Day: September 6, 2017

High Arctic research supports sovereignty
Front Lines

High Arctic research supports sovereignty

  Scientists at the Department of National Defence have been at work in the Canadian Arctic developing new tools to help assert the country’s polar sovereignty. Their expedition to Nunavut, part of a project called the Canadian Arctic Underwater Sentinel Experiment, or CAUSE, has been testing new technologies at a remote military station on Devon Island in Baffin Bay. The expedition is part of efforts to develop surveillance capabilities to monitor the approaches to Canada’s Arctic. “It’s important from a sovereignty perspective,” Dan Hutt, the project director from Defence Research and Development Canada, told CBC. “If Canada has sovereignty over this part of the world, we need to know who's there.” The station at Gascoyne Inlet dates from the Cold War and is perched a...
Cure or curse?
Health, Military Health Matters

Cure or curse?

Canadian Airborne Regiment veteran Dave Bona woke up with the same question every morning for more than 20 years: “Is today the day I’m going to kill myself?” He joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1984, served in Cyprus in 1988-89 and the First Gulf War in 1990-91. But he was never the same after missions to Somalia in 1992 and Rwanda in 1993-94. He had vivid nightmares, flashbacks of horrible deaths of children, hair-trigger rage, vertigo and nausea, seizures, diarrhea, insomnia so bad he could only get to sleep after staying up for days and drinking himself insensible. Symptoms—and the drinking—persisted after he returned to Canada, resulting in a court martial in 2000 and discharge from the service and loss of his marriage. He was eventually diagnosed with post-traumatic...

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