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xx Increased site security

September 01, 2017, 11:35:25 by Mike Bobbitt

A quick note to let you know that all sites (,,, and now default to secure mode using SSL.

This change means that email addresses, passwords, posts, etc. are encrypted in transit between your decvice and my server.

If you have any problems please let me know.

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xx "Ottawa appeals ruling that returned citizenship to son of Russian spies"

Today at 08:21:48 by
This from The Canadian Press ...
Ottawa appeals ruling that returned citizenship to son of Russian spies
In June, the appeal court ruled in Alexander Vavilov’s favour. The government says the “absurd result” of the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision “raises important issues about theintegrity of Canadian citizenship.”
Jim Bronskill The Canadian Press Published on Thu Sep 21 2017

OTTAWA — The federal government is appealing a court decision that handed Canadian citizenship back to the Toronto-born son of Russian spies after it was revoked by Ottawa.

In asking the Supreme Court of Canada to hear the case, the government says the "absurd result" of the Federal Court of Appeal's decision "raises important issues about the integrity of Canadian citizenship" and should not be allowed to stand.

It likely will be several weeks before the Supreme Court decides whether to hear the case.

In June, the appeal court ruled in Alexander Vavilov's favour — the latest turn in a long-running spy saga brimming with international intrigue.

Vavilov, 23, was born in 1994 as Alexander Philip Anthony Foley to Donald Heathfield and Tracey Ann Foley. The following year the family — including an older boy, Timothy — left Canada for France, where they spent four years before moving to the United States.

One day in June 2010, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation turned up at the family's Boston-area home.

In all, 11 people — four of whom claimed to be Canadian — were indicted on charges of conspiring to act as secret agents in the United States on behalf of the SVR, the Russian Federation's successor to the ruthless KGB.

Heathfield and Foley admitted to being Andrey Bezrukov and Elena Vavilova ...
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xx 18 Sept 2017: Army honours memory of 3RCR PTE Thomas Welch @ memorial service

September 20, 2017, 07:42:09 by
Putting this here to start because it's the first such presentation I've seen (and I stand to be corrected) actively announced by the government of the day.

This from the DND info-machine ...
The 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, today honoured the memory of Private Thomas Welch at Garrison Petawawa.

Brigadier-General Stephen Cadden, Commander, 4th Canadian Division, presented members of Private Welch’s family with his Sacrifice Medal, Memorial Crosses, and Memorial Ribbons at a private memorial service held at Garrison Petawawa. The Sacrifice Medal is a tangible and lasting form of recognition for the sacrifices made by members of the Canadian Armed Forces killed or wounded in the line of duty. The Memorial Cross is a gift from Canada, issued as a memento of personal loss on the part of designated family members following the loss of Canadian Armed Forces personnel who died in service or whose death is attributed to their service.  The Memorial Ribbon is presented designated family and loved ones as a memento of personal loss and sacrifice in respect of military personnel who lay down their lives for their country.

Private Welch tragically passed away on May 8, 2004 and today’s memorial service was held to honour his memory and pay tribute to his sacrifice ...
Some backstory ...
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xx British CAFSAC Competitor Shot in Ottawa (Not on duty)

September 14, 2017, 16:52:27 by Haggis
When you go to a shooting competition, you'd expect to maybe suffer a gunshot wound due to a range accident.  Not so in this case, shared with the usual disclaimers.

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xx Story on ISIS tank workshop

September 01, 2017, 12:03:19 by Colin P
This excellent blog post on ISIS tank workshop is well worth reading

Coupled with the content in this article

You realize just how serious they were to become a conventional army and how much attention they paid to logistics and camouflage.
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xx Captain Tim Bowman 1 Wing HQ Missing

August 29, 2017, 21:37:28 by Loachman
I caught part of this on the radio about an hour ago while driving. Tim is a member of 1 Wing HQ, a colleague, and a good guy. His kayak was reported found in the radio report.


Large Scale Search and Rescue Operation at Various Kingston Locations

News 03:51 PM by Cris Vilela  Kingston Heritage

A large scale search and rescue operation appears to be taking place at various Kingston locations near waterways Monday afternoon.

A JRCC SAR helicopter and at least one OPP boat have been seen at places such as Lake Ontario Park, Treasure Island, Collins Bay Marina, Navy Bay and Wolfe Island. The search goes as far east as Howe Island and as far west as Amherst Island.

The operation is reportedly looking for a missing yellow kayak. More information will be updated as it becomes available.


Military Police Seeking Missing Canadian Forces Member

News 01:00 PM by Cris Vilela  Kingston Heritage

Canadian Forces Military Police are seeking assistance in locating a missing member of the Canadian Armed Forces, the subject of Monday's extensive search throughout Kingston.

Captain Timothy Bowman, 36 years old, was last seen on the evening of August 26, 2017, in Kingston. Captain Bowman is described as a male Caucasian, 6-feet tall, athletic build, with short blond hair and green eyes, weighing 181 pounds.

The member is not considered a danger to the public.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Captain Bowman is asked to contact Canadian Forces Base Kingston Military Police at 506-541-5010 local 2044.
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