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RAdm P. Dean McFadden
joined VIA Rail chairman
Donald Wright (left) and
Minister of National
Defence Peter MacKay for
the announcement of VIA
Rail’s special appreciation
fare in July for CF/DND/
NPF personnel
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Naval reservist off to Sudan for UN work
By Stephanie Burr
Lookout Newspaper
oon, Navy Reservist Lt(N) Jim
Parker will trade in his naval
uniform and reserve peak cap for
the blue of the UN beret and
desert CADPATs.
Lt(N) Parker is heading into the
heart of Africa’s Sudan to spend six
months as an unarmed United
Nations Military Observer.
His tour begins with two weeks of
orientation at the United Nation
(UN) headquarters in Khartoum, the
capital of Sudan, with other new military observers.
“I’m not really sure what to expect.
I know it will be hot and humid, but
other than that I’m leaving all expectations behind,” said Lt(N) Parker.
He applied for the job in Africa
after much thought, but says finding
out he’d been chosen couldn’t have
come at a better time. He recently
retired as a physical education
teacher, and his 20 years of work
with the Naval Reserves at HMCS
Malahat is part-time.
“I began to re-examine my life
and what I was doing with it,” he
said. “I came to the conclusion that
I needed to shake things up and find
a way to give something back. Writing a cheque to my local charity is
just too easy. Although tough and
nasty, this tour will be a perfect way
for me to contribute.”
Lt(N) Parker will join 24 other
Canadians stationed throughout
southern Sudan to monitor and
observe interactions between the
Muslim and Christian Sudanese. He
will help locals resolve minor disputes and report any hostile activities
to the UN.
UN Military Observers do this
unarmed, using their wits and diplomacy to thwart any potential conflict.
To prepare for the assignment,
Lt(N) Parker spent five weeks at the
Peace Support Training Centre in
Kingston, ON, for classroom studies
and hands-on scenarios. This will be
followed by the two weeks in Khartoum for mission-specific briefings
and training.
Spending six months in a war torn
country, armed with only negotiating
skills is an interesting challenge said
Lt(N) Parker.
“Hopefully not being armed will
reinforce that we are an impartial,
non-threatening resource for the
locals,” he said. “The absence of
weapons reiterate that we are there
to help them rather than keep them
in check.”
Tucked in his kit will be photos of
Lt(N) Jim Parker will spend six months in the Sudan as an unarmed
United Nations Military Observer.
his partner Heather Cairns and their
dog Judd to help him cope with
what he says will be inevitable they’ll be fine when I gone. I’m also absence of their deployed partner,”
bouts of homesickness.
very aware that those left behind he said.
“I will miss my family, but I know really have to work harder in the
Lt(N) Parker will arrive in Sudan
just as the country heads into its
hottest time of the year. On average,
a summer day in the Sudan reaches
42 degrees Celsius.
“I’m trying to get into the habit of
constantly hydrating myself,” he
said. “I can only imagine what
the temperature will be like paired
with the humidity of lush southern Sudan.”
Although he will miss the comfort
of morning coffee with Cairns and a
Sunday stroll around James Bay,
Lt(N) Parker says he is looking forward to experiencing a drastically
different culture.
“I am going to do my best to leave
my Canadian ideals behind because I
don’t think it’s possible to apply my
beliefs and living standards to what I
am about to experience,” he said.
“I’m in their country and I will learn
to do things their way.”
With the days counting down until
his plane leaves, Lt(N) Parker is
spending his time soaking up the
West Coast scenery and going over
his gear one last time.
“I’m still wary that I will get there
and have forgotten something. But
overall I just can’t wait to get there,”
he said. “I’m really looking forward
to doing something that might, in the
long term, help the Sudanese and be
a life-changing event for me. I totally believe that a positive attitude can
achieve great things.”
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RAdm Dean McFadden and Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay (above) recently accepted a ceremonial ticket for free train travel from VIA Rail chairman Donald Wright (right). As a
show of appreciation for the CF, VIA is offering free or reduced-rate travel to all members of Canada’s military community this July.
VIA Rail honours CF with free tickets
By Blake Patterson
Trident staff
ou might want to reconsider
your summer travel plans.
Canada’s military was given a
free ticket March 26 when VIA Rail
Canada announced that current and
former CF personnel, as well as
DND employees, can ride the rails
for free this July. From Canada Day,
July 1, until July 31, they can travel anywhere on VIA’s coast-tocoast rail network, free of charge, as
much as they want.
“On behalf of the men and women
of the Canadian Forces, as well as
defence employees, veterans and
their families, I thank VIA for making this great idea a reality,” said
RAdm Dean McFadden, Commander JTFA and MARLANT, who
attended the announcement ceremony held in the VIA station in Halifax.
He said this initiative speaks volumes to servicemen and women, past
and present, and illustrates VIA’s
appreciation for the efforts of those
who serve in Canada and overseas.
“The support shown by VIA Rail
to Canada’s men and women in uniform, as well as civilian defence
employees, is appreciated by the
entire defence community,” said
RAdm McFadden. “It is an act of
recognition that shows how much
service to country is appreciated.”
During July, CF personnel will
pay nothing for Comfort (coach)
class tickets and they can bring up
to five members of their immediate
families with them at a 50 per cent
discount. And if a military member
is overseas in July, his or her spouse
can use the free-ticket benefit as if
they were the active member.
The offer applies to all current
and retired members of the CF,
Reserve personnel, DND employees, and non-public fund employees. According to VIA’s web site,
this means a qualifying adult passenger is defined as any adult 18
years of age or older who is in possession of either a valid DND photo
identification card, Dependant ID
card, or CANEX Club XTra card.
Veterans and retirees will be asked
to show their Record of Service
Card or their Veteran Benefits Card.
Immediate family members are
defined to include the qualifying
member’s mother, father, spouse or
common-law partner or child or a
child for whom the qualifying adult
passenger is a legal guardian.
“Like all Canadians, we at VIA are
proud of the Canadian Forces and
pleased when we can help to remind
our fellow citizens of their contribution,” said VIA Rail’s Chairman of
the Board Donald Wright.
RAdm McFadden said including
military families in the deal illus-
trates VIA’s understanding of the
important role military families
play in CF operations.
“[Military families] are the
unsung heroes who must soldier on
day after day when a loved one
deploys,” said RAdm McFadden.
“Without their unfailing support,
the men and women of the Forces
could not do the job they do in the
professional and dedicated manner
in which they do it.”
“We have so many
military families that
have families spread
all over Canada
because of postings...
hopefully this
will help.”
Tara Bayne, Information Services and Referral Coordinator for
the Halifax & Region Military
Family Resource Centre, said it’s
an exciting initiative that will help
military families reconnect with
loved ones across the country.
“I’m happy to see that VIA is
doing this,” she said. “We have so
many military families that have
families spread all over Canada
because of postings... hopefully this
will help.”
Minister of National Defence
Peter MacKay attended the
announcement and said VIA’s
offering of free travel expresses
how much Canadians appreciate
the service of the men and women
in uniform.
“This initiative will allow members of the Canadian Forces to visit more of the country that they have
committed to defend,” he said.
At the announcement ceremony,
much was said about the longstanding relationship between the CF and
Canada’s rail industry. During the
First and Second World Wars, 90
per cent of troop movements in
Canada were made by rail. And in
recent years, VIA has continued the
tradition by undertaking several
initiatives to honour service men
and women.
In 2005, the Year of the Veteran,
a special train carried thousands of
veterans and their families from
Halifax to Ottawa to allow them to
take part in the Remembrance Day
ceremonies at the national cenotaph. Likewise, in 2006, hundreds
of Canada’s war brides from across
the country were brought to Pier 21
in Halifax to mark the 60th anniversary of their arrival in Canada at the
end of the Second World War.
“Whether transporting troops to
Halifax for departure overseas or
taking immigrants to start a new life
across this country, trains have been
at the heart of our national story,”
said Wright. “At VIA, we are very
proud to be able to build on this railway heritage in our own way.”
It’s estimated more than half a
million current or retired service personnel will be eligible for the deal.
“We really haven’t figured out
how many people might use it,”
said Wright. “We hope a lot of people use it.”
RAdm McFadden said he expects
people will use the deal for more
than just holidays. He said July
tends to be a busy travel time for
those who serve, because postings
and training courses are often
scheduled during school holidays
each summer.
Asked how many military members he expects to take advantage of
the free tickets, RAdm McFadden
said he’ll do his part to talk to as
many people as possible and
encourage them to hit the rails.
“I hope this is a very well received
and taken up offer,” he said.
For more information, or to
reserve a ticket, go to
forces or call toll-free 1-888-VIARail (1-888-842-7245) or 1-800268-9503 (hearing impaired).
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Attend the spring bike tune-up clinic to
be held at the Fleet Fitness and Sports
Centre on Wednesday, April 16 from 1 to
3:30 p.m. This clinic is open to all military and DND employees. There is no
charge and no bike is required. The limit
is 20 personnel. Please call 427-3524 to
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Base soccer team tryouts
The Formation Halifax base soccer
team is looking for players. Tryouts for
the team will be held Mondays and
Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Fleet
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Naval officers association
offers bursaries to students
The Nova Scotia Naval Officers Association (NSNOA) is offering two $1,500
bursaries for deserving students to attend
a Canadian university. These are open to
Canadian citizens resident in Nova Scotia with a naval connection, i.e. dependents of regular force Navy or former
Naval members, relatives or dependents
of NSNOA members, members of the
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2008 must be forwarded to the NSNOA
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Submariners Reunion in May
The Submariners Association of
Canada West is sponsoring an International Gathering of Submariners in Victoria, BC on May 2, 3 and 4. Please visit for registration and
details including tourist and hotel information. You can also contact the gathering coordinator Paul Hansen at [email protected] or call (250) 294-1024.
Introduction to geocaching
The Sackville Public Library offers an
introductory session to geocaching on
April 16 at 7 p.m. The high-tech treasure
hunt for all ages offers the perfect blend
of outdoor activity, GPS and pure fun. The
Atlantic Canada Geocaching Association
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provides regional support for the activity
of geocaching. This event is co-sponsored by The Trail Shop.
HMCS Annapolis
crew reunion 1976-1980
Attention former members of HMCS
Annapolis 1976-1980. A small group of
former crewmembers have decided to
possibly plan a reunion in the spring of
2008 to mark a 30-year milestone and to
reminisce about old times. Please check
our HMCS Annapolis 30th Reunion
group on Facebook. There are lots of photos posted—maybe yours is there. Mess
members either serving or retired are
strongly encouraged to pass this along to
other former Annapolis crewmembers.
Further information is available through
CPO2 Peter Majeau at 721-6569 or CPO2
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339 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps
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youth ages 12 to 18. Learn marksmanship, seamanship, sailing, marching
and more. We parade every Tuesday
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military members and 926 dependents) levels of experience. Call 721-1252.
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Submarine Operations Room Officer Course marks return
of advanced tactical submarine coursing to Canada
By Lt(N) Chris Holland
n February 22, 2008, the submarine HMCS Corner Brook
came alongside in Mayport, Florida
following 17 days underway in support of the inaugural Submarine
Operations Room Officer (SM ORO)
Course while participating in TGEX
2/08. I was one of two students, the
other being Lt(N) Dan Murphy, to
successfully complete the final evaluation at sea, thus bringing the 14month course to an end. Close to a
decade has passed since the last Submarine Warfare Officer Course had
been held in Canada, making this
achievement all the more notable.
Since 1999, Canadian submarine Maritime Surface/Subsurface
(MARS) officers have been sent to
Australia to complete the Submarine
Warfare Officer and Attack Coordinator courses. In fact, the Canadian
Navy relied heavily upon a mix of
out-of-service and in-house training
for its submarine officers dating back
to the 1980s. While the small number
of Canadian submarine officers
made it possible to secure positions
on foreign courses, Canadian staff
recognized the many inherent advantages to developing coursing that will
be conducted in Canada. “Our SM
ORO coursing now to a large extent
parallels the training and progression
of warfare officers in the surface
fleet,” noted LCdr Andy MacKenzie,
the SM ORO Instructor. “This similarity combined with common operational phases that both submarine
and surface officers attend, provides
a level of understanding between the
two unique communities that may
not have existed in the past.”
As far back as 1998, with the
Lt(N) Chris Holland and Lt(N) Dan Murphy recently completed the inaugural Submarine Operations Room
Officer Course.
announcement for the Victoria
Class project, staff discussion started to address this aspect of future
submarine officer training. During
the transition between Oberon and
Victoria Class submarines, several
submarine officers had attended the
ORO course, and subsequently went
to sea in surface ships in the late
1990s, before returning to become
part of the cadre that qualified on the
newly-named Victoria Class. As
noted by the MARLANT Submarine
Operating Authority, Cdr Randy
Truscott, “The value of this ORO
training and experience was not lost
on the submarine COs of the day, nor
the CMS staff involved in the repatriation of training from the Royal
Navy. In 2002, with the previous
years of staff effort to support the
concept in hand, direction was
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Submarine D-Level serials were
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commenced. The two students began
the year-long course with 12 surface counterparts, the students of
ORO Course 0026. Together, they
received instruction on many aspects
of modern naval warfare, including
communications, weapon systems,
and anti-submarine warfare tactics.
As the surface students shifted focus
towards surface and air warfare, the
submariners concentrated on submarine-specific training such as Mk 48
torpedo employment and periscope
safety drills. The arrival of the new
Victoria Class Submarine Command
Team Trainer at CFNOS in the
autumn of 2007 provided an excellent venue for the SM ORO students’
three-week trainer phase. “The capabilities of this new trainer allowed
for a level of training and assessment prior to proceeding to sea that
ensured an appropriate level of focus
on the students’ part,” commented
LCdr MacKenzie. A lack of platform
availability delayed the sea phase
until February, at which time the students embarked in Corner Brook and
proceeded to sea. The rigorous sea
phase consisted of warfare serials
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submarine crew and students were
challenged by the planning and execution of an opposed transit, serials
with patrol aircraft out of 405 Sqn in
Greenwood, and a variety of damage-control scenarios. These events
forced the students to apply the many
lessons learned from their training
and to work closely with the entire
crew of the submarine. The success
of the SM ORO course was indeed in
no small part due to the outstanding
professionalism and support from
the submariners of Corner Brook.
The completion of the SM ORO
course is an important milestone in
Canadian naval training. It marks
the achievement of the highest level of submarine officer training that
will likely be conducted in Canada.
For those selected, the next challenge is likely either the Dutch or
Norwegian Submarine Commanding Officer’s Course, more commonly referred to as Perisher. The
SM ORO course also signifies a
high-water mark with respect to the
repatriation of submarine training.
According to Cdr Truscott, “This
has been achieved through many
years of labour by a few generations
of submarine officers and senior
NCMs. Although it involves a relatively small group, it signals an
important maturing of the submarine community, and the Navy. This
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Sensor Weapon Controller,
HMCS St. John’s
n February 29, 2008, five months of
training and preparation came down to
just a few seconds as HMCS St. John’s, with
the staffs of the Canadian Forces Maritime
Warfare Centre (CFMWC) and the Fleet
Maintenance Facility (FMF) embarked, fired
two Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM) at
remotely controlled BQM targets simulating
anti-ship missiles.
The occasion marked the first live ESSM
firing from a Canadian frigate relying on the
ship’s Command and Control System (CCS)
to assess the inbound threat and escalate the
ship’s reaction right up to the point of firing.
The mode of firing still required Command
approval and human intervention from the
Sensor Weapon Controller (SWC).
That February morning, two targets closed
St. John’s. The SWC, Lt(N) Kim Dunn and her
team, consisting of LS Bradley Saunders (Air
Raid Reporting Operator), MS Scott Wells
(Electronic Warfare Supervisor), MS Tony
Bourgoin (Fire Control Supervisor), and the
two Fire Control Operators, LS Chris Glibbery and LS Jason Caldwell assessed that the
closing contacts posed a threat to the ship.
The captain had the ship brought to action
stations and ordered the team to “take all
resolved threats to St. John’s.”
Action Stations both tested the organization’s ability to efficiently respond to an
impending threat and prepared the ship to
defend itself from a possible rogue drone, a
term used for the unlikely event that the shore
authorities lose control of the target.
This necessitated the requirement for the
57 mm gun and Close in Weapon System
(CIWS) to be loaded and ready as additional
layers of defense.
In the blink of an eye, the months of training that began in September 2007, were over.
Initial reports based on the data collected
by CFMWC staff indicate that both missiles
were successful.
ESSM testing remains extremely important
for our NATO allies as the missile will be the
first layer of defence for many countries
against an anti-ship missile threat.
Firings such as the one conducted by St.
John’s, are key to understanding the full
capabilities of the missile and the supporting systems.
Overall, the exercise was a success and the
data provided definitive evidence that St.
John’s possesses state of the art, effectively
maintained equipment and an expertly
trained Above Water Warfare team to combat
threats posed to it by Anti-Ship Missiles
while deployed.
HMCS St. John’s ESSM missile firing 2008
HMCS St. John’s fired two Evolved Sea
Sparrow Missiles.
Healthy Gone Wild II: Don’t stop now, take another step
By Jessica Fraser
PSP Marketing Coordinator
fter being a part of the successful Canadian Forces Health and
Physical Fitness Strategy Launch
last week, the local Strengthening the
Forces Health Promotion team (PSP)
would like to encourage the Canadian Forces (CF) community to attend
the second annual CF Health and
Wellness Fair on Thursday, May 1,
2008 at the Fleet Fitness and Sports
Centre located in the Dockyard from
10 to 2:30 p.m. It is open to all CF
members, their families, DND, NPF
and contract employees.
Take the next step by further
increasing your awareness about the
health and wellness services that are
available to the CF community. The
event will feature interactive health
and wellness displays, information
sessions on various health topics,
free massages, yoga, relaxation sessions, healthy refreshments and several opportunities to win prizes.
Health and wellness displays will
reflect all aspects of health (i.e. physical, mental, social and spiritual).
Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
Saturday & evening appointments available
new patients
172 Wyse Road, Dartmouth
(Near Blockbuster, Wyse Road Plaza)
Information sessions include Top
Fuel for Top Performance (Quick
Tips), Nutrition Tips for the Young
Athlete, How to Properly Fit an
Athletic Shoe, Problem Gambling
Awareness, and Suicide Prevention.
The relaxation room will offer participants an opportunity to practice
visualization, deep breathing, yoga
and meditation.
Weekend accommodations for
two, compliments of Oak Island
Resort, including breakfast each
morning and a $100 gift certificate, is
just one of the exciting draw prizes.
Stay tuned for more event details.
For further information please
call the Health Promotion Services
team (PSP) at 721-7806 or visit
Saving traditional skills vital to Canadian
Forces’ eyes and ears of the North
By Blake Patterson
Trident staff
hen an Antarctic ice shelf the
size of Manhattan Island
falls into sea, we point to it as a tangible example of the effects of global warming. We pay less attention,
however, when an aboriginal youth
says he has no idea how to build an
igloo—yet it too is a tangible effect
of global warming.
The loss of traditional skills such
as building igloos may not seem
significant to some, but according
to BGen Christine Whitecross,
Commander Joint Task Force North
(JTFN), it could devastate Canada’s
ability to patrol the North. Specifically, it could spell the end of the
Canadian Ranger program, a program she describes as the eyes and
ears of the North.
“If I have generations of young
who don’t have the traditional skill
sets, my Ranger program goes by
the wayside,” said BGen Whitecross
during a presentation she made at
Dalhousie University on March 26.
She was speaking at the university as part of a winter seminar series
coordinated by Dalhousie’s Centre
for Foreign Policy Studies. Asked
to highlight some of the challenges
of conducting Canadian military
operations in the Arctic, she said
one of the biggest challenges, is
ensuring the continued availability
of people who have traditional
skills. She said the CF depends on
these people.
“There’s just such a difference in
working in a northern environment
and we’re learning and learning
and learning,” said BGen Whitecross, noting that much of the CF’s
ability to operate in the North
depends on local knowledge provided by the Rangers.
“[The loss of the Ranger program]
would be a tremendous loss to the
Canadian Forces,” said BGen Whitecross. “Frankly, I think it would be a
great loss to the North as well.”
The Canadian Rangers are parttime reservists who provide a military presence in remote, isolated
and coastal communities of Canada.
Ranger Ronald Minoza from Fort Providence, NT., assists Cpl Devon Kidd, a reservist from Princess Louise
Fusiliers based in Halifax, NS., on the placement of a rabbit snare while the Rangers and troops from 36 and 37
Canadian Brigade Group exchange knowledge and skills while in Fort Simpson NT., for Operation Narwhal 2007.
They are responsible for protecting
Canada’s sovereignty by reporting
unusual activities or sightings, collecting local data and conducting
surveillance or sovereignty patrols
as required. There are currently
about 4,000 Canadian Rangers in
165 communities across Canada.
But to be a Ranger, one must first
have the traditional skills needed to
patrol and survive in remote areas.
That means young people must be
trained in these skills if they hope to
become Rangers when they turn 18.
BGen Whitecross said aboriginal youth are losing touch with
these traditional skills because
they’re increasingly influenced by
images of easy lifestyles in southern urban centres.
“As the aboriginal youth get older,
they are being inundated with western and southern ideology,” she said,
noting the influence of iPods, satellite television, satellite telephones,
computer systems and the Internet
are creating a “clash of cultures.”
On one hand, she said aboriginal
youths see the carefree lifestyles presented by the entertainment media.
On the other hand, their elders are
telling them to learn traditional life
skills such as hunting, fishing, building igloos and how to fix a snow
mobile—skills that will help them
survive in a hostile environment.
Global warming, said BGen
Whitecross, is having far-reaching
effects on the North, its youth and
its culture. Part of the role of JTFN
is to monitor these effects “on the
ground” in the North, and to do this,
community elders were asked to
note significant changes they’ve
noted during their lifetimes. The list
of changes include: thinner ice,
more fog, later freezes, earlier
break-ups, higher water, more frequent storms and warmer winters.
All of these things, said BGen
Whitecross, have an effect on the
preservation and ongoing development of traditional skills. Thinner
ice and shorter winters, for example,
shorten the hunting season and make
it difficult to follow herds. And she
expects the pressure on traditional
lifestyles will continue to increase as
global warming opens the North to
more and more resource development, mining and tourism.
To illustrate her point, she presented a slide showing a map of the
Canadian Arctic. It was covered
with boxes and dots to illustrate
current mining operations in the
region. If development continues at
its present rate, she predicts, “there
won’t be a speck left on this slide”
in 10 years.
All of this mining activity—
which also brings increased shipping and flight activity for research,
re-supply and tourism—means the
role of the Rangers has never been
more important.
She said the North is “a unique
beautiful environment that people
want to get in touch with,” but with
that, the Rangers must be increasingly vigilant to help protect Canada’s
sovereignty through surveillance and
the ability to respond effectively to
potential emergency situations.
Thankfully, steps are being taken
to preserve the loss of traditional
skills and ensure the Ranger program continues.
BGen Whitecross said the Junior
Canadian Ranger program, similar
to the cadet program, is key to the
ongoing existence and growth of
the Rangers.
Formed in 1996, the Junior Canadian Ranger program offers young
people ages 12 to 18 an opportuni-
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ty to participate in a variety of activities under the supervision of the
Canadian Rangers.
The objectives of the program are
to impart community traditional
skills, life skills and Ranger skills.
These skills include learning how to
administer first aid, navigate, make
shelters and efficiently live off the
land, as well as learning how to speak
in public, and live a healthy life.
“We are instilling upon the young
how important it is to maintain traditional skill sets, to maintain the
ability to sustain themselves in an
environment that is hostile,” said
BGen Whitecross. “It has been a
tremendous success.”
Working with the elders of the
communities in the North, she said
the youth program has helped bring
spirituality back to the younger
generation confused by the “modernization” of their home.
“We’ve brought back a sense of
being, a sense of who they are,” said
BGen Whitecross. “In a very holistic sense, these children are becoming leaders within their generation.”
There are Junior Canadian
Rangers in every province and territory except for Nova Scotia, New
Brunswick and Prince Edward
Island. According to the Rangers’
web site there
are currently more than 3,300 Junior
Canadian Rangers in 111 remote
and isolated communities across
Canada. BGen Whitecross noted
1,300 of these are in the North.
As for the future, BGen Whitecross said challenges and issues—
be they environmental or political—will always be a part of living
and conducting military operations
in the harsh environment of Canada’s north.
She admitted that global warming, increased traffic and sovereignty issues are adding to those
challenges, but she’s confident the
CF and the indigenous people of the
North will continue to find ways to
survive and succeed.
“The people of the North have
been adaptable for hundreds of
years,” said BGen Whitecross. “They
will adapt to this environment.”
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When word spread that MS Troy
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for expenses.
A short time later, they discovered the sailor was also carrying
the burden of an unfinished house
“People driving by have been
Within 25 minutes, Winnipeg stopping by the house to hand over
sailors raised a substantial cash money to help,” said PO2 Laurendonation, and within a few days the deau. “Everyone from across the
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the secondary duty of Winnipeg’s end of the month.”
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“We all know the Navy life is a
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munity is tight-knit and always
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MS Stickley and his wife are staying out of the limelight as they
struggle through this difficult time,
but PO2 Laurendeau says they are
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Breast cancer survivor humbled by kindness
By Blake Patterson
Trident staff
uch is said about the military
being a family, but it’s never
more true than when one of its members needs help.
That’s what MCpl Cherie Stredder found out recently when she
started fundraising for a local breast
cancer initiative.
MCpl Stredder is the aircrew training coordinator/master librarian for
423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron
in Shearwater. She has worked at the
squadron since 1998. In the spring of
2005, she was diagnosed with breast
cancer and underwent treatment.
Her last radiation treatment was in
December 2005 and she returned to
work in January 2006.
Now, as a cancer survivor, she
hopes to take part in the Weekend
to End Breast Cancer benefiting
the Izaak Walton Killam Hospital
(IWK) and the Queen Elizabeth II
Heallth Science Centre (QEII) from
August 15 to 17.
That weekend, teams of women
and men will walk 60 kilometres to
help raise money for breast cancer
research, treatment and care at IWK
and the QEII.
To participate in the event, MCpl
Stredder hopes to raise at least
$2,000, and if possible, an additional
$2,000 so her husband can join her
on the walk.
To raise the money, she sells rice
crispy squares each Friday to members of the squadron. The squares
have pink M&Ms in them. She also
plans to host a Think Pink party for
friends and family.
From the initial response she’s
received from members of the
squadron and across 12 Wing Shearwater, it’s clear people want to help
her reach her goal.
“I’m humbled and honoured,” she
said. “The kindness and generosity
of people you don’t ever realize is
there. What the people on base are
doing is incredible.”
Her efforts have even sparked
interest overseas.
Members of the air detachment
on HMCS Charlottetown on deployment in the Arabian Sea recently
launched a Walk to Halifax campaign to raise money for her. Each
member of the ship’s air department
was supplied with a pedometer to
record step count, and they raise
money with every step they take
back and forth across the flight
deck. So far, they’ve walked more
than 12 million steps and raised
more than $550.
“It’s caught me totally off guard.
It’s more than I ever expected,” said
MCpl Stredder. “You don’t expect so
much kindness in a world of negative
publicity. It’s quite overwhelming.”
She intended her fundraising to be
limited to a small circle of colleagues
in the squadron.
“It was supposed to be a private endeavor to do my little bit,”
she said.
Despite the attention she’s getting,
however, she said it’s worth it knowing the money raised will be specifically targeted at helping build a
breast cancer awareness and treatment clinic at the IWK hospital.
She said the idea of the clinic is
exciting because it sends such a
positive message about increasing
awareness and helping women take
preventative steps to avoid ever getting the disease. She said it’s better to
act now, rather than waiting until you
have the illness.
According to organizers, funds
raised by The Weekend to End Breast
Cancer will directly support the joint
initiative of the IWK and the QEII to
help create a world-leading breast
health centre in Halifax that will
focus on prevention, reducing surgery wait times, improving treatment
and advancing research.
“We need something positive,”
said MCpl Stredder. “We need something local.”
To find out more about the Weekend to End Breast Cancer call (902)
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FMFCS lends a hand to children’s centre
By Cdr Kenneth Holt
t. Joseph’s Early Childhood
Centre Executive Director, Ms.
Belinda Bignell-Leck approached
Capt(N) Hainse Commanding Officer of FMF Cape Scott, in November 2007 with a request for support.
He invited the centre to present the
ideas to the Senior Leadership
Team (SLT) for consideration. It
didn’t take the SLT long to realize
the natural fit with the MARLANT
Community Outreach program.
St. Joseph’s is a non-profit daycare for children from 18 months to
12 years of age. It will celebrate its
40th anniversary next month. They
offer a child-centred, hands-on,
active learning program, known as
High Scope, that focuses on progressively developing and cultivating the
child’s creative awareness, individual achievement and social skills.
We’re neighbours. St. Joseph’s is
located in the St. Pat’s-Alexandra
School on Brunswick St., with
four additional satellite locations
throughout the Metro area.
Why is FMF Cape Scott interested
in assisting? St. Joseph’s contributes
substantially to the wellbeing of
Halifax children. Some have family
connections to the FMF Cape Scott
workforce, present and past. More
importantly, St. Joseph’s Early
Childhood Centre is genuinely in
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What can FMF Cape Scott do to
assist? For starters, St. Joseph’s
classrooms have utility furniture that
is badly in need of refurbishing or
replacement—tables, chairs, coat
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Improvements will go a long way
towards restoration of an aesthetically pleasing environment conducive to educating young children.
St. Joseph’s request is timely. As
many people may know, FMF Cape
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known as Deep Reach, to provide
technical learning opportunities to
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Halifax & Region Military Family
Resource Centre. Charitable number 8707
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Halifax site: Building 106 Windsor Park Halifax. Tel 24/7 427-7788.
Shearwater site: Hampton Gray
Memorial building in Shearwater.
Tel 720-1885 (after hours call
Nova Scotia has a rich volunteering history dating back to 1604 and
the Order of Good Cheer, created by
the explorer Champlain in Port Royal. From barn-raising to fire fighting, care giving to protecting the
environment, volunteers have done
it all.
There are more than 285,000 volunteers in Nova Scotia contributing
$2.2 billion dollars in unpaid service to the economy. In addition to
that an estimated one in every 11
jobs are found in the voluntary sector. Our strengths are boundless, and
Thomas Edison captured this best
when he said “If we did all the
things we are capable of doing we
would literally astound ourselves.”
Volunteering brings people togeth-
er—it plays a key role in connecting people to one another, creating
healthier families and healthier
Volunteering is about giving, but
there is also the opportunity to
receive. Volunteering provides a
sense of personal satisfaction and a
feeling that you can make a difference—and you can.
Volunteering is a winning opportunity—it’s beneficial to each of us
as individuals, to families, and to
businesses. But the greatest benefits
are to the communities where we live
and work.
National Volunteer Week, April
27 to May 3 is a time to reflect on
the outstanding contributions volunteers make to our society. The
MFRC has more than 250 volunteers associated with our programs
and services. From family networks, to program facilitators, from
junior leaders to administrative
support, there is a place and an
opportunity for all who are interested in making a difference.
Scott Stevenson wrote: “Deeds of
goodness are like gentle drops of rain
as they make contact with the earth.
Upon impact they begin to work their
magic. They nurture, they refresh;
they give hope.”
The MFRC extends its deepest
appreciation to our volunteers, and to
all volunteers who are creating magic in their own special way. While we
set aside one week in April to officially acknowledge your efforts as a
nation, please know that you are a
vital component of our success each
and every day.
Les bénévoles
Le bénévolat occupe une place
importante dans l’histoire de la
Nouvelle-Écosse. Cette tradition a
vu ses débuts en 1604 quand l’explorateur Samuel de Champlain a
créé l’Ordre du Bon Temps. Le
bénévolat a joué un rôle important
dans le développement de notre
province - - les bénévoles ont fait un
peu de tout.
Au moment actuel, il y a au-delà
de 285,000 bénévoles en NouvelleÉcosse qui contribue à la société
d’une façon significative - - leur
service se traduit à 2,2 billions de
dollars. De plus, il est estimé que 1
dans 11 emplois en Nouvelle-Écosse
est dans les organisations à buts non
lucratifs. La force du bénévolat n’a
pas de frontières.
Le bénévolat nous donne l’opportunité de donner mais, le bénévolat
encourage également le développement de la personne. Le bénévolat
nous fait réaliser que nous pouvons
faire une différence.
Le bénévolat est une combinaison gagnante. Ces gestes peuvent
bénéficier chaque individu, chaque
famille et chaque entreprise qui
participe. Grosso Modo, c’est la
communauté qui bénéficiera de
ce service.
Du 27 avril de 3 mai le pays
célébrera la semaine nationale du
bénévolat. C’est un temps pour
réfléchir et surtout c’est un temps
pour souligner les contributions
importantes des bénévoles. Le
CRFM à 250 bénévoles associés
avec nos programmes et nos services. Les bénévoles contribue aux
services de déploiements, aux facilitateurs de programmes et aux services administratifs.
Le CRFM désire remercier tous
les bénévoles qui ont contribué au
succès des activités. Nous sommes
conscients qu’à tous les jours
votre travail enrichit la qualité de
nos services.
Coming up MFRC programs
Register for programs or call for
information at Halifax 427-7788 or
Shearwater 720-1885.
Unless otherwise listed, programs
and events at the Halifax site are
located in the Halifax Military
Community Centre, building 106
Windsor Park and programs at the
Shearwater site are located at
Hampton Gray Memorial building
in Shearwater.
Registration: Please register and
pay for MFRC programs including
childcare. Spaces are only reserved
for paid participants. You can register and pay for any program at
whichever site is more convenient
for you, Halifax or Shearwater. We
also accept credit and debit cards for
payment over $5 per transaction.
Please note that unless otherwise
indicated, programs are offered in
English. For other program information, details and more please visit
Special events
Information Sessions for military
families in Central/Northern Nova
Scotia and Cape Breton.
Join us for presentations from
various organizations who provide
resources for military families,
before, during and after deployments. Get connected with your
community. All sessions start at 6:30
p.m. Sessions are coming up on April
9 at the New Glasgow Legion (39
Provost St); April 14 at the Springhill
Legion (10 Elgin St) or on April 15
at the Truro Legion (220 Brunswick
St). For info call 427-7788.
Annual General Meeting
and BBQ coming up
June. The annual meeting is a
chance to meet MFRC board members, and find out about the past year.
We start off with a family BBQ and
then a quick meeting. All community members are invited.
Assemblée générale
annuelle et barbecue à venir
Le xx juin de 17 h à 19 h. L’assemblée générale annuelle est l’occasion
de rencontrer les membres du conseil
d’administration et de s’informer des
activités et des résultats de l’année
dernière. Nous commencerons par
un barbecue familial suivi d’une
brève réunion. Tous les membres de
la communauté sont invités.
Deployment programs
HMCS Charlottetown
Monthly CO’s Brief & Potluck
Come out for an afternoon where
you can meet other families while
getting a chance to hear the CO’s
monthly brief. Using a slideshow
he’ll share pictures and give an
update of what HMCS Charlottetown
has done over the past month. There
will also be a video and a chance to
ask questions. During the CO’s brief
children age 12 and under can either
go into casual care or stay with their
parent/guardian. After the brief,
we’ll have a potluck and there will
also be an activity. At time of registration, please indicate what dish
you’ll be bringing for the potluck.
Sunday, April 13. 2:30 to 5:30
p.m. Halifax site. Register by the
Saturday before the session. Register for casual care by the Thursday
before the session. HMCS Charlottetown Reunion Workshop. Sunday
April 27.
Family Networks
Is your military partner away on
a deployment or training? Join one
of our family networks and participate in some of the activities they
plan. Contact 427-7770 or [email protected] for info.
Family networks are a wonderful
and affordable means for military
families with common interests and
concerns to get together and join an
array of fun social events every
month for the duration of the deployment. Consisting of family members
and friends of deployed CF members,
networks are set up at the beginning
of a deployment for families to share
information, make new supportive
friends and to organize all kinds of
special outings and events. Contact
us and get involved.
Programs at both sites
Programs for children
Weekday Casual Childcare
Need some time for you or have an
appointment? We offer casual childcare. You can make an appointment
up to one week in advance. Don’t
forget snacks for your children, no
nuts please. Please provide necessary
clothing and items for your children
i.e. appropriate indoor and outdoor
clothing/footwear, diapers, wipes,
Réseaux de soutien en
change of clothes and bottles. Call
the site most convenient for you for
période de déploiement
Les réseaux de soutien aux current times and days. Cost: $3/hour
familles en période de déploiement for the first child and $1.50/hour for
permettent à ces dernières de ren- the next sibling.
contrer d’autres familles ayant les
mêmes intérêts et les mêmes préoc- Parent & Tot
cupations et de passer du bon temps
This is an interactive child-centred
ensemble à peu de frais, une fois par program for parents and caregivers
mois, pendant toute la durée du of young children ages birth to five
déploiement. Composés de membres years. The program offers a variety
des familles et d’amis de membres of activities from free play, crafts and
des FC en déploiement, les réseaux gym time. Halifax: Thursday mornsont mis sur pied au début d’un ings, 9 to 11 a.m. Shearwater: Mondéploiement et permettent à leurs day, Tuesday (French), Wednesday
membres de partager l’information, and Thursday 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Milde se faire de nouveaux amis et d’or- itary $1/child. Civilian $2/child.
ganiser diverses manifestations ou
sorties. Pour tout renseignement Saturday Casual care
complémentaire, s’adresser par courFor children birth to 12 years.
riel à [email protected]
If your family is affected by
ou par téléphone au 427-7770.
work/operational related separation
respite hours can be used. Register
by the Thursday before each date.
Payment is due prior to registration
deadline in order to confirm your
spot. Please provide lunch for those
children staying over the lunch hour.
No nuts please and any necessary
gear for infants i.e. change of clothes,
bottles, diapers, etc. Halifax: April 12
and 26, May 10 and 31. Shearwater:
April 19, May 3 and 24. 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. Register by the Thursday before
each session by the hour or for the
full day. ($15/day) $3/hour for the
first child and $1.50/hour for additional siblings.
Ages five to eight. Does your child
like to read? Does he or she have that
favourite story that he or she loves to
share? We meet every Wednesday
from 6 to 7 p.m. at the H&R MFRC
(alternating between Halifax Site
and Shearwater) to read a few
favourite stories, share a few new
ones and play some fun language
games. The children can borrow
books from the centre, take them
home and return them when we get
together again. So come out and join
the fun, reading is great for everyone.
Halifax: Wednesday, April 23, May 7
and 21. Shearwater: Wednesday,
April 16 and 30, May 14 and 28. 6 to
7 p.m. $1/military child, $2/non-mil-
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itary child. Please register by the Amazing Ant Venture and the speMonday before the session.
cial exhibit: The Climate Show. Sunday, May 25, 1 to 4 p.m. Discovery
Centre,1593 Barrington Street, HalSummer Day Camp
ifax. Fee: $3/child (18months and
up) $5/dad. Register and pay by 4
Ages five to 12. Thinking about p.m., May 22.
summer plans yet? If you are seeking
a summer camp for your child, look Adult programming
no further. We offer craft, sports,
field trips, swimming and so much Coffee Connections
more each week. Spaces are limited
Family members have the chance
in each location and payment in the to get together and share common
form of cash or post dated cheques is experiences over a cup of java or othrequired at the time of registration. er beverage. Meeting topics can
Please note that military families will include Self Esteem, Quick &
have priority at the time of registra- Healthy Meals, Spa Essentials,
tion. Shearwater: May 21, 6 to 8:30 Stress Management and more, it’s up
p.m. Halifax: May 22, 6 to 8:30 p.m. to you to decide. Shearwater site:
Cost: military $100/week; civilian Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11: 30 a.m. Halifax
$120/week. Early drop off/late pick site: Fridays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
up $5/child/week.
Casual care fee: $5/military family
members only. Register by the Tuesday before each session.
Dad and Me: Exploring
the Discovery Centre
Join is for a private science show
called Great Balls Of Fire. Once the
show is over we will have a quick
snack and then continue the afternoon exploring the three floors of
hands-on fun. There are many
favourites such as the Running
Track, Bubble Room and the Spinning Chair. While you’re there,
check out the Arch Bridge, Room
for Small Wonders, Ames Room,
MFRC Halifax site
Programs for children
My First Reading Club
Infant to five years. Remember
how much fun it was to read your
favorite story? In My First Reading
Club we want children to get hooked
on books. We enjoy a story time with
finger plays, puppets and stories,
which encourage the children to love
books and have fun. There are book day, April 27, 1 to 3 p.m. Cost:
packages to take home, enjoy and $5/person. Register and pay by
return the following week. Hope to April 24.
read with you soon. Monday mornings 10 to 11 a.m. Free, registration A Sharing of Cultures
not required.
The Atlantic Defence Aboriginal
Advisory Group would like to extend
an invitation to all military families
Ages infant to five years. Start out for an afternoon of culture sharing.
your Saturday with Gymboree. Our This is a great opportunity for folks
volunteers create a fun and exciting to experience the aboriginal cultures
morning in a safe and positive learn- from across Canada. The children
ing environment for the family. This will learn through making crafts, lisprogram gives children the chance to ten to an enchanting tale from the
get some physical activity and have past, and taste the traditional aborigfun. They can participate in para- inal snacks. It will be a day to rememchute games, ball play, tunnel crawl ber, a day of fun and most imporand much more. A snack will also be tantly a day to encourage appreciaprovided. So come out and see our tion of different cultures. Spaces are
Gymboree. Halifax: Saturday, April limited so register today. Monday,
19, 29 and May 3. Shearwater: May 19, 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. Free,
resumes in June. Register by the please register by May 1.
Thursday before each session. 10 to
11:30 a.m. Cost: $2/military child Parenting
$3/non-military child.
Dad & Me: Building Buddies Parents Helping Children
Ages three and up. Spring is in Through Deployment
the air and the sound of hammers is
everywhere. This month Dad & Me
is bringing out the tools and paint
brushes. The kids, with some help
from dad will be building and painting a special surprise for the spring.
So put your work clothes on and
come out to have a fun filled time at
Building Buddies Dad & Me. Sun-
This workshop helps parents
explore the impact of deployment
and the effects it has on children, recognize the positive growth opportunities and discuss the ways of
addressing issues that may arise.
Join us for this two-night session
where you will have the opportunity
to converse with other families
experiencing or soon to be experiencing deployment and share their
stories, learn new strategies on helping to navigate your way through a
deployment for you and your children. Tuesdays, April 15 and 22,
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Register and pay
by April 10. Casual care fee $5/military family member, $7.50/civilian
family member.
Mini Mindmasters
Join us for this fun and versatile
program that helps children (aged 4
to 6 years) build positive living skills
which they can use for the rest of
their lives. Adults teach children
many different skills to help manage
in the world, ranging from tying
shoes, to using the telephone. There
are many other life skills that children need, too, including how to listen well, complete tasks, stay calm
when scared or anxious and to look
on the bright side when life seems
hard. These skills help children to
excel in school, at home, in relationships, in sports, and in a performance environment—basically in all
aspects of their lives. The Mini
Mindmasters program gives parents
proven successful activities to do
with children to teach them: listening and focusing, body awareness,
relaxation and stress management
and positive perspectives. Parents
and children attend the program
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and joint activities. Sundays, April
20 and 27, 1 to 3 p.m. Fee: $10/military family member and $15/civilian family member. Register and pay
by: April 17.
Dealing With Difficult
Behaviours in Children
Ages two to six
All children will exhibit challenging and difficult behaviour from time
to time. For parents these behaviours
can be extremely challenging to handle. There are many reasons for a
child’s behaviour and there are also
many ways for parents to help children manage their behaviour. Join us
for a 3 night workshop as we explore
key areas around behaviour such as
tantrums, self-esteem and social success. Parents will learn about strategies that promote positive attitude
and positive behaviour in children
between the ages 2 and 6 years. Tuesday evenings, May 6, 13 and 20, 6:30
to 8:30 p.m. Register and pay by:
May 1. Fee: $10/military family, $15
non-military family.
Participants are asked to bring at
least 25 to 50 pictures. May 2, 6 to 10
p.m. Register by April 28. Fee:
$10/military family member, $15/
non-military family member.
Collective Kitchens:
When you think of comfort food,
what comes to mind? Casseroles.
They don’t take a lot of time to prepare and require little tending. Why
not take some time for yourself like
putting your feet up, catching up on
some reading or just doing nothing
while they cook. The great thing is,
they’re ready to eat when you are.
Join us for this fun evening of community cooking. We will prepare
three casseroles: Chicken Parmesan,
Deep-Dish Chicken Pie and Layered
Fiesta Casserole. Participants are
asked to bring their own casseroles to
take their creations home. May 28,
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Register by: Thursday, May 22. Casual care is available
for $5/military family members only.
Shearwater site
Adult programming
Programmes francophones
Pour plus d’information téléphonez au 720-1885.
Have you tried scrapbooking?
Would you like to learn? Are you
already a scrapbooker and would like
to join others? You are welcome to
join us for this fun evening of scrapbooking, led by volunteer Natasha
Darrah. Natasha has more than eight
years of experience as a scrapbooker.
If you haven’t tried scrapbooking
before and would like to learn the
how tos, come and join us. If you are
a scrapbooker and would like to join
others come out for a fun evening and
share your ideas and suggestions too
Parent & Bambin
Ce programme interactif s’adresse
aux enfants de 0 à 5 ans et leurs
parents ou gardiens(ennes). Les
enfants participent à différentes
activités: jeux libres, bricolage,
gym et comptines. N’oubliez pas
votre collation. Les mardis matins
de 9 :30 à 11 :30 Site de Shearwater. Les vendredis matins de 9 :30 à
11 :30 Site d’Halifax. Aucune
inscription requise. Tarif : 1$ par
enfant de famille militaire; 2$ par
Family volunteering
(Above) Catherine Durkee, H&R MFRC; Wendy Purcell, H&R MFRC; Andrea Balfour, volunteer; Jason Balfour,
volunteer; Stefanie Hazelden, H&R MFRC.
For the last four years, Andrea and Jason Balfour have been generously donating their time with the
Halifax & Region Military Family Resource Centre in the Gymboree Program. When the Balfours were posted
to Halifax, they wanted to contribute by starting a gym program for children under five years of age, like the
one they had become accustomed to when posted to Ottawa.
Upon contacting the MFRC and pitching their idea for a Gymboree program, it wasn’t long before the program was up and running. Due to popular demand, the Gymboree Program is now delivered at both the
Halifax and Shearwater sites.
The Balfours’ enthusiasm and passion for this program is contagious. “It makes a difference for parents
who are deployed to come back and socialize with their child in Gymboree and helps to break the ice after
being away for so long,” said Jason. Their son, Dorion has also taken on a supporting role within the program, “I have been trying to teach the kids how to play golf,” jokes Andrea. She hopes to send a tape of
Jason singing during circle time to his ship.
The Balfours feel that it is important to give and help within the community, and to be an example to families. The H&R MFRC recognized the Balfour families’ outstanding contributions with a surprise get-together at
the Shearwater site whereby staff presented the family with a recognition award and gift certificate.
“Volunteers like Andrea and Jason are the key to so many MFRC programs, and we really appreciate what
volunteers do,” said Jill Clarke, Volunteer Services.
For further information about the Gymboree program or to volunteer with the H&R MFRC, please contact
427-7788 or 720-1885.
Volunteer Recognition for MFRC and PSP Volunteers is coming up on May 1. Sponsored by SISIP, the event
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Ce programme s’adresse aux
mamans attendant un enfant ou aux
nouveaux parents d’enfants de 0 à
24 mois. Une infirmière francophone de Capital Health est sur place
pour peser votre bébé et disponible
pour répondre à toutes vos questions. C’est une excellente occasion
de partager vos expériences. Les
jeudis 10 avril, 8 mai et 12 juin. De
9h30 à 11h30. Aucune inscription
n’est requise. Coût: 1$ par enfant
de famille mili 2$ par enfant de
famille non-militaire.
Soirée francophone
(soirée de filles)
Joignez-vous à nous pour une sortie au restaurant le dernier vendredi
du mois. Plaisir et rire garanti. Notre
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Soirée familiale francophone
à la maison des jeunes
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activité, la Maison des Jeunes ouvre
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familles francophones vendredi le 11
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Afternoon programs: 1 to 4 p.m.
French Immersion for three to five
years olds Monday, Wednesday
and Friday.
Francophone for three to five year
olds Tuesday and Thursday. We provide an active program with stimulating activities and an environment
which is designed to enhance all
areas of child development. We offer
age appropriate toys and equipment,
arts & crafts, outdoor activities, field
trip and special events. Fee: Three
day programs $95/month and two
day programs $75/month. For more
information please contact Deanna
Ritchie 720-2004.
Un service de halte-garderie est
offert du lundi au vendredi de 9h à
12h et en après-midi, de 13h à 16h, le
lundi, mercredi et vendredi. Le tarif
est de 3$/ heure pour 1 enfant et
1.50$/heure par enfant supplémentaire d’une même famille. Il est New Baby
recommandé de réserver votre place
If you are expecting a child or are
à l’avance.
a parent with children aged birth to
24 months, this program offers you
Programming for children
an opportunity to get together with
other parents and parents-to-be to
Preschool Registration
socialize and discuss issues related to
Registration for the Part Day parenting an infant. Bring your chilPreschool Program at Shearwater dren and have an opportunity to get
Children’s Centre will be on Mon- together on a regular basis. Fridays
day, May 12 at 8:30 a.m. (first come 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. No registration
first serve basis). There are available required. Fee: Military $1/child.
spaces in the following sessions:
Civilian $2/child .
Morning programs: 8:30 to 11:30
a.m. Three day English for four to Just for Me
five year olds Monday, Wednesday
Ages five to eight. Look at what’s
and Friday.
new at the H&R MFRC. Do you have
Two day English for three to four a child between the ages of five to
year olds Tuesday and Thursday.
eight looking for something to do?
We are now offering a new program
where children can come together
and participate in activities such as
crafts, cooking, games and socializing with other children. We will meet
monthly alternating between Halifax
and Shearwater sites. So come on
out—it’s plain to see this program is
Just for Me. Saturday, May 3, 9:30
a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost: $3/military per
child, $4/civilian per child. Register
by Thursday, May 1.
Family Movie Night
are playing in the backyard with
the neighbours but add some more
knowledge of the game. Each
month we will explore a different
sport either inside or outside. May
24, 1 to 3 p.m. $2/military child,
$3/civilian child. Register by 4
p.m., April 3.
Using Toys to
Encourage Language
Come with the family to enjoy a
newly released family movie, theatre style popcorn and a sweet drink.
Movie to be announced. Sunday,
April 27 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Friday, May 9, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$3/person at the door, no registration required.
Coming up. Facilitated by a
speech language pathologist, this
workshop is for parents with children
birth to three years. This interactive
workshop helps you to choose toys
that will enhance your child’s speech
and language skills. Learn some
strategies to help facilitate interactions with you and your child when
The Name of the Game
playing with these toys. May is
An introduction to house league Speech & Hearing month.
sports for ages five to nine years.
Do you have a child who is interParent/Caregiver
ested in a sport but not sure if he or
she is quite ready to join a team? Discussion Group
Here’s your chance to learn about
Join us for an informal discussion
different sports and have fun before around whatever interests you as
committing to a new team. Children caregivers and parents. Put the chilwill be introduced to various sports dren in casual care and get a little
and learn how to play as a team time for you. Enjoy a cup of coffee or
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noon on Wednesdays. Childcare fee: and learn some techniques and tips
$5/per family.
for creating beautiful pages of your
photographs. Tuesday, April 15, and
Youth Programming
May 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fees:
$5/military family member, $7.50/
Much Music Video Dance
civilian. Casual care available $5/
Ages eight to 12. Tickets will be military family. Register and pay by
available starting April 7 at the the Monday before each session.
Shearwater site. To ensure you get to
come to this fun dance, buy your
Know Your Rights
ticket in advance. Only 50 tickets
will be sold at the door. Friday, May Legal Information Series
16, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Cost: $8/person.
The Halifax & Region Military
And lots more coming up. Check out Family Resource Centre and Boyne/
Clarke Barristers and Solicitors are
presenting Legal Information Series.
Adult programming
The sessions will feature a presentation from a practicing lawyer who
Lighthouse Circle
specializes in that session’s topic.
A dynamic group of women living A Halifax & Region MFRC staff
the military lifestyle who support, person will also be available to dislearn and share with each other. cuss the non-legal aspects of the
Come out and join us for great dis- session. Register by the Friday
cussion, self-care, laughter, fun and before each session.
friendship. New participants always
Custody & Access: April 15.
welcome. Meets bi-weekly. UpcomWills & Estates: April 22.
ing sessions: April 17, May 1, 15 and
Child Support: April 29.
29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Childcare availEach session runs 6:30 to 8:30
able by registering the day before.
p.m. Fee: $3/ military $6/civilian per
session. Childcare: $2/child, $5/famScrapbooking
ily military, $4/child or $10/family
Whether you are new to this pop- civilian. (Priority will be given to
ular pastime or a seasoned scrap- military families).
booker, why not get together with
others and share in the fun. Join us Look Who’s Cookin’
and have the opportunity to sample
Calling all adults, youth and chilour scrapbooking tools and materials dren. Do you like to eat? Then you
are going to love this workshop.
Join us as we create a three course
meal. Look Who’s Cookin’ participants work together to prepare
these fabulous dishes and leave
with some new recipes that are
quite economical, to try at home.
This sessions recipes will have
youth preparing the appetizers
while the adults make the entrées
and the children create dessert. The
best get-togethers start in the
kitchen. Saturday, April 19, 1 to 4
p.m. and May 31. Fee: $10/military
family member, $15/civilian family
member. Childcare fee: $5/military
family. Register and pay by the
Wednesday before each session.
Facilitation Training
Looking to add to your list of
employable skills or to gain a new
approach to your existing facilitation style? This workshop guarantees an interactive and fun approach
to Behavioural Style Facilitation. In
a five week program, with a maximum of 12 classroom hours, you
will work one on one with a trained
facilitator and within a group framework that is designed to guide you
through a reflective, theory based,
creative process that will assist you
in developing the skills that are
required to successfully design and
facilitate a workshop of your own.
Wednesdays, April 30 until May 28,
6 to 9 p.m. Registration deadline: May 2, May 16 and May 30. ChangApril 28. Spaces are limited, register ing course: Separation and Divorce,
early. Fee: $50.
May 6 and 13. Changing Course:
New Families Blending Together,
May 20 and 27. Changing Course:
Kids Korner
Families Coping When They Experience Losses, June 3 and 10.
Consignment Sale
Don’t miss out, come early as
items go quickly. Lots of great gen- Craft N’ Chat
tly used items at great prices. You’ll
Are you crafty? We’ll meet for an
find everything from infant wear to evening of social and crafting time.
children’s size 16, toys, strollers, Participants are urged to bring in a
books, games, skates, and much craft on which they are working and
more. Consigner spaces limited so possibly share new ideas and tips
register early. Saturday May 3, 10 with each other. Bring any craft and
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Just about that time
again: Family Days 2008
Free rides for the children are part of the Family Days entertainment.
By Jessica Fraser
PSP Marketing Coordinator
ark your calendar for
Friday, June 20 and
Saturday, June 21. Canadian
Forces Halifax Personnel
Support Programs (PSP), on
behalf of the Commander
JTFA, presents the Department of National Defence
(DND) Family Days, back for
its 12th year with an exciting
Mardi Gras theme you won’t
want to miss.
Family Days is an annual
event, organized to thank all
of the outstanding CF members, DND and non-public
fund (NPF) employees and
their families for their support
over the past year. Retired CF
members are encouraged and
welcome to attend as well.
Not only does the event consist of a variety of entertainment and family activities for
all ages, but it also includes
free rides, free draw prizes
and free admission.
The event will take place in
the south end of the dockyard
and will be filled with beads,
masks, parades, carnival rides,
buskers and much more all
in celebration of the Mardi
Gras theme. Corporate sponsor booths will join our Mardi
Gras festivities adding fun
and excitement to our celebration. There will be many great
draw prizes for children such
as the Nintendo Wii, iPods,
bicycles and back by popular
The Friday evening concert features the band Chilliwack.
demand, the Zep booth will
once again be offering free
air-brush tattoos.
On the Friday evening of
the event, Matt Minglewood
will open the Family Days
concert followed by Chilliwack. The concert is open to
those 19 years of age and older and will be sure to sell out
with a ticket price of $20 per
person. Tickets go on sale
Thursday, May 1 and may be
purchased until May 20 by
military members only. During this time period there is a
limit of four per person. Any
remaining tickets available
after May 20 may be purchased without restriction.
Concert tickets will be
available at the PSP Information Kiosk, Bldg. S-21, A
Block in Stadacona, the
mobile kiosks located in the
dockyard (D201 Wednesday
from 11:30a.m. to 1p.m. and
Shearwater Fitness and Sports
Centre Thursdays from 11a.m.
to 1p.m. Tickets will also be
for sale at the PSP Community Recreation office located at
the Halifax Military Community Centre, Windsor Park.
We are proud to welcome
back Sobeys for the seventh
consecutive year as our presenting level sponsor. We also
wish to thank all of our Family Days sponsors for their generous support given to our
troops, their families and the
entire DND community.
Watch for further details as
DND Family Days approaches. The Mardi Gras celebration will not disappoint.
If you have any questions
please call the PSP Information Kiosk at 721-1201.
By Holly Bridges
Chief of the Air Staff
ritish adventurer Hannah
McKeand has become a
staunch supporter of the Canadian search and rescue system
after being plucked off the
polar ice cap, 209 kilometres
northwest of Alert, Nunavut
on March 23.
“The triple 4 squadron
boys were amazing,” says
Ms. McKeand of the team
from 444 Combat Support
Squadron, 5 Wing Goose Bay
that rescued her. The extreme
voyager set off from Ward
Hunt Island, Nunavut 14 days
earlier in an effort to become
the first woman to ski to the
North Pole. She intended to
pull 120 kilograms of gear on
a sled across 769 kilometres of
some of the harshest environment on earth without being
re-supplied over the course of
her 60-day journey.
Unfortunately, two weeks
into the trek, she fell into
a two-and-a-half metre crevasse, dislocating her shoulder and injuring her legs and
lower back. “I had a bit of an
emotional crisis down there
and cried like a baby because
I thought ‘this is it. I’m not
going to make it out alive.’”
After calming herself down
and focusing on ways to get
out of the hole, Ms. McKeand
fought to free herself and after
an hour was able to climb out
of the crevasse, despite her
injuries. It was then that she
realized she would not be able
to continue.
“I was in a lot of pain. I had
to look for a way out.”
Although Ms. McKean had
made arrangements for civilian aircraft to rescue her in an
emergency, it became apparent a helicopter was her only
way out. It was pure luck the
squadron was in the area,
having just finished some
repairs to some communications equipment near Canadian Forces Station Alert.
“She got lucky with her bad
luck,” said Maj Dany Poitras,
Aircraft Commander of the
CH-146 Griffon helicopter that
rescued her.
Ms. McKeand called her
team in the United Kingdom
by satellite phone to ask
for help and within hours
heard the comforting sound
of a helicopter coming over
the horizon.
“I heard them before I
could see them,” recalled Ms.
McKeand. “The unmistakable ‘thud thud thud’ of a big
helicopter incoming was a
really nice noise. Although I
was hurt and struggling to get
around, I had a good idea of
when they’d be there and I
had to make sure I was
packed up and ready to go.”
Flight engineer MCpl Brad
Hiscock said the rescue went
very smoothly.
“You couldn’t ask for a
better, more cooperative target really,” said MCpl Hiscock. “She was wearing dark
clothes against the white
show, she was standing up,
waving her good arm. She
had a yellow tent. It was the
easiest rescue we’ve done in
a long time.”
British adventurer rescued by CF in Arctic
Hannah McKeand and
her 120kg sled, before
her Canadian Arctic
solo adventure.
However, there were elements that were not so easy.
The squadron had just packed
up its dismantled helicopters
for loading inside a CC-130
Hercules for transport back to
Goose Bay when the call came
in from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton.
The crew had to unstrap the
bundled up aircraft and begin
putting it back together, a job
that would have normally taken two days. Knowing there
was someone out there who
needed help, the crew had an
extra incentive to work fast.
“Oh absolutely,” says helicopter maintenance technician MCpl Jason King. “You
know someone else’s life is
depending on your work and
we also knew we were the
only asset that was anywhere
close to go and rescue her.”
MCpl King, seven other
maintainers and the entire
Griffon crew put the helicopter back together in only five
hours, safely, by the book and
in the middle of the night,
at times outside in -36˚C
weather. “We can’t cut corners because our crews’ lives
depend on what we do.”
“At the end of the day the
whole story is about the
maintainers putting the aircraft back together,” said Maj
Dany Poitras. “It’s not a story about the pilots. For us, it
was the easiest medevac
we’ve ever done since we’ve
been in Goose Bay. We took
off, landed, picked her up—
you couldn’t ask for something easier than that. But for
the maintainers, it was quite
an amazing story. It was all
about them.”
Ms. McKeand spent a few
days recuperating at CFS Alert
and eventually flew out by
commercial aircraft. Before
she left, though, she had nothing but praise for her newfound friends at 444 CSS.
“The squadron is doing
really special work. I am
incredibly impressed by their
professionalism and their
complete passion and dedication to what they’re doing.
They’re national treasures.”
Ms. McKeand is a highly
experienced extreme adventurer, having traversed some
of the world’s harshest climates and conditions—from
Algeria, Libya and Afghanistan to the South Pole and the
Western Desert.
Congratulations to all the
crew involved in the rescue—
Maj Dany Poitras, Capt Nick
Klus, Capt Mike Maharajh,
Capt Dean Vey, Sgt Steve
Marinelli, Sgt Tim Tuttle,
MCpl Ian Beamer, MCpl
Tony Eagles, MCpl Brad Hiscock, MCpl Jason King, Cpl
Bryan Hammond, Cpl Paul
Lachance, WO Jean Bergeron
and Cpl Adam Sommerfeld.
The Canadian Air Force
employs approximately 700
people in search and rescue
and has members posted at
various SAR squadrons across
the country. Every year, crews
respond to more than 8,000
calls from people in distress.
With a combined area of
responsibility of 15,540,000
square kilometers (Canada’s
landmass, territorial waters
and mid-ocean sections of the
Atlantic and Pacific Oceans)
and the challenges of terrain
and climate, search and rescue
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pril 1 marked the 84th Anniversary of the birth of the Royal
Canadian Air Force (RCAF). As in
previous years, 16 Wing personnel
and the Air Force community in the
Borden area celebrated the event
with a Mess Dinner and a cake cutting ceremony, both held inside the
Stedman Building. While the Mess
Dinner took place on March 27, the
cake cutting was held in the morning
of April 1.
The guest of honour for the Mess
Dinner was Honorary Colonel
(HCol) William (Bill) Coyle, O.Ont,
MSM, who was appointed as HCol
of the Canadian Forces School of
Aerospace Technology and Engineering (CFSATE) in 1997. HCol
Coyle has been an active member of
the commercial and military aerospace community for more than
50 years. In the 1950s he was
employed at AVRO Aircraft Limited in Malton, Ont., in the Experimental Flight Test Engineering
Group where he acquired his early
manufacturing and engineering
training. He participated in design,
installation and flight testing of
experimental aircraft systems for
the CF-105 Arrow, CF-100 Canuck,
C102 Jetliner and the Avrocar
research flying vehicle—AVRO’s
flying saucer project. Having HCol
Coyle as a guest speaker for the
event was most appropriate given
the fact that the theme aircraft
selected for this year is none other
than the famous Avro Arrow.
A supersonic, twin-engine, dualseat interceptor designed and built
by A.V. Roe Canada in the mid-50s,
the Avro Arrow was one of the
world’s most advanced airplanes in
its day, considered by many to be 20
The CF-105 Arrow was to be the crowning achievement of the Canadian
years ahead of its time. The Arrow
aerospace industry. Here, the prototype RL201 is seen at the Arrow
first flew on March 25, 1958, folroll-out ceremony at Malton, Ontario on October 4, 1957. This Aircraft
lowing several years in developflew 25.5 hours before the program was cancelled, the most hours of
ment. The Arrow program was
the six prototypes.
unique in that the prototype was
built using the same tools and rigs practice of building flight-test pro- be started immediately following
that were to be used on production totypes by hand. In addition, it flight test acceptance of the design.
aircraft, eliminating the expensive meant that the production run could
The Arrow was built to provide
RCAF birthday celebrates Avro Arrow
Canada and NORAD with the most
advanced air defence fighter in the
world. The aircraft was a very clean
design and many of its features were
copied on other North Americanmade fighters, including today’s F22 Raptor.
Sadly, the Arrow would never see
service with RCAF squadrons.
Plagued by drastically increasing
costs, the Arrow program was
officially cancelled by the Diefenbaker government on February 20,
1959—Black Friday for thousands
of A.V. Roe Canada employees. By
the time the program was terminated, five of the six completed prototypes had flown a total of 70.5
hours. During the test flights, the
Arrow had flown at Mach 1.96 and
up to 50,000 feet, results that are
still impressive by today’s standard
of fighter aircraft design. One can
only imagine what performance
the Arrow would have achieved
had it been allowed to fly with the
even more powerful Orenda Iroquois engines.
Living actively: Choose balance, not extremes
By Harold White
Health Promotion Manager
n today’s society, 60 percent of Canadians are considered to be sedentary. There
is often much debate around
why adherence to fitness programs is low. Many people
enter into activity with a focus
on performance, rather than
on health. While performance
goals are not in and of themselves negative, they are not
sustaining enough for most
people to remain active over
the course of their lifetime.
Research has shown that
the physiological benefits
of physical activity can only
be stored for a period of
five days without further
activity. As such, we have a
very short period where we
cannot be active and still hold
our fitness benefits. From
this we can see how important consistency is in acquiring and maintaining health
benefits from living an
active lifestyle. Research
and experience also indicate
that adherence to an active
lifestyle is best achieved by
avoiding extremes in any of
the fitness parameters such as
the duration, intensity and
frequency of any activity. We
may know people who, at
some point in their lives,
were performing a lifetime of
running in a few years and
today are physically inactive.
If that passion and enthusiasm had been spread out over
a longer period of time, these
people would still be experiencing health benefits today.
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Because of the limited time
that fitness and health benefits can be stored, however,
these once very fit people are
now at the same risk for heart
disease and other health concerns as those who were never active.
Another important point
is that many people do not
realize that there is a significant difference between living actively for health benefits versus performance. The
exercise prescriptions for
each category will look very
different. An athlete, by common measure of fitness evaluations, may be classified as
being very fit. But, because
of an injury, he or she may
not be classified as healthy.
Basic health is the foundation
on which performance can
be built. Through over-training and inadequate nutrition,
however, some athletes have
jeopardized their health in
order to become more fit. For
most people, sport performance ends, but the maintenance of our health never loses its importance.
As stated by Dr. Larry Holt,
retired professor, School of
Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University,
“moderation is never sexy.” It
is very difficult to market in
these times of excess and
more is better attitudes. With
regard to health, research
has shown that moderate levels of activity reap the greatest sustainable health gains.
For the large majority of
the population, lifestyle practices barely support enough
time for three activity sessions each week. Trying to do
more than this is unrealistic
for most. To help with sustainability over the longterm, one suggestion is to
avoid extremes.
Doing too much activity or
too much of the same type of
activity often leads to injury;
a key factor in the inability to
experience long-term adherence. Many people have been
too ambitious or too routine
with their activities and,
subsequently, experience the
start and stop cycle that eventually just becomes a total
stop. Once again, when we
are prevented from living
actively due to an injury, our
health benefits become compromised. Too much activity
causes us to reach a point
of diminishing returns from
our efforts. Based on exercise
physiology, we can only train
the soft tissues of the body up
to the maximum point of
their ability to recover from
the training stimulus. Going
beyond our ability to recover
is no longer health-producing. Preparing for extreme
events such as marathons
and long distance triathlons
requires the human body and,
in many cases, a person’s
lifestyle to become unbalanced. As a result, our holistic health (i.e., mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical) is often jeopardized.
With the majority of the
population over the age of 50,
being moderately physically
active is the only option for
safety and health benefits.
With our younger populations, on the other hand, there
may not be a good vision of
what it means to live actively.
Many people, for example,
think fitness only happens in
a gym or running club. Going
for a walk, swimming in the
lake during the summer, and
using the playground as a
family can also deliver great
holistic health benefits. When
we live actively for health, we
are automatically signing up
for the long haul. In the workplace and other areas of our
lives, we need to guard
against burnout. With living
actively, the same concept
applies. Extreme workouts
and events place us at greater
risk for shortening our active
As the old saying goes,
“The race is not to the swift,
but to those who keep on running.” This can also apply
when approaching an active
lifestyle. For all those who
have participated in marathons, triathlons and other
long-distance events, congratulations. Just ensure that you
still have the passion and
enthusiasm for remaining on
the life-long journey of health.
It is a known physiological
fact that fitness benefits can be
stored for approximately five
days. We will, therefore, have
to be active on a regular
although moderate basis.
Moderation is still where
all the benefits are. So the
next time we think about
doing the extremes, we
should pause and reflect on
what it might cost us in the
long run of our health and
wellness journey. There is no
one event worth being totally
inactive for later.
Chicken Biryani from the Persian Gulf
Stoney’s Kitchen
By CPO2 Paul Stonier
he first time I had this Chicken
Biryani dish was in the Persian
Gulf. It was excellent. I bought a box of
biryani spice at the spice souk in Muttrah, Oman and used it when I got home.
It wasn’t anything like the dish I tried at
a restaurant. I can’t recall if I’ve ever
described the spice souk in Muttrah but
it is truly wondrous place. There must
be a mile or two of covered alleyways
with dozens of spice and grocery stores
around every corner. You can buy any
spice imaginable and they all come in
big bags or cartons. One spice trader
with whom I dealt had small barrels of
saffron. I bought a special blend of
spices that the spice trader called Omani
spice. It had a spicy curry flavour with
some undertones of something I couldn’t pick out. It is a very nice flavour
though. Years later I had a meal in an
Ethiopian restaurant and immediately
recognized the flavour of the Omani
spice in the dish I was eating. I asked my
server what it was called and she told
me I couldn’t get that spice in Canada.
When I told her I had some she didn’t
believe me. I can’t remember the name
that she had for it but I couldn’t pronounce it anyway. Our server had quite
a laugh at my expense as I tried to copy
her pronunciation. I’ve since used all
the Omani/Ethiopian spice that I had but
I recently stumbled on a recipe for
Biryani paste and a method for making
Chicken Biryani. The Biryani paste is
the key to making this most delectable
Indian dish. It is very flavourful but not
overly spicy. According to my sources
Biryani is made as a special dish and
having served it to guests, I can see why.
It is made with saffron rice and is very
rich tasting.
Biryani Paste:
2 T Turmeric
1 T cumin seed
1 T coriander seed
1T cardamom seed
1 T chili
1 T finely chopped garlic
1 tsp cinnamon
3 T oil
Chicken Biryani
8 chicken thighs. Skins removed
4 T garlic
2 tsp ginger
2 large onions
1 large can diced tomatoes
1/2 lb butter (one half pound)
2 cups long grain rice
1-2 litres chicken stock
1/2 tsp saffron (one half teaspoon)
1 - cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp cloves (one half teaspoon)
Start by making the Biryani paste.
Heat the oil in a small saucepan. Grind
all the spices together except for the
garlic. Add the spices to the heated oil
and add the garlic. Stir and heat until a
paste is formed. The idea is to mix the
spices well and bring out the oil in the
various spices, not to sauté the spices.
Add a little more oil if necessary.
Remove the Biryani paste from the heat
and set aside. Any leftover paste can be
kept in the fridge for a few weeks. Wash
and soak the rice in clean water. Melt
the butter in a small saucepan to make
Ghee. Ghee is clarified butter. Once the
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butter is melted pour off the clarified
butter and leave the milk solids behind.
Discard the milk solids. In a large frying pan add a few tablespoons of the
Ghee. Coarsely chop one onion and add
it to the frying pan. Add two tablespoons of the garlic and add the ginger.
Sauté until tender. Add the chicken to
the pan and cook the chicken browning
on both sides. Start adding some
Biryani paste to the chicken. Stir and
check for taste. Add some more biryani
paste until you have the desired flavour.
Add the tomatoes and simmer for a few
minutes. Check for flavour and add
some more Biryani paste. In another
pot, caramelize the onions and garlic in
about 4 tablespoons of Ghee. Add the
saffron, cloves and cinnamon stick.
Add the rice and stir cooking on low
heat for a while. Divide the rice mixture
in half. Place half on the bottom of a
pot. Top the rice up with the chicken
stock. Place the meat mixture over top
of the rice. Cover the meat with the
remaining rice and top off with chicken
stock. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover reduce the heat to low and leave for
20 minutes. Remove the pot from the
stove. Serve directly from the pot or
carefully turn the Biryani out onto a
platter. If you’ve done it correctly it will
keep the shape of the pot. This looks
really great when served. The flavours
are fantastic and rich. This recipe is
not spicy so if you desire more heat
add extra chili to the Biryani paste. You
can also use hot chili oil when making
the paste and this will boost the heat.
This recipe takes a bit of work but it is
worth it.
If you’re looking for a dish that will
impress your friends, this is the one to
try. Although there are many steps it
will turn out great every time. You can
make the Biryani paste ahead of time
and keep it in the fridge. It tastes so
great you’ll find plenty of other uses for
it as well.
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Golf Club Junior Program tees off for 2008
By Paul O’Boyle
Hartlen Point Forces Golf Club
Junior Program Chairman
he Hartlen Point Junior Golf
Program is gearing up for
another great season. The program,
which is available to all junior members at Hartlen Point, consists of two
open scramble tournaments at the
beginning of the season followed by
a series of clinics held each Tuesday
afternoon through July and August.
The clinics, which are presented by
our Certified Teaching Professional,
Marc Jessome, are designed for
beginner and intermediate skill level players and cover the basic elements of the game such as grip, aim,
stance, short game strategy, and
course management. Again this year
we will be inviting the NSGA Junior
Development Coordinator, LPGA
Professional Leigh Ann Jeffcock
to attend one of the clinics to put
on a Future Links demonstration
and skills completion. In July, two
mixed tournaments are scheduled in
which juniors members are teamed
up with players from the other divisions, (Ladies, Men’s and Seniors’)
to play scramble formats with modified scoring to give everyone a
chance at prizes, and finally in
August we will end the program
with our Junior Club Championship. Played over two days, this is
the high point of the season for our
junior members in which they get
the chance to show the progress
made throughout the year.
Junior membership at Hartlen
Point is limited to those who have
reached their 10th birthday by May
1, and not reached their 19th birthday by June 1 of the current year,
and is open to all dependent children of serving members of the CF,
dependents of current members of
the golf course and the grandchildren of current members of the golf
course, and dependents of DND/
NPF employees. If you would like
more information about Hartlen
Point and the fee schedule for junior golfers please visit our web site
The Hartlen Point Junior Golf Program has planned a busy season
for 2008.
Taking your fitness and health to the next level
Fit Forces
By Meghan Kelly
PSP Fitness & Sports Instructor
f you’re interested in taking your
fitness and health to the next level try Stadplex’s new extreme biking class. With stability and medicine ball exercises incorporated into
the class, you will be working on all
components of fitness and challenging your body to the extreme. All
military, DND and NPF employees
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classes are filling up fast so sign up
at the front desk at Stadplex’s Sports
and Fitness Center. Extreme biking
will go on for the next four weeks
every Tuesday and Thursday 12:1512:45. Please call 721-8411 for
The Navy Extreme classes are a fun and fast-paced fitness workout.
more information.
The Fleet Fitness and Sports Center will be offering a Navy Extreme
class starting April 2 every Monday
and Wednesday from 12:10-12:40
pm, for all military, DND and NPF
employees. This will be a fun, highpaced 30 minute workout leaving
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and a welcoming attitude, Forces in
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On the sports side of things,
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March 14 to 17 in Shearwater. The
Atlantic Regional Curling was
hosted by Shearwater at the Windsor Park Curling Club.
The Fleet will host Atlantic
Regional Bowling at Stadacona
Fitness and Sports Center. Both
these events took place from March
30 to April 2. Watch for an upcoming article with more information
about the Formation Sports Awards
Breakfast being held in Shearwater
in May.
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CISM Triathlon selection camp 2008
By LCdr Jason Lawton
CF Triathlon Program Development
Coordinator, CISM Manager
CF Triathlon
ISM Triathlon will be holding a
selection camp in conjunction
with the US Armed Forces Triathlon
Championships at Point Mugu, California from May 28 to June 1, 2008.
The intention of the Camp is to
invite up to 20 CF athletes who display the potential to contend for 12
spots and compete at the CISM
Triathlon World Championships in
Estonia on June 15, 2008. As a
result, CISM Triathlon is looking
for athletes who have met the following standards to attend the
camp. The run and swim time trial
times must have been completed in
2008 and are the minimum standards to be considered for the camp.
The past race results must have been
achieved within the past two years
and are not mandatory but will aid
Age <40
Age >40
Age <35
Age >35
(4 spots)
(2 spots)
(4 spots)
(2 spots)
1500m Swim Time Trial
5 Km Run Time Trial
Past Race Results (Olympic Distance)
Note: Age is based on date of 31 December 2008.
in selection from the athletes who
meet the swim and run times. Swim
and run times must have been
achieved at an officially sanctioned
event or facilitated by PSP staff or
other CF Triathlon approved person.
All athletes who meet these
requirements are to send via email
to their respective Regional Director (see below) via email with
the following items met NLT April
28, 2008:
mation to be provided as follows:
1. Results of time trial with cona. Service number.
firmation from local PSP staff or
b. Rank.
Regional Director;
c. Full name.
2. Approval from Chain of Comd. Date of birth.
mand to attend the Camp (May 28
e. Place of birth.
to to 1 June 1, 08) and World Chamf. Passport number.
pionships (June 10 to 17, 2008);
g. Passport expiry date.
3. Passport updated with expiry
h. Unit.
date no earlier than January 2009;
i. Home telephone number.
4. Visit Clearance Request inforj. Work telephone number.
5. Equipment requirements:
a. Bike specifications IAW International Triathlon Union draft racing rules.
b. Wetsuit.
This Camp is Temporary Duty
(TD) and all TD Costs will be borne
by the CISM Triathlon Program. Athletes will be notified by May 2 as to
whether they are invited to the camp.
If they have any questions, athletes are to contact regional directors as follows:
East (NL, NS, NB, PEI): Lt(N)
Galbraith at [email protected]
Central (ON and PQ): Lt(N) Ouellet at [email protected]
RMC: Lt(N) Davies at Trevor
[email protected]
West (MB, SASK, AB, BC, NWT,
Yukon, Nunavut: Lt(N) Roy at
[email protected]
International: LCdr Lawton at
[email protected]
Le camp de sélection CISM 2008
Par LCdr Jason Lawton
e programme de triathlon CISM
tiendra un camp de sélection en
collaboration avec l’Armée américaine durant leur Championnat à
Point Mugu, Californie du 28 mai
au 01 juin 2008. Le programme de
triathlon CISM a l’intention d’invité
un maximum de 20 Athlètes qui
démontre certaines aptitudes pour
former un contingent de 12 athlètes
donc le but est de participer au
Championnat du Monde Militaire
de Triathlon en Estonie le 15 juin
2008. Pour atteindre nos objectifs,
le programme CISM recherche des
athlètes qui peuvent rencontrer les
standards établit par le comité. Le
temps de course et de nage doivent
être enregistré durant l’année 2008
et rencontrer les standards minimums du CISM pour être invité
au camp.
Les résultats de vos courses
précédentes ne seront pas considérés si elles ont été complétées dans
d’une période excédant 2 ans et ne
j. Numéro de téléphone au travail.
5. Équipement requis :
a. Configuration du bicycle qui
respecte les règlements de Union
International de Triathlon (ITU).
b. Combinaison de nage avec
Age <40
Age >40
Age <35
Age >35
manche longue.
(4 spots)
(2 spots)
(4 spots)
(2 spots)
Ce camp est un devoir temporaire
(TD) et tous les coûts son couvert
1500m Nage temps chronométré
par le Programme de Triathlon
5 Km Course Temps chronométré
CISM. Les athlètes seront avisés au
Résultats de course (Distance Olympique)
plus tard le 2 mars 2008 s’ils sont
invités au camp de sélection.
Note: Age is based on date of 31 December 2008.
Si, il y a des questions, l’athlète
doit contacter les entraîneurs
sont pas nécessairement obliga- al avec les informations suivantes vier 2009.
régionaux suivants :
toires pour la sélection des athlètes au plus tard le 28 avril 2008 :
4. Fournir renseignements pour
Est. (TN, NÉ, NB, IPE) – Lt(N)
qui ont atteint les standards de
1. Résultat de vos temps demande de Visite comme suit :
Heather Galbraith [email protected]
temps pour la course et la nage. Les chronométrés avec confirmation
a. Numéro de service.
temps de courses et de nage doivent du personnel PSP ou de l’enb. Rang.
Centrale (ON et QC) – Capt Michel
être officiellement reconnus durant traîneur Régional.
c. Nom complet.
Ouellet [email protected]
une course sanctionnés ou super2. Approbation de votre chaîne de
d. Date de naissance.
CMR – Lt(N) Trevor Davies
visé et approuvé par le personnel de commandement pour une participae. Lieu de naissance.
[email protected]
PSP ou par un membre du pro- tion au camp (28 mai- 01 juin 2008)
f. Numéro de passeport.
Ouest (MB, SASK, AB, CB, TNO,
gramme de triathlon des Forces.
et Championnat du monde (10 juing. Date d’expiration du passeport. Yukon, Nunavut) – Lt(N) Roy
Tous les athlètes qui rencontrent 16 juin 2008).
h. Unité.
[email protected]
ces standards peuvent envoyer un
3. Passeport à jour avec date d’exi. Numéro de téléphone à
Internationale – LCdr Lawton
[email protected]
courriel à leur représentant région- piration et date valable jusqu’en jan- la maison.
CF Triathlon
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t’s that time of year again,
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Final ends key to Intersection curling finals
By Blake Patterson
Trident staff
he final games of the Formation
Halifax Intersection curling
league were played March 25 at the
curling rink in Windsor Park. MOG5/
FMFCS won the A division and FCE
won the B division finals.
In the A division final, MOG5/
FMFCS needed an extra end to defeat
36 CBG.
MOG5 opened with two in the
first end, added one in the third,
another in the fifth and two in the
sixth. The blue-shot team from 36
CBG responded with two in the second, one in the fourth and another in
the seventh. Down 6-4 entering the
eighth, 36 CBG surprised MOG5/
FMFCS by stealing two for the tie,
forcing an extra end.
“It was close game. It was back
and forth the whole time and neither
team had a clear advantage,” said
MOG/FMFCS skip Denny Wilson.
“We were just fortunate enough in
the end to pull it out.”
In the B division final, FCE
appeared beaten before they stole
four in the eighth to defeat FLOG
FLOG opened with two points in
the first end, added two in the third
and another two in the fourth to take
a commanding 6-1 lead into the fifth.
FCE scored one in the second, added
two in the fifth and another in the
seventh, but were still down 7-4
entering the final end.
Needing three to tie and four to
win, FCE was up to the challenge,
leaving four blue stones in the house
for the victory.
“We thought we were just about
done,” said FCE skip Mike Hollett.
“We thought it was over in the seventh, but we got lucky in the eighth.
FCE skip Denny Wilson puts a shot in play during finals’ action at the Intersection curling championship March 25 in Windsor Park.
They missed their last shot and we
came away with it.”
Larry Deveau is usually skip of the
FCE team, but he was away on holidays, forcing Hollett (who usually
throws third) to take the helm for the
championship game. Deveau had led
the FCE to 12 straight wins on the
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Hollett was thrilled he could help
keep the winning streak alive.
“It didn’t look like we’d quite have
13, but we did, so we’re pretty
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The final games marked the end of
the curling season at the CFB Halifax
curling rink in Windsor Park and the
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Shearwater, FLOG, FCE, 12 Wing HQ
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the opening of the sheets in October
until the facility closes in March.
“It was a good time curling,
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MOG5/FMFCS skip Wilson. “That’s
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