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Month: March 2002

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Hard-water Sailing

Spectators gather at the foot of Toronto's Bay St. to view a variety of iceboats in 1907. "There were the iceboats, which were a very great delight to us. They were made triangular with one piece of iron at the point and two others on the other points. It was built like a platform and had a sail on. The motion was quite delicious--you went so very fast and smoothly. There were very few iceboats on the river when we were there." The above quote comes from My Girlhood In Canada Many Years Ago, a book by Frances Hale Orlebar. Written in the 1920s, Orlebar was describing ...

Joining Up

by Benjamin Errett   It wouldn't exactly be true to say I joined The Royal Canadian Legion last October in a burst of post-Sept. 11th patriotic fervour. I had been planning it long before then, largely for the access to cheap roast beef dinners and the cachet of being the youngest person in the smoke-filled hall. I've never served in the Canadian Forces, nor have I ever really considered serving. I was able to become an associate member of the Legion because my grandfather was in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. New Le...

A Search For Something Better

by Inspector Graham Muir   Vlade Maric and his family welcomed us into their home on a warm spring day in 1993. It was our first day in Croatia and unlike our military brethren who were garrisoned in one fashion or another, Inspector Bob Munro and I--both members of The Royal Canadian Mounted Police--were expected to live and work among the local folk. My job as part of the United Nations Protection Force, UNPROFOR, was to command the UN civilian police station at Benkovac, Croatia, located approximately 50 kilometres west of Knin, where Vlade Maric and his f...

Zero Hour

by John M. Robertson   It was April 1, but His Majesty's Ship Indefatigable had been plowing a furrow back and forth across the Pacific for so many uneventful weeks that we were in no mood for April Fool's jokes. The 766-foot aircraft carrier had been at sea for so long that our captain decided to issue the ship's company a daily bottle of beer, just to keep the men in practice. In the evenings a gramophone was usually brought up to the flight deck where the men danced--not a hornpipe or a jig--but two-steps, foxtrots and even waltzes....
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Festivals For Us Folks

Throat singers Melody Kuneluk and Evik Ayalik at Yellowknife's Folks On the Rocks festival. Chances are good Richard Davis will find himself in Edmonton's Gallagher Park on Aug. 8-11. It's where the confirmed folk festival lover has been most second weekends in August over the past decade. There's nowhere Davis would rather be--and not just because it's his home town or because he helped run the Edmonton Folk Music Festival for years. Truth is, Davis has a pretty high opinion of folk festivals ...
War Art

Robert Hyndman

Wing Commander D.J. Williams. Robert Hyndman's paintings depict the men and machines of the air force. Robert Hyndman has been a professional artist for more than 65 years. Born in Edmonton in 1915, he began his career after graduating from the Toronto Central Technical School where he studied under two men who went on to become official war artists in World War II: Charles Goldhammer and Carl Schaefer. Like so many of his peers, Hyndman graduated and headed to Europe where he worked as a freelance illustrator and continued his studies at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London, England. After joining the Royal Canadian Air Force in June 1940, he learned to fly and then served as a flight instructor at Uplands Airport in Ottawa from 1941-­43. In July 1943, Hyndman returned ...

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