For better or worse, Canada had to step up in Afghanistan

There is not a lot of good that can be said about the war in Afghanistan—or any war, for that matter—but there is perhaps, some good that can be taken from it. The Washington Post’s exposé on the Afghanistan Papers provides overwhelming evidence of the war’s shortcomings, detailing a litany of mistakes, failures and...
  • Head of new U.S. Space Command touts allied co-operation

    September 6, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The head of the newly created U.S. Space Command has emphasized touting co-operation among allies, including Canada, in his first news conference since his appointment. “Historically, we haven’t needed to have allies in space,” General Jay Raymond said last week at the Pentagon. With the...
  • On track, part 2

    August 28, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne The National Youth Track and Field Championships took place Aug. 9-11, 2019, in Sydney, N.S., where 721 athletes—314 of them sponsored by The Royal Canadian Legion—competed. The event, hosted by Cape Breton University and the Legion’s Breton Branch,...
  • On track, part 1

    August 22, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne The National Youth Track and Field Championships took place Aug. 9-11, 2019, in Sydney, N.S., where 721 athletes—314 of them sponsored by The Royal Canadian Legion—competed. The event, hosted by Cape Breton University and the Legion’s Breton Branch,...
  • 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...
  • A letter of marque from the king

    August 7, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    It may have been the best investment Enos Collins, Benjamin Knaut and John and James Barss ever made. The merchants of Liverpool, N.S., purchased Severn, a former American slave ship captured by the Royal Navy, in 1811 for a mere 420 British pounds (about C$53,000...
  • The Central American country of Honduras is gripped by corruption, violence and political instability. With 91.4 homicides per 100,000 people, it has the highest murder rate in the world and extreme levels of sexual abuse. It is no place for children. No wonder, then, that...
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