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Month: November 2009

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Raising Steel

Danny Doyle grew up in the Brooklyn, N.Y., neighbourhood of Bay Ridge, the sixth of eight children of Newfoundland-born ironworker Fred Doyle. His father’s friends were mostly ironworkers and most were former Newfoundlanders who left home for New York in the middle of the last century. They said goodbye to a place of high un­employment and dismal prospects to risk life and limb raising the steel columns and beams that formed the frames of some of the New York’s most famous skyscrapers. These men earned good money, lived in the same sections of Brooklyn and frequently spent their off-hours together. “My dad played the accordion,” recalls the younger Doyle, “and he used to have the boys over on Saturday nights. They’d have a few drinks and start playing the music from back home.” F...

Newfoundland And Labrador Command 61st Convention

New Branch Welcomed In Newfoundland A new branch and, for the first time in a long time, an increase in membership gave delegates at the 61st Newfoundland and Labrador Command convention an extra spring in their step when they met at Pleasantville Branch in St. John’s, Aug. 15-19. “The absolute highlight of the past two years has been the creation of a new Legion branch in Pasadena,” Newfoundland and Labrador Command President Dave Flannigan told delegates in his President’s Report. “Pasadena Branch is alive and well with an increasing membership and new accommodation. This branch is an absolute success story that continues to get better each day. November 2008 had a great day in the history of The Royal Canadian Legion in Newfoundland and Labrador as that was the day that Branch No....

New Brunswick Command 79th Convention

Financial Status Strong In New Brunswick It was all business this year in New Brunswick. It took just two days and one quick election to set the command on its course for the next two years. This was the 79th New Brunswick Command convention held Sept. 4-6 at Herman Good VC Branch in Bathurst and it was there that delegates confirmed Clayton Saunders as the new president, Paul Poirier as the new first vice, and elected Rick Love as second vice. Bathurst is a picturesque town of about 13,000 on the inward edge of Chaleur Bay on Canada’s Atlantic coast, a place which Mayor Stephen Brunet identified as the “centre of northern New Brunswick.” After a brief but very well-attended reception hosted by New Brunswick Command President Mavis Cooper on Friday night, the convention began i...

Readers’ Quiz Answers

In the November/December issue we tested your knowledge of the First World War. Here are the answers. True.  Still a colony of the British Empire, Canada had no control over its own foreign affairs.  Canada was granted autonomy in foreign policy in 1931. a. Canada had two obsolete cruisers, the HMCS Niobe and the HMCS Rainbow. “Wipers.” Sir Joseph W. Flavelle, a wealthy Toronto businessman who made his fortune as president of a large pork-packing enterprise.  Beginning in November 1915, he led the Imperial Munitions Board, which oversaw Canada’s military-industrial output. False.  The Royal Canadian Air Force did not exist in the First World War. Bishop flew for Britain’s young Royal Flying Corps, along with approximately 20,000 other Canadians.  Bishop was awarded several hono...

Young Track And Field Athletes Give their Best

This year’s Royal Canadian Legion National Youth Athletic Championships, held Aug. 5-11 once again in Sherbrooke, Que., was a veritable blizzard of record-smashing and otherwise incredible performances with athletes from all over Canada trying to outdo each other to become national champions. After two days of training and practice, the event itself began with an opening ceremony on a cool Friday evening at the Sherbrooke stadium. While the crowd of several hundred youth sat casually on the track, Dominion Command First Vice Pat Varga briefly conducted the opening ceremony and somberly read the Act of Remembrance. This event, held in close co-operation with Athletics Canada, marked only the second year that athletes from outside the Legion system were permitted to participate. And th...

Picturing The Poppy: Results From The Legion Magazine Poppy Photo Contest

Poppies mean so much to our readers and you responded wonderfully to the Poppy Photo Contest announced in the July/August issue. We received 238 entries from across the country and it was Sharon Snider, a Legion member at Hugh Allan Branch in Port Dover, Ont., who took first place. Having just moved into a new house in nearby Delhi, she was surprised to find poppies growing there this spring and captured her winning shot (below). Second-place winner Jeff Bentley travelled to Flanders, where John McCrae wrote his famous poem. Bentley took his winning photo (below) in 2007 in the trenches outside Ypres, Belgium. An associate member of Waterloo, Ont., Branch, Bentley is studying for a master’s degree at Wilfrid Laurier University. Martin Fisher of Winnipeg is the third-place...

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