Archive for April, 2017

  • The wounded

    April 27, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Essay and photography by Stephen J. Thorne They have been the forgotten heroes of wars from time immemorial, all but invisible as they swim the seas and scale the mountains that their wounds, physical and psychological, have laid before them. It’s the war dead who...
  • Commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge

    April 26, 2017 by Stephanie Slegtenhorst
    More than 25,000 people attended the April 9th ceremony to commemorate the achievements and sacrifices of Canadian soldiers 100 years ago at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The ceremony included speeches by dignitaries from Canada, Britain and France, as well as musical and acting performances....
  • How independent should an ombudsman be?

    April 25, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Like his predecessors, military ombudsman Gary Walbourne is engaged in what appears to be a futile battle for independence from his masters at the Department of National Defence and in the Canadian Armed Forces. In his March report, entitled The Case for a Permanent and...
  • Defeating “two big ills”

    April 20, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Wounded while fighting off an attack on his observation post, Gorden Boivin eventually beat back his physical and psychological demons Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne From darkness, there is light. Corporal Gorden Boivin knows this only too well. Boivin’s descent into darkness began...
  • Mementoes from Afghanistan

    April 20, 2017 by Sharon Adams
    Uniforms, equipment and explosives are reminders of Canada’s involvement in Southwest Asia   Though fresh in memory, the war in Afghanistan has entered the annals of national history. Aside from personal mementoes brought home by military and civilian personnel, museums have begun building their collections...
  • The chief of the defence staff has a theory: happy retirees make for more and better recruits. Appearing before the Senate Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs, General Jonathan Vance said recruitment, training and treatment of Canadian Armed Forces personnel is “at a turning point.” It has...
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