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John McCrae’s baptism of fire

The Boer War started the year John McCrae graduated from the University of Toronto’s medical school. He had served as an officer in the military reserves and had a romantic view of war, partly gleaned from Rudyard Kipling’s vivid accounts of war as British adventure. He had pasted Kipling’s poem “The White Man’s Burden”...
  • IF DAY: The occupation of Manitoba

    February 1, 2017 by Graham Chandler
    On the frigid Winnipeg morning of Feb. 19, 1942, Diane Edgelow’s mother sent her out to buy a loaf of bread. She was 12 years old and got the shock of her life when she crossed the bridge into downtown. “They were guarded by German...
  • The very bad winters of Samuel de Champlain

    January 4, 2017 by Don Gillmor
    Most of us have experienced bad winters—record-breaking temperatures, snow up to the roof, winters that refuse to end. But few of us have known winters as bad as those of Samuel de Champlain. The winter of 1604-05 was spent at Sainte-Croix. It was extremely cold,...
  • Happy New Year! (almost) Happy Birthday!

    January 4, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    When Newfoundland Joined Confederation 11:59 p.m., March 31, 1949 They were the last to join the party, and not everyone wanted to join. A narrow majority—52 per cent—voted to become the 10th province of Canada. On April 1, Newfoundlanders woke up as Canadians and Joey...
  • Wartime Hockey Heroes

    December 5, 2016 by D'Arcy Jenish
    On April 1, 1942, Canada’s Minister of National War Services, Joseph T. Thorson, issued a statement advising his fellow citizens that the country’s human and material resources were being mobilized for total war. “Thus far Canada has been an essential and vital factor in holding...
  • Care through the Commonwealth

    November 15, 2016 by Jennifer Morse
    I landed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the 32nd Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCEL) Conference on June 25, arriving to a midnight traffic jam, horns beeping and impatient motorcycles threading between cars. It is a sprawling metropolis of seven million with a vibrant nightlife, and...
  • Five battles that shaped Canada

    November 1, 2016 by J.L. Granatstein
    WAR SHAPED CANADA. Those three words do not often occur to Canadians living in our peaceable kingdom, but they are surely true. The future of British North America was decided on the Plains of Abraham in 1759 and confirmed during the War of 1812 in which...
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