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Capture of 22-metre transatlantic narco-sub marks new era in war on drugs

  Spanish authorities recently captured a 22-metre submarine after its three crewmen transported US$121-million worth of cocaine 7,700 kilometres across the Atlantic Ocean from Colombia, then scuttled it and ran. It’s the biggest narcotics submarine ever found, and the first confirmed to have transported drugs from the Americas to Europe, signalling what experts have characterized as...
  • On track, part 1

    August 22, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne The National Youth Track and Field Championships took place Aug. 9-11, 2019, in Sydney, N.S., where 721 athletes—314 of them sponsored by The Royal Canadian Legion—competed. The event, hosted by Cape Breton University and the Legion’s Breton Branch,...
  • The last words Betty Metcalfe’s brother Jack ever spoke to her still haunt her almost 80 years later. It was 1940 and the Metcalfe family of Glace Bay, N.S.—mother, father, their two girls and two boys—had just spent their last Christmas together. Betty and her...
  • A letter of marque from the king

    August 7, 2019 by Stephen J. Thorne
    It may have been the best investment Enos Collins, Benjamin Knaut and John and James Barss ever made. The merchants of Liverpool, N.S., purchased Severn, a former American slave ship captured by the Royal Navy, in 1811 for a mere 420 British pounds (about C$53,000...
  • The Central American country of Honduras is gripped by corruption, violence and political instability. With 91.4 homicides per 100,000 people, it has the highest murder rate in the world and extreme levels of sexual abuse. It is no place for children. No wonder, then, that...
  • Sergeant Jeremy Blair was on his third Afghanistan tour, serving with Charles Company, 5 Platoon, 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, when his unit got hit hard during a coalition offensive in the Panjwaii District southwest of Kandahar. It was September 2006 and Operation Medusa had...
  • Return to peacekeeping ends quietly

    July 19, 2019 by David J. Bercuson
    The Canadian experiment in United Nations peacekeeping—the mission to Mali—is ending with a whimper, not a roar. The return to peacekeeping by Canada, long-promised by Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, will be over after a year, as Canada had promised. The three CH-147F Chinook heavy transport helicopters...
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