Month: November 2015

French students make pilgrimage to Canada
Pilgrimages

French students make pilgrimage to Canada

During a whirlwind visit to Cornwall, Ont., in mid-August, students from France took advantage of every opportunity to greet and thank Second World War veterans and shower them with Gallic double kisses. “It was a treat to meet the veterans, a duty to honour them,” said Adélaide Caillet, one of about three dozen young people from Normandy on a commemorative pilgrimage to Canada with Westlake Brothers Souvenir Association. “We owe them our current life.” The association promotes remembrance of Canadians who helped to liberate Normandy, then the rest of France, from the Nazis during the Second World War among Norman youth. It is named for Toronto brothers George, Albert and Thomas Westlake, who died within days of each other shortly after D-Day in June 1944. George died in the bloody battl...
Ombudsman condemns handling of cadets after 1974 grenade accident
News

Ombudsman condemns handling of cadets after 1974 grenade accident

Cadets injured in a grenade accident at a 1974 cadet summer camp at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, Que., were treated callously during the investigation and unfairly afterwards, says a scathing report by the military ombudsman. Six cadets were killed when a cadet pulled the pin on a live grenade during a safety course; 62 cadets and three military members were injured (“Grenade accident remembered 40 years later,” November/December 2014). Many of the 137 cadets present subsequently developed mental health issues. Although Canadian Armed Forces members received long-term care and benefits, injured cadets were not helped, aside from immediate medical care. No compensation was offered by the Department of National Defence or the Canadian Armed Forces, nor were parents informed of remedie...

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