Billy Bishop – Let’s have a proper introduction…

I've been meaning to do this for a bit.  In Douglas Bland's Uprising, General Andrew Bishop is named after (and in story he's the descendent of) the real life William Avery "Billy" Bishop, who was a Canada's top Ace pilot during the First World War, and was a General training new pilots within the British … Continue reading Billy Bishop – Let’s have a proper introduction…

Leadership(?) – NTM/NMB/NLT and why timing is everything

I got some mixed feelings about the classic war movies like 'The Longest Day' or 'A Bridge Too Far.'  Sometimes they capture the spirit of the age in a way we don't always manage in modern films, but other times they get uncomfortably sentimental or melodramatic (and in the case of wars featuring the Japanese, more … Continue reading Leadership(?) – NTM/NMB/NLT and why timing is everything

Supplemental Reading – In Peace, Prepared

Andrew B. Godefroy's history 'In Peace Prepared: Innovation and Adaption in Canada's Cold War Army' traces the history of Canada's post-Second World War military.  This was a remarkable decade, where Canada emerged from the War with a huge army and a wealth of experience, demobilized to almost nothing, then rebuilt within the span of a decade.  All the … Continue reading Supplemental Reading – In Peace, Prepared

Residential Schools & the Sixties Scoop – Some Basic History

A Note Before We Begin: ***I realized a little while back that I was going to have to set down some of the basics about the Residential School System in Canada, and I'm kind of freaked out by the prospect.  The issue here is - like I've said many times before - I'm not Indigenous.  … Continue reading Residential Schools & the Sixties Scoop – Some Basic History