Peter Friesen's story of non-combatant training is also an example of strong principles. He begins with his experience before the judge.
John Goossen was a teacher when the war started. He did not believe that violence was right and he told this to the judge at his CO hearing.
As George Groening explains though, the judges were not harsh with every CO.
Appearing before the judge was one of the earliest tests of a CO's sincerity. In Ontario, men did not have to appear before a judge.
With the creation of an alternative service program, it seemed that uncertainty in the Mennonite community and the government had finally been reso