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Month: September 2019

Standards for service dogs are overdue
Editorial

Standards for service dogs are overdue

The use of service dogs to help veterans with mental-health issues is stalled with a lack of recognized standards for training both the dogs and the veterans who receive them. Originally the federal government had approached the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB)—an arm of Public Services and Procurement Canada—to develop standards for service dogs. After consulting widely with economic, regulatory, procurement, health, safety and environmental experts, the board released draft standards in a 60-page document for further consultation. This generated an estimated 1,000 pages of comments, many of which were negative. As a result, CGSB decided in April 2018 not to proceed further. Veterans Affairs Canada then suggested standards could be developed by the department. There already was...
Heroes and Villains: Smith & 26th Panzers
Heroes And Villains

Heroes and Villains: Smith & 26th Panzers

HERO: PRIVATE ERNEST ALVIA (SMOKEY) SMITH Having crossed Italy’s Savio River on the night of Oct. 21-22, 1944, the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada’s ‘C’ Company and newly formed tank-hunting platoon cut the Cesena–Ravenna road alongside a badly damaged church. The force numbered just 50 men. Twenty were tank hunters, heavily armed with four PIAT (Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank) launchers. Among these men was 30-year-old Private Ernest Alvia (Smokey) Smith. His nickname harkened back to school sprinting races where he always “smoked” the competition. Just as the ambush was set, a 26th Panzer Division armoured column approached. The Germans retreating from Cesena expected a clear run. Instead, the lead command car was shot up and the column’s officer killed. That left three Panther t...
Should Canada have gone to war in September 1939?
Face to Face

Should Canada have gone to war in September 1939?

In 1939, Canada was the only independent nation in North America to declare war on Germany. A member of the British Commonwealth, Canada was nonetheless independent in foreign and defence policy and had been so since the Statute of Westminster in 1931. The British colonies in the Caribbean and in South America were not independent, and they went to war automatically as soon as Britain did on Sept. 3. But Canada waited until Sept. 10 to declare war. It should not have done so. Why? Because Canada’s national interests were not directly threatened by Germany. It was protected by the vast distances of the Atlantic Ocean from any attempts at major landings by German forces; no aircraft yet developed could attack Canada from Europe and there were no missiles that could do so. If such attacks ...
September/October 2019 issue – Now Available!
News

September/October 2019 issue – Now Available!

The September/October 2019 issue of Legion Magazine is out today! Look for it on newsstands or check your mailbox if you subscribe already. THE SINKING OF SS ATHENIA After Britain declared war, Germany’s first target was a passenger ship bound for Canada PILOTS DOWN Days after Canada declared war on Germany, two airmen flying over home soil became the first Canadian servicemen killed in the Second World War OPENING THE ESTUARY The shipping channel linking the Belgian port of Antwerp with the North Sea was a critical and contentious Allied objective—and First Canadian Army was tasked with clearing it DOCBOTS AND DRONES New technologies are coming to the rescue of wounded soldiers on the battlefield A PROPER APPRECIATION The promise that led to the Pension Act MILI...
On this date: September 2019
On This Date

On this date: September 2019

1 September 1942 HMCS Morden launches three depth charge attacks against U-756 astern of a convoy. Years later the corvette is given credit for the U-boat’s destruction. 2-3 September 1918 The Canadian 1st and 4th divisions lead the assault on the Drocourt-Quéant Line at the end of the Second Battle of Arras. 5 September 1918 The Royal Canadian Navy Air Service is authorized to operate United States Navy air stations in Nova Scotia. 6 September 1943 Over the next four weeks, the RCAF destroys four U-boats in the Atlantic. 7-10 September 1939 Canada’s Parliament meets in special sessions, pledges support to Britain and France, and declares war on Germany. 12 September 1919 Edward, Prince of Wales(who will reign as King Edward VIII for one year in 1936) arrives in Edmonton...

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