High-tech exhibit brings War of 1812 brig to life

From the Legion Magazine.

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High-tech exhibit brings War of 1812 brig to life
High-tech exhibit brings War of 1812 brig to life
High-tech exhibit brings War of 1812 brig to life

War of 1812 ship on display

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

A high-tech exhibit in Welland, Ont, combines archeological material from the wreck of HMS General Hunter, on loan from the Bruce County Museum, with new augmented-reality and virtual-reality experiences. Headsets impart 3D reproductions of the ship and video animations of her in action, all based on her original blueprints.


Berton’s correspondent

Berton’s correspondent

Story by Don Gillmor

Lester Giffin was a private with the 85th Battalion at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917. In the years after that momentous battle, he felt its importance hadn’t been recognized by the general public, and in 1982, at the age of 89, he decided to remedy this by writing about Vimy himself when he heard that Canadian author Pierre Berton was planning to write a book about the battle.


Mother's Day Sale!
This week in history
This Week in History

April 19, 1978

Canadian forces arrive in Lebanon as part of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.


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Reminder – USNSCC Arkansas Division: Paradise on the Potomac

A reminder of this up-coming fundraiser for our cadet corps.

Friends in support of

Arkansas Division and Training Ship San Francisco

of the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps


An afternoon pier side – Hawaiian Style on the Historic Roosevelt Presidential Yacht

Paradise on the Potomac
Sunday, April 29th 2018
   3 – 5 pm

Silent Auction – Yacht Tour – Photo Opportunities – Aloha Tables – Learn the “Hoe Ana”

Pulled Pork Sliders – Paradise Punch – Bottled Water – Fresh Fruit – Delicious Desserts

4 Door Prize Drawings starting at 3:30 pm & continuing every 15 minutes thereafter.

Featuring Live Performance

Island Style – Kaitlynne and Katrin – Dancing Sisters’

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Ticket Donation $25.00 includes a FREE Opportunity Drawing Ticket

Do support the cadets with purchasing several tickets – bring a friend – pass the word.

You will be assisting them with training and uniforms needs.

For Tickets or Sponsorship: Contact Instructor Karen Freitas, USNSCC at seacadet@att.net or (209) 862-1371

By mail send check or money order payable to: Arkansas Division – Post Office Box 24902, Oakland California 94623-1902

Include a telephone number or email for ticket number confirmation.

The yacht is located at 540 Water Street – Jack London Square in Oakland

There is a parking garage for your convenience or street parking at your leisure.

Confirmation Tickets will be held at boarding starting at 2:45 pm – Dress Island Style for your comfort.

Canadian Women’s Club of the San Francisco Bay Area – Luncheon Series

On Wednesday, April 11, 2018, Colonel Fred Rutledge, President of the Royal Canadian Legion -San Francisco Branch 25 , spoke to the Canadian Women’s Club of the San Francisco Bay Area as a part of their monthly Luncheon Series.  Fred discussed with the group the rich history that the Royal Canadian Legion has in the Bay area.  Below are some pictures from the event.

Know your enemy

From the Legion Magazine.

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Know your enemy: Meet the crew of U-210

Know your enemy: Meet the crew of U-210

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

The senior surviving officer from U-210, a German U-boat sunk by HMCS Assiniboine in 1942, was despised by crewmates and Allied interrogators alike, a “fanatical Nazi” whose hubris quickly evaporated in a storm of fear and protest the moment he hit the icy waters of the North Atlantic.


Trench life

Trench life

Story by J.L. Granatstein

The Great War took more than 600,000 Canadians from all parts of the country and put them in uniform. The transition from civilian to soldier was not easy, and everyone had to learn much about military procedures and culture—uniforms, ranks, insignia, rations, weaponry, terminology—and, most important, adjust to the presence of aggression, violence and death.


Best Selling Vimy Ridge Mailing Labels!
This week in history
This Week in History

April 11, 1951

General Douglas MacArthur (holding binoculars) is replaced by General Matthew Ridgway as commander of the United Nations forces in Korea.


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CAN Barnes Lecture Apr 13

Note this event later today from a fellow Canadian organization in the Bay area.

Thomas Garden Barnes Lecture:April 13
Elizabeth May OC MP
Friday April 13, 3:00 PM
Can Canada claim climate leadership? Can the Paris Accord succeed in avoiding the worst of the climate crisis?
Speaker: Elizabeth May OC MP
Leader, Green Party of Canada
What role can Canada play to advance global climate goals, especially in 2018 as chair of the G7? As politics and governments change, Canada and the US have changed places, relatively speaking, on climate change. In Canada, global climate saboteur, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has been replaced by self-avowed climate champion, current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; in the US, Barack Obama has been replaced by Donald Trump. As A.A. Milne wrote of Two Bad Bears, “All of a sudden, just like us, one got better and the other gut wus.”
Despite the fact that Canada’s total emissions are only 2% of the global total, as saboteur, Canada was more effective than the US has been under Trump. Prime Minister Trudeau has made less of an impact on Canada’s domestic policies than one would imagine. Canada has not changed our NDC (nationally determined contribution), our target filed with the UNFCCC. It remains the same as under the Conservatives. Where does this leave the Paris Accord and our global pact to ensure emissions are cut such that global average temperature does not exceed 1.5 degrees C above what they were before the Industrial Revolution?”
About the Speaker:
Elizabeth May is the Leader of the Green Party of Canada and its first elected Member of Parliament, representing Saanich-Gulf Islands in southern Vancouver Island. Elizabeth is an environmentalist, writer, activist and lawyer, who has a long record as a dedicated advocate — for social justice, for the environment, for human rights, and for pragmatic economic solutions.
Born in Connecticut, she moved to Nova Scotia with her family in 1973. Elizabeth grew up working in her family’s small business, a restaurant and gift shop on the Cabot Trail. She first became known in the Canadian media in the mid-1970s, through her leadership as a volunteer in the grassroots movement against proposed aerial insecticide spraying on forests near her home on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Her efforts helped prevent aerial insecticide spraying from ever occurring in Nova Scotia.
Years later, she and a local group of residents went to court to prevent herbicide spraying. They won a temporary injunction in 1982 to hold off the spray programme, but after two years, the case was eventually lost. In the course of the litigation, her family sacrificed their home and seventy acres of land in an adverse court ruling to Scott Paper. However, by the time the judge ruled the chemicals were safe, the export of dangerous 2,4,5-T herbicides from the U.S had been banned. The forests of Nova Scotia were spared being the last areas in Canada to be sprayed with Agent Orange.
Her early volunteer work also included successful campaigns to prevent approval of uranium mining in Nova Scotia, and extensive work on energy policy issues, primarily opposing nuclear energy.
About the Event:
The 2018 Thomas Garden Barnes Lecture is presented by Canadian Studies and co-sponsored by the Institute of Governmental Studies. Talk from 3:00 to 4:30 PM, IGS Library, 109 Moses Hall. A reception will follow the lecture in 223 Moses Hall from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Free, and open to everyone. Registration is requested via Eventbrite.
109 Moses Hall (IGS Library)
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Co-Sponsored by the Institute of Governmental Studies
Spring 2018
Colloquium Series
Free | Open to Everyone
223 Moses Hall
Friday April 27, 5:00 PM
The Influence of Immigration on Tourism – The Case of Canada
Prof. Frederic Dimanche (Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ryerson University)
Co-Sponsored by the Tourism Studies Working Group
Colloquium events are free, and open to everyone. No ticket or RSVP is required.
The Canadian Studies Colloquium Series is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Consulate General of Canada San Francisco | Silicon Valley
Canadian Studies Program
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