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    Unrest in Haiti, Again

    A "gang" murdered the President of Haitis and critically wounded his wife in an attack on their residence last night. As can be seen in this report, reproduced under the Fair Dealings provision of the Copyright Act, the situation is unclear. PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI -- Haitian President Jovenel...
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    Airborne Gunner History

    Green On, Go, the history of Canada's airborne gunners is now available. I am honoured to have participated in the project by writing most of the manuscript, but it is very much a group project by the airborne gunner community. The book itself is in coffee table format and contains a large...
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    Artillery Day 2019

    May 26 is the birthday of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, and the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. It seems appropriate to quote from Kipling's 1903 poem "Unique" as it sums up quite nicely what we do. Ubique means that warnin’ grunt the perished linesman knows, When o’er ’is strung an’...
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    Johnny Canuck's The Lad

    My wife came across a bit of sheet music for a 1900 patriotic ditty titled "Johnny Canuck's The Lad". It includes a sketch of a Canadiana soldier holding a smoking rifle and whose uniform includes a stetson hat, long puttees, and a US Army surplus bandolier. The words go: The month was bright...
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    Bingo Anyone?

    Thanks to CTV News for this. Bingo brawl breaks out at seniors' home Police were called to a seniors' home in Rideau Lakes Township on Tuesday after a brawl broke out over a seating disagreement at afternoon Bingo. CTV Ottawa Published Wednesday, February 6, 2019 11:54AM EST Last Updated...
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    The Mystery of the Fenian Gun

    On Sunday, August 12th, my wife and I enjoyed a most entertaining presentation on the Fenian Raids by Mister Ross Jones, an enterprising and energetic researcher from the Eastern Township of Quebec. As one might expect, most of the presentation was focused on the forays into the Missisquoi...
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    Amiens 1918

    Tomorrow, August 8th, is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Amiens, termed by Field Marshal von Ludendorff as the Black Day of the German Army. The attacking force, primarily the Canadian and Australian Corps, supported by tanks en masse smashed a huge hole in the German lines and advanced a...
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    Canadian Names as Deputy Commander of UN Command in Korea

    The Globe and Mail reports in this story reproduced under the Fair Comment provisions of the Copyright Act that Lieutenant General Wayne Eyre will assume the position of Deputy Commander of the UN Command in Korea this summer. UN Command names Canadian to key post in South Korea for the first...
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    Paardeberg Day 2018

    All the best to the Royals on the 118th anniversary of the battle of Paardeberg, Canada's first overseas battle. The battle was also our first overseas victory and the turning point of the 2nd Anglo-Boer War. [cheers]
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    Trials begin for the world’s smallest operational military aircraft

    This report by ADM(Mat) staff is reproduced under the Fair Dealings provisions of the Copyright Act. It highlights trials of a fascinating development in UAV technology. Trials begin for the world’s smallest operational military aircraft The Canadian Army and the Canadian Special Operations...
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    Auditor General Suggests RMC Not Working

    This report from the Toronto Star reproduced under the Fair Dealings provisions of the Copyright Act suggest that the Auditor General found that RMC is not an effective institution. Costly Royal Military College falling down in training leaders: Auditor General Institution costs twice as much...
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    30 Sept 2017: Possible Terrorist Incident in Edmonton

    This story from the Edmonton Journal reproduced under the Fair Dealing provisions of the Copyright Act reports on a series of incidents in Edmonton that are being investigated as possible domestic terrorism. Please note details are sketchy and that the next update is scheduled for 1500 local...
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    Hurricane Harvey

    By now, most, maybe all, of us have seen the shots from East Texas. Rather than hand wring, perhaps we could discuss the implications for North America of an area larger than Eastern Ontario and the population of the GTA being turned into a basket case with a recovery measured in years, not...
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    "French Defence Chief Quits Over Budget Cuts"

    The French head of the armed forces has resigned over recently announced defence cuts according to this BBC story reproduced under the Fair Dealing provisions of the Copyright Act. It does look that comments criticizing him by President Macron played a part in this. French military head de...
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    USMC Artillery using Precision Guidance Kit in Syria

    This story reproduced under the Fair Dealing provisions of the Copyright Act reports that the precision guidance kit for 155mm rounds is being used in Syria. Marine unit in Syria using highly advanced artillery ammunition, video shows By Thomas Gibbons-Neff July 3 at 11:54 AM A U.S. Marine...
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    Details of Plans to Respond to a Terrorist Attack Released by Mistake?

    According to this story reproduced under the Fair Dealings provisions of the Copyright Act, in response to a FOI request, the CBC was given a copy of a briefing to the CDS on the response to a 9/11 type hijacking or other incidents in which supposedly redacted material was readable. Classified...
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    Paardeberg Day 2017

    Just a few lines to all my friends in The RCR. Best wishes on the eve of the 117th anniversary of the victory at Paardeberg that laid the foundation of our military reputation and, more important, changed the course of the Second Anglo-Boer War in few bloody, confused hours. And let's not forget...
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    A Most Remarkable Individual - Captain Justin Brunelle

    This story about Captain Justin Brunelle from the Legion Magazine is reproduced under the Fair Dealing provisions of the Copyright Act. I am humbled and gratified to have worn the same cap badge as this Canadian Soldier. “It comes with the territory” February 3, 2017 by Stephen J. Thorne...
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    Senior Serving Gunner

    Here is a link to the 7 (Toronto) Regiment's Newsletter that includes a piece written by Major General Mike Rouleau, the senior serving gunner. I was an officer cadet with his late father and had the pleasure of serving with him when he was a captain. Mike is a very impressive individual who has...
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    St Barbara's Day 2016

    Happy St Barbara's Day 2016 to all gunner, sappers, naval weapons type and anyone who works with explosives. Still, by way of a reminder, there are two kinds of people, gunners and targets. And we never forget those we serve, as Kipling wrote in his 1903 poem: Ubique means that warnin’ grunt...
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