Lloyd Billingsley


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Lloyd Billingsley is the author of Our Time After a While: Reflections of a Borderline Baby Boomer, a memoir about growing up in Windsor, Ontario.

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Canada’s Passchendaele Heroes Offer Lessons for Today

Aug 5, 2017 — Lloyd Billingsley

One hundred years ago, Canadians were slugging it out with the Germans on a muddy battlefield near Passchendaele in northwestern Belgium. The Canadians fought with great distinction, gaining Canada new international respect, and the conflict still holds lessons for today.

As the National Post noted, for their bravery in that battle nine Canadians won the Victoria Cross, including private Tommy Holmes from Montreal. He took out took two German machine gun positions and forced the surrender of 19 enemy troops.


Michigan takes female genital mutilators to court

Jul 24, 2017 — Lloyd Billingsley

On July 19, U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman denied bail for Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, a physician, as the Detroit Free Press reported, “accused of cutting the genitals of two Minnesota girls as part of a religious procedure.”  According to the court, Nagarwala may have subjected as many as 100 girls to the procedure over the last 12 years.

Prosecutors also accuse co-defendant Dr. Fakhruddin Attar of letting Nagarwala use his clinic for the genital mutilation, with his wife Farida Attar “holding the girls’ hands during the procedures.”


The Khadr $10.5 Million and Ruling Class Rot

Jul 9, 2017 — Lloyd Billingsley

The Canadian government will pay $10.5 million to Omar Khadr, 30, a Canadian-born al-Qaeda militant who killed an American soldier, Sgt. Christopher Speer in a 2002 firefight in Afghanistan. In addition to the $10.5 million, Khadr will get an apology from the Canadian government. The case marks a stark contrast to the Canadian experience.

When Canadians have fought abroad they have joined Canada’s allies and engaged in combat against Canada’s enemies. My grandfather Lorne Henry Billingsley was with the Canadian forces at Vimy Ridge and other major battles of World War I.  He was one of the first victims of German mustard gas attack but never received a monetary award in seven figures.

His son James Richard Billingsley, who recently passed away at 94, fought in the World War II Battles of Groningen and Oldenburg, on the enemy’s home turf. He was wounded in action twice, once by a German sniper, but duly returned to his regiment and fought on. The Canadian government never issued this hero a monetary award, let alone anything in the millions.


A socialized medicine death sentence

Jul 1, 2017 — Lloyd Billingsley

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled against Chris Gard and Connie Yates of the United Kingdom, whose 10-month-old child Charlie Gard will be “allowed to die,” a decision supposedly “in his own best interest,” as a British judge put it. According to a timeline in the Daily Mail, here is how Charlie’s story has played out.

Charlie Gard was born a healthy baby on August 4, 2016, but at eight months the child was diagnosed with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, which causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage. Charlie began to lose weight but in January 2017 his mother Connie Yates found an American doctor willing to offer Charlie a trial therapy called nucleoside.

Connie set up a website and succeeded in raising enough money to cover Charlie’s travel to America by air ambulance and the cost of the experimental treatment. But then the British legal system handed Charlie a setback.


Bid a Thankful Farewell to a Canadian Hero

May 12, 2017 — Lloyd Billingsley


On May 9, Canada lost a hero when James Richard Billingsley passed away at his home in Vancouver at the age of 94. This is a man all Canadians should get to know, because he played a role in securing the peace, freedom and prosperity Canada has enjoyed for decades.

His father Lorne Henry Billingsley was a veteran of World War I and one of the first victims of German gas attacks. James Richard Billingsley was the second of his eight children, raised in Saskatchewan in difficult conditions. Through the Depression of the 1930s, the family pulled together and prevailed.

James Billingsley enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan but in the spring of 1942 he left his studies to enlist in the Canadian Army. He served with the Eighth Canadian Reconnaissance Regiment, which saw plenty of action.

On April 12, 1945, troops of the Eighth Canadian Reconnaissance “B” squadron liberated Camp Westerbork in Holland, a Nazi transit station for Jews en route to extermination camps such as Auschwitz and Sobibor. The Canadians liberated 876 inmates and their actions surely saved many other lives.

James Billingsley’s major engagements included the Battles of Groningen and Oldenburg, on the enemy’s home turf. He was wounded in action twice, once by a German sniper. Army brass wanted to steer him into intelligence work but he returned to his unit and fought on.