Why I wear a Poppy on 11-Nov

Canadian Veteran's PoppyIn a recent art­icle in the Independent, Robert Fisk writes that the poppy has become noth­ing more than a fash­ion state­ment in the UK. Merely a way to show that you are British, or to score points with the boss, or to make a polit­ic­al state­ment. He believes that wear­ing a poppy on 11-​Nov mocks our war dead. He says that he doesn’t wear the poppy because he is not ‘worthy’ of wear­ing it. This makes me deeply sad. I don’t think that this is true in Canada, and I know that this is not the case for me.

I have not lost any­one in my fam­ily to war. I am not pro-​military, but I under­stand why we must defend ourselves with leth­al force at times. I believe that every­one who chooses a career in the Forces makes a major sac­ri­fice for me and for every oth­er Canadian who does not serve, and I sup­port our troops in the work that they do. I believe that they are vital in ensur­ing that Canada can con­tin­ue to exist and provide peace­ful lead­er­ship in the world.

I wear a poppy on Remembrance Day because I care deeply about the people involved. I care about every­one killed in these great con­flicts, not just our cas­u­al­ties, but those against whom we fought, and the civil­ians whose lives were des­troyed because of these con­flicts. War is a waste. The vet­er­ans that I’ve met all want one thing: an end to war. So for me, the Poppy and Remembrance Day is about the people. It’s not about WHY we went to war. It’s not about the vera­city of the reas­ons cited by our lead­ers. It’s about the cour­age of those that serve. Those that put them­selves in harm’s way. It’s about remem­ber­ing the loss. It’s about remem­ber­ing the sense­less­ness of war. It’s about choos­ing peace before arms. It’s about end­ing war.

That’s why I wear the Poppy, and it’s why Robert Fisk can write the things he writes. Today, I Remember.

CSA Z1002 Public Review – Last Day!

Last Chance!

Today is Thursday, 17-​Mar-​2011, mark­ing 60 days into the pub­lic review peri­od for CSA Z1002 — Occupational Health and Safety Hazard Identification and Elimination and Risk Assessment and Control.

If you down­loaded the draft from the CSA web site, remem­ber that the PDF will lock on 18-​Mar, and you will no longer be able to do any­thing with it. If you haven’t looked at it yet, NOW IS THE TIME! Comments must also be sub­mit­ted by mid­night on the 17th, so please sub­mit them as soon as pos­sible. No sub­mis­sions will be accep­ted after the 17th of March!

If you don’t have the draft already, get it here. Comments can be sub­mit­ted in the same place as you down­load the draft. DO NOT SUBMIT COMMENTS TO THIS BLOG.

If you need more inform­a­tion on the draft or on sub­mis­sion of com­ments, please con­tact the CSA Project Manager, Ms. Elizabeth Rankin, elizabeth.rankin’at’csa.ca, +1 (416) 747‑2011.

CSA Z1002 Public Review – 5 Days to Go!

Today is Sunday, 13-​Mar-​2011, mark­ing 55 days into the pub­lic review peri­od for CSA Z1002 — Occupational Health and Safety Hazard Identification and Elimination and Risk Assessment and Control.

If you down­loaded the draft from the CSA web site, remem­ber that the PDF will lock on 18-​Mar, and you will no longer be able to do any­thing with it. If you haven’t looked at it yet, NOW IS THE TIME! Comments must also be sub­mit­ted by mid­night on the 17th, so please sub­mit them as soon as pos­sible. No sub­mis­sions will be accep­ted after the 17th of March!

If you don’t have the draft already, get it here. Comments can be sub­mit­ted in the same place as you down­load the draft. DO NOT SUBMIT COMMENTS TO THIS BLOG.

If you need more inform­a­tion on the draft or on sub­mis­sion of com­ments, please con­tact the CSA Project Manager, Ms. Elizabeth Rankin, elizabeth.rankin’at’csa.ca, +1 (416) 747‑2011.