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Wreath bearers from Rockheights Middle School take part in a moment of silence. Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

Bridging the generation gap – No Stone Left Alone

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ It was another mission accomplished for Rockheights Middle School students and their annual quest to ensure the sacrifices of Canada’s war dead are remembered. On Nov. 2, approximately 150 Grade 6 and 7 students fanned out across God’s Acre Veterans Cemetery and placed poppies on the over 2,000 gravesites at the […]

A crew member takes advantage of the nice weather to work out on the bridge wing.

Maintaining work/life balance at sea during Operation Caribbe

Capt Jenn Jackson, Operation Caribbe PAO ~ When deployed on ship, sailors live in the same place as they work. While there is a regular watch rotation in place, it can become far too easy to allow work time to blend into rest time, until it feels as though life at sea has become an endless […]

HMCS Edmonton makes drug bust

HMCS Edmonton makes drug bust

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ The crew of HMCS Edmonton overcame a malfunctioning propulsion system to help seize approximately 750kg of cocaine during a drug bust in the Eastern Pacific last week. “My crew overcame amazing odds for this interdiction,” says Lieutenant-Commander Kristina Gray, Commanding Officer of HMCS Edmonton. “This was not only a first for […]

Lieutenant Roberta MacAdams – a true trail blazer

Lieutenant Roberta MacAdams – a true trail blazer

Michelle Savage, Army Public Affairs ~ You may not know her name, but Lieutenant Roberta Catherine MacAdams improved the dietary health and healing of men and women during the First World War, and also helped pave the way for women in Canadian politics. Women were not allowed to serve in combat roles during the First World […]

Multi-talented craftsman volunteer, Ben Schwartz, puts the finishing touches to the bouncing bomb replica at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada in Nanton, Alberta. Schwartz also designed and built the mounts for the bomb on the museum’s Lancaster. Photo by John Chalmers

Museum’s bouncing bomb replica

John Chalmers, Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame ~ “We have the only Lancaster in the world equipped with a bouncing bomb,” said Dan Fox, vice-president of the Nanton Lancaster Society, which operates the Bomber Command Museum of Canada, at Nanton, Alberta.   Fox was referring to the museum’s replica bouncing bomb, or “Upkeep” as the original […]

Bells of Peace will ring

Bells of Peace will ring

Tom MacGregor, Legion Magazine ~ The Royal Canadian Legion will mark the centennial of the end of the First World War with the solemn sound of church bells ringing in communities throughout Canada on Nov. 11. “The Dominion Executive Council wanted us to find a way to appropriately mark the centennial of the Armistice,” said Deputy […]

Maria Singson’s winning entry Behind the Wall, Senior Black and White Poster category.

Great-grandfather inspires art

Stephen J. Thorne, Legion magazine ~ Meghan (Maria) Singson is heading to York University this fall to study philosophy. It’s only natural, then, that the graduate of Francis Libermann Catholic High School in Scarborough, Ont., brings depth and impact to her art. A self-described casual artist, Singson, 18, won the senior black and white poster category […]

Petty Officer Brian Whitman (left) and Leading Seaman Lorne Lee (right) from HMCS Yellowknife do some heavy lifting. Photo by MS Robin Moncrief

ReStore gets naval help

MS Robin Moncrief, HMCS Yellowknife ~ The crews of HMCS Yellowknife and HMCS Whitehorse spent Saturday Oct. 27 giving back to the community by volunteering their time and muscles at the Grand Opening of the third ReStore located at 50 Burnside Road West. Petty Officer First Class Brian Whitman has a long history of volunteering with […]

With meticulous care, Beurling chalks up his “kills” on the fuselage of his Spitfire.

The short heroic life of Buzz Beurling

Don Gillmor, Legion Magazine ~ George (Buzz) Beurling was credited with 31½ “kills” in the Second World War, more than any other Canadian pilot, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, Distinguished Flying Cross and two Distinguished Flying Medals. He was a gifted pilot, a superb marksman and fearless in battle. He died young, at 26. […]

Retired Canadian Army Major Gary Del Vallano works on a project for Royal United Services Institute Vancouver Island (RUSI-VI) at his home in Victoria. Del Vllano, 80, enjoyed a 38-year military career and is the director of RUSI-VI Military Oral History program. Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout

Oral history archive bridging gap between young and old

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A joint research initiative connecting university history students with veterans and currently serving military members continues to write new chapters in Canadian military history. Royal United Services Institute Vancouver Island (RUSI-VI) oversees the Military Oral History program involving third-year students at the University of Victoria. Students are assigned topics in early […]