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October Crisis! – Memories Wanted!

An item from the Legion Magazine.


October Crisis
Front Lines
Rise in military contracting hides human, monetary costs

Rise in military contracting hides
human, monetary costs

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

The United States military is spending an escalating proportion of its massive budget on contractors with little accountability for where and how the money is spent, says a new report.

The practice opens doors to overspending and corruption and hides war’s true costs, both monetary and human, says the report from Brown’s University’s Costs of War project, based in Providence, Rhode Island.

The Pentagon handed contractors US$370 billion last year alone—more than half the total U.S. defence budget of $676 billion and a whopping 164 per cent more than it spent in 2001 when it launched the post-9/11 war on terror, says the document written by Heidi Peltier, a project director.

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Military Milestones
HMCS Labrador explores the Arctic

HMCS Labrador explores the Arctic

Story by Sharon Adams

Commissioned on July 8, 1954, HMCS Labrador was the first warship to sail across the Northwest Passage, returning to home port in Halifax via the Panama Canal, the first to circumnavigate North America in a single voyage.

But the Wind-class icebreaker’s biggest contributions were mapping the waterways and establishing Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic. At the time, it was feared U.S. icebreakers would move into the Arctic, jeopardizing Canada’s claims.

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This week in history
This week in history

July 10, 1940
The Battle of Britain begins.

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HearingLife Canada
Legion Magazine

Ordeal at sea ⚓️

An item from the Legion Magazine.


Military Milestones
The U-Boat Hunter

Ordeal at sea

Story by Sharon Adams

At 7 p.m. June 25, 1944, at the end of a 10-hour anti-submarine patrol that had taken them 400 kilometres north of Scotland’s Shetland Islands, RCAF Flight Lieutenant David Ernest Hornell and his crew of eight aboard Canso 9754 were thinking of returning to land.

The weather was turning bad, with low clouds and rough seas. Should they return to Scotland, or divert to Iceland, more than 800 kilometres away?

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Front Lines
The “Miracle of Dunkirk” came at high cost

Friend and foe depicted
anonymously in online exhibition

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

The art world is rife with paintings of old men. The halls of power, academia, galleries and museums are festooned with centuries’ worth of portraits of males who supposedly changed the world, a little or a lot.

So when it was suggested to artist Catherine Jones nearly 20 years ago that she start painting old men, she recoiled. That genre had been done to death, or so she thought.

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Stainless Steel Straw
This week in history
This week in history

June 25, 1950

The Korean War starts; nearly 27,000 Canadians serve, 1,558 are wounded, 516 die.

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Iris Advantage
Legion Magazine