Day: July 28, 2021

Sajjan announces independent sexual misconduct review
News, Our Veterans

Sajjan announces independent sexual misconduct review

An independent external review of harassment and sexual misconduct in the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces has been announced.  “It is clear we have not lived up to our responsibility to protect members from harassment and misconduct,” National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said in the announcement in April. The review is an initial step in building a system that better responds to complainants while holding perpetrators to account, he added.  Former Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour will head the review, which will recommend how an independent reporting system, free from the chain of command, can be established for those affected by misconduct.  In addition to recommending changes that can be made as the review progresses, Arbour is being asked to identif...
Canada and the Battle of Sicily
Military History, Military Milestones

Canada and the Battle of Sicily

The Allied invasion of Sicily began on July 9, 1943. The Canadians had their first day of fighting the next day. It started with a “terrific bombardment by our heavy guns,” wrote Captain Basil G. Parker of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada. “Not much firing seen on shore.... Surprise achieved.” It would be the Canadians’ bloodiest battle of the Sicilian campaign, costing 438 casualties. It was only the beginning of the campaign in Italy, the longest for the Canadian army in the Second World War, and it served as a taste of what was to come—house-to-house combat through towns, fighting in sweltering heat on low water rations and routing German troops from heavily entrenched positions, often atop ridges and mountains. But the Canadians had trained for battles in such terrain. German...
War, hunger, locusts, fire and pestilence: World Press Photo returns
Defence Today, Front Lines

War, hunger, locusts, fire and pestilence: World Press Photo returns

War in the Caucasus. Hunger in Yemen. Locusts in Kenya. Fire in Brazil. Pestilence everywhere. The World Press Photo (WPP) exhibition has returned to Canada, showing at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa after a one-year, pandemic-imposed hiatus. And this year’s version, featuring 159 of the top entries from the world’s most prestigious photojournalism competition, has more than its usual share of misery, suffering and tumult, interpreted with exquisite impact by a select few shooters. The pandemic is a complex story of health, science, economics and politics. But, at its core, it is most of all a human story. Predictably, perhaps, COVID-19 stole the show: an image by Danish lensman Mads Nissen entitled The First Embrace earned Photo of the Year honours on top of the General News (S...

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