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Petition started to stop cuts being made by Harper Government to military cadet program
Ottawa Citizen
Defence Watch readers have sent in a link to a petition on the military cadet issue. Here is what the petition site states: Stephen Harper and Government of Canada: End the cuts to Cadets Canada training and uniforms, and cut the expansive Regional Cadet Bureaucracy instead. Canadian cadets are future leaders in our society. Unfortunately, the Harper Conservative government has failed to properly oversee this critical program.
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Canada yet to decide which fighter jet will replace CF-18
UPI.com
Canada may be edging toward calling a competition to replace its aging CF-18 air force jets amid competing claims and "war" between rival suppliers Boeing and Lockheed Martin, analysts say. Canadian media say the Boeing campaign for Canada choosing its Super Hornet as a replacement for the near obsolete CF-18 has focused on recent U.S. budget troubles as an argument for ditching Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
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22 wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay recognized by NORAD Commander Gen. Jacoby
Ottawa Citizen
22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay was recognized for its unique place in the Royal Canadian Air Force when United States Army General Charles Jacoby Jr., who is the commander of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command, visited the northern Ontario base. "What makes 22 Wing unique is its power in having both the training and operation squadrons co-located," General Jacoby told to the air defence community.
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Ottawa bites bullet on Sikorsky
The Chronicle Herald
If the Canadian military hoped to start retiring now 50-year-old Sea Kings by 2015, Ottawa likely had little choice but to find a way to make its long, tortured partnership with helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky work. Yes, the procurement process for a Sea King replacement has been a mess, going all the way back to former Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien's 1993 very political decision to scrap a deal signed by the previous Conservative government to buy EH-101s to replace then 30-year-old CH-124 Sea Kings.
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Too big to cancel? Tories spent $1.7 billion on troubled chopper
CTV News
More than $1.7 billion has already been spent on the elusive effort to upgrade Canada's helicopter fleet, internal documents show — a clue as to why the Harper government is sticking with the troubled program. The eye-popping figure — about 30 per cent of the overall $5.3-billion budget — could have meant a far worse political firestorm for the Conservatives than the one that accompanied the ill-fated plan to buy the F-35 stealth fighter.
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Petition started to stop cuts being made by Harper Government to military cadet program
Ottawa Citizen
Defence Watch readers have sent in a link to a petition on the military cadet issue. Here is what the petition site states: Stephen Harper and Government of Canada: End the cuts to Cadets Canada training and uniforms, and cut the expansive Regional Cadet Bureaucracy instead.

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Canadian air force bending on medical requirements to deal with experienced pilot shortage
National Post
Canada’s air force has been bending on minimum medical standards such as vision and hearing requirements as it contends with a critical shortage of experienced pilots. The Royal Canadian Air Force has long struggled to retain enough trained military pilots to fly its fighter jets, search-and-rescue aircraft and helicopters, but a growing "experience gap" is making the situation worse than ever.

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Peter MacKay defends chopper deal
The Chronicle Herald
Former defence minister Peter MacKay says Canadian Forces operations would have been jeopardized if government had cancelled the maritime helicopter contract with Sikorsky. Ottawa that it is sticking with the problem-plagued CH-148 Cyclone helicopters despite hinting it would strike a deal with another manufacturer.

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Parliamentary Secretary Parm Gill honours Bomber Command veteran in Etobicoke
Canada News Wire
A Canadian Veteran of Bomber Command and his family were in attendance for a special Bomber Command Bar ceremony. Parm Gill, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Brampton-Springdale, presented the bar to Mr. Charles "Patrick" Wilson on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs. Created by the Government of Canada, this bar of honour formally recognizes the service and sacrifice of these brave Canadians.
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Remains of missing warplane found near Lake Cowichan
Vancouver Sun
The wreckage of a military plane that disappeared after taking off from an air force base near Victoria in 1942 has been discovered near Lake Cowichan. "It's still early in the investigation but we have identified the plane," said Laurel Clegg, a forensic anthropologist with the Department of National Defence. She and her team are working to piece together what happened to the plane and the four young men aboard.
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RCAF St-Hubert Reunion
RCAF
The bi-annual Junior Ranks Reunion is held for those who were stationed at RCAF Station St. Hubert - including but not limited to those who worked with the 401 & 438 Reserve Sqn’s, 104 KU, 426 Sqn, ADCHQ, and all other units. Today St. Hubert has so much less activity that we hold our reunion at RCAF Base Trenton. Our 9th bi-annual reunion will be held in the WOs' & SGTs' Mess at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario between June 20th – 22nd, 2014.
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