Polish immigrants to Lambton County couldn’t go back home after the Second World War

John DeMars speaks with Krystyna Stalmach following her presentation at the Sombra Museum in April. Stalmach spoke about her project commemorating the sacrifices of Lambton-area Polish war veterans entitled Our History, Our Heroes: Polish War Veterans — From Fighting Wars to Farming Fields in Lambton.(HANDOUT/ SARNIA OBSERVER/ POSTMEDIA NETWORK)

John DeMars speaks with Krystyna Stalmach following her presentation at the Sombra Museum in April. Stalmach spoke about her project commemorating the sacrifices of Lambton-area Polish war veterans entitled Our History, Our Heroes: Polish War Veterans — From Fighting Wars to Farming Fields in Lambton. (HANDOUT/ SARNIA OBSERVER/ POSTMEDIA NETWORK)

 Shortly after the end of the Second World War, thousands of displaced Polish immigrants and veterans arrived in Canada, seeking to carve out a life out after their homeland had been witness to tragedy for six years.

While Nazism had been wiped out in Europe, the encroachment of Stalin’s Red Army behind the Iron Curtain meant thousands of Poles who had fought against Hitler’s legions weren’t able to return to their homes, their families or to their land. Soviet oppression had replaced German tyranny as the occupying force in their homeland.

Recognizing that reality and appreciative of the valiant contributions of Polish soldiers during the war, the Canadian government offered refuge to many Polish vets, prisoners-of-war and refugees who were left stateless after the conflict. With a shortage of manual labour in rural Canada, the government offered full citizenship for these immigrants, provided they spent two years working on a farm.

The government’s offer attracted thousands of applicants. From 1946 to 1952, approximately 39,000 Polish veterans, displaced people and refugees poured into Canada. Over half of the new arrivals settled in Ontario and some sought to make their future in Lambton County.

Krystyna Stalmach’s father, Jan Pradyszczuk, was one of those new arrivals in Lambton. Pradyszczuk was a veteran who had fought alongside Allied forces at the Battle of Monte Cassino, a bloody, costly struggle in southern Italy that was the prelude to the Allies’ capture of Rome.

When fighting ceased in Italy and the young veteran realized there was no returning to his occupied homeland, so he decided to take up the Canadian government on its offer.

Calgary residents propose alternatives for ELL students struggling in Calgary schools

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Daljit Parhar, left, and Ismail Dandia talk about their struggles growing up as ELL (English Language Learner) students in Calgary.

Two Calgarians are working to remove roadblocks for English-language learner (ELL) students floundering in the city’s public-school system.

Stemming from their own struggles as former ELL students in Calgary, Ismail Dandia and Daljit Parhar launched Eroodyt, an online platform that aggregates tutors in a variety of fields.

Dandia said their focus narrowed to tutors for ELL students when they first heard about the 3.1 per cent cut to funding for ELL students in the Alberta government’s March 2015 budget.

“Hearing about the budget cuts hit hard for us because our parents are immigrants,” Dandia said. “English was pivotal to our careers, and we definitely faced a lot of challenges through the school system, especially in grade school.”

Hetty Roessingh, a professor of education at the University of Calgary, has heavily investigated issues surrounding the lack of supports for ELL students in primary schools and how that can dramatically impede academic growth.

Roessingh said the problem is often these children seem like they’re progressing — they can print, read and speak clearly — but end up hitting a wall around Grade 4 when academic demands heighten.

Vlad Tepes blog: Interview with organizer of ‘Draw anything you want’ day, cancelled by Heritage Canada

Interview with organizer of ‘Draw anything you want’ day, cancelled by Heritage Canada


Posted on May 21, 2015 by Eeyore

Physicist, child of Soviet dissident from satellite state of the former Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, and Canadian blogger for  freedom, Alexandra Belair, granted an interview to describe exactly what happened when the event she had advertised for Parliament Hill on May 20th 2015 was first cancelled by Heritage Canada, and then after some publicity came out about the event cancelation, Heritage Canada claimed they had never granted her a permit in the first place.

This is an interesting few minutes for a number of reasons.

Parti Québécois MNA accuses Adil Charkaoui of indoctrinating youth

Parti Québécois MNA accuses Muslim teacher of indoctrinating youth


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The whispers followed Muslim teacher Adil Charkaoui for months as young Quebeckers who crossed his path headed off to join overseas jihadi groups. Those murmurs suddenly turned into shouts when a member of the Parti Québécois called Mr. Charkaoui a “merchant of hate” and directly accused him of indoctrinating young extremists.

The arrest of 10 young people who police say tried to leave Montreal to join the terrorist group Islamic State has placed renewed scrutiny on Mr. Charkaoui, who became a religious teacher and leader of a community centre after years under surveillance and in detention as a terrorism suspect.

In the National Assembly, where members have immunity against defamation lawsuits, PQ MNA Agnès Maltais on Thursday said aloud what until now was limited to insinuation by Mr. Charkaoui’s hardline anti-Islamist critics. She accused Mr. Charkaoui of indoctrinating more than 20 Montreal youth who have left Quebec to join militant groups or were stopped by police as they tried to leave.

MONTREAL: 10 teens arrested while trying to leave Canada to join ISIS


A file image uploaded on June 14, 2014 on the jihadist website Welayat Salahuddin allegedly shows militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) executing dozens of captured Iraqi security forces members at an unknown location in the Salaheddin province (AFP Photo / HO)

Quebec to table anti-radicalization bill after 10 teens arrested at Trudeau airport

Parent’s tip led to arrests of 10 Quebec teens allegedly seeking to join jihadists

CBC News Posted: May 20, 2015 5:14 PM ET Last Updated: May 20, 2015 9:52 PM ET

 10 teens arrested on suspicion of joining jihad 2:34

What parents can do to save their children from religious extremism 7:54

The Quebec government says it will soon table legislation designed to fight the radicalization of the province’s youth in the wake of 10 arrests over the weekend.

Police believe the teens, who were arrested but not charged, were trying to leave Canada to join jihadists fighting in Turkey and Syria.

Four of the 10 teens arrested were students at Montreal CEGEP Collège de Maisonneuve.

Calgary-McCall: NDP’s Irfan Sabir wins in riding

Calgary-McCall: NDP’s Irfan Sabir wins in riding

Published on: May 5, 2015
Last Updated: May 6, 2015 12:31 AM MDT

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Considered a battleground riding, Calgary-McCall was one of the few seats held by a Liberal. But on Tuesday lawyer Irfan Sabir had safely joined the orange wave, with Wildrose’s Happy Mann in second place. Sabir said the results showed that Albertans were “sick and tired of (the PC) regime.”

“People were looking to NDP for a change and I think that’s what they were voting for,” said Sabir.

Mann was not available for comment as a press time, but a spokesman for his campaign said they were surprised to see the NDP surge ahead.

“We are a little bit surprised to see the NDP ahead of us,” said Buta Rehill, assistant campaign manager for Mann. “Our campaign went really well. We had a large number of volunteers working day and night.”

Liberal MLA Darshan Kang, who narrowly staved off a Wildrose win in 2012, is now seeking a federal Liberal seat, so Calgary-McCall’s Liberal candidacy was taken over by real estate associate Avinash Khangura.