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xx Site Security

April 10, 2014, 14:11:02 by Mike Bobbitt

Over the coming days and weeks, you will notice a few changes to the site, as we move incrementally to a more secure model. The first change you will notice is that the site URL for the forums is changing. While the old "" will still work for the foreseeable future, the new default will be to drop the leading "forums" subdomain. This is a minor change on the surface, but with far-reaching impact as we have been operating as "" for a very (very) long time.

This change was made to consolidate the "forums" onto the same hostname as the rest of the site. The content and hosting remains the same, it's more or less a cosmetic change. With this done, the existing SSL certificate can be used to protect forum data. (Under the previous setup, we would need to purchase a second certificate - or a more expensive variant - to protect the extra subdomain.)

The long term goal then is to have SSL encryption enabled for the site by default, providing better overall security for account information, personal messages and all other content. I will be making changes incrementally, so it won't be immediate and (too) drastic, but will get us there in a reasonable timeframe.

Now those Navy, Air Force and Milnet folks will be asking "what about me?" The unfortunate answer is that while your URLs will also be changing (losing the forums. prefix) you won't be getting SSL in the immediate term. That would require the purchase of 3 more certificates each year, at about $100 a pop. So, I'm going to show my bias here and stick with securing only. For those who want to make use of the SSL connection, you'll have to do it on the green side of things, I'm afraid.

So, where are we now? The SSL certificate is installed and the forums. hosts collapsed, but SSL is not the default. It is ready to test, which you can do by simply changing HTTP to HTTPS in your URL. For example:


There are still some issues that will need to be resolved... some site content will try to load over http even when you requested https, and that will cause issues. I will pick away at these over time and when everything is "good" SSL will become the new default.

In the meantime, if anyone has issues, please let me know.


P.S. As a sidenote, for those following Heartbleed, we are patched and all key material has been regenerated from scratch.
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xx Conservatives plan to legislate CAF unification into history?

April 13, 2014, 14:49:24 by MCG
Missed this when it first came out.  It looks like the Conservatives plan to legislate unification into history.  I guess there is nothing more important than erasing the last half century.
The ‘Royal’ in Royal Navy, Air Force to get legal weight
Michelle Zilio
11 Feb 2014

The Canadian Forces will enshrine the traditional titles and ranks of of the Canadian Armed Forces in law, according to the federal budget tabled Tuesday by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.

In August 2011, the government recognized the “historic” titles of the Canadian Armed Forces by restoring the titles of the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force. And in April 2013, traditional Canadian Forces ranks and designations were reinstated.

While the titles, ranks and designations have operationally changed, Tuesday’s budget revealed the Conservative government’s intentions to enshrine those titles into law by listing the traditional references in the National Defence Act.

“In recognition of Canada’s military traditions and heritage, the Government proposes to amend the National Defence Act to enshrine these titles and designations in law,” read the budget.

The decision to recognize the titles and ranks in the National Defence Act is part of the government’s budget provisions focused on “supporting and honouring veterans.”
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xx Shilo soldier charged with sexual assault, inappropriate conduct

April 11, 2014, 12:25:51 by PMedMoe
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A soldier based in Manitoba is facing charges of assault and sexual assault.

Master Warrant Officer Douglas Pettie, a vehicle technician at Canadian Forces Base Shilo near Brandon, Man., has been charged with one count of sexual assault and two counts of assault causing bodily harm.

Major Yves Desbiens with the Canadian Forces said the alleged incidents occurred between February 2011 and May 2013 in Moncton, N.B.

An investigation into the allegations began last May and resulted in charges being laid Wednesday.

Pettie, 49, also faces four counts of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline under the National Defence Act.

More at link

This link states that the victim was also a serving member:
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xx Petawawa soldier facing sexual assault charges.

April 09, 2014, 23:32:20 by CDNAIRFORCE

I met this guy during basic training. Quiet and polite person. I was rather shocked to see this to be honest.
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xx New military construction announced for Halifax

April 07, 2014, 15:26:25 by MCG
So, who is to move into the Maj. Robert Campbell Risley Armoury when it is built?
Ottawa announces start of construction for 2 Halifax military projects
Global News
07 April 2014

HALIFAX – The federal government has announced the start of construction on two military projects in Halifax.

The first project is a housing and training facility for the junior ranks at Canadian Forces Base Halifax.

Aecon and SLI have been awarded that contract for $64.8 million.

The second project, worth $6.1 million, is going to PCL Constructors Canada for a new armoury in Bedford.

That facility will be named after Maj. Robert Campbell Risley, a native of Sydney, N.S., who was the first commanding officer of 5 Provost Company in 1947.

That unit later became the modern-day 3 Military Police Regiment.
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xx Canadian Forces dentists' productivity questioned

March 20, 2014, 21:42:42 by DAA
So I showed up for my dental appt, unlike most but that's another issue.  I thought something was rather strange when I saw the mop and bucket in the exam room and then the rather large yellow book/file thing on the instrument table.  Didn't have my glasses on, so just figured it was my Dental File.  Anyhow, ended up getting a tooth pulled, so that's one less that I have to brush daily.

But now after seeing this story, I'm thinking that yellow thing, was a book on "Tooth Extraction for Dummies" and that really wasn't the Dentist that treated me!
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