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Beseiged

July 19, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne

Fred Caron’s nightmares started on his first night back in camp after the siege Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne The one thing about physical wounds is you know when they happen. You know the precise moment you’ve been shot in the shoulder or lost your leg to a landmine. Your life may be…

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The path of procurement

July 18, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne

Of the many questions surrounding the federal government’s recently released defence policy review, perhaps none is more topical than whether Canada has the ability to spend an additional $62.3 billion on its military over the next 20 years. And not just because it’s a lot of money and government priorities have a tendency to shift…

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Last in the order of march

July 14, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne

Jody Mitic’s mother is in awe at the directions his life has taken since he stepped on a mine in Afghanistan Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne On Jan. 11, 2007, Joanne Fisher-Mitic got the call no mother wants to receive. Her son Jody, a master sniper and a seasoned master corporal with 1st…

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Footsteps of the fallen

July 13, 2017 by Stephanie Slegtenhorst

As we walk through the arched entrance to Maple Copse Cemetery, the tranquility immediately makes me pause. Located five kilometres southeast of Ypres, Belgium, the cemetery is one of many stops on a week-long journey marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Aside from our small group of camera-toting journalists, the cemetery…

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Footsteps of the fallen

July 13, 2017 by Stephanie Slegtenhorst
As we walk through the arched entrance to Maple Copse Cemetery, the tranquility immediately makes me pause. Located five kilometres southeast of Ypres, Belgium, the cemetery is one of many stops on a week-long journey marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Aside from our small group of camera-toting journalists, the...

Mission to Iraq extended, other options considered

July 12, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
The federal government had no sooner released its new foreign and defence policies than it put its money where its mouth is and renewed its commitment to the allied coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria. It’s a relatively small contribution—logistical and training support, mainly—but, as the recent record-setting kill shot by a Canadian...

More study needed on medical marijuana

July 11, 2017 by Sharon Adams
More and more veterans with PTSD are seeking relief through medical marijuana. Veterans report it reduces sleeplessness, alleviates pain, diminishes intrusive memories and flashbacks, curtails anxiety and improves sex drive and appetite. Because it was illegal for so long, medical marijuana research is relatively sparse, even though its medical use dates back millennia. And...

The jump that changed everything

July 7, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
Paratrooper Steve Daniel’s hard-landing injury triggered a sequence that transformed him into a Paralympian and medical doctor Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Once he joined the infantry, all Steve Daniel wanted was to be a paratrooper, and he became a good one. Daniel signed up at 19, moved into the 1st Airborne...

The importance of anniversaries

July 6, 2017 by Legion Magazine
This issue of Legion Magazine is filled with stories acknowledging anniversaries: Canada’s 150th, Vimy’s 100th, Hill 70’s 100th, Dieppe’s 75th. And, as in every issue, members of The Royal Canadian Legion who have served the organization for 60, 65 and 70 years are recognized on the Honours and Awards page. Each issue also contains...

Canada’s military scores a number of firsts

July 5, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
June 2017 was a pretty good month for Canada’s military. First there was the defence policy review, released June 7 after a year-long consultation process. The document did not come up with sure-fire solutions to longstanding issues plaguing military procurement, but it did propose a comprehensive, long-term spending plan palatable to enough of the...

Attack on Hill 70

July 4, 2017 by Serge Durflinger
The year is 1917 and the place is northern France. The meticulously prepared Canadians sweep up the commanding heights in the face of determined German resistance and win the day. Sound familiar? No, it’s not Vimy Ridge, Canada’s most celebrated battle, but rather the attack on Hill 70, near the northern edge of the French coal...

July/August issue is now available!

July 4, 2017 by Legion Magazine
The July/August 2017 issue of Legion Magazine is out today! Look for it on newsstands today or check your mailbox if you subscribe already! What’s inside? Canada at 150 A selective look back at the people and events that made us Assault on Hill 70 Four months after Vimy, Canada’s next triumph was equally...
Those Newfoundlanders who voted for Confederation in the 1948 referendums did so for pragmatic, unsentimental reasons. The country, especially that part of it beyond the Avalon Peninsula, was indigent, isolated, poverty-stricken, dependent on the whims of a fickle fishing industry. Most of these people had never been to Canada, had never met anyone who had been...
On Aug. 8, 1944, Sydney Radley-Walters was a newly minted 24-year-old major who had seen his first tank only two years earlier, when the Sherbrooke Fusiliers converted from infantry to armour. “Not one of us knew anything about armour or even what a tank looked like,” he said later. “We hadn’t a clue.” Radley-Walters...

On this date: July 2017

July 1, 2017 by Legion Magazine
1 July 1867 The first four provinces enter Confederation. 2 July 1940 HMCS St. Laurent rescues 861 German and Italian PoWs from a torpedoed ship bound for Canada. 3 July 1964 Four FLQ terrorists receive eight-year sentences for armed robberies. 4 July 1812 The first American PoWs are received at Melville Island Prison in...

Canada at 150

June 30, 2017 by Don Gillmor
Canada was formed by a combination of hope and fear; hope that something great could be created in the wilderness, and fear of American imperialism and Fenian raiders. At 150, we are no longer young, but compared to our aging parents (England is 1,146 years old, if you count Alfred the Great as its...

Masters of their fate, part 2

June 29, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
Team Canada’s training camp in Kingston, Ont., set the roster for the Invictus Games in Toronto this September Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Canada announced its Invictus Games team on June 15, as a second week-long training camp wrapped up in Kingston, Ont. The photos below were taken there as the athletes...
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