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Euphemisms, acronyms and outright lies: The language of war

For decades, politicians referred to the Korean War as the ‘Korean Conflict,’ as if the soldiers who fought and died on the battlefields of the disputed peninsula were somehow less soldierly or less dead if killed by conflict rather than war. Some 2.5 million people died in the Koreas between 1950 and 1953, including...
  • Unfounded sexual assault cases reopened

    March 26, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    As part of ongoing efforts to eradicate inappropriate sexual behaviour, the Canadian Armed Forces has established a team to conduct annual reviews of investigations of sexual assault complaints deemed unfounded by military police. In September, the CAF announced it was reopening nearly two dozen investigations...
  • Eight Cantleys and one Cantlie in the First World War

    March 19, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Of 619,636 Canadians recruited during the First World War, there were 7,432 Smiths and 148 Smyths, 2,965 McDonalds and 1,646 MacDonalds, 2,342 Johnsons and 1,532 Johnstons. There were 1,797 Stewarts and 294 Stuarts, 1,220 McLeans and 310 MacLeans. There were just eight Cantleys and one...
  • Women to support women on gruelling Arctic trek

    March 13, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    As vice-president of training, learning and development at Mackenzie Investments, Libby McCready spends her days in meetings, on the phone, corralling e-mails and delivering presentations. If all goes as planned, in a month’s time she will be completing a 100-kilometre trek across Baffin Island in...
  • The golden days of peacekeeping have not returned

    March 7, 2019 by David J. Bercuson
    The Canadian contribution to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) officially began on Aug. 1, 2018. The mission consists of three Chinook helicopters equipped for medical evacuation as well as transport missions, five Griffon helicopters to fly escort for the bigger...
  • I’ve got your back

    March 6, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    There is an adage that is embraced by all the military, but especially the infantry: I’ve got your back. It’s fundamental to any successful endeavour against an enemy in battle. But who’s got your back when the battlefield is life and the enemy is yourself?...
  • The medic’s trauma book

    February 27, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    “They cannot knock on your house door, take you by the hand and bring you to the clinic. If you don’t ask for help, nobody will come.” Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne As a member of 5 Field Ambulance in Afghanistan, medic Macha...
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