Month: September 2003

O Canada

Entering The Nuclear Age

Top: The Chalk River Laboratories was established during WW II on the Ottawa River, about two hours west of Ottawa. Inset: Nuclear research has been a benefit to cancer therapy. In September 1945, a month after the end of World War II, Canadians were still getting used to the idea that the Atomic Age had begun. Two American bombs of unimagined power had ended the hostilities, followed shortly by a statement from the Canadian government that Canada had proudly played an "intimate" role in their development. Patriotism aside, it was true that Canada ...
Defence Today

Eye On Defence: Debating Canada’s Place In The UN

by David J. Bercuson Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and U.S. President George W. Bush wave to the crowds during Bush's visit to Kananaskis, Alta., for the G-8 summit in June 2002. As of late June the failure of the United States to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is causing growing concern in a number of circles in the U.S. and elsewhere. The prime reason cited by President George W. Bush for the attack on Iraq was that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction which were ready for use, either by Iraq or by potent...
Defence Today

Stamp, Ceremonies Recognize Korean War Anniversary

Canadian Korean War veterans march past the reviewing stand across from Parliament Hill. Inset: The artwork for the Korean War commemorative stamp is unveiled in Ottawa during a reception at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea. Major events marking the 50th anniversary of the Korean War armistice continued throughout the summer and included a poignant ceremony at the National War Memorial and the unveiling of an anniversary stamp that pays tribute to the men and women who served in Canada's "forgotten" war. The June 29th ce...
Defence Today

Peacekeeper Honoured By Landmine Group

by Ray Dick Carol Isfeld holds some of the Izzy dolls the 1 Combat Engineer Regiment gives to children in wartorn countries. "One of the reasons we band together to attempt to rid the world of landmines is, I believe, derived from that trait in human nature which allows us to become emotionally involved in the anguish and suffering of others less fortunate, and in order to ease our own pain, we attempt to ease the pain of those afflicted... "Mark was just that sort of person," said Brian Isfeld, a father whose son Master Corporal Mark Isfeld ...
Defence Today

Watch Lost In Wartime Returned To Aviator

by Ray Dick Jo Forman of Sault Ste. Marie Branch holds the watch he lost during WW II and a letter from France explaining where and how it was found. World War II veteran Jo Forman of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., has finally got his wristwatch back, a timepiece he thought was gone forever when he bailed out of his burning Lancaster bomber over the French countryside some 60 years ago. "I want to let you know how happy I was to get the watch returned," says Forman, now 88 and a member of Sault Ste. Marie Branch, "and it all started with an entr...
Defence Today

Canadian Battlefields In France Recognized

by Dan Black From top: A view of St-Lambert-sur-Dives; Canadian Battle of Normandy Foundation President Charles Belzile (third from right) and Jacques Longuet des Digueres open the belvedere. Up until last June, Canadian tourists could have easily driven through the tiny Normandy village of St-Lambert-sur-Dives without ever realizing its significance to Canada. But the chance of doing that today has been greatly diminished thanks to the Canadian Battle of Normandy Foundation, local residents and a birthday gift presented to Canadian banke...

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