Day: February 29, 2012

Letters From Bill

Letters From Bill – Oct. 17, 1944

Dear Mum, Dad, Sis and Jack the Commando, Today was really swell with four grand letters…Sure I wrote and asked Alison for my effects Mum, you don’t think I am that slow do you? Alison is engaged Mum but not to this kid but some other Canadian boy. I never had such a good laugh for a long time, it was really funny. Alison’s girlfriend Muriel, who Johnny went with while we were there on leave, wrote and told him about the engagement. Evidently she and Alison figured I was madly in love with Miss Hardie and they decided not to tell me while I was sick since the shock might cause a relapse. Well when Johnnie got this in Muriel’s letter he immediately told me when he came down, we really had a swell laugh. Anyway I immediately wrote to Alison congratulating her before she could tell me so w...
Into Africa: Air Force, Part 49
Air Force

Into Africa: Air Force, Part 49

The term “Lost Legion” has a specific meaning for Royal Canadian Air Force historians. It refers to the thousands of RCAF personnel who spent part of their wartime service in Royal Air Force units rather than Canadian ones. Their stories have been largely submerged in the larger RAF histories, and one must disentangle their experiences from more general accounts. The existence of the Lost Legion was tied to complex wartime policies. When the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan agreements were signed in December 1939, it was understood that distinct Canadian squadrons would be formed overseas, and that they would be manned, as far as possible, by RCAF members. The war went badly in 1940, and Britain found itself locked in an existential battle. Prior agreements proved inconvenient...
Health File

Health File

Preparing For Winter Living The shortest, darkest day of winter has thankfully passed, but Canadians still have the two coldest months to endure. Here are tips, bits of news and observations to help you be prepared to welcome spring with a healthier body and in a healthier frame of mind. The importance of sunshine. The dark months affect both our bodies and our minds. Our bodies make vitamin D when the sun is at the right angle in the sky and UVB (ultraviolet B) rays are absorbed by the skin. In the northern hemisphere at this time of the year, neither happens. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to many health risks, including type 1 diabetes, infections, diseases, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, rickets and some forms of cancer while maintaining optimum levels is asso...

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