What Do I Think About On Remembrance Day

I am often asked about my thoughts about Remembrance Day. I don’t often share because everyone has a story, and many have gone through more than I could imagine. This year I thought I would share a story: after returning to Canada from a tour, a unit had arranged for families to be united with their soldiers at the terminal on the Trenton airbase. There were emotional and tear-filled reunions going on everywhere, and a friend had arranged to meet his wife and 5-year-old daughter on…

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Money In Your Pocket – What Happens When You ‘Bump’ Into One Trauma To Many

Colonel George E. Renison was a WWII hero, Chairman of WH Smith Books and Chancellor of the University of Waterloo. He led a life with a scope and breadth that reads like a historical novel. I was lucky to have known him, shared a glass with him, dined with him, and had many a wonderful conversation with him. I am not sure how the subject came up, but we once talked about what was known in his day as battle stress. Now we understand it as…

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I participated in racism because I didn’t say anything. How you can be courageous enough to say something.

Before you read the article below, I wanted to frame the post with this personal note: Many know I served as an infantryman in the Canadian Army. Years ago, on a training exercise, we had soldiers from another unit attached to us, one of which was an Inuit from Nunavik (Northern Quebec). His section commander seemed like a good soldier and appeared to be very good at his job, but to be clear, he was a terrible human being and a racist. Why? Several times I…

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