‘Snowmageddon’​​​​​​​ and the military’s role in fighting disasters

An item from the Legion Magazine.

Legion Magazine
Front Lines
Snowmageddon’ and the CAF’s role in fighting disasters

‘Snowmageddon’ and the military’s role in fighting disasters

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

Twenty-three years ago, on Jan. 13, 1999, Toronto was under siege. More than 118 centimetres of snow had fallen since Jan. 2 in what became known as “Snowmageddon.”

With the latest dump of 27 centimetres, then-mayor Mel Lastman called his second emergency in 10 days and, with that, appealed to defence minister Art Eggleton, himself a former Toronto mayor, for military relief.


Canada and the liberation of the Netherlands
Military Milestones
Ottawa’s exiled princess

Ottawa’s exiled princess

Story by Sharon Adams

The Nazis invaded the Netherlands on May 10, 1940, intent on capturing the royal family and stamping out resistance.

Queen Wilhelmina, her daughter Juliana, son-in-law Bernhard and two granddaughters fled to England. Wilhelmina headed her government-in-exile in England. Her weekly radio broadcasts kept hope alive among the Dutch people suffering under the Nazi jackboot. The Dutch planted orange flowers everywhere as a symbol of resistance and to show their allegiance to the crown, even under occupation.


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