Debaters return from Waterloo with more victories; Sports & Dr. Darrell Menard, Sport Medicine Physician Q&A

Debaters return from Waterloo with more victories

Article by: 28241 OCdt (II) Calum Robinson

This past weekend (2-4 Feb)  the Royal Military College debate club performed admirably at a tournament in Waterloo.

The team sent five representatives to the Canadian parliamentary style tournament hosted by Waterloo university. Canadian parliamentary pits two teams head to head on certain topics, as opposed to British parliamentary which has four teams, two government and two opposition, debating on both sides of an issue.

This was only the team’s second experience with Canadian parliamentary debating following the debates against West Point in January. RMC’s two teams and one judge departed on Friday afternoon and arrived in Waterloo by nightfall.

The first two rounds of the tournament were held that night followed by four rounds the next day, each round lasting approximately one hour.

The tournament’s motions were government tell, meaning each team was required to bring a number of resolutions in order to present them to the opposing teams when in the government role.

This method of introducing resolutions ensured that resolutions covered a wide theme of topics, ranging from international relations to the idolization of geniuses.

Although no RMC team managed to walk away from the tournament with a medal, all members had notable performances and the novice level tournament fulfilled its desired teaching effect.

RMC demonstrated considerable improvement from its last debate tournament at McGill university in November: all teams collecting more victories than any other tournament this year. The team will resume practice this week in anticipation of future competitions.


Blazing into silver for RMC Men’s Fencing Team at OUA Championships

27472 OCdt (IV) Eliza Bruce 

Cheered on by the RMC Paladin Mascot, RMC Brass and Reed Band, numerous friends and family members both in and outside of the college body, the Women’s Fencing Team as they helped run the tournament, and the exemplary support and direction of coaches Patricia Howes and David Howes, the RMC Men’s Fencing Team fought their way to second place in the OUA league. This is a rank that has not been achieved by the team in a decade, marking an exceptional year for RMC’s male fencers of strength, sweat, and devotion, as they prepared to perform at this cumulative event with the grace of professional athletes, and skill that makes it hard to believe most of them have only been fencing since they entered the college! YEA RED!!

“The Men’s Épée team worked very hard this weekend at the men’s OUA championships to achieve a great result. OCdt Keir (II) placed 21st, OCdt Kim (II) placed 13th and NCdt MacGregor (III) placed 8th with rookie OCdt MacKinnon (I) with a great result placing 4th in the individual series. In the team match, the RMC team composed of O/NCdts Kim, MacGregor, MacKinnon, and Belbeck(II) narrowly missed the bronze and placed 4th. Well done to all the Men’s Épée fencers!”

~ OCdt Byoungchan Kim (II), 1 Sqn

“In individual men’s sabre, NCdt Whelan (II) got a bronze medal, OCdt Ayoub (IV) got 11th, OCdt Clements (I) got 13th and OCdt Pageau (III) got 9th overall. In the team tournament, men’s sabre finished 3rd helping RMC to get silver overall in the 2017-2018 men’s fencing OUA

An additional note about Whelan is that he cumulatively got 2 bronze medals and silver over the weekend”

~ OCdt Gerson Zamor (III), 12 Sqn

“The Men’s foil team performed admirably during the OUA championships. Despite fighting hard for position, men’s foil was ultimately unable to place within the top 16 with 28237 OCdt F. Duff ranking 20th, 27905 OCdt R. Choi ranking 33rd, 28576 OCdt L. Montgomery ranking 36th, and 27829 OCdt D. Ortega ranking 37th in the Individual tournament. During the teams competition the Men’s foil team placed 9th with only two points standing in the way between them and moving on to direct elimination. Despite being unable to place, the team remains motivated as their performance greatly outshined their performance last year. Also, select members are looking forward to competing at the Ottawa Shield competition next weekend.”

~ OCdt Dan Ortega (III), 1 Sqn

More Fencing flickr photos by Louis Saulnier – Here


Paladins comes up short in playoff bid

The RMC Paladins playoff chances came to an end Saturday night when they dropped a 5-2 decision to the Laurentian Voyageurs.

It took to the final game of the regular OUA season for the Paladins to be eliminated from post-season play.

The game was much closer than the score would indicate. It was 3-2 heading into the 3rd period and remained that way until Laurentian would add an insurance marker with just under a minute remaining. The 5th goal was scored into an empty net as the Paladins had  pulled the goalie in an effort to tie things up.

All in all, the season was a breakthrough one for the Paladins. Although, it is likely that the coaches and players are disappointed for not quite making it to the finish line. In reality, they have much to be proud of for the way they competed all season.

RMC hockey fans see a bright future for the Paladins.





Recent results

Fri 9 Feb RMC 4 @ Nipissing 3 (S.O.)

Sat 10 Feb RMC 2 @ Laurentian 5

End of season for the hockey team


(M) Volleyball

Recent results

Sun 11 Feb Queen’s 3 @ RMC  0


Fri 16 Feb  Ryerson @ RMC 8:00 PM

Sat 17 Feb Toronto @ RMC 3:00 PM

(W) Volleyball

Recent results

Sun 11 Feb – RMC 0 @ Queen’s  0


Fri 16 Feb  Ryerson @ RMC 6:00 PM

Sat 17 Feb Toronto  @ RMC 1:00 PM



OUA Women’s Championship

Feb 17 & 18  @ Norm Fenn Gymnasium @ Carleton University


Dr. Darrell Menard

Dr. Darrell Menard, Sport Medicine Physician Q&A

Can anti-inflammatories hurt me?

Q: I’m getting older and have more body aches and pains especially after doing a hard workout.  To manage these pains, I often use anti-inflammatory drugs and find them quite helpful.  This summer, I injured my shoulder and after taking anti-inflammatories for 8 weeks, I developed heart burn.  My physician’s assistant advised me to stop taking anti-inflammatories and I feel much better. Anti-inflammatories are sold without a prescription – how dangerous can they be?  Curious

A: Dear Curious:  Glad to hear you are feeling better.  Anti-inflammatories are one of the most commonly used types of medication in Canada.  They are available as pills, creams and injectable solutions and people typically take them to help with pain, inflammation and fever.

All anti-inflammatory medications work the same way – by blocking the production of substances known as prostaglandins.  Prostaglandins play a role in many important bodily processes including the activation of inflammation, the production of pain and fever, maintaining blood flow to the kidneys, dilating airways, influencing stomach acid production and bleeding control.

Anti-inflammatories are generally well tolerated but the longer you take them and the higher the dosage, the greater the risk for side effects.  These side effects range from relatively minor issues all the way to life threatening problems.  Every year, approximately 1,900 Canadians die from complications resulting from anti-inflammatory use.  The following are some common side effects from using anti-inflammatories:   increased blood pressure, bloating, nausea, vomiting, heart burn, diarrhea, constipation, bleeding ulcers, kidney, liver and heart failure, heart attacks, stroke and allergic reactions.

The following are strategies that can reduce your risk of side effects when you use these medications:

1.      Take them as directed by your health care provider;

2.      Use as low a dose as possible for as short a time as needed – ideally less than 30 days;

3.      Take them with food – never on an empty stomach;

4.      Don’t use more than one product at a time – this includes using anti-inflammatory creams while taking anti-inflammatory pills; and

5.      Take them with stomach protecting medications

The bottom line:  Anti-inflammatories can be very helpful for musculoskeletal aches and pains provided they are taken carefully.  While they are available without a prescription, these medications can cause life threatening complications in some people.  If you are frequently very sore after doing your workouts you may want to have the PSP fitness staff review your training program to ensure you aren’t overtraining.    Exercise is medicine!

Dr. Darrell Menard OMM, CD, MD (former PEO at RMC)
Sport Medicine Physician

One Comment

  • 13139 Mitchell MacLeod

    February 12, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    I was a patient of Dr Menard’s after breaking my arm and back freefall parachuting at the CISM World Games in Zagreb in 1999. I am grateful to this day that he quickly got me on a USAF Medevac C-9 to Ramstein for surgury at Landstuhl (along with his Croat counterpart Dr Igor ??), and the subsequent follow up care back in Ottawa was equally excellent. Good to see he is still dispensing sound advice.