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Month: July 2009


Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command 49th Convention

Nova Scotia Opts For Change Following the example of the dominion convention in Ottawa last year, Nova Scotia/Nunavut Command adopted a new structure and a reduction in the number of people making up its Provincial Executive Council when delegates met in Dartmouth for the 49th convention, May 17-19. Former president Clarence Dawe was chosen to be the one to take delegates through a six-page document arguing for the restructuring formula that had been endorsed by the executive committee the day before the convention started. Dawe was elected as the Dominion Executive Council representative at the 2007 convention. However, that position was eliminated at dominion level with the restructuring that took place in 2008. “The need to downsize, restructure and reorganize in order to reduc...

Quebec Command 53rd Convention

Service The Focus At Quebec Convention After three conventions marked by massive change, controversy and election upsets, peace reigned at the 53rd Quebec Command convention May 15-17 in Granby. “These three days should be three days of comradeship,” said outgoing Quebec Command President Annette Arsenault, a message echoed by Dominion First Vice President Pat Varga, bringing greetings on behalf of Dominion President Wilf Edmond. Varga began by asking Second World War veterans to stand; then, one by one, she brought to their feet veterans of the Korean War, the Gulf War, peacekeepers, veterans of peacetime service, reservists or militia members, Afghanistan veterans and associate members. The unilingual Varga, from Coleville Branch in Saskatchewan, took the issue of French-Engl...
Military History

Where Poppies Blow

Exhausted and despairing of the endless carnage being brought into his makeshift operating room, then Major John McCrae of the Canadian Army Medical Corps was doing his best to keep the wounded alive during the fierce fighting of the Second Battle of Ypres. McCrae was no stranger to war. A true patriot of the British Empire, he served in South Africa during the Boer War as an artillery officer. Though he still loved the artillery, McCrae was now a doctor and called upon to serve where his expertise was needed. On May 2, 1915, word reached him that a friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, had been killed directing artillery fire. Helmer was a Methodist but there was no padre available, so McCrae attended his burial and recited from memory a passage from the Church of England’s Order of...

Men Of Vision Branch Scores With Dart Players

It was a hair-raising finish to the Dominion Command Darts Championship at Men of Vision Branch in Cochrane, Alta., May 1-3 as two teams with veteran players who had come to the championship several times, but never won, came face-to-face in a playoff. The lead had see-sawed back and forth all day, and with one round to go, the Nova Scotia/Nunavut team of David Cameron, Lewis Francis, Mark MacIsaac and William MacIsaac from Calais Branch in Lower Sackville had 18 points. One point behind was the Quebec team of Jerry Hull, Sebastien Gagnon, Jason Hurley and Kevin MacArthur from LaSalle Branch. The two teams had battled in the seventh round, when Nova Scotia won 2-1. Darts is played in round robin format so that every player played against all the opponents. The matches were in three l...
From Fields Of Red – Canada's War Art
War Art

From Fields Of Red – Canada's War Art

The Flanders poppy has been the most recognized symbol of remembrance for the last 90 years, and so one would expect to find the scarlet flower proliferating in the over 13,000 artworks in the collection of the Canadian War Museum. Instead, images of the poppy are surprisingly rare. Perhaps Canadian artists were not present when the poppies bloomed like blood on the battlefields after the First and Second World Wars, or perhaps the flower’s significance was not broadly understood until the wars ended. But if you look, you will find it flowering in a dozen works or so, and in a surprising variety of mediums—a few paintings, a poster or two, a sculpture, and a pamphlet. The theory goes that before the First World War few poppies grew in Flanders. But after the massive barrage f...
Serving You

Partnership Strengthens Outreach To Military Families

The Halifax and Region Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) has teamed up with The Royal Canadian Legion to open both of their doors, phone lines, websites and in-boxes to a whole new crop of military families. Since 2006, the MFRC has hosted a twice-yearly series of family awareness sessions at Legion branches around the province, reaching out to small communities to raise awareness about the military family services available. Bernie Mullin-Splude, the MFRC’s outreach co-ordinator, says “The Legion is the community centre in most small towns in this province. And since we both do the same kind of work—support for serving and former Canadian Forces (CF) members and their families—the Legion was very enthusiastic about working with us. So, we put together a series of briefings and ...

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