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Day: May 1, 2006

O Canada

Racing With Dragons

PHOTOS: JESSE HENDERSON, CURVED SPACE STUDIOS; KONRAD DOERRBECKER; ONTARIO TOURISM MARKETING PARTNERSHIP CORP. From top: A drummer yells for the paddlers to pick up the pace during a race in Ottawa; Dragon boats raise money to fight breast cancer in Toronto; a team and its dragon in the nation's capital. The starter gun sounds. Half a dozen huge boats that had been sitting motionless on the water explode into action. Two dozen paddles per boat slice the water in unison. Slowly at first, then faster and faster the boats pick up speed. The fierce-eyed dragon heads tipping the prow of each boat seem almost alive as the boats drive forward to the throb of drums and chants of the paddlers. Shouts from thousands of people standing on shore cheer t...
Defence Today

Taking A New Approach To Command In The Canadian Forces

PHOTO: ADAM DAY Chief of Defence Staff Rick Hillier presides over a ceremony to stand up four new operational commands. Chief of Defence Staff General Rick Hillier presided over a ceremony that marked a significant moment in the transformation of the Canadian Forces Jan. 31 in Ottawa. With four new commands being stood up and the former deputy chief of defence staff group being dissolved, this was a concrete step toward reshaping the Forces. To be sure, these were not token changes. The new Expeditionary Force Command, Canadian Operational Support Command and Canada Command entirely change the way the CF controls and responds to mission...
Defence Today

Canadian Forces See Reason For Optimism

PHOTOS: ADAM DAY Left to right: General Rick Hillier; Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor; and Major-General Walter Natynczyk and Maj.-Gen. Andrew Leslie discuss Canadian Forces transformation at the Conference of Defence Associations seminar. Once again, the Conference of Defence Associations' annual meeting in Ottawa provided a forum for the Canadian defence world to come together, talk about their visions and share their plans for the future. In theory at least, the seminar was organized around the topic of North Atlantic Treaty Organization transition and its impact on Canada. In practice the conversation ranged right across the spectrum, from Canada's much-debated new c...
Defence Today

Canada's Changing Role In Afghanistan

PHOTO: S.SGT. JACOB CALDWELL Canada's Ambassador to Afghanistan David Sproule escorts the pallbearer party for diplomat Glyn Berry to a CC-130 Hercules aircraft at Kandahar Airfield. It took the dramatic suicide bombing of Canadian diplomat Glyn Berry near Kandahar on Sunday, Jan.15, for many Canadians to finally awake to the death of Canadian peacekeeping. Berry's killing, and the critical wounding of three soldiers who were in the vehicle with him, was only a portent of things to come. In the weeks after that attack Canadian troops were shot at, rocketed, hit by improvised explosive devices, and suffered more suicide attacks. Canadian soldiers have been ...
War Art

Goodridge Roberts

CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM—AN19710261-5023 Grey Day on a Station. Canadian war artist Goodridge Roberts was born while his parents were vacationing in Barbados in 1904. He was raised in a family of editors, poets and writers, but from his earliest years was determined to paint. In 1923, he enrolled in the École des Beaux-Arts in Montreal where he studied for the next few years. In 1925, his family sent him to the Art Students League in New York. CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM—AN19710261-5042 Interior, New Communal Site. When World War II broke out, Roberts was working as an artist and teacher in Montreal. He was keen to become a war artist, but was worr...
Hong Kong, Dieppe And Burma: Part 15 of 18
Canada & the Victoria Cross

Hong Kong, Dieppe And Burma: Part 15 of 18

ILLUSTRATIONs: Sharif Tarabay Clockwise from top left: Victoria Cross recipients John Robert Osborn, Charles Ferguson Hoey, Charles Cecil Merritt and John Weir Foote. In addition to the Victoria Cross earned by Hammy Gray just days before World War II ended (Valour In The Navy, March/April), there were two other Canadian VCs awarded for valour in the hostilities against the Japanese. Both recipients were soldiers. The first of these was earned in Hong Kong in 1941 by John Robert Osborn of the Winnipeg Grenadiers. It was in fact the first Canadian VC earned in WW II, but the feat went unrecognized until after the Japanese surrender in 1945. The official citation ...

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