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Military Family Resource Centre eases family fears

Military Family Resource Centre eases family fears

Peter MallettStaff Writer–– Caution and concern is on the mind of parents preparing to send their children back to school in the midst of this continuing global pandemic. A recent survey into the impact of COVID-19 on people’s attitudes by polling company by Leger found that 75 percent of parents in the province are worried […]

Members of HMCS Winnipeg conduct post-firing maintenance on the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) launcher off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands. Photos by Leading Seaman Valerie LeClair, MARPAC Imaging

Making HMCS Winnipeg “Weapons Ready” – The challenges during a pandemic

Captain Chelsea Dubeau, HMCS Winnipeg Public Affairs Officer ~ It’s Monday, Aug. 24; day eight of Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2020. The air throughout the ship is tense – anticipatory. The planning for the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) shoot has been in the can for a long time, the sequence of events practiced […]

Former NHLer fields suicide prevention talk

Former NHLer fields suicide prevention talk

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Former National Hockey League forward Jordin Tootoo wants to have a heart-to-heart talk with you about suicide prevention. The former right-winger, turned motivational speaker, enjoyed a 13-year career in the NHL before deciding to call it quits, announcing his retirement in October 2018. Since then, he has been delivering inspiring talks […]

HMCS Regina fires two Harpoon Surface to Surface missiles in the Pacific Range Facility Barking Sands, off the coast of Hawaii while participating in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2020. Photo by MS Dan Bard, Canadian Forces Combat Camera

HMCS Regina conducts missile firing

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Regina and Winnipeg were off the coast of Hawaii last week, participating in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2020, the largest maritime exercise in the world. The purpose of this exercise was to provide an opportunity for sailors to gain experience working with international forces, practicing group and task force […]

The Honourable Janet Austin visited Base Logistics last week to be fitted for her new Honorary Captain(N) uniform. Photo courtesy Lieutenant Governor’s Office

Proud navy appointment

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ The Honourable Janet Austin, B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor, said if her father were alive today he would be proud of her recently appointed Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) role, which serves as a continuation of her family’s naval tradition. That’s because the vice-regal representative of Queen Elizabeth II has officially joined Victoria’s naval […]

Booklet of savings, new Wounded Warrior fundraiser

Booklet of savings, new Wounded Warrior fundraiser

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ You could save a bundle on local products and services courtesy of a new awareness and fundraising initiative launched by Wounded Warriors Canada. The national non-profit that funds veterans and first responder’s support programs has a partnership with Winnipeg-based MediaScene’s Action Pack Complimentary Value campaign. Booklets sell for $25 but have […]

Pte Thomas Wheatley Kilby who was killed in action in France, March 27, 1917.

Parksville on the hunt for historical images

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ The City of Parksville, B.C., is on an ambitious hunt to obtain photographs of 60 residents from the area who died during military service in the First and Second World War. The Veteran Remembrance Banner Program was launched by Mayor Ed Mayne and the City of Parksville Council earlier this year. […]

Sidel has earned many accolades over his careers, and wears many hats.

Meet Jim Sidel, Barrack Custodian

2Lt Justin Leong, Base Administration ~ Whether you are a Junior Naval Officer arriving for training, a member attending a conference, or a family member visiting the base, you would have met Commissionaire Sergeant Jim Sidel, Barrack Warden and Booking Clerk at Work Point Barracks. He is famous for his quip, “What do I know, I’m […]

Youth roller skating program launches at CPAC

Youth roller skating program launches at CPAC

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ A new Personnel Support Programs recreation program is set to roll out with the aim to provide unparalleled fun on eight wheels for youth of Defence Team members. A roller-skating class is set to start mid-September at the Colwood Pacific Activity Centre for youth eight to 14 years old. Skate Instructor […]

HMCS Winnipeg fires a missile at a practice target off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands during Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). Photo by Leading Seaman Valerie LeClair, Royal Canadian Navy

HMCS Winnipeg showcases fire power

Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet ~ As part of RIMPAC, HMCS Winnipeg had the opportunity to practice the tactics and procedures involved in firing Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSMs) on Aug. 23 to 24 off the coast of Hawaii. ESSMs are medium-range missiles used to protect ships from attacking missiles and aircraft. They provide self-defence battle space and […]