Chris Shaw is a research scientist and professor with a primary interest in the origin of neurological diseases. He is also a political commentator, wannabe investigative journalist, social activist, Olympic gadfly, former reserve army officer, father of two, and author of the book Five Ring Circus: Myths and Realities of the Olympic Games.
It was well after midnight when we got off the yellow school buses and stepped into a field of thick Alberta mud. The sides of the large field kitchen tents nearby were billowing in the cold wind. Our kit had just been chucked to the ground from the buses, each item landing with a wet thump. Maple Defender, a week-long training exercise, was designed to give us a taste of the war in Afghanistan, as far “down in the weeds” as it was possible to get without actually being there.