Masters of their fate

Team Canada’s training camp in Kingston, Ont., set the roster for the Invictus Games in Toronto this September Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Canada announced its Invictus Games team on June 15, while its second week-long training camp wrapped up in Kingston, Ont. The photos below were taken there as the athletes...
  • The Veterans Independence Program (VIP) has changed a lot since its introduction in 1981—and The Royal Canadian Legion has been there every step of the way. The program was implemented to help Veterans Affairs Canada handle a looming crisis in availability of long-term care beds...
  • Doctors In The Ranks

    October 24, 2008 by Sharon Adams
    Lieut. Iain Beck of Ottawa, a doctor on deployment in Afghanistan, gives medicine to a child. PHOTO: CPL. ROBIN MUGRIDGE, TASK FORCE AFGHANISTAN, ROTO 1 IMAGERY TECHNICIAN Why would a well-respected surgeon from a prestigious Canadian university decide, in his early 50s, to enlist in...
  • Battle-Tested Medicine

    July 28, 2008 by Sharon Adams
    Wounded Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan await helicopter evacuation. PHOTO: CPL. ROBIN MUGRIDGE Dr. Allan Hawryluk was dreading the difficult hours ahead—his patient was on blood thinners, and bleeding uncontrollably following a tooth extraction. The Mississauga dentist knew it could be hours before the bleeding was...
  • Thinking Bionics

    May 27, 2008 by Sharon Adams
    Left: Wildfire ranger Robert Anderson. Right: Jesse Sullivan demonstrates a prototype prosthetic. PHOTOS: ROBERT ANDERSON; REHABILITATION INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Robert Anderson dreams of the day he can once again look at a pencil and pick it up with his left hand, something he has not...
  • The Sun Also Heals

    March 1, 2008 by Sharon Adams
    – ILLUSTRATION: ©Margaret Lee/www.i2iart.com Ancient Greeks used to pray to Apollo, the sun god, to stop epidemics and cure diseases. Turns out they weren’t far wrong: sunlight is vital to human health, as modern Canadians have learned to our cost. For a whole generation—on doctors’...
  • A Shot of Prevention

    January 1, 2008 by Sharon Adams
    Flu Shot Scott Page January can be the cruellest month north of the 49th parallel; it is the height of the flu season, during which up to one in four Canadians will get sick. Influenza and resulting bacterial infections kill roughly 6,700 Canadians each year...