This is a great book about a boy named August Pullman, who was born with a very unique face. As the Mad Hatter Music Festival kicked off in Leduc on Thursday, Leduc County took measures to stop the festival, over safety concerns. On Thursday just before noon, a Leduc County Peace Officer arrived on the scene of the festival a€“ and issued a stop order to organizers. A Leduc County peace officer hand-delivered the order Thursday morning, as the festival was set to start.
The order comes one day after county officials went public with concerns over safety of the festival, as organizers had not met requirements. Daoud said the countya€™s planning department had been working closely with festival organizers to make sure requirements were met a€“ however, officials said festival organizers would not change the dates to make sure plans were in place. On Wednesday, festival organizers said they were going ahead with their plans despite the countya€™s warning. Organizers are expecting 200 performers, on four stages a€“ and hundreds are expected to attend. The festival is being held on private property, and organizers said theya€™ve been given permission to hold the festival on the property.
County officials said organizers could be left with a number of fines and penalties under the Municipal Government Act, along with county bylaws. My name is Holly Peterson, and I am a third-year undergraduate History Major at the University of Calgary. One of the projects I completed this summer was a finding aid designed to provide researchers with resources on the First World War. The 1914 City Council Meeting Minutes book records that, on October 20, Alderman Driscoll asked on behalf of the 101 Regiment Edmonton Fusiliers if the Stock Pavilion at the Exhibition Grounds could be used as a drill hall during the winter. By January 14, 1915, according to the Edmonton Bulletin, around 2,500 men of the 49 and 51 Battalions and the 101 Fusiliers called the Exhibition Grounds home. My Great Grandfather Col Peter Anderson who owned the Anderson Brick Yard was out of Edmonton serving in the First World War when he and his whole regiment were ambushed and taken prisoners to a German Prison Camp. The Transforming Edmonton blog helps City employees connect with Edmontonians about the programs and services that build a great city. Edmonton's Strategic Plan - The Way Ahead - provides the City’s vision for our community in 2040 and establishes six 10-year goals that guide progress towards Transforming Edmonton. Edit your search location above or simply move me on the map to perform a search in another area! Troops headed to Afghanistan and Bosnia after a deployment ceremony at CFB Valcartier near Quebec City on Friday Jan. TORONTO -- Daniel Lafontaine's accounts of life in war-torn Bosnia send chills down the spines of his listeners. His first-hand account of life as a hostage reminds his audience of the perils that soldiers must face in a combat zone, while his descriptions of city streets piled high with corpses paint a devastating mental picture of what havoc a battle can cause.
Lafontaine has spent the past nine months sharing stories of wartime horror with students near his home town of Quebec City.
His words may help future generations remember the devastating effects of war, but they also help him to forget.


Lafontaine, 47, has found that sharing his experiences has been a crucial part of his recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder. Confronting those emotions was a long and nearly deadly process for Lafontaine, who said he showed no symptoms until years after he left the army in 2003. When he began experiencing irritability, aggression and anger, he never attributed his shifting moods to the traumas he witnessed during his two tours of duty in Bosnia. Only after a suicide attempt in 2009 did Lafontaine begin receiving help for PTSD and other anxiety disorders. The fact that Lafontaine finds his public speeches healing comes as no surprise to Katy Kamkar of the psychological trauma unit of Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Sharing stories with a sympathetic, captive audience is an extension of the sort of treatments PTSD sufferers undergo in individual therapy, she said.
Victims often start treatment by avoiding potentially difficult subjects, only to find their reserve crumbles as psychologists urge them to discuss their trauma in detail. Veterans who voluntarily take that step in front of a group of strangers, Kamkar said, have successfully navigated a crucial turning point. Remembrance lectures have the added benefit of great personal significance to former soldiers, she said, adding PTSD patients who involve themselves in a meaningful cause also improve their odds of recovery. While spared the crippling effects of PTSD himself, Wiss still finds himself swamped by grief for three close comrades who were killed by roadside bombs. His many speeches all conclude with a poetic tribute to his fallen friends, and Wiss said he still finds himself choking back tears each time. Despite the acknowledged importance of facing emotional demons head-on, Lafontaine said the process is easier said than done for both past and present-day soldiers. His forthright confessions of mental illness often earn astonished looks from fellow veterans, he said, adding the subject still bears a strong taboo within military circles. Retired general Rick Hillier, Canada's national defence chief from 2005 to 20078, acknowledged that mental illness issues still don't receive the attention they deserve.
Hillier, however, believes the message may be heard more clearly over time as hundreds of veterans fan out across the country each year to bring Remembrance Day to life for the Canadian public.
Wiss said those who are on the speaking circuit to combat their emotional upheaval will hopefully find some solace if they approach the situation with realistic expectations. It tells a story of compassion and acceptance, seen through the eyes of an ordinary boy with an extraordinary appearance.
I have been the City of Edmonton Archives’ clerical assistant with the Young Canada Works program for the summer of 2015. As I perused government records, manuscripts, photographs, and newspaper clippings related to this event, I was impressed by just how much Edmonton had contributed to the war effort on the home front.
1917 A bit of the battlefield was brought to the home front with this display of trench warfare at the Exhibition Grounds. A week later, City Council not only approved this motion, but extended their invitation to cover the entire Exhibition Grounds and all other city property. 1914 This building was the first part of the Exhibition Grounds requested for use by the military during the First World War. Stark of the Exhibition Association, all dating from 1916, reveal interesting tidbits of day-to-day life for the troops.


I am not sure whether my great grandfather Col Peter Anderson who owned the Anderson Brick Yard, where the Muttart Conservatory now stands, was with an Edmonton regiment which was captured and placed in a German Prison Camp during the First World War and the only one to escape this prison and get his way home again. He was able to make a very daring escape from this prison camp and return back to Edmonton. Yellow Pages Group & Designa„?, CanPagesa„?, and CanPages Life Around Me & Designa„? are trademarks of Yellow Pages Digital & Media Solutions Limited in Canada. He soon found sharing memories with his psychiatric team was not enough, he said, adding he felt it was important to ensure others learned of the sacrifices made by soldiers every day. Ray Wiss, an army doctor who fought on the front lines during two tours of duty in Afghanistan, agrees.
But what can happen if you deal with it in a healthy manner is that you make friends with the ghosts," he said.
It brings the uplifting story of Auggie Pullman, a kind 10-year old boy born with severe facial deformity. It's about a 10-year-old boy, who despite from his facial deformation, tries to live an ordinary life like any other.
History has long been a passion of mine, so being able to play a role in the preservation of Alberta’s heritage has been a fascinating and invaluable experience. The example I found the most notable was that, a century ago, the Edmonton Exhibition Grounds – famous as the home of K-Days – was used not only for fun and games, but as a training ground for soldiers.
A formal agreement between Brigadier-General Cruikshanks, head of Military District 13, and Mayor Henry of Edmonton lent the grounds to the Militia Department “for as long as the present war, in which the Empire is engaged, shall last.” The Exhibition’s stables, poultry, and dog buildings became barracks, the dining hall an officers’ mess, and the livestock area stables for the Fusiliers’ horses.
For example, the 194 Battalion was granted permission to hold sports competitions and bet on horse races as a Victoria Day celebration.
The railway cars in the background are likely being loaded with supplies and weapons to be used by the battalion in Europe. It seemed that Edmonton refused to be outdone by its southern rival even in matters of war!
Colonel Griesbach of the 49 Battalion reported that the troops themselves – many of whom were carpenters, architects, or engineers – were responsible for making and moving the bunkbeds, tables, benches, and other furniture necessary for their stay.
The 233 Battalion was allowed to use a corner of the pavilion as a pool room, provided it first moved the “poultry equipment” housed there to a new location! Cruikshanks arrived from Calgary the next morning to inspect the fair grounds and recruits. The letters also divulge mishaps like a late payment for horse feed, the theft and damage of two fire extinguishers, and the vandalism of a roller coaster.
In spite of this, it seems that the soldiers greatly appreciated the Exhibition’s hospitality, with several battalions sending letters of thanks.



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