Day: February 27, 2012


First chair in Military and Veterans’ Clinical Rehabilitation named

The University of Alberta has named Ibolja Cernak, known for groundbreaking research on blast brain injury, as Canada’s first Chair in Military and Veterans’ Clinical Rehabilitation. Cernak comes most recently from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., where she was medical director of the biomedicine business area and head of the applied physics lab.  Her research there showed shock waves from an explosion can cause brain damage at a cellular level that does not appear for months. In Edmonton Cernak will work closely with CFB Edmonton and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital as well as military and rehabilitation specialists and researchers across the country. As a civilian doctor during Yugoslavia's civil war, Cernak treated combat injuries. More than 2,000 Canadian soldiers we...
Letters From Bill

Letters From Bill – Oct. 11, 1944

Dear Mum, Dad, Sis and Jack the Commando, Going to have another little try at it and hope I have a little news. Received your letter written Oct. 1st and the parcel mailed Sept. 6th. That is pretty fast, eh?  As soon as the nurses saw it they came in and looked it all over, they eat as much of the parcels as I do. They thank you very much, but Sister Aiken was disappointed because there weren’t any Scotch cake.  They all went after the box of chocolates, but I had that before them. The parcel is swell Mum and thanks a million, guess I didn’t lose my taste for Grape Jelly either. Johnnie was down to see me last Saturday evening and it was good to see him again.  He had a boil on his wrist which was the reason he couldn’t come down the week before. They wouldn’t give him a pass. The re...
This Week In Military History

These Are The Results For The Week Of February 27 – March 4

02/27/1945 The bloody struggle for the Hochwald gap begins as Canada’s 4th Armoured Division drives into the fray during the Battle of the Rhineland. Senior commanders are anxious to expedite matters by plunging headlong into the gap, against the advice of experienced field officers. In this phase of Operation Blockbuster, heavy casualties result from the decision to abandon methodical planning and preparation. 02/28/1952 Vincent Massey becomes Canada’s first native-born governor general. 03/1/1917 Fourth Canadian Division launches a gas raid against German positions on Vimy Ridge. Aggressive trench raiding had become an increasingly common, if not reckless, activity in the Canadian Corps. During this aborted attack, many Canadian soldiers became victims of their own gas when...

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