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The Canadian Animal War Memorial — January 30, 2015

The Canadian Animal War Memorial

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I did my project on the Canadian Animal War Memorial, which if you can’t guess from the name of it, is a memorial dedicated to the animals who served in wartime. So few people know about the thousands of animals that fought and died alongside human soldiers. It’s really time someone let the rest of the world know. And I know I’m not the only person who feels that way.
An award, to be given to animals alone, was created – The Dickin Medal. Horses, dogs, cats, canaries, rats, and even stranger things like dolphins, monkeys, goats, and even bumble bees and glow worms, were, and still are a huge part of wars everywhere.But while humans can get on the phone, or stand in front of an audience and talk about their wartime experiences, animals don’t have that ability.

An incredible story, about an incredible Newfoundland dog, is the true story of Gander.Gander was donated to the war effort, under the name, Pal, after he bit his previous owner’s son. He wasn’t really aggressive. He was loyal and dependable. Once, when he was in the trenches with the other soldiers, a grenade came sailing into the trench.
Nobody knew what they should do, but Gander had the situation under control.He picked the grenade up and ran away with it. Sadly, Gander was killed in the explosion, but because of him, those soldiers survived.

There are hundreds of stories about animals doing amazing things, like, Bonfire, a horse belonging to a medic, or a mascot goat that was brought aboard a submarine, and lived to tell the tale, and of course, the one most people know about, Winnie the Pooh. Her name was actually Winnipeg. She was a girl and she had black fur. I’m not sure why so much was changed in the books and movies, but it was. Winnie was found by a soldier as a cub, and became the troop’s mascot. When they had to move out, she was left at a zoo, where she was adored by all the children. Apparently, she was so docile; they were even allowed to ride her!

Animals should be remembered, and recognized for the things they did in wartime, and are still doing today.

Author: Jessica

Good ways to research for your Heritage Project — January 27, 2015

Good ways to research for your Heritage Project

There are many ways to research for your Heritage fair Project. First off, since it’s already the 21st century, we all know about and probably can all fluently use the internet. The internet is a powerful and enormous place that contains all kinds of information and knowledge, but be careful, just as likely that any information you find can be real, it can also be fake. Some endings to URLs that you should be looking for when finding information include “.org” or “.gov” because these sites are managed and created by the government or big organizations, fact from these sites are the most reliable. Also, when using the internet to research, be very careful not to get caught off task and procrastinate! That is the biggest reason why homework and projects end up not being done on time! When procrastinating, the hours will literally fly by, and when you realize you only have around 20 minutes left, there is still a mountain of things to do. Other than the internet, visiting a local library whether it is your school one or public libraries will be VERY beneficial. That is because the facts you find on books will almost always be correct, also, books actually contain a surprising amount of facts and information. I never liked to use books when I was younger, but lately for bigger and harder projects, I’ve realized the need to use books for research, it is just so much more dependable than sites on the internet in terms of the sheer amount of facts and the fact’s reliability. Fortunately for those that are too lazy to even visit a local library, you can use online Encyclopedias, they usually have a password on them and you’ll have to ask your librarian or teachers about the password, but once you have that, your research is practically done already. These online encyclopedias contain easily as much info as around 10 sites and will save you a great deal of time, not to mention the facts on there are usually vital facts that you will need. Now that I’ve rambled on about a few ways to get research done, hopefully, you all would be able to get your research done faster and more effectively!

Author: Daniel

Belated Christmas Wish — January 16, 2015

Belated Christmas Wish

Merry Christmas everyone, I know it’s quite late but if we all could just pause for a moment and remember that 100 years ago, on Christmas day, for most of us that day is spent with our families at home. But there were many men who weren’t as fortunate as we are. They were sitting in the trenches in the mud, the filth. They were wet, they were cold and they were very afraid, but moreover they were very alone, far from their homes and loved ones. The so-called “most wonderful time of the year” wasn’t living up to its name. Fathers, brothers and sons, men who had been fighting and killing each other for months did something that was shocking for their commanding generals, shocking to the heads of their countries and baffling to future historians, to the people of their countries it was a sign of hope but to their generals it was a sign of insubordination. This act that would echo out through the ages was that they decided to stop fighting. But the most incredible thing is not that they thought that they should stop fighting but that all across France fighting stopped Christmas. The troops from both sides exchanged cigarettes and other small mementos, sang carols and in one area even played a game of soccer. The truces lasted from anywhere to only Christmas to all the way to New Years and it is likely, if they had not been ordered to fight again (and in more than a few places forced), the war could have ended there. So let us pause and reflect that, in the madness and utter chaos of war, men can still love one another and goodness can prevail. Remembrance isn’t only for November. Lest we forget.

Author: Jack

An Interesting Quote — January 13, 2015

An Interesting Quote

“You don’t stumble upon your heritage. It’s there, just waiting to be explored and shared.” This astonishing quote written by Robbie Robertson amazed me as I read each word.

I think this quote is very remarkable because it tells me that you don’t have to look for your heritage because everything is heritage, it’s just waiting to be noticed.

That’s what I like about it!

Author: Dania

Lester B. Pearson: A Great Canadian — January 5, 2015

Lester B. Pearson: A Great Canadian

Hi! I am Lucas, the Alumni Leader from the Rivers to Sea Region. In 2013, I won the Rotary Ambassador’s Award for top project at the Regional Fair, and I represented my region at the 2013 Provincial Fair in Victoria. Last year, I participated in the Alumni Council program.

December 27 commemorates the 42nd year since Lester B. Pearson’s passing. A massive ambassador of Canada, Pearson was the 14th Prime Minister of Canada, serving in office from 1963 to 1968. Pearson also received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 for his work in resolving the Suez Canal Crisis. In Maclean’s 1997 ranking of the best Canadian Prime Ministers, Pearson placed 6th. In 2011, he was ranked 4th.


Lester B. Pearson was the 14th Prime Minister of Canada.

The Suez Crisis (not during term in office)

Perhaps the most decisive and arguably successful move that Pearson ever made, the solution to the Suez Canal crisis was a relieving moment for the entire world. In 1956, Egypt had funding for a huge dam project withdrawn by the United States and Great Britain. Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser stopped all international traffic in the Suez Canal, a shipping route that had been agreed to, by treaty, to be open to all international traffic. Britain, France and Israel decided to march into Egypt and start a war – the Suez War. The UN were pressured to get into the conflict. Pearson, the president of the United Nations General Assembly at the time, came up with the idea to employ special army forces to help “peacekeep” the conflict. The UN overwhelmingly supported Pearson’s plan. Invading forces immediately left the Suez Canal. Although the move was met by criticism, most notably Conservative leader John Diefenbaker, who taunted him for “betraying” Britain, Pearson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He is still the only individual Canadian winner of the Peace Prize.

The blockade of the Suez Canal, formed by Egyptian ships.

The Need of a New Flag

The Union Jack had always, in some way, represented Canada. Of course, the flag was always the symbol of Britain, so in some ways Canada was still symbolically part of Britain. Pearson believed that Canada needed a new flag. This proposition was met with great skepticism, especially from Diefenbaker and war veterans that had proudly worn the Red Ensign into battle. Pearson wanted a new flag done by Canada’s 100th birthday in 1967. Diefenbaker led an endless tirade against Pearson’s new flag campaign. Eventually, 2000 designs of the new flag were sent in to the federal government. One design included nine beavers urinating on a frog. The final three flags standing included a French fleur-de-lys and a smaller Union Jack in the corner, a flag that contained three maple leaves, and a final-minute entry that contained one red maple leaf with a white background bordered by two red strips. Does the final description ring a bell?

At 2 AM on December 15, 1964, a debate that had raged since the summer finally ended. On February 15, 1965, our new Canadian flag was raised.


Opposition leader John Diefenbaker was highly opposed to a new flag.

New Immigration Laws

Previous immigration applications had favoured some races over others. Pearson promoted a points system, which totaled the score from categories of age, education, skills, employment chances in Canada, and fluency in English or French. It attracted more people from a diverse number of nations. This move were backed by the Social Credit and New Democratic groups.

Bilingualism and Multiculturalism

Throughout Pearson’s run as PM, Quebecers began to see themselves as more than a single province. They wanted privileges that only Quebec had access to. Pearson created the Royal Commission to recognize cultural and lingual problems between Quebec and the rest of Canada. A main idea that the creators of the commission tried to focus on was the use of two national languages in Canada. Incoming prime minister Pierre Trudeau immediately prioritized the enforcement of two national languages, English and French. With the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, language rights were included. As Pearson put it, “Our country’s existence has always depended upon achieving unity of human purpose within the diversity of our linguistic and social backgrounds.”

Pearson didn’t just address these three issues in the six years he spent as prime minister of our nation. Notable creations that occurred when Pearson was in office included CPP (the Canada Pension Plan), Medicare (universal free health care), student loans, and the Canada—United States Automotive Products Agreement (which removed a special tax on cars, trucks, buses, tires, and automotive parts between the two countries).


Legacy and Honours:

• Lester B. Pearson College, opened in 1974, is a United World College near Victoria, British Columbia.
• The Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, established in 1994, is an independent not-for-profit institution
providing research and training on all aspects of peace operations.
• The Lester B. Pearson School Board is the largest English-language school board in Quebec. The
majority of the schools of the Lester B. Pearson School Board are located on the western half of the
island of Montreal, while a few of its schools located off the island.
• Lester B. Pearson High School lists five so-named schools, in Burlington, Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa,
and Toronto.
• There are Lester B. Pearson elementary schools in Ajax, Ontario; Aurora, Ontario; Brampton, Ontario;
London, Ontario; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Waterloo, Ontario and Wesleyville, Newfoundland.

Civic and civil infrastructure

• Toronto Pearson International Airport, first opened in 1939 and re-christened with its current name
in 1984, is Canada’s busiest airport.
• The Lester B. Pearson Building, completed in 1973, is the headquarters for the Department of Foreign
Affairs and International Trade, a tribute to his service as external affairs minister.
• Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre is in Elliot Lake, Ontario
• Lester B. Pearson Place, completed in 2006, is a four storey affordable housing building in
Newtonbrook, Toronto, near his place of birth, and adjacent to Newtonbrook United Church.
• Pearson Avenue is located near Highway 407 and Yonge Street in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada; less
than five miles from his place of birth.


It’s clear that Lester B. Pearson was a great Canadian leader. He transformed Canada for the better, nationalized it with a flag and started to whittle away at the wall between Quebecers and the English-speaking majority. Yet, at the time, a poll showed that 70 per cent of Canadians could not name a single thing that Pearson did in office. Perhaps it was his high-pitched voice, or the fact that Progressive Conservative counterpart John Diefenbaker seemed to always had the majority of the public on his side.

All of Pearson’s accomplishments as a prime minister occurred in a five-year time span, without ever having a majority in the House of Commons. Lester B. Pearson changed Canada for the better. He just doesn’t seem to get the credit for it.



Author: Lucas


Lester Pearson: The Geek Who Made Canada Proud
Canadian Prime Ministers-Warts and All Series #14
By Gordon R. Gibb
2006, Jackfruit Press Ltd.