Reading the Ottawa Citizen headline, one cannot help but think a Mr. Don Cherry, ornery geezer and politically partisan celebrity hockey commentator, not a member of the Canadian Forces and legally recognised combatant, was permitted to fire the gun on an authentic fire mission intended to kill people. Clarification on this latest hobby war fuckery is absolutely necessary.
UPDATE, 0dark30h, Monday: via Moon Rattled comments, Don Cherry responds in confirmation to my question:
@MyPetGloat They sure did!!! It was a blast..Ha get it now put that in yur peacepipe and smoke itYet, in the Natty Po, Doug Schmidt ambiguously states that Donald fired an "explosive-laden training round." As I mentioned in the comments, the statement could mean a number of things. Cherry might have fired a training round, which are low explosive or inert rounds that mimic the ballistic properties of war rounds but save on cost. It could also mean he fired a live 155mm high explosive, illumination, smoke, or some fancier ammo on on a designated training range (eg under NATO control, no Taliban). Or, if Cherry read my post accurately, he is confirming (or lying) that he was allowed to fire a war shot on a combat fire mission.