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The Quarterly

the Quarterly ... a proud tradition since 1933

Spring 2015, Vol. 80, No. 2


River of Red Flows Through St. Albert

By Brendan Cox and Mary Schlosser

A river of red ran down St. Albert’s Poirier Avenue as the regimental funeral procession accompanying Cst. David Wynn’s body made its way to Servus Credit Union Place on Jan. 26, 2015.

Also in the Quarterly's Spring issue:


Standing Shoulder to Shoulder

On Jan. 17, 2015, at a casino in St. Albert, Alta., Aux. Cst. Derek Bond was accompanying Cst. David Wynn on an alleged car theft call. While confronting the suspect, Aux. Cst. Bond, 49, was shot in the arm and torso and is now facing a long rehabilitation.

More than a Man in Scarlet

By Jodi Ann Eskritt, Curator

Visitors to the RCMP Heritage Centre in Regina often arrive at its doors with a very definite idea of the Mounted Police: crisp scarlet tunic, brown Strathcona boots polished to the highest sheen, Stetson hat, perhaps even a black horse and a lance with a red and white pennon to complete the picture.

RCMP Land Transportation Fleet

As Canada has evolved, so too has the ways in which the RCMP polices the nation’s borders.

Mountie Magazines

By D/Commr. Peter German (Rtd.)

Long before the RCMP Quarterly began publication in 1933, a magazine with a much larger format had been regaling its readers with stories from the already rich history of the Force.

Road to 2017

By Robert A. MacLeod

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Sir John A. Macdonald’s birth.

How We Earned Our Spurs

By S/Sgt. Daniel B. Lemieux (Rtd.)

Until 1965, every recruit had to learn to ride a horse.

To read more, obtain a Spring 2015 issue of the Quarterly by calling 1-877-215-3469 or e-mail quarterly@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.



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What is the Quarterly?

Published since 1933, The Quarterly is the official magazine of the RCMP Veterans' Association. Its origin stems from the activities and accomplishments of the Force which have and continue to be inextricably interwoven with the development of Canada. Since its early beginnings and even today, the Quarterly is intended to display the wealth of tradition, history and stories of the RCMP.

In October 1999, the RCMP Veterans' Association assumed publication of the Quarterly from the Force to ensure its continued success and enjoyment by all readers. Now more than ever, the Veterans' Association recognizes the importance of communication. The Quarterly offers the RCMP, its current and former members and interested contributors a chance to keep in touch and to share information on programs, events and stories.

Who reads the Quarterly?

With over 12,000 subscribers, the Quarterly's readership is comprised of current and former RCMP members and employees as well as various educational institutions, law enforcement and government agencies, libraries and historical societies as well as the general public. The Quarterly is often one of the only sources of reference regarding RCMP history available to these groups.

Quarterly subscribers are not only Canadian but international as well, whose only connection with the Force is a deep-rooting respect and admiration for the RCMP and everything on which it stands. Quarterly subscribers, be they individuals or agencies, are proud of their association with the RCMP.

The Quarterly has long enjoyed its international reputation for excellence and is considered by many to be in the same league as other prestigious law enforcement publications like Policelife (Australia), The Outpost (Zambia), The OPP Review (Ontario Provincial Police; www.gov.on.ca/OPP), Legion magazine (www.legionmagazine.com), Centinelas (Argentina; www.gendarmeria.gov.ar) as well as historical magazines like The Beaver (Hudson's Bay Company; www.beavermagazine.ca and Montana (Montana Historical Society; www.montanahistoricalsociety.com.

What makes the Quarterly so appealing?

  • Letters to the Editor allow readers to comment on articles and stories or ask questions.
  • Editor's Notes publicize upcoming activities and events.
    Articles cover events of interest, innovative community policing programs and collaborations with other law enforcement agencies, new police technologies, RCMP history and traditions. Humorous articles, stories and light-hearted vignettes are regularly included.
  • Scarlet & Gold™ features news, events and information specifically for RCMP veterans.
  • Divisional Dispatches feature RCMP members and employees involved in local, national and international community policing initiatives, fundraisers and competitions. Dispatches also contain the latest births and marriages, write-ups about new and retiring members, troop reunions, achievement recognition and awards across Canada.
  • Book News & Reviews on publications with a significant connection to the RCMP or of sufficient interest to a broad cross-section of its readership are also published.
  • Graduating troop photos, academic achievements, promotions, retirements, obituaries and, occasionally, In Memoriam for members killed in the line of duty are also included.

Note: The Quarterly is published separately in English and French. The publications are a mirror image of one another.

How can I submit an article to the Quarterly?

Because the Quarterly is published four times per year (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall), submissions deadlines and print runs are established and on-going. Delivery dates are flexible and negotiable, as long as the magazine is published in the corresponding season (i.e. Winter issue out in the winter months).

Submission Deadlines:

  • mid-November (Winter issue)
  • mid-February (Spring issue)
  • mid-May (Summer issue)
  • mid-August (Fall issue)

The Quarterly welcomes manuscripts, letters, photographs and news on RCMP and RCMP Veterans' Association related subjects in either official language. Text should be simply formatted and saved electronically (e.g. WordPerfect or Microsoft Word) . Where possible, a hard copy version should also accompany the submission. Submissions will also be accepted as hard copy only, typed double-spaced on one side of the page. Any material accepted is subject to revision and editing at our discretion.

If you have questions regarding submissions for the Quarterly, please contact the editor, Tanya Baglole, by telephone at  613-993-3780, fax 613-993-4353, or via e-mail at thequarterlyeditor@gmail.com

Submissions can be mailed to the following address:
the Quarterly
Attn.: Editor
RCMP Veterans' Association
Canadian Police College, Box 8900,
Ottawa (Ontario) K1G 3J2

How can I advertise in the Quarterly?

The Quarterly is now selling selected advertising throughout the publication. If you are interested in advertising in the publication contact Christine Dodd, by telephone at 306-352-9125 or by fax 306-757-7087.

How can I subscribe to the Quarterly?

To subscribe to the Quarterly , fill out the Subscription Application form that is printed on the last page of the Quarterly. The application form allows for you to subscribe to either an English or French version of the Quarterly. Payment can be made by credit card ( Visa only) or you can make your cheque or money order payable to the Quarterly and send it to the RCMP Veterans' Association, Attn.: the Quarterly, Canadian Police College, Box 8900, Ottawa (Ontario) K1G 3J2

If a Subscription Application is unavailable, please call us at 613-993-3738 or fax us at  613-993-4353. We'd be happy to send you one! Gift subscriptions for family members, neighbours, business affiliates or colleagues in other police forces who are interested in the RCMP can also be purchased.

As another option, serving RCMP members and pensioners can request that their Quarterly payments be automatically deducted from their RCMP pay or pension. For more information, contact Chantal Renaud, the Quarterly's Circulation Manager, at 613-993-3738       .

Subscription rates (taxes included)

Note: All rates quoted are in Canadian funds. Maximum allowable subscription renewal is two years. Taxes as well as shipping and handling costs are included in the subscription rates listed.

Note: New subscription rates effective February 1st, 2012.

Canadian destinations

  • $40.00 per year (includes taxes)

United States destinations

  • $48.00 per year (Canadian funds)

Foreign destinations

  • $54.00 per year (Canadian funds)

To obtain extra copies or back issues of the Quarterly , contact us by telephone at 613-993-3738, fax 613-993-4353, or write to the Quarterly, Canadian Police College, Box 8900, Ottawa (Ontario) K1G 3J2 Back issues and extra copies cost $10.00 each (taxes included). Please note that issues published prior to the Fall 2002 issue now cost $35.00 each (taxes included), due to their limited availability.

What are readers saying about the Quarterly?

"While on mission with UNCIVPOL in Haiti, we received several copies of the Quarterly. I must admit that in the past, I usually quickly leafed through the magazine. Perhaps it's the distance from home, family and friends, but this time I read the Quarterly from cover to cover, discovering news from old friends and troop mates as well as numerous interesting articles and stories about the Force."

"In reading your latest issue of the Quarterly, I was impressed with the scope of RCMP duties, as well as by its innovative approach to community policing. Your magazine is an excellent educational tool for my 20-year-old daughter as well as my son, both of whom are involved in the Explorer Program. Thank you for expanding my children's minds." [Gonic, New Hampshire]

"The last issue of the Quarterly has just arrived and I am happy to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading every single copy, since its inception in 1933. I think it is very helpful that the general public has access to information on the functions of the RCMP through a medium such as your magazine, in that it helps foster more favourable relations. The police are only as effective as the public can make them, therefore, good relations are essential. The Quarterly fulfils that requirement admirably." [Edmonton, Alberta]


The Quarterly

Canadian Police College
Box 8900, E Bldg. Room 205
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 3J2

Editor Tanya BAGLOLE
Office Phone: 1 613 993-3780
Office Fax: 1 613 993-4353
e-mail: thequarterlyeditor@gmail.com
Circulation Manager & Scribe Chantal RENAUD
Office Phone: 1 613 993-3738
Office Fax: 1 613 993-4353
e-mail chantal.renaud@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Chair Board of Trustees

Home: (613) 241-2564
Cell: (613) 296-9175
e-mail: ajrivard@sympatico.ca


Home (613) 824-7393
e-mail: tjabernethy@rogers.com

Advertising Manager

Christine DODD
Regina, Saskatchewan
Phone: 1 306 352-9125 or (306) 596-1205
e-mail: chrisdodd@accesscomm.ca 

Translator Home Diane COUTURIER
Phone (514) 766-4979


The Quarterly Editorial Management Board


Insp. T. J. (Tom) Abernethy (Rtd,) (Treasurer) (TRUSTEE)
email: tjabernethy@rogers.com

Insp. Peter F. Austin (Rtd.) (TRUSTEE)
email: paaustin@rogers.com

Tanya Baglole: Editor
Office: (613) 993-3780; Fax: (613) 993-4353; email: thequarterlyeditor@gmail.com

S/Sgt Jack Briscoe (Rtd.)
RCMP Veterans’ Association Executive Director
Office: (613) 993-8633; Email:Jack.Briscoe@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

S/Sgt. Michael Duncan (Rtd.) (TRUSTEE)
Assistant Director, Compliance Program, Bank of Canada
email: mduncan@bankofcanada.ca

Al Rivard, Chair (Chair – Board of Trustees)
Home: (613) 241-2564 Cell: (613) 296-9175 ajrivard@sympatico.ca

Sergeant Major Debbie Reitenbach
A/Director Strategic Partnerships & Heritage
Work: 613-843-4497; Fax:  613-825-6975 Debbie.Reitenbach@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Nancy Sample
Director, Creative Services and Publications
Office: (613)843-4565 Nancy.Sample@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

D/Commr Peter German (Rtd.) (TRUSTEE) * Not a member of the QEMB
email: peter.german@shaw.ca


Advisors to the Board

Dr. Bill Beahen (Rtd) (Emeritus)
email: billbeahen@rogers.com

C/Supt. Dale Sheehan

Cal Small, Past Chair

Office and Support

Christine Dodd - Advertising Manager
Office (306) 352-9125/(306)596-1205 chrisdodd@accesscomm.ca

Chantal Renaud, Circulation Manager and Scribe
Office:(613) 993-3738 , chantal.renaud@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Benoit Garceau, National office
Phone: (613) 993-5578 e-mail: rcmp.vetst@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Revised : 20 nov. 2013