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xx Subscribing/Donating

January 30, 2019, 21:57:35 by AbdullahD
Top of the evening Mike or staff

I just tried subscribing via e-transfer and it failed on me via the alternate to PayPal option.

If you want to confirm who or where I can send it to, I will do so shortly. Been here to long not to pitch in.

Abdullah

P.s reason for the post is I see two different e transfer addresses and the alternate subscribe page failed so wanted to be sure that the addresses were up to date before I sent.
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xx Ottawa soldier alleges he faced reprisals from military

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ottawa-soldier-alleges-he-faced-reprisals-from-military-for-supporting-female-colleague-who-reported-sex-assault

This is a long detailed article so I'm only posting the link but it's quite interesting in my opinion.



Link to article removed based on Site policy, re: reporter.

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xx Vancouver hospital has key role in training Canadian military trauma surgeons

November 11, 2019, 20:22:10 by daftandbarmy

Vancouver hospital has key role in training Canadian military trauma surgeons

Embedded surgeons get to hone their skills, ready to deploy to war zones

Perhaps you’re aware Canadian journalists are sometimes embedded with the armed forces in war zones; you’re probably less aware that military doctors are embedded at Vancouver General Hospital.

It’s a program begun about 20 years ago to keep Canada’s military medical people primed in trauma care and ready to deploy at almost a moment’s notice.

Dr. Philip Dawe, trauma and acute care surgeon at VGH and a Canadian Forces major, is the third military doctor to head the Canadian Forces Trauma Training Centre West (another, CFTTC East, has opened in Montreal).

“Because we don’t have a main military hospital anymore … now the model, which I think is a great model, is that we’re embedded in civilian centres,” he said.

Saving military lives hits a little closer to home for Dawe than for many, and not just because his father and three brothers all also served.

Matt, the youngest of the four Dawe brothers, was 27 when, along with B.C. soldier Colin Bason, four other Canadian soldiers and their interpreter, they died in a roadside bombing in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

His mother Reine was this year’s Silver Cross Mother and on Nov. 11 placed a wreath at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on behalf of all Canadian mothers who have lost a child in the military service of Canada.

To this day, Dawe needs a moment to collect himself when asked about his little brother.

He was already studying medicine, so his brother’s death was not an epiphany moment, he said, but it did galvanize him, cemented his desire to be more than a general practitioner.

“If I could save one military person’s life overseas, then my career will be worthwhile,” he said.

There are 50 to 60 specialists among the doctors in Canada’s forces — surgeons, anesthesiologists, orthopedic surgeons, a few other specialties.

In a high-level hospital such as VGH, they are able to stay up to speed on their skills while getting a solid volume of work. (Military nurses, doctor’s assistants, paramedics and GPs are also trained in trauma.)

“Then when we do deploy we’re ready to deal with those patients we’ll see.”

If a soldier in a war theatre can make it to a medical trauma centre, there is about a 97 per cent chance they will live, said Dr. Ross Brown, today working at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver and the first embedded military trauma physician when the program began at VGH.

The program has its roots in the late 1990s following an auditor general’s report questioning the way the Canadian military’s ran its medical world, said Dr. Ross Brown.

“That caused the military to look at itself and do some redesign on health care,” he said.

The military looked abroad — Britain, in particular, had a strong reserve force working within its National Health system, but who were “extractable” and could be deployed, and who had experience working on blast injuries and penetrating wounds.

When Brown finished his residency in general surgery at UBC, it was time for him to rejoin the military and he was assigned to Halifax, one of three general surgeons assigned to a 24-bed hospital.

“I was seeing what the Brits and the Americans were doing, and said ‘Why don’t you leave me in Vancouver … learn more and more about trauma, consolidate my own skills, do more training and I’m still deployable.’”

There were lots of questions: How would he be paid? Would he take someone else’s job? What would public opinion be?

It took awhile, including showing up at Halifax and then being deployed to Bosnia, but when he got back the wheels were rolling for the Canadian Forces Trauma Training Centre, West.

“I would not have been able to do that had it not been for the willingness of Vancouver General and Vancouver Coastal Health to say, ‘Alright, we’ll take a chance here,’” Brown said. “And the military, of course.

“It was a time you could lever an idea and show everyone it was a win-win-win.”

It was early 2001. Within months the 9/11 attacks were carried out and Canada was about to deploy forces to Afghanistan.

“Yep, of course we’re ready to go,” Brown said. “The Canadian Forces Trauma Training Centre was very timely to start bringing people through at a rapid rate.

“The military could stand up and say, ‘We are offering equivalent care to what our soldiers would get if they were in Canada.’

“I think everybody feels good we’re contributing way back here in little Vancouver with a trauma training centre.”

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/vancouver-hospital-has-key-role-in-training-canadian-military-trauma-surgeons
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xx Remembrance Day

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xx "Leak of thousands of posts from defunct neo-Nazi forum offers clues to identify

November 09, 2019, 20:33:02 by mariomike
In the news,

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CBC
Nov 08, 2019

Leak of thousands of posts from defunct neo-Nazi forum offers clues to identify Canadian members
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/iron-march-message-board-canadian-forces-1.5353201?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar
'We're going to find as many as we can,' director of anti-hate group says

A massive leak of posts and private messages from a neo-Nazi message board that went offline two years ago offers clues to identify its Canadian members, including some who claimed to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Canadian Forces responds

Rest of the story at link.
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xx America’s unintentional indifference to veterans

November 09, 2019, 17:25:33 by Dimsum
It's American, but a lot of the same applies anywhere (minus the "thank you for your service" chant that's mostly American).

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America, we need to talk about your (possibly) unintentional indifference to the plight of veterans and the military. Hear me out.

Sure, you like most in the country say you revere military service: Polls consistently show a majority of Americans have a “great deal of confidence” in the military, after all. You say “thank you” to every veteran you meet, sing “This Land is Your Land” at the ballgame real loudly and maybe even get genuinely angry at anything that you perceive sleights the sacrifices of our service people.

But I also know — because I’ve talked to a lot of people as a bartender, teacher and traveler and it comes up a lot — that you have probably said something like, “Oh, I can’t possibly imagine what you’ve been through” when talking to a veteran.

Why do you create a psychic distance with that question? You wouldn’t stop a teacher or banker or construction worker with "Oh, I possibly couldn't understand" when the subject of their work experiences comes up. If you were generally curious, you would ask questions to keep learning. It feels like, often, this is used as a way to bow out of the conversation. It's hard to keep talking after that.

But c'mon. Really? You've read books, seen movies, watched the news. You can probably guess some of what I did. And isn't that already kind of getting it? Maybe even already understanding?

I got shot at, and it sucked.

I’ve been in a really hot and harsh desert, and that sucked.

I’ve dazed-shocked reached all over my body to see if I was hit after a rocket’s explosion, said prayers with buddies when Black Hawks took off to collect the wounded or dying, palmed the helmets of killed Marines and heard silence during the final roll call of their name. Those things sucked, a lot.

But surely you can imagine? If you have the cognitive ability to visualize what I’ve just described, I must ask you, did you really need me to write that to feel something — about us?

I know you’re a good person and you really want to care — and there are so many things to care about — but when you tell us that you couldn’t possibly understand our stories, what you’re sub-textually telling us is you don’t want to understand. And America, really, we can’t suffer your sitting on the fence about this anymore.

I want you to intellectualize what it means to send our young men and women to war for 18 years and what that means as the sound of every door knock for the mothers back home when their children are away.

I want you to think about how war can churn someone up so much that there's a trend of parking lot suicides happening outside of VA hospitals in America.

I want you to imagine the gut-suck fear of riding in a Humvee, knowing you could be blown up by an IED at any moment.

And I want you to do some reflection on whether you'd want to go through that, or why someone else would, and most importantly if the reasons for the wars are still worth it for those still fighting.

I need you to think about the deaths of the thousands of U.S. military members and contractors and DOD civilians and humanitarians and journalists killed since 9/11, and the ones who will die tomorrow, and then get back to us.

I need you to understand that war is a democratic process. The military does not choose it. The people you choose to elect do.

Respectfully, for that reason, you shouldn't be allowed to gaze from afar, put us out of mind, cut off yourself to us.

Whatever we have done, it was because you hired us to do it.

I need you to have an answer to: What do you think about that?

Because if your answer right now is "I don't really know," well I don't really know what your support means in practicality.

https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-1110-veterans-support-20191108-okfbr6jfnfd4jgehoj6nelrtwy-story.html?outputType=amp&__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR1dODgoL28am_i_sSvoclBTeL5lUeb079142CIhqDTgSYr3Xvl_iE3cwy0
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