Le fort de Beaumont menacé

Vestiges du fort de Beaumont. Vue arrière latérale de la structure ouest. – Pierre Lefebvre 2013, © Société historique de Bellechasse.

Ce qui reste du fort de Beaumont, deux casemates et un abri à munitions fortifié, demeurent en 2021, les seuls et derniers témoins visuels de la Première Guerre mondiale en sols québécois et canadien.

Sauvés in extremis de la destruction en 2014, puis protégés par la municipalité de Beaumont en vertu de la Loi sur le Patrimoine culturel (Régime de citation municipale), ils sont inscrits au Répertoire du patrimoine culturel du Québec, et voilà que leur avenir est à nouveau menacé par les élus de cette municipalité. Lors de leur séance du 2 août 2021, ces derniers ont adopté deux résolutions : une visant à lever la protection accordée aux deux casemates, la seconde visant à céder à un promoteur immobilier l’espace parc public où elles se trouvent. Étonnamment, sans même attendre l’adoption de ces résolutions du conseil, le promoteur annonçait déjà bien avant, dans son prospectus, que ces terrains étaient disponibles pour achat et construction.

Lisez notre communiqué en entier, publié conjointement avec le GIRAM, ici.

Les vestiges du Fort de Beaumont sont cités dans le Répertoire du patrimoine culturel du Québec.

 

 

 

More than 100,000 students from across Canada recite In Flanders Fields

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of In Flanders Fields, more than 100,000 students from over 1000 schools in every province and territory recited this iconic poem during Remembrance Week.  The Vimy Foundation launched this initiative earlier this month.

Thank you to all the teachers, students, principals, parents, and all other supporters who helped us to reach this ambitious goal!

This year marks the centennial of the writing of In Flanders Fields, the iconic Canadian poem from Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. We no longer have any veterans of the First World War still with us: we have lost that direct connection with their stories – of the tragedy of war, of the reasons why they enlisted to fight, of the impact of the war on them, their families, and their country.

It is up to all of us to remember. Thank you to all who help to pass the torch of remembrance to Canada’s young people.

Some news articles about this initiative:

November-06-15, Calgary Herald   Canadian kids pledge to recite famous Remembrance Day poem

November-10-15, Times-Colonist  ‘In Flanders Fields’ still Canada’s pre-eminent war poem, even after 100 years

November-10-15, Maclean’s ‘In Flanders Fields’: 100,000 Canadian children recite 100-year-old poem

 

In no particular order, here are some of the classrooms across the country that participated:

(More photos and videos will be added as they come in.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Poll Shows Most Canadians Can Identify “In Flanders Fields” (76%) as Country’s Most Famous Poem

Vimy Foundation campaign to encourage Canadian youth to recite famous poem reaches 100,000 students

Toronto, ON – November 9, 2015 – Most (76%) Canadians can correctly identify In Flanders Fields as the Canadian poem written during the First World War 100 years ago, and John McCrae (61%) as the author of that iconic poem. Most encouraging is the young Canadians (18-34) scored highest in knowledge and attitude related to the famous poem.

When presented with a list of six options, three quarters (76%) of Canadians could correctly identify In Flanders Fields as the Canadian poem written during the First World War 100 years ago. Interestingly, Canadians aged 18 to 34 were most likely (80%) to correctly identify In Flanders Fields as the poem.

Among a list of six authors, six in ten (61%) Canadians could identify John McCrae as having written In Flanders Fields, although four in ten (39%) did not. Once again, young adults paved the way with their superior knowledge, with 68% correctly answering the question, more than the 63% of those aged 55+ and 55% of those aged 35 to 54 who identified McCrae as the author.

Three quarters (74%) of Canadians ‘agree’ that ‘In Flanders Fields should be designated as Canada’s National Poem by an Act of Parliament’, while just one quarter (26%) ‘disagrees’ with this position. The idea has a majority of support in every region of the country, including Quebec (51%).

With support is so high, it’s not surprising that eight in ten (82%) agree that hearing In Flanders Fields recited on Remembrance Day enhances their appreciation for Canada’s veterans, and most (84%) agree that every Remembrance Day ceremony in Canada should include a reading of In Flanders Fields.

In Flanders Fields…

The data show that some Canadians know more about this iconic poem than others:

–  Regionally, those in Saskatchewan and Manitoba (97%), Alberta (93%) and Atlantic Canada (92%) were most likely to identify In Flanders Fields as the Canadian poem written during the First World War.

–  Ontarians (74%), Atlantic Canadians (73%) and Albertans (73%) were most likely to correctly identify John McCrae as the author of this iconic poem.

–  Three in ten (30%) Canadians ‘agree’ that they can recite the poem In Flanders Fields by memory – matching the 30% of the population that could correctly identify the first verse.

–  The poem has a preeminent position in Canadian culture, so much so that two in three (66%) Canadians ‘agree’ that they learned In Flanders Fields as a child, rising to 73% agreement among those aged 18 to 34.

 

Click here to read more detailed results from Ipsos.

For more information:

Jennifer Blake
Communications Coordinator, Vimy Foundation
416.595.1917 ext.2
jblake@vimyfoundation.ca

Recite In Flanders Fields with the Vimy Foundation

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This Remembrance Week (November 5-11, 2015), the Vimy Foundation is calling on all Canadian schools to help pass the torch of remembrance by reciting  In Flanders Fields in their classrooms. This year marks the centennial of In Flanders Fields, Canada’s most famous poem, written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae during the First World War in 1915.

Each classroom will be eligible to win an iPad and Vimy Prize Pack courtesy of the Vimy Foundation.

Founded in 2006, the mission of the Vimy Foundation is to preserve and promote Canada’s First World War legacy, as symbolized with the victory at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917, a milestone when Canada came of age and was then recognized on the world stage.

Contact us at info@vimyfoundation.ca with any questions.

Canadians Recite the Poem:

In 2014, Postmedia asked Canadians to recite In Flanders Fields: 

Victoria Jackman, 2014 Vimy Pilgrimage Award winner

Dr. David Suzuki:

Find more videos of prominent Canadians on their site dedicated to the First World War.

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2015 BEAVERBROOK VIMY PRIZE WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

The Vimy Foundation is proud to announce the 2015 winners of the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize, a prestigious scholarship that aims to educate and inspire students through the historic Battle of Vimy Ridge, where Canada came of age and was then recognized on the world stage.

Now in its tenth annual edition, the Beaverbrook Vimy Prize provides students aged 15 to 17 with the unique opportunity to take part in an intensive and rewarding scholarship program in Europe. From August 7 to August 21, 2015, students will participate in educational seminars, visit museums and historic battlefields, gravesites and monuments such as the iconic Vimy War Memorial, while building new relationships with other participants from Canada, the United Kingdom and France, as they learn about history.

List of Winners:

Thomas Albertini – Toronto, ON
Isabelle Ava-Pointon – Vancouver, BC
Rachel Bannerman – Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
Luca Bonifacio-Proietto – St. Catharines, ON
Derrin Couture – Debden, SK
Gabriel Duguay – Halifax, NS
Jessica Dutchak – Dauphin, MB
Palma Gurdulic – King, ON
Josanna Hickey – Bathurst, NB
Caitlyn Jarvis – Gibsons, BC
Carson Jones – Delta, BC
Aspen Murray – Hartland, NB
Nicolas Rigudiere – Bezouotte, France
Evan Rippin – Langley, BC
Mollie Symons – Wolfville, NS
Alice Vines – Surrey, Great Britain

Congratulations!

For more information about this program, please contact:

Stella Begic
Programs Manager, Vimy Foundation
514.904.1007
sbegic@vimyfoundation.ca

VIMY FOUNDATION RELEASES NEW POLL FOR VIMY WEEK 2015

New Vimy Foundation poll reveals majority of Canadians believe 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge in 2017 should be focus of Canada’s Sesquicentennial

Vimy Day to be celebrated across Canada on April 9

 

TORONTO—April 8, 2015 —To mark Vimy Day (April 9), The Vimy Foundation has released a new poll measuring Canadian attitudes and knowledge of this seminal moment in Canadian history.

With 2017 being a big year for Canada as it celebrates both its 150th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, one of the most famous battles of Canadian history, which scholars often point to as Canada’s definitive “coming of age” moment, a new Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf of the Vimy Foundation has revealed that three quarters (74%) of Canadians ‘agree’ that ‘the 100th anniversary of Vimy, falling as it does in 2017, should be one of the most important celebrations for Canada that year’.

The Battle of Vimy Ridge, and its contribution to Canadian history and nation building, is so significant that the government of Canada chose to include an image of the monument on the new $20 bill. Many Canadians want to see the gesture go even further: a majority (51%) of Canadians ‘agree’ that since the new $20 Canadian polymer bill features an image of the Vimy monument, they’d ‘support changing the name of the $20 bill to a “Vimy” to help commemorate the battle’s centennial in 2017’.

“It is encouraging that a clear majority of the country recognizes the important place the victory holds in our history,” said Jeremy Diamond, Executive Director of the Vimy Foundation. “As we countdown to 2017, we look forward to further engaging and educating Canadians about this seminal moment in our nation’s history.”

Troubling was that four in ten (40%) Canadians feels the war cenotaph/memorial in their community is ‘in need of repair and/or restoration’. Built following the end of the First World War, these cenotaphs/memorials are often used for public gatherings and celebrations, particularly on Remembrance Day.

From 2014 to 2018, Canada and those around the world mark the 100th anniversary of many important milestones from the First World War. But most Canadians are not entirely aware of these important anniversaries. Four in ten (44%) ‘agree’ that they are ‘aware of upcoming centennial anniversaries of important moments of the First World War, such as poet John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields, the Battle of Ypres, the Battle of Vimy Ridge, etc’. Conversely, a majority (56%) ‘disagrees’ (they are aware of these important milestones).

Interestingly, 5% of those polled (up 2% from 2014), said that they or a member of their family are considering travelling to Vimy for centennial celebrations in 2017.

Other findings include:

  • Three quarters (75%) ‘agree’ a visit to Canadian battlefields, cemeteries and historic sites in Europe has or would increase my knowledge and appreciation for Canada’s military history,
  • Three quarters (72%) ‘agree’ that all Canadians should participate in a local activity to celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday in 2017
  • A majority of Quebeckers (54%) support the renaming of the $20 bill to a ‘Vimy’ in time for the centennial in 2017
  • Half of Albertans (50%) ‘agree’ that the cenotaph/memorial in their community is in need of repair/restoration

The Vimy Foundation, working with the Government of Canada, is spearheading the building of an Education Centre at the Vimy Memorial site in France, so that students and visitors can better understand this pivotal moment in Canadian history. The Centre will open on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, April 9, 2017. For more information on Vimy 2017, visit www.vimy100.ca

Click here to view full poll results.

The Vimy Foundation

Founded in 2006, the mission of the Vimy Foundation is to preserve and promote Canada’s First World War legacy as symbolized with the victory of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917, a milestone when Canada came of age and was then recognized on the world stage. Visit www.vimyfoundation.ca.

 

THE VIMY FOUNDATION REMEMBERS ROBERT FENECH

In Memory of Robert Gerald Fenech
August 9, 1955 – March 30, 2015
Rob passed away suddenly on Monday, March 30, 2015. Born August 9, 1955 in Toronto, Rob was a proud and dedicated employee of the Toronto Transit Commission for 27 years. He had numerous respectable qualities but will be fondly remembered for his great sense of humour, exceptional carpentry skills and his willingness to jump in and help others. He was a staunch supporter of the Vimy Foundation by proudly wearing his Vimy pin on any occasion.
He enjoyed travelling, from visiting his favorite country Brazil to splashing with friends and their children at the Great Wolf Lodge. One of his favorite pastimes was his daily leisurely strolls through Wychwood Park and watching Seinfeld episodes every evening. Rob will be lovingly remembered by his cherished spouse, Madlyn Sue; beloved son of Mary Fenech and the late Joseph Fenech, dear brother of Joe (Anne), Doreen Ciamarra (Tony), Peggy Haslett (Tom), Diane, Louise Kelly (Sean), Paul, and Maryellen MacDonald (Danny); dear brother-in-law of May Yan (John), Karen Fong (Ian), Wayne Sue (Heather) and Jean Sue (Tony); and dear uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may visit at the Jerrett Funeral Home, 1141 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto (1 block east of Dufferin St) on Friday from 2-4pm and 6-9pm. The Funeral Service will be on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 11am in the Jerrett Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation to follow privately.
To make a donation to the Vimy Foundation in honour of Rob, please click here.

2015 VIMY PILGRIMAGE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

The Vimy Pilgrimage Award recognizes the actions of young people who demonstrate outstanding service, positive contributions, notable deeds, bravery or leadership. Their acts may have served their peers, schools, communities, province or country. This award consists of a fully funded, week-long educational program in Vimy, France, to study Canada’s tremendous First World War effort. This year the week is scheduled for April 5 – 13, 2015 and will include classroom education and daily field trips to important First World War sites.

Thank you to our generous supporters of this program: EF Educational Tours Canada and Canada’s History.

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Somaya Amiri – New Westminster, BC

Michael Batas – Calgary, AB

Kathleen Blundon – Mount Pearl, NL

Noémie Cloutier – Montréal, QC

Hicham El Bayadi – Orleans, ON

Emma Doucette – Johnston’s River, PE

Evan Dyson – Brandon, MB

Hilary Friesen – Halifax, NS

Émélie Gagnon – DSL de Grand-Sault, NB

Branden Handrahan – Bragg Creek, AB

Jonah Lee-McNamee – Vancouver, BC

Annie Martel – St-Pierre Jolys, MB

Taiya Melancon – Mayo, YK

Rishabh Nag – Mississauga, ON

Paul Okundaye – Niagara Falls, ON

Tiffany Quon – Vancouver, BC

Emily Roach – Blind River, ON

Madeleine Robitaille – Rhodes Corner, NS

Jessica Scott – Regina, SK

Nikolas Starzomski-Wilson – Howie Center, NS

UPDATE! THE VIMY OAKS OF SCARBOROUGH-AGINCOURT

THE VIMY OAKS of Scarborough-Agincourt

Saturday, January 24, 2015

On April 9, 1917, Vimy Ridge was captured by Canadian forces and, with the victory that claimed nearly 11,000 Canadian casualties and lives, Canada became a nation.

Born in 1889 in Milliken north of Agincourt, Leslie Miller survived three and a half years of trench warfare in World War I with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, including the historic battles at Paschendale, Ypres and Vimy.  After the Vimy battle was won, many soldiers realized that they had been part of something truly great. Leslie Miller looked around for a souvenir on the Ridge, which was completely devoid of structures or vegetation due to shell fire but he did find a half buried oak tree. He gathered up a handful of acorns.

Those acorns were subsequently planted by him on farm land which is now home to the Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church. He called his farm the ‘Vimy Oaks Farm’.  Today, several of the original oaks survive. However, there are no original oaks on the Vimy Ridge site.

Monty McDonald, as a teenager, worked with Leslie Miller on his farm. In remembrance of him and all our Canadian soldiers, Monty came up with the idea of repatriating the Vimy Oaks of Scarborough-Agincourt back to Vimy, France.
And so, the Vimy Oaks Team was formed to help preserve and promote Canada’s WWI legacy through the creation of a living memorial.

In partnership with the Vimy Foundation, we are working to grow and plant up to 120 trees at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France for the 100th Anniversary, April 9, 2017.

Today the process begins with professional arborists taking cuttings (scions) from the crowns of the oaks which will be grafted onto base root stock – quercus robur. Like Ice Wine this process must be done in the cold weather. The saplings will be grown at Connon Nurseries in Waterdown, Ontario using an accelerated method. In two years time, 125 cm young oak saplings will be ready for shipment via air to France.

We hope to arrange a ceremonial planting involving all the Canadian regiments that fought in WWI on the 100th Anniversary in April 2017.

Lest we forget.

VIMY OAKS Team:

Monty McDonald, Lead retired Engineer with extensive project development experience.
Dr. Ron Ayling is a forester, with some 30 years experience in project development and management, and is now Editor of the Forestry Chronicle, a Canada-wide forestry magazine.
Dave Lemkay General Manager of the Canadian Forestry Association, instrumental in planting of Canadian Maples at Juno Beach centre in Normandy, France on D Day Anniversary.
Ed Lawrence well known gardening expert and radio personality with many industry contacts.
Tony DiGiovanni Director Landscape Ontario
Case Vanderkruk and Andrew Barbour Connon Nurseries.
Colonel Ralph Coleman (retd) former director public affairs Canadian Military.
Patricia Sinclair local community activist with a network of contacts; public relations expertise.

Key Supporters and Volunteers:
Andrew Cowell, Chris Brown, Caitlin Ayling: arborists responsible for initial harvesting.
Members of the Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church for overall support of the project.

 

Representing Veterans Affairs The Honourable Peter Kent, Member of Parliament for Thornhill stated: “I applaud the Vimy Oaks team for preserving the legacy of First World War Veteran Leslie Miller. These trees stand as a symbol of the strength and determination of those who gave so much nearly 100 years ago, and it is truly an honour to be here to witness the beginning of what will become a lasting reminder of the Canadian sacrifice on Vimy Ridge.” « Je félicite l’équipe responsable des chênes de Vimy de leurs efforts en vue de préserver le patrimoine de M. Leslie Miller, vétéran de la Première Guerre mondiale. Ces arbres représentent la force et la détermination de tous ceux et celles qui ont tant donné il y a près de 100 ans, et c’est un véritable honneur d’être témoin du début de ce qui sera un rappel durable du sacrifice canadien sur la crête de Vimy. » L’honorable Peter Kent, député de Thornhill

Vimy Foundation Executive Director, Jeremy Diamond stated: “To commemorate the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 2017, the Vimy Foundation, in partnership with the Government of Canada, is spearheading the building of the Vimy Education Centre, which will be located at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France. We are thrilled to partner with the Vimy Oaks project, the trees from which will make a fitting complement to the Centre and site. Congratulations on this wonderful initiative.”

« I comment Vimy Oaks for their work in highlighting the unique links between Scarborough-Agincourt and one of Canada’s most important military achievements. As we near the centennial of this seminal battle for Canada’s Expeditionary Force, programs, like the one by Vimy Oaks, will help remind us of all the sacrifices made by many Canadians so that we can have the freedoms that make Canada the nation it is today. » Arnold Chan, Member of Parliament, Scarborough-Agincourt.

Media Contact: Patricia Sinclair (416) 498-8199 / psincl@outlook.com

Click here to read the article in the Toronto Star: « On Vimy Ridge, mighty oaks will grow again – thanks to a Canadian soldier »

Click here to listen to a radio interview: 680News reporter Kris McCusker speaks with Jeremy Diamond, executive director of the Vimy Foundation.

Click here for additional photos in the Vimy Oaks album on our Facebook page.

UPDATE APRIL 7, 2015:

Curious about how the young sapling are coming along? CityNews Videographer Audra Brown finds out more about saplings grown from oaks that originated in Vimy Ridge which will eventually be planted in France. Click here for the video update.

VIMY FOUNDATION RELEASES NEW POLL FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY 2014

Three in Ten (27%) Canadians Will Attend a Remembrance Day Ceremony This Year, 23% Said they Went Last Year

Vimy Foundation poll shows 82% Support Making November 11 a National Holiday

Toronto, ON – November 9, 2014 – Three in ten (27%) Canadians say that they will attend an official Remembrance Day service on November 11th this year, an increase over the 23% who said they attended one last year, according to a new Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf of the Vimy Foundation.

There has been a great deal of attention placed on the sacrifice of Canadian soldiers recently, given the tragic killings of Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent on Canadian soil. Despite this, the 27% of Canadians who say they will attend a ceremony this year is down from the 30% who, in 2012, said they would attend.

There is presently a bill before Parliament that would make Remembrance Day a national statutory holiday. The poll shows that most (82%) Canadians would support November 11th being made holiday (down 3 points since a similar poll conducted in 2012), while just 18% would not (up 3 points).

While most Canadians won’t be attending an official service this year, eight in ten (77%) say that they will observe two minutes of silence at 11 o’clock on November 11th (down 3 points), and an equal proportion (77%, down 5 points) are wearing a poppy in the lead up to Remembrance Day.

Honouring Canada’s Fallen…

The data show that some Canadians are more likely than others to remember Canada’s fallen in various ways:

Those in Alberta (41%) and Atlantic Canada (39%) are most likely to say they will attend an official ceremony, followed by those living in British Columbia (31%), Ontario (31%), Saskatchewan and Manitoba (20%) and Quebec (9%).
Atlantic Canadians (94%) and Ontarians (90%) are most likely to say they will observe two minutes of silence at 11 o’clock on November 11th, followed by those in British Columbia (76%), Saskatchewan and Manitoba (74%), Alberta (71%) and Quebec (55%).
Atlantic Canadians (94%) and British Columbians (90%) are most likely to say they’re wearing a poppy in the lead up to November 11th, followed by those living in Ontario (87%), Alberta (83%), Saskatchewan and Manitoba (79%) and Quebec (43%).
Atlantic Canadians (94%) and residents of Saskatchewan and Manitoba (94%) are most likely to support Remembrance Day being made a national holiday, followed by a majority of those in British Columbia (88%), Ontario (84%), Alberta (81%) and Quebec (71%).
For more information

Jeremy Diamond
Executive Director
416.722.9754 (cell)
jdiamond@vimyfoundation.ca