THE HIGHWAY OF HEROES COIN sign now

I am starting this petition in support of the idea of a coin being produced by The Royal Mint of Canada commemorating the Highway of Heroes and the incredible grassroots support shown by ordinary Canadians to honour each of the fallen soldiers and their families upon the repatriation of the fallen soldier from CFB Trenton.
This incredible support shown by Canadians each time resulted in an online petition being circulated back last year, which was subsequently delivered to the McGuinty Government. The end result of this groundswell of support resulted in the recognition by the McGuinty Government of the need to do something to honour our fallen, hence the section of the 401 McDonald Cartier Freeway between Trenton and Toronto was renamed "the Highway of Heroes"..
Peter Fisher has, since a tour of the Royal Mint in August of last year, requested the Royal Mint look at issuing a coin commemorating the sad tradition of honouring the fallen soldiers. The Royal Mint of Canada, while initially agreeing with the concept,(in August last year) has subsequently REFUSED to consider such a coin.(Below the petition text, included is all of the emails entailing his efforts)

In honour of those fallen soldiers, their families and all of the good people of Canada who choose to stand and honour on bridges, overpasses and along the roadsides each time we must repatriate those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, I am asking you to sign this petition and send a clear and strong message to the Royal Mint and the Federal Government "that we shall never forget" and we want a coin that commemorates our passionate support of our soldiers. This is NOT a political statement, this is simply the ways and means to have our voices heard. We did it once before in a simple powerful way, let's do this again. Our soldiers, their families, past and present, deserve nothing less.

Caroline McIntosh
Mississauga, Ontario


----- Original Message -----
From: Pete Fisher
To: Baltzan, Frances
Sent: Thursday, November 04, 2010 12:48 PM
Subject: Re: Coin Idea!

How unfortunate. Especially when my initial enquiry from yourself indicated, "This suggestion is one that we like very much and, in fact, one that received very favourable response when tested with coin consumers. The Mint is therefore in the process of considering how best to honour this solemn route and those who have travelled it, as well as to underscore the spontaneous outpouring of public support for our fallen heroes."
With the Highway of Heroes starting from grassroots Canadian wanting to show an outpouring of support for fallen soldiers and their families, I can't understand how an email from you was so positive in the beginning, especially from coin consumers, to something you are unable to produce.
When the mint creates coins in relations to animals, to rock stars, I would have thought honouring our heroes would have been something they would be honoured to produce.
A simple image of people on a bridge with Canadian flags would have been more than enough to show support for the highway.
Unfortunate, but I can't help but wonder if there was some political involvement in the decision.
Pete Fisher
Photojournalist
H 905372.1918
C 905.373.2895
www.nesphotos.ca

----- Original Message -----
From: Baltzan, Frances
To: 'Pete Fisher'
Sent: Thursday, November 04, 2010 12:21 PM
Subject: RE: Coin Idea!

Dear Mr. Fisher,
You are correct in that product planning does take a considerable amount of time. The 2010 25-cent poppy circulation coin is something that the Mint had been planning for a while and is not intended to replace any other military-themed coins that we are considering producing.

Having said this, I want to let you know that it is not likely that we will be doing a specific Highway of Heroes coin. The sentiment behind this is theme is an honourable one, but designing a coin that accurately depicts the Highway of Heroes while honouring the sentiment has proven to be difficult. I am sorry to pass on this disappointing news, but please know that we are working on several other products, for 2011 and beyond, that honour the Canadian Forces past and present - and their sacrifices.

Finally, I dont know if you have visited the Mints website recently, but here you will find information on some of our other poppy products, including a collector card with profits going to the Military Families Fund. Please click on http://www.mint.ca/store/product/product_poppy.jsp?itemId=prod990029 to find out more.

Thank you for following up with us and please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.

Francie Baltzan
Communications Coordinator/Coordonnatrice des communications
Marketing & Communications

Royal Canadian Mint/Monnaie royale canadienne
320, promenade Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0G8

Tel. (613) 949-9066
Fax (613) 991-2628
[email protected]/[email protected]

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From: Pete Fisher [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: October 29, 2010 4:00 PM
To: Baltzan, Frances
Subject: Re: Coin Idea!

Hello Francie

As I know you stated it will take sometime for the Highway of Heroes coin to be developed, I was wondering if the new coin by the Canadian Mint in regards to the Remembrance Day with the two poppies on it will take the place of the Highway of Heroes coin, or will there be one coming out at a later date?

Thanks

Pete Fisher

----- Original Message -----

From: Baltzan, Frances
To: '[email protected]'
Cc: Booth, Jenna ; Traversy, Matt ; Holmes, Kate
Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2010 12:26 PM

Subject: RE: Coin Idea!

Dear Mr. Fisher,

Further to the e-mail you received from my colleague, Jenna Booth, last August, I would like to thank you again for your e-mail proposing that the Royal Canadian Mint issue a coin featuring the Highway of Heroes.

This suggestion is one that we like very much and, in fact, one that received very favourable response when tested with coin consumers. The Mint is therefore in the process of considering how best to honour this solemn route and those who have travelled it, as well as to underscore the spontaneous outpouring of public support for our fallen heroes.

As we move through this process, you will hear from us again, but in the meantime, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you once again for taking the time to write and for your interest in the Royal Canadian Mint.

Francie Baltzan
Communications Coordinator/Coordonnatrice des communications
Marketing & Communications

Royal Canadian Mint/Monnaie royale canadienne
320, promenade Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0G8

Tel. (613) 949-9066
Fax (613) 991-2628
[email protected]/[email protected]

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From: Pete Fisher [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: August 14, 2009 12:26 PM
To: Booth, Jenna
Subject: Re: Coin Idea!

Thank you for returning the email Ms. Booth

My name is Pete Fisher and Im from Cobourg, Ontario.

On a recent trip to Ottawa (August 12-17) we had a chance to tour the Canadian Mint. During the tour I asked our guide, John how it is decided what coins are struck at the mint and how to go about suggesting a type of coin.
John said to email the Canadian Mint, which brings me to my suggestion.
Let me first explain my background.

I am a 20-year veteran photographer/reporter who works for Sun Media. I also do freelance work for CTV Toronto for over 15 years.

Since 2002 I have covered every repatriation, except for one when I was attending the police memorial service on Parliament Hill for a murdered Cobourg Police officer.

I believe I am the only photographer that took the first picture of the four hearses traveling along Highway 401 in 2002 along what would become the Highway of Heroes.

My role in the Highway of Heroes started then. A colleague of mine, Joe Warmington coined the phrase "Highway of Heroes" in 2007, shortly after, I wrote a column for our local paper stating why it should be named for the fallen soldiers, and for their families. It gives a lasting tribute for the heroes that voluntarily serve our Country and freely give the supreme sacrifice.

My column was picked up by a man from London, Ontario who posted it on a website.

An online petition was started shortly after and over 60,000 people from across the world signed the petition. Within a few months the Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty announced the stretch of Highway 401 from Trenton to Toronto would be aptly named the Highway of Heroes in honour of the fallen soldiers.

Im sure you are aware each time a fallen soldier is repatriated at CFB Trenton their remains travel from the base, along a 172 km stretch of highway to the Coroners Building in downtown Toronto before being released to the family for the funeral service.

I have also had the honour and sadness of traveling along the Highway of Heroes three times documenting bridge and bridge the thousands of ordinary Canadians who travel for hours to attend a bridge closest to them.

People have said, and I myself can attest along with being a extremely sad time for Canadians, it also gives people who attend a extreme sense of pride. Bridges are covered with red and white with people waving the Canadian flag.

One Ontario Provincial Police officer who has lead the procession over 100 times told me in 25-years as a police officer he has never witnessed anything that has brought Canadians together like the Highway of Heroes.
It is for this reason, and many others for which I write to you.

I think it would be a tremendous honour to have an image of the route traveled to be emblazoned on a coin from the Canadian Mint.

This would be a lasting tribute to the everyone who attends the bridges along the route, but more importantly, to the families and friends of fallen soldiers.

Canada has lead the way in honouring its fallen heroes, and once again, I believe Canada can again lead the way with a coin for a lasting memories of this Countries support for the fallen.

My website is www.nesphotos.ca and if you wish to view any of the repatriations or bridge ceremonies Ive attended just click on the Highway of Heroes on the left side of the site.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.
Pete Fisher

----- Original Message -----

From: Booth, Jenna
To: [email protected]
Sent: Friday, August 14, 2009 8:03 AM
Subject: FW: Coin Idea!

Good Morning Mr. Fisher,

I received your email from Farrah-May yesterday and I wanted to follow up with you regarding a coin idea you have.

I work in the Marketing Dept at the Mint, where the designs for the coins are created. I have not yet received your suggestion from the general email, but would be more than happy to forward your suggestion to the Director of Marketing, if you would like to email it to me.

Thank you,

Jenna Booth
Administrative Assistant
Royal Canadian Mint/Monnaie royale canadienne
320 Sussex Drive/320, promenade Sussex Ottawa ON K1A 0G8
Tel.: 613-993-2026
Fax.: 613-998-5472
Email: [email protected]

www.mint.ca
www.monnaie.ca
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From: Pete Fisher [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: August 13, 2009 4:27 PM
To: Gendron, Farrah-May
Subject:

Hi Farrah-May
I picked up your card on a recent trip and tour of the Canadian Mint.
Great tour!
What I'm wondering is if someone has an idea for a coin, who, specifically would I email?

I sent a general email a few days ago and still have had no response.
Thanks and awaiting your reply.

Pete Fisher
Photojournalist
905.372.1918
C 905.373.2895
www.nesphotos.ca

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