With October coming to an end and Canada stepping into November, it's officially the right time to start wearing a poppy to remember the sacrifices made by countless Canadian veterans. The Canadian Legion has poppy pins in donation boxes across the country, and while most people pay the proper respect to the symbol, there have already been thefts of these donation boxes in 2019.

Thefts have already taken place in Quebec and Ontario. The Chomedey Royal Canadian Legion branch 251 has already reported four thefts of donation cans from Tim Hortons locations near Laval. The amount of money that has gone missing is estimated by the Legion to be about $400.

The legion has since filed a police report, with second vice-president Shannon Westlake telling Global News, "Hopefully the police in Laval will investigate." Westlake has also asked anyone with information to come forward.

In a similar situation taking place in Sudbury, Ontario, police are asking the public for help in identifying a man who is accused of stealing six separate poppy donation boxes over a period of time since October 23.

According to a release from the Greater Sudbury Police Service, the man has stolen other donation boxes as well.

A photo of the man in question was provided, and the police advised businesses to keep the donation boxes safe and emptied during the day to prevent more theft. They also noted that these are not violent thefts, but people should avoid approaching the suspect.

In British Columbia, the Abbotsford branch of the Canadian Legion is already taking precautions to prevent this kind of theft from happening in their community.

According to the Abbotsford News, the legion has said that donation boxes will only be picked up by volunteers who are wearing legion uniforms or legion identification badges.

In 2013, a woman posing as a legion member went to several businesses and stole the boxes under the pretense of collecting them. 

Remembrance Day is on November 11. There has been demand in the past to make Remembrance Day a statutory holiday. Justin Trudeau already tweeted about Remembrance Day; however, the tweet did not get a great reaction. 

There was also a limited edition toonie made to honour Remembrance Day and Canadian veterans.


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