Remembrance Day November 11 2022


Canadians recognize Remembrance Day, originally called Armistice Day, every 11 November at 11 a.m. It marks the end of hostilities during the First World War and an opportunity to recall all those who have served in the nation’s defence.

Armistice Day

Armistice Day was inaugurated in 1919 throughout much of the British Empire, but on the second Monday in November. In 1921, the Canadian Parliament passed an Armistice Day bill to observe ceremonies on the first Monday in the week of 11 November, but this combined the event with the Thanksgiving Day holiday. For much of the 1920s, Canadians observed the date with little public demonstration. Veterans and their families gathered in churches and around local memorials, but observances involved few other Canadians.

In 1928, some prominent citizens, many of them veterans, pushed for greater recognition and to separate the remembrance of wartime sacrifice from the Thanksgiving holiday. In 1931, the federal government decreed that the newly named Remembrance Day would be observed on 11 November and moved Thanksgiving Day to a different date. Remembrance Day would emphasize the memory of fallen soldiers instead of the political and military events leading to victory in the First World War.

11 November

Remembrance Day rejuvenated interest in recalling the war and military sacrifice, attracting thousands to ceremonies in cities large and small across the country. It remained a day to honour the fallen, but traditional services also witnessed occasional calls to remember the horror of war and to embrace peace. Remembrance Day ceremonies were usually held at community cenotaphs and war memorials, or sometimes at schools or in other public places. Two minutes of silence, the playing of the Last Post, the recitation of In Flanders Fields, and the wearing of poppies quickly became associated with the ceremony.

Remembrance Day has since gone through periods of intense observation and periodic decline. The 50th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in 1995 marked a noticeable upsurge of public interest, which has not ebbed in recent years. It is now a national holiday for federal and many provincial government workers, and the largest ceremonies are attended in major cities by tens of thousands. The ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa is nationally televised, while most media outlets – including newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, and internet sources – run special features, interviews, or investigative reports on military history or remembrance-related themes.

Feds, Ontario to spend $56M for high-speed internet to 16,000 rural homes in eastern Ontario


More than $56 million in government funding is being committed to bring high-speed internet access to 16,000 homes in rural communities across eastern Ontario, officials announced Wednesday.

Federal, Ontario and Canadian Infrastructure Bank officials made the joint announcement at the Selwyn Public Library’s branch in the village of Bridgenorth, just north of Peterborough.

Read more: Ontario, feds invest $45M for high-speed internet upgrades in Northumberland County

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BCE reports third quarter 2022 results


This news release contains forward-looking statements. For a description of the related risk factors and assumptions, please see the section entitled “Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” later in this news release. The information contained in this news release is unaudited.

  • Leading advanced mobile and fibre networks delivered record 401,132 total broadband net customer activations — 224,343 mobile phone, 49,044 mobile connected devices; 89,652 retail Internet and 38,093 IPTV — up 50.3% y/y
  • 3.2% consolidated revenue growth delivered 1.2% higher adjusted EBITDA1 as $38 million in storm and inflationary cost pressures2 absorbed in the quarter
  • Net earnings of $771 million, down 5.2%, with net earnings attributable to common shareholders of $715 million, or $0.78 per common share, down 6.0%; adjusted net earnings1 of $801 million generated adjusted EPS1 of $0.88, up 7.3%
  • Excellent wireless operating results: strong revenue and adjusted EBITDA growth of 7.4% and 7.8%, respectively; best-ever mobile phone net subscriber activations of 224,343, up 64.4%; lowest Q3 postpaid churn3 rate of 0.90%; and 2.2% higher mobile phone blended ARPU4
  • Highest retail Internet net activations in 17 years, up 36.3% to 89,652, drove 8% residential Internet revenue growth; on track to complete 80% of broadband Internet buildout plan by end of 2022
  • Bell Media digital revenue5 up 40% contributing to stable total media revenue as advertiser spending slows due to macroeconomic conditions
  • Reconfirming all 2022 financial guidance targets

Federal fall economic statement shows promise but stops short


TORONTO- The federal fall economic statement, tabled today by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, shows promise but stops short of additional measures needed to ensure economic prosperity and stability for Canada’s workers and their families.

“There are several encouraging items in the statement, including the basic labour protections required for new clean tech and clean hydrogen tax credits and the promise of consultation for additional investments in advanced manufacturing in the 2023 budget,” said Unifor National President Lana Payne. “However, more must be done to further strengthen these labour protections and to introduce solutions to permanently fix Employment Insurance.”

Canada’s Employment insurance (EI) system failed during the pandemic, creating the need for temporarily measures such as the CERB.

With Minister Freeland indicating an expected economic slowdown with the potential for a recession in the next year, the need for EI reform is pressing. Unifor’s recommendations for EI reform are including in the union’s Build Back Better program.

The federal government did promise that additional investments in Canada’s advanced manufacturing industry are coming in the 2023 budget after stakeholder consultation. Unifor looks forward to consulting on this very topic and providing input based on the union’s auto policy.

Unifor also welcomes the announcement of the permanent elimination of interest on the federal portion of student loans, an enhanced Canada Workers Benefit that will allow more people to qualify while moving to quarterly checks instead of annual and the fast tracking of GST credit checks.

The fall economic statement announced two new tax credits that include some conditions on labour protection. These strings attached have the potential to improve job quality at companies that receive support from the government including tax breaks.

The level of credit will depend on certain labour protection requirements but the details remain unknown. Government is promising to consult with stakeholders, especially unions, to determine how best to attached the labour conditions. Unifor previously presented many ideas on managing corporate support. 

“We look forward to consulting on this to ensure local economic development when government makes important investments,” said Payne.