Catching Up With the News

U of M becomes “Top Gun” in Air Force training

The U of M was not the only university in the running, as the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont. was also bidding for the degree program, explained George Maclean, head of the political studies department at the U of M.

“The [U of M and RMC] actually had to meet with the [Air Force] staff at one point to make our ‘pitch’ for our university. At that meeting, we were able to convince the Air Force that our program had more opportunities and benefits,” he said.

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Canadian snipers less stressed than average soldier: Study

“Unlike other soldiers who can deflect their responsibility for killing by rationalizing that they were led into battle by their officers, or had to kill in order to stay alive, snipers have more autonomy than conventional combat soldiers and often have discretion as to who they kill and who they don’t,” writes study author J. Peter Bradley, a retired lieutenant-colonel in the Canadian Forces who now works as a professor at Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont.

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‘Blast boxers’ now available in Canada

The boxers, which look a little like two-toned bike shorts, are made of a woven Kevlar fabric and are meant to protect the groin, upper leg and body-cavity from blast and fragment injuries from IEDs.

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Sometimes it hurts to be Canadian

But if we could get a grip, it would mean we could accept second-best in hockey. And then we wouldn’t be Canada.

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He was fired over his videos, but Capt. Owen Honors did the right thing

The videos are funny, at least to the right audience, the one that they were made for and that was, until now, the only one to see them. (They’re also clever, including “casting” ripped men as women for a shower scene and pasting Honors’s face on his “alter egos.”) And the increasingly conservative military does feel put-upon by civilian standards of political correctness – the captain tries to defuse objections at the beginning by announcing that “bleeding hearts” will disapprove. (How right he was!)

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One Comment

  • 7317 John Tyrrell

    January 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    What Honors did with his videos was offensive and dishonorable. There should be no argument about this. As a Senior Officer, his attacks on minorities – even if some might find humour in the attacks – were reprehensible – as is the published defense of his actions. The writer of the article seems mired in the past – against both women and gays serving their country.

    Unit morale is not improved by publicly attacking a minority in the unit.