Growing up behind the iron curtain, she was my idol – because she was the only one my oppressors feared!
The sad news comes during a sad vigil for me, as I spend time at a hospice, waiting for a dear relative (a warrior-woman who had dedicated her life to the Canadian military and to protecting all our lives) to breathe her last…
Isn’t if funny how our society has a double standard when it comes to lawyers? If you are a defense attorney for murderers, pedophiles or cannibals, you are just fine – but defend Holocaust denier and you are smeared by association…
I’ve met Doug Christy only once, at a courthouse where I was spectating in a free speech case, but he impressed me as highly intelligent and very professional. A tireless fighter for the freedom of speech – he will be missed!
The Jewish Defense League Calls On Our Supporters To Attend An Emergency Fundraiser For Blogger Blazingcatfur
Radical Muslims are attempting to shut down Blazingcatfur.
Monday January 7TH, 7:30 PM
Toronto Zionist Centre, 788 Marlee Avenue
For additional information call JDL at 416-736-7000
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Today, I received a sad email informing me of the passing of Merlyn Kinrade, a true Canadian hero and a patriot.
A great Canadian patriot, naval veteran, peacekeeper, father, husband, friend of Israel and a tireless force for justice in Caledonia has been called home.
I am saddened to report that Merlyn Kinrade, Caledonia resident and co-founder of CANACE (Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality), died after a long battle with cancer at 2pm yesterday – Saturday, October 06, 2012.
Funeral details:LOCATION:Bay Gardens Funeral Home
947 Rymal Road East, Hamilton L8W 3M2 (just east of Upper Gage Ave.)905.574.0509VISITATION: Wednesday 2-4 pm, 7-9 pmSERVICE: Thursday 11 amANNOUNCEMENT: to appear in Hamilton Spectator on Tuesday
About Merlyn Kinrade
Merlyn Kinrade lived more than 60 years of his life in Caledonia. He is a former member of the Royal Canadian Navy who served on one of the most famous ships in Canadian naval history, HMCS Haida. His service included a tour of duty in Port Said, Egypt on a United Nations peacekeeping mission during the 1956 Suez crisis.
He has been a steadfast contributor to the community through sponsorship of various sports teams and significant financial generosity that made construction of the original arena possible for the town. He also coached hockey and baseball teams, and made a special effort to include needy children from the nearby Six Nations Reserve by providing transportation to and from practices and games, purchasing skates and other equipment for them and ensuring they were well fed during their time with the team.
Wonderous creatures, arent’t they?
Today, the day after Labour Day, is the ‘going back to school’ day in my neighbourhood.
My older son is starting another semester at University today.
My younger son just came home from his first day in High School.
So perhaps you’ll forgive me if my thoughts are turning towards our youth and the future they will build.
One absolutely amazing young person has recently given a TEDx talk in Richmond Hill (Toronto). I do not know her personally, but my trusted source informs me that she is just 18 years old and speaks 17 languages fluently…
I will embed the full TEDx video at the end of this post, but because it includes many talks and is several hours long and the presentation I was so impressed by starts 2 hours and 2 minutes into the video, I think it worth posting a link here that cues up nicely to the start of her talk.
Watching young people like Sophia Glisch is inspiring…
One of the first things I had thought of after seeing this video was what she would make of this linguistic performance:
Here is the full video of the TEDx talk:
UPDATE: this post has been edited to correct the spelling/insert full name of the seventeenlingual genius, Sophia Glisch
Note: this post has been edited to remove some potentially inaccurate information
Ok, this is a bit of an advanced notice, but the largest amount of funds has, in the past, been raised by the online auction – and this is a call for donation of items to that auction.
Thus, the very advanced notice.
But, why don’t I let DPR Jones say it – he is much more eloquent than I:
I don’t quite know what – yet, but I plan to donate something… As I have already promised to donate my painting of Aisha to the Free Thinking Film Society fundraiser, I’ll have to think of something else: suggestions for the subject of a painting are welcome!
On November 9th, 2009, two Canadian veterans had collected money for their local legion through the red poppy campaign when they were confronted by an armed robber. Rather than submit, they stood up to him!
Today, I received the following comment:
‘Thought I would post this about my Uncles death because of the nice comments you made about the story a few years ago. He was quite the guy and will be missed by many.
John Albert Dietsch
DIETSCH, John Albert – Passed peacefully at Toronto East General Hospital after a brief illness on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 in his 87th year. Proud Meritorious Life member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 73 for 66 years. Beloved husband of Verna (Phipps). Loving father of Dianne (Bill), Gail (Doug), Linda, Robin, and Carol (Terry). Predeceased by son Johnny. Dear brother of Marie, Joan and Helen. Predeceased by brother George and sister Bernice. Dear grandfather of Eddie, Ronda, Kristine, Kyle, Chad and Tyler and great-grandfather of Erin, Emma, Brooklynn and Mia Bella. Friends may call at the SHERRIN FUNERAL HOME CREMATION AND TRIBUTE CENTRE, 873 Kingston Road (west of Victoria Park), 416-698-2861, on Thursday, February 2, 2012 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. with a Legion Service at 7:30 p.m. Funeral service to be held in the chapel on Friday, February 3, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Interment at Pine Hills Cemetery. Reception to follow at RCL Branch 73, 2 Robinson Avenue, Scarborough. In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory can be made to RCL Branch 73 Poppy Trust Fund. Online condolences may be made at http://www.sherrinfuneral.ca‘
My condolances to the Dietsch family: this world is a better place because of Mr. John Dietsch!
UPDATE: More from Mr. Dietsch’s family:
‘John Albert Dietsch was my Step-Dad. Although we didn’t share the same DNA, he was
my Dad in every sense of the word. Daily, he lived his life with integrity, honest and kindness and was the most honourable man I have ever met. It is my privilege to have had him in my life
and I will miss him for eternity.