Betty Metcalfe: “I lost my brother to a Nazi executioner”

The last words Betty Metcalfe’s brother Jack ever spoke to her still haunt her almost 80 years later. It was 1940 and the Metcalfe family of Glace Bay, N.S.—mother, father, their two girls and two boys—had just spent their last Christmas together. Betty and her younger sister Yvonne would join the Women’s Army Corps....
  • There’s no shortage of pundits willing to explain what’s happening in the world right now – the Middle East in flames, refugees inundating Europe, and a steady stream of terrorist atrocities across the world. The latest of these attacks killed dozens across two separate sites...
  • A year of heavy bombing

    March 17, 2016 by Adam Day
    Of the many ways to look at the global conflict situation in the past year or two, perhaps one of the starkest comes from an analysis of where the United States and its coalition partners (including Canada) have used airpower, and how often. According to...
  • So many missions, one common enemy

    March 10, 2016 by Adam Day
    While Canada’s involvement in the war against ISIS in Iraq seems to be escalating (at least in numbers of troops involved on the ground, if not in numbers of ISIS killed) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has made it clear that it sees Canada’s military...
  • Lost in all the news about war in the Middle East is that there is still a simmering conflict in Ukraine’s east between loyalist Ukrainians and rebels allied with Russian interests. Much of Ukraine’s eastern border with Russia is still not under the control of...
  • Bin Laden’s letters home

    March 4, 2016 by Adam Day
    He may have been one of the most dastardly millionaires in history, but not even Osama bin Laden was above writing flattering letters to his father asking for money. “To start,” bin Laden writes to his dad, “I do not forget your favour in raising us,...
  • Watching Syria die

    January 13, 2016 by Adam Day
    The crisis in Syria and Iraq—and the torment of the refugees—as considered by three of the smartest minds we could find Syria is dying. It’s emptying out. And the war is unleashing unprecedented chaos on the region, on Europe and on the world. The New...
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