Month: December 2016

Military leaders dominate Trump’s cabinet
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Military leaders dominate Trump’s cabinet

Never in American history has a cabinet-elect been so stacked with ex-warriors as Donald Trump’s, and some question the wisdom of relying so much on the military perspective in a country that so values civilian control over its political institutions. Three top posts in Trump’s cabinet have gone to former military brass: Defense to retired marine general James Mattis, Homeland Security to retired marine general John Kelly, and national security to retired army lieutenant general Michael Flynn.     Trump has also nominated Montana lawmaker and former navy SEAL Ryan Zinke for interior secretary, responsible for natural resources and national parks. His energy chief, Rick Perry, is an air force veteran. Retired army general David Petraeus and former admiral Ja...
Our Back Pages: 1999-2016
Our Back Pages

Our Back Pages: 1999-2016

Sixth in a six-part series looking back at 90 years of The Legionary and Legion Magazine After six lean years in which Legion Magazine had gone from 10 to five times a year, finances improved and in 2003 the magazine was able to publish a July/August issue. This brought the magazine up to its current schedule of six times a year with each issue being approximately 100 pages. The turn of the century brought other changes. In September 2000, the magazine launched its website, www.legionmagazine.com, featuring selections from the print magazine and special blogs. Its presence on the Internet has expanded by interacting with readers through Facebook, Twitter and videos posted on YouTube. In 2009, the magazine began selling on newsstands. The covers acquired a dynamic new look hig...
Trump tweets may help Canada’s bottom line
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Trump tweets may help Canada’s bottom line

American defence and aviation giants are among the latest targets of Donald Trump’s relentless Twitter condemnations, and that could be good news for Canada. Boeing and Lockheed Martin have come under fire from the president-elect over airplane costs. And, while his criticism of Boeing’s non-existent Air Force One contract was shot down in flames, it’s hard to find fault with Trump’s take on cost overruns associated with development and production of the F-35 stealth fighter. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/808301935728230404 Lockheed Martin stock took an immediate hit, just as Boeing’s did after Trump tweeted that a $4-billion contract for an Air Force One replacement should be scrapped. Trouble is, there is no contract for such a plane and, once that was clarified, Bo...
The great beer caper
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The great beer caper

Seventy-three years ago, veteran Bud Hannam, who would hit the D-Day beaches with the 23rd Canadian Field Ambulance, helped snitch a barrel in England. Its contents made a very Merry Christmas for some troops preparing for the invasion.   My buddy Jack Staples and I were stationed outside Southampton. The camp was dry so we got a 24-hour pass to go get ourselves a bottle of beer for Christmas. In town we booked into a service club for the night and went to find a pub. It had two sections, separated by army blankets used for blackout curtains. We picked up our pints and walked through the curtains. Jack looked around and saw a 45-gallon barrel of light ale, propped up sitting on a stand, getting ready for a party the next day…and a side entrance. Jack looked at me and says, “I’m g...
Military Moments: Japanese Canadian Internment | Narrated by David Suzuki
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Military Moments: Japanese Canadian Internment | Narrated by David Suzuki

Today, Legion Magazine released Military Moments: Japanese Canadian Internment, narrated by David Suzuki. To remember the 75th Anniversary of Japanese-Canadian Internment, Legion Magazine and David Suzuki tell the story of the injustices and atrocities done towards Japanese-Canadians during the Second World War, by the very country they call home. Narrated by David Suzuki Directed & Edited by Adam Tindal Written by Don Gillmor Graphics & Animation by Julia Paddick Produced by Jason Duprau and Jennifer McGill Executive Producer: Jennifer Morse Recording Engineer: Chris Goldade of Media Button In December 1941, there were 22,000 Japanese-Canadians living in British Columbia. There has been anti-Asian racism for decades but after the attack on Pearl Harbor, 75 years ag...
Incoming U.S. defence chief’s surprising views
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Incoming U.S. defence chief’s surprising views

Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Defense is an outspoken former Marine Corps general known as “Mad Dog,” but don’t let the name fool you. James Nicholas Mattis is an insightful, charismatic leader whose motivational abilities and battlefield successes came with nuanced understanding of history, humanity and his enemy. Also called “the Warrior Monk,” the well-read native of Pullman, Wash., joined the Marines at 19 and retired three years ago after heading Central Command, where he oversaw wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and conflicts in Syria and Yemen. There were signs even before early December’s announcement that the 66-year-old, who’s never owned a television, never been married and has no children, was influencing the president-elect on key policy issues. Trump told The New York ...

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