Canada’s contributions to the world

Note the items related to the Korean War, first aid during World War I, the Cold War and Pugwash, and the conflict in Afghanistan in this newsletter.


Plus: Hope Amid the Ruins, Peace in Pugwash and First Aid
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Reserve your spot and ride the rails! Heritage of Halifax and the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
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Charles Best (left) and Frederick Banting (right).

Made in Canada — Insulin

Frederick Banting, Charles Best, and James Bertram Collip perfected the extraction of insulin leading to a treatment for people with diabetes. Watch now

Canadian light infantry on board a ship for Korea.

Korea: 1951

It is known as the “Forgotten War,” but Canada’s role in Korea should be anything but forgotten. Read more

Canadian Joe Boyle with the Queen and Princess of Romania.

First Aid

Old-fashioned chivalry drove one Canadian’s heroic efforts to help Romania after the First World War. Originally published in February 2012Read more

Group photo with participants of the Pugwash conference.

Pugwash Gives Peace a Chance

Visitors to the small village of Pugwash, Nova Scotia, might not imagine that in the midst of the Cold War it played host to one of the most important scientific conferences of the era. Originally published in October 2007Read more

Writer Matthew Fisher in Afghanistan.

Hope Amid the Ruins

A veteran foreign correspondant in Afghanistan reports on Canada’s role in rebuilding the war-torn nation. Originally published in April 2012Read more

Emmanuel Jal, left, with Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire (retired).

Marching Orders

By Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire (retired): Perhaps the most powerful demonstration of true statesmanship and forward-thinking leadership to which we could commit ourselves as a country would be taking on the reform of the United Nations. Read more

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