Archive for July, 2017

  • The path of procurement

    July 18, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Of the many questions surrounding the federal government’s recently released defence policy review, perhaps none is more topical than whether Canada has the ability to spend an additional $62.3 billion on its military over the next 20 years. And not just because it’s a lot...
  • Last in the order of march

    July 14, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Jody Mitic’s mother is in awe at the directions his life has taken since he stepped on a mine in Afghanistan Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne On Jan. 11, 2007, Joanne Fisher-Mitic got the call no mother wants to receive. Her son Jody,...
  • Footsteps of the fallen

    July 13, 2017 by Stephanie Slegtenhorst
    As we walk through the arched entrance to Maple Copse Cemetery, the tranquility immediately makes me pause. Located five kilometres southeast of Ypres, Belgium, the cemetery is one of many stops on a week-long journey marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge....
  • Mission to Iraq extended, other options considered

    July 12, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The federal government had no sooner released its new foreign and defence policies than it put its money where its mouth is and renewed its commitment to the allied coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria. It’s a relatively small contribution—logistical and training support, mainly—but,...
  • More study needed on medical marijuana

    July 11, 2017 by Sharon Adams
    More and more veterans with PTSD are seeking relief through medical marijuana. Veterans report it reduces sleeplessness, alleviates pain, diminishes intrusive memories and flashbacks, curtails anxiety and improves sex drive and appetite. Because it was illegal for so long, medical marijuana research is relatively sparse,...
  • The jump that changed everything

    July 7, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Paratrooper Steve Daniel’s hard-landing injury triggered a sequence that transformed him into a Paralympian and medical doctor Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Once he joined the infantry, all Steve Daniel wanted was to be a paratrooper, and he became a good one. Daniel...
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