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Month: November 2001

O Canada

Lunenburg By The Sea

A working seaport and a historic downtown core are among Lunenburg's greatest assets. For more than two centuries, life in Lunenburg, N.S., revolved around the fishing industry. Old salts mended nets on the wharf, wives paced the shore awaiting their husband's return, and young men followed in their fathers' wake and went down to the sea in ships. These days, a building that once rang with the shouts of seamen may well have been converted into an elegant restaurant, where the loudest thing you'll hear is the clink of silverware. Because even though Lunenburg is ...
War Art

Harold Beament

Harold Beament's paintings depict wartime on the Atlantic. The above image is titled Passing? Harold Beament's paintings of the Atlantic vary from soft grey blue coloured pencil, to navy pastels to verdant green oils. And like the sea, Beament had more than one face because he was both a commander and an artist. "During my actual service as a war artist it was kind of difficult to separate the naval officer from the war artist.... I'd be very pleased with the canvas when I went to bed, but I'd wake up in the morning and of course the canvas was right in front of me and I'd think, good God, I wouldn't put to sea in that vessel if it was the last thing I did. It's not seaworthy and I'd start making it seaworthy from the na...
Defence Today

War Hero’s Medals Back In Manitoba

by Victoria Fulford Sgt. Tommy Prince, who became Canada's most decorated aboriginal war veteran, is briefed before going out on patrol in Korea. "He volunteered to wear the uniform of Canada in both WW II and the Korean War, in spite of the fact that he was treated as a second-class citizen. He acquitted himself with valour and honour, and died forgotten and scorned by the very people he had fought (for) so long and hard." These are the words a participant in the Our Heroes online survey (www.ourheroes.ca) used to back ...
Defence Today

Eye On Defense: Reflecting Canadian Society

by David J. Bercuson It isn't often that anyone in this nation seriously debates issues touching on the nature and effectiveness of the Canadian Forces. When they do, however, the number 1 topic is generally something like "how ready are the Canadian Forces for combat operations?" We have recently seen that concern addressed by a number of agencies and organizations from the House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs to the Royal Canadian Military Institute and the Conference of Defence Associations. Some of the debate was ...
Defence Today

Reaping A Lethal Harvest

by Pat Sullivan   Corporal Francis Arsenault demonstrates the landmine-detecting equipment used in Bosnia. The landmine that killed Canadian Master Corporal Mark Isfeld is called the PROM-1. That innocuous acronym sounds like a reference to a high school dance, but unfortunately this PROM--2.5 kilos of drab olive metal surrounding 500 steel balls and a half kilo of explosive--is anything but innocent. On June 21, 1994, an armoured personnel carrier took Isfeld and some other soldiers to clear landmines n...
Defence Today

Canada’s Joint Ops

by Dan Black Disaster Assistance Response Team members deliver medical supplies in Honduras.   Shortly before noon on Dec. 4, 2000, Captain Peter Scott was watching a cloud of dust rise from behind the wheels of a civilian transport truck that had just delivered a stack of wooden fence posts. As the truck disappeared from view, Scott wondered how strange it must have been for the driver to leave the only white guy for miles sitting on a pile of lumber in the middle of an Africa...

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