Following on yesterday's post, this news release from DND http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=4880 says that Canadian Army Areas will be renamed as "Divisions". This is another step backwards. While the story claims that this is a "re-introduction" of the old divisional structure, it isn't really. The new, numbered divisions bear no relation to the 4 divisions of the WWI CEF or the 5 divisions of the WWII Canadian Army. Each of the wartime divisions had constituent units representing the whole country, the new divisions are completely regional. The new nomenclature also reduces clarity - the meaning of "Western Area" or "Maritime Area" is readily apparent to any Canadian; who will suspect that 3rd Division represents the West?
As for preserving or reintroducing historical units, here is an example of how it doesn't even do that: My former militia regiment is the Calgary Highlanders. The Highlanders perpetuate the 10th Battalion of the CEF, which was in the 1st Division. During the Second World War, the Calgary Highlanders were in the Second Division. The new renaming of Land Force Areas to Divisions places the Calgary Highlanders into the 3rd Division - so how is that a restoration of a historical unit?