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Online payment of dues
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Online payment of dues for new and existing members is now available on our website here. Payment is through PayPal and you can use your PayPal account or any major credit card.
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Upcoming events: Afghanistan Memorial Vigil
CMEA
Now until July 26 — Victoria
The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil will be available for public viewing at the Parliament building in downtown Victoria.

July 30 – August 2 — Vancouver
The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil will be available for public viewing at the Convention Centre in downtown Vancouver.

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A great Engineer gavel
CMEA
This Engineer gavel was MWO Bob Byers' (Ret'd) idea. When Major Ron Sharp (Ret'd) was relinquishing command of 33 Field Engineer Squadron, he asked the SSM Bob Byers, what he thought would be an appropriate departing gift to the Squadron. Bob suggested combining a couple of Engineer symbols, a thumper and a 1/6th model Bailey bridge panel, to make an Engineer gavel. Bob had the thumper made out of steel pipe and then had the handles welded on.
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An Engineer farewell
CMEA
It was a beautiful sunny day, the pool was warm and the barbeque was sizzling. This past June 27th, the Joint Engineer Branch at Canadian Joint Operations Command Headquarters (CJOC HQ) held its annual farewell event at Maj Denny Desveaux's home in Stittsville, ON. The event was an opportunity to say farewell to the many Engineer family members who are taking their leave from CJOC HQ and preparing for new, exciting challenges within the Ottawa area, nationally, and abroad.
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L'au revoir du J Génie COIC
CMEA
Cette journée-là, le soleil brillait, l'eau de la piscine était chaude, et de la nourriture grillait sur le barbecue. Le 27 juin, le service du Génie interarmées au quartier général du Commandement des opérations interarmées du Canada (QG COIC) a tenu son barbecue annuel d'au revoir à la demeure du Maj Denny Desveaux à Stittsville, en Ontario. L'événement constituait une occasion de dire au revoir à de nombreux membres de la famille du Génie qui quittaient le QG COIC et qui se préparaient à de nouveaux défis excitants dans la région d'Ottawa, au pays et à l'étranger.
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Presentation on deployment to the Philippines
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Captain Stéphane Laplante, 4 Engineer Support Regiment, was the guest speaker at the Veterans Review and Appeal Board's all-staff meeting on June 4th. His presentation focused on his deployment to the Philippines on Operation RENAISSANCE, the Canadian Armed Forces' participation in Canada's response to humanitarian aid requirements following Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013.
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Army Engineer talks about DART
CMEA
Warrant Officer Chris Brown, 4 Engineer Support Regiment, discussed his unit's role in relief efforts in the Philippines during Operation RENAISSANCE on June 6th and 9th, with the Rotary Clubs of Halifax Harbourside and Truro, respectively.

As part of the government response, the CAF deployed the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to provide humanitarian support to the Philippines following a typhoon that hit the country in November 8, 2013. CAF members began deploying to the region on November 13th and the mission officially ended on December 15th.

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IE Focus Newsletter
IE Focus
A team of Royal Canadian Air Force engineers based at 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and personnel from Stantec Consulting, have won an award for environmental excellence for their work at Canadian Forces Station Alert, on the northern tip of Ellesmere Island in Nunavut.
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Focus IE Bulletin Electronique
Focus IE Bulletin Electronique
Une équipe, formée d'ingénieurs de l'Aviation royale canadienne relevant du Quartier général de la 1re Division aérienne du Canada à Winnipeg (Manitoba) et d'employés de Stantec Consulting, a remporté un prix d'excellence en environnement pour son travail à la Station des Forces canadiennes Alert située au Nunavut, à l'extrémité nord de l'île d'Ellesmere.
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Court approves settlement in the Class Action regarding Cost of Living Allowance
Government of Canada
The Federal Court of Canada has approved the settlement reached between the Government of Canada, and members of the class action of Dennis Manuge v. Her Majesty the Queen regarding how cost of living allowance provisions in the Service Income Security Insurance Plan are to be applied.

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A collective voice for Canada's veterans
CMEA
Former CDS Paul Manson makes a case for today's need for a new way for Canada's military veterans to express their needs, concerns, and ambitions. In an editorial piece currently circulating among a number of veterans organizations, Mr. Manson makes a forceful argument for the establishment of a new structure to gather the many and varied veterans organizations under one lead in order to present their concerns in a convincing and forceful, yet constructive, way to seek solutions from the government of the day.

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Combat engineers welcome Lt.-Col. Gasparotto
Pembroke Daily Observer
With a resounding shout of their motto "Chimo," the sappers of 2 Combat Engineer Regiment bid farewell to Lt.-Col. Nicholas Pilon recently. After a sudden storm briefly disrupted proceedings, the unit's change of command ceremonies at Neder Rijn Engineer Park concluded with the outgoing commanding officer and his family climbing aboard the light armoured vehicle that had served as his tactical headquarters. Lt.-Col. Pilon then saluted his soldiers as the vehicle drove off.

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A Canadian Engineer in Afghanistan, still
Major Derek Spencer
Canada committed military forces to Afghanistan on 20 September 2001 and engineers were there from the beginning. Starting with Major Rod Keller's 12 Field Engi-neer Squadron in Kandahar, engineers have been continually employed in a wide spectrum of important tasks across Afghanistan. Even after our combat mission ended in December 2011, the Engineers strongly committed to Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF) development through the NATO Training Mission Afghanistan (NTM-A) in the areas of general engineering, construction, mobility and counter improvised explosive device (CIED). Engineers were working for Afghanistan's future right up until the last day of the Canadian Contingent Training Mission. It is into this environment that I found myself again in January 2014; this time within the Inter-national Security Assistance Force Joint Command Headquarters (IJC HQ).
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Un ingénieur Canadien toujours en Afghanistan
Par le Maj Derek Spencer
Le Canada a contribué des forces militaires en Afghanistan le 20 septembre 2001, et les ingénieurs y étaient — dès le début. En commençant par le 12e Escadron de campagne du Major Rod Keller à Kandahar, des ingénieurs ont constamment été mis à l'oeuvre dans un vaste spectre de tâches importantes en Afghanistan. Même une fois notre mission de combat terminée, en décembre 2011, le Génie est demeuré très engagé envers le développement des Forces de sécurité nationale afghanes (FSNA), par le biais de la mission de formation de l'OTAN en Afghanistan (MFO-A), et ce, dans les domaines du génie général, de la construction, de la mobilité et de la lutte contre les engins explosifs improvisés (C-IED). Les ingénieurs ont contribué à l'avenir de l'Afghanistan jusqu'à la dernière journée du Contingent canadien à la mission de formation. C'est dans cet environnement que me trouve à nouveau en janvier 2014; cette fois-ci au quartier général du Commandement interarmées de la Force internationale d'assistance à la sécurité (QG CIF).
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National Peacekeepers' Day
Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping
National Peacekeepers' Day occurs annually on August 9th, to commemorate the greatest single loss of Canadian life on a peacekeeping mission — nine Canadian Peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Emergency Force in Egypt and Israel were flying in a Canadian Forces "Buffalo" transport aircraft on UN service on August 9, 1974 when it was shot down by Syrian air defence missiles while preparing to land at Damascus, Syria on a regular resupply mission. There were no survivors.

In Ottawa, National Peacekeepers' Day is marked on the Sunday nearest August 9th, and this year that day falls on August 10th. Members of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping (CAVUNP) and other Veterans organizations will gather to remember at "Reconciliation," the National Peacekeeping Monument, at 10:30 a.m. in commemoration of the service of all and the sacrifice of the fallen. Members of the CMEA are cordially invited to join us. Details of the event may be found here and here.

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1914-1918 In Memoriam
University of Toronto
There will be a special Military Tattoo on July 31, 2014 at 7:30 pm at Toronto's Varsity Stadium. The family-friendly event will feature performances by the Massed Bands of the Canadian Forces, keynotes by historian Margaret MacMillan of Oxford University, Canada's Chief of Defense Staff General Tom Lawson, and a vocal presentation by Her Honour, Mrs. Ruth Ann Onley. Tickets are free, but registration is required here.
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Canadian firm proposes using UAVs for agriculture, forestry and environmental management
Ottawa Citizen
ING Robotic Aviation is partnering with ASG Mapping to rigorously assess and develop the application of small robotic aircraft systems for gathering high quality, positionally accurate, and interoperable geospatial data, the company notes.
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Tents that turn into concrete in less than 24 hours
Wimp.com
Concrete Canvas tents are "buildings in bag." Watch as the quick construction of these shelters is demonstrated, highlighting their ability to provide refuge and a sterile medical environment in disaster areas.
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An unlikely vocation awaited the man who scored RMC's last touchdown
e-Veritas
When he came to Royal Military College in the fall of 1979, 13888 Fred Kaustinen figured he'd play a little football, get a degree, put in his four-year commitment to the armed forces and go back to working in his father's pipeline business. Becoming a combat diver, specializing in underwater demolition, would have been an unlikely detour in the career path of a young man for whom aquatics wasn't exactly a passion.
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Big boys' Legio blocks
Think Defence
No, not a spelling mistake, the Legio building block system provides for the rapid construction of walls and security barriers. When installing HESCO, manpower, time and fill material availability are important considerations. In the right place and right time it is easy to imagine something like this offering some advantage over HESCO or other gabbion systems for snagars, ammunition or fuel berms and security barriers for example.
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Canadian Forces Nijmegen contingent crosses the finish line
Ottawa Citizen
A Canadian Forces contingent of 172 participants from across Canada crossed the finish line recently after taking part in the annual International Four Days Marches Nijmegen, the DND noted in a news release. Led by Brigadier-General Alain Pelletier, the Canadian contingent marched 40 kilometres a day for four consecutive days, while wearing standard combat clothing and carrying a military rucksack weighing at least 10 kilograms, it added.
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