At first, the shooting death of Master Corporal Jeffrey Walsh last summer in Afghanistan was deemed an accident. However, the Canadian Forces have recently charged Master Corporal Robbie Fraser with Walsh’s death. According to a spokesperson for the Canadian Forces, soldiers are trained to handle their weapons in a certain way, so there’s a standard of care expected of them. Even so, Dr. Rob Huebert, U of C political science professor and military expert, says he is shocked at the move, and can’t remember the last time such serious charges were laid. “Ultimately what it’s saying is that even though it is a war zone, these individuals are still held accountable for their actions,” Huebert told a CBC TV reporter.
Despite grocery store competition and staff shortages, the sales of Calgary Co-operative Association Ltd. grew to $884 million last year from $815.5 million in 2005. And the grocery chain’s membership grew from 405,000 in 2005 to just over 413,000 in 2006. This growth is impressive, says U of C marketing professor Dr. Lynne Ricker. “If you look at somebody like Co-op, they’re competing most closely with Safeway and Sobeys, not to mention other players like Superstore and Costco,” she said in a Calgary Herald story.