Day: November 6, 2014

Humour Hunt

Humour Hunt

Alex Archibald of Jonquiere, Que., sends us a wartime air force story: A crippled Lancaster bomber was staggering home across the English Channel after a night raid on Berlin. The pilot called up the tower at his base near the coast: “My tail gunner is dead, two others are badly wounded, my starboard engine is on fire, part of the port wing is gone and the undercarriage is jammed. I await instructions.” After an agonizing silence, the tower came back: “Repeat after me: Our Father who art…”  
Fantino Under Pressure: Profile Of An Embattled Minister
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Fantino Under Pressure: Profile Of An Embattled Minister

Housed in a utilitarian building in downtown Ottawa, the office of the minister of Veterans Affairs is a comfortable, but not opulent space with paintings and sculptures commemorating and honouring Canada’s veterans and serving military. During visits to interview previous ministers I’ve noticed personal photos and mementos that reveal a warmer side to the position of cabinet minister. My latest visit to interview the current minister offers no such opportunity because it is convened in a small meeting room. Julian Fantino, who was named to the veterans’ portfolio in 2013, is the fourth minister since the New Veterans Charter (NVC) was enacted in April 2006. Fantino has been busy during his time at the helm. He has made many close connections to veterans, but he has also been hea...
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Five-Nines and Whiz Bangs

Five-Nines and Whiz Bangs By the Orderly Sergeant June, 1952   Battle of Jutland, Fought 36 Years Ago This Month, Brings Back Memories of Reaction On Western Front   Seems to me, troops, that in these days of fading memories we might hie us unto one of these estaminets in Reninghelst, Poperinghe or Westoutre and see what they come up with. I say this, having in mind that when these words of wisdom take shape before your eyes there may be occasional thoughts harking back to one of the grimmer episodes of the Grand Violence of 36 years ago. To be less cryptic about it, I’m thinking of Jutland.   And where Reninghelst, Poperinghe and points east come in is in the fact that just about the time the news came through we were in that neighbourhood. Persona...
The Veterans Revolt: Charting A Year Of Rising Anger & Despair
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The Veterans Revolt: Charting A Year Of Rising Anger & Despair

Across Canada this past year a new entity has emerged into Canadian public life: the angry veteran. In courtrooms and hospital rooms and on Facebook pages, this group of former soldiers—largely but not all Afghan vets—have come out swinging hard against the government, the New Veterans Charter and the standard of care they receive. They don’t all belong to the same group and they themselves often don’t see eye to eye, but this is their story laid out in just the bare outline, arranged into a series of facts, events and quotes to form a chronology of anger and disappointment.  ---------- Master Bombardier Travis Halmrast Nov. 25, 2013 Master Corporal William Elliott Nov. 26, 2013 Warrant Officer Michael Robert McNeil Nov. 27, 2013 Master Corporal Sylvain Lelievre Dec....

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