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Merchant mariners stage second hunger strike

Those who served during Canada's wars expected danger at the hands of the enemy. But they were ill prepared for the fight that awaited some of them at home. Most veterans were welcomed home with open arms and assistance in putting their lives back in order. But several groups — native Canadians, Métis, merchant mariners and Hong Kong prisoners of war — found themselves ignored and denied the recognition and benefits so crucial to rebuilding their lives. For them, the fight would last another half century.

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Ward Duke and Ossie MacLean fight a "last battle" against the federal government for compensation denied.

Medium: Television
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Maite Ormaechea
Guests: Fred Mifflin, Ossie MacLean, Ward Duke, Elsie Wayne, Mark Milner, Dan Conlin
Broadcast Date: Nov. 25, 1998
Duration: 2:44

Last updated: January 4, 2013

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