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Peacekeepers 40th Anniversary Memorial Parade 2014 Angus Ontario
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Peacekeepers Park Signage, Angus, Ontario, Canada.
My name is Fern Taillefer, President of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping (CAVUNP), Central Ontario Chapter located in Barrie. The Association is a non-profit organization as well as non-political and non sectarian. We wish to perpetuate the memories and deeds of our fallen comrades who lost their lives in defence of freedom, as well as donate to schools and public libraries, literature on Canada’s participation in the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces.
We have a National Monument in Ottawa to recognize the sacrifice and service of Canadians in United Nations missions. Various Chapters across Canada have memorials to recognize those efforts.
Our Chapter in Barrie has the unique opportunity to have a 2 ½ acre park leased from the Township of Essa known as PEACEKEEPERS’ PARK. The Royal Canadian Legion (Edward Macdonald Branch 499) in Angus is our partner in this endeavor with the Township. The piece of property donated by Essa Township was the brainchild of one of our members, Gerry Tremblay who was with the recovery team in 1974. He personally knew all of the members killed.
The initial idea and concept for the park was mine and when I presented it to the chapter it was unanimous. We approached a company called Curbex with our idea and they went with it. Artist concept then the research that had to be conducted to make sure I got all the names right etc. We started however with a huge stone which is described below.
In 2008, the Chapter raised ,000 to purchase and have installed at the park a large six ton polished maple leaf stone which we unveiled and dedicated on Aug 9th of that year to our Peacekeeping veterans. This completed phase one of our long range plans.
Contributions to date have allowed phase two of the plan which was the construction and erection in 2010 of a Memorial Wall which includes the names of 283 Canadians who have died while serving on United Nations missions. This includes 158 killed in Afghanistan, and three RCMP killed in Haiti. The cost of this phase was approximately ,000.00 Two of the members killed in Afghanistan were Military Policeman.
The vision of the park is to include recognition of all UN missions that involved Canadian participation. The current plan is to have pedestals placed along a (wheel chair accessible) path to identify the missions performed. There will be benches to sit on at each pedestal area placed on an interlocking brick pad. If you wish to have your name placed on the bench as a sponsor to the park, this can be arranged.
Due to cost, this will take several phases to complete. Plans include recognition of the effort and sacrifice by Canadian Forces in Korea, where 516 lives were lost.
The total expected cost of completing this project is expected to be well over 0 000.
Peacekeeping Day was created to recognize the service of Canadians in far-away places in the service of peace. Since 1948, members of Canada’s Armed Forces and Diplomatic service have served on peacekeeping missions around the world. Additionally, since 1992, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, provincial and municipal police forces have served in Peace Support missions around the world. It was to recognize the service of Canadians past, present and in the future that Peacekeeping Day was created.
9 August was chosen because on that date in 1974 the greatest single loss of Canadian lives on a peacekeeping mission occurred. Nine Canadian peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Emergency Force in Egypt and Israel, were flying in a Canadian Forces "Buffalo" transport aircraft on UN service which was shot down by Syrian air defence missiles while preparing to land at Damascus, Syria on a regular resupply mission. There were no survivors. Two of these are from the Angus area. Every year family members attend the 9 Aug parade to remember and commemorate.
Canada’s first casualty on a peacekeeping mission occurred in 1951 when Acting-Brigadier HH Angle of Kamloops, BC died in a plane crash in Kashmir on the border between India and Pakistan. Since then, 114 members of the Canadian Armed Forces and one member of Canada’s diplomatic service have died in far-off lands in the service of peace. The spouse and mother of the deceased receive the Memorial Cross, a gesture of commemoration from the Government of Canada begun in 1919 for casualties of WW1 and continued for casualties of WW 2, the Korea conflict and for casualties on peacekeeping missions.
On this day, we recognize the families of our peacekeepers who keep up the morale of our peacekeepers with cards and letters, parcels and gifts. They play a central part too helping their spouses to adjust to the peace and tranquility of their home and country when they return.
We also recognize and thank other Canadians who have given freely of their time to support our Peacekeepers abroad. In particular are the ham radio operators who nightly have connected to the military ham radio operators calling from the missions and linked the peacekeepers to their families back in Canada. This most valuable service, always given freely, has been a strong element in maintaining family morale. We also thank the families that knit the "Izzy Dolls", small dolls given to the children whom Canadian peacekeepers meet as they patrol their assigned areas. Created by his family in memory of Master Corporal Mark Isfeld who died in 1994 while serving in the former Yugoslavia, the dolls have brought much pleasure to children in many countries suffering the ravages of brutal conflict.
Peacekeeping Day, 9 August is about recognition and commemoration; of peacekeepers past, present and yet to come and their families; recognition and thanks to those who help make the peacekeeping duty less arduous; and remembering our fallen comrades who have died in the service of peace.
I have included a photo of the wall as well as the official Ribbon Cutting ceremony with the Senior Peacekeeper General Meloche, myself, Paul Korejwo son of MWO Korejwo killed on 9 Aug 74 and Jack Stringer father of Cpl Stringer killed on 9 Aug 74.
The third photo is a concept of the park yet to come with plaques at various stations depicting the 58 missions Canada has been involved in in peacekeeping/peace support/peacemaking operations around the world. I have also enclosed a photo of the stone installed in 2008.
I would invite all members of the IPA to join us in our annual Peacekeepers Parade. You would be more than welcome.
If you need anymore info, please don’t hesitate to call.
In the service of peace;
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june is pride month for the alternative communities who don’t have standard "heterosexual identification".
historically, we used to call it gay pride.
this included homosexual men and women.
now, we know that sexuality is a super beautiful and complicated revelation that is realized in each individual differently.
some people want to be pretty and attractive, others want to be warriors and masculine and proud and chiseled. some want to be curvy and soft and loved, while others want to be colorful and loud or tied up and beaten.
basically, we now "understand" that sexual identification includes the element of gender and that gender and sexuality merge to form all manner of amazing combinations. there really are straight men who want to wear pretty clothes and prance about. they don’t want to have sex with men, they just want to be gorgeous and beautiful and loved in the same way that many (but not all!) women long to be beautiful and gorgeous and admired.
gender has a lot to do with attention and attraction to things which are not inherently sexual. gender is about the identifications that societies or cultures attribute to objects.
for instance, many languages contain the notion of masculine and feminine objects that are identified with "articles" in advance to "sexually inform the listener of the word’s gender".
that is, the words for "the" and "a" or "an" in languages of latin origins and the like in english would read "dude car" or "lady moon". and every object word (nouns) we have in english would be broken up into "dude bar" or "lady disco", etc.
dude dog, lady cat : dude fork, lady spoon : dude building, lady office : dude sun, lady moon : dude war, lady peace etc.
can you genuinely imagine how interesting dude english would sound if we did that?
but that’s not all.
we need to lay down the next grammatical layer of gender bias that exists in language to see what it would really be like.
that is, in these same gender polar languages, from which english also descends (see, these gender discriminations and enforcements are quite endemic, really), the pronouns must also be tampered with to reflect this bipolar split — man/woman.
so pronouns in these languages have gender/sexual identification. we have to add sexual identification because now we are talking directly about living human objects, not just non-human objects.
english keeps these same pronouns.
but here’s the transliteration of the phrase from above which i will first repeat with the "gender" addition of the nouns>
can you genuinely imagine how interesting dude english would sound if we did that?
with the new additions:
can dudes you genuinely imagine how interesting dude english would sound if dudes we did that?
can dudes you get dude me dude’s point?
literally, that’s what the inbuilt gender/sexual discrimination actually looks like.
it’s a bit laborious, isn’t it?
so we are breaking down language while we catch up to the areas that have already broken back down to reality — there have ALWAYS been humans of every sexual orientation!!!
we know this from legend and myth. we know this from stories and histories.
we know that gender has always played a HUGE role in the basic war between the sexes.
but we also know that the war between the sexes can end.
and we are discovering that the range of human sexuality and identification goes far beyond sex identification. we are discovering that the expression of sexuality and sex are actually very different and should be given the room and expansive arena to make more of itself.
and this is amazing to witness — to see the transgender movement and the anti-bullying campaigns bringing safety and protection to these beautiful and different people who have been persecuted and shamed in the past.
it is wise to remember that the oracles of delphi were hermaphrodites and considered gifts from the gods. it is important to honor and hold dear those human creatures who stand out differently from the rest for they are truly a gift!!! they are a unique manifestation of the human possibility.
and i, for one, know a bunch of straight people who are barely hanging on to their identification as "straight" people. and it’s not sex that is making their hold so tenuous. it’s the restrictive nature of tight definitions surrounding GENDER, not sex, which is really changing.
men and women should be free to wear what they want to wear. men and women should be allowed to be beautiful and feminine. women and men should be allowed to be masculine. if you can grow a mustache, you shouldn’t be persecuted for having lip hair.
in my dreams, i want to see women who have mustaches growing them out and being proud and sexy for having them. if a man wants to swish his hips and walk like a panther, others shouldn’t be so threatened that they feel violence. instead, they should acknowledge that the violence they are feeling is a war in their own heart — it is their desire for another bucking up against preconceived ideas about how their desire for another is wrong.
we are all just here to feel the wind.
it is not a long journey for any individual.
the rainbow flag belongs to all peace warriors — regardless of sex/gender orientation. this flag is about all the skin colors of the human world celebrating life and happiness and love and unity. it’s not about exclusion OR inclusion. it’s about being next to one another and being different and still being able to wave in the wind as one.
Mr John Instance with a hanky with handwritten message on for board member of M&S Alison Brittain by craftivist Gemma Morrison
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Outside Marks & Spencer shop Islington N1. 22nd June 6pm LONDON
Press Release: Craftivist campaign launches after survey shows 17 percent of British shoppers would shop more often at Marks & Spencers if it paid a Living Wage
The Craftivist Collective is joining forces with ShareAction’s AGM Army this summer to press UK retailers to pay a Living Wage. The campaigners are coordinating a series of “stitch-ins” at branches of Marks & Spencers across the UK, for crafters to sew hand-made messages onto M&S handkerchiefs, to be delivered to the board, celebrity endorsers, and major shareholders of the British retail giant at its annual general meeting at Wembley Stadium on July 7th.
An online poll shows 17 percent of British shoppers would shop more often at Marks & Spencers if it paid staff a Living Wage. (Source: Opinium survey, 12th-16th June 2015, based on 2002 online interviews across the UK).
The first “stitch-in” will take place on June 22 in London at 6:30 pm outside the Marks & Spencers on Liverpool Road, N1 0PR. Another “stitch-in” is scheduled for June 23 in Cardiff, another in Brighton on June 29, and another in Milton Keynes 30th. There will also be stitch-ins in Warrington, Lincoln, and Birmingham amongst others.
The idea of the “stitch-ins” is to show M&S that in addition to major shareholders with billions of pounds under management, its core customer base is also fully engaged and supportive on the issue of the Living Wage, and that they expect the company to show leadership on this basic fairness issue.
Each unique hand-stitched hanky encourages board directors of M&S to commit to paying the Living Wage of £9.15 in London and £7.85 across the UK to all staff. This is a part of ShareAction’s campaign in partnership with Citizens UK to achieve the Living Wage across the FTSE 100 through shareholder activism. Nearly a quarter of FTSE 100 companies have now accredited with the Living Wage Foundation, but no high street retailer has yet signed up.
ShareAction has organised AGM questions on the Living Wage at more than 20 company AGMs so far this year. ShareAction is simultaneously mobilising an Investor Collaborative for the Living Wage made up of institutional shareholders with billions of pounds in British companies, including asset managers, pension funds, charity and faith investors. These large shareholders have written in 2015 to all of the FTSE 100, including M&S, in support of the Living Wage.
Crafters will be giving M&S handkerchiefs with personalised positive messages stitched into them to all 14 board members of M&S, as well as to its largest shareholders, and to the 2014 celebrities who feature in the company’s ad campaign: Annie Lennox, Emma Thompson, Alex Wek, Rita Ora, Dowreen Lawrence, Lulu Kennedy, and Rachel Khoo.
They will also be handing out 250 special handkerchief craft kits with a Living Wage message printed on them to shareholders at the company’s Annual General Meeting, so that shareholders can stitch too, to encourage themselves to support the Living Wage. These kits include an ethical hanky, needle and thread, instructions, and a briefing note on investment risk.
M&S Chief Executive Marc Bolland is paid £2.1million a year. Last year, his company refused to consider a Living Wage at its Annual General Meeting. Later, at a meeting with campaigners, the company again refused to consider paying the Living Wage.
Sarah Corbett, founder of the Craftivist Collective, said: “Marks & Spencer is supposed to be a company with solid values threaded through all that they do, which include paying your workers fairly. We’re sending the board and shareholders these carefully hand-stitched handkerchiefs to encourage the company not to ‘blow’ their chance to support life-changing decisions.”
Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive of ShareAction says: “This craftivist initiative at the M&S AGM is nothing to ‘sniff at’. Sarah and her amazing stitchers are devoting hours to creating gifts the M&S board we hope will treasure and remember forever. People adore M&S but they want to see the company step up and become a Living Wage employer. The many big shareholders backing this call know it makes business sense as well as being the right thing to do.”
Notes for editors:
ShareAction is the UK-based movement for Responsible Investment. For further information, please contact Matt Davis, Director of Communications and Public Engagement at ShareAction on email@example.com
Craftivist Collective brings together craft and activism in order to make a difference to individuals and society, exposing and tackling issues of local and global poverty and injustices through provocative, non-violent creative actions. For further information please contact Sarah Corbett, Founder of Craftivist Collective on firstname.lastname@example.org