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Canadians In Italy

by Mark Zuehlke Top: General Sir Bernard Montgomery addresses Canadian troops from an amphibious vehicle in Pachino, Sicily. Middle: The PPCLI crawls through barbed wire advancing toward Adrano, Sicily. Bottom: A Christmas meal is served in San Vito, Italy for troops returning to battle. It was the invasion Canada could have sat out. Indeed, neither the British nor the Americans had requested Canadian participation. Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King and Lieutenant...
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A Foundation For Learning

by Mac Johnston Top: The Hill 204 Memorial erected by the CBNF and regimental associations lists the units that breached the Gothic Line in Italy. Above: Dominion President Allan Parks (left) and Dominion Secretary Duane Daly place a wreath at the Canadian Memorial Garden in Caen, France. As the passage of time takes a continuing toll on Canada's veteran population, the challenge of recognizing their contributions is increasingly being taken up by others. One such group is the Canadian Battle of Normandy Foundation, formed in 1993 by veterans and other interested Canadians with three purposes: 1) to promote public awareness of Canada's roles in the wars of the 20th century; 2) to encourage study of these events and 3) to perpetuate the ...
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Canadian Forces Take New Approach To Health

by Natalie Salat Clockwise, from top: Brigadier-General Lise Mathieu leads the Canadian Forces Health Service; Master Seaman Jamie Roberts is taken to sick bay during a casualty exercise in HMCS Charlottetown; medic Guylaine Gravel helps an injured soldier. Canada's military health-care system is filling a much-needed prescription for change with an ambitious reform program called Rx2000. After suffering from continual cutbacks and a shortage of personnel during the 1990s, the Canadian Forces Health Services is nursing itself back to health through an injection of funds from the Department of National Defence...
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Military Bases To Have On-Site Veterans Affairs Offices

by Tom MacGregor Veterans Affairs Minister Rey Pagtakhan. Veterans Affairs Canada will assist members of the Canadian Forces who are preparing to leave the military by establishing on-site offices at 17 major military locations, announced Veterans Affair Minister Rey Pagtakhan. Speaking to the House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs on April 30, Pagtakhan said, "Veterans Affairs Canada and the Department of National Defence are working closely together to simplify the transition from military to civilian life for all Canadian Forces members and their families." The intention is to create...
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Opportunities Lost In Iraq War

by David J. Bercuson The decision of Jean Chrétien's government to spurn even a hint of Canadian participation in the recent United States-led war could have far reaching operational implications for the Canadian military. From the end of World War II until 1994 every Canadian defence white paper restated the three principal missions of Canada's military forces. They were to defend Canada, to help the United States defend North America, and to augment multilateral military efforts to maintain or enforce international peace and stability. The last of those aims brought with it the implication that the Canadian military might, at some point, find itself fighting ...
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Snow Wars

by Ray Dick Top: The Rogers Pass; Members of the avalanche control team from the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Shilo, Man., fire their 105-mm howitzer to bring down dangerous snow build-ups in the mountains of the Rogers Pass area of British Columbia. The big Snowcat clawed its way up Mount Fidelity near the summit of Rogers Pass in the British Columbia interior. It was manoeuvring cautiously over metres-deep snow on a winding trail leading up to a weather station where Parks Canada scientists keep an eagle eye on snow conditions. Those conditions have produced life-threatening avalanches and marooned tra...
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