Calling out immigrants who do not wear a poppy in memory of WWI veterans got legendary Canadian sportscaster Don Cherry fired and further polarized the nation struggling to reconcile “woke” values with its history and tradition.

Red poppy badges are a must-have accessory around Remembrance Day – November 11 – across the British Commonwealth, symbolizing the armistice that ended the First World War. When Cherry – the octogenarian sports commentator and former hockey coach – called out immigrants who refused to wear the badge, however, he was fired from Sportsnet and accused of being xenophobic and racist.

During an episode of his Coach’s Corner show on Saturday, Cherry lamented that “nobody wears the poppy” in downtown Toronto, unlike in smaller towns across Canada.

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