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The Hero Who Refused His Medal

Ola Mize could have stepped right out of a Hollywood movie. Except he was no actor, to put it mildly. He was the real deal. Mize came from the humblest of backgrounds and went on to become one of his nation’s … Continue reading

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Korean War: On the Right Side of History

Just before Christmas, sixty-three years ago this week, the decrepit troopship, USS Private Joe P. Martinez, pulled into Pusan harbor. Canada had come to the war. The place was a wreck … filthy, smokey, bomb-cratered .. it had been the … Continue reading

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Henry Champ 1937-2012

Henry Champ was an absolutely terrific journalist, and in that old fashioned Victorian sense, a gracious gentleman. Henry’s career spanned the evolution of modern journalism. He was born in the Brandon (Manitoba) General Hospital (as was I, five years later). As … Continue reading

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The MASH Heros You’ve Never Heard Of

Is there anyone, anywhere who hasn’t heard of MASH? When its TV run ended in 1983, the final show was the most-watched television episode in history. But there’s a remarkable MASH unit hardly anyone here knows of. What a pity. Their … Continue reading

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Nukes in Asia

The first and only (so far) use of “atomic” weapons in history was against the Japanese. But we’ll never know how close we came to seeing a second atomic attack, only five years later, also in Asia. In Korea. The … Continue reading

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The Korean War Goes to the Oscars

The Oscars are almost here.  South Korea’s submission as best foreign film is The Front Line … For heart-pounding combat, it’s tough to beat. It’s sort of a Private Ryan Goes to the Korean War. The Front Line is a version of the … Continue reading

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Tommy Prince: We’re Breaking His Heart

The rash of  news stories on the disgraceful housing of native people in Northern Ontario got me thinking of Kapyong. There’s a link between the two. Bear with me. It’s been almost  61 years to the day (Dec. 16, 1950) … Continue reading

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