Military suicide rate shows increase

A report released by the Department of National Defence on Nov. 29 said overall military suicide rates did not increase significantly after Canada joined the war in Afghanistan in 2001, nor did they vary greatly from the general population. But the document authored by Elizabeth Rolland-Harris of the separate directorates of Force Health Protection...
  • Canada introduces a new era in peacekeeping

    November 22, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The federal government unveiled its new peacekeeping policy on Nov. 15, more than a year after it declared it would provide the United Nations with up to 600 troops and 150 police officers. Now, after almost two years of review, during which confusion and frustration...
  • Buyers wanted

    November 15, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Remembrance Day has passed. Now remember this: Without a comprehensive plan to re-equip the Canadian Armed Forces for the challenges that lie ahead, our soldiers, sailors and aircrew are placed at an unfair and unnecessary disadvantage. The money has been promised—all $62.3 billion of it—but...
  • Disinformation wars

    November 8, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Russian efforts at propaganda and disinformation are old hat to Latvians and the citizens of other Baltic states now under NATO protection, but Moscow’s current blitzkrieg of online false news and blistering political criticism still poses a formidable challenge. The strategic states on the Baltic...
  • Britain gives Franklin ships to Canada

    November 1, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    On Saturday, May 24, 1845, the world’s first illustrated weekly newsmagazine, The Illustrated London News, ran a 996-word story hailing the launch of an expedition in search of a navigable sailing route across the Arctic linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Buried on page 328,...
  • A war story told in flowers and scents

    October 25, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    As he crossed the battlefields of France in 1915 and 1916, George Stephen Cantlie, a colonel in the 42nd Battalion, Royal Highlanders of Canada, picked flowers and sent them with simple notes to his baby daughter Celia in Montreal. Almost a century later, those handwritten...
  • Invictus Games will evolve, patron says

    October 11, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    When it comes to the future of the now-annual event that he created, Prince Harry is an optimist—meaning he doesn’t believe there will be a perpetual need for the Invictus Games as we now know them. Ideally, he suggests, the competition for sick and wounded...
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