Music soothes the injured brain

In treating Canadian soldiers returning from the First World War with psychological wounds, British musician Margaret Anderton discovered music does indeed have “charms to soothe the savage breast.” “Wood instruments,” she observed, “are particularly potent for a certain kind of war-neurosis because of their penetrating, sustained tone.” Anderton went on to teach the first...
  • Masters of their fate, part 2

    June 29, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    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, as a second week-long training camp wrapped up in Kingston, Ont....
  • Masters of their fate

    June 23, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    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....
  • Running into danger

    June 15, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Tough love and quadriplegic rugby helped Chis Klodt find his independence Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne In his 19-year-old mind, an athletic Chris Klodt acknowledged that premature death was a distinct possibility when he joined the army in 2001. He never considered that...
  • His share of the action

    June 9, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Graham Verrier was used to firefights. He served in Bosnia and Kosovo and four times in Afghanistan. Eventually, the biggest fight would be when he got home. Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne First in, last out. It defines army reconnaissance. So it’s more...
  • “I was not the most popular person”

    June 2, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Jim MacEacheran led the team investigating battlefield fatalities in Afghanistan. They often had to reassemble the remains of individuals blown apart. Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Jim MacEacheran got a cool reception when he arrived in Afghanistan in 2002. It was not necessarily...
  • “You can’t regret life”

    May 26, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Paul Franklin wasn’t going to let the loss of his legs change him Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne For two years, Master Corporal Paul Franklin kept pictures on the wall of his cubicle in Land Force Western Area Headquarters at CFB Edmonton—they were...
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