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Digital democracy in action
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Digital democracy in action

Delayed by a year, Legion delegates finally met in a virtual convention hall and found strength in unity August 13-15, 883 accredited delegates assembled online for The Royal Canadian Legion’s 48th Dominion Convention and focused on membership, public awareness and efforts to support Canada’s veterans. Delegates entered via a password-protected portal. Due to the pandemic, the in-person convention planned for Saskatoon in August 2020 was rescheduled to August 2021. In April, however, it was decided it would be safest to move it online.  Consultants were hired to design and produce the online convention. Delegates entered via a password-protected portal to find a home page designed to look like a convention hall lobby. Menu items were accessed by clicking on doors: convention ha...
Offering support in cottage country
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Offering support in cottage country

Bala Branch, a small Legion branch in the heart of the Muskoka district, has been reinventing itself for the new realities of COVID-19. The branch is housed in a former public school in the village of Bala, Ont., in cottage country about 200 kilometres north of Toronto. It has some 170 members, most of whom joined in recent years. Like many across Canada, the branch was shut down in March 2020, along with restaurants and bars across Ontario. It reopened in June, operating under all the health and safety guidelines, then closed again in December as COVID-19 cases surged. “The biggest thing, though, is the mental health support we provide.” President Dennis Mills, a former member of Parliament for a downtown Toronto riding, said the virus has changed the nature of the membership....
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Find-Share-Discuss: November/December 2015

James H. Robertson of Victoria sent us photos of his grandfather, George Henry Cecil Robertson, who served in France with the 6th Field Company, 2nd Divisional Engineers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, from 1915 to 1918. This photo was made at Salisbury Plain in central southern England in 1915. This portrait of George Robertson was taken in Vancouver after his return to Canada in 1918. Floodwaters inundated Salisbury Plain in January 1915, seen in a postcard mailed by George Robertson to his future wife, Susie Lynch of Annapolis Royal, N.S., in February 1915. George Robertson is seen reading a newspaper (third from left) while others take down a tent on Salisbury Plain before shipping out to France in September 1915. His division served in France and Flanders until...
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Find-Share-Discuss: September/October 2015

  James E. Russell of Scarborough, Ont., sent us this photo of his maternal grandfather, Clifford Kemsley, on his return from the First World War to his family home in Toronto’s west end, possibly in 1917. Included in the photo are (from left) Clifford’s wife Jessie, sons Roy and Raymond, and seated on his knee, daughter J. Edna (James’s mother). Clifford re-enlisted in the Second World War, but was relegated to an assignment in Canada. Roy served with the Royal Canadian Air Force.   We thank James E. Russell for sharing these photos and encourage others to share their photos of wartime or peacetime service. To submit a photograph (no photocopies), please mail to Find-Share-Discuss, c/o Legion Magazine, 86 Aird Place, Kanata ON K2L 0A1 or by e-mail (large file JPEG) ...
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Find-Share-Discuss: July/August 2015

John (Jack) Weakford Smith was killed in action in the Battle of Normandy   We thank Laraine Maltby Smith for sharing these photos and encourage others to share their photos of wartime or peacetime service. To submit a photograph (no photocopies), please mail to Find-Share-Discuss, c/o Legion Magazine, 86 Aird Place, Kanata ON K2L 0A1 or by e-mail (large file JPEG) to [email protected] Note: photo prints will not be returned. Please include your daytime phone number and address along with a description of the photo, its date, the location and the identity of the people (first names and last) and where they are in the photo. Have questions? Call 613-591-0116.
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Find-Share-Discuss: May/June 2015

A personal look at the Liberation of the Netherlands Ann Meunier of St. Albert, Alta., sends a number of photos that her late father Albert Thomas Collins kept in a small box following his return from the Second World War. Collins was in the 3rd Canadian Army Infantry and participated in the liberation of the Netherlands in 1945. Among the photos were scenes from the Liberation parade in Apeldoorn in 1945. Another photo simply shows two Dutch women surveying the damaged streets after the Germans departed. Closer to home, are photos from the Poesse family where Albert Collins stayed near Vorden, in the eastern part of Netherlands. One photo shows young Lies Poesse wearing a coat make from blankets that Collins had given her. Another shows Lies (left) and her sister Riek wearing sweaters...

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