Round Table talk on CJBK

We’re always discussing the day’s headlines and debating what’s best for London.

Here’s the latest Round Table on Newstalk 1290 CJBK.


My Writing Portfolio

RCA Museum

Londoner arranges to get In Flanders Fields poet on battlefield

Man smashes car window with rock to save overheated dog

Senior feels safer at home than in hospital

Trainer’s brightest moment came in the dark of night

Hockey player makes extraordinary rise through figure skating ranks

Multi-media series to mark the start of the First World War

Torino Olympics portfolio

Cyclist collides with train and survives

Miami at top of its game

Death of Charley Fox: War veteran fought Rommel

Letters remind us of pain of war

Allen Olimer
Allen Olimer

I have just received a great gift from a man related to the Olimer side of our family by marriage.

Thanks to Clark Hooten, I have precious letters my uncle Allen Olimer sent home from the front lines during World War II.

He was killed in August, 1944.

There is also a letter from Allen’s sister-in-law Violet, writing to let her family members know of his death. It is truly heartbreaking.

In reading the letters, I wonder if we have really learned anything about the horror of war?

The rhetoric from politicians and other world leaders leaves little doubt that the two world wars are fading from collective memory and the generations that fought in these wars can no longer convey the pain.

We must remind our leaders, every chance we get, that going to war is not an option.

From my great-aunt Vi to relatives in Bracebridge Ont.: “We just had some terrible news. Allen was killed in action Aug. 8. Further information when they have it. It is almost too much to bear. I would have phoned only I did not want to upset mother. Well there is not anything to say or do. Love Violet.”