Day: July 30, 2021

Longtime news editor retires
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Longtime news editor retires

A lot of good folks—writers, editors, designers, marketers, administrators—have come and gone over the course of three decades at Legion Magazine. Through it all, Tom MacGregor has been a constant. He retired in January, after 31 years working to fill these pages.  MacGregor came to Legion Magazine in 1989 after writing and editing primarily for newspapers. He got started at the Queen’s Journal and then the Kingston Whig-Standard. He joined the staff of his hometown newspaper, the weekly Huntsville Forester, at age 23, covering fall fairs, cottage-country features and occasional police and court stories.   The winding road of daily news eventually led him to Legion Magazine, where he progressed from writer to assistant editor to news editor.  As he did so, the publication was evolving...
Advice for veterans living outside Canada
Our Veterans, Serving You

Advice for veterans living outside Canada

Are you a veteran living outside Canada and in the process of applying to Veterans Affairs Canada for disability benefits? It is important to know that when you submit a disability application, VAC requires a confirmed diagnosis from a medical professional to accompany your application. The diagnosis is to be included in the medical questionnaire that VAC will send to you for the medical professional to complete. Are you concerned who will pay for the medical examination to complete the medical questionnaire to obtain a current diagnosis for your application?  Don’t be concerned. When you apply to VAC for disability benefits or go through The Royal Canadian Legion for assistance, your application package will include a letter for your medical professional advising of the requirements to...
Veteran support groups receive $4 million in funding
News, Our Veterans

Veteran support groups receive $4 million in funding

Veterans Affairs Canada has awarded $4 million in funding to 23 organizations across the country serving veterans and their families. “We’re supporting some remarkable organizations doing vitally important work on behalf of veterans and their families,” said Minister of Veterans Affairs Lawrence MacAulay in the March announcement. Since 2018, the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund has provided support to 60 organizations involved in research and development of innovative community-based services for veterans.  This year’s funding will help provide wellness programs for female veterans, support the social and emotional well-being of all veterans, their families and caregivers, develop programs for Indigenous veterans, and tackle homelessness among veterans.   The Veteran Resource Guide f...
Road to Confederation
Canada Corner, O Canada

Road to Confederation

In 1866, the Fathers of Confederation—among them John A. Macdonald, George-Étienne Cartier, Alexander Galt and George Brown—were in London, staying at the Westminster Palace Hotel. They were fine-tuning the British North America Act which, when passed, would create the Dominion of Canada. At a different hotel was Joseph Howe, who was trying to get Nova Scotia out of Confederation, waving a petition with 30,000 signatures. “Macdonald was the ruling genius and spokesman,” according to Sir Frederic Rogers, the Permanent Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies. But there were a few non-genius moments. Macdonald woke up in the middle of the night to find that both he and his bed were on fire. His hair and hands were singed and his shoulder was burned—but he carried on.    The road...
Legion National Foundation disburses over $350,000 to veterans’ groups
News, Our Veterans

Legion National Foundation disburses over $350,000 to veterans’ groups

The Legion National Foundation board has agreed to disburse more than $350,000 in donations to support programs for veterans, service members and youth across the country.  “This is the first year significant donations have come in,” said Sam Laprade, the foundation’s development director. The foundation has raised about a million dollars by hosting the digital poppy campaign and through donations from individuals and corporations. The funds will be used to support projects across the country.  Veterans’ House, a new facility that provides supportive housing and rehabilitation services for 40 veterans in Ottawa, will receive $200,000. Victoria’s Cockrell House, which provides shelter, food and support services to homeless and under-housed veterans, will receive $100,000. The Perley and ...
One dead in Snowbird crash
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One dead in Snowbird crash

A small bird caused the crash of a Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbird in 2020 which claimed one life.   The Snowbirds had been doing flyovers of Canadian communities in a show of support for frontline COVID-19 workers across the country. They were leaving Kamloops for Comox, B.C., on May 17. Two CT-114 Tutor aircraft took off, but one went into a steep nosedive at low altitude.  Aboard were pilot Captain Richard MacDougall and public affairs officer Captain Jennifer Casey, who is believed to have become briefly entangled with her ejection seat and whose parachute failed to fully open.  The aircraft crashed into a neighbourhood about two kilometres from the airfield. No one on the ground was injured, but Casey was killed and MacDougall seriously injured.  The investigation into the cra...

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