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I did a bit of research for a novel here a while back and to show my appreciation, I would like to offer complementary copies to the board and / or it's members for assisting me. The novel came out in July and is doing very well.
Before I posted anything specific, I just wanted to see how you wanted to handle this (or not). If you don't want me doing this, I'll certainly respect your wishes.
I can send copies to the board mods or owner to hand out, or you can run a draw and I can mail paperbacks (or email ebooks) direct to the winners. Alternately, I can offer them to the people who responded to my thread.
To be clear, I'm not looking for any sort of endorsement or advertising. These will be gifts, pure and simple. If paperback, I can offer up to six copies. For ebooks, we can discuss.
Feel free to send me an email to my addy if you prefer.
Regardless of the decision, thank you for providing this forum.
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Sad news this morning.
Canadian soldier dies at CFB Petawawahttp://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canadian-soldier-dies-at-cfb-petawawa-1.2114534
Michelle Zilio, CTVNews.ca
22 Nov 2014
A Canadian Forces soldier based in Petawawa, Ont., has died, CTV News has learned.
Craftsman Kyle Sinclair died in the Royal Canadian Dragoon lines at CFB Petawawa Friday night shortly before midnight, Lt. Jean François Carpentier told CTV Ottawa.
The incident happened in one of the base’s tank hangars. Sinclair was doing maintenance work on a vehicle – a normal, routine task – when the incident happened. Other soldiers on site performed first aid before Sinclair was taken to Pembroke Regional Hospital. He was later medically evacuated to the Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus. He died late Friday night.
Military police were the first to arrive on the scene. The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service is investigating the scene of Sinclair’s death.
Sinclair, 27, joined the Canadian Forces in December 2012 and had been based at CFB Petawawa since the spring of 2013. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and was doing job training with 2 Service Battalion. His rank of craftsman is equivalent to a private.
Carpentier said the base is saddedned by Sinclair's death.
"In any case, the loss of a Canadian solider is really devastating on the military community. Espeically on the base, where we feel close-knit with the local community," said Carpentier. "Our condolences ... go out to the family and friends of Craftsman Sinclair."
The Department of National Defence is expected to issue a press release on Sinclair’s death later today.
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This is a link to their facebook page: Click Here
And a CBC article about a former member of the CAF heading over to volunteer with the Kurds to fight ISIS.Link
Canadian military veterans plan to enlist with Kurds battling ISIS
A number of Canadian military veterans say they'll be enlisting with the growing ranks of foreign fighters who have joined the Kurdish battle against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
CBC News has learned of a half-dozen former Canadian Forces personnel planning to join Kurdish troops in the following weeks and months, with some citing what they see as an insufficient military response by Canada to the onslaught by the group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Fighting ISIS: Canadian-Israeli woman joins Kurds in Syria
Turkey opposes U.S. arms transfer to Kurds in Kobani
Airstrikes get more accurate with help from Kurds
At least a half-dozen others are said to be considering going.
The earliest any of the veterans said they would head to Iraq, where the Kurdish effort is centred, is next month.
"I got put on this Earth to do one thing," explained one of the men, who served in Afghanistan and who spoke with CBC on condition he not be identified. "I got this fire in me. I still want to soldier on."
Fighting ISIS: Canadian-Israeli Gill Rosenberg first foreign woman to joins Kurds in Syria
It emerged two weeks ago that Gill Rosenberg, a Canadian-Israeli, had become the first female foreign fighter to join the Kurds fighting ISIS. (Facebook)
He characterized Canada's military response to ISIS as "OK, but it's definitely not adequate," and said there should be "boots on the ground."
The man said he plans to enlist with four or five other friends from the military, and has few compunctions about possibly encountering fellow Canadians fighting for ISIS on the other side.
"That's the enemy in my opinion.... If I come across an ISIS member that is Canadian and he's shooting at me, I will shoot back."
At least three other Canadians are known or reported to have already joined the Kurdish forces:
A Kurdish commander told CBC News a Canadian military veteran had recently arrived and is currently on the front lines.
Canadian-Israeli Gill Rosenberg became the first foreign woman to join the Kurds when she travelled to Iraq to train; she told Israeli radio last week she would go into combat in next-door Syria.
Dillon Hillier, a construction worker in Alberta and veteran of the Afghanistan mission, flew to northeastern Iraq last weekend, it emerged on Friday.
When asked about reports Hillier is in Iraq, Ontario MPP Randy Hillier and wife Jane Hillier said in statement: "There are no words which can adequately describe how proud we are of our son Dillon, including his past service with the Canadian Armed Forces. While we have limited contact with Dillon, we do know he is safe and sound.
"As a proud Canadian, he has always cherished and defended the freedoms we are all afforded in this great country," the statement continued.
'There's a risk'
Department of National Defence officials meeting at a security summit in Halifax had no comment on the matter when asked by CBC News.
It is not illegal in Canada to enlist in a foreign militant force, provided it is not a group the federal government designates as a terrorist entity and it is not engaged in hostilities against Canada or its allies.
That does present a potential problem in this case, though, said Jez Littlewood, an assistant professor of international affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa.
"There are strong indications that we're seeing groups from Turkey such as the PKK, who are also supporting the Kurdish forces, the Peshmerga, in northern Iraq," Littlewood said.
The PKK — the Kurdish initials for the Kurdistan Workers Party — is a Kurdish nationalist militant group that Canada lists as a terrorist entity.
"So there's a risk that any individuals who come into contact even inadvertently or indirectly with the PKK could in fact be falling afoul of supporting a terrorist organization," Littlewood said.
Enough Canadian veterans have expressed interest in fighting alongside Kurdish forces that a number of them have formed a support group.
Ian Bradbury of Ottawa said the 1st North American Expeditionary Force, as the group is known, aims to provide guidance and verification of overseas contacts for freelance fighters.
"We make sure they have an understanding of what it is that they're doing," and advise on things like kit preparation and travel plans, he said.
He added that the veterans he's heard from are motivated by the perception ISIS is working to "terrorize" civilians in Iraq and Syria.
"It's definitely pulling at the strings of a lot of the guys that take it on themselves to be the defenders of innocents," Bradbury said.
Kurds in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq have been battling militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group, also known as ISIL, for months, backed by the United States and the European Union.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces have also more recently entered neighbouring Syria to counter ISIS there, particularly around Kobani.
Calgary man's photo found in files revealing ISIS's underbelly
Canada began deploying fighter jets and support personnel to the Mideast last month as part of an aerial bombardment mission against ISIS.
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This from CBC.ca
, shared under the "Fair Dealing" provisions
of Canada's Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42)
The Royal Canadian Legion in Kenora, Ont., accepted the resignation of its chaplain on Monday, after some members and the local Conservative MP complained her remarks about Veterans Affairs and Afghanistan War veterans at a Remembrance Day service were too political.
During the Nov. 11 legion service, Rev. Sandra Tankard spoke out about concerns that veterans who fought in Afghanistan are not getting proper care, and then talked about cuts to Veterans Affairs.
"Canadians have become lulled into thinking that our Afghan vets have received similar support to that received by vets in earlier conflicts, and that is not the case," Tankard said in an email to CBC News. "Further, it is the 'job' of the chaplain to stand with the suffering. PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder] is a sort of life-long sacrifice."
Her comments were "deemed to be 'inappropriately political'," Tankard added.
But the president of the legion said it was Tankard's words about how she would vote that members felt were poorly chosen, and poorly timed.
"She felt that it was important to say that we have to continue supporting our veterans, which the legion totally concurs with, but the members' concerns were: wrong place, wrong time," said Jerry Lava.
After the Remembrance Day service, Tankard said local Conservative MP Greg Rickford approached her directly and expressed his "displeasure" about her remarks.
Rickford declined CBC's request for a comment.
Tankard said she wrote a letter of apology to Rickford and offered her resignation as chaplain after she was told some legion members felt she had "embarrassed the legion."
Lava said once Tankard offered her resignation, protocols needed to be followed and legion members voted largely in favour of accepting it at a meeting Monday night .....
FYI, here's the notes to her speech shared w/CBC (realizing, like any other speech notes, it's "check against delivery" - or "what's written may not always be exactly what's said"):
REMEMBRANCE DAY: Nov. 11, 2014**
Each one of us, and many others across the country and around the world, are wearing the Poppy of Remembrance today.
Because of the recent deaths of two Canadian soldiers, Cirillo and Vincent, And because this is the centenary of the beginning of the Great War (which also became known as the First World War), most of us are more attentive to remembrance this year than perhaps we have been in years past.
So what, you might ask, have we forgotten?
Certainly not the SACRIFICE made by those who laid down their lives for King and Country;
Certainly not the COURAGE of our men and women at-arms.
Certainly not the TRAINING and DISCIPLINE that our Canadian Troops have brought to Policing or Peacekeeping in Korea, Cyprus, and other hotspots where they have been called as part of United Nations and NATO efforts.
And most recently we have not forgotten to honour those who died in the Afghanistan conflict, who were remembered as their bodies travelled along Hwy 401 from CFB Trenton to Toronto – the “Highway of Heroes”.
NO, we have not forgotten to honour the individuals who paid the ultimate price!
But we HAVE largely forgotten to honour that which they have won for us:
Our “rights” to freedom of religion: to choose not only HOW we worship Our Higher Power (and what we choose to name that Power), or, even if we choose NOT!
Our “rights” to freedom of assembly: that we might gather together to pursue personal, professional, business, or community actions for the good of society.
Our “rights” to vote: to choose freely our representatives in local councils, in Provincial and Federal parliaments.
Our “rights” to freedom of speech: To be heard by our peers and by our leaders, even if we do not agree with them, perhaps especially if we don’t!
Canada’s continued participation in the quest for Peace-and-Justice during the past 70 years has largely fallen upon the shoulders of the members of our Armed Forces.
Significantly VOLUNTEER, not conscripted!
The nature of these conflicts has changed, and those men and women, too, have paid a price, not only in the deaths of their comrades, in the field, but also in wounds to body, mind and spirit.
Physical wounds are visible, and so can be treated. Canada’s health system has provided excellent physiotherapy, and prosthetics to injured veterans.
Wounds to mind and spirit are much harder to see and much more difficult to remedy.
I for one, could not finish reading Romeo Dallaire’s memoir Shake hands with the Devil, and even today as a respected member of our Senate, he continues to struggle with PTSD.
For too many others, the battle with PTSD has ended only with suicide.
James Dugan noted on Sunday in his Sermon that suicides of Afghanistan vets now exceed the number of battle fatalities.**
Our Government has continued to cut funding to the Ministry of Veteran’s Affairs, including removing Service Offices.
Like many other members of the Royal Canadian Legion, I claim my right to dissent against this action, both with my voice and a letter to my MP and with the promise of my vote to the party that would restore that funding to the people and programs it has supported!
I do so, immeasurably thankful to those who have served to keep Canada free, and Canadians safe: the men and women of our Army, Navy and Airforce, as well as our Coast Guard, and Police and Fire Departments, indeed, all those whose work for us requires duty and discipline.
I invite you to add thanksgiving to your solemn REMEMBRANCE this day.
Let us leave this time and place today, knowing again WHY we honour these men and women.
- This appears to refer to a sermon by the Rev. James Dugan of St. Alban's Anglican Cathedral in Kenora
- can't find a text to that.
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This just in from Halifax:
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Dean Hicks, Canadian Forces member, found dead at CFB HalifaxLINK
Foul play is not suspected
CBC News Posted: Nov 13, 2014 9:12 PM AT Last Updated: Nov 13, 2014 9:15 PM AT
A Canadian Armed Forces Member was found dead Wednesday at CFB Halifax.
The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service is investigating the death of Petty Officer Second Class Dean Hicks.
Foul play is not suspected.
In a news release Thursday evening, the Department of National Defence said it is confident that the investigation will be completed in a timely manner. It said providing further comment or details might prejudice the integrity of this investigation.
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In other news, at a time when we are seeing terrorists attacking Canadian Servicemen and Walts passing themselves off as Servemen, comes this report out of Montreal.
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Un major de l’armée inquiète les autorités
MICHAEL NGUYEN @
JOURNAL DE MONTRÉAL, PUBLIÉ LE: MERCREDI 12 NOVEMBRE 2014, 21H17 | MISE À JOUR: MERCREDI 12 NOVEMBRE 2014, 21H24
Arrêté au palais de justice de Montréal avec des armes, un major de l’armée souffrant de stress post-traumatique inquiète les autorités au point qu’elles l’ont gardé derrière les barreaux depuis déjà plus d’une semaine.
Le cas du haut gradé Eric Dion, un membre des Forces armées canadiennes depuis 1990, soulève bien des questions.
Toute l’affaire a débuté en 2012, quand les policiers ont répondu à un appel pour violence conjugale chez lui. En arrivant sur place, les autorités auraient trouvé des armes acquises illégalement.
Le haut gradé de 41 ans a été accusé de possession d’armes prohibées, entre autres, et les autorités ont entrepris des démarches pour lui faire retirer son permis de port d’armes.
Récemment, la cour a en plus interdit au major Dion de posséder des armes en attendant l’audition de la requête.
Le militaire, qui est en congé de maladie et qui attend sa libération de l’armée, n’aurait toutefois pas respecté ces conditions le 4 novembre dernier lors d’un de ses passages en cour.
En fouillant son sac aux arches de sécurité, les forces de l’ordre du palais de justice ont trouvé un bâton télescopique, un couteau, ainsi que du matériel de survie.
«Il était bien équipé», a confié une source au Journal.
De nouvelles accusations ont été déposées, et le major est depuis détenu.
Mais plus que le contenu du sac, c’est le véhicule du haut gradé qui a le plus inquiété les autorités.
Son VUS noir aux vitres teintées était en effet stationné sur le Champ-de-Mars, non loin de l’hôtel de ville de Montréal où le président français, François Hollande, effectuait une visite officielle.
«Ce qui était particulier, c’est que la plaque d’immatriculation était recouverte d’une pellicule teintée», a expliqué une source au Journal.
Et en fouillant le véhicule, les policiers auraient trouvé des uniformes de la Gendarmerie royale du Canada.
«Le véhicule a été remorqué», a expliqué le sergent Laurent Gingras, porte-parole à la police de Montréal.
Ce dernier n’a pas confirmé la découverte, mentionnant toutefois qu’aucune accusation n’avait été déposée relativement au contenu du véhicule.
Plusieurs sources du Journal ont indiqué que les autorités tentent toujours de comprendre pourquoi ce major avait ces uniformes, d’autant plus qu’il avait déjà tenu des propos inquiétants portant sur son stress post-traumatique.
Son enquête sur remise en liberté a lieu aujourd’hui au palais de justice de Montréal.
French version of the Journal de Montreal at LINK
I found this English translation:
:: Arrested in Montreal courthouse with weapons, a major in the army suffering from post-traumatic stress concerned authorities to the point that kept him behind bars for more than a week already.
If the senior officer Eric Dion, a member of the Canadian Armed Forces since 1990, raises many questions.
The whole affair began in 2012, when police responded to a domestic violence call at his home. Arriving there, the authorities have found weapons acquired illegally.
The senior officer of 41 years was charged with possession of prohibited weapons, among others, the authorities have taken steps to withdraw its permit to carry weapons.
Recently, the court in addition to Major Dion prohibited from possessing weapons pending the hearing of the application.
The military, which is on sick leave and awaits his release from the army, however, would not comply with these terms on 4 November during one of his visits to court.
Searched his bag for security arches, the forces of the courthouse found a collapsible baton, a knife, and survival equipment.
"It was well equipped," a source told the Journal.
New charges have been filed, and Major has been detained.
But more than the contents of the bag, this is the vehicle of senior officer who has most worried the authorities.
His black SUV with tinted windows was indeed parked on the Champ de Mars, near the city hall of Montreal where the French president, Francois Hollande, was on an official visit.
"What was special is that the license plate was covered with a tinted film," said a source at the Journal.
And searching the vehicle, police reportedly found uniforms of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
"The vehicle was towed," said Sergeant Laurent Gingras, spokesperson for the Montreal police.
It has not confirmed the discovery, stating however that no charges had been filed in relation to the contents of the vehicle.
Several sources told the Journal that authorities are still trying to understand why the staff had these uniforms, especially since he had already taken on worrying about his post-traumatic stress.
His survey released today held at the courthouse in Montreal.::::::
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