Month: May 2007

O Canada

Expo 67: Bringing The World To Us

PHOTOS: © LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—E000990870; E000990869; E001096688; E000990869; E000756918 Clockwise from top left: Expo's symbol, representing people with outstretched arms; Expo 67 and some of its architecture; aerial view of Île Notre-Dame and Île Ste-Hélène; Habitat '67; an elevated train--the Monorail--travels past the U.S. pavilion in the summer of '67; Expo 67 Commissioner Pierre Dupuy. Deirdre McIlwraith was 24, a graduate of Queen's University in Kingston, Ont., and fluent in French and Spanish when she landed a job as a protocol officer with the Canadian Corporation for the 1967 World Exhibition, the organization that planned, built and ran Expo 67 in Montreal. McIlwraith worked at the Restauran...
Navy

Fattening The Fleet: Navy, Part 21

PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA105509 S.S. Royalite (right) and various navy ships alongside the jetty in Halifax, August 1941. The outbreak of a general European war in September 1939 surprised no one, certainly not Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. The previous years had witnessed a series of mounting crises, and King's acquiescence in the mobilization of the Royal Canadian Navy for war in August--an event virtually unacknowledged in Canadian history--says a very great deal about the prime minister's understanding that Canada could not stand aloof. Indeed, during a vacation to Bermuda in late 1938, King made tha...
Air Force

Flyboys On The Ground: Air Force, Part 21

PHOTO: CANADIAN FORCES—PL34287; KEN BELL, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA145497 Top: All five of these airmen were able to evade capture in World War II; a member of the Belgian underground emerges from a hiding place, December 1944. Some of the most dramatic adventures of World War II involved evading capture or escaping from enemy detention. Royal Canadian Air Force personnel featured prominently in many of those events, and so this story and the next two will focus on evaders and escapers. Throughout the war, thousands of RCAF aircrew attempted evasion, and although no one can say how many succeeded, the numbers ran to several hundred. Successful evaders were interviewed ...
Army

Winning The Streets Of Ortona: Army, Part 70

PHOTO: TERRY F. ROWE, LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA-152839 Canadian soldiers eat Christmas dinner in Ortona, Italy, in December 1943. Most Canadians know very little about the role their country men played in the liberation of Italy, but mention Ortona and many can recall something about the World War II battle for this small Adriatic port. The most powerful visual image is the photograph of the Christmas dinner served to the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada in the Church of Santa Maria di Costantinopoli. The Seaforth's commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Syd Thomson, was able to rotate his companies back to the church, where hot food was served and where Christm...
Air Force

Defending Bomber Command

In the interest of adding to the public debate over the Allied strategic bombing campaign of World War II, we present the following viewpoint by David L. Bashow who has received positive reviews for his book No Prouder Place: Canadians and the Bomber Command Experience, 1939-1945 (Legion Magazine, Off The Shelf, May/June 2006). As well, the author has written extensively in books and select periodicals on a variety of defence, foreign policy and military history topics. A former Canadian Forces fighter pilot, he is the editor of the Canadian Military Journal and an adjunct professor of history at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont. While it may appear unfashionable in today's world, I believe a society needs its heroes, and no element of society more so than its armed forces ...
O Canada

Left For Dead

PHOTOS: CHRIS ATTRELL; JON DIRKS An old railway car and grain elevators offer a glimpse of the past at Rowley, Alta.; time and weather have transformed these farm buildings near Perth, Ont. Ghost towns. The words conjure up visions of abandoned outposts, tumbleweeds, rusted farm equipment, flapping window shutters, and the occasional drifter just passin' through. However, ghost towns remain very much a part of the Canadian landscape. Do a little digging in your public library or on the Internet, or just drive around the back roads close to where you live and you may come across the quiet and dusty remains of old buildings that were perhaps a lot busier at on...
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