November 2018

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100th Anniversary of the Armistice

Tom Dercola In Winnipeg on Monday, November 11, 1918,

the weatherman forecast warmer temperatures with a high of 28 F. On that day the headline of the Manitoba Free Press declared HUNS QUIT; WAR IS OVER. Four years of slaughter had fi- nally ended in Europe. At two o’clock on that Monday morning, Winnipeggers who had already heard the joyous news from France were starting to gather on Portage Avenue to blow whistles and ring bells. All day long the crowds grew, and the noise of celebration increased. Shops closed. Bands played hymns of thanksgiving. The people of Winnipeg poured out their relief, their joy, their pride. It was late 1919, before the boys began to come home. They marched up the main streets of our towns and cities, while the drums rolled and the bag- pipes skirled– full of pride, but terribly aware of how long they had been away, how much they had missed, all the things that had changed, and the missing ranks of their friends who had not sur- vived. There were many here in Winnipeg and across Canada who would not share in the homecom- ing festivities: those whose loved ones would never return. There were the fathers who put on storm windows or, somehow made themselves u 6 ‘Armistice Day'

Tragic death on the Hudson Bay line preventable?

Dorothy Dobbie I

n September, an accident on the Hudson Bay Rail- way line needlessly took the life of one of the operators, the 38-year-old

conductor. Here

is how the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference explained the

events in a letter to the Chief Medical Examiner of Manitoba. “A Hudson

Bay Railway

(HBR) train, operated by two Teamsters Canada Rail Con- ference (TCRC) members, at approximately 1530 CDT, en- countered a track failure result- ing in the derailment of the leading locomotive, followed

by the other locomotives in the consist and several rail cars. “The Conductor, aged 38,

and Locomotive Engineer, aged 59, survived the initial crash. They were pinned beneath hun- dreds of tons of wreckage. The train was carrying liquefied pe- troleum gas (LPG) (ed note:

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Camerata Nova season 19 Dinner

with Frank Mahovlich

CJNU and Winnipeg Goldeyes


Frank and Marie Mahovlich. Dorothy Dobbie I

had the privilege recently of enjoying a dinner with Frank Mahovlich, the former hockey player and senator, who regaled us with stories of his past. One of them was about his recent trip (2017) to Moscow to have dinner with President Putin – the occasion was a celebration of the 45th anniversary of the Canada-Russia hockey series of 1972. Frank, who was one of the team co-captains, was there with guys like the Russian goaltender, Vladislav Tretiak, and others of that era. I remember the 1972 series very well. I was an avid

hockey fan and a fierce Canadian even in those days and I looked forward to our NHL gang whipping those Soviets in our national game. The series was filled with ups and downs, bitterness and moments of torment, followed by wild joy whenever we won. I ended up in hospital for an operation during the series, so I missed most of the games (including the Game 3, played in Winnipeg which tied 4-4), although I have a foggy memory of coming out of anesthesia and catching a few minutes of play, ignor- ing my anxious family who were gathered around.

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