Month: November 2016

Trump victory welcomed by Putin
Front Lines

Trump victory welcomed by Putin

Some North Atlantic Treaty Organization members are sweating and Vladimir Putin is wringing his hands after Donald Trump’s stunning upset in the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election. The first-time political candidate made no bones during the campaign about his dissatisfaction with U.S. security arrangements, demanding in April that its “freeloading” allies carry a greater share of the financial burden if the alliance is to continue. “The countries we are defending must pay for the cost of this defence and, if not, the U.S. must be prepared to let these countries defend themselves,” he said. “We have no choice.” He demanded that allies spend two per cent of GDP on their militaries, double Canada’s proportion. He called the NATO alliance “obsolete” and urged it to focus more on...
Fort McMurray Branch raises its flag again
News

Fort McMurray Branch raises its flag again

Canada’s Maple Leaf flag is once again flying proudly over McMurray Branch of The Royal Canadian Legion, a sign that the town of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta is starting to recover from the devastating wildfires that swept through it in April. The flag-raising ceremony was held Aug. 27 at the branch, which remarkably survived the fire, contrary to earlier reports. The flags were important in keeping up the morale of the community. Many residents lost their homes completely. “During the fires someone asked if anyone knew where we could get flags for our trucks,” said President Pat Duggan who is also a member of the local fire department. “I said I knew where I could get my hands on three or four. We went down to the branch and got them. We had them on the trucks all through the fir...
Rest in Peace, Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)
News

Rest in Peace, Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)

Just last fall, in a poignant tribute to McCrae, Canadian songwriter, painter and poet Leonard Cohen recited that stirring poem for this exclusive video by Legion Magazine. His voice is accompanied by stirring imagery from the First World War. Legion Magazine presents you with the words of John McCrae, the voice of Leonard Cohen, the message of remembrance. Leonard Cohen, may you rest in peace (1934-2016). Video produced and edited by Adam Tindal.
Where buried love doth lie
Remembrance

Where buried love doth lie

It was a solemn duty when a teenaged Neil Grainger picked up a shovel in 1943 to plant a blue hydrangea outside Chilliwack High School in memory of his brother Frank. Just 20, and married but a year, Frank died in a training accident in Ireland. Neil repeated the sad duty the following year for his friend Maurice Jorgenson, a welterweight boxing champion both as a civilian and in the service, who was serving in southeast Asia when he died. Both men were pilots. The two bushes were among 49 planted by 1946, their blooms a living memorial to the wartime sacrifice of local young men who wore RCAF blue, many of them graduates of the school. The first planting was organized in 1942 by the Women’s Auxiliary to the Air Services, and attended by a large crowd. “Stone is one thing,” said Grai...
Do richer countries have higher PTSD rates?
Health

Do richer countries have higher PTSD rates?

The steady trickle of results from studies of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury (TBI) has provided much food for thought and grist for conversation this year. Tongues are wagging (if that describes online comments and blogs) about the surprising results of a study by a team of Dutch, British and Australian psychotrauma experts reported in the British Journal of Psychiatry this summer.  PTSD occurs around the world, and in each country rates are higher among the vulnerable—the poor, undereducated and malnourished, who have less access to health care but greater exposure to trauma. So shouldn’t more vulnerable countries where trauma is common also display higher national rates of PTSD? Apparently not. National PTSD rates are higher in richer countries. “Our findin...
Love Long Lost
Our Veterans, Remembrance

Love Long Lost

At this point, it’s pretty clear that Cynthia Hess-von Kruedener enjoys danger. She is three days into a pilgrimage to southern Lebanon, journeying to the site where her husband was killed 10 years ago, and she’s going there to pay her final respects. She is on a bus heading for Khiam. To her right, there are minefields, to her left, a several hundred-foot-drop off a road with no guardrail. “Ok, we’re having fun now,” she says joyfully. Southern Lebanon isn’t an active war zone, at least in the sense that the combatants in the area are not currently shooting at each other. However, they are all actively preparing to shoot at each other, with the terrorist group Hezbollah among the most active in preparing for what seems to be an almost inevitable future war. By the Canadian go...

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