Month: July 2016

Humour Hunt

Humour Hunt

Jon Proudfoot, Huntingdon, Que., says a private went to the padre with a tale of woe: His wife needed money to buy fuel and shoes and winter coats for the children. He was desperate for $200. The padre advised him to pray as hard as he could and the Lord would help him.     While the private prayed hard in the succeeding days, the padre persuaded the officers’ mess to raise     money for such a worthy cause. The officers collected $100 and gave it to the soldier.             The private hustled off to the padre. “Well, the Lord answered your prayers,” the padre said “Yes, He did,” the private said. “But tell Him next time not to send His answer through the officers. They kept $100 for themselves.”
The search for an old contemptible
Memoirs

The search for an old contemptible

It all started with a random tweet. My first inclination had been to ignore it because rule No. 1 on Twitter, as a journalist, is to avoid being baited personally. The sender, however, did not appear to be an aggrieved reader, nor a partisan hack with an axe to grind. She also didn’t appear crazy, something which surprisingly comes through loud and clear even with only 140 characters. What followed was a long, direct message exchange that opened a window on the past; a portion of family history my grandmother had skillfully edited out of our collective consciousness. Tapping the iPhone keys on that long, cold December night, it quickly became apparent I was connected with family in Britain I did not know existed; smart, warm, compassionate people whom it’s become a privilege to know. T...
Legion responds to wildfire crisis
News

Legion responds to wildfire crisis

With wildfires having caused significant damage to the community of Fort McMurray, Alta., the Legion put out an urgent call to action. About 80,000 people were evacuated from the northern Alberta community as of early May. The Canadian Armed Forces have sent helicopters and other aircraft to assist the provincial authorities in delivering food and supplies and transporting people. More than 1,700 firefighters were on the scene. “The devastation suffered by the residents of Fort McMurray is absolutely tragic,” said Dominion Immediate Past President Tom Eagles. “We have a history of assisting Canadians when states of emergency are declared and I have encouraged each of our 1,400 branches from every corner of this country to come together and help with financial donations or Legion bran...
A defence review for different times
Eye On Defence

A defence review for different times

The Liberal election platform last fall contained a pledge to conduct a full review of Canada’s defence requirements and as this column is being written the process is in full swing. A Department of National Defence (DND) document explains and poses a number of key questions that government says it wants Canadians to answer. It is available on the DND website. The Senate has been asked to study future Canadian peace support operations and the House of Commons has been given a mandate to review Canada’s role in the defence of North America. Four prominent Canadians have been appointed to advise the Minister in the process, and sessions have been scheduled in some major cities across the country at which presenters, DND officials and one or more of the committee of experts will be present. ...
Bringing the Invictus spirit to Canada
Editorial

Bringing the Invictus spirit to Canada

Canada’s team of ill and injured veterans excelled at the Invictus Games held in May in Orlando, Fla. The 28-member Team Canada, which included five members of the Canadian Armed Forces and 23 veterans, participated in seven adaptive sports, winning 22 medals, including 10 golds. It was the second outing for the games, founded by Prince Harry and inaugurated in London, England, in 2014. The games use adaptive sports to inspire healing and help change public perceptions of ill and injured veterans. “Our Invictus athletes are the definition of hard work and determination, and serve as a source of pride for the entire country,” said Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. Excitement can now shift to Canada where the games will be played in Toronto in September 2017. The Royal Canadian Legion ...

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