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Masters of their fate

June 23, 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, while its second week-long training camp wrapped up in Kingston, Ont. The photos below were taken there as the athletes trained….

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Spending two per cent of GDP is misleading

June 21, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne

  It constitutes a small part of the government’s recently released defence policy review, but it’s a telling one. Just 579 of 8,805 words are devoted to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s two-per-cent-of-GDP standard for defence spending, but the words and the numbers suggest Ottawa will likely never meet the alliance’s ideal. The much-anticipated policy…

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Cadets killed or seriously injured while participating in approved activities should have the same care and compensation that is extended to adults supervising them, the military ombudsman recommends. “More needs to be done to support our most vulnerable participants of the cadet program,” said Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman Gary Walbourne in a report to Defence…

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June 12, 2017 by Legion Magazine

The next edition in our award-winning series Canada’s Ultimate Story is World War I: True Stories from Vimy to Victory.  Canada had a population of less than 7.8 million people in 1914 and yet more than 620,000 enlisted for this faraway war. These were not professional soldiers, sailors and airmen. These were citizens who stood up…

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CAF needs to be more diverse, says general

June 19, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
Perhaps the best moment of February’s annual Conference of Defence Associations Institute (CDA) symposium in Ottawa came on the second day when an officer cadet named Melissa Sanfacon of Kingston’s Royal Military College took the microphone and confronted the chief of the defence staff before a room full of brass, former brass, bureaucrats, diplomats...

Minister discusses peacekeeping, NATO

June 19, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
Ask veteran soldiers their feelings about peacekeeping missions and chances are you’ll get a negative response. Acting as referee and policeman in areas of hostility is like doing the job with one hand tied behind your back, they’ll say. Strict rules of engagement—preventing peacekeepers from firing unless fired upon, for example—endangered blue-helmeted troops and...

GNATs versus CATs

June 16, 2017 by Sharon Adams
For a couple of years into the Second World War, it looked like German U-boats might prevail in the Battle of the Atlantic by starving Britain of food, troops and supplies, and smoothing the way for an invasion of England. But by 1943, the Allies had learned how to fight a submarine war. More...

Virtual reality takes viewers into Vimy battle

June 16, 2017 by Tom MacGregor
Students visiting Vimy Ridge for the 100th anniversary got a chance to see what the battlefield looked like 100 years ago, thanks to virtual reality technology. Students travelling with EF Educational Tours in April were immersed in the technology used by Simwave Consulting of Kanata, Ont., to create an experience which takes the viewer...

Seniors: be wary of financial abuse

June 16, 2017 by Legion Magazine
Financial abuse is the most common form of elder abuse in Canada. Financial abuse can happen at any time, but it will often start after a health crisis or after the death of a spouse, partner or close friend. People who are alone, lonely or in poor health are more vulnerable. They may find...

Running into danger

June 15, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
Tough love and quadriplegic rugby helped Chis Klodt find his independence Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne In his 19-year-old mind, an athletic Chris Klodt acknowledged that premature death was a distinct possibility when he joined the army in 2001. He never considered that he might live out most of his life a...

Defence full of future promises

June 14, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
The fundamental challenge to change within the Canadian Armed Forces is commitment, not by troops, bureaucrats or military brass, but by governments. It’s easy enough to say Canada’s military needs more and better ships, planes and armoured vehicles, but acquiring them takes time and inevitably more than one government to achieve. It’s like turning...

Compensation announced for 1974 cadet accident

June 14, 2017 by Legion Magazine
The federal government is providing compensation and health-care support for cadet victims of a grenade accident 43 years ago. “This is a good day for the survivors,” said Gerry Fostaty, who worked for years for compensation for the accident, in which a cadet pulled the pin on a live grenade at CFB Valcartier cadet...

His share of the action

June 9, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
Graham Verrier was used to firefights. He served in Bosnia and Kosovo and four times in Afghanistan. Eventually, the biggest fight would be when he got home. Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne First in, last out. It defines army reconnaissance. So it’s more than a little ironic that the military career of...

Hush-Hush Heroes (Part 2)

June 8, 2017 by Sharon Adams
The feats of our secret agents in Europe during the Second World War were daring and the consequences of capture were torture and death (“Hush-hush heroes,” March/April). The story was very different in Asia, where the tropics were as formidable an enemy as the Japanese. And help was very, very far away. Agents in...
They assembled in Bedford Basin and Sydney Harbour, and picked up additions from St. John’s and the Gulf of St. Lawrence along the way, time after time after time. Each voyage totalled dozens of ships of all kinds, massed to carry personnel, food and war materiel overseas between 1939 and 1945. And always, out...

On this date: June 2017

June 5, 2017 by Legion Magazine
1 JUNE 1941 The Newfoundland Escort Force is set up and soon is protecting Atlantic convoys. 2 JUNE 1917 In solo action, Billy Bishop attacks a German aerodrome and is later awarded the Victoria Cross. 3 JUNE 1608 Samuel de Champlain arrives at Tadoussac, Que., to set up a trading post. 4 JUNE 1944...

“I was not the most popular person”

June 2, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
Jim MacEacheran led the team investigating battlefield fatalities in Afghanistan. They often had to reassemble the remains of individuals blown apart. Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Jim MacEacheran got a cool reception when he arrived in Afghanistan in 2002. It was not necessarily unexpected but his circumstances certainly were unique. As a...
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