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About Michael Barbour

Michael K. Barbour is Associate Professor of Instructional Design for the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University California. He has been involved with K-12 online learning in a variety of countries for well over a decade as a researcher, teacher, course designer and administrator. Michael's research focuses on the effective design, delivery and support of K-12 online learning, particularly for students located in rural jurisdictions.

Canadian kids learn of RAF’s rich history

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Canadian kids learn of RAF’s rich history
Canadian kids learn of RAF’s rich history
Canadian kids learn of RAF’s rich history

Canadian kids learn of RAF’s rich history

Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne

 

The Jack Tars of the Royal Navy may have ruled the seven seas in the 19th century, but Royal Air Force pilots owned the skies over Britain in the 20th.

Indeed, Britain’s “finest hour,” as Prime Minister Winston Churchill called it, came mainly thanks to RAF pilots, whose staunch defence and willing sacrifice against overwhelming odds dealt Hitler his first defeat, stopped his western advance in its tracks and bought Allied nations the time they needed to win the Second World War in Europe.

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July/August 2018 issue is now available!

July/August 2018 issue is now available!

The July/August 2018 issue of Legion Magazine is out today! Look for it on newsstands or check your mailbox if you subscribe already. Features include:

FOUR SOLDIERS, FOUR BATTLES
In the final 100 days of the First World War, Canada was called again and again to lead the offensive

DAM WARFARE
How a terror group used the apocalyptic properties of water in its global war

ATTACK ON ASSORO
On one of the toughest missions in the Allied invasion of Sicily, Canadians seized the pinnacle of Monte Assoro

And so much more…

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“Canadian Woods” by artist Jennifer Morse

“The sky in autumn is bluer than at any other time of year. On a perfect day in October, maple leaves are fluorescent against the sky. I woke up to that one morning two years ago. I dragged an 8″ x 4″board into the woods, piled tubes of paints at my feet and started mixing and layering colours. The sunlight illuminated the leaves. It was like a cathedral, with light streaming through red, orange, gold, lime and blue stained glass. I didn’t realize my feet were soaked until dusk forced me to stop. The next day the leaves fell.”

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This week in history
This Week in History

July 18, 1814

British forces evacuate Fort Mackinac in Michigan following the signing of the Treaty of Ghent. The Americans re-occupy the fort.

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Will you be joining us for #GivingInJuly?

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Sponsor a $15 veterans wreath to be placed on National Wreaths Across America Day – December 15, 2018. You will not only honor the service and sacrifice of an American hero, but $5 will go to our Giving in July Partners programs. Each nonprofit provides vital support to our military community and their families.

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Travis Manion Foundation
TMF is uniting communities to strengthen America’s national character. In an increasingly divisive cultural climate, we unite and strengthen communities. Our nation needs role models that inspire and we should look no further than the civic assets already living in our communities. Veterans and families of the fallen are leading the charge, pushing us to be better versions of ourselves and improving our collective character. 
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The Maine Troop Greeters & Museum
The mission of the Maine Troop Greeters is to express the Nation’s (and our) gratitude and appreciation to the Troops, for those going overseas for a safe return and for those returning for a joyful homecoming and to make their (hopefully brief) stay in Bangor as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Additionally we will honor the trust placed in us by these troops by preserving and perpetuating the donations entrusted to our care, through display, education and sharing of these collections.
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Honor and Remember
The organization Honor and Remember pays tribute to all military lives lost, not only while serving on active duty but also as a result of serving. Military deaths in all wars or conflicts and all branches of service from our nation’s inception are recognized.
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America’s Mighty Warriors
Debbie Lee founded America’s Mighty Warriors, after her son Marc was the first Navy SEAL to be killed in Iraq on August 2, 2006. In Marc’s Last Letter Home, he asked for friends and family to “pass on the love and kindness and precious gift of human life.” Since then, America’s Mighty Warriors has been fighting to support our troops, the fallen and their families and to work with like-minded organizations to do the same.
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The Gary Sinise Foundation
The Gary Sinise Foundation was established under the philanthropic direction of a forty-year advocate for our nation’s defenders, actor Gary Sinise. Its outreach supports those who sacrifice to defend our country: active duty, veterans, first responders, and their loved ones.
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Dear MICHAEL K BARBOUR  Barbour,

Thank you for being a part of Canada’s rich military history. It’s because of people like you that military history is alive and well in Canada! Because you are a valued reader of Legion Magazine, we are giving you a $5 reward off your next purchase in our SHOP to be used anytime before July 31, 2018.

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New Charter Members | Canadians in Tech | Community Spotlight

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12 July 2018
C100 announces 3 new Charter Members
C100 Charter Members are thought leaders mostly residing in the San Francisco Bay Area (~80%) and Canada (~20%). Our Charter Members are the volunteer network that provide connections, thought leadership, and patriotic passion to C100’s mission and programs. They are accomplished Canadians who work in technology as successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives and venture capitalists. This year, we welcome Lara Cumberland, Robson Grieve, and Irv Remedios!
July 12th —Palo Alto
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CiT is an evening event hosted every month to celebrate all things Canadian and all things tech. Whether you live in the Bay Area or you’re just visiting, we welcome you to join us this evening, July 12th, for some drinks and good conversation—you’ll be in good company! This is a ticketed event, so please RSVP below if you wish to attend.
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Community Spotlight
Cristian Villamarin—Co-founder @ Flipd
48Hrs June 2018 Alum

Cristian’s digital wellness startup, Flipd, aims to promote healthy screen habits among those of us who are overly-attached to our mobile devices. His discipline toward productivity and leading a well-balanced lifestyle is the reason why in his off-time as a founder, he competes in the Ironman—of the the most difficult triathlons.

Cristian writes a thoughtful piece comparing the founder journey with the gruelling experience training for and completing in the Ironman race. It’s a refreshing and honest reflection that contrasts with headlines that laud overnight successes and the glamour of the startup world. Read it here.

What’s happening in Canada?
MaRS, Canadian’s largest innovation hub, is hunting for a second office as Toronto’s tech scene gets hotter. Article
Cybersecurity risks could slow global innovation and cost $3 trillion USD in lost economic value come 2020. Deloitte report says Canada is short on cybersecurity talent; urges schools and businesses to educate and train talent. Full Report
Flinks, a Canadian fintech company and recent 48Hrs alum, just closed its $1.75M seed round. Congratulations to the team! Article
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The Fight for Italy | 75th Anniversary

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Reinhard Hardegen: Last of the U-boat aces

Reinhard Hardegen: Last of the U-boat aces

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

He ranked No. 24 on the list of Germany’s Second World War U-boat aces but, in sheer chutzpah, few could compare with Reinhard Hardegen. In a service in which 784 of 1,156 unterseeboots ended up at the bottom of the ocean, and 28,000 of 40,900 crew were killed, Korvettenkapitän Hardegen was more than a survivor.

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Attack on Assoro

Attack on Assoro

Story by Mark Zuehlke

Seventy-five years ago, in the early morning darkness of July 10, 1943, more than 2,500 vessels stood off the coast of Sicily ready to launch the largest amphibious operation in history. #LestWeForget

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The Fight for Italy

The Fight for Italy
Written by Mark Zuehlke
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The Fight for Italy is packed with compelling stories, stunning photos and detailed maps about the Italian Campaign waged by Allied forces from July 1943 to February 1945. More than 92,000 Canadians served in Italy and more than 5,700 died, but the campaign was largely overshadowed by the invasion of Normandy. Now, more than 70 years after the critical Allied victories on Sicily and the Italian mainland, The Fight for Italy will take you back to relive those battles.

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This week in history
This Week in History

July 10, 1940

The Battle of Britain begins.

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Dear MICHAEL K BARBOUR  Barbour,

Thank you for being a part of Canada’s rich military history. It’s because of people like you that military history is alive and well in Canada! Because you are a valued reader of Legion Magazine, we are giving you a $5 reward off your next purchase in our SHOP to be used anytime before July 31, 2018.

To use the $5 reward, simply enter the coupon code: REWARD2 at checkout. Minimum purchase must be $10 before shipping and taxes.

Please have a look at the latest Legion Magazine SHOP items below that may be of interest to you:

Best Deal! Ten under Ten!
Best-Selling 5-Volume Set!
O Canada | Readers Top Choice!
NEW First World War Centenary Mailing Labels!

Backstage with the Canadian Snowbirds on Canada Day 🇨🇦

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The Snowbirds backstage
The Snowbirds backstage
The Snowbirds backstage

The Snowbirds backstage

Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne

 

It’s July 1. Nine pilots are seated around the table in a small boardroom at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport, 18 kilometres from Parliament Hill as the snowbird flies. The room is a sea of Canadian red, for these are the iconic Canadian Forces Snowbirds, 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, and this is Canada Day 2018.

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July/August 2018 issue is now available!

July/August 2018 issue is now available!

The July/August 2018 issue of Legion Magazine is out today! Look for it on newsstands or check your mailbox if you subscribe already. Features include:

FOUR SOLDIERS, FOUR BATTLES
In the final 100 days of the First World War, Canada was called again and again to lead the offensive

DAM WARFARE
How a terror group used the apocalyptic properties of water in its global war

ATTACK ON ASSORO
On one of the toughest missions in the Allied invasion of Sicily, Canadians seized the pinnacle of Monte Assoro

And so much more…

READ MORE

O Canada Posters!

O CANADA POSTERS!
Available in English, French and bilingual
Featured Poster | $29.95 to $44.95

O Canada is Canada’s national anthem. It represents all Canadians and all corners of our country. Display your Canadian pride by displaying one or more of our new O Canada posters in your home or workplace.

“Canadian Woods” by artist Jennifer Morse

“The sky in autumn is bluer than at any other time of year. On a perfect day in October, maple leaves are fluorescent against the sky. I woke up to that one morning two years ago. I dragged an 8″ x 4″board into the woods, piled tubes of paints at my feet and started mixing and layering colours. The sunlight illuminated the leaves. It was like a cathedral, with light streaming through red, orange, gold, lime and blue stained glass. I didn’t realize my feet were soaked until dusk forced me to stop. The next day the leaves fell.”

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This week in history
This Week in History

July 6, 1942

Anne Frank (pictured here in 1940) and her family hide in a secret annex in a workplace in Amsterdam. Discovered two years later by the Gestapo, they are sent to Auschwitz.

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