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Veterans Ombudsman's 2013-2014 Annual Report tabled
The 2013-2014 Annual Report of the Veterans Ombudsman tabled in the House of Commons yesterday reflects an action-packed year. Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent believes that it would be fair to say that it was the busiest year to date since the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman (OVO) began operations in 2007. The OVO's front-line team in Charlottetown alone had 6,500 contacts from nearly 1,300 stakeholders, resulting in the creation of 2,130 case files addressed through the provision of information, a referral or an intervention.
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Bill to make Remembrance Day statutory holiday passes 2nd reading
Bill C-597, which would make Remembrance Day a nationwide statutory holiday, has passed second reading in the House of Commons and is now headed to the heritage committee for further review.
MPs voted 258-2 in favour of passing the "Act to Amend the Holidays" on second reading.
The vote took place recently, following renewed calls to make November 11 a nationwide statutory holiday in the wake of recent deadly attacks on Canadian soldiers in Ottawa and Quebec.
ISIS mission: Canadian CF-18s drop laser-guided bombs over Iraq
Canadian CF-18 fighters jets have dropped laser-guided bombs over Iraq for the first time as part of the ongoing combat mission against ISIS, the Department of National Defence confirmed recently. Two CF-18s targeted ISIS positions with laser-guided GBU-12, 500-pound bombs "in the vicinity of Fallujah," a large city in central Iraq about 70 kilometres west of the capital Baghdad, according to a statement released by Minister of National Defence Rob Nicholson.
Canada's first monument and park dedicated to wounded veterans now open
Canada's first monument and park dedicated to wounded veterans and other uniformed personnel injured in the line of duty opened recently in Whitby, ON.
The "Park of Reflection," which aims to be a living tribute to survivors and the families who care for them, was designed by Daimian Boyne, a Canadian Armed Forces veteran who served in Bosnia. "We pay wonderful tribute to those who have fallen in the line of duty but we have always forgotten those who have become ill and injured," Boyne said.
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Canada produced many of the First World War's greatest aces
For a country with a small population, Canada was well-represented among the ranks of the deadliest air aces of the First World War.
Two Canadians — Billy Bishop and Raymond Collishaw — are among the top 10 scorers overall. Three of the 10 are Germans, with Manfred von Richthofen, the fabled Red Baron, leading everyone with 80 victories.
War medal mystery unites families
One rainy day some 60 years ago, Mary Holland spotted a flash of metal at the bottom of a watery ditch. The Mission, B.C., high school student fished the object from the water. It was sterling silver, a cross tipped with three maple leaves and a single crown, a royal insignia wreathed at its heart. The back held an engraving: "F. O. K. D. Wallingford."
Canada needs a fighter jet that matches its missions
The Globe and Mail
"Our pilots cannot do their jobs from 15,000 feet!" the retired Air vice-marshal exclaimed. "We need our Harriers down low where they can see the enemy." It was March, 1999. The Air vice-marshal was speaking at Oxford University; the Harriers were subsonic jets favoured for ground attack missions by the Royal Air Force and U.S. Marines.
Nomad finally has a home
From the depths of Lake Muskoka, to the black top of this sprawling air force base, Nomad #3521 made its final journey recently.
The Second World War trainer arrived at the base on a flat bed truck, following an extensive recovery operation in Bracebridge that began in October.
The Northrop Nomad crashed into Lake Muskoka on December 13, 1940, killing pilot Lt. Peter Campbell, 24, and Leading Aircraftsman Theodore Bates, 27.
Video: F-35C stealth fighter jet makes first aircraft carrier landing
The F-35C fighter jet made its first aircraft carrier landing recently off the coast of San Diego, aboard the USS Nimitz.
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive weapons program in American history and has been plagued by technical glitches and budget issues, but the successful landing at sea is being hailed as a major step forward by the Pentagon.
The test flight saw the Joint Strike Fighter touch down successfully, with the pilot guiding the plane so its tailhook snagged on the ship's arresting wires, the U.S. Navy said in a statement.
The day the war came to Britannia Beach
As they do every year on November 11, members of the Britannia Yacht Club in Ottawa will remember those who lost their lives in defence of our country. Facing Lac Deschenes, the Sea Cadet bugler will play "Last Post" and the Commodore will recite "In Flanders Fields." Standing before the flagpole, the audience will (unsuccessfully) attempt to shelter against the biting wind. If one listens carefully, out on the water is the sound of a Second World War flying boat taking off.
Boeing completes evaluation of new anti-jamming technology
Air Force Technology
Boeing has confirmed the capability of its new anti-jamming communications technology to operate as either a ground-based user terminal or satellite-based networking hub, during testing at an undisclosed location.
Carried out under contract with the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, the test featured a Boeing ground terminal using a programmable modem. It has been designed and developed by ViaSat using one of its commercial off-the-shelf platforms and a ground terminal designed and built by Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Lincoln Laboratory.
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Second World War Tribute Request
Veterans Affairs Canada
To mark the 75th anniversary of Canada's engagement in the Second World War, beginning September 10, 2014, living Canadian Veterans of the Second World War may request a special commemorative lapel pin and certificate of recognition.
Canadian Aerospace Summit announces first program confirmations
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
The Summit program will feature industry experts on technology, skills, advanced manufacturing, space, and more.
Themed "One World: Delivering Results in a Global Market," the 2014 Canadian Aerospace Summit's conference program will include:
• Barry Kohler, President and CEO, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada
• Perrin Beatty, President, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
• Jayson Meyers, President and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME)
• Space panel with senior representatives from NASA and CSA
• Global aerospace trends panel with international industry experts, moderated by Joe Anselmo, Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week
• Major platform presentations with senior representatives of major global OEMs, including Debbie Rub, Vice President and Global Manager, Global Strike, Boeing.
Call for Papers: AERO 2015 Conference
Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute
AERO 2015 Conference will be held in beautiful Montréal QC, Canada's largest aerospace hub and home to Bombardier, Bell-Helicopter-Textron, Pratt & Whitney and more. The venue will be at the Delta Hotel on President Kennedy Avenue from Tuesday April 21 through Thursday April 23.
Also part of AERO 2015 will be the Women in Aerospace Reception on Tuesday, the Talent Meets Market Student Breakfast on Wednesday, the Senior Awards Reception and Gala Dinner on Wednesday evening, and the Turnbull Lecture Luncheon on Thursday.
Call for Papers:
Initial abstracts: January 21, 2015
Notification of abstract acceptance: February 4, 2015
Full papers/extended abstracts: April 21, 2015
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