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clip Introducing BattlePro for Android

April 17, 2015, 14:39:47 by Mike Bobbitt

I am pleased to announce that starting today, the BattlePro app is available for Android users. You can install via Google Play, or directly with this link:

This is the very first version, so it is rough around the edges and there are likely some bug hiding within, but the core functionality is there. Please feel free to post any feedback or bug reports here. The Android version of BattlePro is very similar to the iOS version, with a few minor changes here and there. For example the Grid Finder is not available in Android, though we are looking at including it in a future release.

The app is free, but has some $0.99 in app purchases to help support the site and future development efforts. I've tried hard to make the core content accessible at no cost and restrict the in-apps to a few "extras".

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xx Ontario's Hydro One overbilled Petawawa - by $50M

May 25, 2015, 13:39:29 by dapaterson
So, next time you get your utility bill: imagine if your new billing is 125000% higher than your bill for the prior month.  Welcome to Petawawa - a tweet embedded in the article shows a prior month balance of about $4000, and a bill for the month of $50M.
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xx Afghan memorials (other than the Kandahar cenotaph) - merged

May 13, 2015, 05:35:35 by
This from the VAC Info-machine - highlights mine:
The Honourable Erin O’Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announced today that two memorials will be created in the nation’s capital to pay tribute to Canada’s Afghanistan mission and to Victoria Cross recipients. He was joined by the Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister responsible for the National Capital Commission, and Pierre Lemieux, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs.

The National Memorial to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan and the National Victoria Cross Memorial will be placed at Richmond Landing, along Confederation Boulevard, as part of the new Memorial Route. This beautiful green space on the bank of the Ottawa River has views of Parliament Hill and will provide a quiet yet prominent place for Canadians and visitors to reflect on Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, and to read the names of those awarded the Victoria Cross. Both memorials and the Memorial Route will be officially unveiled in 2017, helping to mark Canada’s 150th year since Confederation.

The National Memorial to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan, which was announced May 8, 2014, will serve as a testament to Canadians’ deep gratitude for the strength, courage and valour of Canadian Armed Forces members who reacted immediately to their call of duty and served in Afghanistan in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The memorial will also pay tribute to the service, sacrifices and accomplishments of many Canadians, both military and civilian, who helped begin to rebuild Afghanistan.

The National Victoria Cross Memorial will honour Canadians who have earned our nation’s highest award for valour, listing all of their names.

Competitions for designing and creating both memorials will be launched in the coming months ....
Since it appears, according to the wording of the news release, that one won't be able to read the names of the AFG fallen (unlike the proposed VC monument), the question of where the Kandahar monument should end up remains unanswered - unless I've missed something in the news (latest from late 2011 on figuring out where it should go here) other than the monument being brought on the road until it finds a permanent place in Ottawa.
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xx CFB Kingston soldier charged with drug offences

May 12, 2015, 10:00:21 by 211RadOp
Remember, innocent until proven guilty

CFB Kingston soldier charged with drug offences
By Ian MacAlpine, Kingston Whig-Standard

Monday, May 11, 2015 3:58:31 EDT PM

KINGSTON – A Canadian Forces corporal based in Kingston and a woman from eastern Ontario have been charged with the sale and distribution of controlled substances after a traffic stop on Hwy. 401 last month.
The arrests were made after a drug-related investigation by Ontario Provincial Police Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau – East, Drug Enforcement Unit in co-operation with the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, Specialized Operations Section.
On April 3, officers conducted a traffic stop on Hwy. 401 near Kingston.
The stop resulted in the seizure of a quantity of suspected methamphetamine pills, cocaine, marijuana, cash and drug paraphernalia.
The driver of the car, Cpl. Lucas Stewart, 23, and passenger Chelsey Romans, 19, of North Dundas Township were charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (three counts) and possession of property obtained by crime.
They were released and scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Kingston on May 21.
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xx CAF serving members and vets peer support: Veteran Well Being Networks list

May 11, 2015, 01:06:16 by Brihard
NATIONAL LIST OF VETERAN WELL BEING NETWORKS: Below is a list of all the VWBNs across Canada now that most of the country is covered. They're a simple concept; groups of serving CAF members or vets networked into regional groups. Though most are named for army reserve brigades, that's just because of how the first few started and the networks that established them. All are open to all serving CAF members or vets; not just army, not just reservists, not just people who are serving in or have served in the brigades they may be named for. I've seen everything on these nets from suicide interventions to troops hooked up with jobs or housing, offering to help each other move, being there for someone during a family emergency, or even just meeting up for coffee or beers. The networks all talk to each other and are in comms with the majority of veterans' groups/services out there and can rapidly get help for nearly anything that comes up. The utility of the networks is limited only by the creativity of the members, and the strict policy that they remain non-political and loyal to the military chain of command. They have official blessing from senior army leadership and have done amazing work. A lot of situations that are identified elsewhere get quickly referred to the appropriate network who in turn identify and engage local boots on the ground for real concrete help. It's a powerful and effective system. Networks are listed west to east, because no particular reason except I feel like it. Ontario is split in three and I couldn't name every town obviously, but I drew rough borders.

The “so what?” for you? Join the network covering your area, and just keep an eye open for when you might feel you can offer help, or stick up a mitt if you need or could use some. No problem too big, no problem to small, no brother or sister too far away or too long released from service. If I missed any groups or got something wrong, shoot me a flaming turd in my private messages and I'll fix it.

British Columbia:
B.C. Veteran Well-being Network

Alberta and Yellowknife:
41 CBG Veteran's Well Being Group

Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Lake Superior region of Ontario:
38 CBG Veteran Support

1 CMBG / 3 Can Div (The army of the West)
3 Can Div Veterans Well Being Network

Ontario: Sault St. Marie – NCR – Cornwall – Rideau – Peterborough:
33 CBG Veteran's Well Being Group

Ontario: Greater Toronto Area - St. Catherines – Aurora – Brampton – Oakville
32 CBG Veteran's Well Being Network

Ontario: Southwestern
31CBG Veteran Well-being Network

Ontario (females only):
4th Canadian Division Female Veterans Wellbeing Network

Pending (cough, cough)

New Brunswick – Nova Scotia – P.E.I. - Newfoundland:
36-37 CBG Veterans's Well Being Network

Yukon – Northwest Territories – Nunavut
Potentially pending if sufficient interest identified

National (mental health specific):
Send Up The Count
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xx OCdt Sage Fanstone, Suicide and Investigation

May 07, 2015, 21:40:39 by
Some more, in English, from the Kingston Whig-Standard, shared under the Fair Dealing provisions of the Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42) ....
Royal Military College has confirmed a 19-year-old officer cadet died Wednesday afternoon in Kingston.

“I am deeply saddened by the tragic death of Officer Cadet Sage Fanstone,” Brig.-Gen. Al Meinzinger, commandant of RMC, said in a statement. “He was a second-year cadet at the Royal Military College of Canada and this terrible event has affected us all. This incident is currently under investigation by Kingston Police.”

Emergency services were called to Ontario Street at approximately 3:30 p.m. for a medical emergency with vital signs absent. Kingston Police said in a statement the incident is classified as a sudden death with no criminal element or suspicion of foul play.

Police said the regional coroner's office is now investigating.

“Officer Cadet Fanstone’s next of kin have been notified,” Meinzinger said. “My deepest condolences go out to them, and support is being provided during this very difficult time.”

Meinzinger said students, staff and faculty are saddened by Fanstone's death, and support is being offered to those affected by the loss.

“On behalf of the entire Royal Military College of Canada family, I extend my deepest sympathy to his family, his friends and all of his fellow students at RMC,” Meinzinger said.
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