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Month: March 2010

O Canada

For Beer And Country

From his trench barrack on the front line at Avion near Vimy Ridge, Lieutenant-Colonel Herbert Molson ripped a piece of paper from his notebook and began writing his eldest son. “When this war is finished, when the battle has been won,” he resolutely stated on July 25, 1917, “I will return to Canada to fight an enemy which is as tyrannical as the Kaiser.” Herbert Molson would not be alone, however, in his fight against his Canadian enemy—the prohibitionists. As they had in the trenches during the First World War, his brothers in arms would stand beside him. Together, they proved a potent force. At the end of the war, thousands of Canadians returned victoriously home. After four years they had succeeded in defeating the forces of authoritarianism, but having put their lives on the li...

Birthplace Of The Legion Given Historic Designation

Delegates attending the 43rd dominion convention in Winnipeg this June will be meeting under the theme, “Birthplace of the Legion—Uniting the Nation.” The theme refers to the founding of The Royal Canadian Legion at the historic Marlborough Hotel in November 1925 which was officially declared an event of national historic significance last fall by Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada Jim Prentice. The designation, recommended by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, was announced Nov. 28 in Winnipeg by local MP and Minister of State for Democratic Reform Stephen Fletcher. “Founded on the twin pillars of loyalty and comradeship, the Legion’s primary purpose since its creation has been to the service of the veteran and continuation of the memory...

Readers’ Quiz: The Answers

a. The violence that accompanied the partition of India and the establishment of the independent states of India and Pakistan during the period 1947-49 led to the creation of the United Nations Military Observer Group India-Pakistan (UNMOGIP).  UNMOs are effectively unarmed peacekeepers. Canada ultimately contributed 27 observers to UNMOGIP. The UN. UN operations in Korea were considered part of a collective security effort, rather than as peacekeeping. c. Canada’s Secretary of State for External Affairs, Lester Pearson, proposed to the UN General Assembly the formation of a peacekeeping force to separate and maintain order between the British, French, and Israeli invaders and their Egyptian opponents along the Suez Canal. Over the following decade, the United Nations Emergency Forc...

The Bugs In Your Gut

Like most people, Carrie, a former border customs officer in Vancouver, never thought much about the trillions of microscopic creatures inhabiting her body—until internal germ warfare first threatened—then saved—her life. A broad-spectrum antibiotic prescribed prior to dental surgery set the stage for an infection of Clostridium difficile, antibiotic-resistant bacteria whose toxins attack the intestines. C. difficile is one of the most common infections in hospitals and long-term care facilities; it spreads easily and is difficult to control. Nearly one in 10 hospitalized adults contract C. difficile—and up to 17.9 per cent of them die within 30 days. Even though Carrie, then 25, was healthy, she developed severe persistent diarrhea. “I felt like I was trying to digest shards of ...

2009: The Year in Review

Royal Visit Headlined Year A little after 11 a.m. on November 11, 2009, His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, placed a wreath at the National War Memorial in memory of all Canadians who have died in the military or merchant navy services of Canada. Dressed in his Canadian Forces uniform—he is Colonel-in-Chief of six regiments in Canada—he joined Michaëlle Jean, the Governor General of Canada and Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Armed Forces, also resplendent in her green army uniform. They formed the vice-regal group, with the national Silver Cross mother, the Prime Minister of Canada, the speakers of both the Commons and the Senate, the minister for Veterans Affairs, the Chief of the Defence Staff, the youth representatives and Dominion President Wilfred Edmond, t...

Italian Remembrance

For 65 years his body lay in the Moro River Canadian War Cemetery near Ortona, Italy, beneath a grave marked “Known unto God.” Ortona and its surrounding area had seen some of the fiercest fighting endured by Canadians in the Second World War. The 1,614 other graves in the cemetery attest to that. But while the body still lies there, he is no longer unknown. In a simple Canadian Forces ceremony, delegates of a Veterans Affairs Canada pilgrimage to mark the 65th anniversary of the Italian Campaign and Canadian students from CCI Renaissance School in nearby Lanciano participated in the dedication of a new headstone for Lance-Sergeant John Aubrey Matthew. It replaces one that read: A Soldier of the 1939-1945 War A Sergeant of The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment Through ex...

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