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On This Date: June 2015

June 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
Members of the Chaudiere Regiment approach Bernières-sur-Mer, France, in a landing craft on D-Day. [LAC/PA-131498]

JUNE 1, 1943 HMCS Conestoga in Galt, Ont., is commissioned as the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service training centre. Women complete courses in physical training and navy customs and tradition. JUNE 2, 1866 The Fenian Brotherhood crosses the Niagara River and defeats Canadian volunteers at Ridgeway and Fort Erie. Another Fenian victory against outnumbered Canadians…


Surrounded by the wolf pack

May 24, 2015 by Marc Milner
Navy personnel aboard HMCS St. Croix man a 4-inch gun on a cold day in March 1941. [DND/LAC/PA-105295]

The sinking of the German submarine U-756 by HMCS Morden on Sept. 1, 1942, remained utterly unknown at the time. The only good news to drift home from distant waters in the late summer of 1942 was HMCS Oakville’s sinking of U-94 in the Caribbean. While Oakville’s hero Hal Lawrence went off on his PR jaunt, the war at sea took a decidedly sharp—and negative—turn for Canada.


Canada’s gift of liberty

May 10, 2015 by Gerard Triesman
A soldier with the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders distributes candy to citizens in the eastern Netherlands town of Bathmen on April 9, 1945. [LAC/PA-137908]

As a three-year-old, I had no real comprehension of the horrific circumstances in which I lived. The hand grenade, carelessly discarded by a Nazi soldier, attracted my attention. I was playing outside my home in the Netherlands in 1944 when I saw it lying on the patio. I picked it up and studied it for a moment. With its long wooden handle and round metal top, it resembled a potato masher.


Sweetest of springs

May 8, 2015 by Mark Zuehlke
Dutch civilians in Zwolle ride on a Universal Carrier of the Régiment de la Chaudière. [LAC/PA-136176]

The Second World War in Europe ended officially on May 7, 1945, with the unconditional surrender of all German forces. For the First Canadian Army, however, it had ended two days earlier. On May 5, German General Johannes Blaskowitz surrendered the 120,000-strong Twenty-Fifth Army to I Canadian Corps commander Lieutenant-General Charles Foulkes at Wageningen in the Netherlands. Almost simultaneously, at the German resort town of Bad Zwischenahn, II Canadian Corps’ Lieutenant- General Guy Simonds accepted General Erich von Straube’s surrender of about 93,000 troops in northwest Germany.


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Editorial: May/June 2015

June 17, 2015 by admin
Hot on the heels of his January appointment as Minister of Veterans Affairs, Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham, Ont., has made a series of announcements that appear to be aimed at fixing some of the more egregious gaps and controversies plaguing Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and the New Veterans Charter. Just in time for a federal election...

Editorial: March/April 2015

June 17, 2015 by admin
What is free speech? “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of...

Editorial: January/February 2015

June 17, 2015 by admin
With silent, steadfast resolve Wherever they gathered on Remembrance Day 2014, Canadians shared a heightened sense of resolve that again galvanized their will to never forget those who have died in the service of Canada. The horrific events in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.,—just a few weeks before November 11th—led to a surge of expression...

Microscopic medical robots offer hope

June 5, 2015 by Sharon Adams
HealthBig Headache? Take a couple of aspirin. Knees sore in the morning? Ditto. Pollen or dust stuffing up your nose? Pop an antihistamine. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar? Your doc will pull out the prescription...

Serving You: May/June 2015

June 5, 2015 by Legion Magazine
At The Royal Canadian Legion’s 45th Dominion Convention in 2014, a resolution was passed that allows a branch or district, with prior approval from its provincial command, to use poppy funds to cover costs associated with service dogs for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The amount is not to exceed 25 per cent of the total available in the poppy fund on Sept. 30 of the year preceding the...
Every three years, Legion Magazine asks its readers for feedback. This year’s response was overwhelming. We received almost twice as many responses as the 2012 survey and more than 35 per cent took the time to write...

B.C. team sweeps to victory

June 5, 2015 by Tom MacGregor
CurlingWeb “The teams were evenly matched. It could be any team winning any game,” said skip Andrew Hay of the Saskatchewan team....

No further deficit budgeting, DEC decides

June 5, 2015 by Legion Magazine
DECFeature Finances and membership were the focus of the Dominion Executive Council meeting Feb. 20-22 at Legion House in Ottawa. The 2015 budget underwent extensive revision, following the will of dominion convention. Savings were sought in every area of operations—staff, travel, equipment and supplies. To improve revenue, sponsors are being approached to help finance some programs...

Brass Hats in Red Tape

June 4, 2015 by Legion Magazine
Brass Hats in Red Tape By Wilfrid Bovey February 1954 The task of the officers responsible for the administration of the Canadian troops in Britain in the early days of the First World War was complicated by enough red tape to tie us all up in knots. The over-riding factor was that the only...

New crises dominate defence conference

June 4, 2015 by Adam Day
CDABig he world is dangerous and money is short; finding the correct response to the threats is difficult, complicated, and the people tasked with managing the defence and security of Western nations are feeling the pressure....
In early February, Legion House in Kanata, Ont., was the site of a high-level gathering of stakeholders on veterans’ issues. Put together by the Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) as a part of its 2015 series of roundtable discussions, the event was centred on presentations by Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent and National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsman Gary Walbourne, followed by a...

Home front stories added to War Museum gallery

June 4, 2015 by Tom MacGregor
A small teddy bear that would not cover the palm of an adult’s hand is one of the more touching artifacts in a new permanent exhibit at the Canadian War Museum in...

Eye On Defence: May/June

June 4, 2015 by David J. Bercuson
BercussonBig The second Minsk Agreement to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine, signed in mid-February 2015, may or may not hold up, but the entire mess in Ukraine will not be resolved until the North Atlantic Treaty Organization does a sharp U-turn on the unilateral disarmament it has been engaged in for close to a...
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