Front Lines Railgun Feature 2

It sounds more like science fiction than reality, but the United States is developing some truly amazing new weapons in an attempt to deter Russia and China from even thinking about going to war.  One of the most interesting is the railgun. It’s an electromagnetic projectile launcher that accelerates rounds to incredible velocities and distances…

Front Lines

Quietly, a new war begins

August 11, 2016 by Adam Day
Libya Feature 2

On Aug. 1, the United States opened up a new front in the war against ISIS when it began a bombing campaign in Libya. Now, this is far from the first time the United States has bombed Libya. Back in 2011, a large group of NATO allies, including Canada, conducted an extensive bombing campaign to…

Artifacts

Blue puttees

August 1, 2016 by Sharon Adams
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Puttees provided ankle support and stopped muck, debris and critters from getting into the boots   Newfoundland’s governor answered Britain’s call to arms in August 1914 with a promise: the dominion would raise a regiment, enlisting the first 500 soldiers within a month. But with Newfoundland’s situation—a population of only 241,000, a depressed economy, and…

Home Front

The militia and the coal miners’ strike

July 25, 2016 by Peter Silverman
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In 1913, the militia was called out during a coal miners’ strike on Vancouver Island. Called the Great Strike of 1912-14, it was to be and remains the longest deployment of the militia in aid of the civil power in Canadian history. The immediate cause of this strike in Nanaimo, 110 kilometres north of Victoria,…

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Featured Image With the recent success of Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Legion Magazine looks back at the six Canadian Olympians who fought in the First World War with a short video tribute. Canadian Olympians: 1. James Duffy  2. Alex Decoteau  3. Tom Longboat 4. Percival Molson  5. Robert Powell  6. Geoffrey Taylor...
Feature Image The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been an ongoing headache for successive Canadian governments. And for the American government. And for pretty much everyone else, as well. More than 15 years after it was announced and ten years after it first flew, the fighter is still beset by production problems, skyrocketing costs, and some...

Behind the throttle in a MiG-29

August 2, 2016 by Legion Magazine
My Story From the department of Cold War Hijinks At the Abbotsford Air Show, during the dying days of the Cold War, Canadian CF-18 pilot Major Bob Wade became the first Western pilot to fly a Soviet MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter aircraft. Here’s how he did it   In 1964, I was standing in a field trying...

East dominates darts championships

August 1, 2016 by Adam Day
Untitled-2-Recovered It was the battle of Eastern Canada at this year’s Dominion Command Darts Championships, held May 6-8 in Saint John, N.B. The eastern half of the country was pretty much unstoppable, with Ontario Command taking the singles and doubles titles and then narrowly losing the team event to the quartet from Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command....

On this date: August 2016

July 31, 2016 by Legion Magazine
white house feature   1 AUGUST 1959 Georges P. Vanier, Canada’s first French-speaking governor general, is appointed. 2 AUGUST 1909 The Silver Dart makes its first passenger flight, in an army evaluation at Camp Petawawa. 3 AUGUST 2006 Four soldiers of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry are killed in a Taliban ambush.: Corporal Christopher Reid, Corporal Bryce...

Canada’s monument in U.S. national cemetery

July 28, 2016 by Tom MacGregor
USArmyPhoto-Trudeau-SacrificeMonument When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the Arlington National Cemetery while in Washington, D.C., in March, he made a stop to place a wreath at a little known Canadian monument. The Canadian Cross of Sacrifice was a gift from Canada to the United States to pay tribute to the large number of Americans who...

VAC drug programs under review

July 27, 2016 by Legion Magazine
The auditor general has recommended Veterans Affairs Canada tighten up and update its drugs benefits program and policies, actions which VAC says have already begun. The auditor general examined the program for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 fiscal years, looking at evidence used to make decisions, strategies to keep costs in line, and monitoring of...
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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...
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