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Canada has a long history in Pakistan. It was there during one of the first United Nations peacekeeping missions—UNMOGIP or United Nations Military Observer Group India-Pakistan—that Canada lost its first peacekeeper. UNMOGIP began on Jan. 24, 1949, with a mandate to supervise the ceasefire between India and Pakistan in the State of Jammu and Kashmir….


Alternative medicines need more study

July 2, 2016 by Sharon Adams

Serving military members and veterans with chronic health conditions frequently look beyond traditional medicine in their search for something—anything—to relieve symptoms that are making their lives miserable, or in bureaucratese, “affecting their quality of life.” Often they’re forking out their own money (or veterans’ advocacy groups are doing so on their behalf) to pay for…

Eye On Defence

A defence review for different times

July 2, 2016 by David J. Bercuson
Canadian soldiers practice their shooting skills during Operation UNIFIER, Canada's military training mission to Ukraine, at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre (IPSC) in Starychi, Ukraine on December 30, 2015.

Photo: Joint Task Force Ukraine, DND
Des militaires canadiens pratiquent leurs habiletés au tir au cours de l’opération  UNIFIER, la mission d’instruction militaire du Canada en Ukraine, au Centre international de sécurité et de maintien de la paix à Starychi, en Ukraine, le 30 décembre 2015.

Photo : Force opérationnelle interarmées Ukraine, MDN 

The Liberal election platform last fall contained a pledge to conduct a full review of Canada’s defence requirements and as this column is being written the process is in full swing. A Department of National Defence (DND) document explains and poses a number of key questions that government says it wants Canadians to answer. It…


When the brain goes boom

June 30, 2016 by Sharon Adams
Dark Thoughts - final

The epic struggle to understand and treat the damaged brain takes place both at the frontiers of science and in the pharmaceutical Stone Age In April 19, 2006, Aaron Bedard’s brain changed forever. That day the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry combat engineer and five comrades were in a vehicle that drove over and detonated…


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Governor General presents first Medal for Volunteers

July 20, 2016 by Legion Magazine
GG01-2016-0113-059 April 12, 2016 Rideau Hall, Ottawa, Canada.  His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presided over the inaugural presentation ceremony of the Sovereignís Medal for Volunteers on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at Rideau Hall.The new medal was presented to 55 Canadians to recognize exceptional volunteer achievements in a wide range of fields.  Credit: Sgt Ronald Duchesne, Rideau Hall, OSGG A new medal for volunteers has been approved by the Queen and become part of the Canadian Honours System. Governor General David Johnston presided over the inaugural presentation of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on April 12. The medal incorporates and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award which...

Repairs will shutter National War Memorial

July 18, 2016 by Tom MacGregor
NEWS NWM The National War Memorial in Ottawa will be closed to visitors this summer as it goes through a second phase of repairs and conservation. The Department of National Defence also announced in April that the popular National Sentry Program, which would have started on April 9, has been suspended for 2016. Public Services and...

OSI Section of the Legion proposed

July 17, 2016 by Legion Magazine
OSI new It was a significant meeting April 16-17 when the Dominion Executive Council (DEC) convened to make some decisions that will help shape the future of the organization. Grand President Larry Murray set the tone with his opening remarks. “This extended DEC prior to convention has always been an important gathering, but I believe that...

Our Back Pages: 1961-1979

July 15, 2016 by Legion Magazine
OBP Feature From Legionary to Legion Magazine Fourth in a six-part series looking back at 90 years of The Legionary and Legion Magazine The Legionary carried on in its large format throughout the 1960s. Articles typically addressed the issues of resettling veterans from the Second World War and the Korean War and improving disability pensions. The magazine...

Serving You: July/August 2016

July 15, 2016 by Legion Magazine
Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) is no longer initiating optional reviews, for example, calling veterans to periodically review assessments. Application for financial assistance can be made using a simple two-page Legion Benevolent Fund Application to confirm eligibility through a local Legion branch, provincial command or Dominion Command. Once you are in receipt of disability benefits...
Rick Mercer Story Updated: It was announced at DEC that CBC journalist and comedian Rick Mercer will become the third recipient of the Legion’s Founders Award to be presented in St. John’s. Mercer has long been a staunch supporter of Canadian soldiers and veterans, regularly travelling overseas to visit troops and in particular lending his support...

The Carley float

July 13, 2016 by Sharon Adams
HMCS Esquimalt (J 272)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

Navy	The Royal Canadian Navy

Type	Minesweeper

Class	Bangor 

Pennant	J 272 

Built by	Marine Industries Ltd. (Sorel, Quebec, Canada) 


Laid down	20 Dec 1940 

Launched	8 Aug 1941 

Commissioned	26 Oct 1942 

Lost	16 Apr 1945 

Loss position	44.28N, 63.10W (See a map)


History	HMCS Escquimalt (Lt. Robert Cunningham MacMillan, DSC and Bar, RCNVR) was torpedoed and sunk on 16 April 1945 by U-190, five miles off Chebucto Head, near Halifax, Canada in position 44º28'N, 63º10'W.

44 of the crew were lost with the ship and 26 of the crew survived the sinking.


Hit by U-boat

Sunk on 16 Apr 1945 by U-190 (Reith). Many sailors owed their lives to this durable, quick-launching raft The corvette HMCS Louisburg was on escort duty off the coast of North Africa when she was hit by a torpedo dropped from an Italian plane at sunset on Feb. 6, 1943. In minutes, Able Seaman Budd Parks found himself injured, swimming in the...

New friends made at cribbage championships

July 8, 2016 by Sharon Adams
Crib 2 Players in the Dominion Command Cribbage Championships in Charlottetown April 22-24 got a demonstration of just how far Prince Edward Islanders will go to make visitors happy. Tony Safronetz from Grandview Branch in Manitoba mentioned that he would like to take some of the island’s rich, red earth home as a souvenir. The next...
Members of Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) FREDERICTON air Canada has announced that it will send up to 1,000 troops to Latvia to help bolster a NATO force sent there to face down Russian aggression. Canada has long been operating in the region–troops in Poland and Ukraine, CF-18s in the sky above, warships at sea–all as a part of a mission called Operation...

War Museum hosts prestigious history forum

July 5, 2016 by Sharon Adams
A century after the First World War and seven decades after the second, how much new could there possibly be to discuss? Plenty—and we’re nowhere near done augmenting and correcting the historical record, judging by research shared by historians at the 83rd annual meeting of the Society for Military History in Ottawa this spring....

The search for an old contemptible

July 4, 2016 by Legion Magazine
Search for an old contemptible A message from Britain sparks a writer’s search for unknown relatives and the casualties of the Great War’s first major land battle It all started with a random tweet. My first inclination had been to ignore it because rule No. 1 on Twitter, as a journalist, is to avoid being baited personally. The sender,...

Legion responds to wildfire crisis

July 4, 2016 by Tom MacGregor

Corporal Greg Watts, Flight Engineer, observes wildfires near Fort McMurray from a CH-147F Chinook helicopter during the Canadian Armed Forces’ support to the Province of Alberta’s emergency response efforts. 

Photo by: MCpl Brandon O'Connell, 3 CDN DIV PA
Copyright Notice © 2016 DND-MDN Canada With wildfires having caused significant damage to the community of Fort McMurray, Alta., the Legion put out an urgent call to action. About 80,000 people were evacuated from the northern Alberta community as of early May. The Canadian Armed Forces have sent helicopters and other aircraft to assist the provincial authorities in delivering food...

Bringing the Invictus spirit to Canada

July 1, 2016 by Legion Magazine
Invictus Games Toronto Canada’s team of ill and injured veterans excelled at the Invictus Games held in May in Orlando, Fla. The 28-member Team Canada, which included five members of the Canadian Armed Forces and 23 veterans, participated in seven adaptive sports, winning 22 medals, including 10 golds. It was the second outing for the games, founded...
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