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War of 1812 commemorations continue

The commemoration period for the War of 1812 is not over, despite uninformed media reports to the contrary. An offshoot of the Napoleonic wars, The War of 1812 started  with the United States declaring war on Great Britain, and ended with signing of the Treaty of Ghent in December 1814.  But news travelled slowly...
  • Canada and the Holocaust

    March 11, 2013 by Sharon Adams
    Many young Canadians may be unaware Canada has any connection to the Holocaust, the Nazi extermination program that claimed six million Jewish people and millions of others during the Second World War. That is about to change as Canada assumes chairmanship of the International Holocaust...
  • New home planned for HMCS Sackville

    March 4, 2013 by Sharon Adams
    The federal government  has given $240,000 to the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust,  which plans a new $90 million memorial project  for Halifax Harbour where HMCS Sackville, a Second World War convoy escort, has served as Canada’s Naval Memorial since 1985. The  Trust plans to raise...
  • Soldiers’ hockey

    February 12, 2013 by Sharon Adams
    Recent re-creations in Ottawa and Korea of a championship hockey game held during the Korean War got me thinking about the importance of hockey in wartime. When young, healthy lads take to frozen ponds to play their national game near foreign battlefields, it’s not just...
  • A penny for your thoughts

    February 8, 2013 by Sharon Adams
    It may only have been a penny, but it made me feel rich, that ‘copper’ as Granddad called it, clutched in my pudgy little fist.  Would I get five jelly babies? A few hot cinnamon candies? Gum?  Or could I use my gap-tooth smile (feminine...
  • Celebrating Champlain

    January 28, 2013 by Sharon Adams
    On an expedition to find the northern sea more than 400 years ago, explorer Samuel de Champlain reaches the site of the modern city of Ottawa on the Ottawa River.  More than 100 events have been planned so far to mark the occasion, including an...
  • Farewell to Boy Roy

    January 25, 2013 by Sharon Adams
    Historian Reginald Roy has died in Saanich, B.C., aged 91, leaving a legacy of a dozen books on military history, dozens of scholarly articles and hundreds of interviews with veterans taped over half a century. Just 16, Roy earned the moniker “Boy Roy” when he...
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