CORNWALL Ontario – What does the Poppy mean to you as Remembrance Day approaches? Should we be remembering those who sacrificed their lives only one day per year?
Many people have different thoughts about the Poppy which is used by the Legion to raise funds for our Veterans. Many return maimed, wounded, or mentally scared and have fallen through the cracks.
The poppy to this writer is a sacred Canadian symbol, second only to our flag; yet to some it’s not. To some it’s “not a big thing”. To some it’s just this thing we buy and in some places respect isn’t given at all.
The Legion has a trademark on the poppy and even has fought with the folks from the White Poppy movement.
Here in Cornwall we have seen one of the worst defacements of our poppy ever; at least according to Bill Maxwell from the Legion’s own Poppy & Remembrance Committee.
“It is a first. I have never seen such a blatant defacement of our sacred symbol and believe that if other Canadians could see it, they’d be as outraged as I am,” says Bill Maxwell, who is secretary of the Legion’s Poppy and Remembrance Committee.
We first covered the story back on July 2nd of this year. It’s now November 1, nearly four months later and what has occurred has essentially been a sanctioned cover up.
A member of a hate group on facebook, and yes it is a hate group, was suspended by the social networking site and the groups administrator not only posted that persons picture in the group; but as you can see in the image at the top of the page joked about “no poppies being hurt in its making”
He was not sanctioned or even criticized by Mr. James “Jim” Brownell who is the Honourary Lt. Colonel of the Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry Highlanders. A unit whose Colonel in Chief is Queen Elizabeth herself. Mr. Brownell in the image above is using a picture of himself in his Highlanders uniform as his profile picture.
Mr. Brownell not only didn’t sanction the person who made the defacement; but championed him and is quoted.
I am not my brother’s keeper.
But isn’t that what our brave soldiers are? Aren’t they our keepers when this country is in need?
Mr. Brownell was communicated to multiple times, respectfully and privately. He was asked if he was aware that he was in the group. He was asked if he was aware of the administrator and his past. He was shown the defacement of the poppy itself and corresponding entries.
Our original story is still on his personal facebook wall as it was linked by another of his former students. There are two main questions to answer. Why did he take this position and two, why did so many refuse to call Mr. Brownell on this gross case of dereliction of duty and his refusal to condemn someone who defaced the poppy?
Frankly the second question is more frightening than the first.
I first asked Mr. Brownell if he actually joined the hate group on July 3, 2014.
I did not join a hate group, and, quite frankly, it’s none of your business what I do.
I do not belong to a hate group, so there is no news here.
Just now getting back on the internet, after technical troubles, and I can tell you that I have never seen anything related to the x-files, or whatever that might be. So leave me alone. I have been a friend with Kevin Dockery for many years, and I certainly have no regrets. He was a fine student. If the photo shows him in a state, other than that of a student, then so be it! Both you and I have probably been there, before. Please leave us all alone, and quit using references to us on your blog, or in the South Stormont News. I do have big shoulders, so can handle it, but just take a hike!
Jim Kevin formed a boycott facebook group. It was taken down for being a hate group. He simply restarted it the next day. Same people, same attacks against myself, CFN, SSN, and then council and Mayor McGillis in South Stormont as well as a few other lucky people like another one of your students, Debbie Cameron.
I have no idea why my name gets associated with many things, but I don’t get too concerned about it. I know nothing about a hate group, nor do I belong to a hate group. I have no idea why this is of a concern to you. You have commented about x-files, but I have no idea what you are talking about. I have more important things to do in my life, so will sign off. You should find better things to do, too, rather than attacking every person who has ever tried to improve our communities. Leave us alone!
It was a bewildering back and forth with Mr. Brownell making like he didn’t anything about the group that he was actively posting in.
I had asked Mr. Brownell, if he was going to post in this group, to not use his profile pic that I had allowed him to use while at Queen’s Park. He replaced it with one of him in his uniform.
Mr. Brownell posted on facebook:
Just wanted you to know that my posts are now without a photo. Unfortunately, Cornwall’s BLOGGER had Facebook remove it, as he took the photograph. My staff at Queen’s Park, in 2011, placed it as my profile photo, and I had used it since that time, as it was the only photo I had on the day that my Private Members’ Bill was debated and passed in the Legislature.Apparently, Cornwall’s BLOGGER had taken the photo, and he has now asked that it be removed on Facebook. Unfortunately, I did not know how to remove it, so I guess I’m going to need assistance in getting a new photo with my posts. Cornwall’s BLOGGER can take the photo and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine! To my Facebook friends, I’m sorry for being so blunt, but Cornwall’s BLOGGER is way over the top.
In July a Captain of the unit with a personal relationship to Mr. Brownell was shown the poppy image and some of our communication. He was shocked and in disbelief. Instead of condemning Mr. Brownell though he stopped communicating with myself. Shortly after that the group went underground into a secret mode.
Most indicting was Mr. Brownell’s comment when he clearly stated that he felt no guilt regarding the Poppy defacement.
I am not my brother’s keeper, but I can still be a friend with my brother, even if I do not believe in or agree with comments from my brother. The same goes for my friend. I don’t abandon family or friends, just because they write or say something I don’t agree with. So stay out of my life, and don’t try to make me feel guilty, because I DON’T FEEL GUILTY, IN ANY WAY!Jim
One of the group members also posted this gem.
Omg someone altered a picture of a poppy on the internet better call a local news source! What a joke! But I do know what im doing when I get home! Altering a few more!
From August 17th.
Jim do you have any comment for publication about your support for Mr. Dockery’s defacement of the Poppy, joking about his defacement of the poppy, and you wearing your honorary Glen’s uniform when posting in the X Files group?
Jim I emailed you the actual image of the poppy defacement. It’s in our email trail. It’s in our official investigation.
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