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Winner of three major awards at the 2017 Canadian Online Publishing Awards! Last week at the 2017 Canadian Online Publishing Awards in Toronto, Canvet Publications Ltd. (publisher of Legion Magazine and Canada’s Ultimate Story) was named the 2017 Independent Publisher of the Year! The award was announced following two gold awards on the same night:…

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Using nano technology to heal wounds

November 17, 2017 by Sharon Adams

For more than 150 years, troops have known the abbreviation TNT has stood for an explosive that can wound and kill. In the future, they may instead recognize it as something that can heal wounds, save limbs and regenerate injured brains. Researchers at Ohio State University are ready to begin human trials of a new…

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Is it time for Canada to get anti-ballistic missiles?

November 17, 2017 by David J. Bercuson

With North Korea launching two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) over the summer and the continuation of its nuclear development program, many observers believe that the “hermit kingdom,” as it is often called, is within 18 months of being able to deploy nuclear-tipped ICBMs aimed at the continental United States. This crisis spans some four presidencies,…

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November 15, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne

Remembrance Day has passed. Now remember this: Without a comprehensive plan to re-equip the Canadian Armed Forces for the challenges that lie ahead, our soldiers, sailors and aircrew are placed at an unfair and unnecessary disadvantage. The money has been promised—all $62.3 billion of it—but spending it won’t be so easy for the Department of…

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Remembrance Day at the National War Memorial

November 10, 2017 by Legion Magazine
Coverage ended. Watch the full stream above. Watch The Royal Canadian Legion’s Live Steam at the National War Memorial here and Tweet to us @Legion_Magazine Tweets by Legion_Magazine  ...

Survey shows improved satisfaction with VAC

November 10, 2017 by Sharon Adams
Veterans seem to be happier with most aspects of service from Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), but the department’s 2017 national client survey shows continuing dissatisfaction with some services and benefits.  VAC surveyed 1,508 veterans in proportionally representative samples of each group of its 177,149 clients, including those with and without case managers, war service...

Disinformation wars

November 8, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
Russian efforts at propaganda and disinformation are old hat to Latvians and the citizens of other Baltic states now under NATO protection, but Moscow’s current blitzkrieg of online false news and blistering political criticism still poses a formidable challenge. The strategic states on the Baltic Sea, their NATO allies and the world at large...

First World War Casualty Rates (Infographic)

November 7, 2017 by Legion Magazine
Lest We Forget. Legion Magazine has designed an infographic to help show the estimated casualty rate per country in the First World War. Infographic designed by Julia Paddick.  Have you seen the latest issue of Canada’s Ultimate Story, available in our online...

Their names live on

November 3, 2017 by Tom MacGregor
Story and photography by Tom MacGregor I found the name I was looking for on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres, Belgium, along the stairway where moments earlier school groups and regimental representatives had placed wreaths. The name, under the 44th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, was simply D.C. Bowes....

Work to do

November 3, 2017 by Legion Magazine
Seamus O’Regan, the former television host from Newfoundland and Labrador, was appointed as Canada’s Minister of Veterans Affairs on Aug. 28, replacing Kent Hehr. There have been some important changes to the New Veterans Charter since the last election that will improve the lives of many disabled veterans, but there is still plenty of...
On Sept. 29, 1941, Lieutenant-General Andrew McNaughton described the more than 124,000 Canadians in Britain as “a dagger pointed at the heart of Berlin.” It was, however, a dagger increasingly dulled by inaction. Knowing this, McNaughton attained authorization from Ottawa to commit troops to “minor” raids the British were beginning to organize. This authority...

Britain gives Franklin ships to Canada

November 1, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
On Saturday, May 24, 1845, the world’s first illustrated weekly newsmagazine, The Illustrated London News, ran a 996-word story hailing the launch of an expedition in search of a navigable sailing route across the Arctic linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Buried on page 328, the piece began with a poem that ends with...
On July 10, 1943, the 1st Canadian Infantry Division—about 18,000 men—stormed ashore in Sicily as part of Operation Husky and filed into the island’s mountainous heart. The division had been the first Canadians to deploy to Britain in December 1939. Now they marched to battle. As they pushed toward Mount Etna, German resistance stiffened,...

On this date: November 2017

October 31, 2017 by Legion Magazine
1 November 1914 Four recent graduates of the Royal Naval College of Canada are among those lost when Germany’s Asiatic Squadron sinks HMS Good Hope. They are Canada’s first naval casualties of the war. 2 November 1869 With a band of 120 armed men, Louis Riel occupies Fort Garry (now Winnipeg). 3 November 1997...

November/December 2017 issue now available!

October 30, 2017 by Legion Magazine
What’s inside?   THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION A collision between two ships in Halifax Harbour in 1917 sets off an explosion unrivalled until the atomic bomb THE WOUNDED These Canadian soldiers wounded in Afghanistan returned home to face the fight of their lives THE CINDERELLA CAMPAIGN Taking back the French Channel ports was critical to...

A war story told in flowers and scents

October 25, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
As he crossed the battlefields of France in 1915 and 1916, George Stephen Cantlie, a colonel in the 42nd Battalion, Royal Highlanders of Canada, picked flowers and sent them with simple notes to his baby daughter Celia in Montreal. Almost a century later, those handwritten letters and flowers emerged in a red satin-covered box...

The prince with a common touch

October 16, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
Mike Trauner was a prisoner in his own home until a few inspiring words from Prince Henry of Wales, better known as Harry, set him free. As a master corporal with 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, Trauner lost both legs and sustained other major wounds in a 2008 double bomb blast in Afghanistan. In...
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