REPOST: World War One Centenary – Family Lore and Family Loss

I often wonder what those men who managed to survive the “War to end all wars”, my grandfather among them, felt when twenty-odd years later they watched their sons go off to the battlefields of Europe once again. With countless media reports and background pieces regarding the centenary of the start of World War One thisContinue reading “REPOST: World War One Centenary – Family Lore and Family Loss”

My Great-Grandfather’s World War One Lie

My great-grandfather, Ernest Henry Blackwell, was born in Sussex, England. As a young boy his family emigrated to Canada where he would spend the rest of his days. He met and married my great-grandmother, Annie Ellis, whose family had also made the move across the pond. They had five children: three sons and two daughters.Continue reading “My Great-Grandfather’s World War One Lie”

World War One Centenary: Family Lore and Family Loss

I often wonder what those men who managed to survive the “War to end all wars”, my grandfather among them, felt when twenty-odd years later they watched their sons go off to the battlefields of Europe once again. With countless media reports and background pieces regarding the centenary of the start of World War One thisContinue reading “World War One Centenary: Family Lore and Family Loss”

Yet Another Hacking Incident

It’s been more than a week now, so I figured it was high time for a break-up. I knew it was coming, I could feel it building, yet when it arrived I found it no less unpleasant for having sensed it. And no matter how old I get, break-ups are still messy and uncomfortable. ItContinue reading “Yet Another Hacking Incident”

Canada’s Role in The War Against ISIS: Humanitarian or Combat?

How will Canadians react when and if one of our own is the victim of an egregious ISIS beheading video should we take part in a combat mission? As I write this, one hundred years after the outbreak of what has come to be known as the “war to end all wars”, or World WarContinue reading “Canada’s Role in The War Against ISIS: Humanitarian or Combat?”