Scientists claim to have solved mystery of Gulf War illness

An item from the Legion Magazine.

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Scientists claim to have solved mystery of Gulf War illness


A team of American scientists claims to have solved the mystery of Gulf War illness in a detailed genetic study that points the finger of blame at sarin nerve gas.

The researchers at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s epidemiology division in Dallas not only found that veterans exposed to sarin during the Persian Gulf War were more likely to develop problems associated with the illness, they also discovered the risk was regulated by a gene that can enable some people’s bodies to better break down the nerve agent.



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The Parliament bombing of 1966

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The Parliament bombing of 1966


On May 18, 1966, a lone man left the public galleries of the House of Commons during a debate and went to the men’s washroom on the third floor. Then he lit the fuse on a dynamite bomb.

But Paul Joseph Chartier had miscalculated exactly how long it would take the wick to burn. Instead of his likely intended victims—politicians on the floor of the House—the 44-year-old accidentally blew himself up.



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War Graves Week is nearly here – book now! ⏰

An item from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission that may be of interest to some members.

War Graves Week is nearly here!

Learn about the ordinary people who faced extraordinary times and who you could have been, and book your free place at an event.

Your reminder that our second annual War Graves Week begins this Friday 21st May and there’s still time for you to join us and take part! This year we explore the stories of the everyday men and women just like you, who through their actions and work truly did the extraordinary.

We are running a fantastic free programme of special talks, tours and events taking place across the UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Malta throughout the week.

Many events are taking place at CWGC cemeteries and monuments and we will also be popping up at select locations across the UK, so come and show your support.

Check in regularly to see what free events are happening near you by clicking below.

Book Your Free Place At A War Graves Week Event
Visit our new website experience Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times to learn about the stories of ordinary men and women from five key industries who made their mark on history – and find out who you could have been.

Click below to start your experience and meet some of the people we commemorate – then share your story.

Discover Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times

If there aren’t any events or tours near you, then not to worry, marking War Graves Week can be as simple as visiting your local cemetery and memorial.

With over 1.7 million casualties commemorated at 23,000 locations in more than 150 countries around the world, including over 300,000 commemorated across the UK, there is more than likely a Commonwealth war grave on your doorstep. Use our dedicated CWGC War Graves App to search for war graves near you.

Whatever you’re doing during War Graves Week, remember to share your visits and experiences with us on social media during the week – don’t forget to use the hashtag #ExtraordinaryTimes to add your voice and show your support.
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The Legion Dispatch – May 2022

An update from Dominion Command to its branches (note that items only relevant to branch executive or for Canadian branches have been removed).

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In this edition – May 2022
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Is your Branch open? As pandemic restrictions begin to ease, let us know if your Branch is currently open to members and the public.
If you responded previously, please take the survey again so we can see how Branches are doing as the pandemic evolves.
Canada’s Veterans deserve action
The Legion urges the federal government to intensify its actions to support Canada’s Veterans. Read the Legion’s latest responses to the condo development at Juno Beach and the backlog in disability claims with Veterans Affairs Canada.
Promote the work of Legion Services Officers
The Legion offers important programs and services to Veterans and their families, but many Canadians don’t know about them or how to get support through a Legion Service Officer.
Help promote the essential work our Services Officers provide. Share this video with your members, Veterans and your community and let them know we are here to help!
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Learn more about the work we do here.
The Legion sponsors the RCAF Run and Navy Bike Ride
The Royal Canadian Legion is sponsoring both the RCAF Run and the Navy Bike Ride, raising funds for the RCAF Centennial Fund, the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund, Support Our Troops and Soldier On.
Let your members know that registration for both events is now open. It’s a great way to get active and help support our troops!
RCAF Run  ‣(May 28–June 19)!
(Use discount code LEGIONFRIEND for 20% off!)
Navy Bike Ride  ‣(June 12–August 7)
The Royal Canadian Legion is proud to support the Navy Bike Ride’s Remembrance Row. This moving virtual feature showcases veterans who have passed as a way to honour loved ones that served. Learn more.
Poppy Trademark – Poppy crosswalks are not authorized
Did you know… The Remembrance Poppy may never be placed where it can be trod upon, such as on crosswalks, pathways, or tiles on the floor. The Poppy must always be displayed in a way that respects its sacred symbol of Remembrance.
See the attached educational flyer for Branches that highlights important information about the Poppy trademark, and requirements for use.
Download the flyer  ‣
Please direct public inquiries to:
A renewal reminder will be mailed to 26,000 members in May. Renewal reminder emails also continue to be sent to lapsed members with an email on file.
Collecting member renewals is a great opportunity to confirm or add a member’s email address to their member profile. Make sure your members don’t miss out on the latest news and member opportunities! You can update a member profile online, or use this Excel template to share member emails with Member Services.
+ Membership Outstanding Per Capita Tax Amounts
Branches can find their current branch balance for per capita tax on the home page of your Branch profile once logged in to the Member Services Website.
A balance in brackets ($205.00) indicates that your Branch has an outstanding amount owing. Outstanding balances can be paid by cheque or by credit card over the phone. Please contact Member Services if you have any questions.
+ Automated telemarketing renewal calling campaign
Canada Direct is running an automated campaign April through early June, sending a pre-recorded phone message to approximately 29,000 lapsed members to remind them to renew their Legion membership. If the member is not home, a message will be left encouraging them to renew. Listen to the recordings:
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+ Legion membership is growing!
Here’s how you can continue to help with this growth:

  • Reach out and welcome new members who join your branch within the first 30 days
  • Collect and share member emails and phone numbers within the membership system
  • Ensure you are processing memberships at least monthly
  • Promote the free year Veterans Welcome and Veterans Family Welcome Programs to non-members
  • Promote our free MemberPerks® program to all members
  • Feel free to reach out to Member Services with any questions – we are here to help all and especially new Membership Chairs!
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Public Relations Officers Updates
Branch Public Relations Officers have expressed an interest in receiving Legion Headquarters’ monthly update of public relations activities at the national level, which is sent to all Provincial Command PROs. The most recent issue is now available on the Member Services Website for Branches to access and will be updated monthly.
PR Tip of the Month
Practice replies
If you know media are likely to reach out about an issue – even a non-controversial one – create a few key questions, and practice accurate replies. Don’t memorize, just know how to explain. These short steps will add to your confidence when they call. .
Have questions or need advice? Contact your Command Public Relations Officer or Nujma Bond, Dominion Command Communications at
Your Legion calendar
May brings the anniversary of the National War Memorial (1939) and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (2000).
Learn about these and other important dates you can promote or organize activities for.
Download the 2022 calendar  ‣
MemberPerks®: Exclusive offers and preferred pricing through Venngo
MemberPerks® is more than a member benefit package. It’s also a tool Branches can use to promote membership. Plus, you can partner with local businesses in your community to offer exclusive discounts for your members.
Learn more  ‣
Partner promotions
The following is brought to you by our partners, highlighting special offers and other information.
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Maple Leaf Route Webinar – Jeff Noakes on Canada and the Second World War at Sea

These online events may be of interest to some members.  Note that the first one is scheduled for tomorrow.

Aaaaaaand we’re back for season 2!
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The Maple Leaf Route Webinar Series is Back!


Canada and the Second World War at Sea

18 May @ 7:30 pm ET

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Active on many fronts during the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Navy played its best-known and arguably most crucial role in helping to keep Allied shipping lanes open in the Atlantic. Meanwhile, Canadian merchant ships and merchant sailors transported vital supplies to Allied forces and populations around the world. On Canada’s home front, maritime losses – including civilian passengers – were felt across the country, while naval imagery appeared in fundraising and propaganda materials. Canadians built ships, weapons, and equipment, or were encouraged to provide support through their volunteer war, its events, and its consequences on the waters.
Upcoming Webinars

Ne-kah-ne-tah: The Liberation of Welberg, Memory, Meaning and Experience

8 June @ 7:30 pm EDT

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Per Ardua Ad Astra: The Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War

29 June @ 7:30 pm EDT

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Fighting a White Man’s War: Canada’s First Nations Peoples and the Second World War

20 July @ 7:30 pm EDT

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Dieppe 80 Years After: The Juno Beach Centre’s Exhibition From Dieppe to Juno

10 August @ 7:30 pm EDT

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Women and the Second World War

31 August @ 7:30 pm EDT

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Is There a War on Science?

Copyright © 2022 Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
75 University Ave W
Waterloo, ON  N2L 3C5

Consultation results – Improving the Disability Benefits application process

This notice from Veterans Affairs Canada may be of interest to members of the branch.

Last spring, we consulted Veterans and others on their experiences applying (or helping someone apply) for disability benefits for the first time. Our goal was to better understand barriers in the process.

Your feedback has resulted in six recommendations for improving the application process.  We will act on these as quickly as we can.

Read the report:


Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach Team

Veterans Affairs Canada

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