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On track, part 1

August 22, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne

Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne The National Youth Track and Field Championships took place Aug. 9-11, 2019, in Sydney, N.S., where 721 athletes—341 of them sponsored by The Royal Canadian Legion—competed. The event, hosted by Cape Breton University and the Legion’s Breton Branch, also involved 160 coaches, 150 officials and more than 600…

Military Milestones

The near-sinking of HMS Nabob

August 22, 2019 by Sharon Adams

In the opening years of the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Navy quickly recognized how useful naval airpower could be in the battle to keep the convoy lifeline to Britain safe from Nazi submarines, battleships and aircraft. Aircraft carriers could extend convoy protection to the mid-Atlantic, beyond range of land-based aircraft. But as the…

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The last words Betty Metcalfe’s brother Jack ever spoke to her still haunt her almost 80 years later. It was 1940 and the Metcalfe family of Glace Bay, N.S.—mother, father, their two girls and two boys—had just spent their last Christmas together. Betty and her younger sister Yvonne would join the Women’s Army Corps. The…

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Canadians take Hill 70

August 14, 2019 by Sharon Adams

The Battle of Hill 70 was a 10-day Canadian Corps victory in the First World War that came at a terrible cost to both sides. It began on Aug. 15, 1917, and by the end of the first day alone, 1,056 Canadians had been killed, 2,432 wounded and 39 taken prisoner. Lieutenant-General Arthur Currie had…

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O Canada: Discover your land – On Newsstands Now!

August 8, 2019 by Canvet Publications Ltd.
ON NEWSSTANDS NOW! Big land, bigger oceans, huge mountains, wide waterways and wildlife wilderness—Canada offers breathtaking vistas in every direction. Discover the countless wonders of our country in this large-format, 100-page special issue packed with photos and stories. Includes a touching intro by comedian and writer Cathy Jones. Pick up a copy of O...

Escape from a burning Chinook

August 7, 2019 by Sharon Adams
On Aug. 5, 2010, a Canadian Chinook and two Griffon helicopters were flying typical supply missions ferrying troops and equipment between Kandahar Airfield and forward operating bases in the volatile Panjwaii district in Afghanistan. Airborne mission commander Captain William Todd Fielding was doing pre-landing checks as they headed into the forward operating base at...

A letter of marque from the king

August 7, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
It may have been the best investment Enos Collins, Benjamin Knaut and John and James Barss ever made. The merchants of Liverpool, N.S., purchased Severn, a former American slave ship captured by the Royal Navy, in 1811 for a mere 420 British pounds (about C$53,000 today). Lucky for them, war broke out with the...

Studies shine a light on suicide patterns

August 6, 2019 by Sharon Adams
Male veterans are at the highest risk of suicide four years after release from the Canadian Armed Forces. A history of deployment does not appear to increase suicide risk. These are but two of the findings in two 2018 reports on suicide in the military and veteran communities, studies which continue to dice the...

On this date: August 2019

July 31, 2019 by Legion Magazine
1 August 1950 The Royal Canadian Mounted Police absorbs the Newfoundland Rangers and takes over policing services in Newfoundland and Labrador. 3 August 2000 An American-owned merchant ship being held up over a payment dispute is boarded by sailors of HMCS Athabaskan to compel delivery of 580 Canadian vehicles, 390 sea containers of equipment...
The Central American country of Honduras is gripped by corruption, violence and political instability. With 91.4 homicides per 100,000 people, it has the highest murder rate in the world and extreme levels of sexual abuse. It is no place for children. No wonder, then, that people want out. And where better, one would think,...

First CF-18 enters the fleet

July 31, 2019 by Sharon Adams
A huge red carpet cut in the shape of a maple leaf lay on a runway in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 28, 1982. Test pilot Jack Krings landed, then taxied a CF-18 Hornet onto that carpet, stopping just a few metres from the reviewing stand where General Ramsey M. Withers, Canada’s chief of...

A new approach to helping Commonwealth veterans

July 30, 2019 by Legion Magazine
Dominion Executive Council approved a new plan during its April 13-14 meeting in Ottawa that would greatly improve living conditions for impoverished Commonwealth veterans and their survivors in the Caribbean. The plan was presented by Chris Warren, secretary-general of the Royal Commonwealth Ex-services League (RCEL). It would see the London headquarters assume responsibility for...

Tew’s sword

July 25, 2019 by Sharon Adams
 Seized as a battlefield trophy, then displayed by an Ottawa regiment for a half-century, a U.S. Civil War weapon is returned As long as there has been war, warriors have taken trophies from vanquished enemies: helmets, caps, badges, guns, knives and—most highly prized—swords. One such, which found a lengthy but temporary home in...

How well do you know Canada? Canvet Publications aims to find out!

July 25, 2019 by Canvet Publications Ltd.
Take the challenge and test your knowledge of Canada’s history. Canvet Publications is launching the Great Canada Quiz starting on July 29, 2019, with a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1,867. (After all, Canada’s Confederation was July 1, 1867!) Prizes of $1,000, $500 and $367 will be up for grabs, PLUS subscriptions to...
Sergeant Jeremy Blair was on his third Afghanistan tour, serving with Charles Company, 5 Platoon, 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, when his unit got hit hard during a coalition offensive in the Panjwaii District southwest of Kandahar. It was September 2006 and Operation Medusa had just opened with what Mitch Potter of the Toronto...

Canadians under fire in Cyprus

July 24, 2019 by Sharon Adams
Canadians had already been on peacekeeping duty in Cyprus for a decade when things really got hot the summer of 1974. It did not take long after Cyprus gained independence in 1960 for tensions to escalate between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, each favouring uniting with their home countries on the mainland. An agreement to...
Quebec Superior Court approved a class action on Feb. 20, which seeks compensation for alleged deterioration in service to veterans in Ste-Anne’s Hospital in the three years since it was transferred to provincial control. The suit was launched by Second World War veteran Wolf William Solkin, a resident of the hospital since 2013, on...
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