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Month: September 2019

Pilots Down
Air Force

Pilots Down

Canada’s most up-to-date aircraft in 1939 was the Northrop Delta, manufactured under licence by Canadian Vickers Ltd. in Montreal. It was about the size of a de Havilland DHC-3 Otter—a large, single-engine, low-wing monoplane, powerful and fast. Although noisy and said to be nose-heavy, the Delta was a versatile aircraft and pilots generally spoke well of it. The first all-metal plane built in Canada, the Delta could be fitted with floats, skis or wheels. Three of 20 were delivered to the Royal Canadian Air Force in the fall of 1936 and began photographic survey work the following spring. As war clouds gathered over Europe in 1939, the Deltas shifted focus to the U-boat hunting grounds off Atlantic Canada. Ted Doan and Dave Rennie were among the aircrew transporting six of the aircraf...
Highland traditions on display at war museum
News

Highland traditions on display at war museum

The skirl of the pipes can be heard at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa during a new exhibition dedicated to highland soldiers and the units they formed during the 20th century. The exhibition, Highland Warriors, opened June 7 and will run until Jan. 12. It features more than 200 artifacts from the war museum and the Glasgow Museums in Scotland. “You have some wonderful artifacts here in the Canadian War Museum, especially your war art,” said the exhibition’s curator, Allan Carswell, who was the curator of the National War Museum of Scotland at Edinburgh Castle. The exhibition has three sections. The first deals with the clans of Scotland and their traditions. The second shows how the British Army raised highland regiments to fight in its own wars in Europe. The third part deals with...
Newfoundland Regiment arrives at Suvla Bay
Military Milestones

Newfoundland Regiment arrives at Suvla Bay

The Newfoundland Regiment got its first taste of trench warfare not in France or Belgium but at Suvla Bay on the Gallipoli Peninsula, where it joined a British army brigade on Sept. 20, 1915. For months, the British and troops from Australia and New Zealand had fought to take control of the Dardanelles strait from the Ottoman Empire to open a sea route for the Allies through the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea to Russia. The 1,076 men knew what they were heading into, according to the diary entries in Lieutenant Owen William Steele of the Newfoundland Regiment: “We have had a very good time all along so far, but we all know that the hardest part has now to come,” he wrote on Sept. 18, 1915. “The place where we are to land is shelled all day long, and the last division which went ...
U.S. has spent $5.9 trillion on wars since 9/11, report says
Front Lines

U.S. has spent $5.9 trillion on wars since 9/11, report says

The United States has spent $5.9 trillion on wars that have killed 480,000 people since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, says a new report. More than 244,000 civilians have been killed in the fighting, which has created 21 million refugees and displaced persons, says the report by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs in Providence, Rhode Island. The U.S. government is conducting counterterror activities in 80 countries, it said. “Hundreds of thousands of people on all sides of the wars have died directly [as a result] of the violence—the vast majority of them civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq,” says the report, produced by The Costs of War Project. “Far more numerous are those who have died as an indirect result of the wars’ d...
Exercise eases traumatic brain injury
Military Health Matters

Exercise eases traumatic brain injury

It may be small, but a study of military traumatic brain injury (TBI) and exercise will produce one piece of a puzzle whose long-term effects we have only begun to understand. University of Ottawa researchers are searching for how best to treat the enigmatic injury. As of mid-July, they were looking for four pairs of subjects: Ottawa-area veterans or serving members who have had a moderate to severe TBI (commonly called a concussion) to participate in a home-based exercise program over a period of about four months; each with a study partner, such as a spouse, friend or caregiver. “We want to investigate the use of remote supervision for a home-based exercise program,” said principal investigator Jennifer O’Neil ([email protected]ottawa.ca). Her interest is in increasing accessibility of reh...
Delegates debate treasurer’s position – 51st Alberta-Northwest Territories Convention
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Delegates debate treasurer’s position – 51st Alberta-Northwest Territories Convention

Democracy in action is the best description of the 51st Alberta-Northwest Territories Command Convention held in Drumheller on May 10-12. The tone was set at the opening ceremonies where Dominion Past President Dave Flannigan reminded delegates that “Conventions are held so that we can make changes so we [can find] better ways to serve our veterans and their families.” Delegates later donated generously to support a new therapy program for veterans and the command service bureau. The convention started with a commemoration ceremony at the Badlands Community Facility, during which wreaths were placed by Mayor Heather Colberg, Flannigan and L.A. Command President Margaret Koenig. Second World War veteran John Wiebe declared the convention officially open Friday night. On Saturday, the 2...

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