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Military suicide rate shows increase

December 6, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne

A report released by the Department of National Defence on Nov. 29 said overall military suicide rates did not increase significantly after Canada joined the war in Afghanistan in 2001, nor did they vary greatly from the general population. But the document authored by Elizabeth Rolland-Harris of the separate directorates of Force Health Protection and…


The Cinderella campaign

November 30, 2017 by Mark Zuehlke

In the lead-up to Operation Market Garden—the Allied military operation to encircle Germany’s industrial Ruhr district in September 1944—British Army Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery and Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force General Dwight D. Eisenhower took a calculated risk and assigned First Canadian Army to open the North Sea port of Antwerp, Belgium, to Allied shipping….


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B.C. branches aid in wildfire relief

November 30, 2017 by Stephanie Slegtenhorst

Legion branches across British Columbia were out in full force to aid those affected by the wildfires that spread through the province this summer. In a letter to branches in July, Sandy Reiser, executive director of British Columbia/Yukon Command, sent out a call for help: “We do not know how long this state of emergency…


Community outreach and a rate increase

November 30, 2017 by Eric Harris

Unexpectedly clear blue skies greeted delegates at the 65th Newfoundland and Labrador Command Convention in Stephenville on Aug. 26-30. Proceedings got underway on a sunny Sunday afternoon with a parade from Blanche Brooke Park to the cenotaph. A remembrance ceremony followed, with wreaths placed by Lieutenant-Governor Frank Fagan, Silver Cross Mother Agnes Gillam Bishop, member…


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On this date: December 2017

December 1, 2017 by Legion Magazine
1 December 1941 Emperor Hirohito of Japan gives final approval to commence hostilities with the United States. 2 December 1943 Members of the First Special Service Force begin climbing Mount la Difensa, Italy, in an attempt to clear German positions. 3 December 1997 The Ottawa Treaty, also known as the Mine Ban Treaty, is...

Mental health counselling available

November 30, 2017 by Legion Magazine
What is the Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) Assistance Service? The VAC Assistance Service is a counselling and referral service, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a toll-free number to veterans, former RCMP members, their families and caregivers. The VAC Assistance Service is a voluntary and confidential service delivered through a...

Canadian veterans’ graves marked in California

November 30, 2017 by Cameron Cathcart
Strolling through the Inglewood Park Cemetery, east of Los Angeles, in 2003, Charles Brechin, then the president of California Branch of The Royal Canadian Legion in Vista, California, struck up a conversation with a cemetery groundskeeper. He was told that “about six” Canadian veterans were buried nearby in unmarked graves. Brechin asked for a...

Canada introduces a new era in peacekeeping

November 22, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
The federal government unveiled its new peacekeeping policy on Nov. 15, more than a year after it declared it would provide the United Nations with up to 600 troops and 150 police officers. Now, after almost two years of review, during which confusion and frustration mounted at the UN and among contributors looking for...
Winner of three major awards at the 2017 Canadian Online Publishing Awards! Last week at the 2017 Canadian Online Publishing Awards in Toronto, Canvet Publications Ltd. (publisher of Legion Magazine and Canada’s Ultimate Story) was named the 2017 Independent Publisher of the Year! The award was announced following two gold awards on the same...

Using nano technology to heal wounds

November 17, 2017 by Sharon Adams
For more than 150 years, troops have known the abbreviation TNT has stood for an explosive that can wound and kill. In the future, they may instead recognize it as something that can heal wounds, save limbs and regenerate injured brains. Researchers at Ohio State University are ready to begin human trials of a...

Is it time for Canada to get anti-ballistic missiles?

November 17, 2017 by David J. Bercuson
With North Korea launching two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) over the summer and the continuation of its nuclear development program, many observers believe that the “hermit kingdom,” as it is often called, is within 18 months of being able to deploy nuclear-tipped ICBMs aimed at the continental United States. This crisis spans some four...

Buyers wanted

November 15, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
Remembrance Day has passed. Now remember this: Without a comprehensive plan to re-equip the Canadian Armed Forces for the challenges that lie ahead, our soldiers, sailors and aircrew are placed at an unfair and unnecessary disadvantage. The money has been promised—all $62.3 billion of it—but spending it won’t be so easy for the Department...

Remembrance Day at the National War Memorial

November 10, 2017 by Legion Magazine
Coverage ended. Watch the full stream above. Watch The Royal Canadian Legion’s Live Steam at the National War Memorial here and Tweet to us @Legion_Magazine Tweets by Legion_Magazine  ...

Survey shows improved satisfaction with VAC

November 10, 2017 by Sharon Adams
Veterans seem to be happier with most aspects of service from Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), but the department’s 2017 national client survey shows continuing dissatisfaction with some services and benefits.  VAC surveyed 1,508 veterans in proportionally representative samples of each group of its 177,149 clients, including those with and without case managers, war service...

Disinformation wars

November 8, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
Russian efforts at propaganda and disinformation are old hat to Latvians and the citizens of other Baltic states now under NATO protection, but Moscow’s current blitzkrieg of online false news and blistering political criticism still poses a formidable challenge. The strategic states on the Baltic Sea, their NATO allies and the world at large...

First World War Casualty Rates (Infographic)

November 7, 2017 by Legion Magazine
Lest We Forget. Legion Magazine has designed an infographic to help show the estimated casualty rate per country in the First World War. Infographic designed by Julia Paddick.  Have you seen the latest issue of Canada’s Ultimate Story, available in our online...

Their names live on

November 3, 2017 by Tom MacGregor
Story and photography by Tom MacGregor I found the name I was looking for on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres, Belgium, along the stairway where moments earlier school groups and regimental representatives had placed wreaths. The name, under the 44th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, was simply D.C. Bowes....
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