Shall we remember them?

Our National Day of Remembrance is approaching and as November 11 draws near, my discontent with the action taken by Royal Canadian Legion’s Ontario Provincial Command, to stop funding service dogs for wounded veterans, is increasing exponentially with each passing day. Recently, the Legion’s Ontario Provincial Command put a moratorium on the use of Poppy […]

Letters to the Editor for June 30

Paddler sheds light on PTSD service dog funding Good luck to veteran Trevor Petersen as he paddleboards from the Balmy Beach Club to Ottawa to raise awareness for post traumatic stress disorder and funds for the Canadian Mental Health Association. Meanwhile, I know of more than 200 veterans with PTSD and other operation injuries that […]

Veteran launches Paddling with PTSD from Balmy Beach

Wind chimes were ringing the day Trevor Petersen first tested his paddleboard at Balmy Beach. The east wind pushed against the military veteran as he stood and paddled for Bluffer’s Park – stop one on what would be a month-long trek to Ottawa. But Petersen is no stranger to a headwind. Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress […]

Little dog with a big heart

The brave individuals who wear the cloth of this great nation deserve our deepest respect and gratitude. Many struggle with the invisible psychiatric wounds of an unconventional and terrifying war. They bore witness to horrific suffering and unspeakable abuses that are beyond ordinary citizens’ ability to comprehend. Many are alone, feel dismissed and isolated. Some […]

Rescuing one to help another

I have been captivated by a wonderful program that rescues dogs and transforms them into elite service animals for Canadian veterans suffering from operational stress injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder, amputations, and paralysis. These psychiatric service dogs are given to a veteran free of charge from Meghan Search and Rescue’s Courageous Companions Elite K-9 Service […]

News Briefs

Candidates for the Ward 32 city council seat meet for a two-hour debate at St. John the Baptist Norway Anglican church, organized by Beach Metro Community News and Community Centre 55, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The event will be moderated by Rob Granatstein, senior producer and director of Questions for the […]

Local legions recognize students

Veterans at the Baron Byng and Dawes Road legions recently met to recognize achievements by two local high school students. Zara Ahmad, a Grade 10 student who lives nearby the Branch 11 Royal Canadian Legion on Dawes Road, received awards and a bursary in a June 4 ceremony at the branch for winning silver in […]

News in Brief

Baron Byng Beaches Branch 1/42 of the Royal Canadian Legion, 243 Coxwell Ave., will host the Silver Spring Show on Sunday, May 4, from noon to 5 p.m., to raise funds for the installation of a chairlift in the building. MC for the event is Naomi Tyrrell, an interdisciplinary artist and performer. The Spirit Choir […]

Veterans’ stories mix tragedy, comedy and history

Going around the table in the Royal Canadian Legion on Dawes Road, five veterans of the Second World War and UN missions to the Middle East agree – children are the best talkers. “They can come up with some of the damndest questions you ever heard,” says Myer Goobie, 92, noting that five- to seven-year-olds […]