Day: November 1, 2019

Is war inevitable?
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Is war inevitable?

The word ‘inevitable’ sets me off. It suggests that wars simply happen. Wars become abstractions, beyond human control, explanation and history. That is nonsense. A century on, the notion that the First World War was inevitable still lingers. Many children (including my own) pass their Grade 10 history classes with lofty ideas about how the war started. My own students remember the acronym they spewed out for the exam. MAIN was the culprit: Militarism; Alliances; Imperialism; Nationalism. Such ‘isms’ suggest no single cause; the responsibility for the war had to be shared. Long-term forces were to blame. These ideas have a history. They emerged in strength after 1919, partly in response to Article 231 of the Treaty of Versailles, which legally compelled Germany to pay reparations for ...
On this date: November 2019
On This Date

On this date: November 2019

1 November 1914 In a battle off the coast of Chile, four midshipmen are the first Canadian naval casualties of the First World War, perishing with the crew of HMS Good Hope. 4 November 1914 Nurse Margaret Macdonald is appointed matron-in-chief of the Canadian Army Medical Corps. She is the first woman in the British Empire to reach the rank of major. 6 November 1914 Record cold and rain plague 1st Canadian Division as it trains on England’s Salisbury Plain. 8 November 1942 British Fleet Air Arm pilots in North Africa conduct the first operational use of anti-gravity suits, developed at the University of Toronto. 10 November 1917 Battle of Passchendaele ends. Canadian casualties exceed 15,000. 11 November 1918 At 9 a.m., the 28th Canadian Infantry Battalion learns of the 11...
Barry Pepper narrates Military Moments | D-DAY
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Barry Pepper narrates Military Moments | D-DAY

 June 6, 2019, marked the 75th Anniversary of the greatest military operation in history: D-Day. To mark this significant milestone in the lead-up to Remembrance Day, Legion Magazine has collaborated with Emmy-award winning Canadian actor Barry Pepper to present the next video in our award-winning video series – Military Moments | D-DAY. The video takes us back to the spring of 1944. The Allies could not wait any longer. It was time to roll the dice on the greatest military operation in history. Together, the Allies—British, American, Canadian—would land on five beaches on France’s Normandy coast in the early hours of June 6—D-Day. Often overshadowed by our American and British bretheren, the video highlights Canada’s triumph and sacrifice at Juno Beach. There are few artists tod...
Twitter creates poppy emoji
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Twitter creates poppy emoji

On Friday, Nov. 1, The Royal Canadian Legion and the social networking company Twitter unveiled a custom-designed poppy emoji to help raise awareness of Remembrance Day and encourage people to support the Legion’s poppy campaign. The Legion gave approval to Twitter to use the poppy symbol, which the Legion holds the trademark to, and Twitter designed the emoji. (An emoji is a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion.) The initiative also has the approval of The Royal British Legion and the Australian Department of Veteran Affairs. “The poppy is such an important symbol,” said Amanda Kitts, client account manager with Twitter Canada, “but there are global variations. We also realized there is a global, organic conversation happening that we want to bring atte...
Competition brings smile to athletes’ faces
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Competition brings smile to athletes’ faces

Through thick and thin, the smile never seemed to leave the face of Manitoba’s Lara Denbow, a double medal-winner at the 43rd Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships held Aug. 9-11 in Sydney, N.S. Denbow, a 15-year-old native of Neepawa, Man., competing for Prairie Storm Athletics, set a personal best of 1.72 metres to take gold in the women’s under-18 high jump, then followed that up with a silver-medal performance in the triple jump. It was her second straight win at the Athletics Canada-sanctioned games after she took the under-16 high jump title last year in Brandon, Man. She has competed in track and field since Grade 6, and has been fascinated by the high jump since Grade 4. Denbow smiled, even as she prepared to jump, even as she faulted, then double-faulted, then c...