Blooming dandelions: Taking strength from adversity

Researcher Sarah Dentry-Travis made an interesting discovery while on two polar treks alongside some of Canada’s wounded warriors: great adversity can bring out the best in the most unexpected people. “You have people who have PTSD, who have extreme physical injuries, and people talk about them as being ‘broken’ soldiers,” says Dentry-Travis, a post-doctoral...
  • 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...
  • The prince with a common touch

    October 16, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Mike Trauner was a prisoner in his own home until a few inspiring words from Prince Henry of Wales, better known as Harry, set him free. As a master corporal with 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, Trauner lost both legs and sustained other major wounds...
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