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Month: August 2008

T.R. MacDonald
War Art

T.R. MacDonald

We were given a jeep and a driver and left to do something called war art…. We received our supplies of paint, brushes and things in London before we went over; I took oil and a paintbox and a lot of watercolours.” This was T.R. MacDonald describing his first days as an official war artist in northern Italy during the Second World War. And although the subject of war art was relatively new to him in 1944, by the time he enlisted—in March 1941—MacDonald was a seasoned artist. Born in Montreal in 1908, the artist studied figurative painting and thrived in the stimulating and diverse culture of his hometown. He continued to paint, and after his enlistment served with the Canadian Army’s 7th Reconnaissance Regiment. Within a few years he was put to work as a service artist. Commissioned...
Air Force

Mapping In Full Flight: Air Force, Part 28

The Royal Canadian Air Force’s aerial photography and mapping, a staple of operations from 1921 to 1939, was suspended during the Second World War, except where it would have direct mili­tary bearing, i.e. airfield construction. However, by 1944 the RCAF was performing limited photo survey work for federal and provincial governments, charging them $3.25 per square mile covered. No. 7 Photo Wing was organized on May 29, 1944, at Rockcliffe (in Ottawa), to conduct photographic operations in Canada and to experiment—within the context of domestic aerial photography—with the combat techniques learned overseas. The unit began with an array of aircraft and people. As of May 31, 1944, it had 299 personnel, three Spitfires, a Hurricane, five Ansons, three Mitchells, a Canso and a Norseman. ...

Winnipeg Scores High With Dart Players

When Jerry Hull of LaSalle, Que., and Bernie Miller of Orangeville, Ont., faced each other in the first round of the singles event in the 2008 Dominion Command Darts Championships in Winnipeg, it was hard to tell these would be the players to notice. Miller won that match two games to one but soon after that it was obvious these two were the players to watch as they went on to play their eight other opponents in the round robin play. “I was aware of him and he was watching me all through the games,” said Miller, a member of Col. Fitzgerald Branch in Orangeville. The singles competition had started the two-day competition and set the tone for the May 2-4 championship at West Kildonan Branch in Winnipeg. The events started smoothly Saturday morning with an indoor parade with the ...
O Canada

Meet Me At The Fair

On May 21, 1765, approximately 100 farmers from the District of Windsor in central Nova Scotia, just west of Halifax, trudged along rough and rutted dirt roads to the settlement that had sprung up around the British garrison known as Fort Edward. They left behind fields and farms to participate in the first country fair to be held in North America and they brought with them their best livestock—horses, cattle, oxen, hogs and sheep—not to mention samples of their grain and homemade foodstuffs. The farmers exhibited their animals and goods, and those judged best in their class took home some dandy prizes—three yards of English blue, superfine broadcloth and a silver medal for the finest cattle; a saddle, bridle and medal for the top horses; a pair of shears and a medal for the sheep; ...

Winning Hands In Grand Bend

The 2008 Dominion Command Cribbage Championships was one of those events where all the elements—the weather, the people, the ambience—combine to make a perfect experience. Card players gathered at Grand Bend, Ont., Branch for the three-day championships April 25-27 often wished out loud that the event had been longer, just to stretch out the fun. But there was some serious card-playing and fierce competition before teams from the East Coast, the West Coast and the Prairies took home first-place honours. The careful planning of the Local Arrangements Committee, headed by Grand Bend Branch President Ron Crown, left organizers relaxed and confident to handle unexpected turns of events. “We started planning for this event the day after it was approved,” more than a year ahead of the cham...

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