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FrontLine wishes all of our readers a peace-filled and Happy Hanukkah during this joyous season.

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FrontLine wishes our readers a very safe and Merry Christmas during this joyous season of peace and good will to all!

22 Nov – HMCS Nanaimo transfer cocaine bales seized from a suspected smuggling vessel in collaboration with a USCG Law Enforcement Detachment during Operation Caribbe.
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22 Nov – HMCS Nanaimo transfer cocaine bales seized from a suspected smuggling vessel in collaboration with a USCG Law Enforcement Detachment during Operation Caribbe.

Photo: MARPAC Imaging
2 Nov – Members conduct simulated section attacks with Leopard 2A4 tanks in the training area of CFB Valcartier in Quebec City during Exercise Lion Intrépide 2017.
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2 Nov – Members conduct simulated section attacks with Leopard 2A4 tanks in the training area of CFB Valcartier in Quebec City during Exercise Lion Intrépide 2017.

Photo: Cpl Nathan Moulton
4 Nov – HMCS Winnipeg's CH-124 Sea King helicopter flies past international ships, submarines and helicopter carriers during Exercise Trident Juncture.
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4 Nov – HMCS Winnipeg's CH-124 Sea King helicopter flies past international ships, submarines and helicopter carriers during Exercise Trident Juncture.

Photo: LS Ogle Henry, HMCS Winnipeg
Invitation to an evening of European Christmas carols
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On Dec 8th, join the European Union Delegation to Canada and Diplomatic Missions of EU Member States for an evening of European Christmas carols. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Concert begins at 7 p.m. Address: 385 Sussex Dr.

21 Nov – Master Seaman Chris Newstead, a member of the RCN Naval Security Team participates in a simulated casualty scenario in Busan, South Korea.
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21 Nov – Master Seaman Chris Newstead, a member of the RCN Naval Security Team participates in a simulated casualty scenario in Busan, South Korea.

Photo: Cpl Stuart MacNeil
12 Oct – The Thunderbirds and The CF Snowbirds greet each other after arriving in Boise, Idaho for the Gowen Thunder Open House and Airshow at Gowen Field.
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12 Oct – The Thunderbirds and The CF Snowbirds greet each other after arriving in Boise, Idaho for the Gowen Thunder Open House and Airshow at Gowen Field.

Photo: Airman 1st Class Mercedee Schwartz
2 Oct – A Polish PT91 tank drives over burning brush to extinguish small fires set by rounds shot following a live fire exercise in the training grounds of Camp Adazi.
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2 Oct – A Polish PT91 tank drives over burning brush to extinguish small fires set by rounds shot following a live fire exercise in the training grounds of Camp Adazi.

Photo: MCpl Gerald Cormier
11 Nov – Sentries form up during the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, ON.
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11 Nov – Sentries form up during the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, ON.

Photo: Cpl MacIsaac
26 Oct – A Canadian soldier takes aim with the Carl Gustav 84mm recoilless rifle along with his Latvian trench partner during Exercise Silver Arrow.
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26 Oct – A Canadian soldier takes aim with the Carl Gustav 84mm recoilless rifle along with his Latvian trench partner during Exercise Silver Arrow

Photo: Sergeant Bernie Kuhn
25 Oct – Soldiers from RCA [4 Regt (GS)] participate in Exercise Turbulent Winds in Gagetown, Oromocto, New Brunswick.
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25 Oct – Soldiers from RCA [4 Regt (GS)] participate in Exercise Turbulent Winds in Gagetown, Oromocto, New Brunswick.

Photo: Cpl Genevieve Lapointe
20 Oct – CH-146 Griffon helicopters from 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron land at the Citadelle of Quebec during Exercise Spartiate Eclaireur in Quebec City.
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20 Oct – CH-146 Griffon helicopters from 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron land at the Citadelle of Quebec during Exercise Spartiate Eclaireur in Quebec City.

Photo: Sgt Marc-André Gaudreault
17 Oct – A member of PPCLI, Bravo Company fires a Canadian the M72 Short Range Anti-Armour Weapon – Light in Latvia.
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17 Oct – A member of PPCLI, Bravo Company fires a Canadian the M72 Short Range Anti-Armour Weapon – Light in Latvia.

Photo: MCpl Gerald Cormier
Rescuers recover the training dummy
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10 Oct – Rescuers from HMCS Charlottetown recover the training dummy during a simulated man-overboard drill while participating in Exercise Brilliant Mariner 17.

Photo: Cpl J.W.S. Houck
Happy Kwanzaa
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FrontLine sends holiday greetings to all of our readers for the week-long celebration honoring African culture and traditions celebrations. (Dec 20 to Jan1)

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IN THE NEWS

Dec 13

Thales celebrates the launch of the first Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel at Seaspan Shipyards. This first of class vessel represents a remarkable achievement as the first large non-combat ship to be designed and built under Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), demonstrating the domestic shipbuilding industry’s strength and capabilities.

Dec 13

A German military officer has been indicted on allegations he plotted to kill prominent political figures and blame the attack on refugees, prosecutors said Tuesday, in a case that raised concerns about extremism in the country’s military.

Dec 13

Jody Mitic, the war veteran and Ottawa city councillor, says he’s battling depression and alcohol addiction, but vows to be at the 2018 municipal budget vote on Wednesday

Dec 13

Veterans Affairs Canada missed 14 of 26 performance targets for the 2016-17 year, delaying decisions on services like career training, long-term care, and disability support. A majority of injured veterans wait more than four months for financial support decisions.

Dec 13

The Canadian government has started the competition to buy 88 new fighter jets. Companies that 'hurt Canada's economic interests' will be at a disadvantage. Officials also confirmed Tuesday the purchase of 18 used jets from Australia.

Dec 12

The results weren’t pretty when Veterans Affairs asked its own staffers about their experiences at the Vimy 100 anniversary ceremony in France this year.

Dec 12

As Irving Shipyards and the federal government discuss how to prevent layoffs at the completion of the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS) program, supporters of the Fincantieri and Naval Group FREMM bid say their proposal wards off any job losses.

Dec 11

Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) today celebrated the launch of the first large vessel to be designed and built under the Government of Canada's National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) - OFSV1, the first of three Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSV).

Dec 11

Alion Science and Technology, along with its subsidiary Alion Canada, is pleased to confirm that it submitted a proposal for the Canadian Surface Combatant program.

Dec 11

The Heron 1 UAV system, which is stationed at the Gao air base for the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) as part of the UN’s MINUSMA mission, logged its 3,000th flight hour in November 2017.

Dec 11

The victims ranged in age from 13 to 35, came from a wide swath of villages in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and described assaults between October 2016 and mid-September.

Dec 11

President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian forces in Syria to start withdrawing, claiming that after a two-year military campaign, Moscow and Damascus achieved their mission of destroying ISIS.

Dec 11

The visitors’ letters to Veterans Affairs tell of heat exhaustion, thirst, full bladders and fear. Visitors who travelled all the way from Canada were stranded, injured and left sweltering in the sun with no water. They were forced to urinate on the grass for lack of toilets and finally penned in enclosures for two hours or more after dignitaries drove away past them.

Dec 11

Gen Tom Lawson, former Chief of Defence staff said a complete replacement for the current fighter fleet is the ideal, but the government will save "a lot of trouble" buying used jets from Australia. Reports indicate Canada will announce this week the purchase of Australian F-18s as an interim measure.

Dec 11

In September 2018 Canada will test new urban warfare equipment as part of a multi-national defence science and technology experiment.  The experiment will look at emerging technologies to enhance intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in contested urban environments, according to the Department of National Defence.

Dec 08

Member of Parliament Neil Ellis announced that 8 Wing Trenton is the first location to take possession of the new fire trucks. The new fire trucks will replace some of the current vehicles that have been in use since the mid-90s and that have exceeded their life expectancy.

Dec 08

The Mexican Navy has received its final two AS565 MBe Panther helicopters during a delivery ceremony at Airbus Helicopters in Marignane. With their order for ten units in 2014, the Mexican Navy became the launch customer of this new version. The first four helicopters were delivered in 2016 and the remaining six during the course of 2017.

Dec 08

A Veterans Affairs study shows  the risk of suicide among male veterans of all ages was 36 per cent higher than men who had never served. Male veterans under 25 were 242 per cent more likely to kill themselves than non-veterans. Female veterans were 81 per cent more likely to take their own lives.

Dec 08

Canadian Special Operations Regiment will consolidate its operations in a ten-building compound at Petawawa by 2019. The $319 million project includes training facilities, vehicle maintenance areas, warehouses and medical facilities.

Dec 08

Qatar has announced it will exercise a 2015 option for 12 Dassault Rafale fighters, adding to a fleet of 24 it has already purchased.  It has also committed to buy 490 Nexter armoured vehicles.

Dec 07

In 1998, the prosecution of sex crimes in the Canadian Forces was transferred from the civilian system to military courts. One result is that victims no longer benefit from the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights.

Dec 07

Ottawa sources say the Trudeau government will take even more time to decide on the procurement of a new jet fighter. Meanwhile, politicians are concerned that the purchase of used 'interim' fighter jets from Australia will remind Canadians of the disastrous acquisition of second-hand submarines from the United Kingdom.

Dec 07

Defence procurement in Canada is never about the best equipment for our fighting forces. Regional development, jobs and bureaucratic empires come first.

Dec 06

The Canadian War Museum has added another Victoria Cross to its collection, the second time in a week the museum has purchased the honour for bravery in the face of the enemy.

Dec 06

The Arnprior, Ontario resident is talking about the what-ifs and serendipity that played out minutes after 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, 1917, when a collision between two ships in Halifax’s harbour resulted in an explosion.

ISSUES & IDEAS

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Let’s face it, there is a difference in the way women generally tackle social issues, says David Bercuson. Will an increased female presence on peace operations have the desired effect?

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David Bercuson looks at the reasons why Canada appears no closer to a peacekeeping mission today than on the day the Liberals were elected.

Bill O'Neill, a candidate in the Ohio Governor race, told CTV News (aired 18 November 2017) that "We now have, in America, a new standard, being driven by the media, that if you're not absolutely pure, you're not eligible to run for office in America, and that's wrong."

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