Spitfire documentary soars with nostalgia

For its aerial cinematography alone, airplane geeks and war history buffs alike will love the new documentary Spitfire: The Plane That Saved the World. Under the image direction of renowned aviation photographer John Dibbs, the aerial footage—set against dramatic cloudscapes, the pastoral English countryside, the English Channel and, of course, the white cliffs of...
  • Military tightens its cyber defences

    January 10, 2018 by Stephen J. Thorne
    The Canadian military is looking to boost its abilities to defend against the growing threat of cyberattack. The Department of National Defence has issued a call to prospective suppliers for feedback and information on two proposed projects aimed at shoring up its defences against hackers....
  • On operations with G.I. Joe

    December 20, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    It was the one and only Christmas I went downstairs before anyone else in the family—a grievous breach of protocol in my house, where we traditionally gathered military-style at the top of the stairs and descended together. But the Christmas I was six, or maybe...
  • Japanese teacher keeps alive memories of atrocities

    December 14, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    For three decades, now-retired schoolteacher Tamaki Matsuoka has waged a campaign to bring truth and reconciliation to the story of Japanese atrocities during the Second World War. At the risk of her livelihood and personal safety, the woman the Chinese have dubbed The Conscience of...
  • Military suicide rate shows increase

    December 6, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    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...
  • 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...
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