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PM announces changes to the Ministry
Prime Minister of Canada
Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently announced the following changes to the Ministry at a swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall.
The Honourable Robert Douglas Nicholson, as Minister of Foreign Affairs, will continue the Government's efforts to ensure that Canada's foreign policy reflects true Canadian values and advances Canada's national interests.
The Honourable Jason Kenney, as Minister of National Defence and Minister for Multiculturalism, will continue the Government's work to defend our values, interests and sovereignty at home and around the world. The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, as Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Democratic Reform, will continue the Government's efforts to help ensure that Canadians are well prepared to participate fully in the labour market of the future.
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RCAF commander to retire in military shake-up
A number of changes are in the works for military brass, including the retirement of the head of the air force and the promotion of the first women to run the personnel branch.
The country's top military commander, Gen. Tom Lawson, has announced a series of promotions and new postings, many of which take effect throughout the coming months.
The biggest change is the departure of Lt.-Gen. Ivan Blondin, a veteran fighter pilot who became head of the air force just over two years ago and was one of the biggest champions of the controversial F-35 program.
Gramophone tour to memorialize RCAF airmen lands at warplane museum
Waterloo Region Record
In the Netherlands village of Wilnis, there's a story that ripples through the collective consciousness of villagers as assuredly as the famous breezes that drive the distant windmills there. It happened 72 years ago, when a Second World War Wellington bomber got hit by enemy fire and was headed straight for the heart of the village. Somehow the Royal Canadian Air Force pilot, Robert Moulton, managed to steer the fiery wreck away from the small community, crashing into a bog in the countryside.
Cyclone helicopters delivered to the RCAF?
I had a Defence Watch reader inform me that four Cyclone maritime helicopters had been delivered to the RCAF at 12 Wing Shearwater.
Phone calls were made to NDHQ, but it turns out that is not the complete story. As has happened before, there are indeed Cyclones in Canada for training.
DND spokesman Zoltan Csepregi told Defence Watch that, "The Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces are not taking formal delivery of maritime helicopters at this time."
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Chronicled Guelph war veteran Gordon Stacey has died
A memorial service will be held next shortly for a Guelph man whose Second World War exploits were key elements of a recently published book about Canadian airmen in the conflict. Stacey, 92, died recently at the Village of Riverside Glen, in Guelph.
Dying fighter pilot stuck with $61,000 medical bill while waiting for OHIP coverage
im Holt went to the doctor with a sore back, only to learn he had stage 4 cancer. Now the former Canadian fighter pilot and Foreign Affairs officer is facing $61,000 in medical bills as he lies dying in an Ottawa palliative care hospital. Holt, 79, moved to Italy 12 years ago when he married an Italian concert pianist after his first wife died.
Avro Lancaster KB882; coming in from the cold?
Last year, there was a brief stir concerning the plight of a rare combat veteran Avro Lancaster on outdoor display at Madawaska Municipal Airport in the city of Edmunston, NB. The city has owned Lancaster Mk.10P KB882 since her RCAF retirement in 1964. The Lancaster's condition has deteriorated significantly after decades sitting outdoors, and a time of reckoning has arrived.
Senior U.S. officer: Stealth on fighter jets may be overrated
A top U.S. Navy officer, whose service is spending billions of dollars buying the stealthy F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, now says "stealth may be overrated," writes David Larter of the U.S. publication, Navy Times. During a recent speech to a Washington audience, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert described what he's looking for in the next generation of strike aircraft — and it doesn't look like the controversial F-35.
Family mourns missing ice climber who was on Canadian Forces training exercise
The mother of a Canadian Forces member who has been missing since he was swept off a cliff by an avalanche says it's been heart-wrenching, noting she understands the risks of her son's work and takes some comfort knowing he died in his beloved mountains.
Sgt. Mark Anthony Salesse, 44, a search and rescue technician based in Winnipeg, disappeared recently during a training exercise on Polar Circus — a well-known ice climbing route in Banff National Park.
DND worried about spy drones in Arctic as Russia beefs up presence
The country's chief of defence intelligence has taken an in-depth look at how Russia, or even China, could use drones to spy in Canada's Arctic in a wide-ranging report that was quietly flagged to some of the country's closest allies.
The heavily censored classified analysis was obtained by The Canadian Press under access to information legislation. The release comes as Russia moves troops into a northern base near the Finnish border as part of an extensive military build-up in the region.
Veterans Affairs minister promises change, but says new charter is here to stay
Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O'Toole is thanking a veteran who lost both his legs while serving in Afghanistan for publicly sharing his story about his struggles trying to receive benefits and support from the government.
O'Toole told CTV's Canada AM that retired Master Cpl. Paul Franklin's story is important, because it points to larger challenges that need to be addressed at Veterans Affairs Canada.
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Call for Presentations — Aviation History Convention
Canadian Aviation Historical Society
The Canadian Aviation Historical Society (CAHS) is holding its 2015 convention in Hamilton, ON, from June 17-21, at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel. The theme will be "Celebrating Canada's Aviation Industry" with sessions exploring civilian and military topics.
This convention is open to all — university students, aerospace industry professionals, academics, professionals in aviation or heritage industries, and aviation enthusiasts of every kind.
If you are interested in participating in our conference, please send a short proposal and a short biography (one page each maximum) to Richard Goette and Jim Bell at CAHSHamilton2015@gmail.com. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 15, 2015.
Second World War Tribute Request
Veterans Affairs Canada
To mark the 75th anniversary of Canada's engagement in the Second World War, beginning Sept. 10, 2014, living Canadian Veterans of the Second World War may request a special commemorative lapel pin and certificate of recognition.
National Volunteer Week 2015 theme: 'Volunteers are part of the ripple effect'
A volunteer action is like a stone thrown in a lake: its effect has a direct impact. At the same time, like ripples, volunteer efforts reach out far and wide to improve communities. Undeniably, volunteers rock.
National Volunteer Week is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank Canada's 13.3 million volunteers. NVW 2015 takes place April 12-18. It marks the 12th consecutive year we've delivered the NVW campaign in partnership with Investors Group, Canada's corporate leader in volunteer recognition.
Museum Expansion Gala
Bomber Command Museum of Canada
Saturday, May 9, 2015
5:30 pm to 10:00 pm (MDT)
Please have a look at our expansion plans, plan on attending our Museum Expansion Gala, and support the project by bidding on some fantastic items such as a two-hour flight in an L39 Albatros Jet!
UPDATED: Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame to induct 4 new members and honour a Belt of Orion recipient
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame
Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF) will induct four new members at its 42nd annual gala dinner and ceremony to be held Thursday, June 4, 2015, at the Skyservice hangar in Toronto, ON, at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. (Please note the new location.) The annual black-tie event is a highlight in Canadian aviation celebration and draws attendance from across Canada.
The new members are:
• Arthur Roy Brown, DSC: WWI pilot and combat leader
• James Stuart "Jim" McBride: aviation entrepreneur
• George Miller, CD: leader of the Snowbirds aerobatic team, 1973
• Owen Bartley "O.B." Philp C.M., DFC, CD: a military pilot and driving spirit behind the formation of Canada's Aerial Demonstration Squadron — the Snowbirds.
• AeroVelo Inc. — Belt of Orion Award for Excellence.
RCAF Airwomen's 12th Reunion
June 5-7, 2015
The Coast High Country Inn
4051 4th Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 1H1
Your 12th Reunion Committee is hard at work finalizing plans for our reunion at The Coast High Country Inn in Whitehorse, YK.
1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion 2015!
1 Air Div Reunion 2015 Committee
Registration is now open for the 1 Air Division (Europe) Reunion 2015 at the beautiful Tigh-Na-Mara Resort in Parksville, B.C., on Oct. 30-31, 2015!
Come and celebrate with us at a destination reunion on Vancouver Island! Former 1 Air Division personnel and their children are welcome.
50 Minthorn Blvd., Suite 800, Thornhill, ON, L3T 7X8