Month: July 2019

On This Date

On this date: August 2019

1 August 1950 The Royal Canadian Mounted Police absorbs the Newfoundland Rangers and takes over policing services in Newfoundland and Labrador. 3 August 2000 An American-owned merchant ship being held up over a payment dispute is boarded by sailors of HMCS Athabaskan to compel delivery of 580 Canadian vehicles, 390 sea containers of equipment and three Canadian soldiers destined for Quebec from Kosovo. 4 August 1914 Britain declares war on Germany, and so Canada is automatically at war. 5 August 1914 The government announces the purchase of two submarines to aid HMCS Rainbow in the Pacific. 6 August 1945 The atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. 7-10 August 1813 The United States loses four ships to the British in a battle for naval supremacy on Lake Ontario. 12 Aug...
Anguish—even as corruption, violence, political instability are left behind
Front Lines

Anguish—even as corruption, violence, political instability are left behind

The Central American country of Honduras is gripped by corruption, violence and political instability. With 91.4 homicides per 100,000 people, it has the highest murder rate in the world and extreme levels of sexual abuse. It is no place for children. No wonder, then, that people want out. And where better, one would think, than to the United States of America, land of immigrants and home of dreams for countless refugees and displaced persons the world over? Honduran toddler Yanela Sanchez and her mother Sandra were taken into custody by U.S. border officials in McAllen, Texas, on June 12, 2018, after President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, where caravans of displaced persons were seeking refuge from violence, persecution, poverty and hunge...
First CF-18 enters the fleet
Military Milestones

First CF-18 enters the fleet

A huge red carpet cut in the shape of a maple leaf lay on a runway in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 28, 1982. Test pilot Jack Krings landed, then taxied a CF-18 Hornet onto that carpet, stopping just a few metres from the reviewing stand where General Ramsey M. Withers, Canada’s chief of the defence staff, was seated. It was the first of 138 Hornets ordered from McDonnell Douglas to replace the Canadian Forces’ fleet of CF-101 Voodoos and CF-104 Starfighters. Since its maiden test flight in 1978, Krings had put the supersonic fighter through its paces. He broke Mach 1.6 and pushed to an altitude of 13,000 metres for the flight to St. Louis. The machine is capable of Mach 1.8—that’s 2,223 kilometres per hour at 12,200 metres. The first Hornets arrived at CFB Cold Lake in Alberta ...
A new approach to helping Commonwealth veterans
News

A new approach to helping Commonwealth veterans

Dominion Executive Council approved a new plan during its April 13-14 meeting in Ottawa that would greatly improve living conditions for impoverished Commonwealth veterans and their survivors in the Caribbean. The plan was presented by Chris Warren, secretary-general of the Royal Commonwealth Ex-services League (RCEL). It would see the London headquarters assume responsibility for providing pensions to veterans and survivors in most Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean while at the same time raising their standard of living. Currently, The Royal Canadian Legion is responsible for 51 veterans and 89 widows in 16 countries in the Caribbean. The pensions supplied by the Legion currently allow for one hot meal a day. A widow or survivor receives half of a pension. The pensions are deliv...
Tew’s sword
Artifacts

Tew’s sword

 Seized as a battlefield trophy, then displayed by an Ottawa regiment for a half-century, a U.S. Civil War weapon is returned As long as there has been war, warriors have taken trophies from vanquished enemies: helmets, caps, badges, guns, knives and—most highly prized—swords. One such, which found a lengthy but temporary home in Canada, was carried into the U.S. Civil War Battle of Antietam in Maryland on Sept. 17, 1862. More than 23,000 men were killed, wounded or captured in this bloody battle, including Confederate Colonel Charles Courtenay Tew, shot in the head as he rose to tip his hat when command of a brigade passed to him after a general’s death. A Union veteran reported in 1874 that he had buried Tew and taken a silver cup, a gift from cadets at the Hillsborough Mili...
How well do you know Canada? Canvet Publications aims to find out!
News

How well do you know Canada? Canvet Publications aims to find out!

Take the challenge and test your knowledge of Canada’s history. Canvet Publications is launching the Great Canada Quiz starting on July 29, 2019, with a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1,867. (After all, Canada’s Confederation was July 1, 1867!) Prizes of $1,000, $500 and $367 will be up for grabs, PLUS subscriptions to Canada’s Ultimate Story. “We aim to promote Canada’s history. We will post a new question every day and create an opportunity for Canadians to test their knowledge of Canadian history,” said Jennifer Morse, general manager of Canvet Publications. “We hope the Great Canada Quiz will spark lots of interest and discussion.” Great Canada Quiz prize winners will be chosen randomly at the end of Canada History Week, on Nov. 26, 2019. To participate in the Great C...

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