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Wednesday
May272015

A Wartime Wedding

(Supplied Photo)

By Sue Careless

MY ENGLISH PARENTS married during the constraints and austerity of the Second World War. Perhaps, given today’s typical North American extravaganza, we could learn something from a simple wartime wedding.   

My mother, Pat, a city girl, was serving in the Women’s Land Army when she first encountered my father, Ralph, an engineering officer in the Royal Air Force. They met near Coventry

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Wednesday
May272015

Tribute: Marianna Stack – Advocate for women inmates  

(Photo: www.premier.gov.on.ca)

WOMEN in Canadian prisons have lost a true friend and advocate. Marianna Lorraine Stack, 73, died suddenly on Easter Monday, Apr. 6th, in her birthplace of Saint John, NB. Stack was the co-founder and president of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saint John, an organization that helps to improve the lives of marginalized and imprisoned women in New Brunswick.

She developed a number of programs through the Elizabeth Fry Society

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Monday
Apr062015

TAP Tribute - Gladys Osmond: Tireless letter writer to the troops

(Staff)  A NEWFOUNDLAND grandmother who hand-wrote “hundreds of thousands” of letters to Canadian troops overseas has died at the age of 91.

Gladys Osmond wrote her first letter to a Canadian soldier serving overseas in 1983. In 2011 she told the press that she composed “more than a thousand letters every month,” not to mention countless emails. It’s estimated more than 400,000 letters were sent to Canadian Armed Forces members over three decades as a result of her efforts.

 

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Monday
Apr062015

By Sue Careless 

AFTER NO FEWER than six moves in six years from its original home near Dufferin and St Clair, the ANiC congregation of St Chad’s has found a new and welcoming home closer to Bloor St. in Toronto. St. Chad’s has rented from Presbyterian churches and a Russian Orthodox one, as well as Seventh Day Adventist and Korean United churches. And now it has settled into a large Baptist church in Etobicoke that, except for the lack of kneelers, has the ambience of a traditional neo-gothic Anglican church. After years on its knees, the congregation would seem to have landed on its feet.

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Monday
Apr062015

Churches asked to help resettle refugees from Syria and Iraq

(Staff)   CANADA plans to welcome refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war and the Islamic State’s reign of terror, but the federal government hopes private organizations, such as church groups, will shoulder 60 per cent of the work and costs. It will pick up the remaining 40 per cent.

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