Posts Tagged ‘canadian veterans’

“Veterans Consider Punishment Too Harsh,” Toronto Globe. November 6, 1918. Page 13.

Soldier Sent To Prison Farm For Refusing To Take Electric Treatment.

(Canadian Press Despatch.)
Kingston, Nov. 5. – The Veterans are protesting against the punishment imposed at Toronto on Pte. John Pope of the 80th Battalion, who was given two years, less one day, at Burwash Prison Farm  because he refused to take electrical treatment for shell-shock. The Veterans regarded such punishment as altogether too harsh, and Commandant Evans was directed to take the matter up with the Minister of Militia.

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“Wounded Soldier Sentenced to Jail,” Toronto Globe. September 1, 1916. Page 08.

Attorney-General Authorizes His Liberation That He May Attend Reception.

The ‘boys’ in a western Ontario city were apparently exceedingly good to a war-scarred returned soldier, with the result that the latter, as the result of his imbibing too freely, landed himself in court and was sentenced to thirty days in jail. Last night a reception was held in the city in honor of returned soldiers, and before the ceremony thoughts fastened on the unfortunate victim doing ‘time’ while the band was playing outside. Accordingly, an effort was set on foot to have the prisoner, who had valorously served his country, released, and the Attorney-General, who was communicated with yesterday afternoon, without any hesitation took the human view and authorized the soldier’s liberation. 

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“Over the Top With The Best Of Luck!” – By Jim Frise. Toronto Star, July 30, 1938. Page 05.

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“Uproarious Corps Battalions Take Over Whole City,” Toronto Star. July 30, 1938. Page 23.

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“Soviet Tombstone Disgrace, Slap In Face, Says Veterans,” Toronto Star. July 14, 1948. Page 03.

Special to The Star
Kitchener, July 14 – Waterloo Mount Hope cemetery’s ‘Soviet’ tombstone brought a volume of protest at a general meeting of the Kitchener-Waterloo branch, Canadian Legion, last night.

One legionnaire termed it ‘a slap in the face to all veterans’ and ‘a disgrace to the Twin Cities.’

Several suggestions from the floor recommended that the tombstone ‘be blown up,’ ‘smashed with a sledgehammer’ or ‘pulled over with a rope.’

The legion decided to contact the Waterloo park board and request the board to keep them informed as to what action they were taking.

Indignation has been aroused in several quarters over the tombstone which flaunts the Russian hammer and sickle emblem. The radical philosophy inscribed on the stone first became generally known some days ago, when it was noticed by a Twin Cities minister.

Chris Schondelmayer, chairman of the cemetery committee of the Waterloo park board, said he intends to bring the matter before the park board commissioners at the next general meeting.

‘A thing like that should not be let stand in a Christian cemetery,’ a legionnaire said.

The hammer and sickle is surmounted by a five-point star set in the middle of the stone. Around the top are inscribed the words ‘Workers of the World Unite.’ The verse reads ‘Mourn not the dead but rather the apathetic throng who see the world’s great anguish and its wrongs, and yet dare not speak.’

The deceased man, Morris Wehansky, on whose tombstone the Russian emblem is inscribed, died several years ago.

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“Negro Barred From Dance Hall In Hamilton’s Dundurn Park,” Toronto Star. July 7, 1948. Page 01.

Hamilton, July 7 – (CP) – Parks board officials today denied responsibility for an incident in which a local Negro war veteran was denied admission to the dance pavilion at Dundurn park.

‘It is up to them; they will have to deal with the question,’ Thomas M. Wright, vice-chairman of the parks board, said today. He referred to the contract which Morgan Thomas, orchestra leader, has with the parks board for the operation of the dance in the pavilion.

Asked today if there would be any change in the policy:

‘There can’t be any change. The only change there can be is that we don’t run any more.’

The practice in all dance halls, he said, was to ‘keep them out.’  and added: ‘If I let one in, I’d have to let two in, and then more, and the crowd would fall off.’

Mr. Thomas said: ‘Last year they [the parks board] said I should’t refuse admission.’ He added that he explained the situation, and ‘they saw the point.’

Morgan Thomas’ brother, ‘Bud’ Thomas, was on the door when the incident occurred. He said the admission had been refused, and accepted, by the Negro applicant, but the latter returned with a girl who objected.

‘Bud’ Thomas said there was a sign on the booth, over the name of the parks board: ‘We have the right to refuse admission to anyone without question.’

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“Canada’s Call to Freedom – CCF,” Co-operative Commonwealth Federation poster, c. 1940. 

Anthony Mardiros Collection, University of Alberta Archives.

‘Bring Them Back To Jobs!’ 

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