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More angel than mortal: The nursing sisters of The Great War

They provided medical aid, comfort and peace to wounded and dying soldiers throughout decades of conflict, but it was during the First World War that the nursing sisters of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps came into their own. Nicknamed “Bluebirds” for their blue dresses and white veils, many soldiers considered the 3,141 nursing...
  • High Arctic research supports sovereignty

    September 6, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
      Scientists at the Department of National Defence have been at work in the Canadian Arctic developing new tools to help assert the country’s polar sovereignty. Their expedition to Nunavut, part of a project called the Canadian Arctic Underwater Sentinel Experiment, or CAUSE, has been...
  • Sword rattling won’t change Canada’s defence policy

    August 30, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent a message that Canada will not be browbeaten when he reasserted his position Aug. 23 that the country will act in its own best interests on the issues of troops for Afghanistan and continental missile defence. U.S. President Donald Trump...
  • The soulless gaze of haters

    August 23, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Back in 1994, I spent a month in South Africa writing features for The Canadian Press (CP) during the campaign leading to the country’s first democratic elections. I saw South Africa from every perspective I could—black, white, Coloured. I regularly visited and ate in the...
  • Army tents for refugees

    August 16, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    While Haitian and other refugees flee the United States in fear of its new government policies on immigration, Canadians do what Canadians do best: they help. Canadian soldiers were out last week erecting a tent village near the U.S. border to accommodate waves of asylum...
  • Could Canada return to Afghanistan?

    August 9, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Most Canadians would agree that after 13 years of war, Canada sacrificed enough blood and treasure in Afghanistan. The problem is, the longest war in Canadian history was, apparently, not long enough. After 24 Canadians died at the hands of the 9/11 terrorists, taxpayers shelled...
  • Gender identity not an issue with Canada’s armed forces

    August 2, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    On July 26, Republican President Donald Trump declared transgender people personae non gratae in the U.S. military, reversing a decision made under his Democratic predecessor, Barak Obama. “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not...