Regimental Council
The Queen’s York Rangers
(1st American Regiment) (RCAC)
Kirk W. Corkery, CStJ, CD, ICD.D
Chair of the Regimental Council

660 Fleet Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1A9
Telephone: 416.203.4629 Facsimile: 416.203.4650

 

Tony Trigiani
President and CEO
Never Forgotten National Memorial Foundation
6 Vansco Road
Toronto, ON
M8Z 5J4
2015 06 10

Dear Mr Trigiani,


On behalf of the Regimental Council of the Queen’s York Rangers and our entire regimental family I would like to commend the Foundation on its aspirations and vision to ensure that those who have fallen on our country’s behalf are never forgotten.
Our Regiment has been integral to the founding of Canada, having built Fort York, Yonge Street and Dundas Street in Toronto in the 1790s under the direction of the first Lt Governor, Lt Gen John Graves Simcoe, who had been a Commanding Officer of the
Regiment during the American Revolutionary War.

Last year we received five battle honours, four relating to our contributions during the War of 1812 and one relating to our recent efforts in Afghanistan. In summary our citizen-soldiers have helped shape Canada since its earliest beginnings right up to the present day. Unfortunately, not all have returned. Soldiers and members of the military, more than any segment of the population, abhor war and its effects. We have seen it first-hand. Yet our members throughout time have placed their safety in jeopardy for the good of the whole. I can think of no better way to help ensure future peace than by remembering those who have made the ultimate
sacrifice. Remembering them does not glorify war but recognizes their efforts on our behalf and their services to the government of the day. As we have done in recent times, it is appropriate to properly recognize the individual fallen soldier as his remains
are returned from overseas; he has done his duty, regardless of whether we may agree, or not, with the mission on which he was sent. We should do no less as he has earned our honour and our thanks.


Your memorial in Cape Breton is a fitting tribute to their sacrifices. We see it as an appropriate tribute to the individuals who have fought for Canada and never returned home. It does not glorify war; it instead is an excellent reminder of why we all work to
maintain peace. Please accept our best wishes and gratitude for your efforts in this endeavour.

K.W. Corkery
Chair of the Regimental Council

JUST THE FACTS, MA'AM

JUST THE FACTS ...


The following is a lengthy but necessary recap of the last 5 years that may, however, not really be everyone’s cup of tea. But then again, if you’ve perhaps followed the rather thrilling saga of the Never Forgotten National Memorial, and our protracted efforts to create Mother Canada, then it will certainly provide a much clearer perspective of our journey to date.

If you kindly decide to read this chronicle, and then find that you may still require additional information and/or, at the very least, further clarification on certain points made, then please phone me at 416 253 1917 or email me at tony.trigiani@nfnmfoundation.com and I will do my very best to reply to whatever your query may be, and do so as quickly as possible.

Le Meas, Semper …

(Gaelic Scottish & Latin for, “With Respect, Always“)

Tony P. Trigiani

President & CEO

NFNM Foundation

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Quite frankly, we at the Never Forgotten National Memorial Foundation (NFNM Foundation) have had a very bitter pill to swallow for all of our laudable efforts to “Honour Our War Dead & Respectfully Do So On Canadian Soil”. Common sense tells you that the vast majority of Canadians and their children could never afford to travel to France, or be it to other areas of Europe solely for the honourable purpose of experiencing firsthand the tragic evidence of war, by visiting the cemeteries and the monuments, in order to justly pay respect to Our Fallen.

If I may, please allow me the opportunity to support and expand on these comments with the following

summary of events. Our audited financial statements will verify that at the time of the termination by Parks Canada of our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that the NFNM Foundation had spent several years and well over

$1.7 million dollars on attempting to complete the ever-changing requirements of the MOU, working in what we truly believed to be good faith, with Parks Canada.

Just one day prior to this decision by Parks Canada to terminate our MOU, records will acknowledge that the NFNM Foundation had already completed two of three key requirements needed for the right of obtaining a License of Occupation (aka a Building Permit).

The first one successfully completed, a full 8 months prior to termination, was the Mi’kmaq Ecological Knowledge Study (MEKS). The conclusion of this co-operative study in effect stated that The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq had no major issues to speak of, with regards to the construction proposed at the Green Cove site and that their only requirement was that open and free access be allowed and maintained along the shoreline of the proposed memorial site.

Please note that Parks Canada, in terminating our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on February 5, 2016 stated that their decision to do so, was solely based on the sudden realization that the NFNM Foundation could not deliver the Never Forgotten National Memorial on July 1, 2017 as proposed.

Please allow us to make one point perfectly clear, and that is that Parks Canada had been fully aware that this was the case for some time. That in fact, it was actually the result of their questionable decision to change from their initial requirement of a BA (Basic Assessment) which at the time was over 75% completed, to a far more complex DIA (Detailed Impact Assessment) which ended up increasing costs by tens of thousands of dollars, but far worse, also added at least 14 months to an already lengthy approval process to acquire a License of Occupation. This was the second key requirement and it was also completed prior to termination of the MOU.

Parks Canada knew for quite some time (aka legally being acquiescent) that the date of July 1, 2017 had become increasingly unattainable, and at best, that all parties would have to be satisfied with an “Inaugural Ceremony” versus a “Ribbon Cutting Ceremony” on that historic date.

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The third and last requirement in the MOU was that of “Full Funding”, which meant that all of the $28 million needed to complete Phase One, plus an additional 5% of that entire amount that was deemed needed for yearly maintenance, had to be “fully in the bank and prior to” the proverbial shovel hitting the ground.

This became a questionable game which quite honestly was a classic “Catch 22” scenario, or in other words, what comes first “The Chicken or The Egg”. The MOU demanded full funding, but in order to achieve this, we needed a License of Occupation and could not get a License of Occupation, without first having full funding. This of course obviously meant, that the NFNM Foundation could not officially start our national fundraising campaign in order to fulfill this full funding condition in the MOU.

However, and just for the record, the opposition continued to spread the malicious fear that the Foundation would end up completely destroying the Green Cove site, by running out of money and being forced to abandon the site, which in fact could never happen simply because of the legally binding condition of the full funding requirement in our MOU.

We would like you to be made aware, that several of those who opposed to the building of this national memorial, had and continue to have, extensive contacts within Parks Canada, and were at all times very much aware of key matters concerning the Never Forgotten National Memorial project, and especially of this particular clause in the MOU and yet still chose to spread malicious lies to their friends and allies within the media, as well as certain key government circles.

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Yet another strategy used to discredit the NFNM Foundation was that our intent was to destroy an absolutely pristine and virgin site (aka The Second Garden of Eden) which once again was a sinister and outright lie.

The fact of the matter was that Green Cove had previously been the long-time site of a small fishing village and only later had become one of a number of turn-offs on the current Cabot Trail, with an existing parking lot, with several trails and a series of wooden ramps and steps covering the site.

Please also note that this is indeed the new Cabot Trail and not the much older original one, and that this new one had been blasted out of sheer rock along most of the coastline. Many of these newly created turn-offs were actually used as dumping sites for the huge amount of blasting debris, but then again, those opposed would also vehemently argue that it was of course “virgin and pristine” debris.

With regards to the large rocky point (aka Remembrance Point) on Green Cove, which will serve as the location for Mother Canada, there were those that insisted that it was unique in nature and such a rare rock formation, that it should never be disturbed. However, expert geological facts proved that while it certainly has a distinctive profile and very unique shape, that quite frankly, the very same species of precious rock formation repeats itself for several hundred kilometers in either direction along the shoreline.

It was also repeatedly reported that we were going to cover the point entirely in concrete which was false and exaggerated. But rather, because of concerns for safety and the planned increased accessibility for the

handicapped, the elderly and of course our veterans, actually only 25% had initially been the amount of coverage intended. Which in fact, and as later stated in the final DIA, had been further reduced to only 15% coverage, by cantilevering various components of the proposed structure.

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The absolutely ridiculous and childish actions, both openly and very much covertly, for no other reason but that of the outright fear of increased competition within the business of commemoration, was and remains beyond being reasonable and was indeed extremely unfair.

The fact of the matter is that in April, 2015 the Chair of the Vimy Foundation stated publically of being so completely surprised and highly offended that the Never Forgotten Foundation was actually intending, and this in his very own words, to “steal” the image of Canada Bereft was sadly unwarranted, quite rude and no less than a farcical theatrical dramatization at its very best.

We can factually document that at least one of the Directors of the Vimy Foundation had been sent a complete NFNM Presentation Package as early as April, 2013 and had in fact also personally invited myself to attend and sit at his table for the Vimy Dinner Gala being held at the Four Seasons Yorkville Hotel in Toronto on the evening of April 23, 2013.

Even though the Foundation had already secured the legal rights to do so, in August, 2013 representatives from both Parks Canada and the Foundation respectfully met in Kingston, Ontario with Lieutenant-Colonel P.S. Scott Allward who was representing the family of Walter Seymour Allward, who was the creator of the Vimy Memorial and with that the statue of Canada Bereft, to hear firsthand of the NFNM Foundation’s plans to use her image as inspiration for the creation of Mother Canada.

We have documented correspondence of his positive position on the proposed matter, during this meeting and immediately after, and of his stating this was also shared by his siblings.

The fact of the matter is that the changes proposed in using the statue of Canada Bereft as a model for the creation of Mother Canada were those of her arms being raised and her facial expression being changed from one of sadness and mourning to one of hope and longing. For modesty purposes and better reflecting today’s standards, we took the liberty of slightly altering her attire. There was also a noted increase in size, but there is nothing proposed that could ever be deemed to be  disrespectful.

Please also note that Walter Seymour Allward died on April 24, 1955 and that copyright laws in Canada clearly state that 50 years later, all of his work had become public property.

That said, we have also on numerous occasions and in differing types of media, being falsely accused by the Chair of the Vimy Foundation that the intent of the NFNM Foundation and that of myself was solely to financially benefit from the promotion and marketing of Mother Canada “trinkets”, which quite frankly, was grossly incorrect and highly insulting to say the very least.

First and foremost, all copyrights and trademarks concerning the Never Forgotten National Memorial, and those directly associated with the creation of Mother Canada are extremely marketable property and are all legally registered to the NFNM Foundation. More importantly and as clearly stated in our MOU with Parks Canada, they all in fact, will immediately become the property of the People of Canada, the very moment that construction actually starts at the Green Cove site, and this legal understanding very much still exists, and will of course … Never Change!

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There were those that insisted that the NFNM Foundation was not capable of delivering a national memorial of the scope and magnitude proposed, to this misconception, please allow me to respond in the following manner…

The project manager hired was a professional engineer who had worked for some 30 years with Parks Canada and had actually been highly recommended to the Foundation by senior management working out of Parks Canada Gatineau head offices. Please also note, that he in fact, had soon after the termination of the MOU been contracted to do consultation work on a major project in Alberta by Parks Canada.

Construction management responsibility were skillfully handled by a team from Stantec, a globally recognized engineering/consultant firm and one that also successfully delivered the completed DIA requirement on February 4, 2016 and yes, that was in fact the day prior to the MOU termination by Parks Canada.

Projected estimates required for all construction costs were managed and supplied by PCL Contractors, yet another globally recognized firm.

Marketing and promotional materials are provided by the firm of Rayment & Collins. Intellectual Property Law matters are provided by the firm of Bereskin & Parr.


All legal matters up to the termination of the MOU were provided by the firm of Osler, Hoskins & Harcourt LLP. The auditors of the NFNM Foundation are the firm of KPMG Canada.

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Please note, that the NFNM Foundation to date has spent close to $1.9 million dollars and counting. However, we still intend to continue to concentrate all of our efforts in proving that given “a fair and reasonable time”, the financial means do exist within Canada, America, as well as the Commonwealth and even parts of Europe, to help privately fund this historic national, if not integfffrnational project, and even more importantly, that this spectacular national memorial complex, can and will continue to pay its own way … forever!

Not only will Mother Canada become the new global symbol for remembrance, as she lovingly beckons

Her Children — Our Fallen home once more, but that she will also be immediately embraced and respected worldwide, as the iconic symbol of “This Land — Your Home — Our Canada” forever welcoming all those that dream of making this incredible nation their new home.

For more information and a far more detailed look at the proposed Never Forgotten National Memorial site please visit us at www.nfnm.ca to get even more facts and none of the fiction.

See for yourself the stunning beauty, the true significance of the message and the meaning that has been lovingly woven into the Never Forgotten National Memorial, and with that, the creation of Mother Canada.


 


FOR THE LOVE OF CANADA

FOR THE RESPECT OF OUR FALLEN


UPDATE, JUNE 13, 2019


THERE IS NOW OFFICIALLY, LESS THAN 4 MONTHS LEFT BEFORE THE NEXT FEDERAL ELECTION:

We need all the supporters of the NFNM to take far more direct action.

Mother Canada will be beautiful and at Green Cove, Nova Scotia in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. 

Follow the link below for the most recent update and how you can help support the successful realization of The Never Forgotten National Memorial and with that, the creation of Mother Canada at the Green Cove site on the Cabot Trail and in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

``HONOURING  (ALL) CANADIAN WAR DEAD - WHEREVER THEY MAY LIE``

UPDATE, SEPT 3, 2019

PART 1

ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION
ORVILLE HAND BRANCH 521
GENERAL MEETING

General Meeting Minutes Page 1
June 26, 2019
 

Meeting commenced at: 7:09 (pm)
 

PRESENTATION: Ferguson Mobbs –Never Forgotten National Monument- Cape Breton,
Mother Canada connection to Vimy Ridge, asking for endorsement from
the Legion. No Monitory Donations, No Time, Just Looking for Support
Federal Not for Profit Organization. If the Bradford Legion Supports then
the Town of Bradford Ontario will also look to support the project and we
will both be the first to do so.


MOTION-to endorse the Never Forgotten National Monument
Program, Comrade Donna Turner, Seconded Comrade Mike
Giovannetti,

CARRIED (indicate that it was unanimous)

PART 2

Lt. Col. Ferguson Mobbs (Ret.), Royal Canadian Legion, Orville Hand Branch 521

Never Forgotten National Memorial

Lt. Col. Mobbs (Ret.) was in attendance to address Council regarding the Never Forgotten National Memorial.  A motion of support for the project was passed.

Click on the Minutes tab in this website link to read Resolution 2019-275.

https://bradfordwestgwillimbury.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingInformation.aspx?Org=Cal&Id=1664

 

Resolution 2019-275     Leduc/Contois

WHEREAS the residents of Bradford West Gwillimbury have a proud tradition of honouring those who made the supreme sacrifice on behalf of Canada in armed conflicts across the world;  

AND WHEREAS the Never Forgotten National Memorial Foundation has been established to develop commemorative programming, exhibits and monuments at a site on Cape Breton Island as a place of remembrance and thanks for those brave individuals who lost their lives so far from home;

AND WHEREAS the Orville Hand Branch 521 of the Royal Canadian Legion has endorsed the Never Forgotten National Monument Program;  

AND WHEREAS the Foundation is seeking the support of businesses, agencies, government organizations, and individuals across Canada to bring life to this important national memorial;  

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of The Corporation of the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury supports efforts to develop the Never Forgotten National Memorial and so advises Mr. Scot Davidson – Member of Parliament, the Honorable Caroline Mulroney – Member of Provincial Parliament, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and all municipalities in Ontario.

CARRIED

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Bradford Today: (Local Newspaper) 

Council voices support for proposed Never Forgotten National Memorial

"I can't see anything better than doing this now,' says deputy mayor; Proponents hope Bradford council's support starts groundswell across the nation."

https://www.bradfordtoday.ca/local-news/council-voices-support-for-proposed-never-forgotten-national-memorial-1627315?fbclid=IwAR17wM1Q7emoxQl4KFTchH3zP_SuVf9z4uPZdRImkOuA_goklQyc-OXJd5U

PART 3

Mayor of Bradford challenging all other towns in Canada to support NFNM

https://bradford.snapd.com/events/view/1273739

PART 4


The Ontario Provincial Committee of The Air Cadet League of Canada

Resolution: For The Never Forgotten National Memorial

WHEREAS The Ontario Provincial Committee has a proud tradition of honouring those who made the supreme sacrifice on behalf of Canada in armed conflicts across the world;

AND WHEREAS the Never Forgotten National Memorial Foundation has been established to develop commemorative programming, exhibits and monuments at a site on Cape Breton Island as a place of remembrance and thanks for those brave individuals who lost their lives so far from home;

AND WHEREAS the Foundation is seeking the support of businesses, agencies, government organizations, and individuals across Canada to bring life to this important national memorial;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Ontario Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet League of Canada supports efforts to develop the Never Forgotten National Memorial.



PART 5

Letter submitted to the Cape Breton Post by Ray Stapleton

Letters To The Editor                                                                                                                                                                                    Cape Breton Post

letters@cbpost.com

Sept 24, 2019                                                                                                                                                                                  

“Keeping  The Flame Alive” has been the project of the people North of Smokey and   http://www.friendsofourfallen.ca/   in support of The Never Forgotten National Memorial (NFNM). We are building support across the Nation and we are certainly going to make this project an election issue in the riding of Sydney-Victoria.

We were very much enthused with the news from Bradford, Ontario when Lt-Col Ferguson Mobbs (Ret’d) introduced a motion to his RC Legion, Orville Hand Branch 521, to endorse the NFNM which was unanimously passed at a Legion meeting on June 26, 2019. Further to this, Mobbs approached the Bradford West Gwillimbury Municipal Council regarding the endorsement of the NFNM. His request was met with enthusiastic support and the Resolution 2019-275 was passed unanimously on Aug 6, 2019. The Council then forwarded a copy of the resolution to MP,  Mr. Scot Davidson – Member of Parliament, the Honorable Caroline Mulroney – Member of Provincial Parliament, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and all municipalities in Ontario. More recently, on Sept 21, 2019, the Ontario Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet League of Canada passed the Motion in favour of the NFNM.  Confirmation of these motions can be found on http://www.friendsofourfallen.ca/updates.php and hopefully this will create a groundswell of support in municipalities across Canada.



From left, Bradford West Gwillimbury Deputy Mayor James Leduc, Bradford Legion past president Mike Giovanetti, Ferguson Mobbs, Mayor Rob Keffer, Director of Corporate Services and Town Clerk Rebecca Murphy, with rendition of the Never Forgotten National Memorial, at the Bradford Legion, Aug. 21. ~ Submitted photo by Miriam King 
  

Sincerely,                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ray Stapleton                                                                                                                                                                                            37 Barb's Lane,                                                                                                                                                                                Ingonish Centre, NS, B0C 1L0                                                                                                                                                                    902-285-2278                                                                                                                                                                  astapleton@ns.sympatico.ca

 

Oct. 11, 2019
These are the NDP candidates whom Ray contacted. See response from Jodi McDavid on their behalf and Ray's response to her.
---------- Original Message ----------
From: Jodi McDavid Sydney--Victoria <Jodi.McDavid@ndp.ca>
To: "astapleton@ns.sympatico.ca" <astapleton@ns.sympatico.ca>
Cc: Laurie Suitor Cape Breton--Canso <Laurie.Suitor@ndp.ca>, Matthew Dubois West Nova <Matthew.Dubois@ndp.ca>, Betsy MacDonald Central Nova <Betsy.MacDonald@ndp.ca>, Larry Duchesne Cumberland--Colchester <Larry.Duchesne@ndp.ca>, Emma Norton Dartmouth--Cole Harbour <Emma.Norton@ndp.ca>, Christine Saulnier Halifax <Christine.Saulnier@ndp.ca>, Jacob Wilson Halifax West <Jacob.Wilson@ndp.ca>, Stephen Schneider Kings--Hants <Stephen.Schneider@ndp.ca>, "Matt.Strickland@ndp.ca" <Matt.Strickland@ndp.ca>, "Jessica.Hepburn@ndp.ca" <Jessica.Hepburn@ndp.ca>

Date: October 11, 2019 at 11:48 AM
Subject: Never Forgotten National Memorial
Mr. Stapleton, 
As this proposed project is in my riding, I suggested to my colleagues that I respond to you. 
Thank you for taking the time to write and share details regarding the Never Forgotten National Memorial. New Democrats appreciate the value of dedicating public monuments to help us to remember and heal.
We understand the need to secure broad local support for significant proposals like the Never Forgotten National Memorial to proceed. Local communities require clear answers to their cultural and natural heritage concerns throughout any development process.
We also recognize the importance of protecting our national parks for generations to come. This includes protecting the ecological integrity of national parks, improving representation of natural regions, and improving ecological connectivity between national parks and other protected areas.
For this campaign, we have finalized our election platform and have not included a commitment to the Never Forgotten National Memorial.  A New Deal for Canadians: New Democrats’ Commitments to You can be read at: www.ndp.ca/committments.
New Democrats will always remain committed to investing in, and supporting veterans, good jobs, our remarkable national parks, and communities across Canada.
Thank you again for taking the time to advocate on behalf of this project.
Sincerely,                                                                                                                                                                                      Jodi McDavid                                                                                                                                                                            NDP Candidate for Sydney-Victoria

Re: Never Forgotten National Memorial
Jodi McDavid,


I certainly appreciate your prompt response. Past representations to the NDP on the NFNM by persons opposed to the project have not been truthful. We will be engaging politicians after the election to think seriously about this project which does not compromise the Cape Breton Highlands National Park Development Plan but actually supports the history and cultural components for that Park. The CB H Park recommended the site at Green Cove because it fit the Park's regulations. It currently has a paved parking lot, a memorial bench, and several boardwalks and once included outhouses.. A great deal of the site is covered by the rubble from building the Cabot Trail. The project is to be funded through donations and does not be included in budget calculations. I would appreciate it if you would share this with your fellow candidates and the NDP network.
Sincerely Ray Stapleton


NATIONAL MEMORIAL PROJECT STILL BEING PURSUED

Cape Breton Post 16 Oct 2019

The people North of Smokey have not given up on the project to have the Never Forgotten National Memorial (NFNM) constructed at Green Cove in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

It must be remembered that the site was recommended by Parks Canada and it satisfies part of the park’s mandate regarding the culture and history of our area. In addition, the NFNM Foundation successfully completed the Indigenous Mi’kmaq Educational Knowledge Study and the national park’s rigorous environmental Detailed Impact Analysis. We have also erected a prominent sign in Ingonish adjacent to the Cabot Trail to let the public know that we are “Keeping the Flame Alive.” We are also contacting federal election candidates to seek their future support to honour our fallen.

We were very much enthused and encouraged recently to find out that we weren’t the only ones seeking support for this veterans’ memorial. An Ontario man, Lt.-Col. Ferguson Mobbs (ret’d), has informed us that he has garnered official support for the Mother Canada veterans’ memorial from the Orville Hand Branch 521 of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Municipality of Bradford West Gillimbury and the Ontario Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet League of Canada. And he is not stopping there as he is seeking more municipal and legion support in his province. An Ipsos Reid poll conducted in October of 2015 noted that 80 per cent of Canadians want a monument honouring, not war, but those who gave their lives for Canada. It is our hope that the new federal government will support this project as the Never Forgotten National Memorial Foundation is ready to start gathering donations. Further information on the project may be found on our website friendsofourfallen.ca or nfnm.ca.

Ray Stapleton

Ingonish Center

(Spokesperson, People North of Smokey and Beyond who Support the NFNM

We Will Remember!