It really is the wild west of medal invention and wearing when it comes to Alberta. The protective services seem to be spending a great deal of time fussing over buttons, ribbons and bows. Everyone seems to be getting into the act, not just the provincial government, but municipalities of every size seem to want to become like old European city states and Grand Duchies, conferring baubles on all who render even modest service. None of this would really be worthwhile commenting on if it wasn't for the fact that these popcorn medals are being worn alongside official national and provincial honours -- which is, as we point out with great regularity, a violation of Order-in-Council 1998-591. It is made all the more offensive in that the people who are most frequently doing this are police, fire and peace officers -- people who are supposed to be trained to enforce & follow the laws and regulations of the land.
|Alberta's Special Constable |
Long Service Medal
|Queen's South Africa Medal.|
|Alberta Emergency Service Medal|
|A Calgary Police Sergeant, |
half of his medals are not authorized for wear.
|Calgary Police: |
Integrity...except in medal wearing?
Lethbridge Regional Police Service Medal --
ribbon borrowed from an Austrian medal of course.
This collage of mysterious municipal medals would not be complete with out the various medals for fires. There is the Town of Slave Lake Medal of Honour, for the 2011 Fire, and then the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Fire Medal for the 2016 Fort MacMurray Wildfire. These are first natural disasters in Canadian history to warrant the creation of a series of municipal honours it would seem.
|Town of Slave Lake Medal of Honour (2011 Fire)|
|Municipality of Wood Buffalo Fire Medal (2016)|