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 […]

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 […]

The time has come to honour all veterans on Kew cenotaph

It is the anniversary of several major events in world history in which Canada has played a major role. In 1914 the First World War began, and Canada, of course, contributed many soldiers. It is also the 75th anniversary of the Second World War, in which tens of thousands of Canadians took up the cause […]

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 […]

Veteran searches for funds to publish book

Former Beacher and Second World War veteran Jack Aldred was recently featured in the Everyone Has A Story To Tell column, in which he expressed his intention of writing a book to raise funds for his local legion. The great news is that Aldred has finished his book, This is my story, This is my […]