Archive for May, 2018

  • Two pictures, a thousand stories and millions of lives

    May 30, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. These two pictures spawned a thousand stories and to this day, some 70 years later, they speak in profound reflection to two triumphs and the prices paid. Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima by Joe Rosenthal and...
  • One of the priorities in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s October mandate letter to Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence Seamus O’Regan was to eliminate the “marriage after 60” clawback clause in the Canadian Forces Superannuation Act, so that surviving spouses of...
  • The short heroic life of Buzz Beurling

    May 25, 2018 by Don Gillmor
    George (Buzz) Beurling was credited with 31½ “kills” in the Second World War, more than any other Canadian pilot, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, Distinguished Flying Cross and two Distinguished Flying Medals. He was a gifted pilot, a superb marksman and fearless in...
  • Defence minister hopes to resolve class actions

    May 25, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The federal government and plaintiffs in several class-action lawsuits relating to sexual assault, racism, harassment and discrimination have agreed to set their court proceedings aside and try to talk it out. Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan made the announcement Feb. 23, saying he hoped...
  • Who won the war in Europe? Historians weigh in

    May 23, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    History isn’t always what we might assume it to be, and there appears to be no consensus among nations over the question of which country contributed most to the Allies’ Second World War victory in Europe. The North American public tends to assume that the...
  • Preparing for a nuclear attack

    May 22, 2018 by David J. Bercuson
    At the end of November, an article appeared on the CBC news website announcing that the Privy Council Office—the bureaucratic arm of the federal cabinet—drafted an agreement with the Department of National Defence to open up two old Cold War-era bunkers in the National Capital...
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