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Our Back Pages: 1999-2016
Our Back Pages

Our Back Pages: 1999-2016

Sixth in a six-part series looking back at 90 years of The Legionary and Legion Magazine After six lean years in which Legion Magazine had gone from 10 to five times a year, finances improved and in 2003 the magazine was able to publish a July/August issue. This brought the magazine up to its current schedule of six times a year with each issue being approximately 100 pages. The turn of the century brought other changes. In September 2000, the magazine launched its website, www.legionmagazine.com, featuring selections from the print magazine and special blogs. Its presence on the Internet has expanded by interacting with readers through Facebook, Twitter and videos posted on YouTube. In 2009, the magazine began selling on newsstands. The covers acquired a dynamic new look hig...
Our Back Pages: 1980-1998
Our Back Pages

Our Back Pages: 1980-1998

The Membership Battles Fifth in a six-part series looking back at 90 years of The Legionary and Legion Magazine   After years of resisting, delegates to the 28th dominion convention in Edmonton voted overwhelmingly to give the sons and daughters of Legion members the right to vote and hold office. But rather than settle the issue of membership, it would set off another two decades of questioning who should be a member. The change was in keeping with the times. Just weeks before the convention, Quebecers had voted by 60 per cent to defeat the first referendum on sovereignty, a fight the Legion had taken up. Quebec Command had placed a four-page bilingual advertisement in Legion Magazine in the April issue, explaining the tricky wording of the referendum question and urging Quebe...
Our Back Pages: 1961-1979
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Our Back Pages: 1961-1979

From Legionary to Legion Magazine Fourth in a six-part series looking back at 90 years of The Legionary and Legion Magazine The Legionary carried on in its large format throughout the 1960s. Articles typically addressed the issues of resettling veterans from the Second World War and the Korean War and improving disability pensions. The magazine was going through its own struggles. First came the name change. In January 1969, the editorial invited readers to ring in the new year with a new look and title which it hoped would attract more advertisers. “We think our new name, Legion, has a crisp, modern sound, in keeping with today’s brand symbols and publishing trends,” the editorial said. The new look proved popular, but a bigger storm was brewing as the federal government ...

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