Petawawa

OPP In Standoff With Armed Man

CBC | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada

Ontario Provincial Police have cordoned off a residential neighbourhood in Petawawa and deployed the force's tactical response unit as part of a...

Canadian Forces Arrest 2 Over B.C. Woman's Facebook Complaints

CBC | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Canadian military police have arrested two members of the Canadian Forces based in Petawawa, Ont., for alleged inappropriate Facebook activity. The ...

This Remembrance Day, Let's REALLY Appreciate Our Troops

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 12.27.2011 | Canada Politics
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

There's the apocryphal story in the United States that if a soldier says he's a soldier at a bar, he won't be able to buy himself a drink for the rest of the night. It's time that we bring this type of appreciation back to Canada.

Basic Training III: On the Assault

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 12.26.2011 | Canada Politics
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

"A lot of people don't know what goes on in the woodwork of the Forces," the Corporal tells me. "In a sense, it's good that Afghanistan happened; it allowed us to show Canadians what we do, and what their taxes are paying for. And usually, if there's a sense of animosity against the army, it's because a lot of people don't know much about us."

Basic Training II: Into Combat

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 12.25.2011 | Canada Politics
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

My heart begins to pound as I see the green sign of the beach. I see other rafts ahead and can't be sure if the troops are fast-casting off them yet until I see their bodies make small, white explosions into the water. The driver yells "Go!" and the two men behind me somersault into the water with a crash.

Welcome to Basic Training, Private

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 12.23.2011 | Canada Politics
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

The captain leads me through the base to pick up my kevlar vest and helmet. The officer sitting at reception's eyes grow wide at seeing my camera dangling around my neck. Understandably, the Forces are sometimes wary of the press. Minutes later, I don not the uniform of the Canadian soldiers, but rather the one they use during exercises for "enemy" troops.