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Month: June 2011


Health File

A Case For The Stairs The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Canadian Council for Health and Active Living at Work (CCHALW) are encouraging workers to stay healthy while on the job by simply using the stairs instead of the elevators and escalators. The PHAC is a federal agency with the goal of protecting and improving the health of Canadians to help reduce pressures on the health-care system. The CCHALW is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization that promotes healthier workplaces. Daily living activities like climbing the stairs significantly contribute to the 30 minutes of physical activity every day recommended by Canada’s Physical Activity Guide. Using the stairs burns twice as many calories as walking. In fact, a significantly lower risk of mortality is indicat...
Air Force

Plucked From The Sea: Air Force, Part 45

On July 19, 1909, Hubert Latham took off from Calais, France, in an Antoinette monoplane, attempting to be the first man to fly across the English Channel. Soon afterwards, his engine failed and he came down in the Channel where he was rescued by a French warship. Latham failed in his venture, but achieved another distinction: he was the first pilot saved following an aerial mishap at sea. Air/Sea Rescue (ASR), which involved the location and retrieval of aircrews who force-landed at sea, improved with time and saved thousands of lives between then and the end of the Second World War. In the 1920s, the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm developed portable, inflatable dinghies, and from 1935 onwards, the Royal Air Force accomplished much while faced with the growing prospect of extended ope...

Lost In The Dark: Navy, Part 45

Events off the American eastern seaboard in early 1942 typically capture the attention of historians when it comes to examining this phase of the Atlantic war. But for the Royal Canadian Navy’s escorts on the North Atlantic Run, early 1942 transatlantic escort of convoys remained a perilous and critical task. Winter weather was vile and the U-boats—many of them by then in transit to warmer hunting ground off the United States—required constant vigilance. Evidence of that danger was made plain in February with the tragic loss of the corvette Spikenard while escorting slow convoy SC 67 south of Iceland. Spikenard was one of the original 10 Canadian-built British corvettes, hence her flower name as opposed to a city or town name, and like the others of her class she went to the United ...

Clearing Buron: Army, Part 94

On July 5, 1944, the millionth Allied soldier landed in France. The lodgement phase of Operation Overlord—codenamed Neptune—was over. The port of Cherbourg was secure and to everyone’s surprise the supply system, using the remaining Mulberry (artificial) Harbour and the open beaches, was working smoothly. No operation can succeed without solid logistical support and the Allies were bringing manpower and materiel to Normandy more quickly than the enemy. By early July, Allied strengths included total mastery of the air and sea, plus an intelligence system that allowed the Supreme Allied Commander, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and his senior commanders to accurately gauge German strengths and intentions. The situation was very different for the enemy. On the eastern and western fronts, Hit...
Doug Bradford
War Art

Doug Bradford

Doug Bradford is a barber. He has been cutting hair for 50 years in his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and in his spare time he paints. He never went to art school. His only teacher was his mother, who loved art and encouraged all six of her children to sketch and paint. She must have been remarkable, since two of them, Doug and his brother Kenneth, paint well enough to have their work collected by the Canadian War Museum. Bradford’s art is lively and bright and his fat, wet brushwork bleeds into the paper, creating lovely rivers of colour. Watercolour is his specialty. “I like the freshness and the immediacy, but I still have a fear of putting the colours on too bright,” he mused. “I love doing all aspects, landscape scenery, still life, love painting people, and I just always...
On This Date

On This Date – June 2011

June 1, 1956: The Royal Canadian Air Force and United States Air Force finalize plans for the Mid-Canada Line, a line of defensive radar sites stretching from Labrador to British Columbia. June 2, 1916: Major-General M.S. Mercer’s 3rd Canadian Division is mauled in a German attack against Mount Sorrel, Sanctuary Wood and Observatory Ridge in the Ypres Salient. June 3, 1943: His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Gatineau is commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy. June 4, 1950: North Korean ground forces are estimated at 135,000. June 5, 1944: A massive Allied invasion force begins to cross the English Channel, heading for the Normandy coast. June 6, 1944: The Normandy invasion force lands. By day’s end, the Allies have approximately 155,000 troops, several thousand vehicles, h...

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