Where are they now?

8014 Mr Brian Barrie is a trial lawyer specializing in Civil Litigation and Criminal Law with Greenfield And Barrie, serving Owen Sound & Grey-Bruce Counties. He graduated with an honours English degree from RMC, followed by a Masters degree from the University of New Brunswick. He wrote his thesis on obscure poet and lawyer Abraham Moses Klein. Then Barrie was accepted into medicine but he chose law. He worked at the Somalia Inquiry and represented an environmental officer at the Walkerton inquiry.

His first book is “The Neighbour That Wasn’t”, (Ginger Press, 2008) a ghost story centred on what was a spooky old house at 932 3rd Ave. W., the former American consulate which his kids walked past on their way to and from school. His second book “The Lady of the Cat” (Ginger Press, 2010) is based on a myth about the Northern Lights, he told his daughters Alexa & Talya and his son Morgan, when they were much younger. His third children’s book is “Est: The Story of a Bear Twice-Told” (Ginger Press, 2011).

He writes the stories for his children and his three grandchildren Rachel, Andrew and Grace. Local artist Bonita Johnson De Matteis illustrated all three books and also produced full-size paintings based on the illustrations.

Brian thinks one of his best accomplishments is that he has stayed married to his wife Helen for 42 years and they still love each other. She was a Kingston girl and he married her in his graduation year.  [email protected]




Métis Rear Admiral Honoured by Governor-General

Tyrone Pile entered RRMC 1975

Article first appeared: NetNewsledger By: James Murray – June 22, 2011

12324 Retired Rear Admiral Tyrone Pile received the Meritorious Service Cross from His Excellency, David Johnston, Governor General and Commander in Chief of Canada’s Armed Forces at a ceremony in Rideau Hall on June 10th. Rear Admiral Pile is Métis and the brother of Tim Pile, the Secretary-Treasurer of the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO). The decoration recognizes a military deed or activity that has been performed in an outstandingly professional manner, according to a rare high standard that brings considerable benefit or great honour to the Canadian Forces.

The citation for the award reads: “As Commander of Joint Task Force Games for Operation Podium, the Canadian Forces’ mission in support of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, Rear Admiral Pile led one of the most complex domestic military operations ever conducted in Canada. He demonstrated exceptional leadership in shaping a co-operative and effective working environment among dozens of partners, including all levels of government and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as well as their civil and military counterparts in the United States. His ability to facilitate the collaboration and coordination of these entities, while ensuring that strategic and operational goals were understood, respected and met by all, was instrumental to the success of Operation Podium and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.”

Retired Rear Admiral Pile is the son of Eileen Pile and the late Herbert Pile of Geraldton. As a teenager he was the senior cadet at 227 Raven Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets. He enrolled in the Canadian Forces upon graduating from Geraldton Composite High School and attended both Royal Roads and Royal Military College, graduating from the latter in 1979. During his career as a naval officer he served in a number of Canadian warships, including a brief tour aboard Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia in 1983 during the Queen’s Royal Visit to North America. In 1995 he was appointed as Commanding Officer of the new frigate HMCS Regina, later becoming the first Canadian warship to fully integrate with a United States Carrier Battle Group on deployed operations. He subsequently served as Director of NATO Policy and as Commander of Maritime Operations Group Four in Victoria before being promoted to Commodore and appointed as Commander Canadian Fleet Atlantic in 2003. Promoted to Rear Admiral in 2005, he served as Chief Military Personnel and Commander of Military Personnel Command until being appointed Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific and Joint Task Force Pacific in 2007. From 2007 to 2010, he was also concurrently appointed as Commander Joint Task Forces Games, leading Canadian Forces support to security and public safety for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games for which he received this award.



Kingston man lands spot at defence headquarters

A Kingston man is the new director general of Land Capability Development at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa.

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