Wildfire relief money distributed where needed

February 22, 2018 by Tom MacGregor

Legion branches and members across the country contributed generously to the Fort McMurray Wildfire Relief Fund, raising $1,243,662, President Chris Strong told delegates at the 50th Alberta-Northwest Territories Command Convention held Sept. 22-24 in Edmonton. The fire, which started in late April 2016, devastated the town. “In the area where McMurray Branch is, the branch…

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The dream of space thrives

February 21, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne

When I was young, the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo launches out of Cape Canaveral were family television events without parallel. There was a sense of awe surrounding those NASA missions, culminating years later in the triumphant moon landings. We followed every one, minute-by-transfixed-minute, on a big old black-and-white TV with four legs, rabbit ears and…


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Winnipeg to host dominion convention

February 20, 2018 by Legion Magazine

Royal Canadian Legion delegates from commands, sections and branches are invited to assemble their delegates in Winnipeg for the 47th dominion convention on Aug. 25-29. “We are expecting 1,200 people,” said Local Arrangements Committee secretary Dawn Golding. The convention, the first to be held in August instead of the traditional June, will be held at the RBC Convention…

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Mystery of the lucky Lancaster

February 13, 2018 by Sharon Adams

It was just six weeks before the end of the Second World War when the telegram arrived for the Lee family in Winnipeg, all capital letters, like someone shouting to be heard above a rising internal wail: REGRET TO ADVISE THAT YOUR SON FLYING OFFICER JIM GEN LEE…IS REPORTED MISSING AFTER AIR OPERATIONS OVERSEAS MARCH…


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The truth about Poland

February 14, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
The names are synonymous with Nazi Germany’s diabolical plan to exterminate Europe’s Jewish population: Sobibor, Treblinka, Auschwitz. All of them, and multiple other extermination and concentration camps, were in Poland. At least half the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust were Poles who met their end in Nazi death camps located in...

Mystery of the lucky Lancaster

February 13, 2018 by Sharon Adams
It was just six weeks before the end of the Second World War when the telegram arrived for the Lee family in Winnipeg, all capital letters, like someone shouting to be heard above a rising internal wail: REGRET TO ADVISE THAT YOUR SON FLYING OFFICER JIM GEN LEE…IS REPORTED MISSING AFTER AIR OPERATIONS OVERSEAS...

Sketchbook brings soldiers to life

February 7, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
Richard Johnson is an old-school war artist. He’s walked the hard miles in Iraq and Afghanistan, shunning the camera for pencil and sketchbook, speedily yet meticulously recording soldiers at war and peace in shades of grey. Born in Scotland and now living in Maryland, the man technically known as a news illustrator has taken...

Place Vimy unveiled by Hudson Branch

February 6, 2018 by Stephanie Slegtenhorst
Hudson, Que., Branch commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge by unveiling its newly renovated cenotaph and surrounding park, now named Place Vimy.  The only one of its kind in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region, the cenotaph commemorates those who have served from the 23 municipalities in the Boer War, First World War,...
Delegates at New Brunswick Command’s 83rd convention held Sept. 23-24 in Fredericton supported a proposal for establishment of a veterans’ council within The Royal Canadian Legion. Such a council would help attract younger military members and retain current veteran members, said veteran Sonny McCarron of Cape Tormentine Branch. “There are a lot of negative...

Weapons report finds IS has a robust supply chain

February 1, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
A report by an investigative organization says about 90 per cent of weapons and ammunition used by Islamic State (IS) fighters comes from China, Russia and Eastern European producer states—much of it purchased by the terrorist group’s declared enemies, the United States and Saudi Arabia. Funded by the European Union (EU) and the German...

On this date: February 2018

February 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
1 February 1968 The Unification Act comes into effect, unifying the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force into a single organization called the Canadian Armed Forces. 2 February 1915 A German spy bombs the Saint Croix-Vanceboro Railway Bridge at the New Brunswick−Maine border. The bomb damages but fails to destroy...

Even one is too many

January 31, 2018 by Legion Magazine
The Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada announced their joint suicide-prevention strategy in October. It is “an approach we have not seen before,” said Minister of Veterans Affairs Seamus O’Regan. The strategy is an effort to co-ordinate some 160 programs and services in both departments that are targeted at reducing suicide among serving...
Saskatchewan Command announced a new partnership it has formed to offer a peer-support program for veterans and first responders suffering from operational stress injuries (OSIs) during its 49th convention held Oct. 14-16 in Estevan. OSI-Can is a partnership between Saskatchewan Command and the Canadian Mental Health Association, Saskatchewan Division. Provincial Co-ordinator Julius Brown told delegates...

Sorting out the moral injuries

January 29, 2018 by Sharon Adams
The realization is growing that the reason some military members and veterans do not benefit from post-traumatic stress disorder treatments is that their symptoms are not caused by, or not solely caused by, PTSD. There is an overlap of symptoms of PTSD, concussion and traumatic brain injury, mefloquine toxicity and major depressive disorder. Now...

Always serving

January 28, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
You didn’t see any national flag raisings at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto. There were no national anthems played at medal ceremonies, either. And while competition among the Games’ wounded, sick and injured warriors was fierce and the fans—a disproportionate number of them families and friends—were fervent, camaraderie and universal support were the...

Forum hears of benefits of Invictus Games

January 28, 2018 by Sharon Adams
The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) forum had a royal guest—Prince Harry, patron of the Invictus Games, the international adaptive sports competition for military and veterans living with serious wounds, injuries and illness. The Invictus Games, he said, help “reignite qualities worn down by months and often years of fighting”...

Suicide prevention strategy a step forward

January 26, 2018 by Sharon Adams
Progress is finally being made in gathering accurate data on rates of suicide among Canada’s total veteran population, thanks to the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada’s Joint Suicide Prevention Strategy. Statisticians currently have data on suicide for serving armed forces members, but such data has not been available for all veterans because...
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