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The backlash against Japanese-Canadians

On Jan. 7, 1942, a month to the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, a wartime committee recommended to the Canadian government that Japanese-Canadians—even if second- or third- generation—not be allowed to volunteer for or be conscripted into the armed services, on grounds of strong public opinion against them. It was among a...
  • CBC covers the Battle of Carpiquet

    July 3, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    War correspondent Matthew Halton covered the Second World War for the CBC. Here is an extract from a recording of what he saw and heard during the Canadian attack on Carpiquet village and airfield July 4, 1944. “This is Matthew Halton of the CBC speaking...
  • The sinking of the Llandovery Castle

    June 26, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    On the night of June 27, 1918, 14 nursing sisters, all but two Canadian, died, victims of a war crime. The Canadian hospital ship Llandovery Castle was on its way back to England after delivering recovering soldiers to Halifax. It was running with full lights,...
  • Honouring Aboriginal veterans

    June 19, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    In Confederation Park, just a block or so down the hill from the National War Memorial in Ottawa, the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument was unveiled on National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21, 2001, the year Canada entered the war in Afghanistan. It was a long...
  • Sister ships take part in evacuations

    June 12, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    HMCS St. Laurent and HMCS Restigouche fired Canadian warships’ first shots of the Second World War on June 11, 1940, in the final echoes of the six-week Battle of France, during which more than half a million Allied troops and civilians were evacuated from ports...
  • Firefight in Zhari District

    June 5, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    It was the middle of the night on June 4, 2008, when a squad of five Canadians and a company of 55 Afghan army recruits they were mentoring left base to check on some empty Taliban weapon caches in the Zhari District west of Kandahar....
  • Billy Bishop’s early morning raid

    May 29, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    In the first two months of Billy Bishop’s flying career, from the end of March to the end of May 1917, the flying ace had brought down 22 planes and earned the Distinguished Service Order and the Military Cross. And his most famous exploit was...