Extreme cold postpones Special Olympics ski race in Calgary

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An extreme cold warning forced Special Olympics organizers to postpone alpine events that were scheduled for Saturday at WinSport in Calgary.

Jill Moore with Special Olympics Alberta said it was not an easy decision.

“With the low temperatures and wind chill, it’s not safe for our group to be out there,” said Moore.

Sixty-five skiers are still hoping to compete in slalom, giant slalom, and super-G events on Sunday. Moore said organizers will decide on Saturday night whether or not to hold the race Sunday.


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Skiers and coaches filled the stands to cheer on their fellow athletes, taking in speed skating Saturday morning followed by figure skating in the afternoon.

Special Olympics ski racer Andreas Walther said he enjoyed the break from the cold.

“I like watching the sports inside rather than outside,” he said.


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Others, like Sarah Blenkin, said she’d rather be out racing.

“I don’t mind watching [other athletes],” said Blenkin, “but I trained hard.”

Winsport also cancelled youth and preschool ski lessons on Saturday, and closed the tube park until Tuesday.

EMS urged anyone headed outside to cover all exposed skin and to pay special attention to eyes and ears. Even the lightest wind can cause frostbite in minutes, officials said.

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«Terminal F» spécial (sur)vie de l’Amazonie à la Sibérie

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VIDÉO – Pour son nouveau numéro, «Terminal F» le magazine des voyages du Figaro Live vous emmène, ce vendredi, aux confins de l’Amazonie équatorienne, en compagnie des Waoranis. Au programme : la découverte du fascinant mode de vie de cette tribu indienne et une initiation à la survie. Posez toutes toutes vos questions, en direct, dès 15 heures.

Des expériences uniques, des images rares, des émotions inoubliables… Ce numéro de Terminal F, co-présenté par Bénédicte Menu, rédactrice en chef du pôle Tourisme du Figaro, et Jean-Bernard Carillet, auteur et photographe pour Lonely Planet et collaborateur régulier du Figaro, vous transporte dans un autre univers, celui de l’enfer vert, dont il faut connaître tous les secrets et tous les pièges pour pouvoir survivre.

Venu de France, un «stagiaire» s'essaie au tir à la sarbacane
Venu de France, un «stagiaire» s’essaie au tir à la sarbacane Franck Charton/Figaro Magazine

Qui mieux que les Indiens Waorani, peuple autochtone qui vit en parfaite osmose avec la jungle amazonienne depuis la nuit des temps, est à même de partager son expérience et sa connaissance de cet environnement si hostile?

Présents sur le plateau, le reporter et photographe Franck Charton, accompagné d’Isabelle Fleschen, la fondatrice de l’agence Terres Infinies, racontent leur séjour en immersion dans une communauté Waorani. Leur quotidien est rythmé par des parties de chasse (à la sarbacane, s’il vous plaît!) et de pêche à bord d’une pirogue traditionnelle et de marches dans la selve.

Apprendre à décoder les bruits de la forêt

En compagnie de leurs mentors, ils apprennent à déchiffrer la nature grouillante qui les environne, à utiliser les plantes pour confectionner des sacs et des récipients, à se familiariser avec les armes de chasse, à décoder les bruits de la forêt, à se préserver des dangers potentiels, à préparer des repas avec les moyens du bord, à dormir dans un hamac ou dans une hutte de rotin aux toits de palme… Un témoignage exceptionnel.

Isabelle Fleschen en action!
Isabelle Fleschen en action! Franck Charton/Le Figaro Magazine

Autre invitée de choix présente sur le plateau de Terminal F, Élodie Arrault, une aventurière hors pair, fait part de son expérience de survie dans des milieux difficiles, notamment la traversée à pied et en char à glace des 637 km du lac Baïkal dans la région montagneuse russe de la Sibérie, en totale autonomie, dans des conditions particulièrement éprouvantes. Cette athlète multisport présente aussi son prochain projet d’aventure en dehors des sentiers battus, l’expédition Sinbad, dans le sillage des naufragés du radeau de la Méduse, au large de la Mauritanie, dans des conditions là encore proches de la survie…

Clin d’œil enfin au festival Objectif Aventure dont la quatrième édition débute ce vendredi 25 janvier au Centquatre, à Paris. Pendant 3 jours, le public pourra y rencontrer les explorateurs des temps modernes et découvrir pas moins de 30 films en compétition. Parmi eux, celui de Christian Clot et Mélusine Mallender, deux aventuriers que nous avons déjà reçus sur le plateau de Terminal F. Leur film, Adaptation, raconte leur incroyable expérience scientifique dans les milieux les plus hostiles de la planète où ils ont pu tester les limites du corps humain.

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Former mayor Hazel McCallion, 97, to become special adviser to Ford government

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford has appointed Hazel McCallion, the 97-year-old former mayor of Mississauga, Ont., as a special adviser.

Along with the premier, McCallion will advise the province’s minister of municipal affairs and housing, netting up to $150,000 per year.

McCallion served three decades as mayor, during which she was affectionately dubbed « Hurricane Hazel » by supporters and some much more « uncomplimentary » things as well, in her words, including « The Queen of Sprawl. »

During her term, Mississauga grew to become the sixth largest muncipality in the country, says the announcement. 

« This advice, combined with the input we’re receiving through the government’s housing supply consultation, will help ensure that the people of Ontario have access to the right kind of housing in the right place, » said the director of communications for Minister Steve Clark.

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Ford hires McCallion for $150,000 a year ‘special adviser’ post

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Former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion has been hired as Premier Doug Ford’s “special adviser” on municipal affairs for up to $150,000 a year.

The 97-year-old McCallion, mayor from 1978 until 2014, endorsed Ford’s Progressive Conservatives in last June’s election after supporting the Liberals for their previous four victorious campaigns.

Then-Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion during a party to celebrate her 95th birthday in February 2016. McCallion was hired on Jan. 18, 2019 as Premier Doug Ford’s “special adviser” on municipal affairs.
Then-Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion during a party to celebrate her 95th birthday in February 2016. McCallion was hired on Jan. 18, 2019 as Premier Doug Ford’s “special adviser” on municipal affairs.  (Marcus Oleniuk / Toronto Star)

“The Liberals have admitted everything hasn’t been perfect in Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario. Well, that’s one way of putting it,” she said last spring.

“Doug has committed to fixing Ontario’s finances.”

At the time, Wynne noted she and McCallion, who had been close political allies for years, said they broke because “she has been asking me for two years to open up the Greenbelt and I’ve said a firm no.”

“I can see why she would find Doug Ford an attractive candidate,” the then-Liberal premier said.

Ford, whose government is examining the province’s growth plan and looking at regional government in 82 municipalities across Ontario, said Friday that McCallion, a proponent of Mississauga breaking from Peel Region, will also advise Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark “on a range of municipal issues.”

“Housing is one of our government’s top priorities and I’m looking forward to having Hazel McCallion support our work on the housing supply action plan,” said Clark.

“This advice, combined with the input we’re receiving through the government’s housing supply consultation, will help ensure that the people of Ontario have access to the right kind of housing in the right place.”

Long influential at Queen’s Park, McCallion has backed the winner in nearly every provincial election since she was elected Mississauga mayor more than 40 years ago.

Her decision to abandon Tory premier Ernie Eves in 2003 and back Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals played a part in the then governing party’s demise that election.

At the time, she said voters want better services not tax cuts and warned that Ontario cities could not afford the province downloading its costs and responsibilities on them.

Robert Benzie is the Star’s Queen’s Park bureau chief and a reporter covering Ontario politics. Follow him on Twitter: @robertbenzie

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From their perch in a special van, police are watching for texting drivers

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Toronto police are watching, from special elevated vans, streetcars, and their bikes, waiting for you to pick up your phone while driving.

That’s the message they want motorists to get during a week-long distracted-driving blitz aimed at getting people to put down their devices and focus on the road.

The Star went on a ride along Monday to get a first-hand look at the hunt for distracted drivers, hopping into a white 10-seater van that lets cops see into passing cars. Traffic Services is borrowing two from other areas of the police service, as well as an unmarked pick-up truck.

Drivers have gotten more savvy about flouting the law, says Sgt Brett Moore, as a fellow officer steers the van along Lakeshore Boulevard.

“Folks inherently know that distracted driving is wrong, and in order not to be so blatant to have (their phone) up to their ear they’re dropping it down to their lap,” he says.

“These lap-lookers, they’re not kidding anybody.”

The new zero-tolerance campaign follows the province’s stricter penalties for distracted driving, which came into effect Jan 1. It’s now a minimum $615 fine, three-day license suspension and three demerit points, upon conviction, for a first offence. The fines increase to a maximum of $2,000 and $3,000 for second and third convictions respectively.

Upon a third offence, novice drivers lose their licenses entirely and have to start at the bottom of the graduated licensing system.

On Wednesday, officers will be watching from streetcars, calling on radios to officers trailing them in police vehicles who can intercept people spotted using their phones. Cops in regular cars, on foot and on bikes will also be looking out.

The transit technique is borrowed from officers in Waterloo.

“I call it R And D: Rip off and duplicate. We’re not too proud to rip off good ideas and give full credit,” says Moore with a laugh.

Though distracted driving laws have been on the books for almost a decade, motorists keep doing it.

“We’re creatures of habit,” Moore says. “It’s not getting better.”

Provincial data on 2013 collisions show one person is injured in a distracted driving collision every half hour, and a driver using their phone is four times more likely to crash than a driver who’s not.

Sgt Alex Crews, also with Traffic Services, says he usually stops an offender “within 15 minutes,” after he starts looking for them. He caught a driver Monday in a Range Rover who was talking on a Bluetooth but also scrolling through texts on his phone at the same time.

It’s okay to talk on a hands-free device like a Bluetooth, and have a phone or GPS that’s securely mounted, as long as you’re not touching it, aside from to start or end a hands-free call.

The new harsher penalties apply just to devices, but there are other ways to be distracted, from applying makeup to eating, adds Crews.

“Let’s say you’re driving along and you have a sandwich and you take a bite, no issues. It’s when you’ve got the triple cheeseburger and you’re dripping mayo and ketchup and mustard into your lap and you’re wiping it down and oh my goodness, you rear-end somebody,” he says.

That would be considered careless driving.

At one point the van passes a man glancing down near St Lawrence Market. But officers need to see someone using their phone to make the charge, Moore says.

Toronto police investigated 10,000 instances of possible distracted driving in 2018 — a rate of about 27 a day.

Several tickets were issued Monday morning.

Almost all of those fined cried — something Moore has little patience for.

“It’s that instant remorse, too little too late,” he says.

“There should be no crying in distracted driving.”

Instead of tears after the fact, Moore wants to see people “make a change” now, by investing in a device to properly secure their phones.

“It’s just a matter of time,” he says. “The more times that you drive distracted, use your device, text, phone whatever … one day your number will come up and you’re going to cause a collision.”

May Warren is a breaking news reporter based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @maywarren11

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Christmas trip home has special significance for couple affected by Danforth shooting

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Jerry Pinksen introduced his girlfriend, Danielle Kane, to all the expected things on her first trip to Newfoundland over Christmas. The couple visited friends and family in Pinksen’s hometown of Straitsview on the Northern Peninsula and spent time outdoors enjoying the winter weather.

« I got to ride on a Ski-Doo for the first time, and I drove it too, » Kane told The St. John’s Morning Show. She called the experience « exhilarating, » even if she was surprised by how cold her thumbs got.

« Remember, she’s still a mainlander, » Pinksen joked. « There’s only so much we can do; she’s not so tough as us. »

But Kane is actually plenty tough, as her boyfriend of two years and many others have seen first-hand over the past few months. The ability to travel for a Christmas vacation in rural Newfoundland is one sign — of many — of how much the Toronto woman has recovered since she was injured in the July 22 shooting in the city’s Danforth neighbourhood.

Kane rode — and drove — a snowmobile for the first time while on the Northern Peninsula. (Provided by Jerry Pinksen)

« It was fantastic. I loved it. Everyone was so warm and welcoming, » Kane said. The trip came just five months after she spent 11 days in a medically induced coma in intensive care, the start of her long recovery from injuries that left her in a wheelchair.

« I felt like I was coming home even though I hadn’t met a lot of the folks up there. »

July 22 shooting

On the evening of July 22, Pinksen and Kane were having dinner with a friend on the patio of the Danforth’s 7Numbers restaurant when they heard gunshots.

The group ran inside for shelter but Pinksen, an emergency room nurse, left to help when he heard someone outside had been shot.

« With my medical training I knew I could help this person, so I told Danielle, ‘I have to exit, I have to help this woman,' » he said.

He didn’t know that Kane, a nursing student herself who had first aid training, had followed him to the restaurant’s emergency exit.

« I didn’t think that Jerry should go out by himself because in any emergency situation you’re going to want all hands on deck, » Kane said.

If the gunshot was just a little bit higher, I probably would not have made it.– Danielle Kane

Pinksen was able to duck out of the way when he saw the shooter, Faisal Hussain, raise a gun, but Kane was hit while standing in the exit.

« I was told that if the gunshot was just a little bit higher, I probably would not have made it, » she said.

Recovering from injuries

Though she survived the shooting, her injuries mean she will remain in a wheelchair, Kane said.

Her T11 vertebra was shattered, and doctors had to fuse her T10 and T20 vertebrae. She also needed three abdominal surgeries to clean internal debris left by injuries to her stomach, she said.

Kane had several surgeries and spent 11 days in a medically induced coma after the July shooting. (GoFundMe)

« My abdomen was left open for three days because there was too much swelling. »

However, Kane says she has recovered significantly since the shooting and expects to continue to do so through her ongoing rehabilitation in Toronto.

« I’ve learned that basically I can still gain back a lot of independence. I’ll be able to drive again, I’ll be able to return to work, and I’ll still be able to have children, » she said. 

« It’s not a death sentence. »

Danielle Kane attends rehabilitation therapy a few times a week and is exercising to build her strength, with a goal of getting her driver’s licence in the spring. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

She hopes to regain her licence in the spring, and plans to intern with the Ontario Nurses’ Association this summer before resuming her nursing studies in September.

Pinksen said he’s not prepared to return to work in an emergency room, but he hopes to continue to deal with the trauma of the shooting and reassess his readiness in a few months.

For now, he said, he is focusing on helping Danielle recover, especially considering the benefit his medical experience brings to their situation.

Kane, left, says she loved her first visit to Newfoundland, spent with Pinksen, standing, and his family. ‘Everyone was so warm and welcoming,’ she says. (Provided by Jerry Pinksen)

« It’s better for us to be healing together and while I can help Danielle the best way I can, being a nurse, » he said.

Having Pinksen’s help, as well as the support of family and friends, has been key in staying optimistic about the future, Kane said. 

« It’s been amazing. Everyone asks me, ‘Why are you doing so well?’ And I’m like, ‘I have such great support.' »

Focused on the future

Pinksen and Kane continue to have some sympathy for Hussain, 29, who killed himself after the shooting, in which he injured 13 people and killed two.

The two have had a lot to process since Kane was released from the hospital, but both still believe Hussain must have been struggling himself to act as he did.

« I still believe in my heart that this person was suffering, » said Pinksen. 

« He had to be suffering to think and plan out such an assault on all these individuals and want to bring so much terror and pain. »

Pinksen and Kane both say they are trying to look ahead to their future. ‘We can’t dwell on what happened,’ Pinksen says. (Provided by Jerry Pinksen)

Kane pointed to her own history with depression, saying that she believes Hussain must have been not only disturbed, but isolated and lonely.

« I try to think about how my depression affected my life before, and how maybe I didn’t appreciate what I had, all the good things I had in my life before, » she said.

Focusing on that good has helped her recovery, Kane said, because it has helped her realize how much love she has in her life and how much living she has left to do.

The couple tries to look toward the full life they have ahead instead of back on what happened, Pinksen said.

« We try not to dwell on him or that, and just know that we’re still lucky to be alive, we’re still lucky to have each other, and we’re just going to look forward. »

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Cabinet OKs plan for Mint to craft special toonies to mark D-Day anniversary

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The Royal Canadian Mint is creating two commemorative coins to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

The Liberal cabinet approved the design of the new toonies, one of which will have multiple colours instead of the usual two-toned coin, to commemorate a key turning point in the Second World War.

On June 6, 1944 a combined force of about 150,000 Allied troops, made up of largely of Canadian, American and British soldiers, stormed the beaches on France’s Normandy coast, coming up against Nazi troops in concrete fortified gun positions.

About 14,000 Canadians were involved in the assault, known as Operation Overlord. Canada also contributed some 110 ships and 15 fighter and bomber squadrons.

On D-Day, 359 Canadians died as they ran from boats onto Juno Beach and more than 1,000 were injured.

The invasion marked the start of months of fighting to free France from Nazi occupation and would eventually lead to victory in Europe.

The Mint regularly creates commemorative coins to mark these kinds of anniversaries, having done so earlier this year with three million limited-edition toonies to mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War in 1918.

And in 2014, for the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Mint created a commemorative silver coin depicting soldiers in full battle gear disembarking a landing craft towards Juno Beach. But the Mint only created 8,400 of the coins, for collectors. The new toonies are to be « circulation » coins, used as regular money.

Alex Reeves, a spokesman for the Mint, said the Crown corporation couldn’t discuss the new coins because it doesn’t disclose information beyond what is published in official notices prior to the launch of a new commemorative coin.

The government order says the D-Day toonies will have an image of four soldiers and one sailor, all wearing helmets and one holding a rifle, in a landing craft at Juno Beach.

The helmet of the middle soldier will be olive green on the coloured toonie.

There will also be renderings of a Canadian destroyer, barrage balloon and Spitfire fighter planes.

The terms « D-Day » and « Remember, » along with the French « Le Jour J » and « Souvenir » will be inscribed around the coins.

A Canadian Army Newsreel depicts the D-Day lead-up, the landing and the march for Paris in 1944. 6:30

Separately, the Liberals have also approved a commemorative loonie to mark the 50th anniversary of Parliament’s decriminalizing homosexual acts.

Up until 1969, sexual acts between consenting same-sex adults were deemed crimes in Canada and punishable by jail time.

The loonie to be created by the Mint will have two faces overlapping to create one face, with a small hoop earring on the left ear, surrounded by wavy and curved lines, the official posting says.

The words « Equality » and the French « Egalite » will be inscribed on the coin along with the year.

The CBC Television program Horizon looks back 20 years after the Allied invasion of Normandy. 56:12

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Ontario names former Lac Seul chief as ‘special adviser’ on Indigenous affairs

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The Ontario government has named the former chief of Lac Seul First Nation in northwestern Ontario to an adviser’s role to the province’s Indigenous affairs minister.

The province announced on Friday that Clifford Bull will be a « special adviser » on Indigenous affairs. A written release stated that Bull will advise Indigenous Affairs Minister Greg Rickford on economic, social and jurisdictional issues affecting Indigenous communities.

According to the government, Bull will also « serve as a liaison » on behalf of Premier Doug Ford and Rickford, with Indigenous communities.

Bull was chief of Lac Seul from 2006 up until earlier this year. The province said he has also served as a band councillor for the community and worked as a social worker supporting residential school survivors.

« He has a proven track record of bringing communities and individuals together to achieve common goals, » Rickford was quoted as saying in the government’s announcement. « As special adviser, I know he will help create meaningful opportunities to strengthen the relationship between Indigenous communities and Ontario. »

Bull ran for the PCs in the newly-created Kiiwetinoong riding in the 2018 provincial election, finishing second behind the NDP’s Sol Mamakwa.

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First Nations leaders, Elders, women, youth and other delegates gather for the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly on unceded Algonquin territory in Ottawa, Ontario.

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‘A very special Remembrance Day’: Canadian events mark 100 years since end of WW I

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Remembrance Day ceremonies on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and at city halls, places of worship and military bases across Canada Sunday commemorated the end of the First World War a century ago.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan headed the ceremony, which began in sub-zero temperatures, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Paris for events with other world leaders.

Sajjan arrived at the National War Memorial along with Gov. Gen. Julie Payette, who recently returned from Belgium, where she attended additional commemorative events.

Among those Payette greeted as the ceremony got underway was Winnipeg resident Anita Cenerini, who was named as the 2018 National Silver Cross mother, representing all military mothers who have lost a child to war. Cenerini fought for her son, Pte. Thomas Welch, to receive full military honours after his suicide.

This is the first time the legion has chosen a mother who lost a child to suicide for the year-long designation. After serving in Afghanistan in 2003, the 22-year-old ended his life on May 8, 2004, at the army base in Petawawa, Ont.

At 11 a.m. Sunday, a sombre silence was broken by the beginning of a 21-gun salute and the deep tolling of a bell marking the solemn occasion. Five CF-18 Hornet aircraft from Cold Lake, Alta., also soared over the crowd at the National War Memorial in a « missing man » formation. The crowd paused at 11 a.m. to reflect on the sacrifices of Canadians who gave their lives in conflict around the world.

During the First World War, more than 66,000 Canadians died on the battlefields of Europe and more than 45,000 lost their lives during the Second World War. The Remembrance Day ceremonies acknowledged the contributions of all Canadians who have served and are still serving today.

Thousands gather for Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa:

Remembrance Day ceremony on Parliament Hill commemorates the end of the First World War a century ago. 3:28

Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Gré​goire Trudeau, accompanied Sajjan at the ceremony, and was joined by Senator Peter Harder, Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff, Liberal MP Karen McCrimmon representing Veterans Affairs Canada and Thomas Irvine, national president of Royal Canadian Legion.

‘Very special Remembrance Day’

As the Ottawa Children’s Choice sang In Flanders Field, wreaths were laid at the foot of the war memorial to remember the fallen. Payette put down the first wreath, followed by Cenerini on behalf of « The Mothers of Canada, » then Sajjan on behalf of the government, as well as others representing various federal departments, and even one representing the young people of Canada and another on behalf of Indigenous people.

In an interview before the ceremony began, Sajjan told CBC’s Hannah Thibedeau that this is a « very special Remembrance Day » because of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice, ending the so-called Great War.

« We as a nation have been defined by it in many different ways, » said Canada’s defence minister, a Canadian Armed Forces veteran.

Poppies are pinned to a cross at Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Grand Parade in Halifax on Sunday, one of the many events across Canada. (Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press)

« Even today our men and women in Armed Forces are deployed all over the world. And let’s not forget the families as well who serve alongside them. »

Sajjan also stressed the important role of peacekeepers.

« World War I was a consequence where peace was not found … when we look at the work they do, we’re proud of the resilience in not only reducing conflict, but also preventing it. »

Honouring the fallen

In a statement Sunday from the Prime Minister’s Office, Trudeau emphasized the role Canadians played in the First World War.

« One hundred years ago today, the Armistice between Germany and the Allies ended the First World War. As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice, we also mark Canada’s Hundred Days, » his statement says, in part.

« During the ‘100 Days Offensive,’ Canadians spearheaded attacks that overcame the last lines of German defences and paved the way to final victory. These soldiers were the face and strength of a young country that sacrificed beyond measure and never faltered in its duty. »

Trudeau also encouraged people in Canada to take time out for two minutes of silence, to « remember every Canadian who has sacrificed their future for generations beyond their own. We stand today, free and at peace, because of them.

Mayor John Tory, centre, participates in a wreath ceremony during the sunrise Remembrance Day service at Prospect Ceremony in Toronto on Sunday. (Canadian Press)

« Lest we forget. »

In Toronto, among the events across the city, there was a military parade through the downtown streets, with the primary ceremony happening at Old City Hall, with Mayor John Tory in attendance.

Premier Doug Ford hosted Ontario’s official Queen’s Park Remembrance Day ceremony in Toronto, where he encouraged Canadians to remember soldiers past and present as they reflect on the centennial anniversary.

After a ceremony that saw as many as 500 troops march towards the Ontario Legislature while John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields was read aloud, Ford told the crowd that « Canadian heroes span every conflict and every generation. »

On the East Coast, ceremonies included ones in Nova Scotia, where crowds of people filled the square at Halifax’s Grand Parade. As the clock struck 11 a.m., the gun on nearby Citadel Hill fired the first of 22 shots.

And in Prince Edward Island, hundreds gathered in Charlottetown to honour the fallen. The sombre crowd stood in near silence as it reflected on the battles that ended a century ago, and those that have come since.

Montreal’s main ceremony began at the Quebec Provincial Command, at Place du Canada. Quebec City’s event took place on the Plains of Abraham with Premier Franç​ois Legault in attendance.

Meanwhile, a church in Fernie, B.C., commemorated the 100th anniversary of the armistice by ringing its bell 100 times. Thousands of people also turned out for commemorations at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.

With files from The Canadian Press

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