Month: September 2016

Humour Hunt
Humour Hunt

Humour Hunt

Illustrations by Malcolm Jones As we wind down our regular look at some of your lighter experiences in uniform, those that raised a smile, a chuckle, or occasionally a lusty guffaw, John Baker shares a story from his uncle, Ralph “Buz” Post of Bradwardine, Man., a bomber pilot who trained at Rivers, Man. He did not survive the war, but he wrote home, sometimes twice a week, only mentioning how much fun they were having. The letters home of many overseas personnel feature a similar approach, the writers not wanting parents and family to worry. The following is an excerpt from one of Buz Post’s letters. “Sept. 7, 1941, Halifax. On train to Halifax. Had a great time in Winnipeg, went to Domain to a dance. All the boys are on the train. Really had fun. Went through Ontario, bush, lakes and...
Centennial of Beaumont-Hamel and the Somme marked
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Centennial of Beaumont-Hamel and the Somme marked

Commemorations were held July 1 to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War battles of Beaumont-Hamel and the Somme in France, St. John’s, N.L., and Ottawa. In France, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall joined Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr in a ceremony at the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, where the Newfoundland Regiment was all but wiped out on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. In St. John’s, Princess Anne, Princess Royal and honorary colonel of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, opened a new display at The Rooms and attended ceremonies at Newfoundland’s National War Memorial. In Ottawa, while the city was getting ready to celebrate Canada Day, Governor General David Johnston, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chief of Defence Staff General Jonatha...
A tale of two air strikes
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A tale of two air strikes

The war in Syria and Iraq is nowhere close to over. While its seems clear that ISIS is losing its grip on territory and power as it loses strength, there is a second aspect to the war that is now gaining a bit more prominence. There are a great many reasons behind the rise of ISIS, including the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, but the most central and most recent reason is that civil war in Syria created the initial space for the group to grow and gain prominence. As Canada and its allies make progress in the battle to degrade and destroy ISIS, the civil war in Syria shows no signs of stopping. In fact, it’s getting uglier. Take, for example, two recent air strikes, which occurred as the latest in a long line of mysterious, “mistaken” attacks. On Sept. 17, a series of Americ...
Ste-Anne’s Hospital transfers to Quebec
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Ste-Anne’s Hospital transfers to Quebec

The last federally administered veterans hospital has finally been transferred to Quebec’s provincial jurisdiction. Established in 1917 expressly to serve veterans, Ste-Anne’s Hospital in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue is the last of 18 federal veterans’ hospitals to be transferred to provincial control since universal health care was introduced in the 1960s. The federal government invested $115 million in renovations to Ste-Anne’s between 2003 and 2009, leading up to the transfer. Veterans will continue to have priority access at the hospital, which is slated to become a centre of expertise in geriatrics. The federally funded Operational Stress Injury clinics, which serve veterans of all eras, will also continue to operate from the site.  The transfer, which had been discussed for several deca...
National Field of Honour expands criteria for burial
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National Field of Honour expands criteria for burial

The National Field of Honour in Pointe-Claire, Que., has expanded its criteria for burials, so more people who served in Canada’s military are included, along with their immediate family. The cemetery, operated by the Last Post Fund, was established in 1930. In 2009, the year of the Last Post Fund’s centennial, the cemetery was declared a National Historic Site by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. More than 22,000 burials have taken place there since its creation. Traditionally, the National Field of Honour was reserved for Canadian and Allied forces and Canadian Merchant Navy members who died while on duty. Burial in the field is now available to any member of the Canadian Armed Forces who died while on duty as well as: • Any Canadian or Allied veteran who served i...
Riding to raise awareness
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Riding to raise awareness

  Motorcycle enthusiasts across Canada joined the annual TELUS Ride for Dad in large numbers this summer. The program has grown since 2014, when The Royal Canadian Legion announced, at its dominion convention in Edmonton, that it was forming a partnership with the charity ride that raises money for prostate cancer research. “When I look into the crowds and see all the Legion participants at our events, it is overwhelming. The support from the Legion Riders, volunteers and donors across Canada is incredible,” said Ride for Dad president and co-founder Garry Janz. “It is a powerful partnership.” Janz and co-founder and Ride Captain Byron Smith began the ride in Ottawa in 2000 with 80 bikes. The ride has since grown to include motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle, watercraft and snowmobil...

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