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I feel very proud to say that I had an ancestor who fought in the war and returned to Canada as a veteran. I am sometimes astounded at how many Canadians don't know about their family's military contributions. In fact, a recent Ancestry.ca survey revealed one in three Canadians has no idea whether they had an ancestor who fought in the First World War.
I call the areas that used to have an office "Veteran Dead Zones" and encourage any soldier who will have to rely on Veterans Affairs to avoid living in these areas. The frustrating experiences that soldiers have to endure at the hands of an overworked understaffed offices only serves to exasperate soldiers further, resulting in a refusal to seek the services required. In essence, the government saves $5-million in operating costs, but the savings in providing the services will be in the tens of millions of dollars.
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An Ontario school board allowed some of its students to be exempt from certain Remembrance Day ceremonies today after their families said they feared for their children's safety, in light of the killi...
In honour of Remembrance Day, we asked people on the street in Toronto to tell us about the family members they were thinking of, and what they believed was still worth fighting for. Their answers are...
For many of us, Remembrance Day has always been about honouring the older generations who fought in the world wars. After all, November 11 marks the official end of WWI and plenty of us have relatives...
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When you remember our veterans today, don't think of the glorification of war. Instead, think of the men and women who lost their lives, lost their limbs, lost their souls, so that you can stand here today, freely, without fear of recourse for your words.
Today's conflicts are smaller in scale than the world wars on which we normally focus come Remembrance Day. But tragically, so are many of the soldiers. There are some 250,000 child soldiers in the world today, mostly in Africa. Children the age of my school-aged sons are shoved headlong into a hell that's unimaginable for most adults, let alone a child.
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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.
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On this day, when we honour those who have fought for our country and our freedom, it's hard to find the words to express just what they have given each and every one of us. So instead, we've turned t...
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Canada is not a place that celebrates military power. We are more likely to admire our healthcare system or our fine selection of baked goods, because our forces are small and we don't care much for swagger. But there is a tradition, hidden in our anthem and in our hearts. We stand on guard.
Remembrance Day has turned into something that I don't like, and I can't wear a symbol that's representative of a government that has fought neocolonial wars that I simply don't agree with. If the government is so adamant that we respect veterans, they could, perhaps, respect veterans by giving them greater access to mental health resources for when they come back home riddled with PTSD. Our government has its citizens to go fight in pointless wars, then makes up for it by throwing big displays of poppies and hundreds of renditions of Flanders Field.
Canadians will gather to mark Remembrance Day today, but two groups of veterans are expressing anger at the Conservative government over its policies. The main Remembrance Day event in Ottawa will be...
Every year on Remembrance Day I think about my grandfathers, father, uncles, and the 6,000 First Nations soldiers who served alongside the Canadian Forces throughout the First and Second World Wars....
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.
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The Gap is apologizing after an email promotion was brought to the attention of a Toronto veteran who wasn't pleased with what he saw. The promotion that landed in the inbox of Cpl. Chuck Krangl...
There are cemeteries, burial plots, museums, and memorials all over the world that honour our Canadian Forces. If you're travelling overseas, here are a few international sites where you can pay your respects on November 11 or any day of the year.
HuffPost Canada is dedicating its front page this Remembrance Day to the men and women who have served Canada in uniform. All day Tuesday the top of our page will display this image. Top row, left...
A teen who changed his last name so he could enlist. A final goodbye between a father and son bridging the two world wars. A pilot who crashed in the Channel and lived to tell the King about it. Thes...
TORONTO - Rob Ford's office says the Toronto mayor has cancelled plans to attend the city's Remembrance Day ceremony due to his ongoing battle with cancer.Chief of staff Dan Jacobs says in an email th...
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In times of war, the Canadian government has rallied the public to support its fights. Wartime posters have served various purposes — they have urged people to enlist, to give money, and honour the sa...
The road from peace to health is not a one-way street; a healthy society is less likely to find itself fighting. The same conditions that lead to higher levels of illness -- economic inequality, food insecurity, labour unrest -- can also lead to dangerous political instability.
Invasion of Canada, 1775 John Trumbull's painting, "The Death of General Montgomery in the Attack on Quebec, December 31, 1775." Image via Wikimedia Commons In the fall of 1775, the north found itsel...
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VICTORIA - Four lost airmen have finally been laid to rest — 72 years after they disappeared while on a Second World War training mission on Vancouver Island.A single coffin draped with the Canadian f...
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John McCrae's World War One poem "In Flanders Fields" is arguably the most iconic piece of writing from that conflict. The poem, first published in 1915 in British magazine Punch, quickly became icon...
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The Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs gathered at the National War Memorial on Sunday to pay their respects to fallen soldiers, including Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was shot and killed while guard...
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The lady who bawled me out at the grocery store made me think of my Papa. Remembrance Day was the biggest day of the year for him. In addition to marking the end of the worst nightmare in history, November 11 was his birthday and his wedding anniversary. When my Papa was alive he really looked forward to marching in the Remembrance Day parade.
A record-breaking number of poppy sales has led to a potential poppy shortage in Canada. With four days to go until Remembrance Day, CBC News reports 19 million poppies have already been sold across...
They're hidden in dusty drawers or tucked away in attics: mementos by which we remember the service of our loved ones. Maybe it's a photo of your grandfather in uniform, or your father's medal or a le...
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.
OTTAWA - A New Democrat MP's bid to make Remembrance Day a national statutory holiday is now one step closer to reality.Bill C-597, which would amend the Holidays Act to make Remembrance Day a statuto...
This week, Canadians observed the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. For Sikh Canadians and Jewish Canadians alike, the Day of Remembrance has particular resonance. That our two communities have shared experience in facing terrorism was pointedly on display during the 2008 Mumbai attack.
When I began to research Private John Bernard Croak I realized just how remarkable a man he was. Aside from the one award-winning day, all other aspects of this man's service record indicate a very poor soldier with a very serious drinking problem and issues obeying commands. That is why I want to tell you about him.