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  1. Blackadder1916

    Happy St Crisipin's day

    If commemoration of battle on St. Crispin's Day is not limited to Agincourt and repetition of Shakespeare's speech by King Harry then let's use Tennyson's "Charge of The Light Brigade" to remember another 25 October military event, especially since it was the action for which a Canadian was...
  2. Blackadder1916

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    I tried that once, many years ago (late 1990s). Almost the first question asked when I brought it up in my unit was "when do we sign the pay sheet". Almost the first question when I informally broached the subject with members of a local volunteer SAR group was "what equipment or funding are...
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    The annual pre-Remembrance Day Poppy controversy has begun - with a crosswalk

    One of the signs of autumn is an inevitable objection by the RCL about unauthorized use of the poppy. This year the culprit is the City of Chestermere, Alberta who repainted a crosswalk. https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/poppy-crosswalk-in-chestermere-alta-unveiled-at-official-event-1.5636418
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  5. Blackadder1916

    1997, 1st Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Freedom of the City, Calgary, Ab

    In the pre CF Greens/DEU era the equivalent order of dress still used white belts. 1960 in battledress 1968 in TWs Stable belts, for those regiments/corps who affected that British item, would have worn them with bush dress or with a more casual version of service dress such as seen around...
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  9. Blackadder1916

    Director of photography killed, movie director injured after Alec Baldwin discharged prop firearm

    How very lawyerly. 😏 I expected someone to mention that truck-sized loophole. I started to draft a response to explain why I thought these guidelines valuable and how they could conceivably be applied, but then I discovered that its introduction says it better than I could. The parts of the...
  10. Blackadder1916

    Director of photography killed, movie director injured after Alec Baldwin discharged prop firearm

    Maybe this tragedy will have a benefit for the Canadian film industry? Too soon? But it seems (to me) that typical south of the border attitudes (personal freedoms, business first, more liberal gun attitudes . . . ) may have contributed to the possible cutting of corners in that production in...
  11. Blackadder1916

    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    It's a bit of a stretch to try to make a comparison of Scandinavian "un-paid volunteers" to "mercenary" Canada Militia. As I noted with regard to another thread/topic/circumstance, we are not Europeans (Scandinavians), we don't think like them, our government (especially with regards to social...
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    FORCE 2025: Informing the Army’s future structure

    Threat level response . . . Your vision for current threat level response A more realistic response
  13. Blackadder1916

    All things Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

    My memory of school vaccinations were for polio (still a real threat back then) and BCG (a tuberculosis vaccine given in Nfld and Quebec). All those others were yet to come, the method of acquired immunity in those days for measles, mumps and rubella was to get infected. When I joined in the...
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    All things Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

    It's a mixed bag in Canada. Two provinces (Ont & NB) require diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella immunization (sounds pretty much like the shots one gets when joining the army) and while it is reported that Manitoba requires measles vax for school attendance, nothing on that...
  15. Blackadder1916

    Director of photography killed, movie director injured after Alec Baldwin discharged prop firearm

    To begin with, one's thoughts should be with the family of the young women who was tragically killed. While it may be easy to pile on to the "name", especially when his political views, celebrity image (good and bad) and past comments makes him a ready target, let's remember that this was a...
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    Sexual Misconduct Allegations in The CAF

    What was the policy in the "old days"? https://cradpdf.drdc-rddc.gc.ca/PDFS/unc342/p811338_A1b.pdf While the first steps towards a specific harassment policy (CFAO 19-39) and a sexual misconduct policy (CFAO 19-36) took much of the 1980s to percolate, it wasn't unknown or undiscussed long...
  17. Blackadder1916

    Recycling was a lie — a big lie — to sell more plastic, industry experts say

    The piece seems to be primarily about North America . . . fat, lazy, lowest common denominator North America. Yes, we throw away without consideration tons of plastics along with lots of other materials into our garbage. It's only when the piles get too deep or too expensive do we hem and haw...
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    All things Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

    "8 people arrive" And that was, approximately, the number that I expected when I heard Premier Kenney requesting federal assistance for personnel qualified to staff ICUs. Remember, the CAF no longer operates any hospitals in Canada though they do have staff at units established in civilian...