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Why Wear a Red Poppy?

  One supposes that most people who wear poppies as a public declaration of remembrance at this time of year, do not think that their gesture has political implications. Perhaps they are wearing their grief on their sleeves, which may be irritating for purists, but they are not declaring victory […]

Remembering Gramma

Note: This article was written in April 2013, 2 years after Aniela’s passing. Aniela (Czechowska) Shepel 12Jan., 1926-17Apr., 2011 During the occupation of Poland in WWII, Aniela was taken by the Germans from school and herded onto a train never to see her family again. She was forced to spend […]


“Butterflies” is written by Dawn Wojtyk for husband Ron on the occasion of his retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces.  It has the distinction of being my best column in these pages, written by a most talented writer.  It was first published here, with her permission, on 4th October, 2012.  […]

Honest Politicians and Truthful Spies

Note: This column was first posted 12 Oct. 2013. [The claim by Brazil President Dilma Rousseff that Canada is committing “cyberwar” by spying on her country’s mining ministry has provoked hysterical suggestions that our spy agencies are running amok. The chorus of condemnation from opposition politicians and peaceniks has […]