Archive for March, 2017

  • The politics of replacing the CF-18

    March 15, 2017 by David J. Bercuson
    Here we go again! On Nov. 22, Ottawa announced its long- sought solution to the apparently never-ending search for a replacement for Canada’s three-plus decades old CF-18 fighter aircraft. Remember that the government of Jean Chretien began the process in the late 1990s by signing an...
  • “Right away, I wanted a horse.”

    March 8, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    After years of sleepless nights, Billy and Tracy Kerr discovered the restorative abilities of horses Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne When you talk about Billy Kerr and his war wounds, you can’t just talk about Billy Kerr and his war wounds, because there...
  • No connection between deployments and terrorist threats

    March 8, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    There is no “automatic link” between Canada’s participation or lack of it in anti-terror operations overseas and security at home, says the chief of the defence staff. Joining in the fight against ISIS or others doesn’t mean Canada will be targeted by terror groups any...
  • Women still fill few positions in the CAF

    March 8, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    When Carol Kozinski walked into a Canadian Armed Forces recruiting office in 1981, one of the first questions she was asked was what trade interested her. Kozinski, who was 20 at the time and had been roughnecking aboard offshore oil rigs, said she wanted to...
  • Heavy lifting takes its toll

    March 7, 2017 by Sharon Adams
    Quick—what is the major reason given for a member of the Canadian Armed Forces not to deploy? Did you guess musculoskeletal injury? A third of personnel unable to deploy are laid up because they’ve sprained an ankle or have injured their back or knees or...
  • Poor management of equipment reported

    March 7, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Poor planning, understaffing and inefficiency in the acquisition and maintenance of key military equipment are threatening the Canadian Armed Forces’ ability to effectively do its job, says a report by the auditor general. “National Defence had made some initial planning assumptions that overestimated equipment use,...
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