Posts by Robby

Red Friday the beginning of September

Posted by on Aug 30, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

With the 100the anniversary of 11 Nov fast approaching. I would like to share this fact that I received from a brother apprentice Anna Coleman Ladd  is mentioned and exhibited in the Smithsonian Museum. A young American Sculptor living in Paris during WW1. She created lifelike masks for those so terribly disfigured in this War to end all Wars. A fascinating Lady  with an Fascinating Story.         A Brave dedicated Lady for Veterans :

It is so heart warming to see these stories coming out a Century later. Keep em coming folks.

Meanwhile the orange man must be dreading the coming of Fall/Winter 2018 will it go down in History as the year he was IMPEACHED?‘winter-is-coming’-allies-fear-trump-isn’t-prepared-for-gathering-legal-storm/ar-BBMDSBU?ocid=spartanntp

Only Time will tell.

Our RCN Sailors have been on operation Reassurance of the North African Coast.

It seems even the appointed Judges of Canada’s Supreme Court are  not geared towards Veterans?

In case you have not seen this Op-Ed by Murray Brewster it makes great reading:

New NATO commander confident war criminals, militia will be screened out of Iraq training program

Meanwhile our TV Presenter …ooooppppssss Minister of Veteran’s Affairs   Seamus O’Regan is checking up on the PTSD Treatment payments to a convicted non Veteran, COP KILLER. Why Corrections Canada with their dozens of Shrinks cannot pay for this I will never understand?

On That note  please wear something Red Today and give a thought or a prayer to our Military, their families and off Course our Veterans of all conflicts. A new show starts today on River Dee Radio from our Legion:

Nil Sine Labore







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Wednesday Blurb …..History Leassons for Current PM.

Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

       How a tiny French town is commemorating Canadian black battalion soldiers:

It is time for our Prime Minister, to take a lesson  from this tiny French town, who after 100 years are recognising the fact that black men serving CANADA in WW1 were treated miserably by Canadians. Even though they could Perish far fro their homes and loved ones.

Memorial to Canadian forestry corps helps preserve story of black Canadians who served in WW I

May these brave Canadians Rest in Peace. We Shall Not Forget them nor their ultimate sacrifice.


I feel that our current Government do not understand Veteran at all. No concern for those who have suffered both mentally and Physically. The following story certainly upset many Veterans and their families. This man is a convicted ” COP KILLER ”  whose supposed PTSD came about while committed the most dreadful of crimes. His PTSD did not come from service to his country. Therefore VAC should NOT be paying for his treatments. Let the government find another budget to take our hard earned tax Dollars from.  To his Father who was a Veteran, I feel for his predicament, but even he should see that his convicted son, doe not require treatment paid for by fellow soldiers and Veterans. Perhaps Trudeau can recoup the cost from  Omar Khadir. The multi Millionaire Convicted murderer. Who by the way has been seen in the Senate? A severe lack of security allowing this convicted, self confessed TERRORIST into the Senate….( was he doing a recce for his Al Quada  handlers? Mark  Bonokoski says it best:

On a good news note: Course transition in the Ukraine has taken place for the Ukranian Military from Canadian Trainers.

We had a previous story on CFS Alert and this tiny base has many stories to tell, this one is of the newer aircraft flying in:

Meanwhile my memory of  ALERT is a very sad one in October of 1991 I lost a damned good friend and comrade MWO Tom Jardine, as well as  others in a crash  just shy of Alert>     In memory of the personnel who died in the crash of Hercules 130322 on October 30, 1991.
   Capt Couch JP 435 Sqn Edmonton
Capt Trepanier JP, CD CFCC HQ
MWO Jardine JT, CD CFB Trenton
WO Grimsley R, CD CFCC HQ
Mcpl Pitre JR, CD 435 Sqn Edmonton”     



Many former members of 437(T) Sqn remember Tom Jardine, a true Canadian who loved his country. May they all continue to RIP.

Please remember to wear something Red this upcoming Friday to remember your Canadian Military, their families and our Veterans of all conflicts.

Nil Sine Labore


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Monday Morning, updated NATO Chemical Warfare Exercise

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

In the past 100 years since WW1 Chemical warfare has always been a dreaded factor in War. From the mustard Gas of WW1 to the Novichok nerve agent of modern times. 

In the first war after the first mustard Gas attacks, Gas masks and rubberized capes were produced and issued to the soldiers.  Fast forward a Century and Chemical warfare although outlawed by the United Nations continues in Syria and Iraq  as well as other parts of the world. Our current deployment with NATO had undergone a major Chemical Attack exercise. Rightfully so the location of this exercise remains a SECRET.

BRAVO ZULU to MATO and  the troops involved as the RN says. Ready Aye Ready for any eventuality in modern warfare.

Now going back in time   to 1972. The US had an amazing Sub that was far ahead of its time. In fact some may have called it science fiction had they known at the time:

Now I must admit that this subject is PRICKLY at best. The current PM of Canada is destroying the History of Canada. Authorising the downfall of Statues, yes inanimate objects of history> Canada’s first PM  Sir John A  MacDonald has had his statue removed in Victoria BC. Yet a park in Winnipeg has been named after  Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of the modern state of Pakistan. This is the man who brought Sharia Law to Pakistan.

Pakistan independence from India led to 1M deaths. Yet a   park or a statue to a young Canadian that harmed no one, and has spawned millions of dollars for Cancer Research is ignored in the city of his birth. TERRY FOX  was born in Winnipeg in 1958. Although Canada has many statues and memorials from sea to sea to sea of Terry Fox. Parks etc his Birthplace simply has a Stretch of the National Highway named in his Honour. While Trudeau is attempting to change History, why honour the foundrr of Pakistan who had absolutely nothing to do with Canada nor Canadian history? or is it due to the influx of Pakistani immigrants and refugees over the years. PEOPLE who wished to leave Pakistan to make a better life for themselves than was available in a Sharia dominated Pakistan.

Sir John A was born in Scotland and :Sir John set up his own legal practice in Canada at the age of 19, before entering politics seven years later.
He devoted his life to promoting the Canadian Confederation and held the position of prime minister for 18 years, the second longest term in Canadian history.
During his time as prime minister, Sir John – who was knighted by Queen Victoria in 1867 – made it his priority to create a modern Canadian nation, developing the Canadian Transcontinental Railway and founding the Canadian Mounted Police, the Mounties.
He died in 1891 at the age of 76. His son, Hugh John Macdonald, went on to become premier of Manitoba and named his residence in Winnipeg as Dalnavert. The building now houses a museum.

The following article is from 2010 PT….Pre Trudeau certainly a different era historically:

and the latest article from SCOTLAND.

On that note while reading  or having a coffee why not listen to River Dee Radio  on your lap top , I pad or phone  it is a free App simply ask for App  RIVER DEE RADIO.

Here is a link to our Legion based radio station.

Till next time stay safe, be happy and enjoy life.

Never forgetting our Military, their Families and Veterans of all conflicts.

Nil Sine Labore




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Saturday morning special . . . News for Veterans.

Posted by on Aug 25, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 1 comment

A couple of Blogs ago I received a question from a Veteran with regard to the Veterans Identity Card. I answered that unfortunately I had  no idea I had heard about the raising of this issue but all was quiet. Fast forward now to my brother Apprentice and RASC  Airborne Veteran and pal. Dale Martin he sent me this very interesting e mail which will hopefully enlighten  one and all. Thanks Dale.

Sent: August 23, 2018 1:15 PM
Subject: New Veteran Service Card

Good afternoon comrades,

Very important, please read below. The qualifying threshold has changed, eligibility for this card shall be aligned with the VAC definition of a veteran and be issued to all CAF members who successfully completed BMQ/BMOQ & honourably released under items 3, 4 or 5. The minimum 10 years of service has been dropped. The new NDI75 will now be called the (VSC) Veteran Service Card versus the Record of Service Card.

Apparently the CF One card is not accepted in some places in the USA without photo proof of military service. However, here is some news on the retirement card being reinstated. A new ID card for retired members will be available soon. have a read of the info I found on a reputable Facebook site just released.
The NDI75 is coming back!
The CAF is re-introducing the NDI 75 as a Veteran Service Card intended to acknowledge the service of members and to encourage an enduring affiliation with the CAF. The purpose of this email is to provide you advance notice of the imminent implementation of the NDI 75 Veteran’s Service Card (VSC) which is a replacement to the former NDI 75 Record of Service Card. Eligibility for this card shall be aligned with the VAC definition of a veteran and be issued to all CAF members who successfully completed BMQ/BMOQ & honourably released under items 3, 4 or 5. Official announcements via media sources and a CANFORGEN are expected in the very near future to provide official notice and which will provide much greater detail to CAF members and the public. This initiative is being coordinated through CMPC and VCDS DGDS.
Essentially, Release Staff shall send an email to NDIS with basic information, NDIS will produce the card and send it to the Release Staff for presentation during the final release interview in exchange for the NDI 20/10. The attached SOP provides procedural detail on how to order the NDI 75 VSC.
The rollout of the NDI 75 VSC will be conducted in the stages defined below, where the immediate concern will be with Stage 1. The intent is to minimize the demands for your Sections.
• Stage 1: CAF member releasing with a final release date, or final release interview, of 4 September 2018 onwards – Release Sections & Reserve Units. If a member’s release date is 31 August 2018 or prior, they shall be included in Stage 2. Release staff are to follow the attached SOP;
• Stage 2: CAF members who released between 01 February 2016 and 03 September 2018 – Central process will be completed via HRMS Data Extract and members will apply via an online portal; and
• Stage 3: Any former CAF member released prior to 01 February 2016 who did not receive an NDI 75 due to the previous qualifying thresholds. These varied over the years where the most recent NDI 75 was 10 years of service – Central process which will require a team enabled to verify data in PERMIS, at LAC or with VAC.
The first NDI 75s are to be issued as of 04 September 2018. Your immediate assistance is required as card production and mailing can take up to 3 weeks; staff are to immediately commence sending NDI 75 VSC requests IAW with the attached SOP to ensure NDIS has sufficient time to produce and distribute the cards to your sections.
Repeat only for complete clarity: NDI 75 VSC requests are to be sent immediately for personnel with a final release date or having their final release interview on or after 04 September 2018 onwards.
Should you receive inquiries from Veterans who are not covered in Stage 1, please inform them that information about these Stages will be promulgated by DND/CAF once procedures have been more fully developed. At which point the DND/CAF will promulgate direction and resource access to all former CAF members through either Stage 2 or Stage 3. A general inquiry NDI 75 telephone line is to be created for Stages 2 and 3 and will be disseminated as soon as available. Lastly, amendments to MHRRP, CFAO 15-2, CANFORGEN and various form updates shall be completed in due course.
Warrant Officer (Ret’d)
Mike Boudrias (CD)
2 CDO – 1979 – 1981
CABC – 1990 – 1993
Airborne Coin: 2326

CVFR Meaford
Unit Founder


Hope this info is  good for you.

Nil Sine Labore



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Mid week thoughts of Francis Pegahmagabow most decorated SNIPER WW1

Posted by on Aug 22, 2018 in The Invisible Army | 0 comments

Francis Pegahmagabow in Parry Sound Ontario.








Francis Pegahmagabow MM & two bars

March 8, 1889 – August 5, 1952) was the most effective sniper of World War I. Three times awarded the Military Medal and seriously wounded, he was an expert marksman and scout, credited with killing 378 Germans and capturing 300 more. Later in life, he served as chief and a councillor for the Wasauksing First Nation, and as an activist and leader in several First Nations organizations. He corresponded with and met other noted aboriginal figures including Fred Loft, Jules Sioui, Andrew Paull and John Tootoosis.


CFS Alert is still hale andHearty:

How many Canadians have served there??? Countless since its initial Construction in 1950. At the last census the population was certified at 62.  FYI a good read for any Veteran who may have served tours of CFS Alert:

The first two of the Orangeman’s Cohorts have fallen, this may be the  Crack in the Trump Administration which will see him  Be FIRED as he used to say on his Apprentice TV Show.

Enjoy the remainder of your week and please wear Red on Friday to show your support of our Troops, our Veterans and Military Families everywhere.

Nil Sine Labore


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