Author Archives: Debbie & Trevor


I  think I know how Hilde Back feels as a survivor, even though the horrific Holocaust death she evaded makes my wound seem like a shaving nick by comparison. Hilde was a young girl in Nazi Germany who was helped … Continue reading

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Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race the wrong time for elitism protest

In a foolhardy act on  April 3rd of what he called civil disobedience, Tristan Oldfield swam in front of the Oxford and Cambridge crews racing on the Thames in the 158th Boat Race. Oldfield claimed to be protesting elitism. The … Continue reading

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I am shocked, outraged, and embarrassed by the government’s proposal to prosecute environmental protesters as terrorists. Embarrassed because I fear that our country’s stellar reputation among nations—which dates back to Vimy Ridge in 1917 and burnished by Lester B. Pearson, … Continue reading

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Prime Minister Harper scored a diplomatic coup March 26 signing a long-sought free trade agreement with Japan. This was the product of long negotiating and deft footwork and is to be savoured because of its rarity. Harper has pissed away … Continue reading

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U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales was charged on March 23rd with 17 counts of premeditated murder for the March 11 massacre of Afghan civilians, mostly women and kids, in a village in the volatile Pangwei district.

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I am often asked about Canada’s accomplishments in Afghanistan. Our longest war cost Canada 158 of her best and brightest. The decision was made in 2004 to leave the relative safety of Kabul for combat operations in volatile Kandahar Province, … Continue reading

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This blog is dedicated to my beloved grandmother, Muriel Shaw (1919-2012), who so enjoyed a good read. Canada’s longest war began in early 2002 in eastern Afghanistan, when Lt.-Col. Pat Stogran led his 3rd Battalion PPCLI into battle alongside American … Continue reading

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Hello and welcome! Our lives were irrevocably changed on March 4, 2006 when Trevor was struck down with a crude homemade axe while sipping tea with elders in a remote village in Afghanistan. We are excited to share our journey … Continue reading

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