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Month: May 2011

High Tech Hide And Seek
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High Tech Hide And Seek

My husband’s smart phone tells me I’m 500 metres—as the crow flies—from our Ottawa home. At the minute, he and I are wandering into a thicket of bushes near the historic Rideau Canal. I’ve probably passed this spot hundreds of times, but until recently, I had no idea it contained a hidden treasure. My search—or should I say my obsession in finding the secret stash—began shortly after I was asked to write a story about the growing popularity of geocaching, a hobby I had been vaguely aware of for several years. I knew it was something like a tech-boosted scavenger hunt, but I had paid it about as much attention as I paid news of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show—an entertaining obsession for some, I thought, but not for me. That was before I found myself staring at two converging d...

Readers’ Quiz Answers

Here are the answers to our Readers’ Quiz in the May/June 2011 issue. HMCS Spikenard was a corvette which was lost while on convoy escort service the night of Feb. 10-11, 1942. Supplies were brought to the allies after D-Day through a surviving artificial harbour call a Mulberry. Retired lieutenant-general Romeo Dallaire won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction for his 2003 book Shake Hands With The Devil. Geocachers call non-geocachers “muggles.” The “sandwich generation” is a term for those families who are looking after young children and older parents at the same time.

Non-Battle-Related Injuries Take Their Toll

In any given year, about a third of Canadian Forces personnel are laid up some time or another by strains, sprains, broken bones and similar injuries. These injuries account for 41 per cent of chronic health conditions, 53 per cent of medical releases and about half of Veterans Affairs Canada benefit claims. On any given day, 35 to 45 per cent of those on sick parade are suffering from MSK—musculoskeletal injuries. Sprained ankles, strained knees and sore backs do not garner the attention of mental health issues or battle wounds, but such injuries are a serious issue. “MSK injuries are one of our top medical problems,” says Dr. Maureen Carew, public health physician with CF Directorate of Force Health Protection. In 2008, 36 per cent of Forces members reported an injury serious enough t...

Home For Life: Part 2, Gadgets And Gizmos

Last fall Harold Stephenson, 89 and with dementia, was found outside his rural home in Mount Pleasant, N.B., without a coat and confused. His family was constantly worried it might happen at night or in the cold, where every minute would make him harder to find. Even with THE help of a FULL-TIME home care worker, a niece who drops by every day and two sons who check in many times a week, there was still the constant worry Harold might fall or wander—and it could be hours before anyone knew. But after installation of monitoring technology last fall, if Harold opens his door in the middle of the night, his son Lyndon is alerted and can go online to check whether his dad has just let the dog out, or has wandered away and a family member needs to go help. “It’s such a big relief,” says...

Ten Years After 9/11, Discussed By Conference

More than 500 people packed the Chateau Laurier in downtown Ottawa Feb. 24 and 25 for the annual Conference of Defence Associations (CDA) symposium. The speakers at the two-day event were distinguished as always, including Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Dr. John Hamre, president of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in the United States. The CDA is an umbrella group of military associations of which The Royal Canadian Legion is the largest member. This year the meeting had two themes, Canada-United States security interests 10 years after 9/11 and the Canadian Forces after the combat mission in Afghanistan. Hamre started off the conference with a talk on managing our shared defence during a time of fiscal austerity. His main theme was that Canada and the U.S. need ...

Quebec curlers victorious at second home

Despite missing morning practices to allow for a few extra minutes of sleep, the Quebec team played hard and remained undefeated to take first place during the 55th Dominion Command Curling Championships, March 19-25 in Hudson, Que. Victory did not come easy for the team of lead Danny Comeau, second Matt McCrea, third Evan Mooney and skip Jeff Cheal from Col. John Bourque Branch in Sherbrooke, as all eight teams played with heart throughout the week. “We had high expectations coming in. Like any tournament, you want to do well, but also have a good time,” said Cheal. “It’s a great field, lots of good competition and every game [was] close. We [were] fortunate to pull it off.” Over the week, the community of Hudson showed the best of small-town Canada. The town, which stretches alo...

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