A Pilgrimage overseas with The Royal Canadian Legion
Jan17

A Pilgrimage overseas with The Royal Canadian Legion

By Nujma Bond Imagine walking in the footsteps of Canadian soldiers who were part of some of the most fierce and significant battles this world has ever seen. Imagine Vimy Ridge, the beaches of Normandy, and other places where conflicts raged across parts of Europe. Sounds, images, and the reality of war came flooding back to over 40 Canadians who...

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Closing the SEAMS
Jan16

Closing the SEAMS

By Jeffrey D. Rodney On October 22, 2014, a lone gunman shot ceremonial guard Corporal Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. A few minutes later, the gunman opened fire inside the Centre Block on Parliament Hill. He was gunned down before killing anyone else. According to an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) report released a few months...

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Wastewater Treatment and Canadian Military Operations
Oct17

Wastewater Treatment and Canadian Military Operations

By Nicole A. Poirier, Eng., Ph.D., FCAE In June 2017, the Government of Canada announced as part of its widely awaited new Defence Policy that it will grow defence spending over the next 10 years from $18.9 billion in 2016-17 to $32.7 billion in 2026-27. Following this welcome announcement, a flurry of headlines emerged related to improved capabilities and...

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Not so Strong, so Secure or so Engaged
Sep05

Not so Strong, so Secure or so Engaged

By Ian Parker Much has been written praising the new Liberal Defence Policy: Strong, Secure and Engaged. But when you consider what the Minister of National Defence stated, “Strong, Secure and Engaged was informed by the most transparent review Defence has ever undertaken,” and about what Mathew Fisher wrote, as part of his National Post article on July 1...

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Nanisivik versus Resolute Bay
Aug25

Nanisivik versus Resolute Bay

By Colonel Pierre Leblanc (Ret’d) In 2007, the Harper government promised to refurbish a mining installation in Nanisivik into a deep-water berthing naval facility to support Arctic operations.  Over the years, the scope of the program was reduced to a simple refueling facility which is still not operational. It may be time to revisit the plan altogether in favor of...

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