Day: July 2, 2020

On this date: July/August 2020
On This Date

On this date: July/August 2020

1 July 2020 Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill are replaced with virtual celebrations due to COVID-19. 2 July 1940 HMCS St. Laurent rescues 868 German and Italian internees and PoWs bound for Canada, survivors of the torpedoed liner SS Arandora Star, in one of the largest rescue operations of the war. 4 July 2007 Six Canadian soldiers and an Afghan interpreter are killed when their vehicle is struck by a roadside bomb southwest of Kandahar City, Afghanistan. 5 July 1900 By saving a wounded comrade, Sergeant Arthur Richardson of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse earns the Victoria Cross at Wolve Spruit, South Africa. 6 July 2009 A Griffon helicopter clips a security wall and crashes at a forward operating base in Afghanistan, killing two Canadian soldiers and a British ...
Face to Face: Should Canada’s military be restructured to increase its response to health crises  and natural disasters?
Face to Face

Face to Face: Should Canada’s military be restructured to increase its response to health crises and natural disasters?

ERNIE REGEHR is senior fellow with The Simons Foundation of Vancouver and co-founder of Project Ploughshares. Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Armed Forces declared it was ready to mobilize up to 24,000 troops to “assist with humanitarian support, wellness checks, natural disaster responses and other tasks as required.” By mid-April, Canadian Rangers were assisting pandemic response efforts in Northern Quebec communities and CAF medical teams were deploying to alleviate staffing shortages in long-term care centres. Manitoba floods, Toronto snowstorms, eastern ice storms, western forest fires, Northern Ontario drinking water emergencies—all these have involved military mobilizations in support of civilian authorities. The 1991 renewal of the Canada-U.S. Norad agreement a...
Prairie boys tossed at sea in WW II’s longest battle
Front Lines

Prairie boys tossed at sea in WW II’s longest battle

It’s an odd twist to the story of the Second World War that many of those who fought its longest battle, the Battle of the Atlantic, were Prairie boys who left their landlocked homes and put to sea aboard small ships in some of the world’s most storm-tossed waters. The soothing waves of Prairie wheat rippling across the flatlands that bridge the country east to west bore little of the anger, isolation or dangers that Poseidon brought down on the lumbering convoys of the Second World War. The miseries wrought by the sea don’t begin to address the lingering death that lurked beneath the waves, ever-present in the form of German Admiral Karl Dönitz’s wolf packs. “What a miserable, rotten hopeless life,” Leading Seaman Frank Curry of Winnipeg wrote in mid-Atlantic on Aug. 30, 1941. A ...
Federal court includes allowances in calculating benefits
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Federal court includes allowances in calculating benefits

Some 6,800 veterans may receive compensation and increases in their long-term disability payments following a Federal Court ruling in favour of their class-action suit that argued monthly allowances should be included along with base salary in the military’s disability insurance plan benefit calculations. Former warrant officer Simon Logan served as the test case in court. As a special operations assaulter for the Canadian Armed Forces who performed counterterrorism and hostage rescue, his pay included allowances for this high-risk work. He was involuntarily medically discharged in 2016 after 28 years of service. He earned a total of $10,665 monthly from a base salary of $6,801 and nearly $4,000 in allowances. He expected to receive 75 per cent of that monthly total, or nearly $8,000, ...
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