Important Notice on COVID-19

The following notice was posted by the City of Burlington on March 11, 2020

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City of Burlington monitoring COVID-19 and taking action to help protect staff and residents

Further to Halton Region Public Health’s update today on the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Halton region, the City of Burlington continues to monitor our own operations daily.  This is the 41st COVID-19 case confirmed in Ontario. The City is actively increasing the cleaning and disinfecting of common contact points in City facilities and vehicles.
Upcoming decisions about City programs and meetings as well as events at our facilities and public spaces will be made based on the most up-to-date information and advice from our healthcare partners.  The health and well-being of our staff and community is the top priority for everyone at the City of Burlington.
Actions taken to date by the City of Burlington
  • City resources are being allocated to increase cleaning and disinfecting, with specific focus on high-traffic touch points.  This will include increasing the cleaning and disinfection of common contact points such as door handles, customer service counters, elevator buttons and handrails, water filling stations, meeting rooms, lunchrooms, POS machines, vehicle steering wheels, door handles, etc.
  • The City is increasing Healthy Hands stations (alcohol-based hand sanitizers) in our facilities
  • As is normal practice, disinfectant wipes are available for Transit operators to clean the driver’s area on the bus they are assigned to. Additional cleaning and disinfecting strategies are being considered.
  • Information posters will be up in City facilities to inform both the public and our staff about steps to take to reduce the likelihood of virus transmission.
  • A rapid response team has been created at the Citythat includes staff from across the organization.  The Team’s purpose is to review the latest information received from provincial, regional and public health sources and advise on appropriate actions needed related to City activities.
  • After careful consideration, Burlington’s Teen Tour Band nine-day trip to Myrtle Beach for the Can-Am Days parades and concerts has been cancelled. The bus trip to Myrtle Beach would have taken the band through at least 2 states that have currently declared states of emergencies in order to deal with COVID-19. The decision was made out of the abundance of caution to ensure the safety of band members, volunteers and staff based on the information we have at this time.
  • The City continues to investigate technology and best practices for cleaning and disinfecting.
  • City staff have been directed that all travel for conferences and other work-related trips for out of country that have already been booked should be cancelled.
  • City staff have been directed to hold on booking any out of province travel for work.
  • City staff continue to be advised to stay home if feeling sick.
The best way residents can prevent the spread of respiratory viruses including COVID-19:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into upper sleeve, not hand.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Residents can stay informed at as well as on our social media channels: @cityburlington on twitter and
Links and Resources
City of Burlington:
Halton Region:
Government of Ontario:
Government of Canada:
World Health Organization:
City of Burlington Twitter: @cityburlington
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Fabric of War, Canadian Army Cloth Insignia c1900-1970

Written and complied by Bill Alexander.  Published by Friesen Press 2019
Hard cover, 513 pages, on gloss paper. Over 1000 images and tables.  Full colour images capture the true colours of the insignia. Retail price is $175.00 CAD Plus shipping.
Fabric of War is the first thoroughly researched and detailed history dealing with the Canadian army cloth shoulder titles as worn between 1900 and 1970.  Drawing on extensive archival material, the narrative presents a comprehensive examination of fabric titles, by era and type, with detailed descriptions of the badges adopted for wear and the manner in which they were worn.  Explored are the policies and practices for designing, manufacturing, and wearing the badges and the issues encountered with adopting the badges.  The text is profusely illustrated, with hundreds of colour images of the actual titles and contemporary photos of the insignia in wear.
Fabric of War is the essential reference for the history and development of Canadian shoulder titles, and a must have for collectors and historians of Canadian militaria.  (source: taken from the back cover of the dust jacket)

“The anticipated new BIBLE of shoulder flashes is now available!
Fabric of War, the most comprehensive book published on Canadian Army Cloth Insignia EVER!  This is a must have in the library of any collector of Canadian Cloth.”  Marway Militaria

Available from the following distributors:
The author, Bill Alexander, will have tables at the Ottawa Military Heritage Show on April 25, 2020 (details) and the CSMMI Annual Convention on June 19-20, 2020 in Burlington, ON, (details) and will have books available for sale and will gladly sign copies and answer any questions.  He will also take reservations to guarantee you a copy.  Contact Bill directly at
On-line and mail order:
Marway Militaria Inc., 
telephone: 1 204-775-7159

photos courtesy of Bill Alexander and Marway Militaria Inc.

USA Inherent Resolve Campaign Service Medal

Carter Announces Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal

By Jim Garamone  DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2016 — Service members who serve or have served in Iraq or Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve will receive the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced in Tampa, Florida, today.

Carter announced the new award during the U.S. Central Command change-of-command ceremony. Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III transferred the command’s flag to Army Gen. Joe Votel.


Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the creation of the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, March 30, 2016. DoD Illustration

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the creation of the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, March 30, 2016. DoD Illustration

“It is fitting then, that as we mark the change of command between these two leaders, that we introduce the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal,” Carter said. “I am pleased to announce today, by the president’s order and upon the chairman’s and my recommendation, that our sailors, soldiers, airmen, and Marines serving in Iraq and Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve are now eligible for this medal and distinction.”

Award Retroactive

The award is retroactive to June 15, 2014, and is for service members based in Iraq or Syria, those who flew missions over those countries, and those who served in contiguous waters for 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days, officials said.

The award distinctly recognizes service members battling terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria. Service members who were killed or were medically evacuated from those countries due to wounds or injuries immediately qualify for the award, as do members who engaged in combat.

Previously, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal recognized service in Iraq and Syria, and service members in neighboring countries such as Turkey will continue to receive that award.

The president establishes campaign medals for large-scale and long-duration combat actions or operations. Inherent Resolve meets the criteria, officials said. The entire operational area has been subject to lethal combat operations. U.S. forces are executing an extensive air campaign in the region. A U.S. division-plus force is providing command and control, intelligence, and other advisory services.

The award is separate from the Iraq Campaign Medal awarded for service during operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, officials said.

(Follow Jim Garamone on Twitter: @GaramoneDoDNews)

New Iraq, Syria medal features sword stabbing a scorpion

By Travis J. Tritten

Stars and Stripes
Published: March 31, 2016

The Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal depicts an armored hand thrusting a short sword or dagger through the head of a scorpion, its stinging tail curled as if striking. On the back an eagle perches atop a banner that reads “For Service.”

“The scorpion represents a predator arachnid that is often found in arid desert climates. The sword or dagger is a defensive weapon used to guard and protect from dangerous elements,” Pentagon spokesman Matthew Allen wrote in an email to Stars and Stripes. “When combining these two symbols into the design of a military campaign they represent the defense of freedom, liberty, and justice from those predators who infringe on these values consider sacred to a free and orderly society.”

Past medals awarded for service in Iraq and Afghanistan featured maps, eagles and Arab scimitars – symbols of solidarity and local national unity. But the brutality of the Islamic State has created new challenges. Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s go-to analogy for the group has been “parent tumor,” a term he coined at the beginning of the war – but not the kind of imagery that works on a medal.

credit: Wikipedia, the Free Encylopedia

According to the United States Army Institute of Heraldry's website, the medal's mailed fist and dagger represent "strength and courage in the defense of liberty and freedom". The scorpion being impaled was chosen because, "The scorpion, symbolic for treachery and destruction, is found on most major land masses."[4]

The center of the ribbon is orange in color, surrounded by tan and blue, deriving its hues from the Ishtar Gate and the color of Southwestern Eurasian topography,[5] which is primarily sand.[6]

credit: References (from Wikipedia)
  1. a b United States Army Institute of Heraldry (2016). "Ribbons--Order Of Precedence"The Institute of Heraldry. United States of America: United States Department of the Army. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  2.  a b United States Navy Personnel Command (2016). "Navy Awards Precedence Chart"United States Navy. United States of America: United States Department of the Navy. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  3. ^ Obama, Barack Hussein, II (30 March 2016). "Executive Order Establishing Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal"Office of the Press Secretary. Washington, D.C.: Executive Office of the President of the United States of America. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  4.  ^ "The New Anti-ISIS Medal: A Bit Too Crusadery?"The Atlantic. March 2016.
  5. ^ United States Army Institute of Heraldry (2016). "Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal"Campaign and Service Medals. United States of America: United States Department of the Army. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  6. ^ Gilkes, Paul (8 April 2016). "Inherent Resolve Campaign medal available to military service personnel"Coin World. p. 2. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  7.  ^ Garamone, Jim (30 March 2016). "Carter Announces Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal"DoD News. Washington, D.C.: Defense Media Activity. Retrieved 13 April 2016.