NET Resort Fundraiser with Optimist Club

This past weekend we where at the NET Resort in Pelham,Ontario for a fundraising event with the Optimist Club, many thanks to Anna and Kathy and also to The Pringle Project for live entertainment and our hosts  Robbie and Jim Davidson and all the good folks at the NET Campground.

The ongoing hunt for the Canadian Heroes retreat property

Enjoying all that mother nature has to offer on a local snowmobile trail.

As you know we have been looking for years now for that right chunk of land or cabin to serve as our retreat, a place that front line responders, veterans, active members and families can go to relax, share stories and experiences, enjoy mother nature and all of its healing qualities.

We have always said mother nature is at times the best doctor, trees, rock, water, and being with those that have shared what we have been through, throw in some fishing, snowmobiling and other outdoor activities and we have something that all can experience to help the healing of PTSD related issues.

We have been looking at one property for months now and just talked with the real estate agent that has the listing.

It has a lot of what we are looking for but we will need Canadians to come together and make it even better for our needs, so if you are a trades person or just willing to share a hand as we mentioned beforehand, we can use your help!

The asking price is more than what we have in the bank, so the agent is calling the owner to see if he will help us out in achieving our goal.

Cross your fingers Canada, wouldn’t it be nice if we could make the announcement on Canada Day!?

UPDATE JUNE 26 2017   No Joy Canada the seller would not budge on his set price.

UPDATE  AUGUST 4 2017  We have another piece of property that we are looking at, and have made an offer on it, cross your fingers!

Highway of Heroes Repatriation set for Nazzareno Tassone

A Highway of Heroes repatriation will be conducted for fallen hero Nazzareno Tassone this coming Wednesday June 21 2017.

All are invited once again to line the bridges between Toronto and Niagara Falls, wave your flags, and show your support to the family.

For those that would like to join the repatriation, form up is at MacKinnon & Bowes, 2 Meridian Road, Toronto, Ont.

Please have a Canadian window flag on your car to identify yourself for the repatriation.

If you are on a motorcycle please report to the road Captain of the North Wall riders that will be leading the procession.

The repatriation will be lead by the North Wall riders, followed by Canadian Heroes Memorial Vehicles, Hearse and Limousines, followed by members of the Kurdish Community and then the general public.

We will leave at 10am sharp.

Here is a picture of the route from the start in Toronto to the 401 westbound.

Route will be  via the 401, 403, QEW, 420 to St. Andrews United Church in Niagara Falls at 5645 Morrison Street.

Estimated times of repatriation are as follows:

Mississauga-10:15 am





St.Catharines 11:30am

Niagara Falls 11:45am.

These are estimated times for those that would like to line a bridge to show support for the family.

If you are in Niagara Falls, we will be coming on to the 420 to Stanley Avenue, then turning left to Morrison and left on Morrison to the church.

Service will be at 1pm in the church followed by burial.

A reception will follow, all are welcome.

This page will be the official page of the repatriation, and will be updated with any and all details.  Please make sure that you update your records to reflect same.

Coroner confirms identity of Nazzareno Tassone

We just received a call from the mother that the coroners office has confirmed the identity of her son.

We can now start to make plans for his repatriation to Niagara Falls from Toronto.

He will receive a “Highway of Heroes” repatriation from Toronto to Niagara Falls on Wednesday June 21 2017.

For those that would like to join the repatriation, form up at MacKinnon & Bowes, 2 Meridian Road, Toronto,Ont.

We will leave at 10am sharp.

Full details of repatriation can be found here:

Service will be at 1pm in the church followed by burial.

A reception will follow, all are welcome.

Nazzareno Tassone has returned home to Canada

Last night at Pearson Airport Turkish Airlines Flight 17 pulled up to the gate at Terminal 1 with what we hope to be the body of Nazzareno Tassone.

The long repatriation began in Syria to Iraq then to Istanbul and finally to Toronto.

The family was there waiting and 5 hours later were able to see his casket.

We still do not know at this time if it is their son, initial reports that came in first from Iraq authorities did not in any way match the identity of their son.

In hindsight I am glad that we asked for dental records from the family, I had a feeling that this might happen or that the remains may not be identifiable without them.

There was also some difference in how it was reported that he died and the wounds he suffered as well.

Because of this we suggested that the Coroners Office in Toronto be engaged, in order to give the family the confidence and closure that they so desperately need at this time.

It has been almost 6 months since it was reported that he died fighting ISIS just a few days before Christmas on the 21st of December 2016.

We will now wait for the Coroners report, more to follow on his repatriation. that will hopefully take place this Wednesday from Toronto to Niagara Falls.

All are invited to take part in the repatriation itself or by lining the bridges on his final journey home.

The route will be from MacKinnon & Bowes, 2 Meridian Road, Toronto via the 401/403/QEW to St. Andrews United Church in Niagara Falls at 5645 Morrison Street.

There will be a short church service followed immediately by burial at Fairview Cemetery beside the church and then a reception in the gymnasium which is attached to the church.