Category Archive: Interesting Things to Know

In Flanders Fields – Guelph memorializes its hometown hero

July 2019 “In Flanders fields the poppies blow           Between the crosses, row on row” Canadian physician and soldier Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD, is one of Canada’s most famous soldiers from that terrible “War to end all wars.” LCol McCrae wrote the famous poem, “In Flanders Fields,” which is recited each year at Remembrance Day …

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Annual Base Borden ceremony remembers lives lost in long-ago munitions explosion

Alliston Herald, 23 March 2019 Springwater News, 4 April 2019 Canadian Military Family Magazine, 9 April 2019 At 1pm on Wednesday, March 20, a small contingent from the Canadian Forces Ammunition Depot at Base Borden gathered at the cenotaph in the Village of Angus, just north of the base. Lead by Depot Commanding Officer Major …

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People Helping People – The legacy of Nils Johanson

January 2019 On 11 January 2019, Canada lost a veteran broadcaster and addictions counselor who went beyond what anyone would expect. He truly cared helping addicts find their way to recovery and preventing them from going down the same path to destruction that should have killed him years before heart troubles and ultimately pneumonia finally …

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Bells of Peace ceremony at Barrie’s Military Heritage Park closes out Remembrance Day 2018

November 2018 A small but enthusiastic crowd gathered at the city’s Military Heritage Park beside the South Shore Centre for the Bells of Peace ceremony. Across Canada, bells were set to toll at sunset, ringing from churches, ships and other ceremonies such as this, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World …

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Local cadets stand vigil overnight at Barrie Cenotaph

November 2018 Cadets from Barrie’s Army, Navy and Air Cadet units stood vigil overnight at the cenotaph in downtown Barrie, leading up to Sunday’s Remembrance Day services. This duty has been performed by Barrie cadets for the past 8 years.  The cadets rotate every 2 hours and are ferried back and forth from the Barrie …

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So you wanna be a rock & roll star

October 2018 This is my collection of concert photos that I’ve taken over the years, going to concerts in southern Ontario.  Enjoy. **************************************************************************************************** 54.40 54-40 is an alternative rock band from Tsawwassen, British Columbia, formed in 1981 by Neil Osborne on lead vocals and guitar, Brad Merritt on bass guitar and Ian Franey on drums. They …

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Canadian sailor was a founding father of the Royal Canadian Navy

September 2018 In the history of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), many notable Canadians have worn the uniform but none more notable than Admiral Sir Charles Kingsmill, who along with Rear-Admiral Walter Hose, founder of the RCN Volunteer Reserve, is considered one of the founding fathers of the RCN and the first director of the …

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The last Canadian soldier to die in the Vietnam War

September 2018 On 7 April 1973, a helicopter carrying Captain Charles Laviolette and eight other international members of the International Commission for Control and Supervision in Vietnam (ICCS) was shot down after taking ground fire on a flight from Gio Linh to Lao Bao, killing all on board. The ICCS was established in 1973 to supervise …

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The last surviving Royal Canadian Regiment veteran of the Battle of Paardeberg died 47 years ago

August 2018 Lieutenant Austin Chisholm was just a young private when Boer General Piet Cronjé surrendered with 4, 000 of his soldiers to British and Canadian troops at Paardeberg on 27 February 1900. With Chisholm’s regiment, The Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR), facing down Cronjé’s troops from an elevated position a short 65 yards away, the …

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Maligned hero – General Sir Arthur Currie, the first Canadian Commander of the Canadian Corps

July 2018 General Sir Arthur Currie, GCMG, KCB, has the unique distinction of being the first Canadian soldier to command the Canadian Corps, a post he was elevated to in 1917. Making this accomplishment even more significant is the fact that he rose to this position after beginning his military career in the Canadian militia …

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