The Ghosts of Southern Alberta

By Dave O’Malley with Todd Lemieux I’m am Eastern boy. Of that there’s no doubt. Liberal, urban, soft—a bit of a pussy by Alberta standards. But when I sweep down out of Calgary on Highway 2, the farther south I get, the more I feel I belong there. Perhaps it’s the blue dome of the sky and the startling vistas, the heartless winter winds, the direct, no-nonsense men, the uber-competent women or maybe it’s the fading ghosts that surround me from a time long past when men from the east and west…

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Quilt stitching details care, support for service personnel

June 17, 2019 – Every stitch in these quilts acknowledges the sacrifice and service of a Canadian Armed Forces member or veteran who may need just that special coziness. The national Quilts of Valour program has a network of quilters across Canada, working with fabric, designing quilt blocks and patterns, and layering together the colourful tops, warm lining and backing that make up the quilts, each quilt different from the others. One group meets the third Thursday of each month in Greenwood, Nova Scotia, home of 14 Wing, putting their…

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Canadian Armed Forces Honor Long-serving CH-124 Sea King

December 1, 2018 – The Canadian Armed Forces gave a final salute to the CH-124 Sea King maritime helicopter marking its more than five decades of service, in a parade held today at Victoria International Airport. The Sea King will officially retire from service by December 31, 2018 as the RCAF completes its transition to the new CH-148 Cyclone maritime helicopter. The CH-124 Sea King is a ship-borne maritime helicopter and the longest-serving aircraft in the RCAF fleet. It was procured in 1963 mainly for anti-submarine warfare but its versatility…

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Pay Raise For Senior Ranks

November 28, 2018 – Treasury Board has approved a pay increase for General Officers, Flag Officers, Colonels and Navy Captains as well as all legal officers. This multi-year increase is similar to, and follows, the pay increase percentages received by Canadian Armed Forces members in June 2017. The new rates, along with a lump sum back-payment, are expected to be in the pay of all affected officers on November 30, and not later than mid-December, and are as follows: o For senior officers, a 1.25% raise in pay effective April…

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Interim Ombudman for the Canadian Armed Forces

September 21, 2018 – Mr. Gregory Lick (pictured above with a CD with no explaination) was announced as the interim Ombudsman for the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces and thanked Mr. Gary Walbourne for his service to the Defence community as Ombudsman since 2014. With over 30 years in the Canadian Coast Guard, Mr. Lick has served onboard icebreakers and search and rescue vessels, and has worked on the development of the shipbuilding procurement and fleet renewal strategies. He will serve as the interim Ombudsman effective…

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Canada Post honours Canadian Armed Forces as “last line” of help in emergencies

September 11, 2018 – Canada Post today unveiled a stamp that pays tribute to members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for their critical role in responding to emergencies across Canada, such as wildfires, floods and ice storms. Dedicated members of the CAF, both Regular and Reserve members, are a last line of defence when natural disasters occur. Trained in engineering, health services, aviation, logistics and the use of specialized equipment, they conduct evacuations, deliver aid, provide transportation, execute search and rescue missions, among many other tasks. Following Government of…

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National Defence & Veterans Affairs Introduce Veteran’s Service Card

September 11, 2018 – The Minister of National Defence and the Minister of Veterans Affairs announced that the new Veteran’s Service Cards will be distributed to former and releasing Canadian Armed Forces members who completed basic training and have been honorably released. The new Veteran’s Service Card will provide a tangible symbol of recognition for former members, encourage an enduring affiliation with the Canadian Armed Forces and ensure linkages to Veterans Affairs Canada support programs as members transition to post-service life. The new Veteran’s Service Card will be distributed in…

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CANEX Celebrates 50 Years

September 5, 2018 – CANEX, Canadian Forces Morale & Welfare Services’ (CFMWS) retail operations, often coined as “Canada’s Military Store”, celebrates its 50th anniversary of providing goods and services to the Defense community. First opened in 1968, CANEX currently counts 35 retail outlets across Canada, which includes bases, wings and its e-commerce store, CANEX.ca. In Canada, business consists of mainly general merchandise with select grocery, petroleum, and food services available at Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) bases / wings and units. In Europe, retail facilities, operated under NATEX, provide similar services…

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Birth of a Giant – The Canadair Argus

This documentary short tells the story of the conception, construction and testing of the largest Canadian aircraft of its time – the Canadair Argus. A marine reconnaissance aircraft, the Argus was designed and manufactured by Canadair for the Canadian Forces and the Royal Canadian Air Force. In its early years, it was reputedly the finest anti-submarine patrol bomber in the world. Birth of a Giant, Hugh O’Connor, provided by the National Film Board of Canada Image courtesy of Comox Air Force Museum

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Leonardo Welcomes Decision to Modernize CH-149s

Leonardo welcomes the Government of Canada’s intention to proceed with the CH-149 Cormorant Mid-Life Upgrade Program (CMLU) to be carried out by the Company to deliver a comprehensive upgrade to Canada’s AW101 primary search and rescue helicopter fleet and expand the current fleet of 14 AW101s by up to seven  additional AW101s. Leonardo with IMP Aerospace and Defence and the other members of Team Cormorant – CAE, Rockwell Collins Canada, and GE Canada – comprise a strong Canadian team for the CH-149 CMLU.  The Government of Canada’s CMLU announcement…

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