Generic wreath at Courtenay cenotaph

North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney’s Remembrance Day address

A lot has been said and commented and shared this year on the ideas of sacrifice, freedom, service, and those to whom we are thankful.

North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney.

There have been many wartime terms and analogy used to describe the times we’re in, and the response that is being asked of us all. In fact our military was even called into service to assist in seniors care facilities when they were overwhelmed in the first phase of the pandemic in Ontario and Quebec.

So on this Remembrance Day, November 11, 2020, it is more important than ever that we hear the stories and consider the wisdom and perspective of those who have been through literal wartimes, who have fought and have sacrificed for the things our country stands for: our fundamental freedoms and rights, and our responsibilities to our country, and to one another.

As the Critic for Veterans Affairs, I have had the honour and responsibility of hearing from many veterans in our riding and across Canada about their experiences, their frustrations, and their hopes. On Remembrance Day, and every day, we can honour them, and those that came before them by continuing to build a nation where even during the health and economic crisis we find ourselves in right now, we leave nobody behind.

We can honour them by ensuring that all front-line workers – from grocery store clerks, teachers, and long-term care workers to armed forces members and health care workers – are fairly compensated and treated with respect. We can honour them by making sure that as a country we provide our seniors, our elders and our veterans with a life of dignity when their service years are over.”

Remembrance Day

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The suspect is described as approximately 20-25 years old, between 5’3 to 5’4, with dark hair. He was wearing black Adidas pants, white shoes, and a puffy grey jacket. Photo supplied
Attempted robbery in Courtenay

Investigators from the Comox Valley RCMP Major Crime Unit are investigating

The Fifth Street Bridge requires structural improvements, new coating to repair and prevent corrosion, and deck repairs. File photo
Fifth Street Bridge repairs to proceed in Courtenay

The unofficial results are in for the Fifth Street Bridge Rehabilitation Alternative… Continue reading

Windy conditions in Nanaimo’s Lost Lake area. (News Bulletin file photo)
Wind warning issued for the east coast of Vancouver Island

Environment Canada says people ‘should be on the lookout’ for adverse weather conditions

BC Hydro will release higher volumes of water down the Puntledge River on Nov. 24-25. Black Press file photo
BC Hydro testing hydroelectric facility system along Puntledge River all week

Tests will result in high water levels, possible siren initiation

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of COVID-19 cross a street in downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, November 22, 2020. The use of masks is mandatory in indoor public and retail spaces in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. reports 17 COVID deaths, 1,933 new cases as hospitalizations surge over the weekend

There are 277 people in hospital, of whom 59 are in ICU or critical care

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Stock photo
Senior from Gibsons caught viewing child porn sentenced to 10 months

74-year-old pleaded guilty after police seized 1,500-2,500 images

BC Teachers' Federation President Teri Mooring is asking parents of school-aged children to encourage the wearing of masks when possible in schools. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
LETTER: Teachers union encourages culture of mask wearing in B.C. schools

BCTF President Teri Mooring asks parents to talk with children about wearing masks in school

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speak to the media about the COVID-19 virus outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s inability to manufacture vaccines in-house will delay distribution: Trudeau

First doses of COVID-19 vaccine expected in first few months of 2021, prime minister says

The North Island 9-1-1 Corporation (NI911) has supported local residents for 25 years. Black Press file photo
North Island 911 looks to change how they get funding

Three options to be decided upon in early 2021

All dance studios, other indoor group fitness facilities must close amid updated COVID-19 rules

Prior announcement had said everything except spin, HIIT and hot yoga could remain open

B.C. Liberal interim leader Shirley Bond speaks to reporters from Prince George via Zoom conference, Nov. 24, 2020. MLAs are being sworn in for the legislature session this week, many of them also by video. (B.C. legislature)
B.C. Liberal leadership contest will wait for election post-mortem

Interim leader set to face NDP on payments for COVID-19

Most Read