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Ex-Cadets & more in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 8th March 2015

Search to replace senior military commander narrowed to four men

“Serving Canada while leading the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces has been the greatest honour and privilege in my 40 years of service in uniform. There is much work to be done, and I remain focused on my duties as Chief of Defence. I will do so until a replacement is named.”

12192 General Tom Lawson-Article

  • Canada’s military gets new bosses, same old problems

  • Conservatives making first steps to repair damaged relationship with veterans

  • Protecting Canada’s airspace

  • 7771 Jim Leech on Canada’s pension paradox

  • Too Fat To Fight: Army Catering Results in Platoons of Porkers

  • 15572 Nishika Jardine (née Sardana) Pays tribute to 14491 Karen Ritchie

  • 7301 Earle Morris Head Coach – Team Canada – 2015 Brier Champions!!


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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 1st March 2015

  • MaxSys Staffing & Consulting acquire IT Staffing firms, EMEX IT Systems Inc and Navigate IT Inc.

“I am very excited to meet all the staff of Emex & Navigate IT, and outline our intent to invest in the growth and personal success of all members. The combination of the companies fits perfectly into our strategy of becoming one of Canada’s leading quality staffing and consulting firms. Over the next two weeks, I will be meeting with all staff individually to assure them of my intent”

“Je suis très excité de rencontrer tout le personnel de Emex / Navigate IT et de leur offrir un aperçu de nos intentions d’investir dans la croissance et la réussite personnelle de tous les membres. La combinaison des deux sociétés s’inscrit parfaitement dans notre stratégie de devenir l’un des leaders au Canada.”

15737 Bryan Brulotte

  • 21789 Damon Tedford recounts successful Yukon Quest sled dog race

  • 13738 Chris Hadfield’s flight suit found in Toronto thrift store

  •  Here’s how to fix the problems at Veterans Affairs Canada and the various issues affecting veterans



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Ex-Cadets & more in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 22nd February 2015

  • New MND chooses 8 Wing/CFB Trenton for his first visit

  • Appointment of military judge to Superior Court a first

  • HMCS Toronto receives rare honour from U.S. Navy

  • IDF chief visits Ottawa on ‘farewell tour’

  • The real story behind the Canadian Flag (short video)

  • Flag debate tries to unfurl controversy

  • France demands that its future leaders must speak English

  • Alex Vraciu, World War II fighter ace dubbed ‘the indestructible,’ dies at 96

  • Lying in the military is common, Army War College study says

  • Marc Schryburt to head U of O sports department

  • Remembering 14491 KAREN RITCHIE


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Ex-Cadets & more in the news

Posted by rmcclub on 15th February 2015

  • Canadians are getting ready to mark a milestone

  • Two Ex cadets from Classes of  ’65 & ’66 Return to college for 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag

  • An Ex Cadet remembers days leading up to 15 Feb 1965

  • Canadians trade fire with ISIS as military waits on possible extension

  • USAFA Graduation Ceremony Moved to New Day to Save Money

  • DND looks to spend $17 million to maintain Dwyer Hill commando base

  • Veterans Affairs minister promises change, but says new charter is here to stay


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Ex-Cadets & more in the news

Posted by rmcclub on 8th February 2015

  • Vancouver ER doc enters gruelling dog sled race

  • New Ebola cases fall under 100 for 1st week since June

  • How Canada’s top military brass handled the Parliament Hill shooting

  • Keeping the Navy at sea

  • Military program for high schoolers questioned at meeting

  • Canadian military wants to be ‘main player’ in global intelligence, document shows

  • Great warriors need great education

  • Commander of the Canadian Army Honours Black Canadians’ Contributions

  • Governor General Johnston visits the world’s most northern outpost


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Ex-Cadets & more in the news

Posted by rmcclub on 1st February 2015

  • ISIS fight: Tom Lawson reassures MPs about risk to special forces

  • Top Canadian general holds undisclosed talks with Kurds in Iraq

  • Royal Canadian Air Force Association presents annual awards

  • Canadian special forces involved in 2 more firefights with ISIS

  • Air Force Academy selects new athletic director – James Knowlton

  • West Point valedictorian wants to join the infantry

  • Thunder Bay High School Students graduate naval co-op program

  • Invest like a legend: 7771 Jim Leech

  • Current edition of The Atlantic magazine


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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 25th January 2015

  • Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Toronto returns from NATO Operation Reassurance

  • Taking Back Tradition: The Canadian Army is Working Hard to Restore Historical Ties to Divisions and Ranks

  • ISIS fight: Canadian special forces returned fire in last week

  • Canada is playing both sides with Iran

  • Canadian special forces’ role in Iraq has ‘evolved’

  •  Training to Fly the Lightning II: A Test Pilot’s Perspective

  • Erin O’Toole Vows Kinder Approach To Angered Veterans


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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 18th January 2015

  • 408 Squadron officer wins Ironman World Championship military division
  • Former MacKay adviser headed to veterans
  • The Canadian Armed Forces mark five years since earthquake in Haiti
  • REGULUS program keeps sailors’ skills sharp
  • Owner of the Ottawa Senators becomes honorary colonel of 414 Squadron


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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 11th January 2015

  • Erin O’Toole quick out of the blocks;

  • CDS says mission to Iraq ‘very successful’, so far



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Ex-Cadets in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 4th January 2015

Veteran lawyer 19894 Erin O’Toole a fresh face for federal Tories

By Lee Berthiaume, Ottawa Citizen December 23, 2014 

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Ex Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 14th December 2014

Blackwell & Beddoe Lawrence: The maple leaf has symbolized Canada for 50 years, but its origins are still misunderstood

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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

Canadian Air Task Force in Lithuania dedicates cross at the Hill of Crosses

“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.”

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Caption: 15137 Major General Charles Lamarre answers questions from members of Canadian Air Task Force-Iraq during Operation IMPACT. (Photo: OP Impact, DND)

Canadian Joint Operations Command Deputy Commander Expeditionary pays visit to Kuwait

“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.”

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Canadian Armed Forces conclude Operation Caribbe 2014

“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.”


Les Forces armées canadiennes terminent l’opération Caribbe 2014

« 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. »



Canadian navy orders alcohol ban after San Diego misconduct investigation

“Most misconduct unfortunately involves the misuse of alcohol,” Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, head of the Royal Canadian Navy, told reporters Friday.



CPSX providing rock-solid training for the final frontier

“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,”



Units and Fallen Players Honored with Patches at Army-Navy Game


Manitoba Branch – Annual Christmas Cocktail

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.

Groups photos:

Gents -

(L to R) back row: Ed Bergener; Claude Michon, Bruce Rutherford

front row: Ed deCaux; Dick Girling; Allen Kear; Peter Flynn, Jacques Gagné

Ladies -

(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

L’Association Centre Juno Beach
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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 30th November 2014

“Bridge to Infinity” won first place in the Architecture category

CAF Photographer (Advanced) of the Year:

21276 LCol Scott Murphy (photo right)
On 19 November 2014, the winners of the Canadian Armed Forces Photography Contest gathered for a formal awards ceremony to celebrate the year’s most outstanding images.
Photographer of the Year – Advanced was awarded to LCol Scott Murphy, Commanding Officer of 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron at 14 Wing Greenwood.

“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!

Q&A with Scott Murphy – Here


Soldier killed in Petawawa accident ‘proud’ to wear uniform

“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


The Canadian Army successfully tests Excalibur “smart” artillery round that is unmatched for precision, range and accuracy

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


Three top stock picks from Donville Kent’s Jason Donville

15622 Jason Donville is president and CEO of Donville Kent Asset Management. His focus is on growth and financial stocks.



Veterans outraged

Short video Here  – Three Ex Cadets: 15488 Sean Bruyea; 14344 Bruce Poulin; & 19894 Erin O’Toole


Bringing great ideas to the world

“Universities are in the business of research and education,”

10864 John Molloy – Source


Canadian vets fighting ISIS spark warnings, concern

“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

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 23rd November 2014

Veterans demand accounting of more than $1B in unspent funds

19894 Erin O`Toole

Source (interesting short video)


7771 Jim Leech (RRMC RMC 1968)  said one of his goals is to have at least 25% of the students know his name during his three-year term.

“This is a serious institution, but you have got to have fun at the same time,” Article

Queen’s Introduces New Chancellor – CKWS video


Corps of RCEME Commandant Change of Appointment Parade

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 invests fifty recipients into the Order of Military Merit

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.

Fated to become a Canadian soldier, 14596 Major-General Dean J. Milner shares some of his journey

“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


Crew from HMCS Toronto fight fire and evacuate casualties in Turkey

“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

HMCS Toronto completes Exercise Mavi Balina as part of Op Reassurance

“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


Childhood dreams can come true: 16538 Brigadier-General Wayne D. Eyre is living proof that dreaming big can pay off

“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

EDUCATION: ‘Rookie astronaut’ visits with Assumption College students

“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


“Dependent” is an insightful and thought provoking work of fiction, written with the perspectives gained by the author, former military officer Brenda Corey Dunne – wife of 17829 Tom Dunne.

“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.”

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 16th November 2014

Veterans struggling with PTSD speak out about benefits of service dogs

“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)


Canada’s Iraq commander says ISIS ‘on defensive’ as new airstrike video released

“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


18798 Steven Beggs (Class of ’93) has received a 2014 Canadian Award for Training Excellence (CATE).

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…”


Royal Roads launching virtual tours of campus, classes



Academy Cadets Work to Improve Airdrop Accuracy

“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.”



A note from 25281 Dana Batho – Class of 2011

Wounded Warriors Battlefield Bike Ride

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 (, 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.

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Ex-Cadets & More in the News

Posted by rmcclub on 9th November 2014

Canadian CF-18s bombed IS defensive positions, general says

“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


Royal Canadian Air Force: Anytime, anywhere

“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


Five Eyes Naval Flag Officers Gather for Staff Talks

“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


Why few Canadians are familiar with Samuel Sharpe’s Great War legacy

“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


March To The Pole airs Tuesday, November 11th at 9 e/p

7771 Jim Leech connection – short video


French-Canadians ‘disproportionally represented’ throughout war, historian says

“Conscription wasn’t a French-Canadian issue. It was an issue across the country.”

4393 Desmond Morton – Article


 CFOne Card for CF Retirees


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.

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