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Month: January 2001

Defence Today

Heroic Dog Of Hong Kong Recognized

Look-alike Rimshot stands in for the dog Gander during the presentation of the Dickin Medal to Hong Kong veteran Fred Kelly. Holding Rimshot is owner Marc Cote. "It’s an honour just to be able to put my hand on this dog," said Hong Kong veteran Fred Kelly as he patted a huge black Newfoundland dog in a touching ceremony at the official residence of the British High Commissioner in Ottawa. Kelly was attending the Oct. 27 ceremony where the Dickin Medal was posthumously presented to Gander, the heroic Newfoundland dog that he handled during the fall of Hong Kong in 1941. Standing in for Gander was Rimshot, a...
O Canada

More Deadly Than War Itself

  In 1918—just as World War I was coming to an end—along came a virus, a previously unknown killer that would claim more lives than the war—and in a shorter period of time. In less than two years, the Spanish influenza killed 21 million people worldwide, including 50,000 Canadians. The war, which lasted five years, killed at least 17 million people, including more than 66,000 Canadians. Sadly, many of the victims of the Spanish flu were the very soldiers who had survived long odds in the trenches, because the people at highest risk were aged 20 to 40. "This disease," notes the Canadian Encyclopedia, "demonstrated ...

Desert Links

by J. Leo Giroux PHOTO: COURTESY OF J.LEO GIROUX When it came to hazards, the Bedouin Golf and Country Club was unique among golf courses. Few people get the chance to see the world the way military personnel do. Following my World War II and Korean War service with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, I decided to remain in the forces. I served with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Germany from 1954-55 and was posted to Egypt in 1959 to serve as a peacekeeper with the United Nations Emergency Force. My posting to Egypt lasted about a year and the experienc...

The Ransom Collar

by Albert E. Brock   Kidnapping is a rare occurrence in Canada. It was certainly rare in 1955 when I worked as a detective in Forest Hill, a small but very affluent part of Toronto. Most of the crime involved break, enter and theft, and so the possibility of investigating an abduction was the furthest thing from my mind when I heard over my police car radio: "D-211. Call your station." I remember it was a beautiful spring day and that I was the only detective on duty in a community that housed more millionaires per acre than any other place in Canada. I must also explain that whenever we heard the words "Call yo...

Uncovering A Lost Trail

by John Albrecht   Among my childhood memories is an image of my grandmother standing in our backyard, yelling and waving her garden hoe at a formation of Lancaster bombers. The planes were en route to Royal Canadian Air Force Base Comox, B.C., a half mile to the southeast, and as the aircraft thundered by they caused the windows on our house to rattle. My grandmother was angry that day, but—as I discovered much later in life—her bitterness wasn’t directed at the aircrews but at the visual reminder the planes presented. Her youngest son, you see, had been killed during a bombing mission to Berlin i...
O Canada

Bombardier’s Soaring Success

The 50-seat Canadair Regional Jet assembly line at Dorval, Quebec. A willingness to take risks, as any modern business maverick will tell you, is one of the keys to corporate success. And Bombardier Inc., a Canadian corporation that builds everything from motorized recreational products to trains and planes, seems to be living proof of the maxim. For example, one of the corporation’s main units, Bombardier Aerospace—headquartered near Montreal International Airport—has design and production facilities in three countries. Its manufacturing facilities include Canadair and de Havilland in Canada, Learjet in the United ...

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