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KOREAN WAR VETERANS DAY BILL SECOND READING

  Hon. Yonah Martin moved second reading of Bill S-213, An Act respecting a national day of remembrance to honour Canadian veterans of the Korean War. She said: Honourable senators, it is an honour to table this important bill during Veterans' Week in this historic upper chamber during the sixtieth anniversary of the Korean War years that began on June 25, 2010, and will end with the sixtieth anniversary of the signing of the armistice on July 27, 2013. Minister Blaney was sitting, waitin…
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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK

  Honourable Senators, I rise today to acknowledge that this week marks the 20th anniversary of Mental Illness Awareness Week. Mental Health Illness Awareness Week is a national outreach campaign organized by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health that features the inspirational stories of Canadians living in recovery from mental illness. Mental Illness Awareness Week involves the dissemination of thousands of pieces of materials to organizations across Canada in an eff…
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TRIBUTE TO SENATOR OLIVER

  Honourable Senators, I rise today to pay tribute to our colleague, the Honourable Senator Donald H. Oliver. On Tuesday afternoon, Senator Oliver received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from York University in Toronto.  This is Senator Oliver’s fourth honorary degree. York University honoured Senator Oliver for being a “committed leader devoted to building safe, culturally vibrant and economically prosperous communities with a passion for life and justice.” &n…
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DR. FRANCIS WILLIAM SCHOFIELD

  Honourable Senators, I rise today to remember one man who risked his own life to save a nation - a great Canadian by the name of Dr. Francis William Schofield. To this day, he remains the only foreign national to be buried in the National Independent Hero cemetery in Seoul, Korea. Dr. Schofield was born in Rugby, Warwickshire, England in 1889. In 1907, he immigrated to Canada where he commenced his academic career at the University of Toronto and later earned his ph.D in veterinary sci…
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ROLLING RAMPAGE

  Honourable Senators, I rise today to remind you of an event that took place on April 26 2012,right here on Parliament Hill. The seventh annual Rolling Rampage on the Hill was co-chaired by Senator Consiglio Di Nino and Senator Jim Munson in collaboration with the Canadian Foundation of Physically Disabled Persons. A special thanks to all Senators and MPs and staff who took part this year. The exciting day consisted of a wheelchair relay race of parliamentarians, followed by a wheelchair…
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(1) BATTLE OF KAPYONG

  Honourable Senators, Recently I had the honour of seeing a Canadian soldier return to Korea, where he had fought during the Korean War some 60 years ago. On April 21, 2012,  I had the opportunity to meet Debbie Hearsey and her son Solomon(from Sioux Lookout, Ontario), during their stopover in Vancouver, who was taking the ashes of her late father, Archibald Lloyd Hearsey to Korea to be reunited with his brother, Joseph who was killed in action in Oct 1951. It was Archie Hearsey&r…
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KOMAGATU MARU

  Honourable Senators, I rise today to remind you what a great country we live in. Unlike many countries around the world, Canada allows us to have certain freedoms that may not be found in other countries. Here, we are provided with freedom of speech, freedom of independent thought, freedom of religion, freedom of expression and opinion, freedom to travel abroad, and countless other freedoms that we take for granted every day. If we choose to make something of our lives, we can. We have…
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TRIBUTE TO SENATOR ATAULLAHJAN

  Honourable Senators, in light of last week’s International Women’s Day, I rise today to celebrate the achievement of one of our own formidable women, Senator Salma Ataullahjan. On March 8 – International Women’s Day – Senator Ataullahjan received the “Wonder Woman” award on behalf of the National Heroes Foundation, a non-profit organization ordained by the Government of Pakistan. From more than 300 nominations in 19 countries, Senator Ataullahja…
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REMEMBERING CANADIANS ON HILL 532

  Honourable Senators, Sixty-one years ago, on March 7, 1951, the men of D Company of the Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry were up at 4 a.m. The night before they had been in a front line position. They had been brought to the rear, given absolution by the clergy, allowed to wash, get into dry clothes, gather heavy loads of ammunition. They marched off in the dark in ankle deep snow, five long miles to the start line. Their objective beyond it was the massive Hill 532. It rose…
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PRIVATE KENNETH BRYANT JONES

  Honorable Senators, I rise today to recognize this month in which we celebrate Canadian Black History. In particular, I wish to call attention to the 60th anniversary of the death of one of our Canadian soldiers who was killed in action during the Korean War. Private Kenneth Bryant Jones fell in Korea on January 8, 1952. He served with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps, and was killed instantly when he was struck by a bullet. This proud black soldier from Windsor, Ontario, had als…
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