Remembrance Day in Toronto – 100 years since the end of WWI

Mayor John Tory: “.. to renew our commitment to striving the peace, seeking the world without war, standing up for a way of life that so many gave their lives to preserve and to protect. And now more than ever that way of life must continue to include respect for each other, acceptance for each other. The freedom to be who you are was a big part of what that sacrifice was all about. The greatest act of respect and remembrance we could perform and honor of those we lost in all of the wars would be to stand up against the seemingly growing tide of polarization and far too often outright hatred. This too was what those young people were fighting against. And it must never again take a war to remind us that a part of our hard earned liberty is not just to be able to say what we all want and to be who we are, but also to live in a city and in a world where we respect each other and pledge to life free of discrimination and hatred.”

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The first massive humanitarian assistance in history

During the liberation of the Western Czechoslovakia by US Army, General Patton brought humanitarian aid worth 261 million dollars. It was called “UNRRA”, financed by USA, Canada, Great Britain and others (future UN founding members). It was the first project of massive international humanitarian and development assistance in history. Starting another occupation, this time by communist Russia, it was banned to talk about “UNRRA” for decades. #lestweforget #remember #remembranceday

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My this year’s TIFF was all about inspiration and learning. Learning more about the people in North America, particularly the skating community in LA. And getting a new life drive from young talented people putting an effort into something which resulted in a beautiful story piece.

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