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Exercise eases traumatic brain injury

September 17, 2019 by Sharon Adams

It may be small, but a study of military traumatic brain injury (TBI) and exercise will produce one piece of a puzzle whose long-term effects we have only begun to understand. University of Ottawa researchers are searching for how best to treat the enigmatic injury. As of mid-July, they were looking for four pairs of subjects: Ottawa-area veterans…

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A proper appreciation

September 15, 2019 by Tom MacGregor

One hundred years ago, the Pension Act came into effect, creating the framework for helping Canada’s disabled veterans. It is still in effect today, serving Second World War, Korean War, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and those regular force veterans who applied for benefits prior to 2006. The Pension Act filled a void and was the way…

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Warbirds then and now

September 11, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne

Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Warbirds of every shape and size were on display at the 2019 Aero Gatineau-Ottawa Air Show on Sept 6-8. Here are a few: Click on photos to enlarge

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Canada’s Armed Forces are apt to see many more deployments to Africa. Of the 30 most fragile states in the world, 21 are in Africa, and many of those are French-speaking. It has been estimated that by 2050, 80 per cent of all French-speaking people will be African, due to high birth rates. Instability will…

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Democracy in action is the best description of the 51st Alberta-Northwest Territories Command Convention held in Drumheller on May 10-12. The tone was set at the opening ceremonies where Dominion Past President Dave Flannigan reminded delegates that “Conventions are held so that we can make changes so we [can find] better ways to serve our veterans and...
North America’s most powerful waterfall provided a misty backdrop to the 51st Ontario Command Convention in Niagara Falls, Ont., May 4-7, as 519 accredited delegates holding 748 proxy votes gathered to elect new officers, debate resolutions and hear updates on provincial programs. Homeless veterans and service dogs garnered the most discussion. Proceedings started on...

Head of new U.S. Space Command touts allied co-operation

September 6, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
The head of the newly created U.S. Space Command has emphasized touting co-operation among allies, including Canada, in his first news conference since his appointment. “Historically, we haven’t needed to have allies in space,” General Jay Raymond said last week at the Pentagon. With the potential for space to become the next battleground, however,...

Merchant navy veterans get their day

September 6, 2019 by Sharon Adams
Winston Churchill said that the only thing that ever really frightened him during the Second World War was the U-boat peril. Britain’s entire war effort and the survival of its people were dependent on convoys of cargo ships from North America manned by merchant sailors. A week before war was declared, the Royal Canadian...

Standards for service dogs are overdue

September 5, 2019 by Legion Magazine
The use of service dogs to help veterans with mental-health issues is stalled with a lack of recognized standards for training both the dogs and the veterans who receive them. Originally the federal government had approached the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB)—an arm of Public Services and Procurement Canada—to develop standards for service dogs....

Heroes and Villains: Smith & 26th Panzers

September 5, 2019 by Mark Zuehlke
HERO: PRIVATE ERNEST ALVIA (SMOKEY) SMITH Having crossed Italy’s Savio River on the night of Oct. 21-22, 1944, the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada’s ‘C’ Company and newly formed tank-hunting platoon cut the Cesena–Ravenna road alongside a badly damaged church. The force numbered just 50 men. Twenty were tank hunters, heavily armed with four PIAT (Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank) launchers. Among these...

Should Canada have gone to war in September 1939?

September 5, 2019 by Legion Magazine
In 1939, Canada was the only independent nation in North America to declare war on Germany. A member of the British Commonwealth, Canada was nonetheless independent in foreign and defence policy and had been so since the Statute of Westminster in 1931. The British colonies in the Caribbean and in South America were not...

September/October 2019 issue – Now Available!

September 3, 2019 by Legion Magazine
The September/October 2019 issue of Legion Magazine is out today! Look for it on newsstands or check your mailbox if you subscribe already. THE SINKING OF SS ATHENIA After Britain declared war, Germany’s first target was a passenger ship bound for Canada PILOTS DOWN Days after Canada declared war on Germany, two airmen flying over home soil...

On this date: September 2019

September 1, 2019 by Legion Magazine
1 September 1942 HMCS Morden launches three depth charge attacks against U-756 astern of a convoy. Years later the corvette is given credit for the U-boat’s destruction. 2-3 September 1918 The Canadian 1st and 4th divisions lead the assault on the Drocourt-Quéant Line at the end of the Second Battle of Arras. 5 September...

The sinking of SS Athenia

August 30, 2019 by Francis M. Carroll
Britain declared war on Germany at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3, 1939. At just after 7 o’clock that evening, Captain James Cook of the passenger liner SS Athenia joined his first-class guests for dinner. While the ship had actually gotten underway two days earlier—en route from Glasgow to Montreal via Belfast and Liverpool—Cook had felt...

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August 28, 2019 by Canvet Publications Ltd.
The Ypres Salient in Belgium was mostly a quagmire in the spring of 1915. The ground was torn up from countless artillery blasts, makeshift fortifications and a network of sandbagged trenches leading to along the front. It was here that Major John McCrae worked as a brigade surgeon for of the 2nd Division, Canadian...

German warplane recovered to tell its story

August 28, 2019 by Sharon Adams
Six weeks into the Battle of Britain, on Aug. 26, 1940, a squadron of nine German aircraft headed across the English Channel to wreak havoc on an airfield in Kent, an area known at the time as Hellfire Corner for the ferocious fighting that went on overhead. The formation was detected and Royal Air...

On track, part 2

August 28, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne The National Youth Track and Field Championships took place Aug. 9-11, 2019, in Sydney, N.S., where 721 athletes—314 of them sponsored by The Royal Canadian Legion—competed. The event, hosted by Cape Breton University and the Legion’s Breton Branch, also involved 160 coaches, 150 officials and more than...
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