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Hopefully by developing a clear needs assessment and working with the community and partners we can find a solution that reduces waste, reduces bear problems and mortality, encourages car-free residents and does not substantially increase municipal spending on waste collection. I hope this sparks some community discussion and I look forward to working with the Bear Smart team and other members of the Solid Waste and Materials task force (maybe even drawing out some enthusiastic new volunteers).

Sue Maxwell

Emerald Solid Waste and Materials Task Force member

 

May our children remember

HONG KONG, Nov. 8, 2010 - It was Christmas Day 1941, here in Hong Kong, soon after the attack on Pearl Harbour. A small group of Canadian soldiers from the Winnipeg Grenadiers and the Royal Rifles were defending the Chinese civilians. They were under-equipped and outnumbered and the Japanese assault rapidly wore them down. The Canadians fought bravely, making their final stand at a place called St. Stephen's School, which had been converted to a field hospital for the wounded from various fields of battle across Asia.  
The school overflowed with the badly injured soldiers. On that fateful Christmas Day, the Canadians surrendered, in full expectation that the attack would stop. Instead, a barbarous onslaught continued and many defenceless Canadians were slaughtered.

This three-day visit to Hong Kong has been dedicated to promoting the Asia Pacific Gateway and, particularly, the Pacific Rim interests of people in our riding. I'll be back in time to lay a wreath on behalf of the Government of Canada on Remembrance Day. But, before returning to Canada, I'll be taking a moment today to stand with Minister Stockwell Day, Minister of Canada's Asia Pacific Gateway, at St. Stephen's, once again a school, where the staff and students will today commemorate the Canadians who made their last stand on that sacred ground.

My late father was captured in Singapore two months after the massacre at St. Stephen's and spent three and a half years as a prisoner of war. He and soldiers like him talked rarely about their ordeals but, on his behalf, and on behalf of the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, past and present, we must tell our children: we must never forget.

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