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We Live in the Home of the Free Because of the Brave

The Remembrance Ceremony in Elmvale was sombrer as the community gathered to remember that we live in the home of the free because of the brave. There was a feeling of pride and deep appreciation for the veterans of war and peacekeeping that serve, have served and died fighting for our rights, freedoms and keeping peace. Many wreaths were placed ahead of time this year and parade was not planned to minimize contact. Carolyn Head was the Master of Ceremonies and called out the names of wreath donations to honour the brave veterans. The Legion honours those that served in WWI, WWII, Korean War, Afghanistan, Diep. Wreaths were placed ahead for United Nations Peacekeepers, Merchant Navy, NATO Canada, Canadian Forces, Springwater Township, Province of Ontario, Governor of Canada, Her Majesty the Queen, OPP Huronia West, Springwater fire, Ministry of Natural Resources, Royal Canadian Legion Elmvale Branch 262 and Ladies Auxiliary. Wreaths were presented by family of veterans; Jack Whittam, Dick Columbus, Alex Hutton, Norm Quinn, Lloyd Ritchie, Alvin Archer, Tom McGuiness, Thomas McKenzie and W01 F.T. J. Beasley.

Legions dues of $50 are being accepted now. The General Meeting is on Dec. 7, 2021

 

This past summer, hundreds of wildfires blazed across BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario, and even in the Northwest Territories. Driven by the extreme heat wave that rolled across the country early in the Summer, these fires made one thing abundantly clear: the climate crisis is at our doorsteps and our politicians simply are not acting at the scale and pace we need.

For years, Justin Trudeau has tried to style himself as a climate leader while failing to do two of the most important things necessary to tackle the climate crisis: stopping fossil fuel expansion and legislating a just transition for workers and communities.

The good news is that over the past few weeks, thousands of people across the country participated in the public consultation process for national Just Transition legislation, and a massive chorus of people have called on the government for it to: 1) guarantee a good, green, unionized job to anyone who wants one; 2) put people first by supporting workers and communities through the transition to 100% renewable energy; and 3) deliver action that’s in line with climate science and ensures a rapid transition off fossil fuels.

Now, it’s time to hold our government accountable. Join myself and others across the country who’ll continue fighting for a big and bold just transition plan from our federal government in the weeks to come.

Sincerely, Justin Laquerre – justinlaquerre@hotmail.com L0K 1N0

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