Month: March 2013

Serving You

Is The Soldier On Program For You?

It was a day like all others for retired sergeant Steve Daniel. As a Military Freefall Parachute Instructor in the Canadian Forces, Daniel was preparing for a free fall jump. He had done this feat 101 times before, but his next jump would change his life forever. During his 102nd jump, something went terribly wrong. As he approached his landing he gained speed. Unable to slow his descent, he landed on his tailbone; the impact left him paralyzed from the waist down. “I thought my life was over when I was paralyzed,” recalls Daniel. “It is difficult in the beginning to comprehend a happy life after a traumatic injury, but thanks to Soldier On I was able to discover a new lease on life.” Soldier On empowers retired and serving members of the Canadian Forces with a visible or non-visi...
Letters From The Bowes Brothers

Letters From The Bowes Brothers – July 30, 1916 Bearwood Convalescent Home, Wokingham, England

Dear Brother Fred, Just a few lines to let you know I received your letter here yesterday and needless to say was very pleased to hear from you. You will see by the address that I am out of the hospital and down here in a very pretty place. I like it fairly well here but would like to get back to the lines again. Believe me, I am fed up on hospital stuff—just six long months of it. I don’t think I will make the 4th Division and I don’t believe the 4th will go as a unit for where the hell the reinforcements are going to come from beats me. It keeps them busy at present keeping 3rd Division up to strength. My leg is nearly jake now, only I am in very poor condition at present and will need a lot of training before going into action to get hardened up a bit. Jim is still at Bramshott but wo...
Letters From The Bowes Brothers

Letters From The Bowes Brothers – July 23, 1916 Camp Hughes, Manitoba

Howdy Maw, Well this is just the way I feel – just like a fighting cock up and going all the time. Received your very welcome letter some time ago. I should have answered sooner but was too lazy. We were in Brandon Thursday and saw Dad and Stan also quite a number of others I know. Jim came up the same night and we were all up in Dad’s room for a while. Say Mother, it is getting awfully dark in here so I guess I’ll have to close. Will write more next time. Yours lovingly, Fred

New home planned for HMCS Sackville

The federal government  has given $240,000 to the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust,  which plans a new $90 million memorial project  for Halifax Harbour where HMCS Sackville, a Second World War convoy escort, has served as Canada’s Naval Memorial since 1985. The  Trust plans to raise donations for construction of a  new 1.8-hectare building housing an interpretive centre and interactive displays on the Battle of the Atlantic. The 71-year-old vessel will be the centrepiece of the memorial. HMCS Sackville is the last of Canada’s 123 Second World War escort corvettes (Scrappy Little Corvettes, Jan/Feb. 2010). The ship was retired in 1982 after a 40-year career during  wartime and in peace. Volunteers have returned it to wartime condition, and it  is open to the public from June to Septe...
This Week In Military History

These Are The Results For The Week Of March 4 – March 10

03/4/1885 The first contingent of returning Nile voyageurs arrives in Halifax. Taken into service in 1884 to guide a British expeditionary force up the Nile River, the Canadian boatmen had a vital role assisting in the effort to relieve a besieged British garrison at Khartoum, Sudan. 03/4/1943 While escorting convoy KMS-10 to the Mediterranean during the buildup for the invasion of Sicily, Escort Group C-1, including His Majesty’s Canadian ships St. Croix and Shediac, detects an enemy sub. The result is the sinking of U-87. 03/5/1943 Canadian and British bombers begin a major offensive against Germany. 03/5/1953 Soviet leader Joseph Stalin is reported as being gravely ill. 03/6/2002 Nearly 130 Canadian combat troops are sent to Afghanistan. The soldiers, part of 2nd B...
Eye On Defence: March/April 2013
Defence Today

Eye On Defence: March/April 2013

The developing problem of what Canada is going to do about replacing its aging CF-18 fighter aircraft is not the only major procurement issue the government now faces. Early in January reports began to surface that the navy’s proposed joint support ship has been under the microscope of the same parliamentary budget officer whose report may have shot down the F-35 purchase. Is there any measure that Canada can resort to that might help the public to better understand the dollars and cents of defence spending in a way that “ordinary” Canadians can grasp? After all, accountability and transparency are two sides of the same issue. And there has been a decided lack of transparency in following military procurement projects in Canada from their initial announcements, usually by a minister...

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