Front Lines

Suspended vice-admiral outspoken in support of navy

January 19, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
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The man temporarily relieved of his duties as vice-chief of the defence staff this week is an outspoken advocate of his beloved navy whose first words after his appointment to the military’s second-highest post constituted a harsh critique of the government that put him there. The question now is: Did Vice-Admiral Mark Norman’s advocacy go…

Eye On Defence

Measuring our military’s worth

January 16, 2017 by David J. Bercuson
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If it does nothing else, let’s hope that the current defence review gets real about what the basic missions of the Canadian Armed Forces should be. It is oft repeated that the CAF’s first mission is the defence of Canada and that its second mission is to help defend North America in conjunction with the…

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Trump to bring down cost of F-35 fighters

January 16, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
Frontlines Feature Jan 13

Calling the F-35 stealth fighter “way, way behind schedule and many, many billions of dollars over-budget,” U.S. President-elect Donald Trump pledged Wednesday to reduce its costs and get Lockheed Martin to build a better airplane. In his first news conference since July, Trump dismissed reports of shady dealings with Russia, waved off calls to release…

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Face to Face

January 3, 2017 by Legion Magazine
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Sometimes political leaders do the right thing for the wrong reasons. Prime Minister John Diefenbaker’s 1963 non-decision on arming U.S. Bomarc air defence missiles stationed on Canadian soil with nuclear warheads was a case study in how not to govern. It flew in the face of Diefenbaker’s own admission that his government’s agreement under the…

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Report studies pain and suffering

January 20, 2017 by Legion Magazine
While pleased with the increase in the New Veterans Charter (NVC) maximum disability award payment, the veterans ombudsman says the federal government now needs to recognize the non-economic effects on the most severely disabled veterans. “While no amount of money can provide full restitution,” said Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent, “veterans who have suffered from...

Legion Magazine wins digital publishing award

January 18, 2017 by Legion Magazine
COPA AWards Feature Legion Magazine has won silver at the 2016 Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPAs), presented by Masthead for the interactive, bilingual web experience, Blood in the Mud or Du Sang dans la Boue. The award, which was presented in Toronto on Nov. 7, was in the Best Interactive Story category. “This is the magazine’s first...

CFOne Card offers access to programs and discounts

January 16, 2017 by Tom MacGregor
Over the last two decades, numerous programs have been created for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) community that never existed before, and now they can be accessed through the CFOne Card.  Whether they served for only one year or for 30 years or longer, veterans and their families remain part of the one-million strong...

Solving sleepless nights

January 16, 2017 by Sharon Adams
Military Health Matters Feature Insomnia and pain are big problems for both serving military and veterans. Years of rotations, long and alert hours, frequent travel and skipping across time zones can disrupt sleep cycles, can turn the odd sleepless night to the burden of insomnia. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) can make that burden...
Military Ombudsman Feature 2 The military ombudsman has called for changes that would eliminate Veterans Affairs Canada’s long vetting process each year for some new veterans. Of the 1,500 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members medically released annually, about 600 are released due to illnesses or injuries directly related to their military service, National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsman...

Virtual poppies drop on Hill

January 12, 2017 by Legion Magazine
Poppy Drop Feature Every night of the 2016 poppy campaign, people living in or visiting Ottawa were able to see a spectacular show of poppies being virtually dropped on the Parliament Buildings. From Oct. 28 to Nov. 11, between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., images of 117,000 poppies were projected on the Hill, each one representing one...

VIMY RIDGE (100th Anniversary Special Issue) coming soon!

January 11, 2017 by Legion Magazine
vimy-feature Canada’s Ultimate Story continues with Vimy: The Birth of a Nation Coming soon to newsstands near you! February 6th, 2016 Our next special issue “VIMY” hits newsstands in February 2017. It has been said that Canada came of age with the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Legion Magazine is proud to present Vimy,  a special issue devoted...

Russian hacking of U.S. election opens eyes

January 11, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
front-lines-feature Russia’s attempts to manipulate the U.S. presidential election may be a turning point in an ongoing cyberwar that pits the United States and its western allies–Canada included–against multiple, shadowy enemies. Bruce Colman, an Ottawa-based cyber-security consultant and e-commerce specialist, says the Russian saga is profoundly significant because U.S. intelligence disclosed in detail the mechanisms...

Use of anti-malarial drug needs to stop

January 9, 2017 by Legion Magazine
lariam-feature The Royal Canadian Legion has called upon the Department of National Defence to immediately cease the use of the anti-malarial drug mefloquine while its side-effects are still being studied. Recent articles in the media and testimony before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs have brought to light concerns that the drug...

The very bad winters of Samuel de Champlain

January 4, 2017 by Don Gillmor
o-canada-champlain-feature Most of us have experienced bad winters—record-breaking temperatures, snow up to the roof, winters that refuse to end. But few of us have known winters as bad as those of Samuel de Champlain. The winter of 1604-05 was spent at Sainte-Croix. It was extremely cold, unlike anything Champlain or his men had seen in...

Happy New Year! (almost) Happy Birthday!

January 4, 2017 by Legion Magazine
happy-new-year-feature When Newfoundland Joined Confederation 11:59 p.m., March 31, 1949 They were the last to join the party, and not everyone wanted to join. A narrow majority—52 per cent—voted to become the 10th province of Canada. On April 1, Newfoundlanders woke up as Canadians and Joey Smallwood declared himself the last Father of Confederation. [Credit:...

Schindler & Göth

January 3, 2017 by Mark Zuehlke
hv-slider In order to save about 1,200 Jews from certain death, German industrialist Oskar Schindler feigned friendship with Nazi butcher Amon Göth. Before becoming a wealthy industrialist, Oskar Schindler had served as a German military intelligence agent in his native Sudetenland (currently part of the Czech Republic). After the German invasion of Poland, he acquired...

On this date: January 2017

January 3, 2017 by Legion Magazine
otd-feature 1 January 1943 No. 6 (RCAF) Bomber Group begins operations. 2 January 1908 Dawn of the domestically produced penny, 95.5 per cent copper. 3-4 January 1943 No. 6 Bomber Group’s first mission is to lay mines off the Frisian Islands. 5 January 1838 U.S. citizens are forbidden to take sides in Canadian rebellions. 6...
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