October 25 2011
Family members of Private (Pte) Alexander Johnston stand while the Last Post is played during his interment service in the Cantimpre Canadian Cemetery, Sailly lez Cambrai, France on 25 October 2011. (Left) David Gregory (great great nephew), Don Gregory (great nephew) and Willie Johnston (great nephew) to Pte Johnston. Canadian Forces members from across Canada provided the Bearer Party and Guard of Honour. Pte Johnston a member of the 78th Battalion of the Winnipeg Grenadiers, died in battle in September 1918.
In July 2008, the skeletal remains of a soldier were discovered in an industrial zone. Collar badges of the 78th Battalion were found with the remains, suggesting that the remains belonged to a soldier who had fought with the Winnipeg battalion. The remains were identified as those of Private Johnston through mitochondrial DNA testing compared to profiles donated by maternal descendants of plausible candidates.
The Government of Canada, the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces are dedicated to honouring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by ensuring that, when possible, they will be identified and buried in a known grave. Nearly 28 000 members of Canada’s Army, Air Force, and Navy who died in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War have no known or maintainable grave.
Photo by Corporal Dianne Neuman, CFSU(O) Photo Services
© 2011 DND-MDN, CANADA
25 octobre 2011
Des membres de la famille du Soldat (Sdt) Alexander Johnston se tiennent debout pendant la dernière sonnerie lors du service funéraire au cimetière canadien de Cantimpré, à Sailly-lez-Cambrai (France), le 25 octobre 2011. De gauche à droite : David Gregory (arrière-arrière-neveu), Don Gregory (arrière-neveu) et Willie Johnston (arrière-neveu). Des membres des Forces canadiennes de partout au Canada ont formé un groupe de porteurs et une garde d’honneur pour le service funéraire. Le Sdt Johnston, membre du 78e Bataillon des Winnipeg Grenadiers, a été tué au combat en septembre 1918.
En juillet 2008, les ossements d’un militaire ont été découverts dans une zone industrielle. Des insignes de col du 78e Bataillon ont également été trouvés, ce qui semblait indiquer que les ossements appartenaient à un militaire qui avait combattu au sein de ce bataillon. Les restes humains ont été identifiés comme ceux du Soldat Johnston par l’entremise de l’analyse de l’ADN mitochondrial comparé à des profils donnés par des descendants maternels de candidats plausibles.
Le gouvernement du Canada, le ministère de la Défense nationale et les Forces canadiennes tiennent à honorer ceux qui ont consenti le sacrifice ultime en veillant à ce qu’ils soient identifiés et inhumés dans une sépulture connue. Près de 28 000 membres de l’Armée de terre, de la Force aérienne ou de la Marine ayant perdu la vie lors des deux premières guerres mondiales ou lors de la guerre de Corée n’ont aucune sépulture connue.
Photo : Caporal Dianne Neuman, Services d’imagerie de l’USFC(O), © 2011 DND-MDN Canada
In a recent court ruling, the election of Tory MP Ted Opitz for the riding of Etobicoke Centre in Ontario in a controversial ruling. Opitz, who only won by 26 votes against his Liberal opponent Borys Wrzesnewskyj, lost his seat after investigation invalidated 76 of the riding’s votes.
While this kind of court ruling is very rare in Canada, Opitz is the first to appeal one. According to Elections Canada regulations, Optiz has a right to a fair and speedy appeal by the Supreme Court of Canada itself. The case is estimated to end at around around mid-June.
Just around the time of the passing of the omnibus bill.
Ah stalling, such a Conservative classic.
Source: The Globe and Mail
For the first time in the sport’s history, a Canadian has won one of cycling’s three greatest Tours! Victoria native Ryder Hesjedal won the Giro d’Italia today with an overall race time of 91:39:02.
Way to set the bar for the other Canadian athletes heading into London this July Ryder!
…And why the reform ain’t pretty.
As many of you might know, our
beloved leaders majority Conservative government has recently announced new changes in how government funded unemployment insurance was going to work.
I’m going to be honest. The very first time I read about it I thought ‘Hey, that’s not such a bad idea.’ I mean, nobody wants people slacking off and freeloading on our tax money! (This was before I realized that unemployment insurance does not in fact come from our tax dollars, but is paid for by employers and employees.)
But then the implications really sank in. The new regulations the government wants to impose involve daily email reminders and a time limit. The more time you spend looking for a job (let’s say after six weeks), the more ‘flexible’ you’re going to have to be. Not quite in your skill set? Pays significantly less? Don’t care! Even if it’s low paying and a near-impossible commute, the government will force you to take it.
(Handy chart copyright CBC.ca)
Who’s going to be hurt most by this? A group that jumped to the front of my mind almost immediately, but was almost never mentioned in the news, are the First Nations people. Unemployment is a rampant issue for aboriginals; according to StatsCan the unemployment rate on reserves was a staggering 23%. This can be attributed to the conditions on reserves - many are located in isolated parts of Canada, and so job creation is difficult. This is especially true in northern communities such as Attawapiskat, which is so far north and so cut off from the outside world that industry is basically non-existent.
At this point in Canada’s history, I believe it should go without saying that the First Nations people have a right to live where they choose. But with the unemployment changes, life on the reserves might become a whole lot more difficult. The Conservatives want people to find jobs, but quite frankly some people simply are not able to get one. So what options are left? Will the federal government allow people to remain as they are, or will they force them to move? Or, unlikely as it is, will the government finally start seriously working towards improving conditions on reserves? Only time will tell.
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La Journée Nationale des Patriotes (2002)
Since 2002, Quebec has celebrated this holiday instead of [Queen] Victoria Day (Victoria’s reign was 1837-1901, but she could have done little personally to precipitate Canadian unrest at this early point of her reign).
La Journée Nationale des Patriotes commemorates the poorly-armed farmers, tradesmen and urban professionals who rose up against British colonial authorities, professional British land forces, and militia in Lower Canada (Quebec) in 1837-38.
Although not subject to the same colonial government efforts to cultural, religious and linguistic assimilation as Lower Canada … residents of Upper Canada (Ontario) - many of them American-born immigrants and/or “United Empire Loyalists” - conducted a similar rebellion for responsible government during the same years. (“Upper Canada Spring”! “Muddy York Spring”!)
Lower Canada’s (Quebec) colonial government’s operation was particularly discriminatory to francophone natives of Lower Canada (deemed “an inferior race”) and the Patriotes declared responsible democratic government as a key objective.
This interesting and often-neglected (outside of Quebec) historical subject cannot be covered properly in a series of Tumblr posts, but consider the events in the context of history:
- New France established 1534; Quebec City 1608; Montreal 1642 (Ville Marie).
- Treaty of Paris: 1763 - Quebec/”Canada” forsaken by France
- American Revolution: 1776-1783
- French Revolution: 1789-1799
- War of 1812: 1812-1814 (in Canada)
- Rebellions, Upper and Lower Canada: 1837-1838In the “judicial outcomes” below … notice that none of the Upper Canadian rebels was hanged. Virtually all of them were American-born. An American invasion of British North America had been attempted about 25 years earlier and such rough justice might have tempted ‘outside forces’ from the US to invade again to help fight for ‘freedom from Britain’ and ‘democracy denied’.On the other hand, Quebec/”Canada” had been forsaken 75 years earlier by France in the Treaty of Paris in 1763, so it was perhaps assumed that executions of local rebels would provide a clear deterrent to further unrest … with no risk of foreign military intervention as a result. (They still write plays about this short-term political expediency and injustice to this very day in Quebec.)
Upper Canada Judicial Outcomes
- Executed 0; Exiled 83
- Foreign-born (outside Upper/Lower Canada): US 70; Ireland 3; Scotland 2; Nova Scotia 1.
Lower Canada Judicial Outcomes
- Executed 19; Exiled 58
- Foreign-born (outside Upper/Lower Canada): US 1.
The scan of text above is from: Les Patriotes exilés en Australie en 1839; Henri Bergevin; 1987; La Société de Généalogie de Lanaudière.
The Parramatta area is just ‘up the river’ from Sydney, Australia and the bays named are clearly labelled on Google Maps.
My own interest in this bit of history to follow later today.
While by no means the morally correct course of action on the part of the British to discriminate against the Quebecois, it does make sense that they would have chosen to take this path. After all France and Britain had been each others rivals for hundreds of years - their first significant alliance was in the Great War. It was a deeply ingrained distaste for the French, which explains the severity against Lower Canada but does not excuse them.
Dial-up Internet still a reality for hundreds of thousands in Canada
And surveys by the Media Technology Monitor suggested about three per cent of the population was using dial-up Internet in 2011. For some Canadians in rural communities, dial-up is the only way they can get…
The head of Montreal’s police union, Yves Francoeur, has blamed the Criminal Code for his officers’ lack of power to intervene, because it forces officers to prove criminal intent before making an arrest.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has announced recently that the Conservatives will be taking a hard line against unemployed people who refuse to take certain jobs. In his opinion, people who need a job shouldn’t be so picky. Because it isn’t even remotely a waste of resources to have someone with a Masters in Engineering working as a construction worker.
Source: The Globe and Mail