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Good luck wished for MGen Thompson in his two year command of this mission.
Canadian Denis Thompson leads Sinai peacekeeping force http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/canadian-denis-thompson-leads-sinai-peacekeeping-force-1.2558925
Major-General will lead team of about 1,600 army, air and naval troops for next 2 years
04 March 2014
A Canadian general has been put in charge of a team of military observers in the violent border region between Egypt and Israel.
The CBC's Sasa Petricic was the only Canadian reporter at Canadian Maj.-Gen. Denis Thompson's swearing-in ceremony on Monday, and just the second reporter to ever visit the base.
Thompson, who was a brigadier-general in the Canadian Forces prior to this new role, will be the force commander of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) for the next two years.
The MFO — a team of about 1,600 army, air and naval troops — was created in 1981 as part of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, and its role is to keep the peace in the area.
Petricic reports that the force is spread along the border between Egypt and Israel on the east side of the Sinai Peninsula. Not many people live in the rough, arid area, but several groups of militants, including Bedouin fighters and Palestinian and Islamist fighters, are active in the region.
The MFO soldiers, including 31 Canadians, have dug into positions surrounded with barb wire. Soldiers from Canada have served in the Sinai since 1985 as part of the Canadian Forces’ Operation Calumet. The force is there to observe what’s going on, but they also have to protect themselves.
Thompson previously worked as the commander of Canada’s secretive Joint Task Force 2 and he was NATO’s commander of Task Force Kandahar in 2008.
Off the battlefield, he also worked in Ottawa for some time, something Petricic suggested will help him negotiate the political sensitivities surrounding working in the Middle East hot spot.
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When Drew Battersby joined the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada regiment 23 years ago, he figured a little adventure and discipline as a part-time reservist was just what he needed.
But while the military side of his life has gone well — for one thing, he spent six and a half months in Bosnia as part of NATO peacekeeping operation in 1998 — he hasn't been able to find steady, well-paying work in the Hamilton area.
He has bounced from dead-end job to dead-end job because he lacks the skills to build a career on.
More recently, though, his Hamilton-based regiment — along with a heavy machinery training school — has taken a huge step to change the fortunes of Battersby and other reservists struggling in a tough economy.
Battersby, a 39-year-old corporal who is married and a father of one, recently became the first Argyll graduate of a five-week heavy equipment training scholarship at the Robar Centre, a private career college on Nebo Road in Hamilton.
The course usually costs $10,000 per student but the owners are extending free scholarships — at least one a year for the next five years — as a philanthropic gesture to help Argyll reservists.
While Battersby hasn't yet landed a job with his new credentials, he is confident something will come together soon. He said he learned a lot in the program and a heavy machinery operation is ideal for him because he likes working with his hands.
Graduates are trained to operate bulldozers, backhoes and other heavy machinery. They usually start at $18 to $19, but can make a lot more than that working construction projects in more remote regions of the country. The owners of the company say 87 per cent of graduates find work in the field.
Honorary Lt. Col. Rick Kennedy says, "In this economy we have a lot of young people who have trouble finding meaningful work. So we think this is wonderful stuff.
"Reservists make good employees. They have been trained, have discipline. They pay attention to detail. They have been physically challenged, possibly seeing action in Afghanistan and Bosnia."
That's consistent with the thinking of Susan Edwards, the president of Robar. But she notes, "They come back from a commission overseas and there is really no job for them because they need some skills training. It is our way to give something back to the community to help them with this."
Battersby says the program is a great opportunity for reservists who are "stuck" trying to better themselves in civilian life.
"A lot of reservists want to become police officers but the competition is tough and few make it," he said.
"A lot of guys don't know what to do. They lack education and they sort of get stuck and they are not really sure what avenue to take."
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And I just heard a rumour that the Army Commander (LGen Hainse) has issued a memo (e-mail?) to his staff (the whole Army?) saying just that: don't talk to the media.
There is now an interesting story on how this letter came to be release when it requested by the media:
How one defence staffer stood up for Access to Information http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/how-one-defence-staffer-stood-up-for-access-to-information-1.2555659
Public affairs adviser told to refuse CBC News request for letter, but said 'I won't do it'
James Cudmore, CBC News
02 March 2014
A lone civilian public affairs adviser for the Canadian army defied military officials last month and insisted on the public release of a potentially embarrassing email, according to newly released documents.
Doug Drever, who has worked for the military for years, bucked his bosses and refused to follow instructions he apparently believed were unethical.
The exchange between Drever, senior military officers and Drever's bureaucratic overseers offers a rare inside glimpse at the contortions government can twist itself into as it weighs whether to make information public or keep it hidden.
Drever, who worked in the Prime Minister's Office under Brian Mulroney, said in an email exchange with military officers that he wouldn't tell a CBC reporter the request for a four-paragraph email sent by the army commander to his subordinates in December had been refused.
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See news story at this linkhttp://ca.news.yahoo.com/ronald-anderson-death-not-counted-military-stats-160507953.html
I think maybe it is time for us to stand up and maybe keep an unoffical count here, and maybe that will help show there is a problem and it is not just Reg Force and male problem.
I am deeply confused and ashamed that some soldiers do not count because it is too much work or too much trouble to count or track.
I know of one personally I guess will not count in the list. How many more are there?
Anything we can do to bring pressure on this matter with the CofC
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I saw this on a friend's Facebook feed and felt it should be passed along.
Goes to show how a person's life can change in an instant. I thought maybe people here could help, especially as this is a CAF family, either through donations or just spreading the word. In the last 12 hours, the donations page has raised over $9,000.http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/hope-for-evan-n-s-dad-seeks-help-to-bring-home-son-from-iwk-1.1707137
Published Thursday, February 27, 2014 4:42PM AST
Last Updated Thursday, February 27, 2014 8:29PM AST
A single dad is asking for some help so he can bring his 12-year-old son home from the IWK Health Centre.
Kevin Turner was on his way home from work one day in May 2013 when he came upon an accident. His life changed dramatically that day.
“There was enough people on the scene and I was going to go by and then I noticed the bike that was on the ground,” says Turner.
He knew the bike belonged to his son Evan, but he had no idea how seriously the boy had been injured.
“It didn’t look good at all and there was a really high chance that he may not make it,” says Turner.
Evan suffered severe brain damage in the accident and can no longer eat, walk or talk.
Turner, who lives in Timberlea, N.S., visits his son at the IWK every day, and brings along his four-year-old boy and seven-year-old twin girls.
“I have them here every day,” says the single dad. “We spend as much time here as possible with Evan, just to keep the family environment.”
Turner says daily visits to the IWK have become the new normal for his family, and medically, Evan is doing well. He hopes Evan will be able to go home soon, but that will require a lot of changes.
“There’s a long list of equipment that he needs to make life at home possible.”
The military has fast-tracked a wheelchair-accessible home for the family, but they still need a van, motorized wheelchair, hospital bed and lift system – just a few of the essential items on a very long list.
Turner says he simply doesn’t have the money to cover all the costs and he’s not sure what to do next.
“This is something that you never dream of happening in your life, and then it happens.”
He started a fundraising page a few months ago, but it stalled at $8,000. He says he needs $50,000, but is trying to stay positive amid the financial stress.
“It’s devastating, but on the positive end of it, he’s alive.”
With files from CTV Atlantic's Kayla Hounsell
And the donations page:http://www.gofundme.com/606ivs
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HMCS ASSINIBOINE, and the cruiser HMS DUNEDIN capture the German merchantman Hanover in the Caribbean. Hanover will later be repaired and outfitted as the Royal Navy's first auxiliary aircraft carrier HMS AUDACITY.
XANTEN, effective dates for battle honour begin (to 9 Mar 45)
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