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MARPAC takes proactive approach to fentanyl crisis via special training sessions

MARPAC takes proactive approach to fentanyl crisis

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) aspires to be a leader in organizational health and wellness by offering instruction to military and civilian DND employees on the proper procedures if they encounter a fentanyl overdose victim. The interactive one-hour training sessions are organized by the MARPAC Health and Wellness Strategy’s Addictions Free Living […]

I shutter to think: plan and adapt

I shutter to think: plan and adapt

M.X. Déry, Contributor ~ I love that almost everyone nowadays takes photos, but there are a number of you, and you know who you are, that commit every photography sin, and I shutter to think what people in the future will say about our walls of rubbish photos. I’ve ranted heavily about cell phones, but last […]

Leading Seaman Dany Nadeau

Sailor gives the gift of music

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Guitarist Leading Seaman Dany Nadeau is striking a new chord by sharing his musical skill with the military community. Registration is now open to take 30-minute lessons from the 29-year-old, who has been strumming for over a decade. Teaching in a classroom setting at the Colwood Pacific Activity Centre is a […]

HMCS Ottawa sailors volunteer in Maui

HMCS Ottawa sailors volunteer in Maui

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Members of HMCS Ottawa took time out from a day in paradise last week to build a new paradise, in the form of a meditation garden at Maui Hospice. The Canadian warship was headed to Los Angeles for Fleet Week and made a port visit at Hawaii’s second largest island after […]

CPO2 Robert Cook

Chief blows the whistle on lacrosse

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Chief Petty Officer Second Class Robert Cook spent a few weeks this summer with a whistle between his teeth. He was one of 91 referees from around the world who officiated the 47-team quadrennial 2018 Men’s World Field Lacrosse Championship, July 12 to 21 in Netanya, Israel.  “It was my honour […]

Left to right: Maj Harris, Capt Poirier, SLt Leblanc, and CPO2 Tucker.

Military Police Officer gears up for Tour de Rock

SLt M.X. Déry, MARPAC PA ~ Military Police (MP) Officer SLt Antoine Leblanc, Officer Commanding Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (Pacific Region), has raised over $4,000 for pediatric cancer while training for the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock ride in September. Over the last few weeks, SLt Leblanc has participated in two spin-a-thons, most recently […]

Participants from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria were joined by Pacific Fleet Club Executive committee members and HMCS Victoria and HMCS Chicoutimi crew members.

Youth tour submarine, warship

SLt M.X. Déry, MARPAC PA Office ~ Six “littles”, as they are affectionately known, from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria were accompanied by four adult mentors and family members on an unusual sightseeing tour last week. The youth had the rare opportunity to venture down into the submarine HMCS Chicoutimi and walk the decks of […]

Firefighter Jon MacDonald helps Able Seaman Conner Dulisch repel from a training tower at the CFB Esquimalt Fire and Rescue Aug. 20. Photo by Peter Mallett, Lookout Newspaper

Firefighters train students on difficult rescue scenarios

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ Students from Naval Fleet School (Pacific) (NFS(P)) are getting difficult rescue training from CFB Esquimalt Fire and Rescue after the launch of a new partnership.  Last Monday, two members of the base fire department were perched high atop a training tower located at the rear of the fire hall on Esquimalt […]

Members of the British Columbia Forest Service pick up their bags after being dropped off by a Sea King in support of OP LENTUS Aug. 21. Photo by Cpl Jeffrey Clement

Military steps up with wildfire response

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~ As more than 565 wildfires burned across British Columbia last week, CFB Esquimalt’s defence community stepped up its relief efforts in the ongoing provincial state of emergency. Approximately 40 personnel from Joint Task Force Pacific (JTFP) are covering around-the-clock shifts at Dockyard’s Battle Watch Operations Centre. They are acting in support […]

I shutter to think – cell phones don’t replace cameras

I shutter to think – cell phones don’t replace cameras

M.X. Déry, Contributor ~ I love that almost everyone nowadays takes photos, but there are several of you, and you know who you are, that commit every photography sin, and I shutter to think what people in the future will say about our walls of rubbish photos. As I stated last week, the fact that everyone […]