of us can pursue ours. After all, while the poppy historically symbolizes the blood of fallen soldiers, it also represents a flower that was able to grow in land too infertile for much else; transforming from a mere community of poppy seeds while simultaneously converting the land into fertile and beautiful possibility.

Sticky Situation: Remembrance Day Facts, Dos and Don'ts

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

To avoid making a faux-pas, while honouring our family, community and country heroes, those who courageously give us the freedom to be proud of our heritage; here are the facts, dos and don'ts of Remembrance Day.

How to Find the Military Heroes in Your Family

Lesley Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

The best place to start your family history journey is with information you already have: write down what you know and talk to family members. Create an online family tree: Begin with yourself and add your parents and grandparents. Record each person's name, birthplace, birth date, death place and death date. If you don't know the exact information, take your best guess.

Whitewashing Remembrance: I Wear A Poppy For Native Veterans

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Elizabeth Hawksworth

I choose to wear the poppy for a different reason. I choose to wear it because as a woman with Native ancestry, I want to remember those whose faces we never see in the Heritage moments or on the Remembrance Day TV spots. While we remember the many veterans who fought in the many wars Canada has been involved in, the iconic images of these veterans are whitewashed.

Remembrance Day Is More Than Wearing a Poppy at a Parade

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

The 11th was named Remembrance Day for a reason. The name was chosen to remind Canadians that we must remember the sacrifices our Veterans make for us. It was also named to remind us to remember the obligations we have to those who serve -- an obligation our Government is working hard to deny. Currently, a group of Veterans are suing Canada for failing them. Remembrance Day is more than saying "We Will Remember Them" -- You actually need to do it.

Why I Do Not Wear A Poppy

Davide Mastracci | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Davide Mastracci

Every year, millions of Canadians take part in this campaign by attaching the poppy to their clothes. I do not wear the poppy, or donate to the RCL, because I believe that this campaign glorifies war instead of calling for peace. I believe that it is of the utmost importance to remember past wars and the soldiers who took part in them, but I remember these things quite a bit differently than how the RCL would like you to remember them.

MP Calls White Poppies 'Offensive'

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

A campaign to hand out white poppy pins is "an offensive attempt to politicize Remembrance Day," says Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fanti...

Why I Won't Be Wearing A Remembrance Day Poppy

Anne Theriault | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Anne Theriault

My main reason for abstaining from wearing a Remembrance poppy is that I'm starting to feel like it represents a support for all of my country's military action, not just the sacrifices made by soldiers in past wars. It's as if by wearing it I'm giving my tacit agreement to Canada's activities in Afghanistan, or the ways that women are mistreated in the Canadian Forces. The truth is, though, that I don't want our military engaged in any kind of action; I don't want to feel like I have the blood of civilians (or, well, anybody) on my hands. I also feel deeply uncomfortable about a number of things that happen within military culture.

Canada's War Heroes Snubbed

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - One of two dollar stores in Kamloops, B.C., that at first refused to sell poppies on behalf of the Royal Canadian Legion has reversed...

Poppy Thief Suspect Appears In Court

CBC | Posted 01.10.2013 | Canada Impact

Nicholas Moorhouse, 34, appeared in court on Saturday charged with a string of poppy box thefts in Toronto this week. Toronto police alle...

Has The Poppy Lost Its Meaning?

Nora Loreto | Posted 01.09.2013 | Canada
Nora Loreto

The red poppy worn in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day has become so normalized that it's simply something that we wear. We leave them on our sun visors in our cars. We lose them. We buy others. We say we remember but we don't do what's next to turn our remembrance into action. As the Canadian government has demonstrated its support for foreign wars, the symbol of the poppy has been hijacked. While it remains a symbol of peace and remembrance for many, it has also become a symbol of support of Canada's current war ambitions.

Alleged Poppy Box Thief Turns Himself In

CBC | Posted 01.07.2012 | Canada

A man has turned himself in to police in connection with the theft of poppy donation boxes from two eateries in west Toronto. ...

Sunday Roundup: Time to Book That Greek Vacation?

Danielle Crittenden | Posted 01.06.2012 | Canada
Danielle Crittenden

So I bet you're wondering post-G20: Is this the impending end of the world--or an opportunity for a cheap holiday in Greece next year? Even the experts can't say which way the global economy will go: If Greece quits the euro and returns to a devalued drachma, will Spain and Italy be forced to follow? Will Canada's "Little Toot" economy continue to chug along resiliently ahead of the U.S.'s sinking steamship? To help us make sense of all this, we welcomed aboard a new Huffpost contributor, EU expert Jeffrey Cimbalo. His latest post declares the G20 an abject failure. Hmm. Don't start googling discount Olympic Air tickets yet.