White poppy campaign pushes for peace, but angers some

As Canadians struggle to express their outrage at the killings of two Canadian soldiers this week, debates about symbols, like poppies and uniforms, are raging.

Some callers to radio call-in shows urged listeners to wear poppies in advance of the annual Remembrance Day poppy campaign to show support for soldiers everywhere in the wake of these attacks.

Others are trying to start a campaign to get Canadians to wear two poppies this year, to symbolize condolences to the families of the soldier run over in St-Jean sur Richelieu Monday and the member of the Honour Guard shot at the War Memorial on Parliament Hill Wednesday.

Still others will be wearing white poppies this weekend, as part of a long-planned event designed to demonstrate opposition to Canada’s military involvement in Iraq.

The Canadian Peace Alliance is holding events across the country this weekend, which it has dubbed the “Don’t Attack Iraq Pan-Canadian Weekend of Action”. (In Montreal, the event will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 26 at Dorchester Square.) Protesters are being urged to wear white poppies to symbolize their opposition to war…