Posted by rmcclub on 11th January 2015
Erin O’Toole quick out of the blocks;
CDS says mission to Iraq ‘very successful’, so far
Posted by rmcclub on 11th January 2015
Posted by rmcclub on 4th January 2015
By Lee Berthiaume, Ottawa Citizen December 23, 2014
Posted by rmcclub on 14th December 2014
Caption: 20936 Lieutenant-Colonel David Pletz, Air Task Force Lithuania commander, speaks to Canadian Armed Forces, Lithuanian Air Force, and Portuguese Air Force Detachment personnel during the dedication ceremony of Canada’s cross for NATO Baltic Air Policing Block 36 at the Hill of Crosses in Šiauliai, Lithuania. PHOTO: Air Task Force – Operation Reassurance, DND
“The ATF is proud to leave behind a cross to commemorate Canada’s efforts in protecting the Baltic skies and its commitment to NATO,” said 20936 Lieutenant-Colonel David Pletz, commander ATF Lithuania. “We’re honoured to be part of this mission and demonstrate our solidarity with our Allies.”
Caption: 15137 Major General Charles Lamarre answers questions from members of Canadian Air Task Force-Iraq during Operation IMPACT. (Photo: OP Impact, DND)
“It was great to see so many of our hard-working task force members in Kuwait,” said 15137 MGen Charles Lamarre. “Every ‘Roto 0’ is made up of long days and this task force sets a high bar in reaching its operational capability in a very short timeframe. It speaks well to the professionalism of our men and women.”
“I commend the work of our men and women and their successes during Operation Caribbe 2014,” said 15696 Lieutenant-General Jonathan Vance, Commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command. “Such operational excellence emphasizes the Canadian Armed Forces’ commitment to working with our allies and partners in providing safety and security in the region. Operation Caribbe remains a powerful force in deterring transnational criminal organizations from using shipping lanes for smuggling illicit cargo.”
« Je salue le travail de nos hommes et femmes et leurs succès durant l’opération Caribbe 2014, a dit 15696 le lieutenant-général Jonathan Vance, commandant, Commandement des opérations interarmées du Canada. Une telle excellence opérationnelle met l’accent sur l’engagement qu’ont pris les Forces armées canadiennes de collaborer avec nos alliés et partenaires pour assurer la sécurité et la protection dans la région. L’opération Caribbe demeure un outil puissant pour dissuader les organisations criminelles transnationales d’utiliser les voies navigables pour faire du trafic illicite. »
“Most misconduct unfortunately involves the misuse of alcohol,” Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, head of the Royal Canadian Navy, told reporters Friday.
“I’m probably never going to go to the moon or Mars myself, but I’ll probably be involved in designing those missions or training the crews who will go. All astronauts get basic geology training, and we understand the language, requirements and the logic,”
The Manitoba Branch held its annual Christmas cocktail at the University Women’s Club on Friday evening 12 December 2014. The Branch President, Jacques Gagné was present to greet guests. Jacques also gave the members an update on the Club’s initiatives and current priorities.
Thirteen (13) people attended; including Ed Bergener and his wife Donna-Mae, 9276 Claude Michon and his partner Marilyn Albrecht; 8866 Bruce and Patti Rutherford; 4140 the Reverend Peter Flynn and his spouse Judy, Dick and Doreen Girling; Ed deCaux, H3062 Allen Kear; and 12059 Jacques Gagne.
(L to R) back row: Ed Bergener; Claude Michon, Bruce Rutherford
front row: Ed deCaux; Dick Girling; Allen Kear; Peter Flynn, Jacques Gagné
(L to R) : Patti Rutherford; Marilyn Albrecht, Judy Flynn, Doreen Girling; Donna-Mae Bergener
Great news! The Juno Beach Centre is expanding the team in Canada with a full-time Program and Development Coordinator based out of the Burlington office.
Please pass along this opportunity to your contacts and encourage those interested to apply.
All the best and happy holidays!
Le Centre Juno Beach agrandit son équipe canadienne, grâce à la création d’un poste à temps plein de coordonnateur des programmes et du développement, située au bureau à Burlington.
SVP partager cette opportunité avec vos contacts et encourager ceux qui sont intéressées de poser leur candidature.
Bonne journée et meilleurs voeux !
Jenna Zuschlag Misener
Executive Manager | Directrice exécutive
Posted by rmcclub on 30th November 2014
“Bridge to Infinity” won first place in the Architecture category
“Forlorn” won first place in the People category, both in the advanced classification. The points that these category wins earned resulted in Scott being awarded as the overall Photographer of Year – quite an honour within the community. Congratulation!
“There are just no words to describe a loss as tragic as this,” Harding said. “He was a talented soldier and technician, who joined to serve our country and he was exceptionally proud of what he did.”
19350 LCol Cara Harding Article
Senior Army staff from across Canada attended the trial, including the Colonel Commandant of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, Brigadier-General (Retired) James Selbie, who described this trial as “a momentous occasion in Canadian artillery history.”
11958 Brigadier-General (Retired) James Selbie Article
15622 Jason Donville is president and CEO of Donville Kent Asset Management. His focus is on growth and financial stocks.
Short video Here – Three Ex Cadets: 15488 Sean Bruyea; 14344 Bruce Poulin; & 19894 Erin O’Toole
“Universities are in the business of research and education,”
10864 John Molloy – Source
“I do not encourage Canadians to leave our nation and to head to other nations to get involved with the militaries”
12192 General Tom Lawson – Article
Posted by rmcclub on 23rd November 2014
19894 Erin O`Toole
“This is a serious institution, but you have got to have fun at the same time,” Article
Appointment Parade took place on 24 October 2014 in the 2 Svc Bn, Maint Coy lines at CFB Petawawa.
The individuals seated at the table are (l to r): 6560 Colonel (Retd) Andrew Nellestyn (incoming Col Comdt), BGen Scott Kennedy (DGLEPM) , 8684 BGen (Retd) Peter Holt (outgoing Col Comdt).
Standing: 19350 LCol Carla Harding (CO 2 Svc Bn), CWO Mark German (DGLEPM CWO), CWO Rene Gilbert (RCEME Corps SM) and CWO Dany Dubuc (RSM 2 Svc Bn).
Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada David Johnston presided over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall on Friday, November 7. The Governor General bestowed the honour on three Commanders, 10 Officers and 37 Members.
Among the recipients were five Ex Cadets, a Grad student, and the College Chief Warrant Officer for RMCC. We apologize if we missed anyone. If we did, let us know with a comment below.
14245 Major-General Richard Foster, C.M.M., C.D., Office of the Chief of the Air Force Staff. Ottawa, Ontario
14474 Major-General David Millar, C.M.M., C.D., This is a promotion within the Order. Chief of Military Personnel, Ottawa, Ontario
15706 Major-General Paul Wynnyk, C.M.M., M.S.M., C.D., This is a promotion within the Order. Office of the Chief of the Army Staff, Ottawa, Ontario
16656 Colonel Scott Clancy, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D., North American Aerospace Defense Command, Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America
20591 LCol Luc Girouard, O.M.M. C.D., 9 Wing Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador
G3561 Colonel Michael Rouleau, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D., Office of the Chief of Force Development, Ottawa, Ontario.
Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Keith Davidson, M.M.M., C.D., Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario
Caption: Panjwa’i District, Afghanistan Brigadier-General Dean Milner, Commander of Joint Task Force Afghanistan along with members of his close protection unit and members from Oscar Company, The Royal Canadian Regiment, take part in a foot patrol in the Panjwa’i district on October 18th, 2010. Joint Task Force Afghanistan (JTF-Afg) is Canada’s military contribution to Afghanistan. Canadian operations focus on working with Afghan authorities to improve security, governance, and economic development in the country. Photo by: Corporal Keith Wazny.
“I really wanted to go to Germany and Germany was home to the Royal Canadian Dragoons, so my first actual posting after training was to Germany to join the Royal Canadian Dragoons. I absolutely loved the opportunity and the experience,” Source
“My officers and crew are professional sailors, which they demonstrate constantly on board HMCS Toronto in their daily work,” said 18793 Commander Jason Armstrong, Commanding Officer of Toronto. “These men responded instinctively, bravely and selflessly to a dangerous situation. Their fortitude and training are proven. The entire ship’s company is very proud to have them as part of the team.” Source
“Exercise Mavi Balina provided an ideal forum for HMCS Toronto’s anti-submarine, submarine and surface warfare specialists to hone their skill sets while working collectively with NATO allies to strengthen alliance interoperability and confidence in each other’s capabilities,” said 18793 Commander Jason Armstrong, Commanding Officer of Toronto. “The ship’s company performed well throughout the exercise as they met every challenge and simulated threat with tenacity, vigour and professionalism.” Source
“Throughout my high school years, I had wanted to join the Army. I was very keen on going to military college. In 1984, when I was accepted, I went to Royal Roads Military College in British Columbia and later graduated from the Royal Military College in Kingston in 1988.” Source
“The 2020s are going to provide so much more opportunity. Historically, the odds of going to space were slim. That’s going to change. In your lifetime, people are going to walk on Mars. We’re all going to be amazed.”
21364 Astronaut Jeremy Hansen - Source
“When 45-year-old Ellen Michaels loses her husband to a tragic military accident, she is left in a world of gray. For 25 years her life has been dictated by the ubiquitous They—the military establishment that has included her like chattel with John’s worldly goods—his Dependents, Furniture, and Effects. They—who have stolen her hopes, her dreams and her innocence, and now in mere months will take away the roof over her head.
Ellen is left with nothing to hold on to but memories and guilt and an awful secret that has held her in its grip since she was 19. John’s untimely death takes away her anchor, and now, without the military, there is no one to tell her where to go, what to do—no one to dictate who she is. Dependent deals with issues ever-present in today’s service families—early marriage, frequent long absences, the culture of rank, and posttraumatic stress, as well as harassment and abuse of power by higher-ranking officials.
It presents a raw and realistic view of life for the lives of the invisible support behind the uniform.”
Posted by rmcclub on 16th November 2014
“In a very few short months, she’d had such a dramatic impact on my life that I knew I had to help others get the kind of help that I’ve had,”
13855 Retired Capt. Medric Cousineau – Article (short video)
“ISIL are now changing their tactics, they’re hiding their targets, and that’s one of the reasons it’s harder to find targets — they’re camouflaged.”
14538 Col. Daniel Constable Article
Awarded by the Canadian Society for Training and Development for his “SMaRT Learning: Mobile Performance Support” initiative at Home Depot, CATE award winners have “…each presented a unique and revolutionary approach to adult learning. By combining the technological innovations of the future with the latest in workplace learning and solutions…”
“Next semester we’ll come up with solutions and ideas to make things better,” McNeese said. “We already know there’s more than one idea out there, so we’ll see which ones are best.”
I was just wondering if you might be able to help me with something, I thought you might be able to help. I’ve just registered for the Wounded Warriors Battlefield Bike Ride next June, the ride goes from Vimy Ridge to Nijmegen to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands.
I will be riding with my recumbent trike and Coco, and I’m trying to raise funds for Wounded Warriors to
participate in the ride (my goal is $6000). Coco is certified through Courageous Companions, which is one of the organizations Wounded Warriors funds, along with Can Praxis which is a horse therapy program for soldiers and vets with PTSD.
I have had such a hard go of it since getting injured two years ago, and organizations like Wounded Warriors
have really filled in the gaps in care and services. I was wondering if you could send the attached flyer out to your networks (or maybe even put it into e-Veritas) to help me raise money for such an incredible organization.
There is a link to my donation page in the flyer (http://tinyurl.com/lsc9k3t), and I’ve stated that any donor or
organization that sponsors me for $1000 or more will have the opportunity to get their organization name printed on the front of my team jersey. I know I will be one of the few (and maybe only) riders using a recumbent trike, and I’m certain I will be the only one riding with a service dog, so I know we’ll be attracting a lot of attention from the press during the ride. Romeo Dallaire is also riding with us (he’s the patron of Wounded Warriors), which will be an incredible experience for all of us.
I’m attaching the flyer I’ve made up, as well as two photos of Coco and I taken during this year’s Army Run half marathon. That was the first time I’d competed in anything since getting injured, and it was an incredible experience.
Ed note: We expect to keep up-to-date with the 2015 Wounded Warriors Battlefield Bike Ride in future editions of e-Veritas.
Posted by rmcclub on 9th November 2014
“The rules of engagement that I’m going to use in terms of combatant casualties, is I’m not going to stand before you and tie one aircraft strike to one set of casualties,”
15696 Lieutenant-General Jonathan Vance, Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command – Article
“In situations like natural disasters or armed conflict, the military is often the first and last line of defence for protecting people and property,”
12926 Colonel Michel Brisebois – Article
“At 2 Wing, our motto is ‘The Vanguard of the RCAF,’ and we work hard to maintain the level of excellence and motivation to be ready when the call comes to deploy,” -
19264 Colonel Erick Simoneau – Article
“For the first time, we had the opportunity to have the Deputy Commanders and key flag officers of our navies get together to discuss some very important issues affecting all of us and commit to working together collectively to leverage opportunities,”
15141 RAdm Ron Lloyd, Deputy Commander RCN – Article
“I first heard of Lieutenant-Colonel Sharpe many years ago, but it wasn’t until I was elected to Parliament for the modern successor to his riding, Ontario North, that I learned the full story.”
19894 ERIN O’TOOLE – Article
7771 Jim Leech connection – short video
“Conscription wasn’t a French-Canadian issue. It was an issue across the country.”
4393 Desmond Morton – Article
No doubt I probably missed something in one of the newsletters, but just recently I have come to learn about the new CFOne card that enables CF retirees (and serving members) to take advantage of many discounts, including the waiving of baggage charges on Westjet and Air Canada. I have applied for one and it has been accepted. I believe I, like many retirees, never received an ID card on release and this card now at least partially rectifies that.
Just in case the word has not gotten out to ex-cadets, here is a link to the registration page on the CFWMS web site.
Perhaps, if indeed it has not been done, it would be worth circulating in e-Veritas.
7786 Doug Matthews
Ed Note: Rolande recently took a train trip from Kingston to Toronto – return. By producing her CFOne card she saved about $40 on the quoted price of $150.
Posted by rmcclub on 2nd November 2014
Caption: Cadets of the First Intake into the Royal Naval College of Canada in 1911 with their officers and instructors. Those pictured include the first four Canadians to die in active service in World War One on board Her Majesty’s Ship Good Hope at the Battle of Coronel, 1 November, 1914. They were: Arthur Silver (2nd row, 4th from right), Malcalm Cann (3rd row, 1st on left), John Victor Hatheway (4th row, 1st on left), and William Palmer (5th row, 2nd from left).
The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) marked the Battle of Coronel on November 1st. This battle saw the first Canadian military casualties of the First World War, and the first ever casualties in the history of the RCN. Laying the wreath of remembrance former RMCC commandant, 15185 RAdm Bill Truelove, Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific.
“I would evaluate both partners as needing training assistance and the kind of support, lethal and non-lethal, that Canada has participated in already,”
15696 Lt.-Gen. Jon Vance Article
Caption: 19166 Colonel Iain Huddleston, the commander of 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, bids a warm farewell to members of the Canadian Armed Forces as they board a CC-177 Globemaster III on October 21, 2014. The personnel were enroute to Southwest Asia to take part in Operation Impact. PHOTO: Leading Seaman Eduardo Jorge
Posted by rmcclub on 26th October 2014
7278 Peter Fosberry - Fosbery Insurance Agency;
15737 Bryan Brulotte – MaxSys;
12833 Pierre Lafond – Holonics; and
14019 Edward Gallagher – Patriot Law Group
We look forward to more Ex Cadets (and others) who have a business web site to take out a 212 sponsorship. For more info on sponsorship options – please contact Bill Oliver – at our business e-mail – email@example.com
Caption: 12192 General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, takes questions in front of a screen showing Canada’s support against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at a technical briefing on Operation IMPACT in Ottawa.
‘Canadians stand with us in condemning these two hateful attacks,’ says top general
“The CT-114 Tutor is an ideal aircraft for both pilot instruction and air demonstration,” said 16952 Colonel Alex Day, 15 Wing Moose Jaw Commander.
Maj. John Grodzinski (lifetime member, RMC Club), an assistant professor of history at the Royal Military College, has written a new book about a regiment of the British Army from New Brunswick that was in Kingston during the War of 1812.
Read the full Kingston Whig article here
Posted by rmcclub on 19th October 2014
“The rest of the world sort of laughs at the United States — how can a great country like the United States get so many things wrong?” said Keith Ambachtsheer,
6584 Keith Ambachtsheer – article
Vessel named after Canadian killed in Afghanistan combat
Nichola Goddard died in a Taliban ambush in 2006; her mother attended the Halifax ceremony marking acceptance of Captain Goddard into the coast guard.
22458 Nichola Goddard – Article
Posted by rmcclub on 13th October 2014
Canso Investment Counsel Ltd. takes its name from an aircraft that can weather the elements, and taking on turbulent debt is exactly what the corporate bond portfolio manager did to support Postmedia Network Canada Corp.’s recent newspaper deal.
Canso has a long Canadian history managing money for institutional and accredited investors, but it doesn’t play like other Bay Street firms. Tucked in Richmond Hill, Ont., more than 28 kilometres north of Toronto’s financial core, Canso shies away from the spotlight. The firm has $10-billion in assets under management, but doesn’t make a habit of commenting on its investments publicly.
It even kept its name off the press release on Monday that unveiled the Postmedia purchase of 175 Sun Media newspapers from Quebecor Inc. for $316-million. The bulletin only revealed that one bondholder who already owned a huge chunk of debt would take the entire $140-million of additional bonds that the transaction required.
That means Canso’s total interest in Postmedia will jump to at least $240-million, making it one of the company’s biggest bondholders.
Behind Canso is founder John Carswell, who studied commerce at the Royal Military College of Canada and was a navigator in the Royal Canadian Air Force before earning an MBA from Queen’s University. He worked at other investment firms such as TAL Investment Counsel Ltd. and Foyston, Gordon & Payne where he focused on fixed income.
When Mr. Carswell set off to start his own firm in 1997, he named the group after an amphibious airplane flown by his father who won a Canadian Air Force Cross for search and rescue missions in B.C.
Yet Canso flew so far beneath the radar that sources said even Postmedia didn’t know how large a bondholder the firm had become until quite recently.
It was not until Postmedia started talking to existing debt holders to see if they would buy more bonds that it became clear Canso owned at least half of the outstanding first-lien bonds. That meant Canso had at least $100-million before the Sun Media deal. Canso then agreed to buy the whole $140-million of new debt. And Canso had leverage to ask for all of it – it owned so much that its consent would be needed to allow the financing.
Canso was one of the investors in the refinancing of BlackBerry Ltd., and it is a big owner of Yellow Media Ltd.’s securities.
Ed note: With John Carswell (RMC 78), Joe Morin (RMC 86), Nic Desjardins (RMC 02) and now Jhordan Dorrington (RMC 12) Canso must have the highest concentration of RMC grads of any Canadian money manager.
“…but it was very important for me to be involved in the debate and vote about ISIL, which was really a debate about Canada’s role in the world. I want my friends in the Canadian Forces & veterans of the CF to know how carefully we considered this deployment and how much we respect your service.”
A change of command is a military parade that is used to publicly appoint a new commanding officer (CO) for a Regiment. It is a time for celebration of the accomplishments of the Regiment during the period of command of the outgoing CO, to thank the CO for a long period of service, to welcome the new CO and for all ranks of the Regiment to let the new CO know that they are ready to support him.
The current commanding officer, 18996 Lieutenant-Colonel (Lt.Col.) Colin Michaud, CD is leaving the post after three busy years of commanding Alberta’s Regiment. He joined the SALH in 2002 after 12 years in the regular force. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant after completing his education at Royal Roads Military College in 1993. Michaud was trained as an Armour officer and was posted to the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) where he commanded a tank troop in Calgary and a reconnaissance troop on operations in Bosnia in 1997.
Much More Here
2014 Honorary Parade Marshal – 18078 Colonel Lise Bourgon, recent Parade Marshall at Cole Harbour Harvest Festival
“I still feel surprised that any orchestra would want to play with me,” Hadfield said before laughing. “It will be strange to look over my shoulder to an entire orchestra to take the full counter-melody.”
13738 Chris Hadfield – Article
Under the circumstances, the opening of the port of Antwerp, already occupied by Allied troops, became absolutely necessary since the main supply lines still ran back to Normandy. The task went to the First Canadian Army which came under the command of 1596 Lieut.-General Guy Simonds (Entered RMC Class of 1921) in place of 749 General Crerar (Entered RMC Class of 1906) who was ill.
Posted by rmcclub on 5th October 2014
Short CKWS video here
Among the recipients:
14596 Major-General Dean James Milner, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
16301 Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Christian Guy Leblanc, M.S.M., C.D.
21000 Captain Trevor Mark Pellerin, M.S.M., C.D.
15273 Colonel Gordon David Corbould, M.S.M., C.D.
B0178 Colonel Joseph Albert Paul Pierre St-Cyr, M.S.M., C.D.
16068 Brigadier-General Todd Nelson Balfe, M.S.M., C.D.
21473 Lieutenant-Commander Christopher Daniel Holland, M.S.M., C.D.
19173 Major Mohamed-Ali Laaouan, M.S.M., C.D.
17871 Lieutenant-Colonel Sean Patrick Lewis, M.S.M., C.D.
15678 Major Robin Kent Nickerson, M.S.M., C.D.
E2179 Lieutenant-Colonel James Robert Ostler, M.S.M., C.D.
18726 Lieutenant-Colonel Roch Pelletier, M.S.M., C.D.
19251 Captain(N) Ronald Gerald Pumphrey, M.S.M., C.D.
19420 Captain(N) Angus Ian Topshee, M.S.M., C.D.
15192 Colonel Peter Joseph Williams, M.S.M., C.D.
We tried cherry picking those names with a military college connection. If we missed anyone, sorry. Let us know. Write-ups here
“This year marks a milestone in Canada’s space history as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the CSA,” said General (Retired) Walter Natynczyk, President of the Canadian Space Agency. “Our many accomplishments have built the foundation for a flourishing space industry and we are absolutely delighted that the Mint has captured Canada’s leadership in space with such expert craftsmanship.”
12320 General (Retired) Walter Natynczyk – Article
Originally published in Embassy News – embassynews.ca.
Yale University professor Timothy Snyder’s 2010 book Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin deals with re-occurring devastating historical conflicts in East Europe. One might sadly add that, given recent events in Ukraine, an additional chapter might soon be needed.
In a recent article, Snyder suggests that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggressive, ambitious style evokes a disturbing Orwellian quality when Putin proclaims that war is peace. Sadly, recent events and announcements seem to fit to a troubling degree an Orwellian dystopian vision for our future. Given Putin’s recent words and deeds, an increasing number of us just assume that Putin is always lying, distorting, deceiving or maliciously distracting.
He certainly revealed a skewed view of history when he claimed in 2005 that the break-up of the Soviet Union was the greatest geo-political catastrophe of the 20th century. What sort of amnesia did he possess about WWI and WWII? What kind of Moscovite leader would dare downplay the enormous Russian losses in those two world wars?
Perhaps the greatest tragedy for Russia is still to unfold. Putin may even play a major role. Certainly, his reckless and deadly actions are likely to significantly cost Russia, the region, Canada and the world. If a new prohibitive arms race unfolds, the meager peace dividends of the post-Cold War era will become a distant nostalgic memory. If conflict escalates and spirals out of control into a major regional war, it will certainly become a minus-sum game for virtually all.
To avoid such scenarios, we need to understand better the world view and goals of Vladimir Putin, along with the nature of Putin’s Russia that is emerging. For example, the centuries-old intellectual debate in Moscow between Slavophiles and Westerners still exists.
Are insular nationalist Slavophile goals once again displacing nascent and fragile Westerner aspirations of liberalization and greater openness to Europe? Is an authoritarian and somewhat lethargic bureaucratic state evolving once more into a more dynamic, ambitious and ruthless totalitarian regime? Or are we just witnessing yet another iteration of renewed would-be Tsarist ambitions, propped up by Russian Orthodox Church officialdom? Or is this, in essence, a ruthless KGB-recruited Bonapartist dictatorial regime?
The West’s attempts to understand Russia have been an intellectual and diplomatic pursuit spanning several centuries. In 1939, Winston Churchill described Russia as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” In 1947, on the eve of the Cold War, George F. Kennan, the American ambassador in Moscow, penned a pioneering and pivotal piece in Foreign Affairs that provided the intellectual blueprint for containment theory and a string of US-based military alliances that encircled and sought to constrain the Soviet Union.
As Soviet military domination and tight political control over Eastern Europe took hold, an Iron Curtain of propaganda and massive censorship descended over these satellite countries. Stalin’s malevolent ambitions were accentuated by his ideological rhetoric.
The West responded in twin-fold fashion: economically the Marshall Plan to assist war-torn Europe was announced in 1947 and launched in 1948, while militarily NATO was formed in 1949 with the intention to stop the Russian army rolling westward. Canada played a key part as one of the twelve founding members of NATO, providing significant troops and fighter aircraft, particularly in the earlier decades. Today the alliance has grown to 28 member states, including the addition of a number of former Warsaw Pact states.
For much of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, the dominant paradigm for analyzing Russia was the totalitarian model. Its main features included a single all-powerful despotic leader who ruled through a single party, allowed only one official ideology, and made extensive use of state directed and controlled propaganda. It was a highly centralized coercive state that swiftly and brutally crushed all attempted political opposition. The model seemed to fit the Stalinist era.
Presciently, Daniel Bell penned an influential 1958 article explaining the search for different models to explain the dynamics of Russian society and the enigma of Kremlin decision-making. Amongst the frameworks that Bell suggested: the modernization and transformation of a once traditional Russian community; continued class rule, but in a new form; a highly formalized and centralized Russian bureaucratic polity; a despotic leader’s totalitarian control over all aspects of society; the continuation of Slavic cultural traditions, and geo-political imperial rule.
As the bipolar global Cold War receded and détente began to emerge first with Khrushchev in the 1960s and even Brezhnev in the 1970s, debates about appropriate strategy and tactics arose in the West. They involved not only the nature of the modern nuclear age and the ultimate motivations of the post-Stalinist Russian leaders, but also the appropriate framework for understanding a more modern Russian polity and society.
As Russians (both the public and leaders) became more urban, educated and affluent, had they begun to change? Had they become more moderate and even semi-pluralistic? The left wing in the West often suggested that important change had, in fact, occurred and thus prospects for peaceful co-existence were greater. In contrast, the right wing warned that the fundamentals of Russian society and politics had not changed, and accordingly we should remain vigilant, lest more dominos fall with the expansion of Russian influence around the world.
The rise of Gorbachev in the 1980s, with his policies of restructuring and openness, seemed to usher in a dramatic and positive change in Russia’s world view. Canada played a role in facilitating East/West dialogue, particularly during Gorbachev’s 1983 visit to Canada. However, with the rise of Putin from 1999 onwards, there has been an increasing concentration of arbitrary executive power in one person and strong re-assertion of Russian geo-political ambitions, reflecting an apparent desire to reverse the tides of history.
In 2014, events in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Armenia suggest that we are still confronted with major existential questions: What is the nature of Russian society and politics? What are the real foreign policy and military goals and motivations of Moscow’s leaders, particularly the increasingly dictatorial and mercurial Vladimir Putin?
It still seems that Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. It is also still a very dangerous world.
Posted by rmcclub on 21st September 2014
Vice-Admiral Harry DeWolf was born in Bedford, Nova Scotia, in 1903 and joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a cadet in 1918 to attend the Royal Naval College of Canada in Esquimalt, British Columbia. From 1921 until 1925, he conducted his training with the Royal Navy (RN) in the battleship His Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Resolution followed by training courses in RN schools, as well as service at sea with the RN and RCN. In 1928, he specialized in navigation, attending the Long Navigation Course at HMS Dryad in England, followed by further seagoing and staff appointments with both the RN and RCN. – Article
Based on an extensive global survey, aiCIO has named Keith Ambachtsheer as the most influential consultant in the institutional investor world.
The magazine says their rankings are based on “an appraisal of the individuals within the consulting industry who have made a positive impact for their clients. Sourced from interviews with pension and non-profit CIOs, asset managers, and former consultants, it represents our best approximation of the hierarchy of today?s institutional consultant industry.”
Ms. Cianfarani joins CADSI following 17 years at CAE Inc. where most recently she was Director of Advanced Training Solutions and Government Relations. She has also held the position of Director of Government Programs, Research and Development, and Intellectual Property, in addition to managing over her substantial career a wide range of portfolios from product and project management to bids and propo sals.
“The Crown as a concept is ubiquitous, it’s everywhere,” Saskatchewan’s Chief of Protocol, 22181 Jason Quilliam.
“This is not just one unit among all of the others in the military family,” he said in an interview. “We have inherited a particular regimental history, but it is also the history of a province, of a part of Canada, and it is under that particular light that our work is analyzed.”
18254 Colonel Michel-Henri St-Louis – Article
“Being originally from Newfoundland and with my SAR background, I’m very excited to be in this position,” she said, in an interview with the Packet. “My family has a history of working on the sea for their living. My dad worked with the Coast Guard for 25 years and responded to some high profile SAR cases, such as the Ocean Ranger, in his time, so right from my early childhood days, I’ve had an interest in SAR.
“I’ve also had a passion for aviation.”
Rhonda Stevens, 38, is Officer-in-Chief of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax, N.S. Article
Posted by rmcclub on 14th September 2014
“Obviously, as [Air Force] commander, I could convey no favouritism,” he said. “However, I can now say, with the impunity that retirement brings, that Cold Lake was always a favourite – because, in large part, of the special spirit I always found here.”
6014 Lieutenant-General (retired) Fred Sutherland – Article
15696 Lt.-Gen. Jon Vance becomes responsible for all Canadian troops deployed at home and abroad during a handover ceremony to take place Tuesday afternoon in Ottawa.
The outgoing leader of Canadian Joint Operations Command (CJOC) is 13337 Lt.-Gen. Stu Beare. Both he and Vance served with distinction in Afghanistan — Vance during two combat tours in Kandahar and Beare with NATO in Kabul.
Queen’s School of Nursing has received a huge shot in the arm. Article
“Missions vary depending on the phase of the exercise,”
20301 Major Filip Bohac – Article
3528 Paul Manson, Class of ’56 - is a former chief of the defence staff. He is currently the patron of the NATO Veterans Organization of Canada. While he was at RMC – he was Cadet Wing Commander.
Traditionally, Canada’s veterans have enjoyed outstanding moral support from a grateful public, in recognition of the nation’s solemn obligation to care for those who have served and suffered in harm’s way. But the veterans landscape is changing. With a steady decline in the huge numbers who served in the Second World War, today’s veteran community is characterized by a new set of men and women whose military experience stems from the Korean conflict, the Cold War, peacekeeping missions, upheaval in the former Yugoslavia, the first Persian Gulf war and Afghanistan.
12192 Gen. Tom Lawson, Canada’s chief of defence staff, said the Russian behaviour was “slightly provocative but not overly hostile. Article
“Our captain of that ship and the entire group he was with for that exercise were expecting anything and they were very well-trained to handle it, as they did without any reaction,”
“Back in 1986, they didn’t even know how to spell PTSD, let alone deal with it,” he said. “I went swirling down the rabbit hole of darkness, depression, despair and every other thing that goes along with it because nobody really knew what to do with me. My life was best described as … the mayor of Dysfunction Junction. It was not a pretty world.”
13855 Medric Cousineau - Article ( readers have to watch the short video clip for the article to show up)
“The RCAF takes an immense amount of pride in our ability to conduct sophisticated operations in a deployed environment,”
20435 Lieutenant-Colonel David Moar – Article
“He is uniquely qualified and well-respected across military emergency disaster response teams,”
22260 Major Christopher Horner – Article
“Scrambling means getting our fighter jets quickly airborne to react to an immediate threat, usually to intercept hostile or unlawful aircraft,”
20936 Lieutenant-Colonel David Pletz - Article
“During one afternoon mission,” CC-150T Polaris First Officer 24490 Captain Sean Hill said, “we refueled US Navy Super Hornet fighters, our own CF-18 Hornets, and a very unique—for us—US Navy FA-18F, which is a fighter modified to serve as an air-to-air tanker.” Article
“It is an honour to represent the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces on this very special occasion,” said 15706 MGen Paul Wynnyk. Article
Bravo Zulu to the crew of HMCS Regina for receiving the NATO Article 5 medal for their participation in Operation REASSURANCE, Canada’s contribution to NATO measures that demonstrate the strength of allied solidarity in response to Russian aggression and provocation against Ukraine.
17793 Commodore Bob Auchterlonie, Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific, presented the ship’s company with the NATO Article 5 medal on August 31, 2014 while visiting HMCS Regina during a port visit to Shanghai, China.
Posted by rmcclub on 1st September 2014
Chancellor Leech earned his undergraduate degree at the Royal Military College of Canada before obtaining his MBA from the Queen’s School of Business in 1973. As a CEO of the OTTP, Leech oversaw the management of $130 billion in assets before his retirement on Jan. 1 this year.
The position of chancellor remains the highest office at Queen’s and is the ceremonial head of the institution. The chancellor presides over convocations, chairs annual meetings of the University Council, exercises a vote on the Board of Trustees and acts an international ambassador.
“Fighting smart, out-deciding the enemy is what wins battles now,”
22612 Janus Cihlar – Article
“Operations like Nanook enhance the skills of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen, ensuring they remain ready and capable to meet safety and security challenges in Canada’s North,”
13337 Lieutenant-General Stuart Beare, Commander, Canadian Joint Operations Command – Article
“The reality is the Shannon Park arena is 54 years old,” Topshee said. “It has $3.8 million worth of outstanding maintenance that needs to be done and $1.2 million of that would be urgent maintenance that is required for things like the roof for structural integrity and for the heating ventilation and air conditioning systems.”
19420 Navy Capt. Angus Topshee, base commander of CFB Halifax – Article