Medical aid in the deep freeze

Climate change has increased interest—and traffic—in the Arctic. This raises new threats to national security and sovereignty and increases chances of environmental disasters, shipwrecks and plane crashes, any of which may call for the scrambling of the Canadian Armed Forces, at any time of the year.  Since 2007, annual CAF winter exercises have helped...
  • Cure or curse?

    September 6, 2017 by Sharon Adams
    Canadian Airborne Regiment veteran Dave Bona woke up with the same question every morning for more than 20 years: “Is today the day I’m going to kill myself?” He joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 1984, served in Cyprus in 1988-89 and the First...
  • “I’m a better person now”

    August 11, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    PORTRAIT OF INSPIRATION André and Martin Renaud fought together, then healed together Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne They’re father and son, and brothers in arms. André and Martin Renaud share a bond forged not just by birth, but as soldiers on the field...
  • Lights out

    August 3, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    PORTRAIT OF INSPIRATION “The person who put that bomb under our vehicle and blew it…did not defeat me,” says Simon Mailloux Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne Major Simon Mailloux started officer training at Fort Saint-Jean, Que., south of Montreal one month before 9/11....
  • “Everything works half”

    July 27, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    “I’m trying to differentiate myself not as the injured ex-military guy,” says Christian Maranda. “I’m trying different things. It makes me feel alive.” Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne A bomb had just gone off near Kandahar, Afghanistan. No one was hurt, and Captain...
  • Besieged

    July 19, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Fred Caron’s nightmares started on his first night back in camp after the siege Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne The one thing about physical wounds is you know when they happen. You know the precise moment you’ve been shot in the shoulder or...
  • Last in the order of march

    July 14, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne
    Jody Mitic’s mother is in awe at the directions his life has taken since he stepped on a mine in Afghanistan Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne On Jan. 11, 2007, Joanne Fisher-Mitic got the call no mother wants to receive. Her son Jody,...
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