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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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Surprised this hasn't been posted yet
Courtesy of the National Post:http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/11/21/canadian-who-volunteered-to-fight-with-kurds-against-isis-says-its-the-right-thing-to-do/
Canadian who volunteered to fight with Kurds against ISIS says it’s the ‘right thing to do’
Dillon Hillier was working construction in Alberta when ISIS gunmen began their brutal push into Kurdish territory. A veteran of the Canadian mission in Afghanistan, he decided he couldn’t just watch it happen.
Last weekend, the 26-year-old infantryman left Calgary and flew to northeastern Iraq to help Kurdish fighters fend off the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham. “I just felt it was the right thing to do since they’re facing some pretty tough times,” he said in an interview.
The first veteran of the Canadian military known to have joined Kurdish forces battling ISIS, Mr. Hillier is part of a growing number of Western volunteers heading to the region to participate in the fight against the armed extremists.
“I look at what I’m doing as no different than when thousands of Canadians went to fight the Germans in World War II,” said Mr. Hillier, who served in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. “And I think ISIS is far more barbaric.”
Unlike the radicalized youths who have flocked to Syria and Iraq, Mr. Hillier is a military veteran and he is siding with ISIS’s most formidable enemy, the Peshmerga. Mr. Hillier said he expected to be joined over the coming weeks by volunteers from Canada, the United States and Sweden.
To help Canadians eager to fight ISIS, an Ottawa military veteran recently formed the 1st North American Expeditionary Force. Ian Bradbury said former Canadian Forces members had launched the non-profit group to provide financial and logistical support to friends who felt compelled to volunteer.
“Each of them has to buy their own kit before they leave,” he said. “And that gets quite expensive.” He put the cost at about $3,500, but said he hoped the group would provide donated clothing and equipment as well as discount airfares. On its Facebook page, it also offers “verified contacts” with Peshmerga units. Mr. Bradbury said he knew Mr. Hillier and had helped ensure his Peshmerga contacts were genuine.
“We’re just kind of a central authority to help guys out,” he said. The group was careful to ensure it was doing nothing illegal, he added. “As long as nobody’s being trained here, as long as we’re not forming any militia, it’s all in bounds.”
Originally from Carleton Place, Ont., Mr. Hillier joined the military at age 20. (At his request, the National Post agreed not to identify his well-known family for security reasons.) During the 2011 Manitoba floods, he packed sandbags to hold back the Assiniboine River.
In June 2013, he was sent to Kabul for six months as part of Operation Attention, a NATO mission that trained the Afghan security forces. He left the military in March after five years of service and found construction work in Alberta.
As a student of history he was familiar with the long struggle for Kurdish independence, and he was troubled by the violent ISIS challenge to the Kurds.
Because the semi-autonomous Iraqi-Kurdistan region centred north of Baghdad is secular, democratic and pro-Western, ISIS views it as an obstacle to the puritanical Islamic State it wants to impose in the region. Kurdish children kidnapped by ISIS have been tortured and forced to pray five times a day, Human Rights Watch said.
ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing in the Kurdish capital Irbil on Wednesday that left five dead. In a communiqué posted on Twitter, ISIS called Kurds “apostate traitors” and said more attacks were coming “Allah permitting.”
“It’s absolutely disgusting,” Mr. Hillier said of ISIS. By contrast, he said the Kurds were broad-minded and tolerant. “They don’t care that I’m not a Muslim, it’s a non-issue for them. They’re different than the people they’re fighting.”
Through Facebook, he found a contact who put him in touch with a Peshmerga recruiter. “It wasn’t terribly difficult,” he said in an interview before he left. “The only thing I was worried about was walking into a trap, but I’ve confirmed the identities of people.”
In a sign of the increased interest in fighting alongside the Kurds, a Peshmerga Facebook page now offers tips for Western volunteers, suggesting travel routes and how much cash to bring (US$5,000). Volunteers shouldn’t expect to get paid, it said, but are free to leave whenever they wish.
While it warned not to bring weapons, it said AK-47s cost $700 to $2,000 at the local bazaars and M-16s and M-4s went for $3,000 to $4,000. But that could be recouped by selling them later, it added. “It would help if you have some former basic military training or experience.”
Veronica Kitchen, an associate professor of political science at the University of Waterloo, said it was not illegal to fight in a foreign conflict — although traveling abroad to participate in terrorism would be against the law.
As a result, while Canadians who join groups like ISIS or the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusrah Front could face charges upon their return to Canada, those helping the Peshmerga would not, provided they did not commit acts of terrorism as defined by the Criminal Code.
Mr. Hillier flew to London and Qatar before boarding a flight to Sulaymaniyah, in northern Iraq. He posted photos of himself on Facebook at a Peshmerga base on Tuesday, prompting comments of support and surprise. “What the hell are you doing there?” one friend wrote.
He said he hoped to pass on what he had learned in the Canadian Forces to the Kurds, whom he said were skilled mountain fighters but could benefit from his urban combat training, since they were now fighting street battles against ISIS in cities and towns. “I think what we can do is a bit of mentoring.”
He encouraged other veterans to join him, saying that even 10 could make a difference against ISIS, which is filled with foreign extremists, some of them Canadians. “If I can help stop one person from dying, I think it’ll be worth it,” he said. “And I hope to accomplish a lot more than that.”
It is a mission not unlike the one being carried out by the dozens of Canadian Forces personnel currently providing “strategic and technical advice” to the Iraqi security forces. Canadian CF-18s have also been bombing ISIS targets in Iraq.
Reached by phone in Iraq on Thursday, Mr. Hillier said he was gearing up for his deployment to the front lines, convinced he had done the right thing. “These people are amazing,” he said of the Kurds. “They’re just very, very friendly and just really hospitable.”
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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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