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Hope for Evan
CMEA
One of our members, Cpl Kevin Turner, a Const Tech in CFB Halifax, is going through a rather difficult time. His 13 year-old son Evan was hit by a car while riding his bike last May and he suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as a result of the accident. While he was in the hospital in a coma, the CMEA provided funding so that his three other children could be cared for at the MFRC in order that his parents could visit him.

Turner says visits to the Health Center have become the new normal for his family. Evan is doing well medically, but continues the long, extensive process to recover from his TBI, while maintaining a positive attitude to get better. Evan is home now, however he still has many challenges to face. The military fast-tracked a wheelchair-accessible home for the family although there is still a list of equipment and medical supplies that Evan needs to make life at home possible, as well as the added financial burden of all the equipment, medical supplies and medications not covered by any funding, foundations, or medical insurance plans.

Cpl Turner's goal is to raise $50,000, and at the present time he has $37,705. To date, in addition to the initial help given to Cpl Turner and his family by the CMEA, the local CMEA Halifax Chapter has donated $100 and CMEA National has contributed a further $500. Any further donations would be greatly appreciated.

More details are available here.

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Rules for wearing RCE rank insignia
CMEA
Colonel RNH Dickson, the Director RCE, has provided the rules for the wearing of traditional ranks. On order, all Canadian Army officers across the CAF will simultaneously begin wearing the restored rank badges in the pattern of the pre-1968 Canadian Army on all orders of dress. The intent is for this to take place on Monday, August 4, 2014 — the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI — if the distribution is complete. There will be NO changes to the pattern of NCM rank insignia. The WO crown rank on the CADPAT will be larger and all CADPAT slip-ons are available in high visibility thread as stocks of low visibility run out. Details are attached including the wearing of Division patches and metal shoulder titles.
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National Day of Honour
National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces
Canadians are invited to take part in the National Day of Honour on May 9. The Government of Canada has set aside this day to mark the end of our country's military mission in Afghanistan. A national ceremony on Parliament Hill will pay tribute to the fallen, the sacrifices of the wounded, and the special burden borne by families. Canadians will be invited to honour the legacy of these heroes with a national moment of silence.

Get more information on the activities planned for May 9.

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Commemorating engineers at Juno Beach
CMEA
Canada's D-Day Tribute Campaign is an effort organized by the Juno Beach Centre Association in Canada to honour those Canadians who fought and died on D-Day.

The goal is to temporarily install 359 tribute markers — one for every Canadian killed in action on D-Day — on the grounds of the Juno Beach Centre. The amassed tributes will create a moving display, emphasizing the gravity of Canada's sacrifice. The tributes will be installed in advance of the 70th anniversary in June 2014, and will remain on public display until November 11, 2014 as a memorial throughout the anniversary at the Centre. Eighteen members of the Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers died that day. Further detail about the campaign can be found by clicking the link.

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New photos offer fresh look at ancient northern shipwreck
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The Canadian Armed Forces and Parks Canada teamed up to capture stunning new underwater images of Canada's most northerly shipwreck, which dates back to the mid-19th century. The Breadalbane, a three-masted merchant ship, became trapped in packed ice in 1853 in the Barrow Strait near Beechey Island, Nunavut, while supplying ships involved in the search for Captain John Franklin's lost expedition.

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Canadian military member heading to court to challenge moving costs
CTV News
A 24-year veteran of the Canadian military is taking the federal government to court to recover thousands of dollars he lost on his home when he was posted to another base and got little compensation through a program that he says has caused financial hardship for dozens of members.

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Gagetown celebrates the CME Branch birthday
CMEA
The 111th birthday of the Canadian Military Engineers will be celebrated at CFB Gagetown from May 23-25, 2014. On behalf of all the Canadian Military Engineers serving or retired at CFB Gagetown, you are all invited to join in their festivities. See attached a complete schedule of events. If you have any questions please contact, MWO Akcakiryan (Aret.Akcakiryan@forces.gc.ca) 506-422-2000 extension 1748.

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Presentations — CME Associations Bursary Program 2013
CMEA
Six successful applicants received a cheque for $1000 towards their post-secondary academic program.

Applications were evaluated on a number of criteria including academic achievement, financial need, expressed future ambitions, and community involvement.

The call for applications for the 2014 program will be going out in May 2014 by e-mail. All members of the CMEA are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to assist worthy individuals in the pursuit of their post-secondary education.

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Présentations des bourses d'étude 2013 de l'association du GMC
AGMC
Six candidats ont reçu un chèque de $1000 pour leurs programmes académiques post-secondaires.

Les candidatures ont été évaluées sur un certain nombre de critères incluant les besoins financiers, les résultats scolaires, la participation communautaire et les ambitions futures exprimées.

Les demandes de candidatures pour le programme 2014 seront annoncées au cours du mois de mai 2014 via courrier électronique. Tous les membres de l'AGMC sont encouragés à profiter de ce privilège afin d'assister des étudiants dans la poursuite de leurs études post-secondaires.

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Central Region Beaver Cup Hockey Tournament results
CMEA
ADM(IE) Real Property Operations Detachment Borden was host to the 2014 Canadian Military Engineers Central Region Beaver Cup hockey tournament, which featured nine teams from across Ontario and Quebec.

The Beaver Cup has its origins in the 1970's and was hosted by CFB Borden with hopes to boost kinship and Esprit de Corps between units. Since then, the Western, Central, and Atlantic divisions have been created to make it easier for teams from across Canada to take part in this friendly competition. This year was no disappointment. Held from April 8-10, the tournament was full of action and energy, from the first puck drop to the final goal. The teams included two teams from RP Ops Det Borden, Defence Construction Canada (DCC) Ontario, Service Genie Montreal, 5 Regiment de Genie de Combat (5RGC) Valcartier, 1 Engineering Support Unit (1 ESU) Kingston, CE 8 Wing Trenton, Mapping and Charting Establishment (MCE) Ottawa, and 31 Combat Engineer Regiment (31CER) St. Thomas. Participants included Regular and Reserve force Engineers, DND Civilians and DCC personnel.

After intense play in round robin and semi-final action, 5RGC Valcartier emerged as the victors and their names have been added to the coveted Beaver Cup trophy.

   

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PTSD in military, emergency crews focus of 48-stop tour
CBC News
Cpl. Jamie MacWhirter has been through the nightmares and angry outbursts of post-traumatic stress disorder, and he has a message for those struggling alone. "If you believe you have a problem, if your wife or spouse has said anything to you, it doesn't hurt to go and talk to somebody." MacWhirter chronicled his 2006 deployment in Kandahar and subsequent troubles with PTSD in his memoir, A Soldier's Tale: A Newfoundland Soldier in Afghanistan.
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RCAF Cormorant flies over Peru
Ottawa Citizen
A Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CH-149 Cormorant search and rescue helicopter flew recently for the first time over the city of Lima, Peru, during a flight to test the helicopter's functions. The Cormorant was transported, partially disassembled, by a CC-177 Globemaster aircraft and reassembled over the course of three days by a team of IMP aerospace technicians.
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Fallen soldiers to be remembered
Belleville Intelligencer
It will be a time of reflection and remembrance of the 158 Canadian soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice in Afghanistan while under Canadian command. Crowds are expected to gather at the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial for two major events, part of the National Day of Honour, marking the end of Canada's military mission in Afghanistan.
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B.C. 're-engineering' education plan to fill 1 million jobs
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The prospect of one million jobs in the energy sector by 2022, including openings for thousands of welders, pipe fitters and heavy equipment operators to build the proposed liquefied natural gas industry and other resource projects, has the government looking to the education system to prepare a workforce.
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Resource minister focuses on energy security
The Leader-Post
Greg Rickford, Canada's new natural resources minister, is focusing on energy security and aboriginal engagement as cornerstones of Ottawa's strategy to push through big-ticket pipeline projects such as Keystone XL. "There are some big boxes to lift there," he said recently. "Some of them are out of my control," he said, alluding to TransCanada Corp's proposal to connect Alberta oilsands to the U.S. Gulf Coast, which was recently delayed once again by the U.S. State Department.
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Alberta identifies several options for flood mitigation
CTV News
Officials with the Alberta government say work crews are moving forward with a number of projects designed at flood mitigation along the Elbow and Highwood Rivers. The update comes at about two months ahead of the anniversary of last year's flooding. Environment and Sustainable Resource Minister Robin Campbell addressed a gathering at the BMO Centre recently.
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