Homes for Heroes villages planned for Calgary and Edmonton

The tiny home villages concept comes with a complete social service program to help veterans with their transition to civilian life

Homes for Heroes villages planned for Calgary and EdmontonThe first Homes for Heroes village is moving forward in Calgary, with plans to build a similar project in Edmonton for Canadian veterans. The Homes for Heroes Foundation has announced that the City of Calgary has approved land redesignation for the first village of about 15 homes in the southeast Forest Lawn neighbourhood. “We needed them…

The increasing – and disturbing – militarization of U.S. sports

The NFL and other pro sports leagues don't celebrate the military as gestures of patriotism. The only motivating factor is money

The increasing – and disturbing – militarization of U.S. sportsAmerica’s major professional sports leagues – most notably the National Football League – have increasingly teamed with the military and corporations to serve up ugly forms of paid and forced patriotism. “The melding of sports and the military should be seen as inappropriate, if not insidious,” says William Astore, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant-colonel…

John McCain’s legacy of public service and sacrifice

In the selfish era of Donald Trump, McCain’s life offered a shining example of how to serve with distinction

John McCain’s legacy of public service and sacrificeIt’s hard for Canadian citizens to take the full measure of an American politician like John McCain, whose route to public service glory began in the combat of the Vietnam War. Our country doesn’t particularly valourize the military and those who serve, unless perhaps they do peacekeeping missions with the United Nations overseas. McCain’s career…

Free-falling: Canada’s SkyHawks make skydiving look easy

A blast of fierce wind tears at my face, making it hard to take a normal breath. We’re falling towards Earth at speeds of up to 260 km/h

Free-falling: Canada’s SkyHawks make skydiving look easyBefore me, the gaping rear hatch of our aircraft reveals an awe-inspiring view of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, viewed from 3,200 metres in the air. The smell of smoke is pungent from area forest fires. The hatch of the Hercules J-130 cargo airplane is wide open, and I've just learned I'm to be the first…

Canadian Forces pulling their weight

Our contribution to NATO shouldn't be measured by a flawed financial system. It's a matter of willingness and ability. We have both

Canadian Forces pulling their weightU.S. President Trump is complaining about Canada and other allies not spending enough on their military operations. This brings into play the NATO goal of each country spending two per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) on defence. Aside from the ridiculous new idea of doubling that goal, there are two problems with this two…

Flu pandemic of 1918 brutal, virulent killer

One hundred years ago, a flu pandemic swept across the world, killing tens of millions of people, particularly those in the prime of life

Flu pandemic of 1918 brutal, virulent killerFrom the wet and windswept northwest of Ireland to rural southwestern Ontario, the flu pandemic of 1918 to 1920 was remorseless. My mother and my wife’s father lost siblings to an illness where death might come within 24 hours of first symptoms. And sometimes it was particularly brutal. Historian John Barry has described it this…

America today: parallels to post-Gorbachev Russia uncanny

The parallels between Russia more than 20 years ago and the United States today are deeply disturbing

America today: parallels to post-Gorbachev Russia uncannyWhen the horrible first reports of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., began hitting my smartphone feed, I somehow involuntarily reconnected with feelings that I associate with the societal chaos I experienced working in Russia more than 20 years ago. It was the post-Mikhail Gorbachev era, when communism had…

O’Leary’s abhorrent attack on the Canadian military

Kevin O’Leary attack on the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces should exclude him from the leadership of the Conservative Party

O’Leary’s abhorrent attack on the Canadian militaryTORONTO, Ont. Dec. 20, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Kevin O’Leary still hasn’t decided whether he’s going to run for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. After his recent remarks about the Canadian military, I would strongly advise him against it. In an interview with the Ottawa-based talk radio station CFRA last week, the popular…

China ready to test Trump’s resolve

Beijing has a long history of provoking incoming U.S. administrations to see how they will respond to aggressive Chinese actions

China ready to test Trump’s resolvePORTLAND, Ore. Dec. 19, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Several recent events underscore China’s growing military strength in East Asia and how it might respond to the Trump administration’s plans to “reset” U.S.-China relations. On Dec. 14, satellite reconnaissance revealed that China had installed anti-aircraft guns on all seven of the artificial islands it has created…

NATO needs to rebuild its capabilities

NATO needs to return to the basics, dust off the old manuals from the Cold War, and think through what is really required to successfully defend Eastern Europe

NATO needs to rebuild its capabilitiesThe North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is heralded as the world’s most successful military alliance. However, it finds itself under pressure from within and without. Some people in NATO countries do not understand the importance of its goal: to safeguard its members’ freedom and security by political and military means. This goal is executed through…