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Eye On Defence: July/August

July 7, 2015 by David J. Bercuson
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New minister needs a new defence strategy
Figuring out where Canadian defence policy and priorities are going in this post-Afghanistan era has become exceedingly difficult.

For one thing, defence policy is supposedly still being guided by the Canada First Defence Strategy (CFDS), which was first announced some seven years ago and which is, in many respects, considerably obsolete. To take just one example, it lists one of Canada’s top defence priorities as providing security for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics! Work on a revised CFDS was underway as recently as last spring under a blanket of secrecy, but there is no sign that it will appear any time soon.

Travelling About

Travelling About: July/August 2015

July 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
[Scooter Korek]

1. Visit Halifax for Canada’s largest annual military event The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is a festival of military music, dancing, parades and workshops held every year in picturesque Halifax. In addition to Canadian Armed Forces musicians and pipes and drums, there will be performance teams from as far away as Estonia, France, Germany,…

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Friendly fire incident investigated

July 1, 2015 by Adam Day
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Beginning in Iraq, the lingering mystery about the exact events that led to the death of Canadian Special Operations Regiment Sergeant Andrew Doiron at the hands of allied Kurdish peshmerga forces has been mostly resolved with the release of a highly redacted report into the event.

On This Date

On This Date: July 2015

July 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
Street scene with Canadian soldiers and French civilians. [LAC/PA-162665]

JULY 1, 1934
Commodore Percy W. Nelles becomes the first Canadian-born Chief of the Naval Staff.
JULY 2, 1885
The Northwest Rebellion ends with the surrender of Big Bear, and with it, the nomadic life of the Cree.

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On This Date: August 2015

August 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
[LAC/PA-135908] AUGUST 1, 1990 Iraq invades Kuwait. Canada sends a naval task group. AUGUST 2, 1914 Germany invades Luxembourg, has mobilized 1.5 million men. AUGUST 3, 2005 Canada’s last surviving First World War veteran, Ernest “Smokey” Smith, VC,...

The detached battalion

July 31, 2015 by Terry Copp
CoppFeature In the Battle of Frezenberg, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry would give no...

An unaffordable loss

July 24, 2015 by Legion Magazine
MilnerFeature The sinking of HMCS Ottawa triggered a shift in the navy’s priorities The battle for convoy ON-127 was effectively over on Sept. 13, 1942, when HMCS Ottawa made contact in poor visibility with the relief destroyers about 400 miles east of Newfoundland. The RCN’s official history recorded Lieutenant Tom Pullen’s memory of that moment. “All was tranquil,” recalled Pullen. “The sea lay calm beneath a starry sky and the familiar swishing sounds of our bow wave fell gently away from the shoulders of the...

56th Quebec convention

July 12, 2015 by Tom MacGregor
Finances dominate Quebec Command convention Quebec Command delegates showed their support for getting the command back on a solid financial footing when delegates met in Laval for the 56th Quebec Command Convention May...
An officer with the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve examines the papers of a Japanese-Canadian fisherman in Steveston, B.C., in December 1941. DND/LAC/PA-170503   Author J.L. Granatstein says YES. Author Pamela Sugiman says NO. Granatstein has written dozens of books, including Who Killed Canadian History? and Canada’s Army: Waging War and Keeping the Peace. He is a former director...

Serving You: July/August 2015

July 5, 2015 by Legion Magazine
Many members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and their families appreciate the work being done by The Royal Canadian Legion on behalf of military veterans and their families, but few RCMP members realize the important work the Legion does on their...

49th Ontario convention

July 4, 2015 by Tom MacGregor
Support for homeless veterans continues in Ontario Ontario Command’s efforts for homeless veterans continued to garner strong support from the 575 delegates attending the 49th Ontario Command Convention, May 9-13, in Niagara...

Cracks In The System

July 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
cracks3   A litany of complaints about Veterans Affairs Canada’s treatment of veterans has led to a ‘veterans’ revolt.’ Can new leadership at VAC inspire a culture shift, or should the system be rebuilt from the ground up?   By Sharon Adams and Adam Day  |  Photography By Louie Palu   The scar along retired...

Q & A with Minister O’Toole

July 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
Minister of Veterans Affairs Erin O’Toole ADAM DAY  For the french version, click here On April 23, Legion Magazine’s editorial staff met with Minister of Veterans Affairs Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham, for a discussion of issues related to Veterans Affairs Canada. This is the full interview:   Legion Magazine: You are...
DartsFeature The camaraderie was amazing and the darts were flying at Cloverdale Branch in Surrey, B.C., as the branch played host to the Dominion Command Darts Championships on May...
CribbageFeature It was a great weekend of camaraderie and cards in Spruce Grove, Alta., at the Dominion Command Cribbage Championships, held April 24-26. On Saturday morning, Spruce Grove Branch hosted the tournament’s opening ceremony, with Spruce Grove Mayor Stuart Houston giving the opening address. “May your cards turn up so you can avoid the skunk...

Victory over Japan

July 1, 2015 by Mark Zuehlke
Kisses and hugs are shared by Canadian military personnel in Ottawa on hearing of Japan’s surrender in August 1945. [LAC/C-003226] Canada’s Pacific War contributions may have been relatively minor, but our sacrifices were no less vital   On Aug. 9, 1945, some 700 prisoners of war—including 166 Canadians—were working as slave labourers in the Omine coal mine on Japan’s Kyushu Island. The mine was situated about 160 kilometres northeast of Nagasaki. At about 10...

John McCrae statue honours veterans

July 1, 2015 by Tom MacGregor
The Canadian doctor who penned the poem “In Flanders Fields” in the midst of one of the bitterest battles of the First World War has been commemorated in Ottawa with a statue. The statue of Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae was unveiled May 3 during a ceremony in Green Island Park to mark the centennials of the writing of...
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