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Cafba News - Dec 2005
A Publication of the Canadian Air Force Brats Association
Where Being A Brat Is A Good Thing!
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In This Issue:

  1. Welcome Back
  2. Where To Begin
  3. Today's Quote - Yesterday's Saying
  4. Get Your Free Gift
  5. Cafba Website Updates
  6. What the BRAT's Are Saying!
  7. Remember When!
  8. Make A Brat Laugh
  9. A Brat's Quote
  10. The Brat's Hall of Fame
  11. The List of Brat Sites
  12. Advertise in this newsletter

  • Welcome Back

  • Welcome to this Dec 2005 15th edition of the Cafba News! Wishing You All A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    We hope you enjoy it!

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    A special welcome to all of the new subscribers. Thanks for subscribing to this free newsletter from www.cafba.ca. Please tell your friends about this newsletter.


    "Looking Back to Christmases Past"
    compiled by Bev Brendon

    As we come up to another Christmas season, CAFBA takes a look back at the Canadian Armed Forces Christmases over the past century.

    • 25 December, 1900
    • In South Africa, Canadian troops celebrate Christmas with a feast of turkey, beef, mushrooms and oranges. Generous portions of rum wash the meal down, and the evening ends with a dessert of flapjacks. Carols are then sung around a huge bonfire1 .

    • 24 December 1914
    • You are standing up to your knees in the slime of a waterlogged trench. It is the evening of 24 December 1914 and you are on the dreaded Western Front.

      Stooped over, you wade across to the firing step and take over the watch. Having exchanged pleasantries, your bleary-eyed and mud-spattered colleague shuffles off towards his dug out. Despite the horrors and the hardships, your morale is high and you believe that in the New Year the nation's army march towards a glorious victory.

      But for now you stamp your feet in a vain attempt to keep warm. All is quiet when jovial voices call out from both friendly and enemy trenches. Then the men from both sides start singing carols and songs. Next come requests not to fire, and soon the unthinkable happens: you start to see the shadowy shapes of soldiers gathering together in no-man's land laughing, joking and sharing gifts.

      Many have exchanged cigarettes, the lit ends of which burn brightly in the inky darkness. Plucking up your courage, you haul yourself up and out of the trench and walk towards the foe...7

    • 25 December, 1941
    • A sad Christmas for the garrison at Hong Kong which surrenders to Japanese forces after a week of fighting. Canadians have lost almost 800 men and 1200 are marched into prisoner-of-war camps, where they will face four years of brutal treatment, meager rations and disease.2

    • December, 1944
    • Winston Churchill called it "The Greatest Battle of World War II" and he was probably right. "The Battle of the Bulge" was the last great effort by Hitler's war machine to stop the Allied advance into the Fatherland and push them back to the sea. Just a few days before Christmas, 1944, in the American Sector of the Ardennes Forest, the Nazi Army launched its attack. It was one of the coldest winters on record. Snow was two feet deep with drifts five feet deep. The ensuing weeks were among the deadliest of the entire war for both sides. Over a million soldiers were engaged on both sides. Six hundred thousand were Americans and 55,000 British. The German Army fielded 500,000 troops. The Allies and the Germans each suffered about 81,000 casualties. Raymond S. Buch, a veteran of the battle, and a sergeant with the Army Engineers of the 11th Armored Division, recalls the concern. If the Germans broke through their lines, the Allies would be pushed back to the sea. "Not until December 30 did we start to push them back, and to celebrate New Years Eve, American Forces fired all the artillery pieces at once. The combined muzzle flashes reflecting off the sky made the snowscape as bright as day".

    • 31 December, 1951
    • …and on the Pacific Coast, the Governor General bade farewell to a contingent of Canadian troops bound for Korea. "We are very proud of you who have volunteered to carry the Canadian flag into action, in defense of our way of life. Now, you have the proud privilege and opportunity of showing to the world what it means to be a Canadian. Good luck boys, and Godspeed you in these great days that lie ahead of us." 3

    • 16 December, 1998
    • Under Operation Recuperation, over 14,000 soldiers rushed to assist those stranded in the cold and darkness after eastern Ontario and western Quebec were hit by a thick blanket of ice, delivered by a relentless storm. In Canada's worst storm, the world witnessed the best in our Armed Forces.

      More recently….our soldiers brought assistance to (victims of) Hurricane Mitch which tore through Central America and left behind thousands of broken lives…whether they are working as peacekeepers in the Balkans, transporting Honduran doctors to remote mountain villages, or delivering generators in Iberville, Quebec, the members of the Canadian Forces are welcomed throughout the world. I want you to know that my gratitude and admiration are with you this Christmas and all year round. 4

    • December 1999
    • "Under a scenario known as Operation Abacus, defense troops may be called upon to provide humanitarian aid and guard Canada's critical infrastructure in the wake of a Y2K-related disaster, such as a power blackout. In the short term, the military will seek commitments from local reserves to guarantee a timely response to whatever calamities may occur when computer clocks roll over to the year 2000. The nation's defense department is also considering the stockpiling of food and generators." 5

    • Christmas, 2001
    • "Our Christmas got cancelled and today is a regular work day, we have overcome and made the best of it. I must admit the church service was amazing. Our padre is a great guy. Many men had tears in their eyes at the end of the service and everyone shook hands and hugged like one big happy family. "It is a day I know I'll never forget." 6

    • Christmas, 2005 "The Year Of The Vet"
    • Let us not forget all those servicemen and ladies who are stationed away from their families in far away places like: Afghanistan,

    1. http://www.warmuseum.ca "Today In History"

    2. http://www.warmuseum.ca, Today In History".

    3. CBC Archives, Broadcast Date: December 31, 1951

    4. Excerpt from the text of the Christmas message from His Excellency, The Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, to members of the Canadian Forces personnel, December, 1998

    5. "The Year 2000 Problem", Globe and Mail, Toronto, Tuesday, October 27, 1998

    6. E-mail from Canadian Forces soldier Sean Spurvey to his family, Christmas Eve, 2001, stationed on the HMCS Preserver in the Arabian Gulf

    7. The Christmas Truce Contributed by Simon Rees on FirstWorldWar.com at http://www.firstworldwar.com/features/christmastruce.htm


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    Where to begin!

    This is your newsletter - If you have a comment - let's hear it!

    Should we be going to the polls again when it appears it will only result in yet another minority government?

    Does the Canadian Military have what it takes to get the job done?

    Will the announced replacement aircraft finally be purchased or simply die on the order paper with the disolution of the Parliament?


    Today's quotation:

    "The obligation to endure gives us the right to know." - Jean Rostand
    (ed. I wonder if the Politicians know this?)

    Yesterday's saying:

    "Always put off until tomorrow what you shouldn't do at all "

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    Cafba Website Updates

  • The Main Page!

    The left hand side navigation bar has the "new Phorum" that can be accessed under "Click Here - Enter My Forum!" Stop on by and leave your two cents worth.

    The main entry page at www.cafba.ca should be where all your searches of the cafba web site start.

    It will always contain the latest polls ( get your vote in!); a place to subscribe to the newsletter; the most up to date links to the rest of the site; as well as a cartoon or joke to put a smile on your face.

    It will occasionally have some comment and of course it will always have links to our sponsors, as it is they that help keep the site free!

    So start all of your visits to the cafba web site here www.cafba.ca

  • Cafba Celebrations

    • 01 Dec 2005 fifthteenth Cafba Newsletter issued

    • Birthdays in Dec - Happy Birthday Y'All
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      Birthdate Last Name First Name
      01-Dec Wilson Heather
      03-Dec Gullason Paula
      03-Dec Short Bill
      05-Dec Bilick Michael
      08-Dec Cale Susan
      09-Dec Heitbohmer Heidi
      10-Dec Mcallister James
      11-Dec Gallant Merie
      11-Dec Goodbody Glenn
      11-Dec Harris Queenie
      12-Dec Garland Patti
      13-Dec Jensen Krista
      14-Dec Durdin Lorelei
      15-Dec Henry Larry
      16-Dec Yanicki Margaret
      18-Dec Meade Michel
      19-Dec Mason Ron
      21-Dec Lawson William (Bill)
      24-Dec McBeth David
      26-Dec Campbell Christina
      26-Dec Taylor Michael
      27-Dec Yule Don
      28-Dec Pope Joanne
      29-Dec Haycock Rose
      30-Dec Alley Richard
      30-Dec Hogue Donna
      30-Dec Sullivan Richard

    For those people whose names do not appear but who are also celebrating a B'Day this month, We wish you a Happy Birthday as well. We have only been asking for this data for a short time and not everyone wants it known. If you want yours added, send me a note.

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  • Newsletter Information
  • This is the 15th edition of the cafba newsletter and it just keeps getting better, thanks to you!

    Thanks to all of the new subscribers. If you have signed up but don't receive notification about the newsletter, perhaps you didn't confirm your email address at the time of subscribing. You will receive a confirmation email that must be replied to before your subscription is complete. The newsletter signup is separate from being a registered cafba member! This allows those "other" BRATS who don't get a newsletter from their service to be able to belong to a community.

    To ensure you receive notification of the newsletter being published, please add the two following email addresses to your contact list, sometimes known as the "white list". I will use both of these addresses for the newsletter and by placing them in your contact list, it will prevent the notices from being sent to your "spam folder"

    Some navigation features have been added to this newsletter. Each section now provides the ability to return to the top of the page without having to scroll all the way. Just click on the word top found at the end of each section of the newsletter.

    More and more mail servers are blocking attachments to emails or are scanning for known s*p*a*m words. We have experienced delivery problems to AOL, specifically and some free email address sites such as hotmail, netscape or yahoo.

    So to avoid these delivery problems you will only receive a text message to let you know the newsletter has been published and where to find it.

    Did you miss out on the previous newsletters?

    They are now archived at http://grahamlange.homelinux.com/cafba/newsletter/newsletters.html

    Do you need a text only version of the newsletter?

    Please share this copy with your friends. If they would like their own copy delivered to their inbox send them here.

  • Cafba Memberships
  • As of publication of this newsletter we have over 11,331 names in the database. Are you registered? Go here and register your details now so you can be included in the website.

    All registrations for November 2005 have been added to the web site. We still have a backlog of registrations that I am endeavouring to get to. Unfortunately, just not enough spare time anymore. Please be patient.

    A listing of the latest new members can be found here: http://grahamlange.homelinux.com/cafba/members/newest/newest.html.


    I do appreciate the patience of those who have yet to be updated. Your details will eventually get on the web site!

  • Your Opinion Counts!
  • Nov Poll results:

    The Nov 2005 poll, found on the main page of the cafba site, asked the question:

  • Is Remembrance day still worth celebrating?

  • Wow what a response! Thanks to everyone who cast their vote.

    • Total of 59 votes were cast. The most votes registered ever! Up from Sep's 22 votes and a long way, in fact more than double from the previous July record of 25 votes! To those who took the time to vote....Thanks for participating. Here are the results of the Nov poll.

      • Yes 59 of 59 votes for 100.00%
      • No 0 of 59 votes for .00%

      • Total Votes cast: 59

      It was very nice to see that everyone still thinks that Remembrance Day is still worth celebrating. The services at Ottawa had over 25,000 people attend. A substantial increase over previous years. A lot of "younger" people were in the crowd as well.

    A new poll was started as of 01 Dec 2005.

    Here is the new poll question: Does your house believe in Santa Claus?

    Get your vote in. Go to www.cafba.ca and cast your vote from the navigation bar on the right side of the page.

    Have a question you would like surveyed? Email us with your question.

    If you haven't voted yet, please do so - your opinion counts!

    Watch for our next poll starting in Jan 2006.


  • Trivia
  • Here's 5 more from the Fab Four Quiz!

    • 16. What was the name of John Lennon's home in Liverpool?
    • 17. Which Beatle made the mistake of saying he liked jellybeans and was pelted with them the next time the Beatles performed?
    • 18. Which Beatle quit school?
    • 19. What was the year that John Lennon died?
    • 20. This great song won the beatles a Grammy? (one word)

    The last 5 Fab Four Questions next month!

    Answer's to last month's Fab Four Quiz!

    1. How many songs released from 1962-1970 are credited to Ringo?
    2. 2 : Don't Pass Me By and Octopusus's Garden

    3. What was John Lennon's middle name?
    4. Winston. (When he married Yoko Ono he changed it to Ono so that they could have 9 O's between them.)

    5. What is the longest recorded Beatle's song?
    6. "I want You (She's So Heavy")"

    7. Where were all four Beatle's born?
    8. Liverpool, England

    9. What was the name of the club in liverpool where Brian Epstein first saw and heard the Beatles?
    10. The Cavern

    Have you checked out the past trivia contest answers on the cafba website? Answers to the questions can be found at http://grahamlange.homelinux.com/cafba/trivia/trivia.htm

    Do you have a good trivia question? Send it in and we will use it in future contests.

  • Newsletter Trivia Question

  • This edition's trivia question:
    Well known Canadian Figures. Read the name and see if you remember what they were known for. Their occupations are listed on the right side of the table.

    • Lois Marshall
    • Joey Smallwood
    • Gordie Howe
    • Frederick Banting
    • Glen Gould
    • Ian and Sylvia
    • David Thompson
    • Robert Service
    • Samuel de Champlain
    • Joseph Howe
    • John Cabot
    • George Pidgeon
    • Pauline Johnston
    • Jacques Cartier
    • Egerton Ryerson
    • Exploration
    • Church
    • Politics
    • Sports
    • Music
    • Medicine
    • Music
    • Exploration
    • Poetry
    • Entertainment
    • Exploration
    • Poetry
    • Church
    • Politics
    • Exploration

    Answer in the next newsletter

    Answer to last newsletter's trivia question:

    Why is a Coca-Cola can red?

    Answer: The following is from The Coca-Cola Company:

    Almost from the beginning, the colors red and white have been used in visual advertising for Coca-Cola to dramatize the trademark. The earliest use of red in our advertising was by Atlanta drug stores selling Coca-Cola.

    They would hang a white oil cloth sign on the store front or awning with slogans printed in red that stated "Drink Coca-Cola, Delicious and Refreshing 5 cents" or "Coca-Cola Sold Here 5 cents."

    In 1890, the trademark "Coca-Cola" began to appear in red in newspapers. During the late 1920s, the trademark "Coca- Cola" was used in white on a "Standard Red" background.

    The color arrangement of red on white and white on red has been used alternately over the years. In 1970, the Dynamic Ribbon Device was introduced, and the "Standard Red" became brighter.

  • Upcoming Airshows
  • Can you believe it! The airshow season in Canada is almost over for another year!

    Been to an Air Show yet? Take any pictures you care to share?

    Check out upcoming airshows from the cafba website at http://grahamlange.homelinux.com/cafba/airshows/airshows.htm

    What do you remember the most about attending an air show when you were young? Check out these shows, they will bring back all those great memories.

    Know of a show that is not listed? Let me know so we can add it to the next newsletter


  • Upcoming Reunions
  • Planning a reunion is a tremendous job. My hat goes off to everyone who has participated in putting together a reunion.

    For those people who attended a reunion, please send your thanks to the organizing committees for a job well done. If you attended a reunion this summer why not share your pictures and memories with us.

    There are lots of reunions coming up with more planned for future years. If you know of one not listed please let me know so we can include it in the next newsletter.

    Upcoming Events and Reunions

    Mail us and let us know of any reunions you are aware of. We will post them here as well as link to any web pages.

    • Once again it's Photo Reunion Time! A new location for the Milfoto Reunion has been selected to take place in 8 Wing Trenton (the old CFB Trenton)

      . Mark your calendars now and reserve this weekend for a good time and get together with your fellow photographers. See the website at http://www.milfoto.ca/main_eng.html

    • June 30, July 1 & 2, 2006. Arthur Meighen High School's Homecoming and Farewell. AMHS and Portage Collegiate Institute are being amalgamated into one high school. PCI and Prince Charles School will be used as the new campus, while AMHS will become a middle school. Website with a downloadable registration form being completed. More details to follow. Contact Barb Galbraith for further information or check out the web site at http://www.plpsd.mb.ca/amhs/reunion

    • Brats from Ramstein Air Base in the early 60s are planning a reunion in the summer of 2006. More infor to follow as I get it.

    • July 6th - 8th / 2006 AFCENT (Brunsumm Holland)Winnipeg, MB, Canada 2006 AFCENT reunion. A Reunion for former personnel and their families and former teachers who have been stationed in AFCENT Holland from 1967 on. AFCENT (Brunsumm Holland) was home to a smaller group of Canadian Military personnel and their families. Our home base for the weekend is the Clarion Suites Hotel Winnipeg.If you know of anyone or if you can help in any way in our search for these people, please email me or drop by our web site at www.afcent.ca and leave us a message. Check out our great photos page. What a difference looking at the clothes of then from today. Dave Thompson - afcent@sympatico.ca
    • August 4th - 7th, 2006 Canadian Overseas Brats Reunion Association COBRA III - Calgary 2006 This reunion is for all "Brats" that lived Overseas. More information can be found at http://lahr.myevent.com/

    • 13 September 2006 ALL personnel and their dependants, military or civilian, who served on Starfighter bases during the 1961-1983 Starfighter years. An Alaska Cruise Reunion will depart from and return to Vancouver B.C. Click here for more information http://www3.telus.net/csacruise07/ or check out some additional information on the cafba web site at /cafba/events/starfighter/Starfighter.htm or contact Armin Karcher armincanada@aol.com or Jurgen Koenig, koenig.ZW@t-online.de for further details. We have negotiated a great payment plan with Sears Travel that allows you to book now with no payments due until after your return from the trip. Sears will also make a financial donation for each attendee to a non-profit trust fund to be used to support community project of your choice. See you on the boat!

    • September 15-17, 2006 for 1 Air Division HQ, Metz France. If you were a dependent or a teacher in Metz at anytime, join us in Vancouver, BC for a trip down nostalgia lane while renewing old friends and acqaintances. Website for more info http://www.metzbrats.ca or contact Ron Bauman at rbauman@telus.net for more information. Registration begins 15 Sep 2005.

    • September 15-17, 2006 To those of you that were ever at the #3(F)Wing,RCAF,Zweibrucken,Germany. There is a reunion planned for the "50th" anniversary of the Peter Cunningham Memorial Arena on the 3rd week-end in September of 06. There is a bistro also in the arena,called the "Flyers Bistro" as well there is a hudge German gasthaus along side the arena. Just thought that you'd be pleased to know..........Hank Siemens, RCAF ret.

    • newMay 04-05 2007 is the 50th anniversary of Rideau High School, Ottawa. A reunion is scheduled for past faculty and students. The event will include open house, dance and the 2007 annual golf tournament. Most of the kids from Rockcliffe Air Base went to this high school after it opened in 1957. For further information see http://rideauhigh.com/page8.html

    If you are on one of the upcoming reunion committees and want your reunion profiled, how about sending in some information about the event being planned? How many are you expecting? Where is the farthest BRAT coming from? What social events are planned? What accommodation has been arranged? Where can we register to attend? Is there a web site that we can refer to?

    If you have attended a reunion recently, why not let the other members know how it was. What were your experiences? Would you go back and do it again? Did you reunite with some old school chums? Was it all you expected it to be? Want to share some of your pictures? Write me with the details and we'll include them in the next newsletter.

    For additional details on any of these reunions, check out the reunions page: http://grahamlange.homelinux.com/cafba/events/upcoming.htm on the cafba website!

    If your reunion isn't listed, email me and we'll put it in the next newsletter as well as adding it to our site.

  • Cafba Website Navigation
  • Did you know!

    We have changed servers again and there is a small change in the url addresses for the site. If you are getting "404 error messages" that state the web page is unavailable, it is likely that you are trying to access an old cached record. The new server DOES NOT have /cafba in the url address on any page. It is simply "/cafba..." The "/ca.." division has been dropped. As alwyas the main page is the best place to access all of the cafba pages from. The main page is always current.

    We have alphabetized and updated (as of 01 Dec 2005) the "How To Contact A Brat" links on the cafba links page at http://grahamlange.homelinux.com/cafba/links/links.htm

    We have a new navigation bar down the left and right side of the main cafba page at www.cafba.ca

    Would you like a search facility on the site?

    Do you have a product or service that you can offer all Brats?

    Do you have a suggestion on how we can improve the site? Please let us know!

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  • Base Updates
  • Check out the additional base pictures that have been added for Centralia Can you name the kids in the grade 5 class? Many thanks to BRAT Dave Truemner for these terrific additions to the site.

    Check out all the base pictures at http://grahamlange.homelinux.com/cafba/bases/basepics.html

    Have a picture to share? Email me to arrange transfer

    I know that lots of people have been exploring their past recently and have made visits to the bases where we used to live.

    Not all of us have the luxury of being able to travel back to our past but we all wonder what it is like today!

    Why not share your visit for all to read by writing a review for the cafba news. Let us know what has changed, how you felt, share some memories or even pictures

    For a great collection of base pictures check out Tom Straub's Photo Albums

  • Base Recollections:
    • "Barker Public is now a Reme school for the military. I was in kindergarden there as my class was in the far right corner (Ms Archie) and my brothers grade 7 class across the hallway. Borden is about in the best shape of any of the bases i have lived on as most of the teaching schools for the military are still there...mind you Southport finally put some siding on the old metal houses."
    • Check out the base pictures page and see you can recognize the base posted on the where is it page.
      Go here http://grahamlange.homelinux.com/cafba/bases/pictures/whereisit/whereisit.htm

    What can you remember? Send in your recollections for the next newsletter.

    Do you have a fond memory of your base? Send it in and let others share in those memories!

  • A Cafba Recommended website
  • CARP - Canada's Association For The 50 Plus!

    Carp Action Online, News, Information and Ideas You Can Use!

    CARP has three purposes

    • "CARP takes on issues that impact your life, from pension reform to healthcare to affordable housing protection."
    • "Get preferred rates and discounts on everything from travel to products and services to insurance."
    • Receive relevant information on topics that are important to you through our exclusive 50Plus magazine, newsletters & special reports."

    Their most recent issue, Volume 1, Issue 3, was brought to my attention by my brother, Mel. It is entirely devoted to Income Trusts and the current government plans to tax them.

    Realizing that not all BRATS may be interesetd in this topic today (yes our database is getting younger) it is an important topic for anyone 50 + and who has investments in Income Trusts.

    Check out what is being planned (you won't like it) at http://www.imakenews.com/carp/

    I encourage you to participate in their on line polls. Express your opinions! Don't keep them to yourself. Share them and tell the Federal Government what you think about their plans for Income Trusts.

    As indicated on the CARP website, only 100,000 votes can make a difference in who makes the rules after the next election.

    BRATS can be part of making that difference. It is time to speak out NOW!

    Are you interested in listing your site on the cafba web site? Simply email us the link to your site and provide a brief description of its contents and why you made it.

    You could be our next cafba recommended web site!

    To have your site profiled in this newsletter, contact the webmaster@cafba.ca

  • Found on the Cafba Forum
  • Entries to the forum are down substantially over previous months. I believe it is because I have added a password control to access the forum. The current password is airforcebrat All one word. All small letters. This password will be changed from time to time and the new password will be announced here in the monthly newsletter

    The password was added due to inappropriate comments and topics being left by outsiders. I apologize if you think the password is going to far.

    Following are just some of the comments found on the forum recently

    • "I posted this on the old bulletin board got no results but I keep looking for my old High School friend Bryan Howarth from 73-75 in Cold Lake. His family moved to Stoney Creek in Hamilton after school and I lost touch. He also had a sister named Sandi....still searching............oh and my e-mail addy is changed to cgkenny@shaw.ca Email: cgkenny@shaw.ca"
    • Who else besides Kath participated in the Jingle Bell Run?
    • Check out the new forum that can be reached from the main web page under "My Phorum - Click Here" on the left hand navigation bar. Let's hear what is on your mind. Remember the password to access the forum is airforcebrat
  • Found on the can.military-brats newsgroup
    • "Canadian Military personnel have spent many Christmases away from their families as they serve their Country and provide protection, relief and assistance to others. Where will they be this Christmas?"
    • "Component 7"? There is speculation from one of the photographers that this is where the bad brats are sent. (ed. It is noted that Component 7 was found on the Army bases only? Is this even more evidence that "Blue Rules?")
    • On attending the company Christmas Party.."A suite set up with all kinds of booze for before and after. Professional photographers taking lots of pictures"...(ed. Good way to keep the party people in line. Document the evidence)
    • here is a good idea for your next Christmas Party..."Their was an auction to see whose table would dine first. 330 dollars went to the empty stocking xmas fund. Same guy bid high last year at 300. dollars."
    • Stacey Douglas is doing research for her PhD in the Department of History at McGill University. "In general, I'm studying why and how the Department of National Defence created the idea of the 'military family'. I'm in the Ottawa area and would like to interview people who lived on bases between the years 1945-1965, in Canada and abroad. ... I have a few specific questions for people but I'd also like to hear more about personal experiences." (ed. to participate in Stacey's research see her entry in the newsgroup)
  • Brat Chat Musings
  • Link to the Brat Chat here http://ca.geocities.com/canbrat@rogers.com/
    This is not the newsgroup which is found at http://groups-beta.google.com/group/can.military-brats but instead is the live chat room for Brats. Both places are loads of fun and filled with Brats of all ages, descriptions and viewpoints.

    • Did Dora bring the goodies as promised?
    • has the wekly trivia online contest returned?
    • Is it true there is an all BRAT Christmas get together scheduled for this coming Saturday evening Dec 10th in Brat Chat?
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    Remember When!

    These are the laws of the natural universe:

    • Law of Mechanical Repair: After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch.
    • Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.
    • Law of the Telephone: When you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal.
    • Law of the Alibi: If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire.
    • Variation Law: If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will start to move faster than the one you are in now. (works every time)
    • Bath Theorem: When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.
    • Law of Close Encounters: The probability of meeting someone you know increases when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.
    • Law of the Result: When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will.
    • Law of Biomechanics: The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.
    • Theatre Rule: At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle arrive last.
    • Law of Coffee: As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.
    • Murphy's Law of Lockers: If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.
    • Law of Dirty Rugs/Carpets: The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich of landing face down on a floor covering are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet/rug.
    • Brown's Law: If the shoe fits, it's ugly.
    • Oliver's Law: A closed mouth gathers no feet.

    Do you have a true confession that you would like to share?

    Email us the story and we will include it in a future newsletter!

    Previous true confessions can be found here!

    Until next time! Be Good! But remember you are still a BRAT!

    Make A BRAT Laugh!

    Have a Joke to share? Send it in webmaster@cafba.ca


    A BRAT's Quote!
    Seen on the cafba forum :

    "Just dosen't look like there is enough support for an all brats get together as it looks like only 17-19 said yes out of roughly 400 people viewing my reunion idea (maybe to big a venture) ....anyways i thought i saw somebody out here saying they would do a North Bay reunion which sounds fun. Posted by Ken Parker "
    (ed. Wouldn't a Guiness record for holding the biggest BRAT reunion be a great achievement?)

    Find out why by logging onto the forum at cafba forum and checking out "Who wanted to do a North Bay Reunion?"


    A BRAT's Hall of Fame!

    Every group or organization has its Hall of Fame!

    Why not Bratdom?

    There are lots of Brats's who have achieved recognition in their community through competition or just plain participation.

    We proudly present cafba's sixth member to The Brat's Hall of Fame!

    Sue Skipton, a military brat and retired military personnel.

    Why was Sue chosen?

    Following is the content of an email she sent me.

    "I am writing you to inform you and your members of a very important sight.

    If any of you have siblings or parents or yourself, that were involved with any defoliant spraying there is a sight you might like to check out.


    This site might be a benefit to those involved , to let you and them know they are not alone. There are people working on this problem. Feel free to browse."

    (ed. For someone to take on the Federal Government and stand up for what they believe in deserves recognition, IMHO.)

    I realize that Sue is not the author of the web site but she is one of the many messengers that are trying to get the word out to all of the BRATS who could be affected.

    For this reason she is this month's member of the cafba Hall of Fame


  • Other Brat Sites
  • There are lots of sites dedicated to Bratdom. Cafba is just one of many!

    In this Dec 2005 issue we look at Agent Orange Alert At CFB Gagetown

    Direct from the website:

    "In May 2005 the Canadian media reported that Agent Orange was sprayed at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown New Brunswick in 1966 and 1967."

    "As I look back upon my family’s life I wonder how much of it has been affected by the spraying of herbicides sanctioned by the Department of National Defence."

    "It was interesting to note that according to the information package sent to me by the DND there were over 1.3 million litres of Agent Orange, Agent Purple and Agent White sprayed between the years of 1956 and 1984. There were many (at least 666) barrels merely buried after their use. A detriment to the environment I would think."

    "The purpose of this website is to be a reference to those involved, to those who care, to those who need to learn."

    "In the "Year of the Veteran" it is imperative that this government does what has been asked from the start of this story.....


    "I welcome all comments and information. Please contact me at webmaster@agentorangealert.com Art Connolly" www.agentorangealert.com"

    The following is a list of known brat related sites and can also be found on the cafba website at Cafba Links Page http://grahamlange.homelinux.com/cafba/links/links.htm

    next publication set for Jan 2006

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