Sacred symbol presented to Borden / Présentation d’un symbole sacré à Borden

A sacred Indigenous symbol was presented at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden for the first time ever within the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). On Friday, 10 August, CFB Borden was honoured with an Eagle Staff, a traditional staff that symbolizes bravery, integrity and honour, created by members of the local Indigenous community and 3 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (3 CPRG). The Staff recognizes Indigenous members and veterans of the CAF, and is a great privilege to receive. “This Staff symbolizes bravery, integrity, strength of character and honour,” Base Commander, Colonel…

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Bringing their faces into the light / Mettons leur visage en lumière

On the 10th anniversary of national Peacekeepers’ Day, hundreds gathered at Peacekeepers’ Park in Angus to express their sincere gratitude and remembrance of Canadian Peacekeepers both past and present. ‘Bringing their faces into the light,’ a sentiment echoed multiple times by former peacekeeper, Bob George, vice-president for the Central Ontario chapter of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping, during the often-emotional event. This message was in reflection of the new banners that adorned the pathway in the park, each one depicting and honouring the soldiers who perished…

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Meeting Nijmegen’s guardians of memory / À la rencontre des gardiens de mémoire à Nimègue

“Those who are dead never left. The Dead are not under the earth. They are in the fading fire. They are in the weeping grasses. They are in the groaning rock. They are in the forest, they are in the home. The Dead are not dead.” These words from African poet Birago Diop encapsulates the feelings that arise in any Canadian soldier who visits the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in the Netherlands. The memory of our lost soldiers who rest in this part of the world that was liberated by…

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Major changes to the military justice system / Des changements importants au système de justice militaire

On September 1, 2018, sections of the Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act will come into force, introducing a number of substantial changes to the military justice system. Some of the more significant changes at the summary trial level include: • Authority for the presiding officer, when there is a finding of guilt, to direct an absolute discharge, order a suspended sentence or an intermittent sentence; • A 6-month limitation period within which a charge must be laid in order for it to proceed at summary trial;…

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Attention all non-military community members …our doors are open to you!

Did you know that CFB (Canadian Forces Base) Borden has a number of offerings for non-military community members as well as military members? Every week, the Citoyen Borden Citizen will be featuring one of the many offerings Borden has for the community-all are welcome on Base to enjoy these top-notch facilities and events. For information on all of the programs and facilities available to surrounding community members please visit www.CAFConnection.ca and select “Borden” at the top left under “location”. You will then be taken to a website page that lists…

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Borden Pride / Fierté Borden

Inclusiveness, equality and dignity-these were the principles that accompanied the third-annual raising of the Pride Flag at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden on Thursday, August 2. CFB Borden, along with 22 communities in Simcoe county-including all 16 municipalities are taking part in Fierté Simcoe Pride 2018-a festival that has been expanded to 14 days, July 30 to August 12. There will be 21 proclamations and 20 flag raisings of Fierté Simcoe Pride, including the event hosted at CFB Borden. “The flag raising is a symbol to all members of the…

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Blackdown battalion parade / Parade de bataillon de Blackdown

At Blackdown’s battalion parade this past Saturday, the special guest was the Reviewing Officer, Sir Thomas Colvin William Ingilby, 6th Baron of Ripley Castle and Harrington, who spent the morning at the training centre. Accompanying Sir Thomas was the Tewit Youth Band from the Harrogate District in the United Kingdom, who were in the area as a part of a cultural exchange between the City of Barrie and Harrogate in North Yorkshire, England.  In his remarks to the cadets, Sir Thomas spoke about his family’s history and their relationship to Sir…

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