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The poet and the poppy

Book and cigar in hand, John McCrae relaxes at the holiday home of friends at Kennebunkport, Maine, where he spent a vacation in September 1903. Guelph Civic Museum/M1968X.436.3 A century ago, Canadian medical officer John McCrae saw “every horror that war had,” including the death of a close friend, and penned a poem that inspired...
  • Canadian Jihad

    May 14, 2015 by Adam Day
      The perplexing war with militant Islam   Out of the chaos of the Syrian and Iraq civil wars, a new group of Sunni Muslim fanatics has risen to eclipse al-Qaida and become a whole new kind of threat to global security. Having conquered a...
  • Empty bucket in hand, a hopeful Dutch boy crosses a bridge in Holland during the Hongerwinter (hunger winter) of 1944-45. [LAC/e002283041]

    Canada’s gift of liberty

    May 10, 2015 by Gerard Triesman
    Shattered by Germany’s occupation of their homeland, a Dutch family barely survived to rebuild their...
  • A Montrealer wraps himself in the Union Jack. [LAC/PA-152318]

    VE-Day in Pictures

    May 1, 2015 by Sharon Adams
    Timeless images of relief and joy It’s over! The guns in Europe are silent and the troops are coming home. As the news marking the Allied victory in Europe spreads from east to west, so does the...
  • FortYorkFeature

    Fort York adds visitor centre to site

    April 4, 2015 by Tom MacGregor
    The bicentennial of the War of 1812 has given a lift to Toronto’s Fork York with the addition of new visitor...
  • Wartime letters preserved at high school

    March 19, 2015 by Tom MacGregor
    Mail is undoubtedly one of the biggest boosts for morale to any soldier, sailor, airman or airwoman serving in wartime. There is nothing like a letter from home or even a copy of the old school...
  • New Minister needs to win back veterans’ trust

    March 12, 2015 by Sharon Adams
    With the appointments of Erin O’Toole and Walter Natynczyk, Veterans Affairs Canada now has veterans at both the political and bureaucratic helms. Whether this will help the department ease the tension with Canada’s veterans remains to be seen. Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole (standing, right)...
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