Month: March 2004

Defence Today

The Missile Defence Debate

by Ray Dick The threat is both terrifying and possible—and some say even probable—that a nuclear, biological or chemical attack on North America by terrorists or rogue nations could come from the skies, from tramp ships offshore or even from covert incursions by land across loosely protected borders. With this threat in mind, and as a reaction to the thousands of lives lost to terrorism in attacks from the air in New York and Washington some two years ago, the United States has begun its National Missile Defence (NMD) system and its Northern Command (NORTHCOM) programs. The question is whether Canada—a country that s...
Defence Today

Bragging Rights

by Ray Dick Clockwise from top left: A reservist emerges from the woods after completing the nuclear, biological and chemical test during skills competition at CFB Petawawa; Private Velvet Henderson struggles across the water obstacle; a huge truck tire is hauled through the infamous Concrete Jungle; competitors are challenged to assess injuries; reservists participate in assault boat training. “This stuff is the soldier’s bread and butter....You have to be prepared to do this, or question why you are wearing this uniform.” The speaker was Major Richard Masson, a no-nonsense longtime ...
O Canada

The Land Of The Laurentians

From top: The colourful village of Mont-Tremblant is also busy during the summer months; ski villages are popular destinations. When most people—especially Montrealers—talk about going to “the Laurentians” they are referring to the rugged but pristine recreational and wilderness areas in southwestern Quebec, including the impressive ski hills and trails in and around Saint-Sauveur, Val-David and Mont-Tremblant. What is not widely known is the fact that “the Laurentians” are part of a much larger area that is rich with history, including generations of settlers who have discovered opportunity in a land...
Canada & the Victoria Cross

Canada And The Victoria Cross: Of Rebellion And Rescue Part 2 of 18

From top: Victoria Cross recipients Campbell Mellis Douglas, Herbert Taylor Reade and William Edward Hall. ILLUSTRATIONS: Sharif Tarabay Two doctors and a black marine. At first glance an unlikely trio to make up the next three Canadian recipients of the Victoria Cross after Alexander Dunn, who had been the first to be awarded the British Empire’s highest award for valour for his gallantry during the Crimean War in 1854 (It Started With Dunn, January/February). But collectively these men had a lot in common. Herbert Taylor Reade and William Edward Hall—the son of a slave—were both decorated for valour on the frontier during ...



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