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  1. Converge on the Dunvegan Crossroads for the Battle of Glengarry The Battle of Glengarry returns for its 6th annual re-creation of this pivotal battle in the War of 1812. Re-enactors from Canada and the United States will use muskets, cannons and campfires to tell the story of what happened here more than 200…

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49th Alberta-Northwest Territories convention

September 1, 2015 by Tom MacGregor
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Delegates stick with established structure Change wasn’t in the works when delegates met in Lethbridge for the 49th Alberta-Northwest Territories Command Convention June 12-14, as several attempts to restructure the executive were defeated. The votes, by 257 delegates, put an end to an ambitious restructuring of command which was presented at the 2013 convention and then tabled…

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On This Date: September 2015

September 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
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SEPTEMBER 1, 1944 Dieppe, France, is liberated, predominantly by Canadian troops. September 2, 1998 Swissair 111 crashes off Nova Scotia, killing 229. September 3, 1916 The Canadian Corps takes a three-kilometre section of the front along Pozières Ridge near the Somme River in northern France. September 4, 2006  Private Mark Anthony Graham is killed, dozens…

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Votes for vets

September 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
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Editorial September/October 2015   Since part one of “Cracks in the system” appeared in the July/August 2015 issue of Legion Magazine, several readers have written to demonstrate their support for veterans and concern about how they are treated by our government. “I lost my family to PTSD and chronic pain,” Gord Hockridge (alias Sapperboy) of Chilliwack, B.C.,…

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Remembering the sacrifices, celebrating the peace

September 1, 2015 by Sharon Adams
posters3 For the second year in a row, two children of the Brink family, recently relocated to Grimsby, Ont., from Brampton, are among winners of the Legion’s annual poster and literary contests. Ten-year-old Joseph Brink and his brother William, seven, placed first in the junior and primary black and white poster competitions respectively. In 2014,...

Injured veterans may develop sleep disorders

September 1, 2015 by Sharon Adams
Ah, “sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care”—a commodity that can be as elusive for injured and disabled Canadian Armed Forces personnel and veterans today as when Shakespeare penned the line 400 years ago to describe the insomnia of Macbeth, the soldier who killed his own king. Insomnia and fatigue are common...

Pips off the port beam

September 1, 2015 by Ronald Simpson
Navy Memoir Thomas Simpson was instrumental in the sinking of U-1302, a battle he remembers with regret to this day       My only living grandparent is Thomas Joseph Simpson, and he is my inspiration. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) during the Battle of the Atlantic, and his story, like that of...

Cracks in the system, part two: Broken faith

September 1, 2015 by Adam Day & Sharon Adams
Cracks 1    Canada’s lost veterans and the lawsuit that shook a government   This is a simple, age-old story. Across Canada there are soldiers and veterans who were injured in Afghanistan and who haven’t yet healed. They exist in the no man’s land between war and peace, living with the consequences of a conflict that now...

63rd Prince Edward Island Convention

September 1, 2015 by Tom MacGregor
Finances and membership dominate business   Getting the financial books in order was on the minds of most delegates meeting for the 63rd Prince Edward Island Command Convention held May 30-31 in Cornwall, 10 kilometres west of Charlottetown. “During the past five years, $29,000 of command investments have been liquidated,” said Financial Chair Lynda...

Second World War soldier laid to rest

September 1, 2015 by Sharon Adams
His was one Canadian death among dozens on the day 70 years ago, and among 7,600 of the nine-month campaign to liberate the Netherlands near the end of the Second World War. Yet Dutch families who never knew Private Albert Laubenstein came in tribute to his sacrifice when he was finally laid to rest...
FTF_main   Author D’Arcy Jewish says YES.   Author Reg Whitaker says NO.   D’Arcy Jenish is a freelance writer and author of nine books. He is currently at work on a history of FLQ terrorism that culminated in the October Crisis. Reg Whitaker is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at York University. He is the co-author of Secret Service: Political Policing...

Double duty

August 7, 2015 by Hugh A. Halliday
HallidayFeature Flying veterans of one world war often served with distinction in the...

On This Date: August 2015

August 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
[LAC/PA-135908] AUGUST 1, 1990 Iraq invades Kuwait. Canada sends a naval task group. AUGUST 2, 1914 Germany invades Luxembourg, has mobilized 1.5 million men. AUGUST 3, 2005 Canada’s last surviving First World War veteran, Ernest “Smokey” Smith, VC,...

The detached battalion

July 31, 2015 by Terry Copp
CoppFeature In the Battle of Frezenberg, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry would give no...

An unaffordable loss

July 24, 2015 by Legion Magazine
MilnerFeature The sinking of HMCS Ottawa triggered a shift in the navy’s priorities The battle for convoy ON-127 was effectively over on Sept. 13, 1942, when HMCS Ottawa made contact in poor visibility with the relief destroyers about 400 miles east of Newfoundland. The RCN’s official history recorded Lieutenant Tom Pullen’s memory of that moment. “All was tranquil,” recalled Pullen. “The sea lay calm beneath a starry sky and the familiar swishing sounds of our bow wave fell gently away from the shoulders of the...

56th Quebec convention

July 12, 2015 by Tom MacGregor
Finances dominate Quebec Command convention Quebec Command delegates showed their support for getting the command back on a solid financial footing when delegates met in Laval for the 56th Quebec Command Convention May...
An officer with the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve examines the papers of a Japanese-Canadian fisherman in Steveston, B.C., in December 1941. DND/LAC/PA-170503   Author J.L. Granatstein says YES. Author Pamela Sugiman says NO. Granatstein has written dozens of books, including Who Killed Canadian History? and Canada’s Army: Waging War and Keeping the Peace. He is a former director...
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