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The first air training plan

In 1917 and 1918, the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and its successor, the Royal Air Force (RAF), directed an ambitious flight training operation in Canada. The scheme had no precedent, but it inspired later, similar schemes­—the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (1939-1945) and a general program to train North Atlantic Treaty Organization aircrew at...
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    The militia and the coal miners’ strike

    July 25, 2016 by Peter Silverman
    In 1913, the militia was called out during a coal miners’ strike on Vancouver Island. Called the Great Strike of 1912-14, it was to be and remains the longest deployment of the militia in aid of the civil power in Canadian history. The immediate cause...
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    The profiteers of war

    April 2, 2016 by Matthew Bellamy
    Unseemly profits were made during the First World War while men by the thousands were dying in the trenches   The worst thing a businessman can do in wartime is to earn excess profits, making millions while men die. Praying in public while preying in...
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    The bomb girls of Ajax

    February 20, 2016 by D'Arcy Jenish
    During the Second World War, more than 2,300 women from across Canada were recruited to work in the DIL munitions factory When Louise Johnson got the call to contribute to Canada’s war effort in November 1942, she accepted immediately and never looked back or regretted...
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    Clearing the Canol Road

    December 14, 2015 by Tom MacGregor
    Early in 1943, an enticing notice offering jobs for men appeared in newspapers in Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, St. Louis and Tulsa. It read: “Working and living conditions on this project are as difficult as those encountered on any...
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    Five things to do and see in November/December 2015:   1. See the World War Women exhibit This fall, the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa is putting on a special exhibit to showcase the efforts of women during the first and second world wars, whether...
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      1. Converge on the Dunvegan Crossroads for the Battle of Glengarry The Battle of Glengarry returns for its 6th annual re-creation of this pivotal battle in the War of 1812. Re-enactors from Canada and the United States will use muskets, cannons and campfires to...
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