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Wartime Hockey Heroes

December 5, 2016 by D'Arcy Jenish
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On April 1, 1942, Canada’s Minister of National War Services, Joseph T. Thorson, issued a statement advising his fellow citizens that the country’s human and material resources were being mobilized for total war. “Thus far Canada has been an essential and vital factor in holding the forces of liberty intact and preventing their collapse,” Thorson…

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Auditor General looks at CAF recruitment troubles

November 30, 2016 by Stephen J. Thorne
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The Canadian Armed Forces is understaffed, the problem is getting worse and it’s unlikely that the regular force can reach its target levels by 2018–19 as planned, Auditor General Michael Ferguson said in a report released Nov. 29. Ferguson suggested the military set noble goals to boost overall recruitment and increase the proportion of women…

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Super Hornets fill a temporary gap

November 25, 2016 by Stephen J. Thorne
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A decision to purchase 18 Super Hornet fighter jets as an interim measure until a permanent option is found could cost Canadian taxpayers more than $1.2 billion, according to the government’s own estimates. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced Nov. 22 that Ottawa will enter talks with Boeing and the U.S. government over the use of…

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How Canada’s defence money is spent

November 24, 2016 by David J. Bercuson
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In early July, Justin Trudeau’s government announced that in 2017 it will dispatch a “battle group” of 450 soldiers to command one of four North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) brigades that are being formed in the NATO countries that border Russia, particularly the Baltic states and Poland. The Canadian contingent will be going to Latvia…

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Hong Kong craftsmen

December 6, 2016 by Sharon Adams
feature PoWs turned scraps into works of art Few artifacts survive to remind us of the fate of Canadians who fought in the Battle of Hong Kong, the then British colony that surrendered to the Japanese on Christmas Day, 1941, after a fierce, 17-day battle. The Winnipeg Grenadiers and Royal Rifles from Quebec City were...

On this date: December 2016

December 1, 2016 by Legion Magazine
Photograph taken from a Japanese plane during the torpedo attack on ships moored on both sides of Ford Island. View looks about east, with the supply depot, submarine base and fuel tank farm in the right center distance. A torpedo has just hit USS West Virginia on the far side of Ford Island (center). Other battleships moored nearby are (from left): Nevada, Arizona, Tennessee (inboard of West Virginia), Oklahoma (torpedoed and listing) alongside Maryland, and California. On the near side of Ford Island, to the left, are light cruisers Detroit and Raleigh, target and training ship Utah and seaplane tender Tangier. Raleigh and Utah have been torpedoed, and Utah is listing sharply to port. Japanese planes are visible in the right center (over Ford Island) and over the Navy Yard at right. Japanese writing in the lower right states that the photograph was reproduced by authorization of the Navy Ministry.  U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.   1 DECEMBER 1940 HMCS Saguenay is torpedoed on escort duty; 21 die, but the ship can be repaired. 2 DECEMBER 1963 The 24,000-km undersea Commonwealth Pacific Cable System links Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Britain. 3 DECEMBER 1989 Nine peacekeepers leave for Honduras for a UN mission monitoring ceasefires between Contras and Sandanistas....

Canada’s role in Iraq growing

November 16, 2016 by Stephen J. Thorne
frontlines-nov-16-feature It’s looking more and more like Canada has exchanged its role in the air war in Iraq for a growing part in the ground war. CBC confirmed this week what many had already surmised–Canadian troops tasked to advise Peshmerga fighters have taken preventative action against the enemy in Iraq. While the government in Ottawa...

Care through the Commonwealth

November 15, 2016 by Jennifer Morse
rcel-feature-new I landed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the 32nd Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCEL) Conference on June 25, arriving to a midnight traffic jam, horns beeping and impatient motorcycles threading between cars. It is a sprawling metropolis of seven million with a vibrant nightlife, and for the next two and a half hours we...

Legion Magazine releases TWO new Special Issues!

November 15, 2016 by Legion Magazine
  Legion Magazine introduces a new Celebrating Canada Series   Ring in Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation with the first in a new series of special-interest publications from the publisher of Legion Magazine. O Canada tells our story from the first Viking visits through to our achievements in space. With hundreds of photos and illustrations...

Trump victory welcomed by Putin

November 14, 2016 by Stephen J. Thorne
feature-new Some North Atlantic Treaty Organization members are sweating and Vladimir Putin is wringing his hands after Donald Trump’s stunning upset in the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election. The first-time political candidate made no bones during the campaign about his dissatisfaction with U.S. security arrangements, demanding in April that its “freeloading” allies carry a greater...

Fort McMurray Branch raises its flag again

November 12, 2016 by Tom MacGregor
fort-mac-feature Canada’s Maple Leaf flag is once again flying proudly over McMurray Branch of The Royal Canadian Legion, a sign that the town of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta is starting to recover from the devastating wildfires that swept through it in April. The flag-raising ceremony was held Aug. 27 at the branch, which remarkably...

Rest in Peace, Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)

November 10, 2016 by Legion Magazine
lc-new Just last fall, in a poignant tribute to McCrae, Canadian songwriter, painter and poet Leonard Cohen recited that stirring poem for this exclusive video by Legion Magazine. His voice is accompanied by stirring imagery from the First World War. Legion Magazine presents you with the words of John McCrae, the voice of Leonard Cohen,...

Where buried love doth lie

November 10, 2016 by Sharon Adams
where-buried-love-doth-lie-feature It was a solemn duty when a teenaged Neil Grainger picked up a shovel in 1943 to plant a blue hydrangea outside Chilliwack High School in memory of his brother Frank. Just 20, and married but a year, Frank died in a training accident in Ireland. Neil repeated the sad duty the following year...

Do richer countries have higher PTSD rates?

November 10, 2016 by Sharon Adams
ptsd-feature The steady trickle of results from studies of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury (TBI) has provided much food for thought and grist for conversation this year. Tongues are wagging (if that describes online comments and blogs) about the surprising results of a study by a team of Dutch, British and Australian psychotrauma...

Love Long Lost

November 7, 2016 by Adam Day
love-long-lost At this point, it’s pretty clear that Cynthia Hess-von Kruedener enjoys danger. She is three days into a pilgrimage to southern Lebanon, journeying to the site where her husband was killed 10 years ago, and she’s going there to pay her final respects. She is on a bus heading for Khiam. To her right,...

Learning from rats

November 3, 2016 by Stephen J. Thorne
rats-feature Defence scientists are analyzing proteins in rats in ongoing attempts to measure the effects of traumatic injury to the brain and ultimately come up with new and more effective treatments. Identifying and understanding blast-induced brain injury is a priority among scientists at Defence Research and Development Canada for obvious reasons– soldiers are exposed to...

Tears of Remembrance

November 1, 2016 by Sheila May Brownrigg
tears-of-remembrance-feature At the first strains of the anthem, backs straightened and shoulders squared. For a few brief minutes the white hair and canes were forgotten and eyes shone bright with dignity and pride. This was Holland, 1995, and these were the Canadian veterans who gave their youth and innocence without reservation. I am a daughter...
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