Lest We Forget

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Today is a day of remembrance for all Canadians. Whether you are at work, at home or attending one of the Remembrance Day events, please pause and remember our veterans and soldiers.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie
         In Flanders fields

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields.

For more information on Remembrance Day and why we acknowledge this day of remembrance, click HERE.

Talking to Children About Tragedy

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This week, Canada has had what our Prime Minister has labelled as two acts of terror committed on our own soil. It is hard enough for us, as adults, to process and understand the motives of such acts, never mind how to explain it to our children. The media coverage is pervasive and deciding what you should and should not allow your children to see/read/hear can depend on their age and personality. If you are struggling with what to say and how to say it, please read through these links:

Tips for Parents on Media Coverage

Helping Children Cope with Terrorism

Helping Kids Cope with Media Coverage of War and Traumatic Events

Talking to Kids About Terrorism or Acts of War

Today, we are grieving for the families and friends of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo. We are grateful for the brave men and women who intervened to help the victims and stop the attacks. We are standing proudly in unity for our beautiful country.