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Dying fighter pilot stuck with $61,000 medical bill while waiting for OHIP coverage
Jim 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. The pair split their time between Italy and Argentina — his wife's home country — and made regular visits to Canada to visit his children until last summer when Holt developed a sore back.
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Canada's top general says special forces' role in Iraq has evolved
The Globe and Mail
Canada's top general says he didn't foresee that Canadian special forces troops would be directing air strikes in Iraq when he publicly ruled out this role during interviews last fall.
General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, told MPs at a House of Commons committee recently that "we're seeing an evolution in the mission" for 70 military advisers in Iraq.
Nicholson signs deal to boost military ties with France
Canada and France are establishing a defence co-operation council.
The technical agreement establishing the body was signed recently in Paris by Defence Minister Rob Nicholson and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian.
The two countries were already being drawn closer together in the defence sector by the Canada-France Enhanced Co-operation Agenda, signed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and French President Francois Hollande.
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.
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The most interesting man in Canada
The story could start in France, in 1944, with Richard Rohmer, a young Canadian pilot, peering down at the countryside from the cockpit of a reconnaissance plane and spotting a speeding car with a notorious German general inside. Or it could start years later, in the middle of a heated argument between Rohmer and then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau, about the future of Canada.
Bombardier selling military training unit to CAE, including NATO pilot school
Bombardier is preparing to sell its Military Aviation Training unit for $19.8 million to CAE, a Montreal-based company that specializes in training equipment and services. Among other things, CAE will take over as prime contractor for the NATO Flying Training in Canada, or NFTC, a program that Bombardier has been operating out of Canadian Forces Base Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan and CFB Cold Lake in Alberta.
Sneak peek: Trailer for Lancaster documentary goes viral
A trailer from a documentary film about the historic trip by Hamilton's Lancaster to England last summer is going viral online. Return of Giants is being produced by the Dundas documentary company Suddenly SeeMore and is scheduled for release this summer. The company was hired by the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, which is hoping to have the documentary shown on television and then sold on DVD.
Manning Park rescue
Southern Interior Search and Rescue teams and 442 Rescue Squadron responded recently to a Manning Park call for aid on Frosty Mountain. Princeton Search and Rescue was alerted that a female hiker in her mid-20s was requesting assistance due to a diabetic issue about eight kilometres up the Windy Joe Trail on Frosty Mountain. One of the group of hikers, from the Lower Mainland, descended down the trail to alert officials. With weather conditions deteriorating, Princeton Search and Rescue requested the assistance of a Cormorant helicopter team from RCAF 442 Squadron in Comox.
U.S. funding to start for 6th generation fighter jet — aircraft to be ready by the early 2030s
The Pentagon is ramping up its efforts on a 6th generation fighter.
Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall told a Senate panel that there is money in the next budget for the U.S. Air Force to begin work on its 6th generation fighter, writes Paul McLeary of Defense News. "It will be a program that will be initially led by DARPA," Kendall said, "but it will involve the Navy and the Air Force as well. And the intent is to develop prototypes for the next generation of air dominance platforms, X-Plane programs, if you will."
To catch a drone: Governments seek ways to counter tiny fliers
What's the best way to counter an unwelcome drone: a bigger, faster drone, laser guns, sky-high netting or devices that block remote controls?
Scientists, governments and companies are now scrambling to find out.
Concerned about a recent spate of mystery drones flying over its nuclear plants, military installations and even the presidential palace, France has asked scientists to help devise ways to counteract the small — and so far harmless — motorized menaces overhead.
F-35 nears completion of all-weather testing
U.S. Air Force
For the past four months, an F-35 Lightning II has endured extreme weather temperatures to certify the fleet to deploy to any corner of the world.
An F-35B from the F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force in Maryland, has undergone rigorous climatic testing at the 96th Test Wing's McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The laboratory supports all-weather testing of weapon systems to ensure they function regardless of climatic conditions.
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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.
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