Host L-R: Terry Haig, Levon Sevunts, Marc Montgomery

Host L-R: Terry Haig, Levon Sevunts, Marc Montgomery

The LINK Online, Nov. 8,9,10, 2019

Your hosts, Terry, Levon, Marc  (video of show at bottom)

The Link: World scientists on climate emergency, Canadian aid orphans in Africa, new book on a tragically deadly victory in WWII
Scientists around the world issue climate emergency warning

Thousands of people joined a climate strike in Vancouver on Oct. 23. Scientists around the world are echoing their concerns about a the state of the planet. (Maggie MacPherson/CBC)

Inspired in part by young activist Greta Thunberg, over 11,000 scientists from around the world have signed an open letter called “World Scientists Warning of a Climate Emergency”.

Terry spoke to Lonnie Aarssen, a Queen’s University biologist in Kingston Ontario. Professor Aarssen was one of the over 400 Canadian scientists and researchers who signed the international document.

Canadian charity teams with egg farmers to care for African orphans

SaskEgg supports the Heart for Africa’s Project Canaan project and recently got together to purchase an egg delivery truck that allows eggs and meal packs to be delivered to thousands of children and families across Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) every week. (Egg Farmers of Canada)

Two successful Canadian business people married to each other happened to be in the United States on the day of tragic 9/11 attacks. One of those Canadians were aboard a jet at the time, and the other was conducting business in New York City, and both were worried sick that the other may have died in the deadly attacks. Both were safe but the ordeal caused them to completely rethink their lives.

It resulted in a move to Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) in Southern Africa where they established an orphanage for babies. Levon spoke to Ian and Janine Maxwell about their humanitarian operation and their partnership with Egg Farmers of Canada.

Remembrance WWII: Canada’s Black Watch in the tragic victory at Verrieres Ridge

A Black Watch sniper from C Co. in a ruined building in Gennep, Holland, Feb 14, 1946 (IWM B-14626)

It was a pivotal battle during the Second World War. Canada’s storied Black Watch regiment was sent to take the Germans position at Verrieres Ridge in France. The Germans had decided to hold this high ground and the resulting bitter fight almost wiped out the Royal Highland Regiment, but though other battles raged on for months afterwards, it has also been seen as the beginning of the end for the Germans in Normandy

Marc spoke to Montreal historian, author, and teacher David O’Keefe about his new book for this short period describing in personalised detail and narrative style this terribly costly battle. It’s called “Seven Days in Hell: Canada’s battle for Normandy and the rise of the Black Watch snipers”

Video of this week’s show (starts at 0;42)

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