“Oh Canada” is to become Gender Neutral. How do I feel about this news. Befuddled, confused, one cannot think of all the synonyms for this issue. WHY would our Parliament wish to change our historical anthem? Although not officially adopted until 1980 as Canada’s National Anthem, it has received a few rewrites over the years. However making it Gender Neutral as proposed is a waste of valuable parliamentary time and expense. I do fully understand, this private member’s bill, is an MP who is suffering with ALS and I am sad for him.
“O Canada” (French: Ô Canada) is the national anthem of Canada. The song was originally commissioned by Lieutenant Governor of Quebec Théodore Robitaille for the 1880 Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day ceremony. Calixa Lavallée composed the music, after which words were written by the poet and judge Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier. The lyrics were originally in French and an English version was created in 1906. Robert Stanley Weir wrote in 1908 another English version, which is the official and most popular version, one that is not a literal translation of the French. Weir’s lyrics have been revised twice, taking their present form in 1980, but the French lyrics remain unaltered. “O Canada” had served as a de facto national anthem since 1939, officially becoming Canada’s national anthem in 1980 when the Act of Parliament making it so, received Royal Assent and became effective on July 1 as part of that year’s Dominion Day celebrations. Click here for link
As well as the anthem issue, there’s the Province of New Brunswick (FYI: Canada’s FIRST official Bi Lingual Province) this headline story is ludicrous at the least. Decide for yourself after reading this article. Click for link
We veterans are very opinionated (which is our right) and the previous stories I am sure will be heavily discussed, dissected and opinions formed at many Veteran Gatherings.
Sadly most of these social events no longer take place in Royal Canadian Legion Halls. Many Veterans are very upset with the actions of Tom Eagles (A NON VETERAN) and Dominion President who leads by disassociation, with Veteran’s and their concerns.
Meanwhile in the UK Forces TV is a fine source of all things military. This link will explain who may wear a traditional beard in the ARMY, Navy and even the Air Force.. Forces TV
Canada may step up to the plate yet again. A formal request for 1,000 Canadian troops in Eastern Europe being ‘actively reviewed’
A request for more Canadian troops to be stationed in Eastern Europe is being “actively reviewed,” says the parliamentary secretary to the national defence minister.
NATO allies in Eastern European are requesting that Canada contribute 1,000 soldiers to protect against Russian aggression in the region, the Ottawa Citizen reports. “We do honour all of our NATO commitments when they come due,” the parliamentary secretary to the minister of national defence John McKay said Friday, during question period. “We have a considerable number of military over in that part of the world and this request is being actively reviewed as we speak.”
Canada currently has 220 soldiers stationed in Poland, the Ottawa Citizen reports. One hundred and seventy are currently taking part in a 10-day NATO exercise involving 30,000 soldiers from 23 nations.
Any increase in troop levels could put pressure on the Canadian military, which is dealing with decreased spending levels, prior commitments overseas and a continuing military mission in Iraq.
McKay’s comment was prompted by a question from Conservative MP Jacques Gourde, who asked if the defence minister would “show leadership in response to NATO or ignore reality as he did with the CF-18s.”
Last but by no means least, the CF-18 situation has reached a new COSTLY Level for non-compliance. Click for link
My friend Al Cameron of http://vetvoicecan.org/ tells a great story of a Veteran of WW2. Just spent an hour with Victor M, WW2 Bomber Command Veteran pilot. He told me he was given three and a half years to live ,as statistics say that of people diagnosed with Leukemia. He then laughed saying that was good with him because he’ll be 98 in two weeks and wanted to make it to 100! Yup…the Greatest Generation. (Well said sir, we look forward to your Centenary.) Today’s column ends with another one from the funny side of Military Life: Once a PADRE always a Padre;
A FRIEND of mine who is a Canadian Forces chaplain tells this story:
A military aircraft had just reached its assigned 38,000 feet when suddenly and dramatically it dropped steeply to about half that altitude. A frightened soldier among the passengers turned to his seat mate, a chaplain. “Do something, padre!” he pleaded. “Relax, my boy,” said the
chaplain. “I’m sure we’ll be all right.” The soldier was not reassured. “Please, padre,” he persisted. “Do something religious!” The chaplain smiled, then asked: “Would you like me to take up an offering?”
Have a great week
Nil Sine Labore