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Speak Up for our Silent Warrior

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After giving thirty four years in the service of her country, HMCS OJIBWA, Canada's first Cold War submarine waited patiently in Halifax for 14 years. She weathered storms around finding her a new home and then stoically endured obstacles set in the way of getting her there. Today, we need your help. 

The Elgin Military Museum, a not-for-profit institution in St. Thomas, Ontario took on the challenge of saving OJIBWA. After extensive studies by the Museum and independent consultants the project moved forward based on significant financial commitments. The Project thus underway and beyond the point of no return, cost estimates were "revised" and funding commitments were suddenly subject to "interpretation".  The unfortunate reality is the donor controls the donation and estimates are only estimates.

Today, after being open only 1 1/2 seasons, the reviews range from totally awesome to unbelievable from those who visit. She was also given national and provincial tourism awards for the innovation of her presentation. The Greater Depths tours are cutting edge - not done anywhere else in the world.

This silent warrior stands on the merit of her Cold War service and as a tribute to all those who accompanied her and her sisters into perilous waters. The brave sailors she sheltered risked their lives every minute of their time below the sea. They were witnesses to some of the most dangerous times of the twentieth century - when the Doomsday Clock was at a minute to midnight and edging forward (1983). This is a story that needs to be told especially here in the heart of Canada a thousand miles from the sea. 

The story of her silent service has been left to the Museum to tell. Having been open for only 1 1/2 seasons, they have created a nationally recognized institution showcasing a key participant in the Cold War. People have visited from all over the region, the country, and the world just to see her. Their education programs are highly innovative and praised.  The younger visitors come to discover our history, the older visitors come to remember it.

The Royal Bank of Canada has given notice of their intention to enforce the terms of the agreement between the Bank and guarantors the Municipality of Bayham in relation to the financing of Project Ojibwa, the Museum's efforts to obtain, move and mount the decommissioned submarine HMCS OJIBWA to Port Burwell, Ontario. Unfortunately, this is happening a lot sooner than expected.

The Museum intends to continue operations while their team works to develop new proposals and strategies to bring the project to a successful conclusion for all parties. They are actively pursuing their options but they really need your support and help. 

By signing this petition it will show that you would like to see the Elgin Military Museum continue operating HMCS OJIBWA while a decision is being made. It will also show the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport that they need to help the EMM find a financial solution that will accommodate: the Museum, the Royal Bank of Canada, and the Municipality of Bayham. After all, HMCS OJIBWA  and those that served on her, helped protect Canada during the Cold War. It is because of them that Canadians enjoy the freedom we have today. It is part of OUR heritage. For more information about HMCS OJIBWA see their website: www.projectojibwa.ca.



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