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Michael Mountain Horse at Vimy Ridge

On Easter Monday, April 9, 1917, Canadian troops waited in the cold dawn, preparing for the assault on Vimy Ridge. Among them was Mike Mountain Horse, a Blood Tribe member from southern Alberta. He was there to avenge the death of his brother Albert, who had been gassed at Ypres and died at the age...
  • The first air training plan

    October 1, 2016 by Hugh A. Halliday
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Remembering the sacrifices, celebrating the peace

    September 1, 2015 by Sharon Adams
    For the second year in a row, two children of the Brink family, recently relocated to Grimsby, Ont., from Brampton, are among winners of the Legion’s annual poster and literary contests. Ten-year-old Joseph Brink and his brother William, seven, placed first in the junior and...
  • The poet and the poppy

    May 18, 2015 by Dianne Graves
    Book and cigar in hand, John McCrae relaxes at the holiday home of friends at Kennebunkport, Maine, where he spent a vacation in September 1903. Guelph Civic Museum/M1968X.436.3   A century ago, Canadian medical officer John McCrae saw “every horror that war had,” including the...
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