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Day: July 22, 2022

Saviour of Ceylon
Air Force, Military History

Saviour of Ceylon

Patrolling over the Indian Ocean, pilot Leonard Birchall and his aircrew spotted an approaching Japanese fleet It had been a long, uneventful flight. After 12 hours of scanning the vast Indian Ocean without luck, the pilot of the Royal Canadian Air Force Catalina flying boat decided to return to base. Suddenly, the navigator cried out; he had seen something on the horizon. The pilot banked and headed toward the sighting. It was a Japanese raiding fleet heading for Ceylon (Sri Lanka). As the radio operator sent a warning message to alert the island, Japanese fighters swarmed the flying boat. Cannon shells tore through the aircraft and set it on fire, forcing the pilot to crash land. Six of the nine crewmen survived and were picked up by a Japanese ship. Their next three and a half year...
RIGHTS FIGHT
Canada Corner, Home Front

RIGHTS FIGHT

As the Second World War wound down, Ottawa assumed wartime working women would return to homemaking—the women had other ideas “Whether I marry or not, I want to have a job,” Alison Lindsey told a CBC Radio panel on “The Servicemen’s Forum” broadcast from HMCS Stadacona docked in Halifax on March 22, 1945. The war was winding down and the show’s discussion topic that day was the role of women after the war.  The number of women toiling in Canada’s wartime labour force peaked in the fall of 1944 at 1.2 million, nearly a third of Canadian workers. Ottawa’s Advisory Committee on Reconstruction reckoned the majority would revert to “the normal urge towards marriage, home, and family life” when the conflict ended. Leonard Marsh’s 1943 report for the committee backed the prospect, proclaiming...
Due North
Canada and the new Cold War, Defence Today

Due North

Can Canada continue to rely on the U.S. for its defence? The Americans are our best friends whether we like it or not.” So famously said Robert Thompson, leader of Canada’s Social Credit Party in the early 1960s. While he wasn’t known as a great speaker, Thompson nonetheless had a gift for getting to the heart of the matter.  Canadians and Americans share most of the North American continent. We live roughly similar lives, try our best to understand each other and read the same books and watch the same shows. We don’t fight with each other except over softwood lumber, dairy tariffs and which country is better at hockey.  Yet there are real differences. The United States is a superpower, the richest and most powerful state on Earth. Canada is at best a middle power with about one-tenth...
The Acadian expulsion
Canada Corner, O Canada

The Acadian expulsion

At least 10,000 Acadians were forcibly displaced In the century after it was established in 1604, the eastern North American colony of Acadia changed hands between France and Britain six times before finally landing under British rule in 1713.   Through it all, residents of the region around the Bay of Fundy were able to retain their language, religion and customs. The Acadians, however, wouldn’t sign an oath of allegiance to the British Crown because they weren’t prepared to bear arms against France. But by 1730, they agreed to remain officially neutral.  Despite this promise, the British feared the “French Neutrals” would support France in any war, and there always seemed to be the threat of conflict between the historic rivals. In 1755, another agreement was circulated, this one wi...

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