O Canada: Moon legs

What was the first thing to touch the moon’s surface on July 20, 1969? Before Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface with the words, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind,” the Canadian-made legs of the lunar landing module settled into the dust of the moon. The legs...
  • Appreciating “Voice of Fire”

    April 25, 2019 by Don Gillmor
    “My five-year-old could paint that.”  This was a familiar response from viewers staring at “Voice of Fire.” The huge painting—on a canvas measuring 5.4 metres by 2.4 metres—by American artist Barnett Newman occupied a central place in the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. The...
  • The ‘fightingest’ ship in the navy

    January 11, 2019 by Don Gillmor
    In the course of its remarkable life, HMCS Haida was attacked by German bombers, engaged with enemy battleships, participated in the Normandy invasion, escorted Russian convoys, sank U-boats, circumnavigated the globe, and shelled trains during the Korean War. One of 27 Tribal-class destroyers built between...
  • The legacy of “Mr. Veteran”

    December 31, 2018 by Don Gillmor
    Born in Fort William (today’s Thunder Bay, Ont.) in 1919, Cliff Chadderton enlisted with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles on Oct. 15, 1939, with the idea of playing hockey for them. He had been playing for the Winnipeg Rangers, farm team for the New York Rangers....
  • Valour on the road to Cambrai

    October 14, 2018 by Don Gillmor
    Samuel Lewis Honey was born in Conn, Ont., to Reverend George Honey and Metta Blaisdell. A schoolteacher, Honey enlisted at the age of 21 in January 1915. In 1917, he was awarded the Military Medal for his raids on German trenches. The citation read, “He...
  • A grand hotel

    August 10, 2018 by Don Gillmor
    The Château Frontenac opened on Dec. 11, 1893, one of the grand Canadian Pacific Railway hotels that include the Banff Springs Hotel and the Chateau Lake Louise. Designed by American architect Bruce Price, it sits on a prominent site in Quebec City, perched 54 metres...
  • The short heroic life of Buzz Beurling

    May 25, 2018 by Don Gillmor
    George (Buzz) Beurling was credited with 31½ “kills” in the Second World War, more than any other Canadian pilot, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, Distinguished Flying Cross and two Distinguished Flying Medals. He was a gifted pilot, a superb marksman and fearless in...
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