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Members of Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific) and volunteers gathered Nov. 21 for the annual turkey run/spin at Millstream Village, Langford, to raise money for the Goldstream Food Bank’s Christmas Hamper Program.

Divers’ charitable spirit shines in annual turkey fund-raiser

Rachel Lallouz, Staff Writer – The Goldstream Food Bank got an early Christmas gift this year thanks to clearance divers from CFB Esquimalt. More than $21,000 was raised for the food bank’s Christmas hamper program at the sixth annual Navy Diver Turkey  Fundraiser at Millstream Village on Saturday Nov. 21. Lt(N) Walter Dubeau, lead organizer […]

It was a tense journey for sailors in Orca 55 as the training vessel encountered fierce winds and 4 metre swells.

Fierce storm couldn’t sway Orca team

Peter Mallett, Staff writer – A few weeks ago most of south Vancouver Island was slammed with 90 kilometre an hour winds and heavy rain leaving thousands without power and a major cleanup of debris. Out on the water Mother Nature was even more dangerous. For those sailing to Vancouver in the 33-metre Orca 55 […]

Base Chief, CPO1 Robert Spinelli (left) receives a flu shot from Cpl Justin Lalonde, Canadian Forces Health Services Centre (Pacific),  at the Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters flu vaccine clinic on Nov. 23.

Stay healthy this winter season, get a flu shot

Capt Laura Guevremont, CFHSC(P) – With flu season in full swing, Canadian Forces Health Services Centre (Pacific) has been offering the flu shot to its members to help them stay healthy this winter. It’s important when deciding whether or not to get the flu shot that you have the right information about the flu and […]

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From left: Cdr Wes Golden, CANEX vice president Mack McMillan, Cdr Brigitte Boutin, and CANEX Express Mart manager Iris Shiplack cut the ribbon during the grand opening ceremony of a Tim Horton’s express at their Colwood outlet.

Tim Hortons touches down in Belmont Park

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer – The operators of Colwood’s CANEX Express Mart hope the $120,000 investment in a Tim Hortons Express franchise will get business percolating in the Belmont Park location. As a fierce autumn storm raged outside on Nov. 17, employees, customers and base officials gathered around the giant automated coffee dispensary unit and […]

A/SLt Matthew Heim of HMCS Malahat shows Sara Geday how to “drive” a 33-metre Orca-class vessel.

Sailor for a day, perfect break from studies

Ten women and men joined naval reservists from HMCS Malahat for a morning at sea and an afternoon of firefighting, experiencing for themselves a day in the life of a sailor. Participants were mostly University of Victoria students, which had its reading break Nov. 9 to 13. The Sailor for a Day event was for […]

Lt(N) Lucie Gijzen on board MV Besant.

Specialist in diving medicine participates in Aussi exercise

Rachel Lallouz, Staff Writer  –  Lieutenant(Navy) Lucie Gijzen, a physician working at Canadian Forces Health Services Centre (Pacific) isn’t your average doctor. On top of her duties as a Primary Care Physician, she travels the world to collaborate in submarine escape and rescue working groups in NATO countries, and participates in international submarine escape and […]

Hockey players from the Victoria Grizzlies complete their morning training session at Fleet Diving 
Unit Pacific by navigating a rope bridge.

Grizzlies take the plunge with divers

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer Players from the Victoria Grizzlies Junior A hockey team in Colwood traded skates for wet suits Nov. 3 when they stepped into the world of Navy Clearance Divers.  This annual event is offered to the BCHL hockey club as an outreach piece to show the young hockey players an aspect of […]

No Stone Left Alone: School children remember the fallen

No Stone Left Alone: School children remember the fallen

  Peter Mallett, Staff Writer They may be gone, but the supreme sacrifices of Canada’s war dead aren’t being forgotten by Canada’s next generation. This year’s Nov. 6 No Stone Left Alone event saw more than 60 Grade 6 students from Rockheights Middle School honoured and solemnly remember the selfless acts of heroism by Canadians […]

Monument unveiled at veteran’s lodge

Monument unveiled at veteran’s lodge

  Rachel Lallouz, Staff Writer The day before Remembrance Day, Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, accompanied by Maritime Forces Pacific Commander, Rear-Admiral Gilles Couturier, unveiled a new monument at the Lodge at Broadmead in front of a crowd of Second World War and Korean War Veterans. The granite monument commemorates the 20th anniversary […]

Nagasaki after the atomic bomb was dropped. 
Image by Cpl Lynn P. Walker, Jr. (Marine Corps) - DOD”War and Conflict” image collection (HD-SN-99-02900). Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.

The ‘hollow joy’ of freedom, POW survivor recalls bombing of Nagasaki

Each November, when prisoner of war survivor Rudi Hoenson pauses to reflect on the true meaning of Remembrance Day a long ago nightmare comes to the forefront. “I get so many sad feelings that well up inside of me and my thoughts instantly flash back to Nagasaki and the [Japanese] POW camp,” says the 92-year-old […]