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Month: May 2003

O Canada

The Lost Villages

Clockwise from top left: The last house from the village of Wales is moved to Ingleside, Ont., during construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project in the 1950s; a church is delivered to a new location; construction of the huge powerhouse on the Canadian side of the border was a mammoth undertaking. Tuesday, July 1, 1958. Dominion Day. Through the gentle morning drizzle, Jim Brownell rode his bicycle toward a high hill overlooking the St. Lawrence River near Cornwall, Ont. The youngster was on his way to witness the spectacle of ...

Lining Coronation Street

by R.H. Shelford From top: Thousands of spectators and hundreds of street liners watch as the State Coach makes its way to Westminster Abbey for the coronation ceremony in 1953; the author (centre) waits for the parade on London's Cockspur Street. Fifty years ago we knew that one member of each reserve army unit in Canada would have the best view of the Coronation parade in London. He would stand in Cockspur Street in front of Canada House as the parade passed by twice! It was the only area where the parade doubled back on i...

Tea For Victory

by Aloysius Power Our village, which is nestled in an Irish green valley, has a sparkling salmon river that empties into St. Mary's Bay. The pristine river and the community of Branch, Nfld., get their names from the design of a tree branch formed by the river as it meanders through its grassy flats on the Avalon Peninsula. Settled many years ago by Irish farmers and fishermen, the area has an atmosphere of peacefulness that contributes to a way of life that has remained almost unchanged since the early days. When I was a boy I knew it as a prosperous commu...
O Canada

Our Place In The North

From top: A river, thick with silt, runs through a rich green Yukon landscape near Mackenzie Bay; the rugged, but beautiful northeastern coast of Baffin Island near Cape Hooper. Every day, Eddy Carmack, an oceanographer with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, hopes someone will call with news about his lost beer bottles. In the past two years, ships' crews helping Carmack with an ocean current experiment have dropped 2,400 wax-sealed high-top bottles into the Arctic Ocean. So far, he's heard back from roughly 65 people who have f...
War Art

Eric Aldwinckle

Eric Aldwinckle was born in 1909 at Oxford, England. He moved to Canada in 1922 and worked as a graphic artist until he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942. The self-taught artist was first employed on camouflage duties in Eastern Canada. In 1943, Aldwinckle was sent overseas as an official war artist. He later wrote of the assignment: "I had some vague idea of damning machines and glorifying the man, but I find the machine, whose lines come from the mind of man, beautiful. So I paint planes and love it. I also paint the men and love them, too." Living with the airmen affected him deeply, and he grew to respect their quiet courage. In a letter home he wrote, "Our Yorkshire roommate was just leaving for a (bombing) raid. Didn't want to go, but was cheery and dryly ...
Defence Today

Eye On Defence: Cash Welcome But More Needed

by David J. Bercuson The Sea King helicopter that crashed on the deck of HMCS Iroquois in late February is removed for inspection at Shearwater, N.S. In his Feb. 18 budget speech Finance Minister John Manley announced a long- anticipated and significant infusion of cash into the Department of National Defence. Although observers differed over the long-term implications of the increase, most agreed that the government had basically committed itself to building approximately $2.4 billion on to the...

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