Month: November 2013

News

No Link Found Between Illness And Depleted Uranium

There is no strong research linking exposure to depleted uranium to health problems of veterans, yet those problems are real and deserve further research, concludes a report from the House of Commons Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs.  Several veterans who believe their health conditions are linked to exposure to depleted uranium took their protests public, sparking former Veterans Affairs minister Steven Blaney to commission a scientific advisory committee to study the issue. That report, delivered in January, concluded depleted uranium is potentially harmful, but “it is not associated with a large or frequent health effect.” Although incomplete military records make it impossible to tell where and when individuals were deployed, and there is no way currently to accurately meas...
The Search For Henry Cleary
Military History

The Search For Henry Cleary

With his Spitfire damaged by flak, Flight Lieutenant Henry Cleary was forced to land in, or parachute into occupied France. Cleary evaded capture, but not for long. Earlier this year, his niece, Maureen Pospiech of Niagara-on-the-Lake contacted Legion Magazine, looking for a home for her uncle’s wartime logbook. We were honoured to accept it and share a copy with the Canada Air and Space Museum. We also did something else. We asked air force historian Hugh A. Halliday to write a story about the logbook and the airman it belonged to. We begin with a logbook. From the dawn of powered flight, every pilot—civil or military—has kept one. So have navigators, flight engineers, air gunners and others “in the trade.” Some record only the bare bones of flying. Others are virtual diaries a...
Beyond Words
Memoirs

Beyond Words

  Exclusive Audio Version: Driving across the fog-shrouded Lion’s Gate Bridge to West Vancouver on Remembrance Day morning, I heard six high school radio debaters discuss the possibility of Canada ever having to fight another war. Their consensus that contemporary youth are too self-oriented to fight would have raised more than a few bitter-sweet smiles from the veterans of West Vancouver Branch. Sprawled along the coast between the Pacific and the last mainland stretch of the Trans-Canada, West Vancouver is a small-town corner of the metropolis. Little shops line the main street, broken occasionally by compact shopping centres, and in keeping with this atmosphere the veterans’ parade formed in the Safeway parking lot. They began arriving singly on foot shortly before ...
News

Métis Bell Resurfaces In Saskatchewan

A bell which had once hung in a small church in the heart of the Northwest Rebellion in Saskatchewan has been returned to the Métis community, after being stolen from a Legion branch in Ontario 22 years ago. Though local people came to call it the Bell of Batoche, the bell that was on display at Millbrook Branch, 115 kilometres northeast of Toronto, was really from a church at Frog Lake, Sask. It had been taken in 1885 as a war trophy after the Northwest Rebellion led by Louis Riel was put down. General Frederick Middleton’s troops defeated the rebel forces at Batoche and captured Riel. After the fighting Sergeant Fred McCorry brought the bell to his home town of Millbrook. He turned it over to the town which hung it in the tower of the local firehall. However there was no place for ...
In The Footsteps Of War
Army, Military History

In The Footsteps Of War

As the battle of Normandy ended in the last days of August 1944, the soldiers focused their energies on the pursuit of the German army and the liberation of northern France. It was left to the war correspondents to make sense of the confused, bloody campaign that had ended so quickly after weeks of apparent stalemate. Newspapers carried stories, the first draft of history that was to constitute the beginning of our collective memory of what had happened and why it happened. For Canadians, who were largely ignored in the world press, war correspondents Ross Munro, Greg Clark, Ralph Allen, Charles Lynch, and CBC radio reporters, especially Matthew Halton, provided an overview that stressed the achievements of the Canadians. Ross Munro, the Canadian Press correspondent who had been ...

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