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William Watson: On military spending, we are number one out of three!

For half a century, we haven’t really had to take these questions seriously. Now we do. let’s go

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We are very satisfied with our Ukrainian efforts, aren’t we? Our newscasts are full of stories of aid workers going there, church basements filling up with donated items, grandmothers making pierogis to raise funds (millions of pierogis, it must be now), our little gestures and ceremonies before hockey games, on billboards and so on. Our Parliament had its face-to-face with the world’s bravest leader, sandwiched between Westminster and the US Congress, and gave him a three-minute standing ovation before our own politicians rose to hurl judgmental ladles in return. It was a bigger ticket than when Nelson Mandela came to town. We felt good there, it could be seen on the faces of the people who were applauding.

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It’s all heartfelt (except maybe from the politicians) and touching and, in reaction to what’s happening, it’s much better than nothing. It is very good that, under the enamel of our sophistication, we can still be genuinely appalled by an aggressor ready to burn down a neighboring country to express the depth of his brotherly feelings.

But because there are broader interests at stake than just Ukraine and because over the years we have neglected our hard power, we are going to disappoint President Zelenskyy, as he surely understands. We will do anything to help Ukraine except what Ukraine wants and needs the most, which is for us — the West, not just Canada — to come and fight with them. We may be on Ukraine’s side, but we stand 7,000 kilometers apart.

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And here we are, in the accompanying chart, #103 in the CIA World Factbook ranking of countries by military spending as a percentage of GDP. We don’t even do double digits, the top 99.

Our official target is to spend 2% of GDP, but it has been many years since we got close to that. We like to tell ourselves that we punch above our weight. With a weight of 103, it’s not asking much.

That all this money is spent on the military, largely by very poor countries, is of course a tragic waste. Eritrea: 10% of GDP for its army. Venezuela: 5.2%. Jordan: 4.7%; Mali: 3.4%. You don’t need to know anything about Isaiah to think that swords should all be turned into plowshares and missiles and drones into CT scanners and 3D printers.

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But the world we live in – as opposed to the one we would like to live in or even, until three weeks ago, might have thought we were living in – requires this kind of spending. And in any country that has anything to do with NATO or Europe or also the periphery of China (for who knows which big country will go on a adventure next), the share of GDP spent on the military will increase .

Ukraine is still in play and will do so largely on its own. But NATO defenses must be bolstered and supplies must be sent to buffer states against which Russia has not yet moved but might be willing to.

Until three weeks ago, two percent of GDP seemed like an unattainable ceiling. It now seems one floor. We are currently 0.6% of GDP below. At the current rate of production, that’s just under $16 billion a year. This government has shown no reluctance to spend tens of billions of dollars. But the effect required now does not come from the announcement of new expenditure, but from the quality of its deployment over the next few years. The current government excels in announcements. The deployments disconcert him. Either that – or that – will have to change.

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What do we need? What do not do we need? More people to make everything work. And we must quickly develop a war ethic that treats arms acquisitions as military decisions, not as regional or industrial policy.

If you go to the websites of our armed forces, you see a lot of different types of equipment. The army, for example, points to a list of weapons: “Fire! Our soldiers use a range of modern weapons, from indirect fire weapons to small arms. On the main page, however, under ‘Features’, the first link is to ‘Inappropriate Sexual Behavior Resources’. It’s not immediately obvious what this string of words actually means – is this where you can get the resources to do this sort of thing? — but it turns out that’s where you can “learn more about sexual misconduct and how the Canadian Armed Forces addresses it.” One solution is to settle a $900 million sexual harassment class action lawsuit. Even with inflation, $900 million would have bought a lot of bullets.

The RCAF gear page actually lists the Sopwith Camel – but only among “historic aircraft.” But its active aircraft page doesn’t show how old each is, what percentage of the fleet can fly at any given time, and how each performs against peak opposition.

For half a century, we haven’t really had to take these questions seriously. Now we do. Let’s go.

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NATO chief advises Russia against attacking supply lines supporting Ukraine

The NATO Secretary General has warned that a Russian attack on the supply lines of allied countries supporting Ukraine with arms and ammunition would be a dangerous escalation of the war raging in Eastern Europe.

Jens Stoltenberg made the remarks Tuesday during an interview with CBC News as he, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the leaders of Spain and Latvia toured the NATO base and training range at Adazi , outside Riga, the Latvian capital.

“Allies are helping Ukraine uphold its right to self-defense, which is enshrined in the UN charter,” Stoltenberg said after meeting with Trudeau, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Latvian Prime Minister Arturs. Krišjānis Kariņš at Adazi base.

“Russia is the aggressor and Ukraine is defending itself. If there is an attack on a NATO country, a NATO territory, it will trigger Article 5.”

Article 5 is the self-defense clause of NATO’s founding treaty which states that an attack on one member is an attack on all 30 member countries.

“I am absolutely convinced that President Putin knows this and we remove any possibility of miscalculation, of misunderstanding about our commitment to defending every square inch of NATO territory,” Stoltenberg said.

The United States and its allies, including Canada, have been in a race against time to send arms and ammunition to Ukraine, which has been under relentless assault by Russian forces for more than two weeks.

Some members of the US intelligence community fear that Moscow is trying to cut off the flow of weapons into Ukraine, either with airstrikes or long-range artillery. Weapons coming from the West are unloaded in neighboring countries, such as Poland, and then transported by land.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg walk during their visit to the Adazi military base in Kadaga, Latvia on Tuesday March. 8, 2022. (Roman Koksarov/AP)

Stoltenberg said there is a clear distinction between supply lines within Ukraine and those operating outside its borders.

“There is a war in Ukraine and, of course, supply lines inside Ukraine can be attacked,” he said.

“An attack on NATO territory, on NATO forces, on NATO capabilities, that would be an attack on NATO.”

Stoltenberg said NATO’s message to Russia is that “they must end the war, that we will continue to support Ukraine, and that we will continue to impose unprecedented sanctions.”

Poland offers fighter jets to Ukraine

The stakes appeared to rise dramatically on Tuesday night when Poland announced it was ready to transfer all of its MiG-29 planes to the United States so they could be handed over to the Ukrainians.

The Polish Foreign Ministry has urged other NATO members with the same type of Russian-made warplanes to do the same.

WATCH | Ukrainian Chargé d’Affaires Andrii Bukvych says fighter jets are needed immediately

Ukraine needs fighter jets and a no-fly zone (diplomat)

“We need these fighters [jets] and sheltered skies as soon as possible,” said Ukrainian Chargé d’Affaires Andrii Bukvych. “Otherwise the cost will be calculated in thousands of civilians.” 6:59

The United States suggested that it would support Poland by providing replacement fighters. But in a tweet on Tuesday evening, the Pentagon said the proposal was not “sustainable” because it would involve fighter jets in the hands of Americans flying in “airspace that is disputed with Russia. .

“[That] raises serious concerns for the entire NATO alliance.”

The West has sent Ukraine thousands of anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles since the war broke out.

Ukrainian civilians receive weapons training, on the outskirts of Lviv, western Ukraine, Monday, March 7, 2022. (Bernat Armangue/AP)

A Canadian shipment of small arms – including machine guns, carbines and 15 million rounds – arrived in Ukraine just before the Russian invasion. The Liberal government has pledged to send anti-tanks and grenade launchers, but it is not known if the shipment has arrived.

Some of the lethal aid is taken from the Canadian Armed Forces’ own stocks. This highlighted some of the shortcomings facing the Canadian military; the Canadian army does not have its own dedicated anti-aircraft system, for example.

Trudeau was asked on Tuesday if his government was ready to place an urgent supply order to equip the Canadian army in response to the war and Ottawa’s plans to increase the contingent of Canadian troops in Latvia.

“All of these weapons are far more useful right now and in the weeks to come in the hands of Ukrainian soldiers fighting for their lives than they would be in the hands of Canadians,” Trudeau said.

“But of course we have to make sure that we replace those weapons quickly and that we continue to invest in the equipment that allows our armed forces to be able to continue contributing.”

A Russian MiG-29 aircraft in flight outside Moscow on August 11, 2012. (Misha Japaridze/Associated Press)

Trudeau, Stoltenberg and the other leaders visited a training range on Tuesday where troops from a 10-nation contingent were conducting a live-fire training exercise. They walked among armored personnel carriers, tanks and mobile guns and chatted with the troops.

Colonel Sandris Gaugers is the commander of the Latvian mechanized brigade working with the NATO battle group. He said integrating equipment and procedures from different armies has been a challenge but the mission is succeeding.

“Certainly we can go fight”

“Honestly, if I had to say, can we go fight? Sure, we can go fight,” he told Trudeau, Stoltenberg and Sanchez as they overlooked the training area from a position at the top of a hill.

Canada has pledged to add an artillery battery of 120 soldiers to its current commitment of 540 soldiers and staff in Latvia.

General Wayne Eyre, Canada’s top military commander, told CBC News in an exclusive interview on Tuesday that he is currently focused on organizing those reinforcements.

“We have the same challenge we had in World War I, World War II,” the Chief of the Defense Staff said. “We have to cross this great lake known as the Atlantic and we only have limited strategic lift capability. So we are going to have an effect on the ground here very soon.”

Canada activates NATO reinforcements

The federal government has ordered the activation of 3,400 reinforcements who could join the NATO Response Force (NFR) if called by the Supreme Allied Commander.

Eyre said the military is still investigating if and how they will be needed.

“The NATO Response Force is a shopping list of capabilities, which can be requested depending on the nature of what NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander is requesting,” he said. “So the likelihood of all 3,400 being called is relatively low.”

Trudeau also announced on Tuesday the anticipated renewal of Canada’s military contribution to the NATO deterrence mission, known as Operation Reassurance.

WATCH: Canada renews Operation Reassurance

Canada renews NATO’s Operation Reassurance

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the renewal of Operation Reassurance a year before its scheduled end during his visit to Latvia. 1:11

“As Russia continues its unwarranted and unjustifiable attacks on Ukraine, Canada stands united with our European allies in supporting Ukraine and the Ukrainian people, and democracy and human rights everywhere,” said Trudeau on Tuesday.

The mandate to deploy hundreds of Canadian troops to Latvia was set to expire in 2023. The federal cabinet extended it indefinitely in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Prior to the invasion, the Liberal government signaled in Defense Minister Anita Anand’s mandate letter that it intended to renew the mandate of the NATO mission. Stoltenberg welcomed the move when he and the three prime ministers met the media after their meetings.

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What if the Winter War came to Canada?

There is a nice sound in the expression “war in the mountains”. He has a Ring of Audacity; it feels cleaner than trench warfare and lighter than tank warfare. The only thing that can match it is war in the air, and it’s gotten too deadly to be nice. It has also become too familiar; while the War in the Mountains is still weird enough to seem romantic. Except, of course, to the men who have to fight it.

– McKay Jenkins The last ridge

Like many of you, last week I was in shock watching Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Just when we think we have seen enough defining world events for our generation to last into the next century, Putin decides to flex his imperialist muscle and plunges two nations, including a military superpower, into an unprovoked and unnecessary war. Let’s be clear: there is no splitting the freedom convoy, let’s try to listen to both sides here. On one side are the Kremlin belligerents and on the other are thousands of soldiers and civilians defending their homeland. Millions of people are now displaced. The world stands in solidarity with Ukraine. I am with Ukraine.

I am not a soldier and I am lucky not to have known the war. I enjoy studying military history as a hobby, which leads me to listen to Dan Carlin’s podcasts for many hours. I never believed that war was the answer, but if it comes to your doorstep and threatens your family and your country (as it does for Ukrainians), I believe defending your homeland is justified.

Such an event of this magnitude taking place in the 21st century got me thinking: what if we were the ones being invaded at the behest of a narcissistic autocrat? It’s a highly unlikely scenario given Canada’s fortuitous geopolitical position, but dystopian fiction writers have explored the plausibility of US annexation. So imagine, for a second, that in the middle of a cold winter, Canada is invaded on many fronts by armed forces far superior to ours, and the leader of Canada is calling on everyone of fighting age to take up arms against the ‘aggressor.

If this scenario were to come true, I would volunteer for a Mountain Division. Not because of an illusion that ski warfare would somehow be more fun than urban warfare, but because I know I have the skills to travel through snow and through mountainous terrain quite quickly.

Military skiing has a rich history in the Scandinavian nations. In 1716, during the Great Northern War, a Norwegian general was alerted to an impending Swedish attack by a messenger on skis. After surprising the Swedes and repelling the attack, Norway realized the advantage of rapid mobilization on the snow and drafted all the skiers they could find into their military ranks. In the 1800s, Nordic military ski patrols began to organize competitions which led to the foundation of modern Nordic ski racing. The ability to move quickly over rugged mountainous terrain was essential for armies in the European Alps in the 20th century.

In the context of soldiers on skis defending themselves against a superpower, the best example is the Winter War, which began with the Soviet invasion of Finland on November 30, 1939, three months after the outbreak of World War II. The Finns were vastly outnumbered and under-resourced, with many recently enlisted soldiers not even having a uniform and making do with their own winter clothes. But they knew their terrain and climate, and almost all Finnish soldiers were skilled in cross-country skiing. They used the cold, the snow, the forest and the long hours of darkness to their advantage. The Finns dressed in layers with skiers wearing light white snow capes, the camouflage rendering them nearly invisible and capable of executing many successful guerrilla attacks against the Soviet columns.

The United States has the 10th Mountain Division, which was active in World War II and until recently served as a dedicated mountain warfare unit in places like Iraq and Syria. Although there are special operations training programs in Canada for mountain travel, the armed forces still do not have a dedicated mountain unit, at least not the one they want us to know. In a 2017 service article titled “Mountain Warfare In The Canadian Army,” Maj Aafaq Hyder, a student at the Canadian Forces College, wrote:

“The [Canadian Army]recent involvement in the Alpine operations in Korea, the Balkans and Afghanistan has highlighted the importance of preparing its leaders and troops to [Mountain Warfare] and fight at high altitude. Currently, the [Canadian Army] little focus on preparing permanent units specially trained or equipped to deploy to a mountainous theater. To remain operationally viable and meet its military commitments to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the [Canadian Army] must develop their skills in mountain operations. It must carve out a place for itself as an expeditionary force capable of rapid intervention in [Mountain Warfare].”

Of all the things I associate with skiing, war has never been one. And I sincerely hope that war never comes to Canada’s doorstep. But if the last week has shown us all one thing, it’s that the tyrants of this world might just choose to do it anyway.

Vince Shuley encourages you to donate to the Ukrainian Red Cross Humanitarian Crisis Appeal. For questions, comments or suggestions for The Outsider, email [email protected] or Instagram @whis_vince.

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Smol: Canada ignores Russia’s militarized Arctic at its peril

Like Ukraine, the region is perceived by Vladimir Putin as an integral part of his country. Several modern Arctic warfare bases house, operate and test some of Russia’s most advanced weapons.

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As the war in Ukraine escalates, it might be prudent for Canada to finally make a serious strategic assessment of Russia’s other major military buildup. It is a militarized front which, like Ukraine, involves contested territorial and maritime claims, pitting Vladimir Putin’s Russia against democratic countries within and outside NATO. Like Ukraine, it is also seen by Putin as an integral part of Russia. It is of increasing strategic importance in trade, defense and resource extraction, and it is a front where Russia has amassed unprecedented levels of military equipment and personnel.

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This is the Arctic in 2022. And we ignore at our peril this militarized and contested region around, above and in front of our northern territory and our maritime claim.

On the Russian shores of this disputed sea and land border with Canada, Scandinavia and the United States are new or expanded and modernized Russian Arctic coastal military bases at Rogachevo, Pechenga, Severomorsk, Tiksi, Zvyozdny, Sredny Ostrov, Nagurskoye and Temp, to name a few. These modern Arctic warfare bases house, operate and test some of Russia’s most advanced weapons, such as the MIG 31BM fighter jet and the Poseidon 2M39 stealth nuclear torpedo, as well as TOR-M2DT missiles.

This reality has not been lost on NATO members Denmark and Norway, or allied countries like Sweden and Finland which, like the United States, have improved and expanded their military presence in the region. with professionally trained combat personnel and newly acquired equipment.

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Canada, with its ill-equipped and emasculated military, remains largely absent from the region.

Let us momentarily abandon the common (and I dare say naive) assumption underlying Canadian defense policy: that the United States is at Canada’s disposal, to expend whatever is necessary in American military resources and American military lives to defend every square mile of Canada, at no cost or corresponding effort to Canadians.

Where would we be if our defense depended above all on us?

The answer is: as prepared and combat ready as an administrative headquarters in Yellowknife can be alongside a company-sized detachment of part-time Army Reservists nearby. As martially worthy of Putin’s fear as 440 Squadron, Canada’s only permanent air force squadron in the Arctic with a “fleet” of four non-combat CC-138 twin-otter aircraft. As firm in our will to stand firm as the 55-person (non-military) Signal Station (CFS Alert) on Ellesmere Island. A match as worthy of Russian warships and nuclear submarines, with their increasingly sophisticated weaponry, as our heavy police arctic patrol vessels (only one in service so far), each designed to boast a single machine gun mounted on her deck.

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This is the extent of Canada’s professional “boots in the snow” military capability in the Arctic.

Yes, we have about 5,000 local Canadian Rangers in the North – ready to do just about anything, but actually go to war for Canada. On a professional level, this is a good thing since these non-combatant reserve auxiliaries from northern communities sponsored by the Department of National Defense receive almost no military training. They have rendered invaluable service on occasion when community assistance was needed in operations such as search and rescue. And, especially during this pandemic, these temporary reinforcements have stepped up to provide needed aid to beleaguered communities. The Canadian Rangers are worthy civil defense volunteers, but they are by no means soldiers.

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So let’s not portray them as somehow being at the forefront of Canada’s supposed determination to assert its sovereignty over the Arctic.

Of course, since we are members of NATO, any attack on Canada is considered an attack on all members of NATO. Certainly, in a possible maritime stalemate in the region, Canada can expect some protection and assurance from the United States as well as better armed and equipped armies from Denmark and Norway, not to mention our former colonial masters, France and the United Kingdom.

But should that happen in our current deplorable state of military readiness, let us have the honesty and integrity to refrain from clinging to the absurd illusion of an international “middle power” that many Canadians still harbor.

Robert Smol is a retired military intelligence officer who served in the Canadian Armed Forces for over 20 years. He is currently working as a paralegal and security professional while completing a doctorate in military [email protected]

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Canada stops broadcasting Russian propaganda

The two largest Canadian cable companies, Bell and Rogers, are removing the Russian propaganda channel RT (Russia Today) from their packages.

Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodríguez wrote on his Twitter account, reports Ukrinform

“I commend Bell for taking down RT. Russia has been waging a war in Ukraine since 2014 and an information war across the world. RT is the propaganda arm of the Putin regime that spreads disinformation. It has no out of place here. I’ll have more to say very soon,” Rodriguez wrote.

He later added that Rogers would also remove RT, replacing it with a Ukrainian flag broadcast.

Rogers has confirmed the information about RT’s broadcast shutdown.

As a reminder, Lithuania has already banned RT broadcasting, and soon such a ban will be introduced at EU level. and soon such a ban will be introduced at EU level.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin declares war on Ukraine and launches a full-scale invasion. Russian troops bomb and destroy key infrastructure. Missiles hit residential buildings.

Martial law was imposed in Ukraine and a general mobilization was announced. Ukraine has officially filed a complaint against the Russian Federation before the United Nations International Court of Justice in The Hague.

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the losses of the Russian army reached about 4,500 people.

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Ukraine has the will, but Russia has the power: how their military forces fit together

By all accounts, the battle for Ukraine was never going to be a fair fight.

The invading Russian Federation commands the second most powerful military in the world, behind only the United States, having spent an estimated US$61.7 billion on defense in 2020, according to figures compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Ukraine spent a tenth of that amount, or just US$5.9 billion.

And this disparity appears in almost every possible comparison.

  • Russia has nearly 900,000 active military personnel to rely on in its war of aggression, compared to about 200,000 permanent Ukrainian military personnel.
  • Ukraine has far fewer attack planes – 146 compared to Russia’s 1,328 – and helicopters; only 42 against 478.
  • The Russian tanks rumbling towards the capital, Kiev, are part of an overall armored corps of 31,000 vehicles, compared to Ukraine’s 5,000.
  • The Russian Navy has 605 ships, including 70 submarines, which can be deployed in the Black Sea off the coast of Ukraine. While the Ukrainian fleet has only 38 ships and no submarines.

The unbalanced list goes on and on.

“The Russian army is powerful, there is no doubt about it, much more powerful than Ukraine’s,” the retired lieutenant general said. Andrew Leslie, former Chief of the Land Staff of the Canadian Armed Forces.

“The Russians have a vast technological advantage, in terms of quality, in terms of training time – which gives you experience on the different war machines – and in terms of numbers.”

A Ukrainian soldier is injured after coming across gunfire inside the city of Kiev on February 25, 2022. (Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press)

Russian advantages that will be virtually insurmountable for Ukrainian defenders – at least early in the war, Leslie said. But pacifying the country’s 44 million people could prove a much tougher task for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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“Mr. Putin is going to have to go to the cities and he is going to have to occupy Ukraine for years against a bitter and vengeful population that has tasted freedom,” predicts Leslie. “And they’re not going to forget, and they’re not going to allow the Russians to have an easy job, or to stay very long.”

Do not underestimate the will of the Ukrainian people

The Ukrainian leadership seems to have already moved on to the next fight. Russia’s official military reserve force is estimated at 2 million soldiers. But the Ukrainians are now busy trying to increase their core of 900,000 appeals, having now ordered all men between the ages of 18 and 60 to stay in the country, and arming anyone willing to pick up a gun.

On Friday, former President Petro Poroshenko was on the streets of Kyiv, brandishing an AK-47 and touting the country’s numerical strength.

“It’s the long line of people who want to join the battalion, but we don’t have enough guns… they’re normal, ordinary people [who] sometimes [have] was never in the army, now I’m lining up to join us,” Poroshenko told CNN.

“Putin will never catch Ukraine despite how many soldiers he has, how many missiles he has, how many nuclear weapons he has. We Ukrainians are a free people with a great European future.”

WATCH | NATO will supply more weapons to Ukraine:

NATO announces more weapons and air defense systems for Ukraine

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that the alliance would provide Ukraine with more aid and weapons, including air defense systems, while warning Russia that it would pay a heavy tribute for years to come. 28:19

Hanna Maliar, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister, Facebook Friday to urge citizens to resist Russian forces in any way possible, even with homemade weapons. Advocacy apparently had an impact, as online searches for Molotov cocktail recipes reportedly increased in the capital.

The Ukrainian people’s will to resist should not be underestimated, said Ihor Kozak, a former Canadian Forces officer who has been training and advising the military in his native Ukraine since 2014.

“Ukrainians are now fighting for their freedom, for their families, for their homeland,” Kozak said. “The morale is very, very high. And I think that’s going to be a deciding factor in this war.”

Nor should anyone doubt the professionalism of its heavily armed but well-trained military, Kozak added.

Eight years ago, when Russia first invaded Ukraine, annexing Crimea and backing a separatist uprising in the Donbass region, the country’s military was almost non-existent.

“There was really no money spent, no training, no modern weapons, no ammunition. So the people who went to fight were the young volunteers, and the not so young volunteers of the revolution Maidan, often in running shoes, with obsolete weapons,” recalls Kozak.

What Ukraine needs are weapons

All that changed with the establishment of a modern fighting force, trained to NATO standards by Western advisers, including members of the Canadian military. Now, what Ukraine desperately needs is not so much manpower as weapons.

“They need more [anti-tank] javelins, more [anti-aircraft] darts, more ammunition, more weapons so they can defend themselves and they can defend us. So I strongly encourage the Government of Canada and Western leaders to do this now before it’s too late,” Kozak said.

Big demand as Russia makes rapid inroads, with its troops already on the streets of Kiev.

Especially since the Ukrainian army ranks 22nd most powerful in the world — a place ahead of Canada in 23rd place.

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The Rebel to Rabble Review: The Aftermath of “Insurrection”

The convoy of trucks protesting the mandatory COVID vaccination that turned into a nearly month-long occupation of downtown Ottawa may have left, but the search team from Tap Progress still refers to its ties to other right-wing movements on the far right – including “a nationwide network of right-wing evangelical Christian pastors”, according to a dispatch filed by “Prairie reporter” Emily Leedham.

“Pastors, many of whom have previously been fined for holding church services in violation of public health orders, are part of a group called Liberty Coalition Canada (LCC),” notes Leedham, which “was founded in January 2021 to oppose COVID-19 restrictions on churches, but has since launched campaigns to oppose vaccination mandates and capacity limits in workplaces, schools and universities.

More recently, the LCC “wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemning his use of the Emergency Powers Act in response to the three-week occupation of Ottawa by the far-right convoy, saying to Trudeau that they are “concerned” that he does not appreciate “the significance of God’s wrath on a rebellious and lawless nation. ”

The letter, which was sent two days after the emergency order was issued, went on to “implore” Trudeau to “step back, restore the constitutional freedoms of the people, respect the God-given rights to our citizens and, above all, to humble yourself and kneel before Christ the King, lest you perish on the way.

Leedham also cites a Global News report which “indicates the blockade has ties to libertarian groups in the United States and notes the presence of American supporters in Coutts, AB.”

In a separate room, Mitchell Thompson, PP Ontario reporter strong points a recently unearthed photo of Ontario MPP and vocal convoy supporter Randy Hillier’ posing with the flag of a far-right secessionist group linked to charges of conspiracy to murder and firearms seized en route to the Coutts border blockade”.

According to PP, the photo “was originally posted on a far-right TikTok account” and “shows Hillier wearing a ‘No More Lockdowns’ t-shirt while holding an open beer can next to a flag. of the ‘Diagolon’,” which, Thompson notes, “is the symbol of a neo-fascist group called the ‘Plaid Army’, which has been spotted at the center of chaos in downtown Ottawa.

Meanwhile, Mob Contributors Ish Theilheimer and Marc Zwelling have suggestions for “how not to talk about the insurgency”, starting with the assertion that “illegal squatters in Ottawa are well-funded far-right extremists, which is good to call them, because it’s undeniably true” .

According to them, “the great victory of the insurgents in the media is to appropriate the word ‘freedom’ for their cause”.

Their recommendation, then, “for those who want to cancel the rioters (is) not to inadvertently give them free publicity using the rioters’ own words,” the duo wrote.

“This advice is at the heart of the concept of framing. Like a frame around a painting, a verbal frame outlines a debate. If you say winning Ottawa “has nothing to do with freedom,” you’re repeating the frame. By doing so, you conjure up images of freedom in your audience, when you really want them to think about oppression, a war against peaceful citizens, and an attack on democratically elected governments.

Elsewhere on the site, National political journalist Rabble Stephen Wentzell turn his attention on Canada’s response to rising tensions on the Ukrainian border, and the announcement earlier this week that Trudeau had approved “millions more to export lethal weapons to Ukraine” even as “all major parties except (the) Conservatives” – in this case, New Democrats and Greens – called for “a non-violent response”.

It is worth noting that The scoundrel essayist Marusya Bociurkiw offers a distinctly different grip on the tensions in his “lament for Ukraine” on February 22.

“The newspaper, online journals, even the alternative media space of the left, are full of crude anachronisms and xenophobic assumptions,” she writes.

“A left-wing broadcaster features a Russian ‘expert’ chastising those who are ‘too’ anti-Russian, as if this autocratic theocracy could still be redeemed by the long-disavowed progressive ideals of early communism. My leftist community is largely disinterested in Ukraine, asserting its ignorance with elaborate shrugs.

In response, she writes, “I find myself throwing out facts and statistics like so many baseball cards to anyone who will listen: that Ukraine was the first post-Soviet country to legalize homosexuality; the only country in the world to renounce its nuclear arsenal without violence; (a) leader in artistic, culinary and technical innovation; and that her feminist and queer organization is a model for the tottering state of North American feminist and queer politics.

More than Canadian Dimension, Oliver Boyd-Barrett warns that “Western media continue to press the ‘imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine’ narrative, claiming it has happened before and citing the alleged pressure Moscow is supposed to apply on Ukraine. »

In fact, he suggests, “even if Russia withdraws its forces from its own border with Ukraine – and even if all parties agree that full membership (in) NATO will not be extended to Ukraine at any time in the immediate future – NATO will maintain its dangerous passive-aggressive “victim” posture. This is because “Washington only wants one kind of development in Ukraine: a neoliberal paradise that will give Western capital total freedom to do whatever it wants with Ukrainian land and resources”.

Ultimately, Ricochet writer Christopher Curtis explore Quebec City’s “Hostility Merchants”, otherwise known as “Trash Radio”, the “talk radio hosts (who) set the agenda, determine elections and traffic in fear and mistrust », in particular Dominic Mrais from Radio X.

“Radio X is part of what its detractors call junk radio, or junk radio – a collection of conservative talk radio stations for which controversy is a business model,” he wrote. But it’s also “a glimpse into what looks like a unique moment of anger in Canadian politics.”

Centre-Right Trends in the Canadian Political Media Universe:

  • Ezra Levan, commander of Rebel Newsyou take a closer look to “whom Trudeau entrusts with his emergency crackdown,” beginning with “Bill Blair, the disgraced ex-cop who ran Toronto police during the G-20.”
  • Roberto Wakerell-Cruz of Post Millennial chronic Tory MP Colin Carrie’s attempt to ask ‘which ministers agreed’ with the agenda of the World Economic Forum, which Wakerell-Cruz describes as a ‘globalist think tank’, only to be ‘interrupted by the chairman of the Chamber due to very clear audio “being really bad”. ”
  • Rebel News reporter Alexandra Lavoie landed an exclusive interview with Candice Sero, “an Indigenous Mohawk residing in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in Hastings County who was in Ottawa protesting vaccination mandates, when she was trampled by the Toronto Police Mounted Unit and punched kicked by other police officers while she was on the ground”.
  • True North News Contributor Harley Sims was at launch of the “4,395 kilometer march from Vancouver to Ottawa…in solidarity with Canadian truckers and workers to end authoritarian government mandates” by Canadian Armed Forces veteran James Topp.

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What could be more surprising than the news of the war in 1944? Women allowed to drive taxis in Guelph

Someone came to the conclusion that if Rosie the Riveter could build ships and tanks, her sisters could drive taxis

On January 15, 1944, while Canada was embroiled in battle against the Axis powers, the Guelph Mercury published an article that was startling even among war reports. Magistrate Frederick Watt, chairman of the police commission, announced at its inaugural meeting that women would be allowed to drive taxis in Guelph.

Of course, there were already female drivers on Canadian roads, but they were the exception, and the notion that women were bad drivers had long been well established. Apparently, women were terrible drivers because they weren’t cut out to drive cars, being: too emotional to handle the stress of driving, too likely to pass out or pass out in a critical situation, too easily distracted, not smart enough for something as complicated as driving and knowing all the rules of the road, and not physically strong enough to comfortably operate a motor vehicle (there was no power steering or power brakes at the time).

When it came to winter driving, women were supposed to be unable to cope with the difficulties of snow and ice. Drowsy female driver jokes were commonplace for comedians. A classic George Burns and Gracie Allen comedy routine had ditzy Gracie asking for a driver’s license.

Driving a car was generally considered a man’s job. In most families, even if the wife knew how to drive, whenever she and her husband were both in the car, the driver’s seat was naturally hers. A real man wouldn’t let the little woman drive unless it was really necessary.

There were even more reasons why sitting behind the wheel of a taxi was not considered a place for a woman. Besides traffic hassles, taxi drivers also had to deal with passengers who could be impatient, angry, rude and generally uncivil. There were men who were visitors to town who expected taxi drivers to know where to take them if they were looking for a bit of “action”.

It wasn’t just that nice ladies weren’t supposed to know such places existed, let alone where to find them; there were also fears that female taxi drivers were targeted by men on the prowl.

The demands of World War II changed that. There were so many men in the armed forces that there was a shortage of manpower for jobs generally considered exclusively male. Women now did “men’s work” in factories, on construction sites and in primary industries.

Someone came to the conclusion that while Rosie the Riveter could build ships and tanks, her sisters could drive taxis. In addition, women drove trucks and jeeps for the Canadian army and ferried planes for the Royal Canadian Air Force. (A year from now, young Princess Elizabeth would be serving in the British Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service as a driver and mechanic.)

The Mercury report said:

“Responding to a call from two local taxi companies, requesting permission to employ women as drivers due to the shortage of men, the commission agreed to accede to the request, as a temporary measure, under specific conditions.”

One of the requirements was that each applicant for a taxi driver’s license had to be approved by Guelph Police Chief Harold Nash, but this was common in all communities in Ontario. The rule was intended not only to ensure that drivers could operate a motor vehicle safely and competently, but also to protect the public from “undesirables”. Men with criminal records would generally be denied a taxi driver’s license.

Another requirement stated that female taxi drivers in Guelph would be “restricted to the daytime period of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.” visitors to the city looking for “a bit of action”.

Of course, once women entered the driving profession, they were here to stay, in Guelph and everywhere else; not only in taxis, but also in trucks, buses and any other type of vehicle on wheels. Female passengers often specifically requested a female driver when phoning for a taxi, and there were examples of taxi companies employing only female drivers.

Statistics compiled by police departments and car insurance companies have shown that, far from being the giddy female drivers of old jokes, female drivers in general get fewer traffic violations than male drivers, are less more likely to be involved in traffic accidents than men and are less likely to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Not at all the stereotypical caricature of the 1940s.

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Ukraine and US say vehicle explosion in separatist-controlled town was staged

French President Emmanuel Macron called on Friday for a end of military activities in the Ukrainian region of Donbassafter Ukrainian Armed Forces and separatists controlling parts of eastern Ukraine spoke of new shelling.

“In a context where Russian military pressure does not weaken, where destabilization increases, where bombardments in the contact zone have resumed, we first call for the cessation of these military actions, and for a rapid de-escalation”, Macron said at the European Union-African Union summit in Brussels. “Very clearly, there is [military] actions that have multiplied. These actions, in our view, must stop because they contravene the agreements that have been reached, the ceasefires that have been respected so far, and for which all parties concerned had recently reiterated their support.”

Macron said Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) teams should clarify the events of the past few hours and days.

In an earlier statement, the OSCE said the organization is “aware that Russia intends to create a pretext to justify an invasion” in Ukraine, and has received reports that detail “Russia’s efforts to fabricating supposed “Ukrainian provocations” and shaping a public narrative”. that would justify a Russian invasion.

“Several weeks ago we learned that the Russian government was planning to stage a fabricated attack by the Ukrainian military or security forces against Russian sovereign territory, or against Russian speakers in separatist-controlled territory, to justify military action against Ukraine,” the OSCE statement said.

“We must resolutely refute the false narrative of a Ukrainian ‘escalation’ which finds no evidence in the reports of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission,” the statement added.

Macron echoed remarks from other NATO allies, noting that he had seen “no evidence of Russian military disengagement at this stage.”

“I welcome the statements of President (Vladimir) Putin, but I believe that if we want to be a reliable partner, it is always good that the actions are in line with the statements, and therefore we want to be able to have concrete elements that follow them, ” , he told reporters.

“We call for the reopening of constructive negotiations, as we continue to believe that this situation can be resolved through dialogue,” Macron said.

He also noted that the “next hours” would see “close coordination between European and American allies”, who will aim to provide an “appropriate response” by the end of the day.

“I heard the words of the Russian president. Now we have to take action, and we have to work with great precision and commitment to stabilize and then de-escalate the situation in collaboration with Russia,” Macron said. “It’s essential.”

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What the Canadian Rangers are doing in the field during COVID-19

The Canadian Rangers have remained busy in northern Ontario since a spike in COVID-19 cases on the James Bay coast last month. “This may just be another resurgence, but we are ready to provide support where possible,” said Lt. Col. Shane McArthur.

McArthur is the commander of the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, which oversees the Canadian Rangers in northern Ontario. When remote communities locked down to limit the spread of COVID-19, the rangers – who are part-time Canadian Armed Forces reservists – were there to help. Since January 2020, rangers have conducted 48 ground search and rescue and requests for assistance in the region. And during Omicron, McArthur says, they had to answer multiple calls at once.

As of February 15, the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority, a health care network covering the James Bay and Hudson Bay coasts, was reporting 259 active cases. The hardest hit communities during this pandemic wave have been Kashechewan and Moose Factory, which peaked earlier this month at 72 and 81 active cases, respectively. While cases in both communities have since declined, in Fort Albany, just south of Kashechewan, they are increasing, with 50 cases reported active Tuesday.

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TVO.org interviews McArthur about the role of rangers during COVID-19 and how they respond when communities need help.

TVO.org: For those who don’t know, who are the Canadian Rangers?

Shane McArthur: The Canadian Rangers are a subcomponent of the Army Reserve. They are part-time people who volunteer. They support their people, their communities, where they live.

We often use them for ground search and rescue operations in the North and their communities, as well as to assist other agencies and organizations, especially the military, with their cold weather training exercises. However, we have entered into more social aspects of our tasks, which include supporting communities during certain health crises, floods, fires, etc.

My rangers are good at navigation, coordination and command post operations. They know the language, they know the people, the communities, the terrain. That’s what they bring to an answer — those things that you can’t get from the South or from other ministries.

TVO.org: Can you give us an overview of how the rangers are currently responding to requests for assistance from the community?

McArthur: There are about 70 rangers—it goes up and down—and members of the headquarters of the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group who are currently active in operations in northern Ontario. We currently have five requests for assistance in five different communities, and we are also supporting Operation Remote Immunity, the rollout of the vaccine, this time for anyone who wants the boosters and for children ages 5-11 in all communities.

We are currently in Attawapiskat, Peawanuck, Kashechewan, Mishkeegogamang and Fort Hope [Eabametoong]. Three of them are on the James Bay coast. We are monitoring Fort Albany, but there are no requests or concerns at this time.

We got up [activated] sentinels in Pikangikum and Lac Seul because they are worried. We call them sentinels, but they are local rangers within the community who help get information to make sure we get the right information about what’s going on in the community so we can support them.

TVO.org: What does a Canadian Rangers response to COVID-19 look like?

McArthur: They transport essential goods and supplies. For seniors, they do checks, make sure people get daily necessities. When the community goes into lockdown, sometimes it shuts down the northern store down. Some of the most vulnerable people in the community cannot leave, so they provide these services to ensure that their community members are well taken care of with food, water and medical appointments, go to the clinic. They can also set up a command post as needed or be ready to advise Chief and Council as needed.

We also cut wood to bring to people, especially homes that are in confinement. Lots of general duties, as we call it. Snow removal is a good citizen.

TVO.org: How are rangers called for help?

McArthur: We are not the leader, and I am not the authority — it goes through the Province of Ontario and Public Safety. Emergency Management Ontario and federal agencies make all decisions and request CAF assistance. Depending on where it is and what the problem is, the CAF says, “Okay, Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, can you support that? We’ve already done some homework, and the staff checks and says, “Yes, we can.”

We raise the sentries to make sure we have at least three days in advance [of a request]. We try to make sure we can cut [preparation time] as possible while these approval processes are ongoing. We are not always able to fly into these communities in a timely manner due to requirements and restrictions.

TVO.org: So it’s the communities that go into the province through Emergency Management Ontario, that go to the CAF, that then contact you?

McArthur: Yes. Email traffic happens very, very quickly – almost a few minutes – but it sounds very complicated.

TVO.org: You mentioned restrictions making it difficult to respond quickly. Can you elaborate?

McArthur: We comply with all provincial and federal health protection measures. Then there are the needs of the Canadian Armed Forces, which are growing, and we will always strive to meet them. For some communities, we may need to be tested before entering – and then be tested when we enter. We are the visitors there and we do not want to be seen as the vector of contamination. We’re doing everything in our power to make sure it’s not us.

Sometimes these things take 24 hours, sometimes 48 hours, because of the type of tests used. It doesn’t always work out in our favor, which means [requests] sometimes catches us off guard, and there are delays. But we try to do everything in our power not to have these delays.

TVO.org: A particularly difficult situation in the Far North was Bearskin Lake First Nation, where more than half the community tested positive, leading to the declaration of a state of emergency on December 29. the number of rangers and the respect of deadlines of their response. Has this changed how rangers respond to COVID-related requests for assistance?

McArthur: We practice Bearskin exactly as we practice [other communities]. There are a few things that have happened that have been a disconnect in communications. It hasn’t changed our practices, because we’ve done everything in accordance with what we’ve done for the past two years. There was a misunderstanding about which resources were going to stay in the community, and when we arrived they weren’t there. It took us some time to seek approval to commit new forces. When we did that, we put those strengths out there and supported the community like we always have.

Unfortunately we were taken a bit poor so we had to rearrange. I had to go back to look for authorities, and this process took time. It also takes us time to rid people of COVID. Meanwhile, the impression was perceived differently. And, again, we regret that this happens. But the processes we’ve been using have proven themselves to us over the past two years, and we’ve done a damn good job overall.

TVO.org: Are there any individuals or groups that you have seen go above and beyond in their response?

McArthur: If you start naming a name, you will always miss someone. They do a great job in difficult circumstances. They help their communities while living in these conditions themselves. That’s no small feat, and the accolades go to all of them. I received compliments for my rangers from many community leaders. And, in particular, the NAN [Nishnawbe Aski Nation] great leader [Derek Fox]. The support we have received from the communities, from the chiefs, has been incredible, so I give them my congratulations.

This interview has been condensed and edited for length and clarity.

This is part of a series of stories about issues affecting Northeastern Ontario. It is brought to you with the assistance of Laurentian University.

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Canada’s Trudeau triggers Emergency Act to break lockdowns – AZERTAC

Baku, February 15, AZERTAC

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday invoked the Emergencies Act as part of a move to lift a blockade in the capital Ottawa and other areas in connection with protests by truckers against the government’s health rules. COVID-19, according to Anadolu Agency.

It also aims to prevent a repeat blockade of the Ambassador Bridge, the main commercial artery between Canada and the United States. The law is time-limited, although the duration of its effect is unclear. It is also targeted at specific areas like the blockade of Ottawa.

“This is about keeping Canadians safe,” Trudeau told a nationally broadcast press conference, adding “we cannot and will not allow dangerous activities to continue.”

The law has never been used before, but an earlier version — in 1988, it replaced the War Measures Act — was invoked in 1970 by the late Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Justin Trudeau’s father , who used it to repress a Quebec separatist. organization that kidnapped British Trade Commissioner and Quebec Cabinet Minister Pierre Laporte. He was later found dead.

On Monday, Trudeau declared the Emergencies Act to deal with blockades by truckers and others who demanded the repeal of all government COVID-19 health measures. Border points were disrupted in several provinces, including Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba.

But when his father called in the army to deal with the Quebec threat and there were soldiers everywhere and tanks roamed the streets, Justin did not call the Canadian Armed Forces, which he had said at the end of last week was a last resort.

“We don’t use the Emergencies Act to call in the military,” Trudeau said. “We are not suspending fundamental rights or nullifying the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“We don’t limit people’s freedom of expression. We don’t limit freedom of peaceful assembly. We don’t prevent people from exercising their right to lawfully protest.”

While protesters on the Ambassador Bridge were evacuated and the bridge reopened on Sunday, the city of Ottawa, which has a population of one million, remains paralyzed by protesters and hundreds of large transport trucks. The “siege,” as Ontario Premier Doug Ford called it, is in its third week. Ford declared a provincial state of emergency, but this had no effect on the situation in Ottawa.

The law is defined as a tool to deal with an “urgent and critical situation” that “seriously endangers the life, health or safety of Canadians”.

It gives the government the right to enact “temporary special measures which might not be appropriate in normal times”.

For example, under the law, the federal government can order Ottawa tow trucks to remove parked trucks that have created havoc downtown. The towing companies had refused to do so, fearing reprisals. Trudeau made the decision after consulting with provincial premiers and his caucus (elected Liberal MPs).

Meanwhile, at the Coutts Dam in Alberta, between the United States and Canada, police said on Monday they arrested 11 militant protesters and seized a number of weapons, including long guns, handguns fist, ammunition and bulletproof vests.

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In a Ukrainian border town, children practice drills and stockpile supplies in case of a Russian attack

Residents of the Ukrainian town of Ovruch, just 15 kilometers from the border with Belarus, know that if the current crisis with Russia metastasized into a full military conflict, their community could be the first the invaders would come to.

“Teachers remind us that if there is [is] an offensive by the Russian Federation or Belarus, we shouldn’t panic,” Ivan Trostenyuk, a 14-year-old eighth grader at local school number three, said in a recent interview with CBC News as he was going home.

“Our [Ukrainian] the soldiers will help us.”

While Ovruch has a population of just 15,000, it is 200 km – or about two and a half hours’ drive – north of the capital, Kiev. The newly renovated highway south of Ovruch is one of the fastest routes to reach the political and economic center of Ukraine.

For weeks, Russia has sent troops and advanced weapons to Belarus, with some of the staging areas within 30 km of Ukraine. Military experts estimate there could now be more than 30,000 Russian troops in Belarus, and on Thursday they began moving in formation and conducting live-fire drills in exercises called Allied Resolve.

In this still image from a video released on February 11, military vehicles are seen conducting a joint military exercise between the armed forces of Russia and Belarus at the Brestsky training ground in the region of Brest, Belarus. (Russian Ministry of Defense document)

More than 130,000 Russians in total have gathered in places near Ukraine’s land border, in addition to a large naval deployment in the Black Sea.

Putin ‘just can’t back down’

Some Western analysts say the Russian deployment to Belarus represents the largest Russian troop movement there since well before the end of the Cold War. It also gives President Vladimir Putin and his generals additional options to attack Ukraine, should they choose to do so.

“When you have this amount of troops amassed at the borders, with the amount of naval power [Putin] moved into the Black Sea, with the amount of air power he has, he has to do something. He just can’t back down,” said Canadian Mychailo Wynnyckyj, associate professor of sociology and director of the doctoral program at Kyiv-Mohyla Business School.

Putin demanded that the United States and NATO rewrite existing security agreements in Europe, refuse to admit Ukraine to NATO and withdraw all foreign troops from former Soviet republics or former members of the Warsaw Pact. , such as Poland and Romania.

Canadian-Ukrainian Mychailo Wynnyckyj teaches in Kiev. He thinks Putin is unlikely to back down from a military buildup on the Ukrainian border. (Carly Thomas/CBC)

Wynnyckyj says Putin knows such demands cannot be met, and so he and many Ukrainians are preparing for the worst. “I think he’s going to move in.”

At the school in Ovruch, and others across Ukraine, teachers trained children in emergency drills in case the conflict escalated.

“The action plan for the children depends on the signal we receive,” said headmistress Ludmyla Zalizko of school number three in Ovruch.

“If bombings or other scenarios [happen]we could move to the basement, or outside.”

Several students told CBC News that psychologists came to their classes to try to reassure them but also to prepare them in case their city was attacked.

“We are not as worried as [the grown-ups] said Ivan Trostenyuk. “I think everything will be fine.

Heed the instructions

Other students said their parents trained them on home emergency plans.

“I live in a house and we have our own basement, where we already have a stock of food and other things, and we can go down there in 30 seconds,” 13-year-old Vania Zubiychuk said.

The Transfiguration Church is the dominant monument in Ovruch, Ukraine. (Chris Brown/CBC)

“If I’m in school [when an attack comes]I have to listen to the instructions of a teacher or adults around, and if at home … [I] listen and do whatever the parents ask you to do.”

Volodymyr Kublynsky, also 13, said his parents told him the less he told people about the political situation, the better. They say, “we shouldn’t be provocative, nobody should blow this up.”

The CBC News team spent several hours one day this week driving through Ukraine’s border areas north of Kiev and saw no evidence of the country’s military or mobilization efforts to protect the capital or the border region.

Nor, apparently, many people who live in Ovruch.

Petro Levkivsky, a municipal politician, says he understands his government wants to avoid panicking people, but a show of force would make people feel better.

“I’d rather see something happen,” he said. “I would rather there was a huge fence [at the border] and there were many troops to protect us.”

Petro Levkivsky, a municipal politician from Ovruch, said citizens might feel more reassured if they saw the Ukrainian army doing its own military exercises. (Carly Thomas/CBC)

Levkivsky said the Ukrainian military has improved significantly with the help of foreign countries, such as Canada, and this gives him hope that if hostilities break out, Ukraine will have a strong defense.

“It gives me confidence that we have an experienced army,” he said. “We are truly grateful that our foreign partners are providing military assistance, and we hope this will deter the aggressor and there will be virtually no war in central Europe.”

Ongoing conflict

Ukraine’s government has released a video of its own tanks and soldiers carrying out exercises east of the capital, near the cities of Kharkiv and Kherson, and says its preparations will reflect Russia’s schedule for its exercises until 20 February.

An old Soviet T-34 tank and an artillery piece serve as monuments to Ovruch’s military history in a park near the town’s entrance. (Adrian DiVirgilio/CBC)

In addition, there have recently been almost daily flights from the United States bringing new weapons to the Ukrainian military, including Javelin anti-tank missiles and other small arms ammunition.

Most Ukrainians see the current crisis with Russia as a continuation of a conflict that began in 2014, when Putin ordered his troops to seize the Crimean peninsula.

Shortly after, separatists in eastern Ukraine – which are supplied, financed and armed by Russia – launched an offensive against the Ukrainian army, in a conflict that has left more than 13,000 people dead. combatants and civilians.

Warnings from the US, Britain and others that a Russian attack could be ‘imminent’ come as no surprise to a war-weary nation that has spent years expecting an escalation from Russia at some point.

A kiosk near a bus stop in Ovruch. (Adrian DiVirgilio/CBC)

Wynnyckyj says like others in the country, he is preparing but also determined to carry on with his life as usual.

“We have 60 liters of water, just in case. We have lots of dried food and tinned food, just in case the electricity goes out for a few weeks, which might happen.”

But, he insisted, “it’s not panic. And we don’t have panic in the streets.”

In the border town of Ovruch, there is a sense of resignation that if an invasion did occur, it might not be possible to flee.

“If the incursion happens, it would happen suddenly, so we won’t have time to leave,” said Levkivsky, the local politician. “I have three children and no car. We won’t have time to escape.”

In this case, he says the plan would simply be for him and his family to stay put and do the best they can, as other Ukrainians did when their territory was invaded.

“Our compatriots in eastern Ukraine have experienced this, the Crimeans have experienced it too, we too, we will experience it too.”

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Should the military put an end to the “freedom” protests?

It’s funny how the so-called Conservative Party of Canada and our two local Conservative MPs seem unable to tell these ‘freedom convoy’ protesters that their voices have been heard and now is the time to let others Canadians enjoy their freedoms, such as going to work and crossing the border.

No other previous prime minister, regardless of political stripe, would have endured two weeks of traffic jams in downtown Ottawa, followed by mounting protests at border crossings. Pierre Trudeau and Jean Chrétien, up to Brian Mulroney and Stephen Harper, would have put an end to this nonsense a few days ago.

They allegedly let the protests continue for a few days, then firmly told the protesters to go home and if they did not leave, they would be evicted by members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

And naturally, these protesters in Ottawa, at the border crossings and elsewhere will cry out for the violation of their civil liberties and their rights to freedom of assembly. Here’s what Trudeau the Elder had to say about it in October 1970.

“There are a lot of bleeding hearts around who just don’t like to see people with helmets and guns. All I can say is, carry on and bleed, but maintaining law and order in this society is more important than worrying about weak-kneed people who don’t like the looks of a soldier’s helmet.

“At all costs? How far would you go with this? How far would you stretch this?” the reporter asked.

“Well, look at me,” Trudeau replied.

It’s funny how the so-called Conservative Party of Canada and our two local Conservative MPs seem unable to tell these ‘freedom convoy’ protesters that their voices have been heard and now is the time to let others Canadians enjoy their freedoms, such as going to work and crossing the border.

The Conservatives have great points to argue about the validity of federal and provincial vaccine mandates and they should vigorously present them in the House of Commons. Many mandates are – in whole or in part – no longer supported by scientific developments. But Tories should also agree with fellow parliamentarians that these protests are now causing significant economic damage and must end, voluntarily or not.

From a politically cynical standpoint, which has been Trudeau’s playbook since day one, threatening to call in the military (and following through if necessary) would now be warmly welcomed by most urban voters and suburbs, with all parties serious about government formation. Needs.

Pierre said he had no choice when he called in the army and was only responding to the clear and present danger to democracy. Justin can also use this line.

There are many wrongs in the current mandates and everyone is tired of living with them, regardless of individual opinions on vaccine safety. These demonstrators, however, crossed the line between protest and anarchy. Their continued actions are statements that their love for freedom does not include the freedom of anyone who disagrees with them.

If it takes soldiers patrolling downtown Ottawa and border crossings to restore democratic law and order, this Prime Minister — or any other Prime Minister — should do it without hesitation.

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Fired Georgian College instructor becomes face of Ottawa protest convoy

Tom Marazzo says he was fired by the college after sending an email to faculty members that questioned the school’s vaccination policy

A new face of the truckers’ protest and the Ottawa occupation is a former Georgian College instructor who is now demanding that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meet with him and his team of “world-class scientists.”

On Monday night, video was filmed by organizers of the protest in the nation’s capital, which has now been going on for nearly two weeks. The video’s keynote speaker is Tom Marazzo, who taught at Georgian for two years.

A reporter contacted Marazzo on Tuesday. He responded to clarify his ties to the Barrie area. On Wednesday, he replied to confirm his work at Georgian College. However, Marazzo was unavailable for an interview.

“I can tell you that I was fired by Georgian College for sending an internal email to over 250 faculty, the president, the vice president of human resources and several deans, questioning the legality of the mandate vax. I put my name in it,” Marazzo wrote in his response.

“Within days I was fired for sending the email,” he added. “The overwhelming majority of teachers have turned on me in a show of unity in support of the mandates. OPSEU has been totally useless. I have a lawyer.

When asked if he still lives in Barrie, Marazzo said he sold his house and “moved away from Barrie.”

Marazzo’s LinkedIn page says he was hired full-time at the college from September 2019 to September 2021 as a computer software instructor.

A Georgian College spokesperson confirmed that Marazzo was on staff until September 2021, but would not comment further on his departure as it was a confidential personal matter.

On August 13, 2021, Georgian College announced that it will require vaccinations for all students and employees entering any campus or university location beginning September 7.

On his LinkedIn page, Marazzo says “if your company does not respect the Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, you are not a good choice for me”.

In the YouTube video posted earlier this week, Marazzo talks at length about what he calls “preventive SOS.”

Two of the main points raised in the video were that Trudeau was meeting face-to-face with Marazzo and the group, which includes Tamara Lich (secretary of a Western separatist group called the Maverick Party of Canada), Paul Alexander (former President Donald Trump civil servant administration and health researcher), and some people identified as “road captains”.

At one point, Marazzo said he would like all police officers who are on the fence about COVID to sit down with their “world-class scientists” and wave to the group behind him.

For a moment when everyone present identified themselves, a man calling himself Dr. Roger Hodkinson, a self-styled pathologist from Edmonton, was the only person claiming to be a doctor.

The video also calls for other protesters to come to Ottawa, as the group feared more police were heading to the nation’s capital.

“If you want to support us, if you really want to help us, what I would like you to do is start thinking about coming to Ottawa,” Marazzo said in the video.

Marazzo said he wasn’t asking people to get in their vehicles or pack their bags immediately, but that they wanted “to start preparing your families or start talking to your employers and saying, ‘Look, I feel really my place is in Ottawa this week’.”

Marazzo’s LinkedIn profile also indicates that he was a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) military officer.

A The CAF spokesperson confirmed by email that “a person with the name Thomas Marazzo is a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)”.

“He was released seven years ago in September 2016, after 18 years of service. Thomas Marazzo joined the CAF in September 1998 in Hamilton, Ontario. He was a captain in the Canadian Army and served as a construction engineering officer. He was released from the regular force in 2015 to join the supplemental reserves. Thomas Marazzo (was) fully released from the CAF in September 2016. His service does not include any international deployment.

CAF said any additional information is protected by privacy legislation and was unable to comment further.

We still do not know what the next moves of the Ottawa group will be.

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Lanka highlights flaws in Geneva process and challenges Canada’s genocide claim – The Island

HC Navaratne Responds to Ontario Politician’s Allegation of 140,000 Vanni War Dead

Sri Lanka has pointed to flaws in the process adopted by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (HRC) to pursue unsubstantiated war crimes charges, which paved the way for the 2015 resolution on responsibility. Despite the serious concerns expressed by the then opposition and the armed forces, the yahapalana government co-sponsored the controversial resolution against Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Ottawa, Harsha Kumara Navaratne, has pointed to glaring flaws in the Geneva process being exploited by interested parties, including those from Canada, to accuse Sri Lanka of causing genocide in the endgame of the conflict.

There has not been a single instance of Sri Lanka directly challenging the Geneva process since the adoption of the 2015 Accountability Resolution. The much-anticipated position was taken ahead of upcoming Geneva sessions due to begin later this month.

Here is the text of the declaration entitled ‘Refuting the ‘Tamil genocide’ allegation in the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka issued by the Sri Lankan Mission in Ottawa asking those interested in genuine post-war national reconciliation to engage in dialogue with HC Navaratne: The term genocide is used to describe one of the most serious crimes against humanity, comprising specific acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group. Therefore, the Sri Lankan High Commission in Canada notes with grave concern the attempts by some parties in Canada to present the final phase of the conflict in Sri Lanka which ended in 2009 as a “genocide” against the Tamil people. from Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan community in Canada is multi-ethnic and multi-religious. In this context, the private member’s Bill 104 on the “Tamil Genocide Education Week” passed in the Canadian province of Ontario has caused tensions in intercommunal relations within the Sri Lankan community. lanka by describing a false narrative against a community.

Additionally, while appreciating the various Canadian government focused programs for Sri Lankan Tamil Canadians, we are disappointed to note that on January 31, 2022, during an event announcing funding for Tamil students with programs and resources focused on mental health and well-being, Mr. Stephen Lecce, Ontario’s Minister of Education, made comments such as “we are very deliberate in our choice of words that we recognize a genocide that transpired against the innocent Tamil people” and “in a genocide that left over 140,000 innocent people perishing at the hands of the regime in Colombe”. reference to the “Tamil genocide” in his remarks.

We appreciate that the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, in a

The diplomatic note dated April 7, 2021 responding to a clarification stated “that the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development clarifies Canada’s official position regarding the allegations of genocide in Sri Lanka, the department can officially confirm that the Government of Canada has not made a finding that there was a genocide in Sri Lanka”. Additionally, the Government of Canada has outlawed the Liberation Tamil Tigers Eelam Organization (LTTE) as a terrorist organization.

In this context, the repeated use of the word “Tamil genocide” only generates dissension and prejudice among children and the community of Sri Lankan Canadians living in Ontario. Therefore, such allegations must be refuted in the interests of social harmony and to prevent the spread of misconceptions about Sri Lanka within the international community.

During the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka, government forces clashed with the internationally outlawed terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), one of the most brutal terrorist groups the world has seen. The LTTE’s objective was to divide Sri Lanka along ethnic lines and create a separate state. With this objective, they have waged a three-decade-long terrorist campaign that has brought great suffering and destruction to all communities.

During the final stages of the military conflict in 2009, as the LTTE faced inevitable defeat, it resorted to taking Tamil civilians hostage as a human shield and refused any effort to remove civilians from areas of conflict. The allegation of civilian casualties and the exaggeration of figures were the means by which the LTTE sought to force foreign intervention to halt the government’s advance.

Nevertheless, government forces succeeded in rescuing an estimated 290,000 Tamil civilians from the clutches of the LTTE, treating them and resettling them. Moreover, more than 12,000 armed cadres of the LTTE were rehabilitated and released, thus proving that the Sri Lankan government had avoided causing unnecessary deaths even among enemy combatants, let alone non-combatant civilians.

Therefore, there is absolutely no evidence to suggest any act and/or intent of the false allegations of “genocide” during military engagement with the LTTE. Nor was there a pattern of events that even suggested “genocide”. Military experts noted that the tactical options were justifiable and proportionate given the situation in the final phase of the military conflict.

Some parties, including remnant groups and LTTE sympathizers, have seized on the hypothetical civilian casualty figures contained in some seriously flawed UN-commissioned reports, to argue the genocide of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka during the final phase of the military conflict. However, even the highly contested report of the UN Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts does not charge the government of Sri Lanka with “genocide”. The main findings of the OHCHR’s 2015 Inquiry into Sri Lanka (OISL) into alleged “war crimes” in Sri Lanka do not even suggest “genocide”.

Groups espousing the genocide allegation seized on the claim, made without any evidence, in the PoE report “that there could have been as many as 40,000 civilian deaths” in the last months of the conflict. The PoE report came up with the hypothetical figure of 40,000 civilians killed discarding the actual number of people eventually rescued by the Sri Lankan army which was around 290,000 against the hypothetical figure of 330,000 which they considered the number civilians who had been in the region (Vanni) before the start of military operations in this region. This hypothetical number of 330,000 civilians used by the PoE is a purely arbitrary construct. No one, in Sri Lanka or abroad, knew exactly how many civilians the LTTE held captive during those months of 2009.

In addition, the PoE report mentions a lower figure of 7,721 deaths (up to 13 May 2009) reported by the United Nations country team in Sri Lanka. However, this figure is then disputed by the PoE report without explaining how it is that more than 30,000 people could have been killed in the last days until May 18, 2009, when the conflict ended, if the figure of 40,000 must ever be correct and precise. .

It should be noted that in July 2011, data collected by the Department of Census and Statistics of Sri Lanka in the Northern Province revealed that in 2008 and 2009 when the final battles raged in the Northern Province , the total number of people who died from causes other than natural causes, was 9,283. The field data collection required for the project, the first such count in this part of the country since the 1981 census, has was carried out by the predominantly ethnic Tamil government employees stationed in the Northern Province. The death toll suffered by the Sri Lankan army in the final war against the LTTE between July 2006 and May 2009 was 5,876. It would be logical to assume that the LTTE would have suffered a greater number of deaths than the forces Sri Lankan armed forces, and that of the reported persons (9,283) who died in the Northern Province of non-natural causes in 2008 and 2009, the vast majority would have been LTTE cadres or persons directly involved in the hostilities.

Legal experts have identified that the use of the disputed figure, which is the main weakness of the PoE report, is exacerbated by the standard of proof it purports to adopt. A non-legal analysis (“I was sure”, I was reasonably confident”, I was absolutely convinced”, “I had suspicions”, etc.) is used in a document dealing with alleged crimes on a large scale – who name those who may be responsible and who deserve further legal and other proceedings. They note that international courts and tribunals have not relied on reports of this nature as probative evidence to prove allegations in trials for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Since the end of the conflict in 2009, Sri Lanka has pursued a policy of restoration, reparation, reintegration, rehabilitation and reconciliation within the overall concept of restorative justice. At a time when Sri Lanka is moving forward in these processes, some groups, including remnants of the international LTTE network, have attempted to discredit and destabilize the efforts undertaken by Sri Lanka by pushing agendas such as the “Tamil genocide”.

As shown by the words of Mr. Stephen Lecce, who cited the figure of 140,000 dead, the content of unverified reports succeeded in misleading the international community and influencing opinion makers and decision makers. If, over time, the dubious nature of the evidence on which the UN reports are based is forgotten, their accusations, which are in fact unproven, could become powerful with repeated repetition.

Genocide allegations are impacting Sri Lanka’s relations with the international community, at a time when Sri Lanka is engaged in long-standing cooperation with United Nations human rights mechanisms and the Human Rights Council. rights of the United Nations and upholds its commitment to accountability and reconciliation through national processes and institutions.

Therefore, the Sri Lankan High Commissioner openly invites all who are committed to the Sri Lankan peace and reconciliation process to visit, meet and dialogue with him on this matter.

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UC Riverside professor is one of the few black archaeologists searching for sunken slave ships and hidden history – Press Enterprise

When you find doll fragments on a former plantation in Florida where slaves lived and worked in the 1800s, it’s impossible not to be amazed.

Who owned the doll? How did children live on a plantation? What was recreation for the children of slaves like?

That feeling of being able to hold a piece of the past before it was placed on a shelf or under a spotlight in a museum – that’s what got Ayana Omilade Flewellen hooked on archaeology.

Ayana Omilade Flewellen, assistant professor of anthropology at UC Riverside, stands in the hallway of Watkins Hall on the Riverside campus Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. Flewellen is a co-founder of the Society of Black Archaeologists and serves on the board of directors to dive with a purpose. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Make history tangible

An assistant professor of anthropology at UC Riverside, Flewellen belongs to a small group (less than 1%) within the archaeological community – black archaeologists – and is one of a handful of black-born maritime archaeologists who dive offshore. the coast of St. Croix in the Caribbean and Michigan’s Great Lakes, searching for wreckage of ships that transported slaves and the fuselage of planes that once carried Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military aviators of the US armed forces.

At 31, Flewellen, co-founder of the International Society of Black Archaeologists, is carving out a niche for herself as a researcher and archaeologist who works on land and under water, exploring ideas of race, gender, equity and of social justice while linking the truths of the past to the present in each project.

Archaeology, says Flewellen, is a way of showing history rather than telling it.

“Archaeology really makes our history tangible in ways that can’t be denied. It’s important in our country right now in an environment that thrives on misinformation,” said Flewellen, who identifies as no binary (neither male nor female) and prefers the pronoun “they”.

Flewellen’s own history is rooted in Texas. They were able to trace their family members back to the 1850s in Falls County, central Texas. But Flewellen was born in Atlanta and raised in different places – Maryland, New Mexico and Florida. Their time in the Washington, DC area, visiting museums and swimming at Miami beaches influenced their interest in history and, later, maritime archaeology.

“Growing up with a single mother and limited disposable income, we always looked for what we could do for free,” they said. “And that meant visiting many museums and beaches.”

As an undergraduate at the University of Florida, Flewellen was an undeclared major for two years. They found their calling in 2010 during field study at the Kingsley Plantation in Jacksonville, owned in 1814 by Zephaniah Kingsley and run by his wife, Anna Madgigine Jai, a Senegalese whom Kingsley had purchased as a slave. Flewellen was fascinated by how a black woman had actively participated in the management of the plantations, acquiring her own land and slaves after being freed by Kingsley in 1811.

“This project got me hooked on archaeology,” they said.

Ayana Omilade Flewellen, assistant professor of anthropology at UC Riverside, is a co-founder of the Society of Black Archaeologists and serves on the board of directors of Diving With A Purpose, on the Riverside campus, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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Much of the work Flewellen does on the land focuses on how African American women in the post-emancipation era dressed their bodies to negotiate the racism, sexism, and classism that shaped their lives.

“I found dress is so important because when we think about the rise of white vigilante movements, they targeted black bodies and property,” Flewellen said. “How people see you as a black person could have a huge impact on your life. We saw it in the Trayvon Martin case.

Martin was a 17-year-old black teenager who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch coordinator in a gated community in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012. He was wearing a hoodie at the time, a everyday who has found himself at the center of the national debate on racial profiling and social justice.

As an artist who makes jewelry, Flewellen said they were always interested in seeing how slaves adorned their bodies.

“I met glasses,” they said. “Buttons made of wood, bone, metal or ceramic. Beautiful hand cut stone beads. When you find these things, you think of the craftsmanship that goes into them. When you look at bone objects, you think about what people ate, what they had access to, and what they created with what little they had.

Flewellen also found fragments of dolls at Kingsley Plantation and a marble at an archaeological site in St. Croix – items that resonated with them the most – they said.

“It made us think about how children lived in those days,” Flewellen said. “It’s not something we talk about often. These objects and remnants of the past help us think more broadly about the human experience.

story under water

Flewellen said maritime archaeology, or the search for historical artifacts underwater, was something that never occurred to them — at least until they were graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin.

“That area was pretty much white male dominated and never presented to me as a possibility,” Flewellen said. “The very cost was staggering to me. Learning to dive can be very expensive.

Connecting with Diving with a Purpose, a Florida-based volunteer underwater archeology program, changed Flewellen’s trajectory. They trained with the group for free at the Dallas YMCA. At first it was terrifying, Flewellen said.

“It took me a while to learn how to float underwater and better control my breathing,” they said. “But most importantly, I had to train my mind to know that everything would be okay. I had to remember to breathe deeply, which also feels like a meditative practice.

Flewellen’s first scuba diving experience was off St. Croix, where they co-administered an archaeological project at the Estate Little Princess Plantation site, teaching students modern archaeological method and theory in the field. and including local community members in data collection. process, giving them the means to appropriate their heritage.

At Sainte-Croix, Flewellen collaborates with her research partner, Justin Dunnavant, assistant professor of anthropology and archeology at UCLA. The project is housed on property owned by The Nature Conservancy, a global environmental organization, and is a collaboration with the Smithsonian’s Slave Wrecks Project, local historic preservation groups, the University of the Virgin Islands, and several universities across the continental United States. The Slave Wrecks Project researches slave ships one voyage at a time and examines the sites, stories and legacies associated with these voyages.

Recently, as part of the project on the island of St. John, the Flewellen team came across a mid-18th century ship, which was not a large enough vessel to have transported enslaved Africans, but existed at a time when there were social problems. processing on the island.

“It helps us think about the maritime connection that black people had during this time,” they said. “The docks themselves were also places where black people congregated.”

Flewellen said the dives off St. Croix, on the edge of the continental shelf, were particularly “incredible and beautiful”.

“You go from 150 feet to 3,000 feet underwater where it’s so dark,” they said. “It’s terrifying and exciting at the same time. The depth of the ocean is a perfect metaphor for the unknown. There is so much history in our waters that we cannot see.

Move and push the limits

Flewellen’s groundbreaking work is helping to transform the field of archaeology, said Maria Franklin, a professor of anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, where Flewellen earned her master’s and doctorate degrees.

“The work that Ayana and others are doing is aimed at developing ourselves and training others, as well as achieving more collaborations with communities and organizations so that we can take archeology out of the ivory tower and bring it to the world,” Franklin said. “Whether it’s theorizing the human social condition, doing fieldwork, or picking up a collection and thinking about it, social justice is the mandate. That should be the goal. We need to see more people in this field who look like us.

Franklin says she sees her former student not just as a role model for black students, but for students of all races and genders.

Dunnavant, Flewellen’s collaborator and research partner, said he viewed Flewellen as someone who never felt intimidated by challenges or obstacles.

“It’s extremely important for (Flewellen) to be upfront because it’s important for other women to see their work,” he said.

Dunnavant says his goal is to “become irrelevant” by training future archaeologists.

“We have histories and legacies that we don’t know about,” he said. “We may never learn them in our lifetime. Thus, each of our projects includes a training component. »

Their work, along with that of other black archaeologists probing the depths for slave shipwrecks and experiencing the power of finding their own story, will be featured in National Geographic magazine to be published on Monday, February 7. Flewellen’s work was also featured. in the magazine’s “Into the Depths” podcast series.

Flewellen believes that the future of archeology depends on the ability of current practitioners to show the connections between past and present.

“A lot of people see it as a ground for old white people,” they said. “In the future, I see, it’s a practice that roots the way humanity existed in the past and connects it to what we experience today. I like to see a future where projects are driven by the community members and what people want to know about the past – our collective past.

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Global Future Soldier Programs Featured at Future Soldier Technology Conference 2022

SMi Group Reports: The Future Soldier Technology Conference, taking place in London next month, features nine different nations presenting updates on their Future Soldier programs.

There is just one month left until the 8th Annual Future Soldier Technology Conference and Exhibition returns to London on March 8-10, 2022, alongside a Dismounted Soldier Situational Awareness Day on March 7, 2022.

As the world’s leading meeting dedicated to improving dismounted soldier technology, Future Soldier Technology 2022 will provide an engaging networking space to foster new working relationships and discuss current equipment modernization requirements and experiences.

This event usually sells out early – for those wishing to attend the conference, it is advisable to register early to avoid disappointment. Register at http://www.futuresoldiertechnology.com/pr2.

Delegates will have the opportunity to hear key updates on future soldier programs from these countries: the United Kingdom, France, Portugal, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, the United States, etc.

Featured presentations include:

• Brigadier Matthew Cansdale, Head of Future Force Development, British Army, presenting: “Future Soldier”: Transforming the British Army

• Lieutenant-Colonel Sébastien Gasnier, Field Deputy, Department of Infantry Doctrine and Advanced Studies, French Armed Forces Infantry School, presenting: Maximizing the lethality and situational awareness of dismounted soldiers through improved weapon optics

• Major Pedro Miguel Martins Grifo, Staff Officer (Area Coordinator – C4I, ISTAR and EW) Capabilities Branch, Portuguese Army*, presenting: Development of Portuguese dismounted soldier systems to improve knowledge of the situation

• Major Philippe Rhéaume, Soldier System Project Director, Directorate of Land Requirements, Canadian Armed Forces, presenting: Optimizing Soldier Maneuverability with the Canadian ISSP

• Colonel Michael Bassingthwaighte, Army Advisor, London, Australian Defense Staff, presenting: Improving situational awareness for the dismounted Australian soldier

• Colonel Jan H. Vonk, STRONG Program Manager, Defense Material Organisation, Dutch MOD and Ms. Ilse Kroesen, System Integration Manager Individual Soldier, Defense Materiel Organisation, Netherlands Armed Forces, presenting: STRONG Programme: Improving the Capabilities of Dutch Dismounted Soldiers

• Major Magnus Hallberg, LCD DSS Chairman, NATO/Swedish Armed Forces, presenting: Developing the NATO Future Soldier System

• Mr. Geert Vanlinthout, Program Manager, Night Vision Capability Programme, OCCAR-EA, presenting: OCCAR: Improving Night Vision Capability for Participating Nations

• Lt. Col. Denny Dresch, PdM PEO Ground Soldier Systems, PEO Soldier, US Army, presenting: Transforming Soldier Situational Awareness with the Nett Warrior IVAS Program
*subject to final confirmation

The full agenda and list of speakers is available at http://www.futuresoldiertechnology.com/pr2.

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Conference: March 8-9, 2022
Pre-conference Focus Day: March 7, 2022
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The Pentagon announces the dispatch of 3,000 troops to Eastern European countries

  • Direct Crisis in Ukraine
  • Crisis Blinken urges Russia to ‘immediately’ withdraw army from border with Ukraine

The United States decided to send 3,000 soldiers in Poland, Romania and Germany, in response to the 126,000 troops that Russia has placed on the border with Ukraine. Additionally, an additional 8,500 troops have been on standby in the United States for more than a week in case they need to be sent to the region. The measure is a new escalation of tension on Ukraine triggered after the dispatch of 126,000 Russian soldiers on the border by Vladimir Putin and the threat of Russia to undertake “military-technical actions” against this country if NATO does not agree to withdraw to the positions it occupied 25 years ago. France has also placed several hundred soldiers on alert in case it decides to send them to Romania.

The decision not only raises the tone of the dispute between the United States and Russia. It also exposes the split within NATO, where Germany has adopted an appeasement tone towards Russia. In fact, the sending of the 3,000 soldiers did not have the “green light” from the Atlantic Alliance, but was rather negotiated bilaterally between Washington and the countries concerned. Pentagon spokesman, retired admiral John Kirbystated in this sense that “NATO, as an organization, has no right of veto” over the movements of the American armed forces and their allies, and stressed that “Nothing prevents the United States from making its own decisions”. It is a clear warning to Germany and other NATO countries that do not support the US position, that he makes it clear that Washington will go it alone, with the support of willing allies.

Kirby also took the French deployment to Romania for granted, explaining that the deployment in Romania “takes place at the express invitation of the government” of this country, but did not clarify the position of Poland and Germany. In any case, he insisted on the fact that this type of action “implies consultations” with the host countries. The soldiers will not fight in Ukraine, but they have “a wide range of missions”. Its deployment seems to confirm the idea that some Eastern European countries do not fear a Russian invasion of Ukraine, but of their own territory, and that the United States accredits these fears.

Washington – and neither its allies – did not specify why it made this decision at this time. Russia has maintained its deployment for more than a month, and although it has sent medical units to the border with Ukraine and continues to increase its forces in Belarus – a former Soviet republic that is in practice a Moscow satellite – no one has indicated that the invasion will be imminent. The US Department of Defense said the deployment was temporary.but everything will depend on the development of the situation on the ground.

The units to be moved are in the front line. Of the 3,000 soldiers, 2000 belong to the 82nd Airborne Division and the 18th Airborne Corpsbased in Fort Bragg (North Carolina), specialized in air assault actions (paratroopers).

The 82nd Airborne has a long history, dating back to Normandy and the Ardennes during World War II and continuing through to the war with the Islamic State in Iraq. The 18th Airborne Corps is a unit that is created according to circumstances, with troops and equipment from other groups. Their motto is “US Contingency Forces”and played a leading role in the American wars in Iraq.

Most of the soldiers from these two units will be deployed in Poland, with a small contingent in Germany. The other 1,000 soldiers belong to a Stryker squadron based in Germany. The Stryker Squadrons take their name from this armored vehicle, released in Iraq, which gives ground forces great mobility. The squadron will barely need a day or two to cover the distance from Germany to Romania. A Stryker force is halfway between an infantry unit and an armored unit.

Biden’s decision to send this contingent took observers by surprise, especially since the US government itself said yesterday that there was no indication that Vladimir Putin had made the decision to attack Ukraine again. . In 2014, when this country left the orbit of Russian influence. Moscow annexes the Crimean peninsula and creates a guerrilla force that occupies 7% of Ukrainian territory, in the industrial region of Donbs, on the border with Russia. The Russian government again accused the United States of “provocation” for sending troops to the region. Till date, the largest troop movement in NATO countries had been the sending of two F-35 fighters by the Netherlands and seven Eurofighters by Spain to Bulgariawhere they will conduct aerial patrol missions, in addition to resupplying Canadian Army Special Forces in Ukraine.

Britain also has a small contingent of soldiers training Ukraine’s armed forces in the use of the 2,000 anti-tank missiles the country has sent to deal with a possible Russian invasion. A sign of NATO’s division, the planes that transported these weapons from the United Kingdom to Ukraine did not fly over Germany because Berlin was delaying the “green light” for the passage of planes in its airspace.


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Russian envoy urges Justin Trudeau to call Vladimir Putin to discuss Ukraine crisis

Russian Ambassador to Canada Oleg Stepanov said that if Justin Trudeau called Vladimir Putin, the Russian President would “pick up the phone immediately”.Dave Chan/The Globe and Mail

Moscow’s envoy to Canada is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to phone Vladimir Putin so he can hear the Russian president explain there’s “no chance” Russia will invade Ukraine.

Oleg Stepanov, the recently arrived Russian ambassador to Canada, told The Globe and Mail on Tuesday that Mr. Putin would accept a phone call from Mr. Trudeau to discuss the crisis in Ukraine and the gathering in Moscow of more than 100,000 troops to the Russian-Ukrainian border. .

“I am 100% sure that my president would pick up the phone immediately,” Mr. Stepanov said, noting that the two leaders never attended a bilateral meeting during Mr. Trudeau’s seven years in office.

Mr. Putin would welcome the opportunity to make it clear to Mr. Trudeau that he has no intention of invading Ukraine and to explain the Kremlin’s opposition to the encroachment of the NATO on its borders, Mr. Stepanov said.

He noted that the leaders of the United States, Britain, Germany and many other Western countries regularly dialogue with Mr. Putin and he urged the Government of Canada to do the same.

But even though he ruled out the possibility of an invasion, Mr Stepanov mentioned a scenario in which some Ukrainian politicians – whom he declined to identify – could spark a conflict.

He urged Canada and other Western governments to work with Kyiv to deter this group.

“My government’s concern is that there is a war party in Kiev. There are radical politicians out there who could use the current stormy situation to provoke conflict on their side,” the envoy said.

When it comes to Ukrainian national security, Vladimir Putin has already won

Stepanov’s comments come a day after the NATO military alliance announced it was putting forces on standby and bolstering Eastern Europe with more ships and fighter jets in response reinforcement of Russian troops near its border with Ukraine.

He called on Ottawa and its allies “who have vested interests in Ukraine to work with the Kyiv government to keep them under control and deter them from any possible provocations in Donbass or elsewhere in Ukraine.”

As he spoke about the need for Russian-Canadian engagement, the envoy said the Kremlin would even drop a travel ban imposed on Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland in 2014 after Canada imposed sanctions to the Russian elites for the annexation of Crimea by Moscow and the destabilization of Ukraine. At the time, Russia retaliated by issuing travel bans on Ms Freeland and other Canadian officials – actions the ambassador called “how the game is played”.

The travel ban, however, would only be ignored if Ms Freeland were to come to Moscow for serious high-level talks – talks which the Russian envoy expressed hope would transform Canada into what he called a “voice of moderation” on the Ukrainian crisis. .

“If miracles happen and Madame Freeland wants to come to Moscow with a special message from the prime minister, I’m sure the exception can be made,” he said.

However, he expressed concern that Ms. Freeland, a Ukrainian-Canadian whose mother helped draft Ukraine’s constitution, is heavily influencing government policy in favor of Kyiv. He noted that she holds regular discussions with the Congress of Ukrainian Canadians, a group that represents people of Ukrainian descent in Canada.

“She is a member of the Ukrainian diaspora,” Mr. Stepanov said. “She’s the prime minister’s right-hand man… so she’s an influential voice in decision-making.”

The ambassador laughed when he learned that Canada was recalling spouses of diplomats and their children under the age of 18 from Kiev as a precaution against a possible Russian invasion.

“It’s your taxpayers’ money,” he said. “You want to remove them, you [will] I have to bring them back because I’m sure the situation will calm down.

On Ukraine, let’s not forget what history teaches us about appeasement

Mr. Stepanov denied that Russia hacked into Global Affairs Canada’s computer system last week; it suffered a multi-day meltdown that security experts called a cyberattack. And the ambassador dismissed warnings from the Communications Security Establishment, the top-secret federal agency that handles signals intelligence and cybersecurity, to be wary of Russian cyberattacks.

“No, absolutely not,” he replied when asked about the disruption of computer networks at Global Affairs, discovered on January 19. “Russia does not conduct any malicious activity in the cybersphere against Canada or any other country.”

When told that Washington had accused Russian intelligence of a major hack of US government departments and private companies, such as Microsoft Corp., in late 2020, Mr Stepanov said: “They still do this. if it helps to increase their self-esteem, but the problem with Americans and others is that it is very easy to blame the Russians.

The federal cabinet met on Tuesday and will meet again on Wednesday to approve a six-month extension to the Canadian Armed Forces training mission in Ukraine. He should approve a package of measures including the supply of small arms to the army of this country.

The Russian ambassador questioned why Canada would supply arms to Ukraine when Kiev appears to have a sufficient inventory of weapons – since it also exports defense equipment abroad.

Stepanov noted that the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which tracks arms sales, records arms exports from Ukraine. In 2019, according to the SIPRI database, Ukraine exported missiles and armored fighting vehicles. In 2020, Ukraine exported missiles and aircraft. The United Nations Conventional Arms Register also shows that in 2020 Ukraine exported missile launchers and portable anti-tank rocket systems, as well as firearms, including pistols, submachine guns and rifles. assault.

“For me, it is quite surprising to see that the country continues to profit from arms exports and at the same time asks its foreign partners to provide it with additional weapons,” he said.

“If you feel threatened by Russia or any other country, you don’t sell your weapons; you store them.

When asked why Russia had placed more than 100,000 combat-ready troops on the border with Ukraine, the ambassador replied: “This is our land, this is our army. The army must conduct exercises from time to time.

With a Reuters report

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Help an 81-year-old veteran living in his car in a Squamish parking lot

A veteran’s friends set up a GoFundMe page for an 81-year-old veteran who lived in his car parked in a local parking lot.

Orville Larson served 11 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as a combat engineer in the 1960s and spent over five years deployed in Germany. He has fallen on hard times after a series of unfortunate events and has no family to support him in town, says his friend Jeremiah White.

Jeremiah is also a Veteran and served in the Canadian Army in Afghanistan.

“Orville needs our help. Over the past year he has been evicted, had all of his belongings stolen from the warehouse and somehow survived this winter without his most basic needs being met,” explains Jeremiah. “Orville is just a good-hearted guy that life has dealt blow after blow and has nothing left.”

Jeremiah says Orville currently lives in his small car with few possessions in a parking lot in town and has lived there all winter. Jeremiah and Randi plan to raise $20,000 so an RV can be purchased for Orville.

“All money raised will be used to buy a cargo-style van, convert it to a basic living configuration, buy necessary clothing and basic groceries. Our goal is to ensure that Orville be self-sufficient for the next phase of his life, which will hopefully be a better future than the current outlook offers,” says Jeremiah.

“If you cannot donate money, please contact us if you can donate time, labor, vehicle conversion materials (heating, water/septic, infrastructure items), camping gear, clothes, anything that can help,” he said. said.

Jeremiah can be contacted by GoFundMe page or email [email protected]

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Capewell appoints Lieutenant General (Rtd) Edward Davis as UK Strategic Director

Davis served 35 years in the naval service as an officer in the Royal Marines. During his distinguished career, he was the 63rd Commanding General of the Royal Marines and Commander of UK Amphibious Forces and Deputy Commander of NATO Land Command Headquarters. Retired from the British Armed Forces at the rank of Lieutenant General, he was transferred to the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office and was appointed, by Her Majesty The Queen, 67and Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Gibraltar in January 2016. He completed his term as Gibraltar Governor in February 2020.

Davis spent his early years in the naval service in regimental service in the United Kingdom, the the falkland islands, Cyprus, Norway, and Belize. He commanded a specialized military unit from 2002 to 2004, which included Operation TELIC 1 in Iraq, and later commanded 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines from 2010 to 2011, during which time he deployed to Afghanistan as commander of Task Force Helmand on Operation HERRICK 14. He was appointed 63rd Commanding General of the Royal Marines and Commander of the United Kingdom Amphibious Forces in December 2011. His last appointment to naval service was as Deputy Commander of NATO Land Command Headquarters in Izmir, Turkey, from July 2014 at January 2016.

“Ed’s significant leadership experience as Governor of Gibraltar, his vast expertise in international governance and his long tenure as a military leader with our allies in the United Kingdom are invaluable,” said Gregory Bloom, CEO of Capewell. “Our global team has gained immeasurable strength with his arrival.”

“Faced with the persistent challenges of our ever-changing world,” said Davis, “I particularly relish the opportunity to contribute to Capewell’s strategic ambition to become the premier provider of air and life support systems across the Kingdom. -United, Europe and the Commonwealth. It is an ambition that Capewell will undoubtedly achieve, given its 140 years of successful engineering that is innovative, agile and reliable for mission and life. It is indeed a proud moment for me to join Capewell.”

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Founded in 1881, Capewell is the world’s leading custom engineer and manufacturer of critical air delivery systems and combat water survival solutions for United States government and its partner nations. Capewell’s core mission – to protect people who operate systems in hazardous environments to support national security – continues to this day. Operating from South Windsor, Conn., and Meadows of Dan, Va., the company offers four primary product segments of critical components and systems: aerial and parachute delivery systems, air and marine safety and life support equipment, operator and maintainer training and logistics, and engineering.

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“A life full of adventures”: the Métis community mourns the loss of Saskatchewan. Louis Roy, WWII Veteran

One of the oldest Métis veterans of the Second World War died Tuesday at the age of 101 in a long-term care home in northern Saskatchewan.

Louis Roy leaves in his family the memory of a kind man who paved the way for his 10 children and his many grandchildren.

“He was just a very respected man. He lived a fulfilling life full of adventures and experienced so much wisdom,” his granddaughter Glenda Burnouf said.

Roy was born on August 2, 1920 in Île-à-la-Croix. His first language was Cree. His father died when he was 12, so the family moved to Beauval in 1932. Roy attended boarding school at Île-à-la-Croix.

He enlisted in the Canadian army in February 1942 at the age of 21, according to a biography prepared by his daughter Julie Roy.

He underwent basic and advanced training where he learned to drive and other skills such as map reading, weaponry and communication.

“It really formed the basis of his life and professional skills to come,” Burnouf said.

He served in the infantry in Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy and England until his discharge in October 1945.

Métis Nation-Saskatchewan Veterans Affairs Minister Mervin Tex Bouvier is from the same area as Roy and says he was a role model in the community.

“Everyone knew Louis Roy because it’s like a family from Green Lake to La Loche,” Bouvier said. “He was highly respected by his peers and his people.”

Bouvier says the area does not have a Legion branch presence and MN-S plans to assist in the proper recognition of Roy and other Métis veterans who have contributed to the fabric of the community.

“I really want to look at cemeteries and recognize who they were and where they served,” Bouvier said.

Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand also acknowledged Roy’s death.

“Louis was one of many brave Métis citizens drafted to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces against the evils of the world, while facing discrimination at home,” Chartrand said.

Roy was the first Métis veteran to receive a $20,000 recognition payment from Ottawa in 2019 for the way he was treated after returning from fighting.

Burnouf said that after the war Roy earned his living as a trapper, hunter and fisherman. He married, founded a home near Beauval and raised 10 children.

At 43, he began a career as a carpenter. He worked for the Department of Northern Services and the school division until his retirement at age 65.

In 2005, at the age of 85, Roy downsized and built himself a one-bedroom house on the banks of the Beaver River. He lived there alone until he was 100 years old.

She says it’s nice to see her grandfather recognized for his contributions.

“He took it upon himself to provide for his family and learn a career and now the recognition is coming, which I’m very grateful for,” Burnouf said.

She says she can see some of her noble traits and values ​​in her children and grandchildren.

“It’s good to see that he lives in all of us.”

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More than 3,700 crowns deposited locally as part of national ceremonies

Major General Darren Werner clears snow from a marker before placing a wreath. Werner was the guest speaker at the ceremony. This year, more than 3,700 crowns were presented.

Volunteers roam the cemetery, laying wreaths on veterans’ graves after a wreathing ceremony across America on December 18 at the Clinton Township Resurrection Cemetery.

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP – Bagpipes played “Amazing Grace” as volunteers gathered, wading through the snow.

Locally, this year’s Wreaths Across America event took place on December 18 at the Clinton Township Resurrection Cemetery.

Now in its 10th year in Clinton Township, Wreaths Across America unites those who have served with those who currently serve, and others, such as youth groups and organizations.

The Wreaths Across America website says its mission to remember, honor and teach is accomplished by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at over 2,500 additional sites in 50 US states, at sea and abroad.

“Our children need to know what the veterans have done for their freedom,” said event organizer Karen Straffon. “They cannot be forgotten just because they are in a grave.”

In 2012, approximately 728 crowns were laid during the Resurrection. In 2018, that number rose to over 3,000 crowns. This year, more than 3,700 crowns were presented. Straffon estimates that around 450 volunteers were on site.

She noted that funds are raised year round for wreaths, which come from Maine.

In recent years, an honorary ceremony has been held at the Fern Hill Country Club. Due to the pandemic, the ceremony coincided with the outdoor gathering.

A wooden flag made by Flags of Valor veterans was presented to the Township of Clinton for their continued support of the veterans, and to Sgt. Adam Thurau, an Iraq war veteran.

“We honored him for the work he did,” Straffon said. “He worked so hard. His story is horrible, and he also has a wife and five children. “

She added that in Iraq, Thurau drove a vehicle and was the only one who survived.

“We want to make PTSD out in the open that it is working on it, but still has a way to go,” Straffon said.

Major General Darren Werner, Commanding General of the US Army Tank Automotive and Armaments Command, Army Materiel Command, was the guest speaker.

“When I have the opportunity to come out and be a part of one of the incredible commemorative recognitions in Clinton Township, I am very happy to come and participate,” he said.

“As a General, posted to Michigan and Commander of Detroit Arsenal and US Army Tank Automotive Command, I am extremely proud. As a youngster who grew up in the thumb and spent my formative years in school here, I’m proud to be back.

Werner said that of all the commemorative events happening at the cemetery, Wreaths Across America has to be the happiest.

“As we go out and celebrate the lives of those who have touched us in the past, those people, our family and friends who have served our nation, to step out and remember them during this very special time. “said the two-star general. commented.

Werner said it was a day of remembrance, honor and thanksgiving.

“We remember all the brave men and women of our armed forces who have committed to selfless service to protect and defend our Constitution,” he said. “It’s a freedom that is close to our hearts. “

Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon said it has become an annual tradition to lay wreaths at the graves of deceased veterans until December.

“It is a way of expressing our appreciation and of paying homage to the sacrifices made for our country by our soldiers,” he said. “December is a time of traditional family reunions. “

Cannon called the event a great learning opportunity for children to understand the sacrifices made by the military.

The laying of the ceremonial wreaths was carried out by members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Merchant Navy, Canadian Army, Air Force, Space Force and POW / MIA.

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As Covid policies divide America, Ontario doubles (again)


The verdict of the health experts: Too little, too late, told you.

Public health experts across the country had warned for weeks that Omicron’s outsized transmissibility would fuel a surprising new wave of infections at a time when Covid-tired families – boosted or not – were planning to come together.

Sabina Vohra-Miller, health advocate and co-founder of the Vohra Miller Foundation, was among those who sounded the alarm and called for advice and restrictions.

“We know people are going to get together over the holidays. And it’s going to cause exponential growth. I mean, there is already exponential growth,” she told POLITICO on December 15.

“We have to be proactive, not wait for things to get out of hand. It’s so much harder to take back control when it’s already past that point.”

At the time, Ontario had registered 1,808 new cases. Two days before Christmas the number rose to 5,790. On New Year’s Eve it reached 16,790.

Hints of a January crackdown, the kind of which seemed unthinkable just a month ago, have sprung just before the holidays. Canadians have been advised not to travel abroad. The schoolchildren were ordered to bring everything home.

The Liberals and New Democrats in the House of Commons shortened their in-person seats in mid-December, adopting a hybrid configuration as they warned of a dangerous new variant spreading like wildfire. The same parties quickly banned MPs from traveling abroad during the holidays.

In a nation obsessed with hockey, players of all skill levels have become canaries in a coal mine.

The December epidemics hit most of Canada’s NHL teams, whose games have been postponed. The annual World Junior Tournament, held just after Christmas in Edmonton and Red Deer, was called off after a handful of positive tests on multiple teams. The biggest youth hockey tournament on the planet, the annual Bell Capital Cup in Ottawa, was next on the chopping block.

Duty free shops have been reduced to ghost towns. “I’ve heard in some stores that they would make one or two sales a day,” said Barbara Barrett, executive director of the Frontier Duty Free Association. She blamed federal travel advisories for reduced traffic and “dismal” morale among its members.

Meanwhile, millions of Americans – and Canadians too – tuned in to dozens of college and pro football games attended by tens of thousands of unmasked fans – none were put off by the record number of daily cases across the country. (Ontario’s shutdown includes a cap of 10 on outdoor gatherings, down 66,829 from last weekend’s Orange Bowl.)

Innovative Research Group pollster Greg Lyle found in a december poll that Canadians were losing confidence in governments’ handling of Covid. But as fears of the virus escalated, respondents were “more likely to view provincial public health restrictions as too loose (34%) than too strict (23%).”

Lyle’s conclusion: “Clearly the pressure was on governments to do something, and something would include tighter restrictions. “

In Quebec, Premier François Legault has imposed his province’s second curfew against the pandemic – a last resort attempt to slow the skyrocketing spread that has unfolded like a lead ball among civil liberties advocates.

Quebec also called on the military to help with a booming vaccination campaign. Federal Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair confirmed Monday that members of the Canadian Armed Forces have been deployed to the province.

Most provinces are facing peaks in similar cases. Many have delayed the return to in-person learning. Alberta and British Columbia have postponed the trials. Newfoundland and Labrador reduced the capacity of gymnasiums and restaurants.

Prime Minister Trudeau’s response echoes what he has told Canadians since the start of the pandemic: “We support you. “

The PM has organized dozens of appeals with premiers since March 2020. He won an election in part by offering vaccine warrants for the federal public service and travelers on planes and trains.

Top federal ministers spent time on Monday tweeting eligibility information for lockdown support programs approved by Parliament in the final hours before a six-week winter break that ends Jan.31. Canadians who cannot work due to capacity restrictions can request weekly payments of C $ 300 – a revamped and targeted version of an old benefit of C $ 2,000 per month.

Trudeau’s critics say these measures do not address capacity issues in provincial health systems. The federal government gave billions to the provinces last year in the form of an expanded Canada health transfer, but premiers complained that a one-time increase was not enough. They called for sustained increases in annual funding to the tune of C $ 35 billion.

Provinces have fought hard against testing capacity limits. Ontario distributed millions of rapid antigen tests in December through its network of government-owned liquor stores, but government-administered PCR tests are harder to find. They are now reserved for symptomatic people at high risk. Anyone else who experiences symptoms is presumed positive.

Trudeau Liberals insist they are constantly buying and delivering rapid tests across Canada – a total of 112 million of them, according to the latest data available. But the provinces are always hungry for more. Alberta recently requested 30 million over three months.

Federal-provincial disputes over how to manage a pandemic often turn into disputes over jurisdiction and who is responsible for what.

The so-called Team Canada approach, in which Premiers mainly held their tongue instead of attacking Ottawa, lasted much of the first two years of the Covid era. But this wave of high-stakes infections is a test of tenuous relationships.

The skyrocketing number of cases and limited testing capacity virtually everywhere has sparked debate over whether the number of base cases should even guide decisions about the new restrictions. Amid the early data suggesting that most Omicron infections are relatively mild, there’s an open question around dinner tables: If it’s next to impossible to avoid Omicron, is it even that bad?

A key indicator is the number of hospitalizations, but even that produces asterisks. More Covid-positive patients are popping up in hospital beds for unrelated reasons and adding to the total – a gap that official Ontario calculators will soon be able to accommodate. Hospitalizations also lag behind infections, meaning the disease is still ahead of the data.

The real mark of Omicron’s impatience will likely be found in the intensive care units. Most civil servants are cautiously optimistic, the variant is significantly smoother than Delta, although their inevitable caveat is that a prolonged spike in cases could still overwhelm most health systems.

Ontario’s new restrictions take effect Wednesday. The province’s health advisers say they believe the wave will peak later this month. “We anticipate a very short, rapid and rapid approach to this epidemic and its impact on the health system,” Chief Medical Officer of Health Kieran Moore said on Monday.

A crumbling healthcare system is the worst-case scenario for any province, and Ford’s desperate appeal could save lives. But there is another factor at play.

Ontario voters go to the polls in June. The measure that matters most to the Prime Minister that day is at the ballot box. A disastrous wave of infections that leaves a helpless province searching for a culprit could spell the end of the Ford era after just one term.

While Ford’s shutdown saves lives, it could save its own skin, too.


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Battle Creek receives approximately $ 60 million from the National Defense Act


Signing of the National Defense Act sends tens of thousands of people to Michigan.

Maintaining our armed forces is one of the most important aspects of national security. Especially since countries like China and Russia continue to try to expand their reach. This military investment does not stop with the fortification of military infrastructure, it also includes a salary increase for members of the military service and civilian employees of the Ministry of Defense.

The law also includes a 3-year pilot program that allows Beneficiaries of TRICARE receive their medications from a network retail pharmacy rather than having to obtain them from drugstores on military bases or depending on the postal service, while creating a basic needs allowance to help military families low-income to feed themselves.

Here’s where most of Michigan’s $ 144 million goes:

  • $ 28 million in improvements to Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Macomb County
  • $ 23 million to support the infrastructure of the Alpena Combat Readiness Center in Alpena County
  • $ 16 million in facility improvements at Camp Grayling Maneuver Readiness Center in Crawford County
  • $ 10 million in facility upgrades at Battle Creek Air National Guard Base in Calhoun County
  • Shadow of the camp will also receive $ 5.7 million under the Energy Conservation and Resilience Investment Program
  • The bill also provides $ 12 million to build an Army Reserve Center at Southfield
  • $ 49.09 million for a new naval operations support center at Battle stream

The annual budget, which stands at $ 768.2 billion, authorizes an additional $ 9.9 billion for defense needs outside the bill’s traditional jurisdiction, bringing the overall price to $ 777 billion.

In addition, the bill includes $ 476 million to address PFAS contamination, including environmental remediation and restoration, establishment of a PFAS task force, establishment of ” a mandatory report to be submitted to Congress describing efforts to address PFAS exposure at 50 sites across the country. A portion of these funds will be used to remedy PFAS chemicals that were found at the Battle Creek Executive Airport at Kellogg Field.

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Antonov introduces the first An-178-100R and the certification process begins


Today, December 28, Antonov State Enterprise, part of Ukroboronprom, presented the first An-178-100R â„–001 military transport aircraft designed for certification testing. Experts and senior army officers participated in the completion of construction and testing of the aircraft.

The An-178 military transport can be used for personnel transport, delivery of weapons and light military equipment by grounding and parachuting methods, as well as for the transport of goods.

“Tomorrow will be exactly a year since we gathered at this workshop to sign a historic contract with the direct support and participation of the President, launching new planes into the skies for our Army and our Armed Forces.”

“Today we are seeing the first results of this contract: the aircraft which will soon take to the skies and serve our Armies. A year ago, very few people were convinced that we were capable, that we were ready, and that we would do it. Today, we are confirming not only the capacity but also the ambitions of new contracts: military contracts for the Armies, for the Ministry of Infrastructures, the Ministry of the Interior. ”

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“So I am convinced that we have a lot of work ahead of us. And may the new year 2022 bring us a lot of new contracts, a lot more work, a lot of new planes. This year, Ukroboronprom’s production figures have increased by more than 20%, mainly due to the construction of planes. That is why I would like to sincerely thank them for their work – Glory to the Antonov State Enterprise, Glory to all employees of this legendary factory, and Glory to Ukraine! », Said Yuri Gusev, general manager of Ukroboronprom.

Foreign suppliers from Europe, America and Canada are also involved in the equipment of the aircraft. Much work has been done during the implementation of the An-178 program to ensure a new qualitative level of all aircraft systems, including hydraulic system, aircraft control systems, power supply electric, air conditioning, etc.

“It’s a very emotional moment. Many of us dreamed of being pilots when we were kids. But the most difficult task is to build an aircraft, which will then be used by the pilots. In my opinion, it is symbolic and significant that Ukraine demonstrates its defense capabilities through synergy and joint efforts. Today the ceremony takes place in the presence of representatives of the relevant parliamentary committee, which is fully supported by the armed forces, representatives of the Ukrainian armed forces, the air force command, the leadership of Ukrobornprom and factory, Ministry of Strategy and Ministry of Defense. I am sure that this synergy is the key to our success. And there will not only be three of these planes, but there will also be more. We have proven that we know how to build, fly and defend ourselves. Thank you very much for that, ”Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said.

“I sincerely thank the Antonov employees for showing, demonstrating on metal that we are a team doing everything possible to improve our armed forces. Believe in the Armed Forces, believe in Ukraine! Said Oleksandr Zavitnevych, chairman of the Verkhovna Rada committee on national security, defense and intelligence.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Yevhen Moisyuk stressed: “The Ukrainian Armed Forces need modern military equipment that will increase our capabilities and strengthen national stability. I am sure that this aircraft, the AN-178, in the skillful hands of our pilots will bring victory to Ukraine. “

Mykola Oleshchuk, Air Force Commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said: “The Air Force has been waiting on board the Ukrainian Army for thirty years. And it is good that it is a Ukrainian-made aircraft – An-178!

“We still have to go through a difficult path: preparing the flight personnel, specialists in the aeronautical engineering service, so that we can control this aircraft, repair it and carry out combat missions with quality.”

In his speech, the Ukrainian First Deputy Minister of Strategic Industries, Denis Sharapov, underlined that with the creation of the Ministry of Strategic Industries, the state has focused much more on aircraft construction.

As a result, the official said that the ministry, together with stakeholders, has drawn up a state scientific and technical program for the development of the aviation industry for 2021-2030, which has been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. from Ukraine last fall.

“The implementation of the program both to promote and create new aeronautical technologies and materials, new jobs in Ukraine. Aircraft manufacturing should become a locomotive for many sectors of our economy, ”said Denis Sharapov.

Changes were made to the design of the aircraft to ensure the functionality of landing passengers and cargo, as well as to perform other tasks of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

The state order for the construction of three planes was received at the end of December 2020 with the support of Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine.

Construction of aircraft to meet the needs of the armed forces is carried out according to plans. Construction of the glider for the first of the three aircraft ordered has been completed. The fuselage, wing and tail of the second An-178-100R were assembled ahead of schedule, and fuselage assembly for this aircraft has begun.

Today’s event was made possible by the coordinated work of the Antonov team. It is certain that this work was dedicated because it did not stop even during the growing pandemic. Our sincere thanks to all the employees of the company and to our partners! There is a lot of work ahead of us, but I am sure that together we will accomplish all the tasks aimed at equipping the Armed Forces of Ukraine with new transport planes! », Said Serhiy Bychkov, general manager of Antonov.


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Brandon soldier helped feed an army in Iqaluit


A Brandon serviceman returns home today after spending the past two months on a mission in Iqaluit, where he helped produce clean drinking water for the city during its drinking water supply crisis.

Cpl. Yannick Gagnon, a cook with the 4th Engineer Support Regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces, said he got the call he would send to Nunavut on a Sunday in October and was on a plane at 5 a.m. the following Tuesday morning to travel to Iqaluit as part of Operation LENTUS.

“You don’t know when [the calls] are going to happen because they’re usually just a disaster like Iqaluit was with the water situation, ”said Gagnon.

He arrived in Nunavut on October 26 and will be leaving the city today. He was originally scheduled to leave town on November 17, but was delayed until potable water was established in the community in early December.

Gagnon served as a kitchen officer while deployed, tasked with providing meals to troops on rotation in and out of town.

His service came with significant challenges.

“When you’re in such a small community like this, you can’t take advantage of the economy. I can’t go take a government credit card and buy groceries to feed 35 people, ”said Gagnon.

To feed the troops, Gagnon would liaise with a major in Ottawa, Yellowknife and 8 Wing in Trenton, Ont., Establishing weekly ration orders, and food would be flown into the area once a week. It was an act of logistical juggling that became even more complicated due to the unforeseen flooding in British Columbia.

“I definitely had to dig a lot into my back pocket to adapt and overcome logistical situations that were out of my control,” said Gagnon. “The overall logistics of receiving rations, which is all the food here, is something I’ve never had to do in my career. I wasn’t 100% sure what was going to happen and then had to adapt and overcome each time I got a ration order.

Gagnon’s days started at 6 a.m. and ended at 6 p.m. for the duration of his deployment.

“In the end, for my part, by trade, I am a cook, but my number one job is the morale and esprit de corps of the troops,” said Gagnon. “Cooking is your second job; the morale and esprit de corps of the troops is your number one priority.

Seeing the troops come in to eat after spending countless hours pumping water in temperatures dropping below -40 ° C gave him a little more energy to wake up each morning and push himself to create the best hearty meals possible for them. Gagnon would feed about 30 people per meal and make sure fresh bread and hot soup were available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The unforeseen circumstances that arose throughout their time in Iqaluit only demonstrated the resilience of the troops and residents of the city. Gagnon said it was amazing to see the troops at work, spending up to 16 hours a day bringing clean drinking water to the community.

“They would be absolutely beaten, but they know why they are here and that pushes them to be able to produce water.”

Gagnon’s feeding plan for the troops is affected by the water crisis. He had a 15,000-liter tank in the kitchen and had to boil anything that came through the back of the house.

“I just had to boil anything all the time. Imagine doing the dishes: I had to boil the water, then I would have a sink that I would pour water in all the time and that would be my cold water. And then I would have more water that was constantly boiled so that we knew the water was safe enough to use to properly clean the dishes.

He had time to explore the city and at the end of the operation some troops called him the “Operation Guide”. He earned this nickname because of how he got to know Iqaluit during the nearly two months he was there.

“It was a great experience,” said Gagnon. “It probably doesn’t sound like what you would expect. It is the most diverse, cultured, and smallest little community I have ever seen in my life. “

One of the most memorable experiences was participating in a Remembrance Day ceremony outside in freezing temperatures. The soldiers wore toques, gloves and several layers of clothing as they marched with the Iqaluit RCMP Detachment.

“If you’ve ever seen the RCMP in their parade uniforms, they can’t wear toques. They’re just wearing a top hat… so you just watched their ears turn an icy red, ”said Gagnon. “It has been a great experience to be able to relax a bit from the day-to-day operations of trying to produce water through the filtration systems so that we can recognize our dead who served before us.”

Gagnon’s father served in the Canadian Forces and was posted to CFB Shilo when Gagnon was eight years old. He then graduated from Neelin High School.

He first joined the military in January 2014 and completed his basic training in St. John, Quebec.

“I wasn’t originally born in Brandon, but this is my home. When someone asks me where the house is, I tell them it’s Brandon, Manitoba, ”said Gagnon.

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Iconic Mayor Mel is remembered as the common man


“He spoke of the lip – but the lip was connected to his heart”

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Keeping the larger-than-life Mel Lastman safe has never been boring, recalls a retired cop who once led the former Toronto mayor’s security service.

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After learning of the iconic 88-year-old’s death on Saturday, Stewart Kellock was inundated with memories of the man he described as someone who “put people first in all of his decisions.”

“He had a sincere and deeply felt commitment to the city and all of its citizens,” Kellock said fondly.

He also recalls that Lastman “liked to confuse the waiters by ordering ‘Toronto water’ as the beverage of choice, that is, Toronto tap water, of which he was so proud.”

As Detective Sergeant in 2001, Kellock led Lastman’s protection service after 9/11 and “became a confidant”, sharing his thoughts with the mayor on issues such as “how to improve the quality of life for all Torontonians ”.

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Kellock couldn’t help but smile as he remembered keeping the mayor quietly outside his house on Halloween.

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“Children from all over were dropped off there for a treat as the Lastmans distributed packets of candy to the family,” he said. “They didn’t know there was someone in the bushes with a machine gun under their jacket.”

Retired Toronto Police Sgt.  and Canadian Armed Forces Captain Stewart Kellock, seen here in his military uniform, was assigned to lead the security service to former Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman in 2001.
Retired Toronto Police Sgt. and Canadian Armed Forces Captain Stewart Kellock, seen here in his military uniform, was assigned to lead the security service to former Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman in 2001. Provided

Kellock spent time with the New York Police Department as a counterterrorism advisor and served in the Canadian Armed Forces in Kosovo and Afghanistan before retiring from the Toronto Police after 33 years in 2010. He is now a professor. Counterterrorism and Extremism Center at Durham College. .

He recalls Lastman found himself in hot water during a meeting with a member of the Hells Angels at a downtown hotel on January 11, 2002.

Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman shakes hands with Hells Angel Motorcycle Club member Tony Biancafiore as he exits the Holiday Inn on King St. W. on Friday January 11, 2002.
Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman shakes hands with Hells Angel Motorcycle Club member Tony Biancafiore as he exits the Holiday Inn on King St. W. on Friday January 11, 2002. Toronto Sun (files)

Lastman attended a dinner for a Catholic delegation from World Youth Day to CNE and then stopped by a Holiday Inn on King St. W. where 400 outlaw bikers were celebrating the biker club’s first year. in Ontario.

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A Sun The photographer took a now infamous photo of Lastman shaking hands with a member of the Hells Angels, and the newspaper’s front page headline the next day shouted: “Mel’s Angels.”

“We were assured by his driver that he was driving home, so we were quite surprised to see this photo in the newspaper the next day,” Kellock said.

He wasn’t the only cop scratching his head in this photo.

On December 20, 2005, Toronto Police Chief Julian Fantino and Mayor Mel Lastman sat in the cockpit of a new police helicopter.
On December 20, 2005, Toronto Police Chief Julian Fantino and Mayor Mel Lastman sat in the cockpit of a new police helicopter. Toronto Sun (files)

Julian Fantino, the city’s police chief at the time, tried to leave his longtime colleague in doubt when contacted by Sun Columnist Joe Warmington for comment.

“He probably wanted to do his own intelligence work,” the former Toronto police chief said at the time. “Maybe he was tired of watching it on TV and wanted to see it for himself?”

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At the time, Lastman said he was just well behaved and explained that a lot of people wanted to shake his hand and pose with him for pictures.

“I would never refuse to shake hands with anyone,” he said at the time.

Fantino set the record straight on Saturday, telling the Sun he was at dinner with Lastman when the mayor got a message and had to leave.

Mayor Mel Lastman takes to the ice to help kick off the 17th annual North York Winter Carnival on February 14, 1997.
Mayor Mel Lastman takes to the ice to help kick off the 17th annual North York Winter Carnival on February 14, 1997. Toronto Sun (files)

Lastman later told the Chief that his decision to stop at the hotel on the way home had “nothing to do with the Hells Angels.”

“He went to see the manager of the Holiday Inn who was his friend,” Fantino said. “But they saw him come in and, the opportunists that they are, they orchestrated this photo.”

“She was just an innocent victim,” he added.

Fantino said that although Lastman’s actions and words were sometimes misinterpreted, he was “totally committed to the people.”

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“He spoke of the lip – but the lip was connected to his heart,” Fantino said.

Jack Layton (left) with Mel Lastman (center) being kissed on the cheek by Enza
Jack Layton (left) with Mel Lastman (center) being kissed on the cheek by Enza “Supermodel” Anderson to kick off Toronto Pride Week on June 22, 1998. Toronto Sun (files)

The founder of the Bad Boy Furniture chain, whose wife Marilyn died in January 2020, is survived by two children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Lastman, aka Megacity Mel, was the first mayor of Toronto after the 1998-2003 amalgamation. But it was while he was mayor of North York – from 1973 to 1997 – that Fantino met him.

Mayor Mel Lastman, left, and Maple Leafs winger Tie Domi enjoy a taste of Toronto's Own, a new lager brewed for the city by Molson Breweries on November 23, 1999.
Mayor Mel Lastman, left, and Maple Leafs winger Tie Domi enjoy a taste of Toronto’s Own, a new lager brewed for the city by Molson Breweries on November 23, 1999. Toronto Sun (files)

As the personnel inspector in charge of the 31st Division in 1988, a race relations committee asked Fantino to compile numbers on race-based crime. And when the public heard about these statistics, Fantino became the butt of outrage.

“All hell broke loose, but Mel stepped in to make it all right,” he said, recalling how well Lastman stood when lesser men might have thrown him under. bus.

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Like a scene from the major Toronto blizzard in January 1999 - and with the help of fake snow - Mayor Mel Lastman heads to his 7th annual two-day charity golf event at the Lionhead Golf Club in Brampton aboard the 'a Canadian Armed Forces Bison armored personnel carrier on September 7, 1999.
Like a scene from the major Toronto blizzard in January 1999 – and with the help of fake snow – Mayor Mel Lastman heads to his 7th annual two-day charity golf event at the Lionhead Golf Club in Brampton aboard the ‘a Canadian Armed Forces Bison armored personnel carrier on September 7, 1999. Toronto Sun (files)

Yes, Lastman was ridiculed for calling up the military in January 1999 after the city was crippled by a series of unprecedented snowstorms – a move he never regretted – but he also knew s ‘have fun.

  1. Mel Lastman has passed away at the age of 88.

    Mel Lastman, Toronto’s first merger mayor, has died at 88

  2. Former Mayor Mel Lastman is pictured in February 2005 at the farewell dinner for Toronto Police Chief Julian Fantino at the Royal York Hotel.

    Large crowd expected to bid farewell to Mel Lastman on Monday

Whether he’s wrestling with professional athletes or hitting a waterslide, Lastman doesn’t leave great memories behind.

Mayor Mel Lastman helped open the “Waterslide” at Stan Wadlow Park in East York on August 1, 1999.
Mayor Mel Lastman helped open the “Waterslide” at Stan Wadlow Park in East York on August 1, 1999. Toronto Sun (files)

“At the end of the day, he didn’t play politics, he did the right thing for the right reasons,” Fantino said.

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Local cadets participate in wreaths across Canada


Provided by the 325th Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron Kiwanis Cornwall

Since 2015, local Air, Army and Sea Cadets have participated in wreaths across Canada. This year was no different for 13 cadets from the 325th Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron Kiwanis Cornwall and Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Stormont. On Sunday, December 5, 2021, sixty-five wreaths were laid on the headstones of men and women who served in the Canadian Armed Forces in Cornwall and South Stormont.

It was the 7th year for the cadets in what has become an annual event. The goal of Crowns across Canada is to continue the commitment to always remember those who have served for our country. The phrase We Will Remember is always associated with Remembrance Day, however, most do not continue to be remembered beyond the period of November 11. This is an event where young people can pursue the commitment to always remember.

“Wreaths across Canada are more than just laying a wreath. It is important to remember our fallen troops even outside of Remembrance Day, ”said Sgt Treyson Garner, a cadet from 325 ARCCA. “Every time I laid a wreath, I thought about the life of this fallen soldier and what they were doing so that we could live ours in peace. It was a way of showing our great gratitude to those who could not return home. That’s what Crowns Across Canada means to me.

Being able to participate in wreaths across Canada takes on special meaning for PO1 Maylee Larking, a sea cadet in the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Stormont. “It is a privilege to be able to recognize soldiers who sacrificed their lives to grant me the freedoms and the rights that I have today. To be able to lay a wreath on my great-grandfather’s grave is a huge honor as I can recognize the service and sacrifices he made for his friends, family and the country as a whole, ”said Larkin .

Wreaths Across Canada was created by WO (retired) Craig McPhee after being inspired by a similar event in Arlington, Virginia. The event takes place on the first Sunday in December with the aim of honoring the thousands of men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces who lay eggs in plots across the country. The main activities of Wreaths Across Canada are focused on the National Military Cemetery, located at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa.

This year the wreaths were handcrafted by students from Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School. Elementary and secondary school students were part of the team that made 120 wreaths under the supervision of Mr. Nigel Carlisle. The wreaths were made of evergreen branches, with a red bow attached.

Part of Wreaths Across Canada’s mission is to honor those who have served Canada as members of our military and to teach young Canadians the value of freedom. It says a lot about the role local cadets and students play in ensuring those buried locally are remembered.

The wreaths made by CCVS were for cadets in Cornwall and Glengarry, covering 21 cemeteries in Cornwall, South Stormont, South Glengarry and North Glengarry in partnership with cadets from 253 Claude Nunney VC Squadron of Royal Canadian Air Cadets , located in Lancaster.

Each year, the list of burial sites covered by local cadet units continues to grow. The list has
went from 27 in the original year to 120 this year. Each year, cadets continue to find other
graves in the spotlight, and this year was no different. While laying wreaths this year, Cornwall Cadets have found 38 additional gravestones which will be added to the list for next year.

The cost of the wreaths is currently covered by the Cornwall Air Cadet Squadron. Donations and
sponsorships are certainly appreciated to help cover the costs of remembering and honoring those who have served for Canada.


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When I recommended Bipin Rawat for my post at army headquarters


Today I lost a friend, a subordinate, a colleague and a younger brother. General Bipin Rawat was from the 5th Battalion, 11 Gorkha Rifles. His father, a lieutenant general, was also from the same unit. Like me, General Rawat was also a second generation army officer. He was commissioned into the Indian Army in December 1978 and was awarded the Sword of Honor at the Indian Military Academy, meaning he was the best Gentleman Cadet in his course.

Although I have continued to meet with him over the years, professionally we first came into contact in 2002. He was posted to the MS (Military Secretary) branch, an important branch of the HQ. army involving the placement and career management of officers. I had already been in the Branch for two years and he served with me for about a year, not as a subordinate but as a colleague. After a year, I was assigned to Uri as a brigade commander and I was categorically asked by the boss of the MS branch – the military secretary or MS – whom I would recommend to replace me in the appointment of the colonel. military secretary (political), an appointment that worked closely with the MS itself. I did not hesitate to say that the best person to fill my position would be Bipin Rawat. I felt he was competent, fair and quick at his job and that he could do the job a little better than I could. We moved on and he held that position for another two years and did very well.

Then when I was appointed GOC (General Officer Commanding) of the Dagger division in Baramulla, he was the commander of the Rashtriya Rifles sector, Sopore, which is one of the most difficult sectors to command. We often had to synchronize operations and we performed a lot of operations together.

A few years later, when I returned as a corps commander to Kashmir in 2010, General VK Singh was the army chief. I reminded the chief that the Baramulla division that I had commanded was going to become vacant and that a general officer was to be stationed there. I went on to say that if I was given a choice, I would like Bipin Rawat to be there, promoted to major general and appointed GOC. The chef was kind and okay.

This was the third time that we had to work together and I was extremely happy to have him on my command team. He served most of the following year with me directly, in operations along the LoC and in counterinsurgency operations in Baramulla. We interacted with each other and often visited each other’s headquarters. This is how the relationship grew stronger. Mrs Madhulika Rawat visited us whenever she was in Kashmir and this is how the families bonded as well.

When he was appointed chief of the army — and I had retired by then — I was perhaps the first person he gave the news to. I still remember telling him that there could be a controversy because he had become the chief of the army replacing two senior officers. He asked me if, as a “former superior”, I would support his nomination; my answer was a categorical yes. I told him that once the government makes a decision, we all have a duty to support that decision.

Over the years, the friendship had transformed into a healthy intellectual bond. There were times he wanted to bounce me off an idea and give me a ringtone in the morning. He knew I was leaving for the office around 8:30 am and that I would get a call at 7:30 am. He would discuss aspects of Kashmir, military concepts and international strategic affairs, among other topics. General Rawat was from Uttarakhand, and I am from Garhwal Rifles and share a deep connection with the state.

CDS Bipin Rawat

On January 1, 2022, Bipin Rawat would have completed two years as Chief of the Defense Staff (CEMD). Two years is a pretty good term in which you can move a lot of things. As the first CDS and first secretary of the Department of Military Affairs (DMA), it was up to him to decide how he would absorb, consolidate and execute his powers. He took up the challenge in a not insignificant way.

On the one hand, he knew he was three years old as a CDS, and that the government was watching him in silence to at least complete the process to bring about the theatricalization of the armed forces. Reducing the 17-18 commands of the three services into four operational commands is not an easy task, as each tries to exert its influence. I think he acted in a mature manner and really stuck to the concept of teamwork and integration and the Navy and IAF had as much ears as the Army.

When I interviewed him for a magazine, South Asia Defense and Strategy Review, at the end of his first year as a CDS, we spent an evening three and a half hours in his office where he talked about all the issues that concerned him, the obstacles in his path and how he was overcoming them. . We also discussed the challenge in Ladakh. Four months after his appointment as CDS, the Ladakh problem erupted against the backdrop of a pandemic. Despite this, a massive mobilization of forces – putting 50,000 troops to the ground – took place in no time. Moreover, keeping the soldiers on the icy heights during the winter in reasonably comfortable condition was no easy task. These are as much the achievements of the CDS as those of the Indian Army and the IAF.

He was passionate about his job; his energy levels really surprised me. He would probably only sleep 4 to 5 hours and attend all the social gatherings that come with work. The job was too demanding but also extremely motivating – it had to have its grip on acquisitions, future planning, concepts and reorganization, while staying up to date on intelligence, operations and international strategic affairs.

Fate was kind to us, we recently met twice a month at social gatherings and had a healthy conversation. I have found the General and Mrs Rawat at many such events; they have remained anchored. He shook hands with everyone and rarely clung to himself or to senior officers. Qualities of head and heart that he embodied all the time.

General and Mrs. Rawat (Bipin and Madhulika), you leave behind a community of grieving friends. May God give you all that you deserve good and bless your souls. We pray for the family you are leaving behind. I Hind.

Lt Gen (retd) Syed Ata Hasnain has known General Bipin Rawat professionally since 2002

The writer is a former 15 Corps GOC based in Srinagar and Chancellor Central University of Kashmir. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not represent the position of this publication.

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Longtime Canadian Ranger Retires – 100 Mile House Free Press


When Robert Cockram visited the recruiting post on a whim in 1966, he didn’t expect him to lead a life in the military.

Fifty-five years later, Cockram retired from the Canadian Armed Forces – with four bars and the distinction of being one of the oldest members of the Canadian Ranger Patrol. He had been a member of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.

“It was interesting. It never got boring,” said Cockram, 71. “I retired as captain, long in the tooth.”

His military journey began at age 18, and an officer at a recruiting station in southern Saskatchewan suggested he join a military college. He chose the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, where he graduated with honors and a major in history.

As a member of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, he held positions with the Fourth Canadian Artillery Regiment, the Second Canadian Artillery Regiment and a volunteer position with the Canadian Airborne Regiment in Edmonton, where Cockram said that he was able to “jump planes and enter strange places.”

He remembers a training operation in Churchill, Manitoba. where they “lived in the snow banks” for several days to acclimatize to the cold. Cockram was then redeployed overseas to Germany for two years, working with self-propelled artillery pieces. Thanks to then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, his unit was redeployed to southern Germany, far from the border.

“In Germany, when you had free time, you just jumped in the vehicle and went on tours. I’ve been to Switzerland a few times and skied there, it was just down the road where we were based, ”said Cockram. “We took a great trip to London and got to see other parts of Europe.”

Over the following decades, Cockram worked across the country as an administrator and instructor before finally being posted to Royal Roads University in Victoria, when it was still a military college. . As he neared retirement age, Cockram decided to move to Lone Butte, where he had owned a property for several years.

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It turns out, however, that retirement was not in the cards: a year and a half later, a call was made to form a Canadian Ranger patrol.

“I thought I would go see what it is and now I’m one of the old guys from the Ranger Patrol,” Cockram said. “I’ve been in the Ranger Patrol for 27 years now and people look at you and say ‘what? “Are you in the army ?!” And I say “yes, the Canadian Rangers do not have a mandatory retirement age. “

At first, the Rangers only had three pieces of equipment: a baseball cap, an armband, and a rifle. For additional gear, he said they had to search military surplus stores for raincoats and other gear. They were also largely on their own and established their own training and patrolling schedules. Cockram said they used to meet for shooting practice at the 100 Mile High School shooting range, where they used to “get by”.

Rangers needed to know their area and provide support in a crisis. Before the South Cariboo Search and Rescue Society was formed, Cockram said the Rangers would search for the missing. Cockram recalled “beating the bush” near 108 Mile Ranch looking for a missing eight-year-old, only to have the child show up safe and sound away from where they were looking.

Eventually the decision was made to tie the Rangers to the Canadian military reserves and is now run more like the military. With it came a lot more equipment and organization. By then, Cockram was already well on his way to becoming one of the force’s oldest serving officers.

“They give you a medal for 12 years of service, then a bar every 10 years thereafter. I’ve held on so far because I said, ‘I want that fourth bar, no one else is going to wear it because no one else has been there for so long,’ Cockram said, but added: “I look forward to my free time.”


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Robert Cockram began his military career in 1966 and only recently retired from the Canadian Ranger Patrol South Cariboo. (Photo by Patrick Davies – 100 Mile Free Press)

Robert Cockram began his military career in 1966 and recently retired from the Canadian Ranger Patrol South Cariboo.  (Photo by Patrick Davies - 100 Mile Free Press)

Robert Cockram began his military career in 1966 and only recently retired from the Canadian Ranger Patrol South Cariboo. (Photo by Patrick Davies – 100 Mile Free Press)



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“Most intense storm yet”: Canadian Forces members help British Columbia weather third storm


Canadian Forces members propped up vulnerable areas of Cowichan tribe lands with sandbags on Tuesday, to protect First Nations community homes from the Cowichan River flood, as the latest heavy rain storm hit Province.

Canadian Forces members propped up vulnerable areas of Cowichan Tribe lands with sandbags on Tuesday, to protect First Nations community homes from the Cowichan River flood, as the latest heavy rain storm hit Province.

About 100 First Nation homes were affected by flooding during the November 14-15 rainstorm.

Tribal members were offered free self-bagging services, and notices were posted to prepare “take-out kits” including important medicines and papers, as well as to unplug all basement appliances. and crawl spaces in the event of additional flooding.

The latest rainstorm, the third of three atmospheric rivers, could be the worst yet for parts of British Columbia, Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said in an update on efforts to the province to manage flood and storm damage.

In the hardest-hit areas, the storm could be at least as severe as that in mid-November which caused extensive flooding and road damage, he said.

“In some areas, like the central coast, this could be the most intense storm yet. “

Environment Canada has warned of extreme precipitation that could worsen existing flooding or cause new flooding to already saturated soil.

Armel Castellan, a meteorologist at Environment Canada, said the central and west coast of Vancouver Island could see up to 150 millimeters of rain, with up to 120 mm in the Bella Coola area, while the Fraser Valley flooded east of Abbotsford can reach 80mm.

David Campbell, chief of the BC River Forecast Center, said flood watches are in effect for Vancouver Island, the Central Coast, the South Coast, the Fraser Valley, the Fraser Canyon and some inland watersheds. .

Campbell said they are also monitoring water levels in the Nooksack River in Washington state, which contributed to flooding in a prime agricultural area in Abbotsford last month. The river’s water level had dropped over the weekend, but coming rain could push it up, he said.

Five hundred members of the Canadian Armed Forces have been deployed to areas of concern, including Vancouver Island.

19 Wing Comox is also ready to help, as is CFB Esquimalt, said Farnworth, who urged British Columbians to avoid non-essential travel and “wait for bad weather.”

“Also, and I cannot stress this enough, please follow the instructions of your local government,” he said.

If an evacuation alert or order has been issued for your area, take it seriously, he said. Those unable to evacuate should call 911 and report their location.

Emergency Management BC and “an army of local government workers and community volunteers” are making sure that shelter, food, medicine and other resources are available to those in need, Farnworth said.

Sandbags, emergency kits, feed, fuel and other supplies are also provided.

“We coordinate additional supports and services from the federal government, as well as non-government organizations and industry,” he said.

Portions of roads and highways – including Highway 1 between Chilliwack and Abbotsford as well as a section east of Chilliwack between Hope and the community of Popkum, and Highway 99 between Pemberton and Lillooet – have been closed to across the province as a precaution, where passage has been restricted to commercial vehicles only.

British Columbia Transportation Minister Rob Fleming has called on all drivers not to travel on roads and highways unless their travel is “absolutely necessary”, warning that commercial truck drivers may use the vehicle. alternative routes unknown due to road damage caused by the November 14-15 storm.

“Please be patient and accept that it will take longer and drive under the current conditions,” he said.

Fleming said many of the restrictions are short-term. “We will get there,” he said.

“We are monitoring conditions across the province, including the mid and south coasts, interior and northern part of Vancouver Island.

“Crews and equipment are ready to be deployed to all of these areas as needed. “

The rain is expected to mostly ease Thursday and Friday, Castellan said, although a smaller system is expected to affect the south coast late Friday.

“We don’t expect large, large quantities, but we will be watching the continued barrage of storms affecting the BC coast very closely over the next week or so.”

Avalanche Canada warned Tuesday of an “increasingly dangerous avalanche cycle” in many mountain ranges in British Columbia.

He rated the risk as high to extreme on the south and northwest coasts and eastern British Columbia from Chetwynd south to Castlegar.

People should stay away from avalanche terrain as avalanches “are expected to travel all the way to the valley floor with the arrival of this third atmospheric river,” he said.

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Want a real change in the Canadian Forces? Cut 100 generals: comment


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The profession of arms in Canada is reduced to amateurish time as senior management scrambles to appear engaged in resolving the crisis that has been exposed by yet another round of allegations of sexual misconduct.

As the Canadian military is embroiled in self-hatred and looking for ways to create safe spaces for Canadians to be encouraged to wear uniforms, the world becomes more and more dangerous and our ability to be prepared. to take a stand continues to erode beyond the point of obsolescence.

I have long believed that much of the leadership gap in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is a direct result of the CAF being heavily overloaded with General / Flag Officers (GOFOs).

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There simply aren’t enough resources for these GOFOs to command and thanks to long-standing military traditions of deference to these ranks, the resulting effect is to turn a bunch of them into egotistical. We have GOFOs who don’t command anything but believe they are the equivalent of their fellow NATO allies of the same rank who actually have formations behind them.

Military structures are designed to be built from the ground up like a pyramid. For each building block in the pyramid, there is a commander appointed for that group and an assigned rank for that commander. Based on this conception, the approximately 80,000 CAF members (both Regular and Reserve on a good day) do not have enough resources to justify 129 GOFOs.

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By simple comparison, the UK Defense Force with which the CAF is most closely aligned in terms of structure and traditions manages to lead its army with around 85 GOFOs while managing around 200,000 regulars and reservists with significantly greater combat power in all elements (army, navy and air force).

An even sharper comparison is that of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). It has an active force of nearly 170,000 people. Its operational forces consist of 10 combat brigades in the three CAF army; around 480 combat aircraft in the Air Force against 390 CAF of all types; and finally, a navy that compares well enough even for liners and submarines (18 for IDF, 16 for CAF) but almost double for IDF in smaller patrol vessels. For all this, Tsahal manages to dominate its neighbors while being led by only 25 GOFOs including a lieutenant general (three stars) is the chief of staff of the armies.

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The size and combat power of the CAF does not justify having a four star general CDS. We should start there. Once our CDS has been reduced to the appropriate rank, the rest of the structure should follow. With a three-star CDS, commanders of the three elements (Army, Navy, and Air Force) can now be two-star generals. Based solely on the personnel and resources of the Canadian Army, there is an argument for a maximum of four divisional level groups (there are currently six). These divisional groups would be led by one-star generals.

The ARC and the RCN being smaller, there is probably room for 2 one-star level formations in each of these entities. A rough estimate of the personnel / resources required by the commander should mean that the CAF could be effectively led by less than 20 GOFOs.

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If the CAF could be effectively led by 20 GOFOs, what would be the impact of having more than 100 senior leaders with nothing to lead? Long-standing traditions and customs of the military rank structure imply that the higher the rank, the more deference you are accorded. The more benefits you get. You get staffed to make sure that all of your wishes are met and the nature of humans is that these demands go beyond direct professional demands for staff to be responsible for the personal needs of GOFO.

Add to that women in vulnerable positions in an organization teeming with dominant male leaders with completely undeserved rights and you have a recipe for potential abuse of power.

I believe that the issue of sexual misconduct in the military is not just about inappropriate relationships. This is a reflection of the severely overbalanced power dynamics that exist in the CAF due to the large number of senior leaders who cannot be justified by any practical measure.

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The responsibility in the military arises from the fact that our commanders are in danger along with the soldiers, sailors and aircrew they send to dangerous places. When you have an institution with a bloated leadership structure that is constantly getting ego stroked for no good reason, do we really have to ask ourselves why some think they can get away with preying on vulnerable subordinates in their area? staff ?

If we are to make a real change in the ethics of the CAF, remove 100 GOFOs and keep the other 20 busy thinking about the emerging threats facing our country.

(Remark)

(Steve Giberson retired as Major of the Canadian Forces in 2017. He joined the Canadian Army in 1991 as an Armor Officer. He spent almost 10 years in Forces Command Special Operations Operations Department and has been deployed to Bosnia, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia as well as numerous homeland security operations.)

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November 27: Chapman has the right to reward vaccinated workers, Dundas in smoke and other letters


Chalk crime

Regarding the article entitled “Men guilty of hate crimes in synagogue avoid prison” (November 15): it went without comment that this case is probably the first time in Canada that the crime of mischief has been committed by drawing in the chalk.

I would have no doubts about the fairness of the prosecution of these young men if the hate messages had been painted in the synagogue parking lot. The paint would have been difficult and expensive to remove. The chalk can be removed with a few sweeps of the broom or, if left unchecked, it would be washed away in the next rain. A chalk drawing on a parking lot, whether it is a written message, a symbol or a hopscotch, does not interfere with the normal use of the property.

Whether the marked, written or drawn thing is offensive is not part of the definition of the offense. I have searched in vain for any binding legal authority in which the decision ratio was that marking property with chalk may constitute the crime of mischief within the meaning of s. 430 of the Criminal Code. If a lawyer or a police officer directly involved in this lawsuit can provide me with the report of such a case, I will gladly offer him lunch.

Andrew Bell, Stoney Creek

Non-essential hospitals?

While it might seem silly at first glance, making hospitals a non-essential service would mean that to enter you will need to have your COVID passport just like you have to show it to eat out or see a movie. Just think of the number of beds that would open up to sick people through no fault of their own. An added benefit may be that it would encourage fence keepers to “get the jab!” “

Paul John Phillips, Dundas

Vaccine rewards

Apparently the unvaccinated do not like the vaccinated to be rewarded! Rather than letting unvaccinated workers go, Chapman Ice Cream decided to give its vaccinated employees a raise of $ 1 per hour, which equates to the $ 40 it has to pay each week for rapid tests. for the unvaccinated. Have they let go of the unvaccinated? No! Did they force them to get vaccinated? No! So why can’t they reward those who have done their community duty to help end this pandemic? I guess it’s because they don’t focus all of their effort and attention on the unvaccinated. Want to be part of the increase? Get vaccinated or don’t complain!

Leorita Staresina, Hamilton

Say no to jets

If we were to buy the 88 fighter jets on offer, Canada would very likely be led by NATO to use them in conflicts that destabilize the poorest countries. Have you noticed that when two powerful countries disagree (for example, the United States, Russia or China), they end up going to war in a poor country to settle the dispute by proxy? And as Mark Hagar pointed out in The Spectator on November 22, it would be the largest military purchase ever made by Canada. The massive purchase far exceeds the tax dollars spent on climate issues, health care, Indigenous rights, affordable housing and other social issues. There should be a full investigation into the merits of these arms purchases.

Canada can certainly use its tax dollars for peaceful ideas such as high-profile talks and strong incentives for aid, as well as climate crisis mitigation and Canada’s own social needs. And if you are worried about the climate crisis, remember that the military’s huge greenhouse gas emissions are contributing to climate change but are not even allowed to be counted (due to US demands to exempt them during the Kyoto summit). As our national anthem sings, “Keep the Guard for You”. Tell your MP Filomena Tassi, the new Federal Minister of Procurement, that you do not support these purchases. We must not allow the powerful military-industrial complex and NATO to ruin our country and the planet.

Up in smoke

If affordable housing were pottery stores, the problem would be solved. In Dundas we have a grocery store but two cannabis retailers. Our priorities go up in smoke.

Robin Magder Pierce, Dundas

Military honors

Canadians are now realizing the ultimate goal that a national army should serve. Its primary focus should not be to blow up towns, kill people, and defeat our enemies, but to help with natural disasters, as British Columbia is finding out. The Canadian Armed Forces should take a well-deserved bow for stepping up so willingly to help the citizens of British Columbia. They have also helped other Canadians recently when the COVID-19 crisis was at its height. Pinning prestigious medals on these soldiers for their efforts would recognize their contribution to Canada.


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Russian troops mass at the Ukrainian border


A senior Ukrainian government official urges Canada to step up support for the Eastern European country as it faces a renewed threat from Russian forces along its border.

Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s Defense and National Security Council, said on Sunday the country needed more help defending itself as Russia massed troops and military equipment near Ukraine.

He warned that Russia’s actions threaten the peace and security not only of Ukraine but of the entire world and could start a war unless swift action is taken.

“If we don’t stop (Russian President Vladimir Putin) now, then a third world war is coming,” Danilov said in an interview via a translator. “Not a cold war, a hot war.”

His comments at the Halifax International Security Forum come as Ukraine seeks greater support from its allies amid Russia’s growing presence near the Ukrainian border, as well as its membership in the alliance. NATO.

Canada is currently conducting a training mission in Ukraine which is expected to run until the end of March 2022.

Danilov expressed confidence that Canada will renew its mission and hopes that cooperation between countries will be strengthened.

“We are negotiating an extension of these programs and trying to improve cooperation as much as possible,” he said. “We’re here to get that extra help.”

A recent report that potentially complicates Canada’s ongoing operations in Ukraine revealed that far-right radicals in the Ukrainian military were boasting on social media that they had received training from the Canadian Armed Forces.

The study from George Washington University in Washington, DC, found that Centuria members received training from Canada, among other NATO countries, and participated in joint military exercises.

A senior Ukrainian official said more support was needed as Russia masses its troops near the border. #Russia #Ukraine

Centuria is a group that maintains links with far-right movements, worships Nazi figures and aims to protect what it calls Europe’s “ethnic identity”, according to the Institute of Studies report. European, Russian and Eurasian.

Roman Mashovets, senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on security and defense issues, said the Ukrainian government is concerned about the issue and is monitoring it closely.

He said Ukraine has conducted its own investigation, which is expected to be released soon, which uncovered a misunderstanding involving a student movement, which has never been officially linked to Centuria.

“They have created a kind of secret community (…) unrelated to a far-right movement,” said Mashovets, deputy head of the President’s office of Ukraine for national security and defense.

Meanwhile, he said Ukraine would like to see the scale of Canada’s mission in the country increase and expand beyond infantry training.

Mashovets also reiterated Ukraine’s desire to become a member of NATO.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 21, 2021.


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Senior Ukrainian official says more support needed as Russia gathers troops near border – Saanich News


A senior Ukrainian government official urges Canada to step up support for the Eastern European country as it faces a renewed threat from Russian forces along its border.

Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s Defense and National Security Council, said on Sunday that the country needed more help defending itself as Russia massed troops and military equipment near Ukraine.

He warned that Russia’s actions threaten the peace and security not only of Ukraine but of the entire world and could start a war unless swift action is taken.

“If we don’t stop (Russian President Vladimir Putin) now, then a third world war is coming,” Danilov said in an interview via a translator. “Not a cold war, a hot war.”

His comments at the Halifax International Security Forum come as Ukraine seeks greater support from its allies amid Russia’s growing presence near the Ukrainian border, as well as its membership in the alliance. NATO.

Canada is currently conducting a training mission in Ukraine which is expected to run until the end of March 2022.

Danilov expressed confidence that Canada will renew its mission and hopes that cooperation between countries will be strengthened.

“We are negotiating an extension of these programs and trying to improve cooperation as much as possible,” he said. “We’re here to get that extra help. “

A recent report that potentially complicates Canada’s ongoing operations in Ukraine revealed that far-right radicals in the Ukrainian military were boasting on social media that they had received training from the Canadian Armed Forces.

The study from George Washington University in Washington, DC, found that Centuria members received training from Canada, among other NATO countries, and participated in joint military exercises.

Centuria is a group that maintains links with far-right movements, worships Nazi figures and aims to protect what it calls Europe’s “ethnic identity”, according to the Institute of Studies report. European, Russian and Eurasian.

Roman Mashovets, senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on security and defense issues, said the Ukrainian government is concerned about the issue and is monitoring it closely.

He said Ukraine has conducted its own investigation, which is expected to be released soon, which uncovered a misunderstanding involving a student movement, which has never been officially linked to Centuria.

“They have created a sort of secret community… without any connection to a far-right movement,” said Mashovets, deputy head of the President’s office of Ukraine for national security and defense.

Meanwhile, he said Ukraine would like to see the scale of Canada’s mission in the country increase and expand beyond infantry training.

Mashovets also reiterated Ukraine’s desire to become a member of NATO.

Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press


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Wolseley Barracks grounds transformed for Canadian Armed Forces Disaster Preparedness Exercise – London


Londoners near Wolseley Barracks might notice a little more action than usual this weekend, with the 31st Canadian Brigade Group of the Canadian Armed Forces performing realistic disaster scenarios.

The planned training is all the more relevant as the soldiers are training for scenarios similar to the massive flooding in British Columbia at this time.

“It’s ironic that we are here at our headquarters when a similar headquarters has been deployed to help in flood situations. Our service is therefore very relevant insofar as it is a real situation, ”said Lt. Col. Alex Colic.

About 100 local Army Reserve soldiers conduct a simulated emergency scenario-based exercise in Ontario.

The scenario is designed to provide a realistic, simulated response to a request for assistance (PD) from a Canadian community, such as a COVID-19 pandemic, an ice storm, or a natural gas leak.

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About 100 local Army Reserve soldiers conduct a simulated emergency scenario-based exercise in Ontario at the Wolseley Barracks. November 20, 2021.


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With climate change making problems like wildfires or flooding more frequent, Colic said it was important for the military to be trained to respond at all times.

“All of this is designed so that when the Canadian government asks for help, we can mobilize successful teams and send them across Canada to support our fellow citizens,” said Colic.

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Lieutenant (N) Andrew McLaughlin noted that the Canadian Army Reserve has two tasks: one to help missions abroad and the other to help Canadians in need.

“Being there for Canadians when they need us there most there, and that means in crisis situations when Canadian communities go through the process of asking for help and find themselves in need, the CAF are able to intervene. “

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As more military troops head to British Columbia, experts call for civilian disaster response solution


Like the Canadian Armed Forces send additional troops To respond to the flooding in British Columbia, military and disaster management experts say now is the time to invest in civilian response teams.

This week’s catastrophic rainfall has left a handful of cities underwater, displaced thousands of people, killed at least one and caused millions of dollars in critical infrastructure damage.


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According to federal statistics, the number of calls for a military response to natural disasters has nearly doubled over the past decade. Five of 23 calls for help in the past four years have come from British Columbia

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“With the increase in natural disasters that we are seeing as a result of climate change, and in terms of scale, scope and frequency, we have to start saying, ‘is there another alternative? »Is there a better way? Said Josh Bowen, instructor in the faculty of disaster and emergency management at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Bowen, a veteran and former deputy director of CAF disaster and emergency response plans in Edmonton, said the military is a “force of last resort” in disaster situations and is on a budget. limit.

It is the only force in Canada with the expertise to respond immediately and effectively to a natural disaster, he added, but that may not be enough as the effects of climate change intensify.

“What I would say is we need to look at what our neighbors are doing, what our NATO allies are doing, what our G20 allies are doing so that we can have a civilian response capability,” Bowen said. .


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Countries like Germany and Australia have formalized large pools of civilian volunteers to respond to disasters – a much cheaper option than deploying the military.

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According to Bowen, every dollar spent on disaster mitigation and prevention saves $ 6 in disaster response and recovery, which is why provinces must invest in localized solutions.

This includes not only civilian response teams and their training, but also more climate-smart land use planning.

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Details of the military’s deployment to British Columbia were still being finalized on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Canadian Joint Operations Command told Global News.

Examples of support that could come include transport assistance, supply chain support to move resources from one point to another, and humanitarian aid, although details remain to be worked out.

“Yes, the military can do it, the question is, should the military do it? Asked Christian Leuprecht, security expert and professor at Royal Military College and Queen’s University.

“It’s not like the military doesn’t have other things going on – the military is completely exhausted with what we’re already asking them to do.”


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“One of the challenges is that, as long as the provinces know they can always ask the federal government to bail them out when things go wrong, the provinces and municipalities have an incentive to underinvest in critical infrastructure,” he said. declared Leuprecht.

The military is not in the best position to repair underfunded municipal infrastructure, he said, nor to provide food, logistical support and “medium-term” aid.

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Adam McDonald, a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University and a member of the Canada International Council think tank, said there was no system in place for provinces to share resources or move their resources. assets across the country in the event of a disaster.

The federal government must make a political decision on the real priorities and responsibilities of the military, he added, as climate disasters escalate.

“The biggest concern is that everyone is going to think that the military is going to step in and solve these problems, when in fact the military is really good as a stopgap measure when existing measures are outdated,” he said. Explain.

“I think unfortunately this side of the house is under very careful thought and it will be a disservice to Canadians across the country if we don’t start planning for this. “

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PPCLI has strong ties to Moosomin


Every year on Remembrance Day, soldiers from the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) march through Moosomin to honor the sacrifices veterans have made for this country.

The PPCLI is one of three Canadian Army Regular Force infantry regiments of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Two of its members from Shilo, MB, Captain Zain Daudi and Warrant Officer Christopher Gillis, spoke about the connection between their force and Moosomin.

“We come every year because Major Mullin is a historic member of our regiment,” said Warrant Officer Gillis.

“In 1917, thanks to his incredibly heroic actions, he received the Victoria Cross, which is the highest honor for bravery in the Commonwealth and in Canada. So every year for Remembrance Day, we attach a guard to Moosomin, to honor his sacrifice and make sure that the family members who are still there, remember him and honor what he did ”, explains Warrant Officer Gillis.

Sergeant Harry Mullin, 25, single-handedly captured a German pillbox that had withstood heavy bombardment and caused heavy casualties, delaying the attack.

Mullin rushed past a sniper post, destroying it with grenades, fired at two gunners, and forced the other 10 to surrender. His clothes were riddled with bullets, but he never wavered.

After the war, he returned to Moosomin. He was appointed Sergeant-at-Arms to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1934.

In January 1918, Sergeant Mullin was informed that he had been awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on October 30, 1917, in Passchendaele, Belgium.

17 Saskatchewan soldiers received the Victoria Cross. Sergeant Harry Mullin is Moosomin’s third local Victoria Cross recipient.

The other two are Lieutenant Robert Grierson Combe, who owned a store in Moosomin before World War I, and received his Victoria Cross posthumously, and Company Sergeant Major Osborn, who farmed near Wapella and received the Victoria Cross posthumously for sacrificing his life to save his comrades.

“Mullin is a historic member of the battalion, he represents and exemplifies many of the values ​​we hold, which are calm, professional and obviously the courage he has shown,” said Captain Daudi.

“The Victoria Cross is the highest honor you can receive and it is usually awarded for bravery, it is the most remarkable act of bravery. In Major Mullin’s case, he suppressed and cared for smallpox. This act itself shows his contempt for his own personal safety, in order to accomplish the greater mission at hand and the bravery he has displayed.

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personal meaning for Gillis

Warrant Officer Gillis says that every member of the regiment attends a parade somewhere on Remembrance Day.

“It is incumbent on us as leaders to ensure that our young soldiers continue to join the force, it is important for them to understand what Remembrance Day means.

“I myself am an Afghanistan veteran, I have been there twice and lost several friends during this deployment. For me personally, Remembrance Day is an extremely important day. Our last causal in Afghanistan was a good friend of mine and I make sure his memory comes back every year. I can talk about him, I make sure his mother knows that we still care about him, that we always remember and honor his sacrifice even though it has been 10 years since he died, ”said Warrant Officer Gillis .

He says Remembrance Day for every battalion member is a day of reflection and a day to honor those who are not here with us today.

“Each year, members of the battalion view Remembrance Day not as a celebration, but rather as a day of honor. Honor the people who joined the military by bearing and accepting the cost that was greater than themselves, who ultimately paid the sacrifice for it. ”

“We have to be seen remembering the veterans, because there are still families who have empty places at the table all over the country, where their husbands, mothers, daughters and sons once sat. You know, it is important for them and for them that we are seen in public because they are the ones who matter not only for the sacrifices that have disappeared, but for the families who still live.

For 19 years, Warrant Officer Gillis continued to dedicate his service around the world. In July of this year, he was deployed to CFB Shilo to serve.

“For me, as a warrant officer, part of my role is the protection of our customs and traditions in the military, one of our most important and sacred customs is Remembrance today. The solemn act of remembrance itself. Just be seen and be there.

“What I take away from 20 years in the military is that it is so important to make sure that my young soldiers understand what they got into, in terms of our heritage and our reputation, and that includes to remember and honor all of our fallen soldiers, not just in the regiment, but throughout the Canadian Armed Forces.

“For me personally, it’s a day to remember 14 of my friends who were killed in Afghanistan, and then all of our dead in Korea, Libya and other places in the world.”

Gillis says he had a relative who fought in the Korean War and that he also had an uncle who fought in WWI and WWII.

A day to honor

Captain Daudi says Remembrance Day is a day that all Canadians should honor and not just those Canadians who have a direct connection to this day.

“Everyone who fought in WWI and WWII, those soldiers who came before us, laid the groundwork for us to live the lives we have today. Relatively speaking and looking at where we are now, we are blessed, ”he said.

“Today every Canadian soldier has huge shoes to fill up to the standard set by these brave soldiers. It is important to remember them, it is important to honor them because it is the sacrifices they made that give us the quality of life we ​​enjoy today.

Additionally, Gillis explains why the day is important for people who may not have a direct connection to soldiers lost in the past.

“At the end of the day, they’re Canadian, we’re all Canadians. We are all here today and our way of life is due to the sacrifices they made. World War II was one of the greatest evils in human history. Show me throughout our dark history which is darker than Nazi Germany and these men and women have stood up for the occasion. It is often said that people do not stand up for the occasion, but you look at all these people and it is clear that people have risen for the occasion at a time that was crazy and unknown.

“For me, at the end of the day, whether Canadians have a personal connection or think they don’t have a personal connection, they do it because they are Canadians. Our way of life is due to the greatness that came before us.

As a first generation Canadian, Captain Daudi talks about what the day means to him.

“Remembrance Day for me honors those who have come before us. As first generation Canadians, my parents immigrated to Canada decades ago. They were from Pakistan and India and understood the context of the life I have had the privilege of living in Canada. The opportunities that have been offered to me through their personal sacrifices, it is important for me to honor these people simply because of the privileges that I have acquired on a personal level. So beyond the individual but as a collective, these veterans have done a lot for us. I believe it is important for us to respect that and honor that in the future. ”

Captain Daudi has served in the military since 2018 and has been deployed nationally to Canada. He explains what prompted him to become a soldier.

“It goes back to Canada Day in 2003, when I was about 10 years old. I was in downtown Toronto with my dad, younger brother and uncle. We were just walking around the neighborhood enjoying the parade and all the festivities, and there were a few guys sitting along the sidewalk. They looked at our group there and told us to go back to our country, and at the age of 10 it really struck me. I didn’t know what he meant by that because I always thought Canada was my country and I asked my dad about it later. His response was that there are people out there who are just plain ignorant.

For me that comment, as a 10 year old, stuck with me for a long time and I think that’s what influenced me to join the military because I always felt I had to do something. thing. My parents did not come from a good situation when they immigrated to this country, but they managed to build something and build a good life for me and my brothers as well. I always thought I had to give back and there is no better way than to serve in the forces, in my opinion.

Commenting on Captain Daudi’s experience with racism at a young age, Warrant Officer Gillis talks about the unity the military offers.

“One of the things I like about the military is our unifying concept of our uniforms. We are all united by the fact that we are Patricia and we all have the same flag. I just think it’s really cool and one of my favorite services.

Warrant Officer Gillis explains why he decided to enlist in the military.

“I joined the military in December 2002, but before that, just around the time of September 11, I remember working part-time at a gas station.”

“At that time, while I was working at the gas station, a few guys I was going to high school with who had just finished college came to the store and they were so condescending to me. I was just like someone couldn’t talk to me like that, so I enlisted.

Warrant Officer Gillis says that throughout his deployments over his 19 years of service, he looks back and has no regrets about joining the military.

Visits will continue

Since the battalion was transferred to Shilo, PPCLI soldiers have marched to Moosomin every year. Both members say the visits will continue each year in honor of Sergeant Mullin and in honor of all Canadian soldiers.


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Canadian officials who met Ukrainian unit linked to Nazis feared exposure by media: documents


A year before the meeting, the Canadian Joint Task Force in Ukraine produced a briefing note on the Azov Battalion, acknowledging its links to Nazi ideology.

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Canadian officials who met with members of a Ukrainian battalion linked to the neo-Nazis did not denounce the unit, but rather feared the media would release details of the meeting, according to recently released documents.

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The Canadians met and were briefed by the leaders of the Azov Battalion in June 2018. The officers and diplomats did not object to the meeting and instead allowed themselves to be photographed with battalion officials despite previous warnings that the unit considered itself pro-Nazi. The Azov Battalion then used the photos for its online propaganda, noting that the Canadian delegation had expressed “hope for further fruitful cooperation.”

After a reporter asked the Canadian Forces about Azov’s social media posts, officers rushed to find an answer, according to documents obtained by the newspaper thanks to the Freedom of Information Act. .

Lt. Col. Fraser Auld, commander of the Canadian Joint Task Force Ukraine, warned that a news article could be published soon and could raise questions within the Canadian government about the reasons for such a meeting.

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A year before the meeting, the Canadian Joint Task Force in Ukraine produced a briefing note on the Azov Battalion, acknowledging its links to Nazi ideology. “Several members of Azov described themselves as Nazis,” Canadian officers warned in their 2017 briefing.

Bernie Farber, head of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, said the Canadians should have immediately left the Azov Battalion briefing. “Canadian Armed Forces personnel do not meet the Nazis; period, period, ”said Farber. “This is a horrible mistake that shouldn’t have been made.”

Farber said it was also troubling that the Azov unit could use the Canadians in propaganda attempts to legitimize its far-right ideology. In addition to his support for Nazi ideology, Azov members have been charged with war crimes and torture.

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A rally that reporters did not find out was an event in December 2018 in Ukraine attended by the Commander of the Canadian Army, Lieutenant General. Jean-Marc Lanthier, according to the documents.

Members of the Azov Battalion were present, but, once again, instead of denouncing the battalion’s Nazi sympathies, the Department of National Defense and the Canadian Forces became concerned about the possibility that photos had been taken showing Canadian soldiers. with members of the Azov unit.

Chris Henderson, then Assistant Deputy Minister of Public Affairs, emailed more than 20 DND public relations officers, fearing photos could appear online. “Do we have a clear expression of CAF policy towards this group? He asked the Azov battalion. “It may or may not prompt questions, but we have to be prepared and not appear to be taken by surprise.”

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Jaime Kirzner-Roberts, policy director at the Center of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal, said Canada must ensure that its military personnel are in no way involved in far-right fascist militias in Ukraine. “It is worrying that, for the second time in a month, we have seen evidence of Canadian military officials engaging with Ukrainian neo-Nazi groups,” she added.

Kirzner-Roberts was referring to a recent report from an institute at George Washington University in the United States revealing that Centuria, a far-right group of Ukrainian soldiers linked to the Azov movement, boasted of having received training. Canada and other NATO countries. . University researchers followed Centuria’s social media accounts, documenting its Ukrainian military members making Nazi salutes, promoting white nationalism and praising members of Nazi SS units.

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In 2018, the US Congress banned the use of US funds to provide arms, training, and other assistance to the Azov Battalion because of its ties to the far right and neo-Nazis.

National Defense spokesman Dan Le Bouthillier said the Canadian military was reviewing its policies on controlling the foreign troops it trains as well as the information revealed by the George Washington University report.

He previously noted that the 2018 meeting with members of the Azov Battalion was planned and organized by the Ukrainian authorities. Canadian military representatives had no prior knowledge of those who would be present, he added. Le Bouthillier stressed that it was the job of the Canadian Defense Attaché to assess the situation in the conflict zone. “Canada has not provided, will not provide and will not provide support to Azov and its affiliates,” said Le Bouthillier.

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In 2019, the Soufan Center, created by former FBI agent Ali Soufan, involved in several counterterrorism cases, warned of the connection between the Azov Battalion and white nationalists. “In Ukraine, the Azov Battalion recruited foreign fighters motivated by white supremacy and neo-Nazi beliefs, including many Westerners, to join its ranks and receive training, indoctrination and instruction in irregular warfare,” said The report.

The Azov battalion was previously incorporated into the Ukrainian army, at least in theory, the Sufan Center report notes. But the battalion maintained relations with members of the Atomwaffen Division, a neo-Nazi terror network based in the United States, he added.

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Kabul shelters need $ 5 million by Friday to stay open, veterans say


OTTAWA – As a Canadian Forces Combat Engineer in Afghanistan, Corey Shelson’s life revolved around a series of life and death calculations – plotting the safe movement of his comrades around explosives hidden by the roadside and other threats.

OTTAWA – As a Canadian Forces Combat Engineer in Afghanistan, Corey Shelson’s life revolved around a series of life and death calculations – plotting the safe movement of his comrades around explosives hidden by the roadside and other threats.

Today, Shelson’s primary concern as a civilian consultant is how to help protect and possibly move 1,700 Afghan interpreters and their families from the refuge of Kabul shelters to safety outside of Afghanistan and eventually in Canada.

These shelters are expected to close on Friday as the money that keeps them open will run out. This could leave their occupiers at the mercy of the new Afghan Taliban leadership, who took over power this summer.

According to Shelson’s calculation, keeping them open – and the hope of a possible escape for their occupants – can be measured by a simple dollar figure: $ 5 million is needed by Friday.

Shelson says it’s because safe houses cost around $ 20,000 to $ 30,000 a day to operate. He says the tab has been getting higher and higher because the Federal Immigration Department has been too slow to approve travel documents for Afghan interpreters.

Veteran advocates such as Shelson are hopeful that Canadian citizens will answer the call to continue funding shelters, as there is no guarantee the federal government will step up and provide funding.

“Here’s a fact. For $ 5 million you can move 1,700 people. For $ 10 million you can probably move 3,500 people,” Shelson said.

He is part of the network of veterans and Canadian citizens who raised funds to protect the Afghans who worked with the Canadian Forces and the Canadian government as they fought the Taliban and their terrorist allies.

In the past two months, the Veterans Network has raised $ 2 million from 2,200 individual Canadian donors, he said. Shelson’s company contributed $ 50,000 in cash and in-kind services.

The amount that individual donors contributed ranged from $ 25 to hundreds of thousands of dollars in rare cases, he said.

Shelson said he received social media messages from seniors on fixed incomes who wanted to know if a small donation would help. He doesn’t reject anyone.

Jenny Smith, 68, said she was tricked into donating $ 25 after seeing a recent TV report on the plight of safe houses.

“I just felt like I didn’t have a lot of money, but I was praying that if a million people would donate $ 25 to help, you know,” Smith said in a phone interview from southwestern Ontario.

Trevor Street leveraged its success in Vancouver’s buzzing real estate market to donate $ 100,000 through his company, the Partners Marketing Group. Street served as a reservist in the Canadian Army and volunteered for two periods of service in Afghanistan.

“We decided to donate $ 100,000 to help with the shelter effort, after realizing that Justin Trudeau would abandon these people,” Street said.

“If you think this is an issue you don’t agree with and think it’s wrong, pick up the phone, donate. Do your part. It’ll take you five minutes. You won’t. will never run out of money. “

Donations can be made to the Veterans Transition Network at https://vtncanada.org/support-afghan-interpreters/ or by phone at 1-844-CDN-VETS (236-8387).

Shelson said the shelters, which were intended as an interim measure, have so far provided invaluable assistance to Afghan interpreters and their families. This includes food, medical support, and comprehensive COVID-19 testing.

“Babies are born inside safe houses. We have had people recovering from being beaten by the Taliban or interrogated by the Taliban and tortured.

Shelson said Ottawa must speed up the processing of asylum claims.

Citing security considerations, Global Affairs Canada, which is taking the federal lead on safe houses, has not said much on the issue. He said he was working with the Veterans Transition Network and Journalists for Human Rights “to protect vulnerable people in Afghanistan, including human rights defenders, women peacemakers, former Canadian Armed Forces interpreters and staff. locally recruited ”.

Shelson said he was still hopeful the government could find a creative solution to help evacuate more people from Afghanistan. As a combat engineer in Afghanistan in 2010, he had 30 soldiers under his command and faced formidable obstacles.

“Our job was to build the camps and basically keep the travel routes open. So those were the roads we drove on and the paths we walked on.”

Three of the men under Shelson’s command were killed while doing this job. He eventually retired as captain after 13 years in the military, in memory of Sapper Brian Collier, Sgt. James (Jimmy) MacNeil and Sgt. Martin (Marty) Goudreault weighs heavily on him.

He also kept in touch with other ex-performers. One of them reached out earlier this year with a desperate appeal.

“It didn’t start when I tried to help raise $ 2 million to fund shelters. It started with a Facebook post from an interpreter I worked with, and I took a decision: open the message, read it and reply… Do the right thing. Or don’t do it, ”Shelson said.

“It is the right thing to do, to raise awareness of this horrible situation, to try to influence the government to do the right thing and to get these people out of harm’s way.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 2, 2021.

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Poor Communication Leads to Confusion in Poppy Campaign Mall


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Cadets looking to distribute poppies in the run-up to Remembrance Day were never asked to leave the Fairview Mall in Kitchener, despite reports being told that a lack of permits meant they could not settle inside.

On Monday, management of CF Fairview Park Mall and the Canadian Armed Forces Regional Cadet Support Unit (RCSU) confirmed that no staff at the mall had told the cadets to leave.

“Based on recent news, we have communicated with our team and with our contact at the local Legion and can confirm that at no time has the center refused the group of cadets,” said Lexa Newell, porte – speech of the shopping center.

According to RCSU spokesperson Captain Mark Giles, two cadet leaders and five cadets from the 1596 Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada of the Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps visited the mall on Saturday, planning to participate in the the poppy campaign. Giles said the cadets had the necessary clearance, but it appears mall staff did not have the documentation on hand. That’s when Giles says the cadets voluntarily decided to leave to avoid any problems.

“It appears there has been a misunderstanding and the cadets involved have chosen to temporarily abstain while the facility clarifies the situation,” Giles said in a statement to CTV News.

Don Gingrich, the Poppy Campaign chairman of the Royal Canadian Legion’s Branch 50 in Kitchener, said he was briefed on the situation on Saturday shortly after the cadets left the mall.

“It surprised me,” Gingrich said. “We have malls all over town, Dollarama stores, all kinds of places kids go out tagging us, except last year because of COVID.”

Gingrich says the Poppy Campaign is crucial in raising funds to support Canadian veterans.

“There are veterans in homes for the aged, they are in hospitals,” Gingrich said. “It pays for everything veterans need. It has been a Canadian tradition for 100 years.

Gingrich says the local campaign regularly raises around $ 100,000.

Giles adds that the campaign is part of recognizing and respecting the veterans who served and sacrificed for Canada.

“Participating in the campaign allows cadets to show respect, while serving their community and developing a strong sense of citizenship and service to their fellow citizens,” said Giles.

Cadets are expected to return to the mall on November 6-7, as well as other locations in Kitchener, to donate poppies ahead of remembrance ceremonies on November 11.


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Anita Anand Bets She Will Succeed Where A Lot Of Men Have Failed


In the weeks following the September 20 election, how many Liberal MPs, one wonders, got down on their knees at bedtime to offer this prayer to the Almighty:

“Dear Lord, I will do whatever you like, serve in any capacity you choose, but please, I beg you, don’t let him make me Minister of National Defense.”

Once a plum on the ministerial tree, classified in prestige with Finance and External Affairs (now foreign), Defense has experienced a miserable period. It has become Cabinet’s worst job, its major problems overtaking any cabinet minister trying to solve them. Defense is not only the crazy price when the Prime Minister shifts the portfolios, it is a landmine for any minister who dreams of one day being Prime Minister.

Last week, Justin Trudeau handed over the landmine to Anita Anand, a 54-year-old business lawyer from Oakville, who was first elected in 2019. She earned her “promotion” thanks to her performance in as Minister of Public Services and Supply. , in what capacity she was responsible for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines for Canada. She replaced Harjit Sajjan, who became the lightning rod of the opposition and moved on to international development.

Anand now faces the same assortment of issues that had frustrated Sajjan. The starting point is the absence of a clear mission or purpose for the Canadian Armed Forces, a mission that the men and women of the military, navy and air force can accept and be motivated to do. by, and that the public understands and supports.

For several decades after World War II, Canada was known for its international peacekeeping. Our “Blue Berets” have distinguished themselves for their service in Cyprus, Somalia, Rwanda, the Balkans, East Timor and Eritrea, among other global hot spots.

As the focus on peacekeeping operations fades, the Canadian Forces are asking themselves: is their primary objective to participate in relief missions in countries like Haiti, to support firefighters in British Columbia, patrolling Canada’s coasts and airlines, or cleaning up mess left in long-term care homes by incompetent managers and negligent provincial overseers?

Confusion or fragmentation of the mission is reflected in military procurement programs which are infamous for poor planning, stupid decision-making, endless delays, and huge cost overruns. Why, for heaven’s sake, did the Defense Department buy four rusty and obsolete diesel submarines from Britain? Destined for the scrapyard of the Royal Navy, they were of no use in Canada on the rare occasions when they were actually seaworthy.

The department paid $ 750 million for the four submarines. As one British MP exclaimed at the time, “Why were Canadians dumb enough to buy them?” … It’s either incompetence on the part of Canadians or simple MOD (Defense Department) salesmen here in Britain.

Then there is the saga of the “new” fighter planes. New, perhaps, in 1997, when the Liberal Chrétien government began the process of purchasing F-35 Lightning II “stealth” fighters from Lockheed Martin, based in the United States. Still fairly new in 2010 when the Harper Conservative government ordered 65 of the controversial F-35s. Not new in 2021 when after 24 years of review, reassessment and re-examination by three administrations, one cancellation and now a reopened competition – with no final decision yet in sight.

Not the least and most immediate, Anand should deal with firmness and determination with the issue that has stuck his nine immediate predecessors (all male) since 1998, when the issue first surfaced – sexual misconduct seen in all. army ranks. Somehow, it must address the pervasive culture of boys who will be boys and establish a credible and effective procedure for handling complaints and administering discipline, a procedure that all stakeholders can agree to. .

Trudeau is betting that a strong, capable woman can succeed where male ministers have failed. Anand is betting that the potential career reward is worth the risk she takes.

Cambridge resident Geoffrey Stevens is an author and former Ottawa columnist and editor of The Globe and Mail and Maclean’s. Her new book, “Flore! A Woman in a Men’s World, ”co-authored with the late Flora MacDonald, has just been released. His column appears on Mondays. He accepts comments at [email protected]


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Neo-Nazis sentenced to 9 years in prison for fomenting civil war


  • A Canadian neo-Nazi worked to recruit people for a white supremacist group called The Base in 2019.
  • Patrik Mathews and US Army veteran Brian Lemley Jr. were sentenced to 9 years in prison on Thursday.
  • Mathews and Lemley were arrested in January 2020 for conspiring to attack the Virginia State Capitol.

A Canadian neo-Nazi was one of two people sentenced to nine years in prison each for instigating civil war in the United States, the Associated press reported.

Canadian Armed Forces reservist Patrik Mathews and U.S. Army veteran Brian Lemley Jr. were sentenced Thursday.

NBC News reported that FBI agents arrested Mathews, Lemley and William Bilbrough, members of a neo-Nazi fringe group called The Base, days before a pro-gun rally in January 2020 in Virginia.

The FBI said at the time that they were under surveillance for months, NBC reported.

Surveillance equipment that was installed in their Delaware apartment recorded Mathews and Lemley discussing an attack on the Virginia State Capitol, the AP reported.

Mathews entered the United States without proper documents and was one of The Base’s top recruiters, The New York Times reported. He was fired from the Canadian military after learning he had ties to white supremacists.

According to Counter-extremism project, an organization that tracks far-right extremists, The Base strives to train its members to fight in a racial war and also encourages “the emergence of anarchy so that it can then impose order. chaos “.

Lemley has been charged with transporting and harboring aliens and conspiring to do so, among other charges. Mathews was charged with being an alien in possession of a gun and ammunition. They have both been charged with carrying a firearm to commit a crime.

U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang decided to apply “terrorism enhancement” to Mathews and Lemeley’s charges to increase their jail sentence recommendation after finding that they planned to engage in terrorist activity, reported the ‘AP. Chuang said the recorded discussions were not just discussions among friends, but showed the accused’s willingness to kill people and attack the United States.

Law and criminality reported that lawyers for Mathews and Lemley requested a 33-month sentence, but prosecutors requested a 25-year sentence.

In a court file, attorneys for Mathews said recorded conversations only showed the two made “generally fleeting references to imaginary scenarios without any serious exploration of particular targets or planning operations,” the AP reported. .

Prosecutors called Mathews and Lemely “national terrorists,” the AP reported.

“In the hope of a civil war that would decimate racial and ethnic minorities and subjugate women, the defendants joined forces with each other and with others, studied violence, tested their weapon skills, stored ammunition and supplies, and planned to kill on a large scale in pursuit of their objectives, ”prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum in September, Law and Crime reported.

The AP reported that Mathews told the judge he regretted befriending “the wrong people”.

“I got involved with people who were extreme, very extreme and hateful to the point of acting,” he told the judge.

Lemely also told the judge he regretted his actions, the AP reported.

“The things I have said are horrible and do not reflect who I really am or who my family raised me to be,” Lemely said, according to the AP. “Murder has never been in my heart. Only foolish dreams of glory and bravery of war.”


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Former Canadian Forces reservist Patrik Mathews sentenced to 9 years in prison


Patrik Mathews, the former Canadian Armed Forces reservist at the center of a violent plot to start a racial war in Virginia, was sentenced to nine years in prison followed by three years on probation.

Mathews, 28, of Beausejour, Man., Had previously pleaded guilty to weapons charges related to his role in a white supremacist plan to disrupt a gun rights rally in January 2020.

U.S. District Court Judge Theodore Chuang handed down the sentence in a Maryland courtroom Thursday.

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Mathews came to his defense, claiming he had fallen into a bad crowd and expressing some measure of remorse – but he did not apologize, which the judge took note of.

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Chuang called it “irritating” for someone from another country to come to the United States thinking it is a place on the verge of collapse and that they could speed up this process.

The judge said the United States is teeming with law-abiding patriots and is not about to crumble, as some might think.

Chuang earlier this week accepted the prosecution’s request for “better terrorism,” which would have allowed a sentence of up to 25 years behind bars.

Prosecutors had argued that Mathews’ crimes were serious, but his motives were even more so.


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Since the arrest of Mathews and his co-accused, US Army veteran Brian Mark Lemley Jr., in January 2020, the court has heard ample evidence that the couple spoke in harsh terms about the deaths of federal officials, the derailment of trains and the poisoning of the water supply as part of a violent and disruptive ploy to exploit political and social tensions and start a race war in the United States.

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At the center of the plot was a massive rally of gun rights activists in the state capital of Richmond, Va., Where the two – both members of the white supremacist group The Base – relied on clashes between police and tens of thousands of heavily armed protesters angry at the proposed gun control measures.

The two men pleaded guilty in June to charges of illegally transporting a firearm and obstructing justice. A third co-accused, William Garfield Bilbrough IV, pleaded guilty in December to helping Mathews enter the United States illegally. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

Earlier this week, their lawyers did their best to dismiss the scheme, which they said was filled with hate and disturbing, as nothing more than the gossip and boast of a pair of deeply troubled and alienated young men. with twisted beliefs and an affinity for guns.

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However, Chuang said in a hearing Tuesday that their conversations, texting, and planning – much of it captured through FBI wiretaps, so-called spy warrants, and use undercover agents – understood more than just the “distant wishes, hopes and fantasies” of a pair of “wide-eyed neophytes.”

Rather, they were “specific, serious and calculating in the actions they intended to carry out,” the judge said.

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Mathews’ father Glen read a brief statement in open court today in which he described his son as a troubled soul with a good heart.

The father said his son had autism and had always been bullied, and at some point he took a wrong turn.


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judge to convict members of neo-Nazi group under terrorism law | Maryland News


By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) – Two members of a neo-Nazi group intended to engage in terrorist activity before FBI agents arrested them ahead of a pro-gun rally in Virginia, a federal judge found on Monday.

US District Judge Theodore Chuang’s decision to apply “terrorism enhancement” to the men’s sentencing favors prosecutors’ recommendation that they both receive 25 years in prison.

Chuang has heard very different portraits of the two defendants as he prepares to convict them in separate hearings Thursday at the federal courthouse in Greenbelt, Md.

Prosecutors said Canadian Armed Forces reservist Patrik Jordan Mathews and U.S. Army veteran Brian Mark Lemley Jr. were planning a massacre inspired by their white supremacist ideology. Defense attorneys say undercover FBI agent unsuccessfully tried to get the two “wounded veterans” to devise a plan of violence at a January 2020 gun rights rally on Capitol Hill from the State of Virginia to Richmond, Virginia.

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FBI agents arrested Lemley and Mathews and a third member of a white supremacist group called The Base. The group has been a major proponent of “accelerationism,” a fringe philosophy that advocates the use of mass violence to accelerate the collapse of society.

Lemley and Mathews pleaded guilty in June to gun charges. They have not been charged with any violent crime.

But the judge agreed to apply “terrorism enhancement” to their sentences, significantly increasing the jail terms recommended for Mathews and Lemley under federal sentencing guidelines.

“It doesn’t matter what the specific motivation was,” Chuang said. “But the idea that they intended to replace the US government is relevant to this improvement.”

Prosecutors called them national terrorists preparing for civil war, discussed how to get racist South Carolina mass killer Dylann Roof out of death row, and spoke of assassinating a Virginia lawmaker.

The court’s probation office calculated a range of sentencing guidelines of 33 to 41 months in both cases. Lemley’s attorney seeks a sentence consistent with these guidelines, while Mathews’s attorney seeks a 33-month prison sentence.

Chuang is not bound by any of these recommendations.

Defense attorneys said an undercover FBI agent who visited Lemley and Mathews in their Delaware apartment nine days before the rally attempted to cajole them into making a plan for Virginia. Defense attorneys said the pair decided instead to meet with other members of The Base in Michigan the weekend before the rally in Virginia.

Mathews and Lemley pleaded guilty to charges, including carrying a firearm illegally and obstructing justice, for destroying cell phones when FBI agents raided their apartment.

The third co-accused, William Garfield Bilbrough IV, was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty in December to helping Mathews illegally enter the United States from Canada in 2019.

The case against the three indicted men in Maryland was part of a larger investigation by The Base. In January 2020, authorities in Georgia and Wisconsin arrested four other men linked to the group.

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Taxpayers Spent Up to $ 720,000 in Salaries for Military Leaders Sidelined by Sexual Misconduct Crisis




a man's silhouette: several senior military leaders have been placed on temporary leave or permanently removed from their posts due to the sexual misconduct crisis.


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Several senior military leaders have been placed on temporary leave or permanently removed from their posts due to the sexual misconduct crisis.

According to a CBC News analysis, taxpayers spent an estimated $ 639,000 to $ 720,900 in salaries for high-ranking military officers who were dismissed from their posts due to the sexual misconduct crisis in the military.

CBC News analyzed the salary scales for eight military commanders and the time that has elapsed since they were removed from their posts. Some of them are on paid leave, others are leaving the military and others have been assigned to other positions within the Canadian Forces.

While it is difficult to determine a figure given publicly available information, the analysis indicates that the federal government has spent approximately $ 639,000 to $ 720,000 on salaries for these individuals since they left their roles as leadership.

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The Ministry of National Defense says that all military personnel have the right to due process and are entitled to their pay during military police investigations. DND says Canadian law guarantees that a workplace cannot punish employees unless they have been proven guilty.

CBC’s analysis does not include people who have retired, who have been removed from their posts and placed in other positions, or who have used their vacation to cover all of their temporary leave.

Former Chief of Defense Staff Retired General Jonathan Vance is receiving his pension and awaiting criminal trial on one count of obstructing justice. Vance’s salary before his retirement in July 2020 was $ 260,600 to $ 306,500, according to to an order in council.

The salary figures and the number of officers under investigation reflect the scale of the misconduct crisis and its effects on the Canadian military, said Megan MacKenzie of Simon Fraser University.

“This number is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the cost, both financial, emotional and reputational, to the defense forces,” said MacKenzie, Simons Chair in International Law and Rights Security. humans.

“I think that signals that we really need leadership on this issue. We need civilian leaders. We need the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense to come and help solve this problem.”

MacKenzie said the real cost of the sexual misconduct crisis goes beyond wages. She said the military are taking medical leave or leaving the military altogether, as the military grapples with the effects on recruitment and the risk of prosecution.

Eleven high-ranking military officers have been temporarily or permanently removed from their leadership roles since February due to allegations of sexual misconduct or in response to the way they have handled complaints of sexual misconduct.

CBC News has a full list of cases here.

‘Case after case’

MacKenzie said she can’t think of another defense force in the world that has seen so many top leaders face allegations of sexual misconduct or be put on leave at the same time. She has been researching military culture for a decade and is leading an international study on military sexual misconduct in Canada, the United States and Australia.

In other countries, she said, high-profile scandals erupt and then die out after official reviews or policy changes.

“But what has happened in Canada is that you have case after case, several cases at the same time,” she said. “There is no recovery. There is no moment between scandals and you have this kind of growing wave of calls for serious action.”

MacKenzie said it was not unusual to put military members on paid leave while they were under investigation. The problem, she said, is that some of the investigations take “a very long time”, with soldiers stuck in their homes waiting to hear the outcome.

She said it was a common tactic for the military to try and wait for the public’s anger by putting members on paid leave.

“There are so many individuals under investigation, so these investigations need to be dealt with quickly,” she said.

Throughout the crisis, the military maintained that its police were conducting thorough investigations. DND said in a statement to media that as an institution founded on the rule of law, the Canadian Armed Forces “must ensure that all members are granted their basic rights to due process and to justice. procedural fairness ”.

Admiral McDonald’s case unsolved after nearly 8 months

Admiral Art McDonald has been the highest paid to date while on leave for almost eight months. He was removed from his post as Chief of the Defense Staff in February in link to an allegation of sexual misconduct.

CBC News estimates that McDonald’s has been paid between $ 149,000 and $ 176,000 since his suspension.

MacKenzie said she was surprised the government was not in a more rush to solve the McDonald’s case, given that he is still being paid while his old job is done by the acting chief of staff from the Defense, General Wayne Eyre. McDonald’s annual salary is $ 232,700 to $ 273,700, according to an order in council.

The position of Chief of the Defense Staff is an appointment by the Governor in Council, which means that the Prime Minister can remove the chief at any time. Lawyers for McDonald’s revealed in August that the military police investigation ended without charging him with anything. More than two months later, the federal government has not decided whether it will reinstate McDonald’s.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday commented on McDonald’s recent public attempts to get his old job back. Trudeau said McDonald’s comments were at odds with the government’s emphasis on putting victims first and that they will “be taken into account when we make a final decision on the permanent post of chief of staff. defense staff “.

The Prime Minister’s Office said it would not comment further when asked why it had not yet made a decision on McDonald’s future, or whether it was waiting for public attention to the crisis misconduct is reduced.

major-general. Dany Fortin’s lawyers, meanwhile, say he’s stuck at home earning a salary with no work to do. Quebec prosecutors indicted Fortin in August with one count of sexual assault; his criminal case is now making its way through the civilian justice system.

Fortin denies the allegation. He has launched a battle in federal courts to regain his former post as vaccine deployment chief, arguing that the federal government had become politically involved in the decision to sideline him.

He was assigned a new job, but his lawyers say he stayed at home without any assignments. CBC estimates he has collected between $ 81,000 and $ 95,000 since leaving his post with the Public Health Agency of Canada.

In March, the military also placed Vice-Admiral Haydn Edmundson on indefinite paid leave from his role as commander of military personnel following a CBC News report of an alleged sexual assault. A military police investigation is underway into an allegation that he raped a 19-year-old flight attendant on a Canadian Navy ship in 1991 while docked in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Edmundson denies the allegation and has been posted since May as a sustained member at the Transition Center in Ottawa. Since leaving his post as head of military personnel, he has been paid between $ 137,000 and $ 148,000, according to CBC News analysis.

Edmundson’s successor, Lieutenant-General. Steven Whelan, stepped down from his role last week in response to an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. The military also postponed the lieutenant general’s appointment last week. Trevor Cadieu as the next army commander for sexual misconduct.

Whelan and Cadieu are now on leave and their individual monthly wages are estimated to be between $ 20,683 and $ 22,392, depending on the publicly disclosed military pay rates.

DND says it has full confidence in broader leadership

CBC News asked DND what it was doing in response to the number of senior executives currently on leave. The department said military leaders are being trained to replace their superiors.

“As the justice system continues to function conscientiously, we have full confidence in our extended management team to continue to look after the defense of Canada,” said DND spokesperson Daniel Le Bouthillier.

Retired Captain Annalize Schamuhn, who was sexually assaulted by another soldier, said she viewed the number of reported sexual misconduct allegations as an encouraging sign. Schamuhn shared his story publicly, hoping that this would contribute to institutional change within the Canadian Armed Forces.

“I think the more stories and cases there are, the worse it looks like,” Schamuhn said. “But I take it as a sign that things are improving.

“The fact that people feel comfortable coming forward, I think, is a sign of progress.”


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Reviews | Top 10 Reasons to Fund the Canadian Army


10. Government inflated? Misplaced priorities? The military is by far the largest department in the Canadian government, employing the most numbers and purchasing the most equipment. The combined budget of the Department of National Defense (DND) and Veterans Affairs is $ 30 billion, or approximately 15 times Environment and Climate Change Canada. With 0.5 percent of the world’s population, Canada is responsible for 1.5% international military spending.

9. DND has the largest intelligence gathering capabilities in the country. In recent years he has spied Black lives matter, Don’t slow down anymore and peace activists.

8. The Canadian Forces (CF) are “hostileTo “LGTBQ members”, concluded former Supreme Court justice Marie Deschamps in 2015. Members suspected of being homosexual were systematically excluded from the CF until 1992. In the 1960s, military researchers and the funding played a role Central role with the aim of developing a “fruit machine” to detect homosexuals.

7. DND / CF has the the biggest Public relations (propaganda) machine in the country, employing hundreds of “public relations professionals” to influence public perception of the military. Last fall, the military, the Ottawa Citizen reported, established “a new organization who will use propaganda and other techniques to try to influence the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors of Canadians. unflattering stories about the military were to be the target of phone calls to their bosses, letters to the editor and other “flacks” intended to undermine their credibility in the eyes of readers and their employers.

6. The CF has been a hotbed of white supremacy. For decades, institutional racism has been explicit and imposed from above with force wanting only those of “Pure European Descent and the White Race”. Although they represent 20% of the Canadian population, visible minorities today constitute 9.6 percent of CF. Not surprisingly, the CF has attracted many people with far-right beliefs.

5. The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) is a secret army within the military. The government is under no obligation to divulge information about their operations so that they can be deployed on controversial missions, and the public is not more aware of this. Canadian special forces have (probably) operated in Haiti, Bosnia, Rwanda, Kosovo, Central African Republic, Congo, Peru, Iraq, Libya, Colombia, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

4. The CF is the institutional embodiment of “toxic masculinity”. For example, it was not until 2000 that the submarine service was opened to women. In 2015, Deschamps found a “culture of misogyny ”in the CF“ hostile to women ”. Between April 1, 2016 and March 9 of this year, there were 581 sexual assault and 221 complaints of sexual harassment involving CF members.

3. Canadian warships regularly deploy around the world, from the Caribbean to the North Sea, from the Persian Gulf to the Black Sea. Recently, Canadian ships participated in “freedom of navigation” exercises conducted by warring United States in the South China Sea. They also waged war on Libya in 2011, aided the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, and supported the 1998 bombing of that country. Threatening other countries to get our way has a long history. Canadian warships were dispatched force Costa Rica to negotiate with the Royal Bank in 1921, to protect British interests during the Mexican revolution and back a dictator slaughtering peasants in El Salvador in 1932.

2. The Canadian armed forces have a huge ecological footprint. They littered the landscape with tens of millions of bullets and shells as well as polluted dozens of lakes with ammunition. They continue to enlist animals in experiences and during the war. DND is by far the largest emitter of GHGs in the federal government. DND represented 59% percent of the federal government’s GHGs in 2019-2020. Incredibly, however, the military’s emissions are exempt from the government’s current GHG reduction targets.

1. The Canadian military has fought in nine wars, only one of which is morally justified.



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Ukrainian army extremists brag about Canadian training: report


TORONTO – Report exploring far-right extremism in the Ukrainian military found neo-Nazis and supporters of far-right white nationalist groups boasted of having received training from Canada and others NATO countries, prompting the promise of a thorough review from the Department of National Defense.

The report, entitled “Far-right group has moved into Ukraine’s main western military training centerAnd published by the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University, details a group within the National Academy of the Ukrainian Army (NAA) known as the “Centuria of the military order ”or simply“ Centuria ”.

The group is led by people with ties to the internationally active far-right Azov movement, according to the report. The Azov movement attacked anti-fascist protests, city council meetings, media, art exhibitions, foreign students, LGBTQ2S + and Roma community.

A 2016 report published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights details the charges against the militia of the Azov movement known as the “Azov Battalion” of torture and other war crimes in the ensuing conflict after the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014. Ukrainian National Guard later took the Azov battalion in its ranks – where it is now known as the Azov Regiment.

“I discovered evidence that a far-right group of military, officer and cadet with a clearly defined international agenda and apparently dozens of members were able to operate in a prestigious military academy supported by the West in Ukraine, proselytizing academy cadets since 2018, ”said report author and Washington, DC-based investigative reporter Oleksiy Kuzmenko in a series of emails to CTVNews.ca Wednesday.

Kuzmenko said the Centuria Military Order has ties to the international Azov movement, which he describes as “a large far-right organization with thousands of members stretching from a highly skilled and politicized Azov regiment to the Ukrainian National Guard to a far-right political organization. National Corp. party

The report states that members of the Centuria Military Order are part of an “order of ‘European traditionalist’ military officers” that shares the goal of reshaping the Ukrainian military with right-wing ideologies and defending what it is. they call “the cultural and ethnic identity of European peoples.”

Evidence detailed in the report, including photos taken on social media and posts on messaging platforms, shows members of Centuria, as well as unaffiliated cadets and other NAA officers, performing Nazi salutes , professing their admiration for Hitler and other Nazi figures, and espousing open and violent anti-Semitic rhetoric. Centuria members have boasted online that they have received training from foreign military forces, including those of Canada, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom

The report states that the NAA denied that Centuria operated within the academy, despite the evidence presented. Kuzmenko said several photos and videos of suspected members were removed from various social media accounts and websites after Kuzmenko contacted the group for the report, including a propaganda video showing suspected Centuria members using weapons.

Kuzmenko detailed an example of his research on Twitter which shows the proximity of Ukrainian military extremists to the Canadian Armed Forces, where a man he describes as a “neo-Nazi opposite” graduated from a tactical medical program run by the Canadian Armed Forces and the United States military and is now training other cadets. The soldier, Kuzmenko says, appears on several social media posts holding Nazi flags and in others posing with Canadian instructors. CTVNews.ca has not independently verified Kuzmenko’s photos or claims.

Noting that the Ukrainian in question was wearing clothes that clearly showed his affiliations, Kuzmenko said that members of Centuria and other far-right groups in the military “are practically screaming who they are with the way they operate in the country. big day “.

Another Centuria member received officer training in 2020 at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst in the UK, according to the report, and another attended the German Army Officers Academy in Dresden in 2019 .

“I think my report shows that despite the far-right’s lack of electoral success, it continues to strengthen its influence in Ukraine, especially in the military which appears to tolerate open far-right activity in its ranks,” Kuzmenko said by email. . “To be clear, I’m not suggesting that Ukraine is ruled by neo-Nazis, or that the Ukrainian military is dominated by the far right… what I’m saying is that there are strong indications that Ukraine is ignoring an obvious problem, as are its Western allies.

Kuzmenko said Ukraine’s Defense Ministry initially denied the allegations in detail in its report, but later announced an investigation after local and Russian media picked up on the story.

Several Ukrainian agencies did not respond to CTVNews.ca’s request for comment at the time of publication.

Christian Leuprecht, security analyst and professor at Royal Military College and Queens University and senior researcher at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, says Kuzmenko’s report should give Canada and its allies a ‘pause’ from their missions ongoing in Ukraine.

“It is ultimately up to Ukraine to control its own soldiers, but when it is not careful about getting soldiers who fundamentally do not match our values ​​and interests, it increases the risk that the allies will do everything. just their luggage, “Leuprecht said in a statement. telephone interview with CTVNews.ca Saturday.

Leuprecht said he believes Canadians will “expect more” from Ukraine, which has received an immense amount of resources, time and energy over the years from Canada.

“It’s a country that wants to join the EU and ultimately wants to join NATO, and when you openly and actively court and tolerate anti-democratic elements in the very institutions that [are] there to defend your way of life… it will raise questions in Canada if this mission is worth the candle, ”he said.

WHAT IS CANADA DOING IN UKRAINE?

Canada has been present in Ukraine since 2015 as part of Operation UNIFIER, as support to the Ukrainian security forces – which includes military training, according to the website of the Ministry of National Defense.

Canada is part of a multinational joint commission that includes the United Kingdom, United States, Denmark, Poland, Sweden, Lithuania and Ukraine, and sends approximately 200 members of the Canadian Armed Forces to the country all six months and provides “non-lethal” supplies and equipment such as night vision goggles and medical kits.

According to the FAC, as of September 30, more than 30,000 Ukrainian Security Forces candidates had participated in the training since the start of the mission, with the FAC claiming to have provided training to 1,951 members of the Ukrainian National Guard.

The mission is scheduled to expire in March 2022, unless it is further extended by the federal government.

WHAT IS CANADA’S RESPONSE TO THE REPORT?

In an emailed statement to CTVNews.ca on Monday, the Canadian Armed Forces said they were “very concerned” by the results of the study.

“In light of these findings, DND will conduct a thorough review of the report, including to determine whether the current policies and procedures in place are strict enough to report and prevent the CAF from unintentionally assisting those whom it fundamentally opposes. opinions, ”the statement read. bed.

The statement says Canada relies on the Ukrainian Defense Ministry to control its members, but if Canadian soldiers suspect their Ukrainian counterparts or trainees have racist views, they are immediately fired.

“There is no burden of proof on the CAF to demonstrate this beyond a reasonable doubt,” the statement continued. “When Ukrainian military officers are selected to seize opportunities in Canada, it is imperative that members do not have values ​​contrary to those of their Canadian hosts in the Ukrainian government. “

CTVNews.ca contacted the Prime Minister’s Office and received an emailed statement Tuesday from a spokesperson for the Department of National Defense, who responded on behalf of the government that “the Minister is deeply concerned about these reports and he asked officials to look into this matter. Our government and the Canadian Armed Forces do not tolerate anti-Semitic, racist or hateful views.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh called the report “alarming” in an emailed statement to CTVNews.ca on Tuesday, adding that the party planned to “examine the report in more depth in the coming weeks.” .

“Our armed forces should not train or support any far-right group in the world. The Liberals promised to make Canada’s commitment to democracy and human rights a central strategic priority of their new government. The new defense minister should examine this and put in place mechanisms to avoid any situation like this in the future, ”the statement said.

CTVNews.ca has contacted Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole, but has not received a response at the time of publication.

And while control of foreign soldiers rests with their home country, questions about responsibility and liability may arise for Canada in the long run, Leuprecht said.

“The government has always claimed to be values-driven… so that really puts Ukraine at odds with the larger agenda that the federal government claims to be leading… which then becomes a high political risk,” Leuprecht said. “Because if one of those more members or units commits war crimes or other types of violations of the law of armed conflict or international law – and it turns out that they were trained by Canadians – the government will have to provide some very difficult answers.



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New army commander with ties to Vernon faces sexual allegations – Agassiz Harrison Observer


An army commander faced with allegations of sexual misconduct has a background in Vernon.

The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service revealed last week that it was investigating the lieutenant general. Trevor Cadieu for alleged “historic” sexual misconduct.

The new Commander of the Canadian Army, Lieutenant-General. Cadieu was confirmed by two sources close to the Vernon military camp as a former cadet.

Cadieu is believed to have attended Royal Roads University in Victoria, followed by his brother, before attending the Royal Military College of Canada and beginning his career in the Regimental Force.

He was commanding officer of the Canadian Armored Regiment Strathcona from 2010 to 2012, according to his records. He has since served in the Canadian Armed Forces for over nine years.

Cadieu is also identified as being from Vernon in Afghanistan: A Canadian History, in a 2006 excerpt where he is cited.

“I am convinced that the sign of the appearance of the tanks will represent for the people here and probably the Taliban as well as the determination of the coalition to bring security to this area,” said the then major. Trevor Cadieu of Vernon, BC, Squadron Commander.

Cadieu denies any wrongdoing and said in a statement to the military that the allegations made against him are false and aim to cast doubt on his ability to lead the military.

“The allegations are false, but they must be fully investigated to reveal the truth,” he said, adding that he had voluntarily provided information and correspondence to investigators and had “taken other measures to prove my truthfulness and my innocence “.

Cadieu also said he asked General Wayne Eyre to consider selecting someone else to serve as the Commander of the Canadian Army, a post which has been held on an interim basis by a series of senior officers since Eyre took office as interim chief of defense in February.

“I know that these false claims will, as expected, create doubts about my ability to lead in this environment,” Cadieu said.

“While I have dedicated every day of my career to making my colleagues feel respected and included, the soldiers of the Canadian Army deserve a leader who is unencumbered by allegations and can lead at this time. important where culture changes, tackles systemic misconduct and prepares tactical teams for operations. must remain the priority effort.

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Director of Canadian School of Military Intelligence relieved of command after misconduct investigation


The former commanding officer of the Canadian Forces School of Military Intelligence continues to serve in the military after being relieved of command following an investigation into allegations of improper conduct.

In April, the Canadian Forces temporarily dismissed the Lieutenant-Colonel. Raphael Guay from his school supervisory role in Kingston, Ontario.

CBC News has now confirmed that the military decided months ago that Guay would not return to his command post due to the findings of the unit’s disciplinary investigation.

“In addition, other administrative and corrective actions were taken, including the cancellation of the promotion and planned assignment of the former commander,” wrote the spokesperson for the Department of National Defense (DND). , Daniel Le Bouthillier, in a statement to CBC News.

DND did not confirm the nature of the allegations being investigated, citing privacy laws.

The investigation found “no sufficient evidence to support” the laying of charges using the military justice system, DND said.

On July 5, Guay officially took up his duties in a new role – as a staff officer in the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command in Ottawa.

Several senior military officials are under investigation by military police over allegations of misconduct. In the last such case to make the news, Lieutenant-General. Steven Whelan resigned from his role as commander of military personnel on Friday. He faces an allegation of sexual misconduct which has been under investigation since June.

The army has also postponed the appointment of the lieutenant general. Trevor Cadieu – the person designated to be the next Army Commander – because he is under investigation for allegations of misconduct.

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The Commander of Military Personnel of the Canadian Armed Forces has stepped down from this role. The military confirmed on Friday evening that Lieutenant General. Steven Whelan faces an allegation of sexual misconduct which has been under investigation since at least June 2. 2:11

Guay’s case was first made public by Global News last spring in connection with allegations made by a single third-party complainant regarding various incidents that may constitute misconduct.

The military did not put Guay on leave during the unit’s disciplinary investigation. Instead, Guay was reassigned and worked from home as a staff officer, DND said.

“This does not signal a serious change”

Megan MacKenzie, the Simons Chair in International Law and Human Security at Simon Fraser University, said the handling of Guay’s case is another sign that the military has a deep-rooted problem of misconduct.

“This does not signal a serious change,” MacKenzie said of the results of the investigation. “This is what is happening. People are moving and they can bounce back.”

MacKenzie leads an international project studying sexual misconduct in various armies, including the Canadian Armed Forces.

“Putting someone in a staff position is a very common thing that happened before,” she said. “It almost always signals, ‘We are with you until it’s over. “I think this is a really big deal.”

“Any kind of misconduct impacts other members of the department. To have them always employed and actively working sends the wrong message about culture change.”

MacKenzie said the military’s saying it did not have sufficient evidence to lay charges did not amount to exoneration.

Army says it spoke to those affected

Maya Eichler is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair who heads the Center for Social Innovation and Community Engagement in Military Affairs at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. She said Guay’s case underscores what survivors and commentators have always said.

“That there must be more transparent and open communication on suspected cases of misconduct, including what happens as a result of investigations, and in particular when they involve senior leaders,” she said. declared. “More transparency on the part of the military is essential to restore public confidence in the institution.

DND said Canadian Forces Intelligence Command understands Guay’s case to be a “difficult situation” for staff and students at the school.

“Members of the Defense Team, who were directly affected, have been referred through the chain of command to ensure their well-being and provide them with fuller disclosure,” wrote a DND spokesperson.

CBC News has asked Guay for comment but has yet to receive a response.


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The many paths to a career in the public service


The Federal Student Work Experience Program is a way for future public service employees to gain high visibility, especially while working toward a CPA designation (Getty Images / Paul Bradbury)

Many CPAs and future CPAs look to the public sector early in their careers. However, embarking on this path is significantly different from careers in the private sector. For an overview of trends and issues impacting the industry, see the CPA Canada report Public Sector Conference, which runs October 19-21, which features keynote speakers, panel discussions, and live Q&A. To learn more about the different ways to find your way around the area, read on.

GRADUATE-BASED PROGRAMS

For CPA David Lao, Senior Financial Analyst at Transport Canada, his entry point was the Financial Officer Recruitment and Development Program—A national graduate recruitment program administered by the Treasury Board Secretariat for university accounting students.

“It’s a great program because you can switch between different sections and areas of accounting, such as operations, financial policy, internal audit, budgeting, planning and financial systems transformation,” says he.

The application process is rigorous, as it involves an interview and examination before being placed in a qualified pool. Applications start in September / October of each year. Applicants must provide a curriculum vitae, transcripts and proof of education and must also confirm the date of their degree. “Even after receiving a verbal offer, you have to pass a security clearance,” says Lao.

The advantage of this approach is that people have the opportunity to try different types of accounting positions and find out their interests before making a career decision, he says.

Once the candidate is hired, the government will provide training that can be used for the practical experience requirement of the CPA designation. For those who have already received the CPA designation, “departments provide adequate support to ensure that CPAs and financial officers meet their annual professional development requirements with courses provided by CPA Canada,” explains Lao. [The various provincial and territorial CPA bodies also offer professional development options.]

STUDENT-CENTERED PROGRAMS

The Federal Student Work Experience Program (PFETE) is another way for college students to determine if a career in the public sector is right for them.

“Departments love to attract new talent through the student transition mechanism,” says Lao. “If you work for them as a student, the team will likely offer you a full-time position after you graduate. Provincial programs, such as Ontario Internship Program, also provide students with the opportunity to explore their options.

The CPA Shannon Nauss, Acting Manager, Community Development in Financial Management, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, started with the PFETE, where she worked in different areas before taking up a full-time position after her graduation. university studies completed.

“Joining the federal public service as a student can provide valuable experience as you work towards earning your CPA designation and can open the door to many future career opportunities,” said Nauss.

She notes that CPAs can work in a variety of areas of finance and accounting, from financial advisory services to operations to program delivery. “Each department has a finance team and a finance director,” she explains. “You don’t have to stay in one position, department or place; there are so many opportunities within one employer. You are not only siled in a finance position either, you can move on to different positions inside and outside of finance. Your career is really what you want to do with it.

Agencies like the Canada Revenue Agency and the Auditor General of Canada also hire many CPAs.

Another option that Lao recommends is the Canadian armed forces. “It offers a less traditional path for many financial officers, but you can have an interesting career as an army accountant, financial services administrator, or logistics officer,” he says. “And they will provide you with what you need to get your CPA.”

PROVINCIAL OPPORTUNITIES

To chart a course within the provincial public sector, you can start by looking for opportunities with offices that are pre-approved to train CPAs, like the Auditor General’s office. Provincial CPA organizations are a good resource to learn more about the pre-approved CPA programs available and other experience streams.

“Provincial CPA agencies have lists of pre-approved and monitored programs offered by public sector employers. These also allow students in the CPA program to meet all of their requirements for practical CPA experience, ”explains Martha Jones Denning, associate director of the Public Sector Accounting Board (CCSP).

In particular, Jones Denning notes that “legislative or comptroller’s audit offices can provide a unique and immersive training experience for CPAs wishing to enter the provincial public sector.”

TAKING THE MUNICIPAL ROAD

Municipal careers stand out in terms of their approach, says CPA James Sabourin, Senior Treasury Analyst, Risk Management and Systems, for the City of Ottawa, where he leads the financial risk management and compliance processes of the City of Ottawa. cash. He has gained experience in the areas of accounting and financial reporting, financial services and systems, financial planning and treasury.

The main route to a municipal career is through contract work, he explains. “One of the challenges of entering the public service is that a lot of permanent jobs are not posted and seniority often comes into play,” he says. “That’s why a lot of people have to start at the contract level.”

Contracts generally last six months at a time. Sabourin spent a year and a half working on contract before a full-time position arose. “Going from contract to contract has given me a lot of experience to see how the puzzle works from different angles, which has worked to my advantage,” he says.

Unlike the federal and provincial governments, municipal financial operations are centralized under a single ministry, but that doesn’t limit your choices, adds Sabourin. “There are different disciplines you can follow, such as financial reporting, process support for departments, systems development and more. “

For those looking to improve their chances in the municipal sector, in addition to CPA Canada’s Public Sector Certificate program, Sabourin recommends the Association of Municipal Financial Officers of Ontario course offers. “They offer a lot of general training as well as very detailed courses that give you in-depth training in specific areas of municipal finance,” he says.

As at the provincial level, you can also seize opportunities with pre-approved programs in some municipalities, such as the city of Edmonton.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE AS A CPA

Sabourin is quick to dispel misconceptions about working in the public sector. “People believe that it is difficult to progress or slow down and that it is just a formality. This is simply not true. Having a CPA doesn’t limit you to finance. I have a lot of colleagues in departments like public health. One is leading the charge on pandemic planning, another works in child care and another in community housing. With your CPA, you have the opportunity to step out of purely financial roles and get more into government operations and see how you can make a difference every day.

Another possibility is to volunteer with the Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) which provides a platform to implement changes and improvements in government accountability, for the use of public resources.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PUBLIC SECTOR

If you are considering a career in the public sector or want to advance your career in the field, be sure to inquire about CPA Canada’s two-level certificate program for the public sector. And you won’t want to miss the Public Sector Conference to be held from October 19 to 21, 2021. This year’s programming includes high-end speakers, interesting round tables and a range of sessions on the theme of Defend a new reality.

INTERESTED IN A CAREER IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR? HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Since the public sector has its own characteristics, it is worth doing some research beforehand. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

1. Bilingualism can be an important asset in the federal sector, especially for those who wish to obtain senior positions.

2. Find out if the school you attend offers co-op programs. If a co-op program is not available, consult the Federal Student Work Experience Program or provincial internship offers.

3. Be prepared for the application process. Some panels will provide a list of questions before an interview, so be sure to prepare your best answers ahead of time and write down the key points. “The more organized your response, the better your chances of getting a higher score on your assessment,” says CPA David Lao, Senior Financial Analyst at Transport Canada.

4. Learn to understand your community. “Networking is very important,” says CPA Shannon Nauss, Acting Manager, Financial Management Community Development, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Government of Canada.


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Newport D-Day veteran Lyndon Sheedy’s medals have gone home


The last wish of a decorated Newport D-Day veteran has been granted – after his medals were returned to Wales from his home in Canada.

Lyndon Sheedy, CStJ, CD, ADC from Crindau had a decorated career in the Armed Forces and regularly returned from his home in Canada to Newport and France to pay his respects on D-Day.

Lyndon Sheedy in his South Wales Borderers uniform

Mr Sheedy passed away at the age of 96 on August 14, 2020 and wanted his medals returned to the Royal Regiment of Wales Museum in Brecon – formerly the South Wales Borderers Museum.

On September 30, 2021, his sister Joan Reynolds – herself a veteran who served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) attached to the Royal Artillery on anti-aircraft guns – and Lord Lieutenant of Gwent, Brigadier Robert Aitken were awarded his military and civilian medals. and awards as well as two photos to the museum’s curator, Amanda Rosewarne. They were joined by Mrs. Reynolds’ friends Ivan and Sue Beatty.

South Wales Argus: Lord Lieutenant for Gwent Brigadier Robert Aitken and Joan Reynolds MBE presenting Royal Regiment of Wales Museum curator Amanda Rosemarme with Lyndon Sheedy medalsLord Lieutenant for Gwent Brigadier Robert Aitken and Joan Reynolds MBE presenting Royal Regiment of Wales museum curator Amanda Rosemarme with Lyndon Sheedy medals

Mr. Sheedy was born in Crindau on July 31, 1924 and he joined the 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers in 1942 and was assigned to A Company to secure the residence of Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

On D-Day – June 6, 1944 – he was posted to Normandy with the 2nd Battalion and the Gloucesters and Essex regiments. At 7:30 am, he landed on the ‘Gold’ beach in Normandy. He was then injured and returned home for treatment.

He then served with the 1st Battalion South Wales Borderers in Cyprus, Gaza and Palestine during the uprising. He also served in Sudan and Eritrea.

South Wales Argus: Lord Lieutenant for Gwent Brigadier Robert Aitkin and Joan Reynolds with medals and photographs of Lyndon Sheedy at the Royal Regiment of Wales MuseumLord Lieutenant for Gwent Brigadier Robert Aitkin and Joan Reynolds with the medals and photographs of Lyndon Sheedy at the Royal Regiment of Wales Museum

Mr. Sheedy spent the last period of his career in the British Army as a permanent staff instructor at the Brecon Regimental Depot. He left the British Army in 1952 with the rank of sergeant.

In 1953, he enlisted in the Canadian Army as a corporal and was transferred to the 2nd Canadian Guard Battalion. The following year, he was promoted to sergeant. In 1956, he was posted to NATO, West Germany, as a platoon commander and, upon his return to Canada, he performed field garrison and ceremonial guard duties on the Parliament Hill.

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He was promoted to warrant officer in 1965 and served as a company quartermaster. He then returned to NATO in West Germany to the brigade headquarters where he served as an administrative adjutant.

Mr. Sheedy returned to Canada at Bordon, Ontario, and served as the Senior Warrant Officer in the Infantry Basic Training Division. In 1972, he transferred to the Combat Arms School as an instructor, then to the Mechanized Commando where he was a platoon warrant officer.

In 1974, he was appointed lieutenant and requested leave from the Canadian Forces. As a civilian, he was later employed by the United States Embassy in the Department of State Administration on General Services. His role was to coordinate and oversee the placement of staff during presidential visits, the Secretary of State and other VIPs.

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He was awarded the United States Government Medal of Citation for his outstanding performance and upon his retirement in July 1989 he was awarded a Certificate for Dedicated Service to the Government of the United States of America by the United States Ambassador in Canada, Edward N. Ney.

After his retirement, Mr. Sheedy devoted his time to the community, spending 17 years with the Order of St. John – where he was described as personifying the principles of the Order and was recognized as a “rare person who has shown leadership and determination extremely well. of the highest level. ‘

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Mr. Sheedy has received a number of accolades from various organizations and nations for his service. He was awarded the French National Order of the Legion of Honor – the highest national order in France. It was presented to him by the French Ambassador to Canada at the French Embassy in Ottawa.

He also received a medal from the mayor of Caen in France – a place he visited every year. This presentation was made in her house in Newport by Madame Marie Lambert-Prou.

He was elevated to the rank of Officer and then Commanding Officer in 1983 during ceremonies at Christchurch Cathedral in Ottawa. In July 1991, he was appointed aide-de-camp to the Governor General.

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For 32 years, he took care of his wife Jean who suffered from MS. He also took care of another lady who lived in the same apartment complex for 11 years.

Mr. Sheedy not only had a long and exceptional career in the military and government, but he was also an author and artist. He painted landscapes and wrote about his life and experiences in his book Under five flags, the Odyssey of a soldier.


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Army vet allegedly plotted assassination to start race war


A former US Army soldier and former Canadian Armed Forces reservist who allegedly plotted the assassination of a Virginia lawmaker and conspired to release racist mass murderer Dylann Roof could face decades in prison. The pair are awaiting jail time after pleading guilty to multiple gun charges, according to the Associated press.

U.S. Army veteran Brian Mark Lemley Jr., 35, and former Canadian Armed Forces reservist Patrik Jordan Mathews, 29, face a sentencing hearing on Oct. 28, according to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland. A third co-accused, William Garfield Bilbrough IV, 21, was sentenced to five years in prison in December after helping Mathews illegally enter the United States.

The three men are members of the violent white supremacist group “The Base”, which is trying to recruit military veterans as infantrymen for a planned racial war which it hopes will lead to the collapse of society, Task & Purpose reported. in October 2020. The group is looking for members with military experience in order to have an army of self-defense soldiers ready to take power in the expected chaos, experts said.

The FBI said Lemley, Mathews and Bilbrough were working to set this chaos in motion, the Associated Press reported. The FBI set up a camera and microphone in Mathews and Lemley’s Delaware apartment and overheard them discussing plans to attack a gun rights rally in Richmond, Va., Destroy rail and power lines and assassinate a Virginia lawmaker, according to the Associated Press.

The Base is a white supremacist group that allegedly tried to recruit members with military experience. (Photo courtesy of the Anti-Defamation League.)

Although the lawmaker was not named on the prosecutor’s court file, the politician has been described as the speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, the AP reported. A Jewish woman named Eileen Filler-Corn took over the post on January 8, 2020. Prosecutors wrote that Mathews hoped the president’s murder would lead to stricter gun control laws and then a backlash to those. laws, according to the AP.

“It is extremely disturbing and it should disturb all Americans,” Filler-Corn told the AP. “This model of using violence to intimidate the leaders and symbols of our democracy undermines the core values ​​of our democracy itself.”

Lemley’s attorney, Ned Smock, described his client as a veteran of the Iraq War and a former cavalry scout who “got lost during a difficult time in his life”, and that despite his discussions with Mathews , the couple never engaged in actual violence, the AP reported.

Instead, the counts Lemley pleaded guilty to were: “conspiracy to transport certain aliens, to transport certain aliens, to dispose of a firearm and ammunition to an illegal alien, and to transport a firearm and ammunition in interstate commerce with the intent of committing a crime. crime; and Delaware’s accusations of harboring certain strangers, aiding and abetting a stranger in possession of a firearm and obstructing justice ”, according to The version.

The “alien” in question was Mathews, whom Lemley and Bilbrough worked together to help enter the United States illegally in November 2019. Lemley also had an illegal unregistered “machine gun”, according to a Department of Justice press release, although it does not specify the type of firearm involved. Lemley and Mathews were also charged with intent to obstruct justice because they destroyed their cell phones before the FBI could recover them, the department wrote.

The AP reported that Lemley and Mathews were hopeful that Roof’s release from his maximum security prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, would also gain notoriety for The Base. White supremacist Roof killed nine African Americans during a Bible study at their church in South Carolina on June 17, 2015 in hopes of start a race war.

“The base would be known as the guys who broke Dylann Roof,” Mathews said, according to the AP.

Prior to bringing Mathews to the United States, Lemley and Bilbrough also attended a training camp hosted by base members in Georgia August 4-4, 2019, which included tactical training and weapons drills at fire, according to the Justice Department. The pair went to another base training camp in a different state later this month. In November 2019, Lemley and Bilbrough reportedly purchased around 1,550 rounds of 5.56 ammunition in Georgia, prosecutors said. In December, Mathews and Lemley also built a rifle from various weapon parts, and in January 2020 Lemley purchased another 1,500 5.56mm and 6.5mm rounds, which match two rifles he and Mathews owned.

“I might go to jail as soon as I find the propaganda in my cell phone,” Lemley told Mathews in January 2020, prosecutors said.

Lemley and Mathews each face a maximum of 10 years in federal prison for their gun charges and 20 years for obstructing justice. Lemley faces an additional 15 years for bringing Mathews into the country illegally and giving him a gun, while Mathews faces an additional 20 years for “being an alien in possession of a gun and ammunition”, prosecutors say . Although the actual sentences for federal crimes are generally less than the maximum sentence, they noted.

Lemley and Mathews are just the last members of The Base to be arrested. Six other members of the group were arrested in 2020 for violent crimes, including a conspiracy to commit murder, and a seventh member was arrested in 2020 for allegedly vandalizing a synagogue. The Base is promoting itself as a group of survivors who defend the “European race” of society, which has been infected with Jewish values, Joanna Mendelson, associate director of the Center on Extremism, told Task & Purpose last year. of the Anti-Defamation League. Mendelson told the AP in June that The Base fainted amid the arrest of its members, but that doesn’t mean its former members are any less dangerous.

“We are talking about adherents who are deeply rooted in an ideology,” Mendelson told the AP. “They often direct their deeply held beliefs to other neo-Nazi organizations.”

The base is one of many extremist groups looking to recruit ex-combatants and servicemen into its ranks. There are also the “Boogaloo Boys”, a group of anti-government far-right extremists who seek to start a second civil war by murdering, among other things, police officers; and the “Oath Keepers”, another far-right anti-government group that claims tens of thousands of police and military, current and former, in its ranks, Southern Poverty Law Center.

Federal prosecutors have stressed their commitment to arrest extremists before they have a chance to harm the rest of society.

“Detecting, disrupting and deterring the threat of domestic terrorism and violent extremism in all its forms is a top priority for this office,” said United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, David C. Weiss in June. . “When extremists like the accused Mathews and Lemley take action to advance their crooked agenda and commit gun-related offenses, obstruct justice and illegally transport aliens, law enforcement will respond swiftly and decisively. . “

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Canadian Nursing Nurses Arrive in Alberta to Help Fight COVID-19


A military contingent is expected to be in position Monday to decide where to deploy eight critical care nurses who will help Alberta fight COVID-19.

On Thursday, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Canadian Armed Forces personnel will arrive at CFB Edmonton to provide aid to hospitals in the province’s capital.

Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan said members of the Canadian Armed Forces will use their experience to help Alberta fight the fourth wave of the pandemic.

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Sajjan says that since the start of the pandemic, the military has responded to more than 65 requests for help from provincial or federal partners.

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Public Safety Canada says the Canadian Red Cross is also planning to send up to 20 medical professionals, some with intensive care experience, to augment or relieve staff working in Alberta hospitals.

Kenney said these Red Cross workers will likely be deployed to the hard-hit Red Deer Regional Hospital in central Alberta.


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Newfoundland and Labrador also sends a medical team of five or six intensive care staff to work in Fort McMurray, the petroleum center of northern Alberta.

Alberta Health Services, the health authority for the entire province, confirmed to Global News that the process will likely take place this week.

“Alberta Health Services is grateful for the assistance of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Red Cross to provide additional medical personnel to help alleviate the increased strain on our health care system as a result of COVID- 19, ”an AHS statement said on Sunday.

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The Alberta healthcare delivery agency has seen more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 daily for weeks on end and has had to scramble and reassign staff to manage the influx of intensive care patients.

Kenney announced last week that his government was finalizing the deal for outside military support.

“I know Alberta healthcare workers will be grateful for their helping hand and that all Albertans are grateful for any help during this difficult time,” Kenney said at Thursday’s press conference in Calgary.

Some of those healthcare workers have asked Kenney to do more.


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Critical care physicians, emergency department physicians, the executive of the Alberta Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Association have called for a rapid lockdown to turn the tide of COVID-19 patients.

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Kenney said he wanted to see if recent health measures, including a mask warrant, collection restrictions and a vaccination passport form, were increasing vaccination rates.

– With files from Morgan Black, Global News

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MANURE SPILL

Decatur semi-accident spills slurry and injures driver

MADISON. Wis (AP) – Authorities say about 5,500 gallons of slurry spilled after a tractor-trailer overturned in Decatur, injuring the driver. Deputies from the Green County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash at around 12:44 p.m. Friday. Authorities said Jeffrey M. Brewer, of Evansville, was driving a tractor-tractor carrying fertilizer over a county and failed to negotiate a curve. The semi-tractor left the road and ended up in a ditch where it overturned. Authorities say the driver suffered minor injuries. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources also responded to the scene.

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Gableman sends subpoenas to Milwaukee and Green Bay officials

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – A former state Supreme Court justice leading Assembly Republicans’ inquiry into the 2020 election has sent subpoenas to officials in Milwaukee, Green Bay , Madison, Kenosha and Racine as well as Wisconsin Election Commission administrator Meagan Wolfe, seeking information about the private funds they used to manage voting operations. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Michael Gableman’s subpoenas are the first issued by state lawmakers in four decades. The subpoenas, dated Thursday and delivered Friday, target documents related to the Center for Tech And Civic Life, which has given more than $ 10 million to more than 200 Wisconsin communities to help cover election costs during the pandemic of COVID-19. The subpoenas require officials to appear before him on Oct. 15 with the documents.

MURDER FOR RENTAL

Wisconsin woman convicted of paid murder conspiracy

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – A Wisconsin woman has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for attempting to hire a hitman using bitcoin currency. Federal prosecutors have announced that Kelly Harper of Columbus, 38, has been sentenced after pleading guilty to using the internet to hire a hitman. Harper provided height, weight, eye color, cell phone number and photos of his man’s vehicle. She also shared a screenshot of a bitcoin wallet worth approximately $ 5,633 to the site administrator. His lawyer did not immediately respond to a message.

WOLF HUNTING

Federal Judge Holds Hearing on Wisconsin Wolf Hunt Blockage

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – A federal judge has scheduled a hearing later this month on whether to block the fall wolf hunt in Wisconsin. Six Chippewa tribes filed a lawsuit on September 21 seeking to block the hunt, claiming that hunters killed too many wolves during the state’s February season and that fall hunt kill quotas are not being met. not based on science. U.S. District Judge James Peterson has scheduled a hearing Friday on the tribes’ request for a preliminary injunction blocking the fall hunt for October 29, six days before the season begins on November 6.

LONG SENTENCE

La Crosse man sentenced to 66 years in accident that killed 2

BARABOO, WIs. (AP) – A La Crosse man with a history of drunk driving has been sentenced to 66 years in prison for an accident that killed two men and seriously injured two others. Albart B. Shores, 59, sentenced in April, apologized in Sauk County court Thursday for driving drunk on Interstate 94/90 near Wisconsin Dells in 2018. He had a rate blood alcohol level just above the legal limit and used cocaine the day before. The Baraboo News Republic reports that the prosecutor predicted that Shores, who was convicted of his seventh drinking and driving offense, would kill again if he was ever released.

WHITE SUPREMATISTS ARRESTED

Prosecutors: Neo-Nazis discussed assassination and prison break

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – Federal prosecutors in Maryland recommend 25-year prison sentences for two members of a neo-Nazi group who were arrested by the FBI ahead of a gun rights rally on the Virginia Capitol . In a filing on Thursday, prosecutors described former Canadian Armed Forces reservist Patrik Jordan Mathews and U.S. Army veteran Brian Mark Lemley Jr. as national terrorists who prepared for a civil war and spoke of plan an attack at the January 2020 rally in Virginia. Mathews and Lemley Jr. are set to be sentenced on October 28 after pleading guilty to gun charges in June. They were indicted along with a third member of The Base, a white supremacist organization. Defense lawyers have filed their conviction notes under seal.

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Wisconsin judges assess the challenge of swapping a park

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A conservation group on Friday asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court for leave to challenge the state’s decision to transfer state park lands to a company planning to build a golf. Friends of the Black River Forest argue that the decision by the Department of Natural Resources board of directors to give Kohler Company a 5-acre parcel and nearly 2-acre easement in Kohler-Andrae State Park prevent the public from enjoying this land and harm wildlife. habitat. Kohler and the DNR want the Supreme Court to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that the conservation group does not have standing to sue because construction of the course has not started and until it does, no one does. ‘suffered harm. It is not known when the court could rule.

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Wisconsin Army post visit reveals grateful, bored Afghans

FORT MCCOY, Wis. (AP) – Journalists get a glimpse of life at a Wisconsin army post for newly arrived Afghan refugees. During a tightly controlled tour of Fort McCoy on Thursday hosted by the U.S. Army and the State Department, reporters saw the newcomers playing football and basketball with soldiers and bringing supplies to the barracks where they are housed while waiting for their new lives in America to really begin. The fort is one of eight military installations in the country temporarily housing Afghans who were forced to flee their homeland in August. Almost 13,000 were sent to Fort McCoy.

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Neo-Nazis discussed assassination and prison break


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – Federal prosecutors in Maryland recommend 25-year prison sentences for two members of the neo-Nazi group, calling them national terrorists who have prepared for a civil war, discussed how to break the racist mass killer Dylann Roof on death row and spoke of the assassination of a Virginia lawmaker.

Former Canadian Armed Forces reservist Patrik Jordan Mathews and U.S. Army veteran Brian Mark Lemley Jr. are set to be sentenced on October 28 after pleading guilty to gun charges in June. They have been jailed since their arrest in January 2020 in a Delaware apartment where the FBI had installed a CCTV camera and microphone.

Surveillance equipment captured them talking about planning an attack at a gun rights rally at the Virginia Capitol in Richmond, the destruction of railroad tracks and power lines, and of how Mathews “briefly considered” trying to assassinate a Virginia lawmaker, prosecutors wrote in a court file Thursday.

After Mathews found the home address of the president of the Virginia House of Delegates on the internet, he and Lemley “pondered” an attack on the president’s route to work, as they concluded he There was probably not a good location for snipers near the lawmaker’s home. , prosecutors said.

“In Mathews’ view, the president’s murder” would likely speed up their gun control program, “which, in turn, Mathews hoped, would provoke a backlash,” prosecutors wrote.

But they ultimately put the idea aside, waiting to see if lawmakers in Virginia pass gun control law, prosecutors said. Eileen Filler-Corn, who is Jewish, was sworn in as a speaker on January 8, 2020, but prosecutors do not name her in their court records.

“In the hope of a civil war that would decimate racial and ethnic minorities and subjugate women, the defendants joined forces with each other and with others, studied violence, tested their weapon skills, stored ammunition and supplies and planned to kill on a large scale in pursuit of them. of their goals, ”prosecutors wrote.

Filler-Corn said in a statement he was told on Thursday that the two men had discussed his target.

“It is extremely disturbing and it should disturb all Americans,” she said. “This model of using violence to intimidate the leaders and symbols of our democracy undermines the core values ​​of our democracy itself.”

Defense attorney Ned Smock said Lemley, who served in Iraq during his time in the military, “strayed during a difficult time in his life” and took responsibility for non-violent crimes that he committed. Smock said prosecutors focused on things Lemley and Mathews discussed in private instead of the crimes they were charged with.

“But these are just words. Mr. Lemley never engaged in violence, he did not intend to take any violent action and he did not take any action to commit any of the acts mentioned in these tapes, ”said Smock Friday in a statement to The Associated Press.

Smock said he is seeking a two-year and nine-month jail sentence for Lemley. That would be at the lower end of the sentencing guidelines calculated by the court’s probation service. The upper end of the calculation for Lemley is three years and five months, according to Smock.

Mathews and Lemley Jr. were charged with a third base member. The group has been a major proponent of “accelerationism,” a fringe philosophy that advocates the use of mass violence to accelerate the collapse of society.

The third co-accused, William Garfield Bilbrough IV, was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty in December to helping Mathews illegally enter the United States from Canada in 2019.

The FBI also overheard Lemley and Mathews talk about trying to free Roof, who was sentenced to death for killing nine members of a black church congregation in South Carolina in 2015. They discussed the number of people. it would take to break into the maximum security prison. in Terre Haute, Indiana, where Roof is being held, how many guards are believed to be present and how a shooting would unfold, prosecutors said.

“Can you imagine Dylann Roof escaped from prison?” Mathews said, according to prosecutors. “The base would be known as the guys who blew up Dylann Roof.”

Defense lawyers filed their sentencing notes under seal on Thursday. Mathews lawyer Joseph Balter said the note to his case contained confidential personal information, including health records. Balter did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment on Friday.

Mathews and Lemley pleaded guilty to charges, including carrying a gun illegally and obstructing justice, for destroying cell phones when FBI agents raided their apartment.

Mathews pleaded guilty to four counts for a combined total of 50 years in prison. Lemley pleaded guilty to seven counts carrying a maximum of 70 years.

None of the defendants have faced terrorism-related charges, but prosecutors are calling for an alleged improvement in terrorism upon sentencing that could lead to a significant increase in the prison sentence if U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang agrees to apply it.

The case against the three indicted men in Maryland was part of a larger investigation by The Base. In January 2020, authorities in Georgia and Wisconsin arrested four other men linked to the group.


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Ukraine boldly goes where no NATO member has dared to go


Ukrainian Special Forces last month carried out a daring operation in Kabul to rescue 19 Afghan refugees, including translators, including one who worked for Canada’s leading newspaper, The Globe and Mail, and another who served in the military. Canadian, as well as their families. . They arrived in Kiev on August 29.

This rescue was coordinated by the Ukrainian army, the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and The Globe and Mail. Mark MacKinnon, the Globe and Mail’s senior international correspondent, not only revealed the story, but was instrumental in coordinating the rescue, CTV News reported.

“It was an incredible rescue,” MacKinnon told CTV. “We have tried many different rescue groups; we had some plans with the Canadian army to get them into the Kabul airport that didn’t work. We had a plan with the US State Department that gave us advice on how to get them in, but it fell apart after the suicide bombings last week.

Mr MacKinnon said his contacts with the Ukrainian president’s office and other diplomatic channels had been concluded and the bailout had been worked out.

“They said, ‘Tell your guys to get in some vehicles, take pictures of the license plates of those cars and send those pictures to the Ukrainian army,” “he said. “They told the cars to drive near the airport.”

Mr McKinnon reported that the rescue of the translators was carried out in the early morning of August 27 in Kabul, a day after the last Canadian evacuation plane left Afghanistan, and hours after the suicide bombing in the one of the doors of Hamid Karzai International. airport, which killed at least 170 Afghans trying to flee the country, as well as 13 US soldiers. Following the attack, claimed by the local affiliate of the so-called Islamic State, the United States said only foreign nationals – and no longer Afghans who have visas – would be allowed into the airport.

Despite this restriction, as well as the growing risks to coalition forces ahead of the planned withdrawal of the last US forces on August 31, Ukrainian troops marched into the city of Kabul to escort two minibuses – carrying translators to their destinations. of Canada and Their families; 19 people in all – on the airfield.

The soldiers had photographs of the license plates of the minibuses, and they surrounded and escorted the vehicles the last 600 meters to the airport.

Another person who played a key role was Roman Waschuk, the former Canadian Ambassador to Kiev who assisted the operation by putting the Globe and Mail in touch with a senior official in Mr. Zelenskyy’s office. He told The Globe and Mail that the Ukrainians accepted the rescue mission in large part thanks to the support their country received from Canada during its own seven-year war with Russian-backed forces in the Donbass.

“This courageous Ukrainian special forces operation demonstrates the strong friendship and long-standing ties between Canada and Ukraine,” said Alexandra Chyczij, National President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. “Ukrainian forces have acted boldly, courageously and fearlessly. In the terrible circumstances of Afghanistan, Ukraine has shown its support for Canada, and we are grateful to them.

In particular, the evacuees said they were stunned that Ukrainian troops took risks to save them, unlike Canadian and American forces.

“Everyone was surprised. I tried last month to get someone to get us. We asked Americans, Canadians, Qataris, everyone – and no solution. They were afraid to go out, ”said Jawed Haqmal, a 33-year-old father of four who worked for two years with the Canadian Special Forces in Kandahar. “Ukrainian soldiers were angels to us. They did an exceptional job. They have a big heart.

And that is the key lesson to be learned from this daring operation. Members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces acted swiftly, courageously and precisely. This contrasts with the failed rescue operations of the Canadian and US governments.

Yet US President Joe Biden had the nerve to tell Zelenskyy that Ukraine is far from ready to join NATO. If military precision and professionalism is any indication, then Ukraine is more than ready. And the way forward is through the NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP). MAP is a NATO advisory, assistance and practical support program tailored to the individual needs of countries wishing to join the alliance. The countries participating in the MAP submit individual annual national programs on their preparations for possible future membership. These submissions cover political, economic, defense, resources, security and legal aspects.

In a telephone interview on April 6 with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Zelenskyy stressed that the most pressing issue in NATO relations for Ukraine was admission to the MAP. Yet Ukraine still remains outside the program.

Not only did Ukraine participate in more joint NATO exercises than any non-NATO member, but it boldly engaged with a rescue operation that involved going where no member of the l NATO dared not go. It is certain that in recent years Ukraine has more than satisfactorily demonstrated its rapidly growing military prowess, its reliability as a future partner and its steadfast commitment to the common goals and objectives of the alliance of NATO, and these successes justify entry into the MAP without further excuses or delays.

Marco Levytsky can be contacted at [email protected]


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Alberta Receives Help From Federal Government, Other Provinces In Fight Against COVID


CALGARY – Alberta is finalizing an agreement to bring Canadian Armed Forces medical personnel to Alberta to help fight the crippling fourth wave of COVID-19.

In addition to federal assistance, Alberta should receive assistance from the Canadian Red Cross and Newfoundland and Labrador.

WATCH: Premier Jason Kenney is joined by Minister of Health Jason Copping and AHS President Dr Verna Yiu for an update on COVID-19.

Premier Jason Kenney said the province expects eight to ten members of the Canadian Armed Forces to be deployed to Edmonton area hospitals to help staff additional intensive care beds.

Canadian Red Cross staff will provide up to 20 ICU trained staff to provide assistance to the Red Deer Regional Hospital.

“Finally, we are finalizing plans with the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, to host a medical team, which we expect will include approximately five or six experienced intensive care staff who will likely be deployed to Northern Lights Regional. Health Center in Fort McMurray. ” Kenney said.

Kenney says these contributions from across Canada will help the province staff four or five additional intensive care beds and, in turn, help provide other supports as needed.


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Planned recruitment announcements aimed at women as military tackles sexual misconduct – Summerland Review


An expert on sexual misconduct said it would be dishonest for the Department of National Defense to promote the military as a positive workplace for women in an upcoming campaign after much information to the contrary.

The Canadian Armed Forces, which have long struggled to increase the number of women in its ranks, hope they will make up a quarter of the membership by 2026.

That figure now stands at around 15%, and an internal study suggests the department needs to recruit around 3,500 women each year to reach its goal.

Although recruiting more women poses a challenge, the military was rocked last year by public reports of allegations of sexual misconduct, including against its most senior officials.

Complaints of widespread inappropriate behavior prompted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to say that it was clear military complainants did not think they had a place to report their experiences. He asked a former Supreme Court justice in April to investigate the matter, more than six years after a previous report on the matter.

That same month, a consulting firm released a report based on focus groups with women aged 18-34 to test the ads ahead of a recruitment drive originally slated for October.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, production has been halted and an adjustment in campaign plans and tactics has been required,” National Defense spokesperson Andrew McKelvey said Thursday.

He added that the department started working on this latest effort in the spring of 2020 and had released different versions of those ads over the years.

“Currently, we are planning to launch a campaign for women in winter. “

A summary of the report posted on a federal website explains how attendees saw storyboards with different advertising concepts that examined the lives of women in the Air Force, Royal Canadian Navy, and Canadian Army.

The images showed women traveling, mothers able to find a work-life balance with their families, and opportunities to serve in non-traditional settings.

“I think they have to deal with a cultural issue before they can somehow make claims in the recruitment drives,” said Megan MacKenzie, chair of international law and human security at the University. Simon Fraser who studies sexual misconduct in the military.

“It is dishonest to recruit women into an institution at this point with such positive messages when so many women and men who have been the victims of sexual misconduct say they do not feel safe in the institution. . “

The report includes summaries of the comments the 59 participants gave on the advertisements they saw, including one where they saw the post as one of the women accepted into the military if they were part of the LGBTQ community. .

“Participants felt that the ad did not address concerns about LGBTQ in the military, and to a few, it seemed at odds with what recent headlines are communicating about sexual abuse in the forces,” reads. we.

Another theme communicated through the various advertisements was that of women serving in the military still being able to care for their children, which drew both positive and negative reactions.

“Some participants did not like the stereotype that women have to take care of family or children and that a similar approach would not be used to recruit men,” according to the report.

For a similar case, he said the women felt that “the importance of a family-work balance is displayed in a more subtle way, showing only the pram instead of the baby.”

Different responses were also recorded for scenes showing a woman from the Royal Canadian Air Force working as a mechanic.

“The youngest participants said it was important to highlight work typically done by men done by a woman, but that a female mechanic is no longer so rare,” the report said, while asserting that others found the image “empowering”.

“It seems there is a little bit of trouble in explaining why the Canadian Defense Forces are a good place for women, or a good employer for women,” MacKenzie said after reviewing the report.

She questioned whether it was even possible for the department to conduct a positive recruiting drive when the military is in “crisis,” adding that she suspects that the months of well-documented reports of military misconduct are among the longest. High ranks could have an impact on the number of women and men who decide to join in the future.

—Stéphanie Taylor, The Canadian Press

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Will Sikh Officer Lt Sukhbir Toor Win Against US Marine Corps?


In stark contrast: how the military in the UK, Australia and Canada are adjusting to religious freedom

Compared to the United States, military manuals in countries like Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom have clear and distinct guidelines that take into account the religious concerns of their troops.

In the Army Dress Manual of the Australian Army, it is clearly mentioned in Chapter 2 that for “a member of the Australian Army, male or female, who adheres to the Sikh religion”, “the hair and beard may remain not cut. “,” Five other symbolic requirements of the Sikh religion, …

Chapter 2, Section 3, Clause 14 to 21 of the Canadian Forces Dress Instructions, which includes rules specifically for Sikh members of the Canadian Armed Forces, prescribes the same guidelines as those mentioned above in the Dressing Manual. Australian Army army outfit. .

Finally, Chapter 2, Section 3, Clause 0238 of the UK’s BR81 Royal Navy and Royal Marines Uniform Regulations also prescribes the same rules regarding uncut hair and beard, symbolic requirements of the Sikh religion and the turban.

The United States, on the other hand, does not make any special directives for Sikhs in the military, Code 774 clearly states that the secretary has the power to prevent an American Sikh serviceman from freely exercising his religious rights which he are also available outside. the military.


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Canadian troops from Manitoba to serve as Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace


WINNIPEG –

A group of Canadian soldiers based in Manitoba made the trip across the pond to serve as the Queen’s Guard at a number of royal residences, including Buckingham Palace.

A contingent of the public service contingent of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery has been invited by the Queen to form the Queen’s Guard in the United Kingdom, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the formation of A and B batteries of the Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery (RCA).

The group of 90 soldiers will serve at Buckingham Palace, St. James’s Palace, Windsor Castle and the Tower of London.

The group spent six weeks at CFB Shilo in Manitoba training before heading to the UK where they were officially declared fit for the role by senior officers from the British Army’s Household Division on Monday.

“Our soldiers have worked extremely hard over the past two months to be ready for public service,” said Master Warrant Officer Sgt. Major Jason Power of the CAR, said in a press release.

“When it comes to ceremonial duties, being in the Queen’s Guard is the greatest honor a soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces can have, and that comes with a great sense of responsibility and pride.

The troops will serve in the Royal Residences in London and Windsor from October 4-22.


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Mali wants to hire Russian mercenaries: Lavrov


“As external support was diminished compared to those who assumed the obligation to help eradicate terrorism there, they turned to a private Russian military company,” Lavrov said at a press briefing at United Nations headquarters in New York, referring to a French plan. reduce its own military presence in Mali.

Russia also contributes to the defense of Mali at the state level, providing military and technical equipment, he said.

The Malian population is at a breaking point, he said, faced with “massacres, villages razed and innocent people slaughtered, in which women and their babies are often burned alive”.

Maiga also accused France of abandoning his country with the “unilateral” decision to withdraw its troops, and said his government was now justified in “seeking other partners”.

France has long been a major security player in the region. According to the French Ministry of Defense, in September, France had 5,100 troops deployed in five countries in the Sahel region: Chad, Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Burkina Faso.

But French President Emmanuel Macron announced in June 2021 the end of the current French deployment in the Sahel region, Operation Barkhane, with a gradual transfer to a multilateral mission.

The incoming international effort will be led by Task Force Takuba, a French-led European military task force that advises, assists and accompanies the Malian Armed Forces in the Sahel, according to the French president.

France already has raised concerns on the potential presence of Russian mercenaries in Mali, during a conversation between Lavrov and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian earlier this week on the sidelines of the General Assembly.

“The minister alerted his Russian counterpart to the serious consequences of the involvement of the Wagner group in the country,” read a statement from the French Foreign Ministry.

The Wagner group is a secret Russian military contractor believed to be linked to – and funded by – Yevgeny Prigozhin, an oligarch so close to the Kremlin that he is known as President Vladimir Putin’s “boss”.

Known to operate in Libya, the Central African Republic, Syria and Mozambique, the hired Wagner soldiers have been repeatedly accused of bloody human rights violations.

Mali’s transitional government did not respond to a request for comment.

Reporting provided by Johnny Hallam of CNN in Atlanta.


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Weekend army training in Puslinch


Reserve personnel will train near McLean Road on Saturday and Sunday

PRESS RELEASE
CANADIAN ARMED FORCES
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From September 25-26, Canadian Army Reserve personnel will be training near McLean Road in Puslinch Township, Ontario.

Activities will include the deployment of a C3 105mm howitzer artillery system, construction of simulated local defenses and soldiers patrolling the area. The exercise will take place in a private quarry and will be conducted with the cooperation of local authorities in officially approved locations.

All activity will take place throughout the day and night of Saturday and Sunday. Members of the public can see military vehicles and armed personnel participating in the exercise, with unloaded weapons. No ammunition firing will take place.

This important exercise is conducted to prepare members of the Canadian Army Reserve to operate in the basic capabilities of soldiers and technical artillery.

All participating soldiers will apply force health protection measures based on and in addition to public health guidelines, including the wearing of masks, additional disinfection of equipment and hands, and physical distancing in the area. as far as possible.

All measures are taken to ensure a minimum of inconvenience to those in the area, although some areas may be inaccessible during the dates of the exercise. Members of the public are urged to use extra caution when approaching military vehicles and are thanked in advance for their understanding and cooperation.

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Mr. David Akers | PANOW


DAVID (Dave) GEORGE AKERS January 5, 1947 – October 10, 2019

UPDATE with information about the service.

It is with deep sadness and sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of David George Akers at the age of 72 after a brief battle with cancer. Dave passed away with his best friend and wife, Violet (Vi), his stepson Darren, his brothers Wayne, Gary (Dawn), his sister Lorraine (Doug), his nephew Lonny (Rachel), his sister-in-law Pearl, by his side. Dave was born in Prince Albert on January 5, 1947 and died in Victoria Hospital on October 10, 2019.

Dave attended Queen Mary School and Riverside Collegiate, summer vacation was spent in the family’s “cabin tent” in Waskesiu.

Dave coached the Sandlot baseball team for six years, played fastball for many years in the Sportsman Softball League, and received the Sportsman’s League All Star Catcher Award in 1973.

Dave’s first job was as a courier at CP Rail, then as a tractor-trailer driver at CN Rail where he obtained the Sask. Trucking Safety Council Driving Award. From there he worked as a chemical plant operator at Weyerhaeuser Canada for twenty-five years until his retirement at the end of December 2005. A special memory, while working at Weyerhaeuser, was training in North Carolina. for the start-up of the new plant as well as the start-up itself. Dave couldn’t wait to sleep after 4:00 am when he retired.

After a few years of retirement, Dave became an occasional commissionaire for a few years.

Dave was an avid bowler, loved golf, had a ‘hole in one’ at Kachur Golf Course, fished with family and friends in Prince Albert National Park, Waskesiu Lake, Heart Lakes and the Kingsmere Lake.

Dave was an avid major league baseball enthusiast, his favorite was the American League and the Toronto Blue Jays. He had a friendly family rivalry with his father who was a National League fan. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Prince Albert Branch, and the Army & Navy Veterans Club. Dave has dedicated countless hours to the Legion delivering poppies and wreaths for Remembrance Day, delivering cookies to veterans and was a sergeant-at-arms for several years, presiding over many veterans functions and funerals. . Dave had also served in the Canadian Armed Forces (Militia) for several years. His retired Militia rank was Gunner. Unsurprisingly, Dave was surprisingly familiar with the history of the World Wars, his grandfathers and uncles all served in wartime.

Dave and Vi made eleven trips to the Dominican Republic during the winter months. After retirement, winters were spent in Southern California. Golf and many happy hours were enjoyed with friends of snowbirds, both Canadian and American. Dave liked to build models, mostly American aircraft carriers. While in California, he enjoyed a tour of the “Midway” aircraft carrier, which is now a museum in the Port of San Diego, as well as a Hornblower tour of the Port of San Diego.

Dave was a reserved, genuine and honest person; honest, consistent and with strong and uncompromising moral and ethical principles and values.

Dave was so special to me, kind, caring, considerate and gentle. On Friday afternoon, before his illness, he would ask me if I wanted to go out somewhere and “where would you like to go?” He was my constant companion, my friend and my soul mate.

Dave will be forever missed by his wife and best friend Violet, stepson Darren (Heather) Vallee and their children Nathan, Brandon, Andrew, stepdaughter Tammy Vallee and children Kelsea, Zachary and Jorjia. The death of his twin brother Wayne, his son Lonny (Rachel) Akers, their children Faith and Braden, their sister Lorraine (Douglas) Brassard, their children Shannon (Keith Durie) and Brent, their children Brynn and Bauer , is also survived. and younger brother Gary (Dawn) Akers, their children, Chrystal (Brandon) Mayer, their children Drayden and Jackson, Jessica and Michael Akers, sister-in-law Pearl Kora (Terry Caudle) and their furry friend Lady Dog. He is also survived by aunts, cousins ​​and extended families.

Dave was predeceased by his and Violet’s two toddlers, son Layne and daughter Heidi, parents Edward (Ted) and Margaret (Peg) Akers, sister-in-law Ella Akers (mother de Lonny), his father and his stepmother. Act Alex and Magdolene Kora, brother-in-law Alex Kora, Jr. He was also predeceased by his grandparents, many aunts and uncles.

Memorial donations can be made to Rose Garden Hospice or the Royal Canadian Legion 002.

The Celebration of Dave’s Life with Reception and Fellowship will take place on September 25, 2021 at 1 p.m. at the Prince Albert Royal Canadian Legion Lounge: 133 – 8 Street East, Prince Albert

In loving memory of my dear husband

David George Akers

When God made husbands from what I can see –

He made a special soul mate especially for me.

He made a perfect gentleman, compassionate and kind –

With more love and affection than you could ever wish to find.

He gave my darling husband a heart of solid gold –

He gave me wonderful memories that only my heart can hold.

He was someone I could talk to and no one could replace –

He was someone I could laugh with until tears rolled down my face.

Next time we meet, it will be at Heaven’s Gate –

When I see you there, I won’t cry anymore.

I’ll put my arms around you and kiss your smiling face –

Then the pieces of my broken heart will fall back into place.

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    2019-10-10
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DVIDS – News – US Army EOD soldiers to participate in Multinational Exercise Ardent Defender in Canada


CANADIAN FORCES BASE BORDEN, Ontario, Canada – U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Soldiers will train with military and law enforcement personnel from 11 partner nations during Exercise Ardent Defender on 18 September to October 22.

Army EOD technicians from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the 192nd Field Artillery Battalion (EOD) will participate in the explosive threat countermeasures exercise with military and law enforcement personnel from the States- United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, South Korea, Australia, Colombia, Mexico and Ecuador.

The annual exercise has been held since 2012 at bases across Canada, including the Royal Canadian Air Force Base in Trenton and Fleet Diving Unit Pacific Base in Esquimalt.

Major Atif Rizvi, the Canadian Armed Forces’ principal planner for Exercise Ardent Defender, said Canadian Forces Base Borden is the primary location for the exercise.

“Exercise Ardent Defender enables partner countries to work collaboratively, share best practices and improve their preparedness for current and emerging threats,” said Rizvi. “The unique opportunity to interact with a wide range of local law enforcement agencies and other government departments simulates the complex and real environments expected in high-stake missions. “

Part of the Canadian Air Mobility Fleet, Rizvi is an Aerospace Engineering Officer and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight Commander from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

“The objective of the exercise is to use a bottom-up approach to ensure that EOD and improvised explosive device training activities continue as emerging threats to counter IED are observed around the world.” , said Rizvi.

Assigned to the 192nd EOD Battalion, Soldiers from the 754th EOD Company based in New York and the 760th EOD Company at Fort Drum, as well as the 55th EOD Company based in Fort Belvoir, Va., Represent the United States during the exercise.

The battalion is part of the 52nd EOD Group based out of Fort Campbell, Ky., And the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Command (CBRNE).

The 20th CBRNE Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Is the United States Department of Defense’s first all-hazards formation.

Based at 19 facilities in 16 states, the soldiers and civilians of 20th CBRNE Command face and fight the world’s most dangerous weapons and dangers.

Maj.Thomas N. Shanahan, operations officers for the 192nd EOD Battalion, said the exercise will provide an opportunity for EOD soldiers to train the way they fight – in a combined, interagency and joint forces.

“Our EOD technicians must be prepared to deploy anywhere on short notice,” said Shanahan, a native of Cecil, Pa., Who served in Iraq. “Ardent Defender gives our EOD soldiers the opportunity to hone their skills and leverage the expertise of our joint, allied and interagency partners.”

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A boon in arms and equipment for the Taliban


There are dozens of key bases around Afghanistan which are now in the hands of the Taliban after the withdrawal of the international armed forces.

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As the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, they seized an arsenal of military equipment that in some cases exceeded parts of the inventory of Western armed forces such as the Canadian Forces.

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Taliban fighters staged a victory parade in Kandahar City on Wednesday, showing off dozens of US-made armored vehicles and other weapons they captured in their lightning victory over the Afghan army and police. An American-made Black Hawk helicopter, dragging a Taliban flag, also flew over the city to highlight the insurgents’ ability to use more sophisticated equipment.

As the United States retreated from Afghanistan, it attempted to deactivate at least some of the equipment.

General Kenneth McKenzie, head of the United States Central Command, told reporters that 70 armored vehicles, 27 Humvee trucks and 73 planes were deactivated before the troops left Kabul. “These planes will never fly again,” he said. “They can never be operated on by anyone. “

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Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told CNN that the only usable equipment remaining at the airport included fire trucks and forklifts.

But there are dozens of other key bases around Afghanistan that are now in the hands of the Taliban and, with that, tons of military equipment.

The Afghan army operated more than 600 armored vehicles, similar to the tactical armored patrol vehicles of the Canadian Forces. In contrast, the Canadian Forces have approximately 500 APRTs.

The Afghan army also had over 22,000 Humvee, 150 anti-mine vehicles, 8,000 transport trucks, 160 M113 armored vehicles, over 350,000 assault rifles, 64,000 assorted machine guns, 120,000 pistols and over 170 pieces of artillery, according to various reports. Also left behind 33 transport helicopters, over 30 Black Hawk helicopters and 40 other light helicopters. In addition, there were approximately 65 assorted fixed-wing aircraft. The current state of the arsenal is not known.

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The operating time of this equipment is subject to question. The United States spent more than $ 500 million on 16 military transport planes for the Afghan army. But in 2013, planes were abandoned in Kabul due to a lack of spare parts.

A Department of National Defense official said on Wednesday that there were only limited amounts of Canadian equipment left in Afghanistan and that was years ago. This did not include weapons or large vehicles.

But Canada continued to fund Afghan security forces even after the military’s official departure in 2014, earmarking $ 330 million for the initiative.

Canada's former military installation, Camp Nathan Smith, in Kandahar City, was handed over to Afghan security forces but abandoned in late 2013. DAVID PUGLIESE / Postmedia
Canada’s former military installation, Camp Nathan Smith, in Kandahar City, was handed over to Afghan security forces but abandoned in late 2013. DAVID PUGLIESE / Postmedia Photo by David Pugliese /Postmedia

The Taliban also now control large amounts of infrastructure built and paid for by Western taxpayers. Base Kandahar, which once housed thousands of Canadian troops, was captured intact.

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Canada spent about $ 50 million on the Dahla Dam project which the Canadian government declared a success. The dam is still not functioning properly and needs hundreds of millions of dollars to complete.

The Dahla Dam project was one of Canada’s most controversial aid programs in Afghanistan. Some $ 10 million from the budget went to security provided by an Afghan company whose owner was convicted of drug-related crimes and accused of being an interpreter for the Taliban.

When Canadian soldiers withdrew from Kandahar in 2011, they left Camp Nathan Smith – the former base of Canada’s Provincial Reconstruction Team – to the Americans. A year later, the United States handed it over to the Afghans. At the end of 2013, it was discontinued.

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A similar pattern followed the withdrawal of Russian troops from Afghanistan in 1989. The Soviets embarked on a much more ambitious aid program than the United States and NATO, building thousands of kilometers of roads, tunnels, bridges, schools, buildings and military bases.

But, with the Taliban in charge, much of the infrastructure has fallen into disrepair.

One of the bridges is however still intact. In February 1989, the Soviet Army used the “Friendship Bridge” connecting Afghanistan to Uzbekistan to complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan. Last week, NATO-trained Afghan National Army troops used the same bridge to escape the Taliban.

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Military will likely need more help with natural disaster response, DND says


With wildfires and flooding raging across the country this summer, hundreds of members of the Canadian Armed Forces have been called in to help with provincial emergencies – but they will likely need help to keep it going. do, a spokesperson for the Department of National Defense told iPolitics this week..

“WWe expect requests for assistance to increase, depending on the availability of provincial emergency resources, ”the spokesperson said in an email response. “This is consistent with the increase in the frequency and severity of natural disasters, both at home and abroad.”

Provincial emergency management organizations are the first to respond, but they can call in the military if they are overwhelmed.

“WWe expect that the need for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) support for missions (Operation Lentus) will continue to increase at a constant rate in the medium to long term, which will result in an increased need for resources, ”he said. declared the spokesperson.

Operation Lentus is the CAF’s mission to respond to natural disasters.

While the military expects more deployments to require more resources, it is difficult to know when and how.

As the nature of the missions (of Operation Lentus) is unpredictable, there is no way to say exactly how or when this might impact our resources, ”the spokesperson said. “CAF’s requests for assistance are not predictable and therefore no amount is planned or set aside in advance. “

The cost of disaster relief has fluctuated wildly since 2013, according to figures provided to iPolitics by the Department of National Defense (DND).

In fiscal year 2017-18, thousands of troops and hundreds of vehicles were sent across the country to help six provinces deal with ice storms, floods and wildfires, according to a ministry. breakdown. DND spent $ 14 million on incremental costs, which are costs attributable to a specific mission.

In fiscal year 2014-2015, however, natural disaster relief cost the ministry just under $ 150,000.

While DND cannot predict with certainty how much future deployments will cost, it anticipates “more cyclical events,” the spokesperson said. These include the seasons of fires and floods, said Jonathan Vance, former Chief of the Defense Staff, speaking to the House Defense Committee in 2018.

The CAF plans for cyclical events, such as floods and forest fires, including such things as forecasting critical areas and assessing capacity gaps, ”the spokesperson said.

This planning includes “the identification, preparation and pre-positioning of Forces, facilitators and reserves (who) would be required to respond to fire, flood, natural disaster and the routing of goods.” humanitarian aid ”, as well as“ computer simulations, planning conferences, teleconferences, tabletop exercises, field simulations, etc. “Said the spokesperson.

The use of the military for more and more natural disasters is a source of concern, said Lt. Gen. Wayne Eyre, acting chief of staff, talk to the canadian press Last year. If this continues to be commonplace, which the ministry said it expects, it could hamper the military’s combat readiness, Eyre said.

Despite the expected increase and four deployments to date in 2021, the CAF is still ready to fight, the spokesperson said..

Although the increase in natural disasters has had an impact on the number of missions (Operation Lentus) performed by the CAF, it has not yet affected our combat readiness, ”they said.

“Mincentives are always in place to ensure that CAF support on the international stage, both for combat and non-combat missions, never suffers, ”the spokesperson said.

“This includes relying more heavily on the Reserve Force for domestic operations, at times, or working with federal and provincial partners to ensure the most efficient use of CAF resources here at home. “

The more frequent use of reserves has not changed the structure of the reserve forces, “nor the way they train or are employed, but simply the frequency with which they are called,” said the spokesperson.

The military response to more natural disasters is also of concern to Adam MacDonald, member of the International Council of Canada, who wrote a test on the subject for the Institute of the Conference of Defense Associations.

There is a “growing trend for the military (increasingly responding to national and) localized environmental disasters, which are expected to increase, given climate change,” he told iPolitics.

MacDonald worries “that this is already built into what the military was going to do in the future, without really thinking politically about whether or not we want the military to do it,” he said. declared.

As climate change continues to cause large-scale natural disasters and the military expects the military to continue to assist, MacDonald has suggested two solutions, without explicitly arguing for either. ‘other.

The first is that army reserves play a more active role in emergency management.

“I don’t think it’s realistic for a number of reasons,” he said. “Number 1 is that the reserve is a force of volunteers,” and volunteers might not want to fight fires or other disasters.

The second is that reserves are trained to do the same job as regular forces, so playing a more active role in emergency management could take time compared to training to replace regular forces when deployed overseas. , did he declare.

The other option is to create a new department, similar to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the United States, which is explicitly responsible for responding to disasters.

“This is the question, ‘do we need to build capacity and expertise to (deal with) the increasing likelihood of natural disasters and other national problems? ”Said MacDonald.

“This is where the FEMA structure could work, but it could be a bit difficult, given that each province has their own emergency management organization, so there could be (battles) over who is in charge. enough to.”

Helping provinces deal with natural disasters is a core function of the CAF, as defined in the 2017 Defense Ministry report. policy document, “Strong, secure and committed”.

The use of CAF members to help provinces is increasingly common, says analysis by military experts Christian Leuprecht and Peter Kasurak for the Center for International Governance Innovation.

From 1996 to 2006, the CAF was deployed on 12 weather-related missions. Between 2007 and 2016, this number rose to 20.

From 2017 to 2019 alone, the CAF was mobilized for 15 missions.

In a mission last year dubbed Operation Laser, the CAF even helped long-term care homes in Quebec and Ontario that were overwhelmed by COVID. Other than this effort, the CAF has only been deployed to the provinces once: to help Newfoundland and Labrador weather a major snowstorm in January 2020.

In 2021, the army has so far been deployed in Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia to fight forest fires, and in the Yukon to help protect against flooding.

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Defense Minister urged military to create controversial aid role in Vancouver: Documents – National


Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan called on the military to create a post possibly occupied by a reserve officer from his former unit who had been suspended from Vancouver Police for an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate, according to notes from recently published information.

Sajjan also wanted the military to upgrade the post less than two months after Major Greg McCullough was hired, as the minister wanted even more support in his Vancouver constituency, the notes say, although that request has not come true. .

The briefing note comes amid lingering questions about how and why McCullough found himself in the unique position before his dismissal last month following revelations about the complaint and the disciplinary action taken against him while he was sergeant in the Vancouver Police Department.

McCullough was hired to support Sajjan in March 2020 despite an external investigation that found him guilty in 2018 of two counts of misconduct for his relationship with Const. Nicole Chan, who later committed suicide in January 2019.

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READ MORE: Sajjan’s assistant had an inappropriate relationship, suspended while with Vancouver Police

It also follows opposition calls for Sajjan’s resignation for his handling of allegations of sexual misconduct involving senior military commanders. Global News first reported allegations against retired General Jonathan Vance in February – which he denies – and since then concerns about an “Old Boys Network” protecting top brass have sparked a military sexual misconduct record.

Defense experts have described the case as an institutional crisis for the military.

Vance was charged earlier in July with one count of obstructing justice. Military police brought the charge but turned the matter over to civilian court, citing the “limitations” of the military justice system.


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Sajjan’s office acknowledged that the Minister and McCullough knew each other as officers of the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own) and that they both served concurrently with the Vancouver Police Department.

But he says the military was responsible for the process that led to McCullough’s hiring, and neither the minister nor his staff were aware of the complaint and disciplinary action taken against him while he was a sergeant. in the Vancouver Police Department.

READ MORE: Officer suspended for inappropriate relationship no longer working as Sajjan’s assistant

The Department of National Defense announced last month that McCullough was no longer working as Sajjan’s assistant, although he remains a member of the Canadian Army Reserve.

Prepared for Jonathan Vance, then Chief of the Defense Staff, dated May 6, 2020, the briefing note obtained by The Canadian Press through access to information does not mention McCullough’s name, but shows the minister personally led the charge for a new assistant in Vancouver.

While Sajjan at the time already had four military assistants in Ottawa, and the Defense Ministry says he has no record of such a post being created outside the capital, the memo reads: “The Minister has determined that additional full-time support is needed while in Vancouver.

He goes on to say that a “suitable candidate” was selected in March 2020 and was currently working with the minister, but that “based on the recent direction of the minister” Sajjan would need even more support and therefore the position should be reclassified from part-time to full-time role.

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Such an upgrade would have represented a significant pay rise for whoever held the post.

READ MORE: Sajjan censored by House of Commons for dealing with military sexual misconduct

The briefing note recommends that the post be reclassified and filled through an “open, fair and equitable” competition, although Defense Ministry spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier said the reclassification no. had not taken place because such full-time positions only concern exceptional circumstances.

Sajjan spokesman Daniel Minden defended the creation of the post of military assistant in Vancouver, saying in an email: “In order to avoid the high costs of moving military personnel based in Ottawa to Vancouver, a post of military assistant Vancouver-based military assistant was created.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, Minister Sajjan spent part of the last year working remotely from his constituency of Vancouver, where this support was even greater. “

The pandemic is not mentioned in the briefing note.


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Le Bouthillier said the post remains vacant.

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“Military assistants from Ottawa travel to Vancouver as needed to perform these tasks,” he added in an email.

“The function is still required, but an updated feasibility and effectiveness analysis (after several months of COVID-19 restrictions) is underway by the Canadian Armed Forces to make a decision on how best to structure the office of the military assistant. “

Reached by phone Thursday, McCullough declined to comment, saying he had gotten into trouble for previously speaking to The Canadian Press and was not allowed to speak further.

“Minister Sajjan had nothing to do with my hiring process,” he said last month. “He needed a military assistant on the west coast because of the time he’s spending here, and that’s it. I have not spoken with Minister Sajjan about this process, and I serve the Canadian Armed Forces.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insisted that Sajjan, who has been Canada’s only defense minister since the Liberals took office in late 2015, is the right person to lead the charge when it comes to change military culture and eradicate sexual misconduct and hatred.

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‘Unknown Blackfoot Warrior’ receives burial ceremony where River Old Man meets River Belly


CALGARY – A skull that has been determined to be a prehistoric native was buried on June 26, more than 40 years after it was found in the waters of the Old Man River west of the Monarch Bridge on Highway 3A in the southern Alberta.

This happened in 1979 when someone found a skull and turned it over to the Fort Macleod RCMP detachment.

In October 1979, with the help of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alberta, it was determined that the skull was from a man over the age of 60 and of prehistoric – and therefore Aboriginal – origin.

Fort Macleod RCMP handed the skull over to the researcher for safekeeping, and that seemed like the end of the story until 2017, when someone handed it over to the local detachment.

In March 2021, members of the detachment consulted with the Blackfoot Elders Council to determine a way to re-bury the skull in an appropriate and respectful manner.

The ceremony consisted of wrapping the box containing the remains of the skull in a traditional blanket, followed by a ceremony of purification and internment.

Songs and prayers were sung for this Blackfoot ancestor as he was buried in a small tomb near the confluence of the Old Man and Belly rivers.

The grave is marked with a white bleached stone which reads “Unknown Blackfoot Warrior”.

Kainai Spiritual Elder Joe Eagle Tail Feathers was consulted with other Spiritual Elders and Sundancers, and a traditional burial ceremony was held on June 26, 2021 on the Blood Nation.

The funeral was presided over by Elder Martin Eagle Child and several other Elders and Blackfoot Sundancers.

A military style salute was delivered by ex-Sgt D. Vernon Houle (Canadian Armed Forces) and Mr. Alvin Many Chief, retired (Canadian Armed Forces / US Army Infantry).

Blood Tribe Police Chief Kyle Melting Tallow, Sgt. Bryan Mucha and Const. Benjamin Stubbe from the Fort Macleod RCMP Detachment was also present.


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This week in history: July 19 to 25


25 years ago: bombing of LTTE train kills dozens of workers in Sri Lanka

On July 24, 1996, a bomb attack by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at Dehiwala station outside Colombo killed 64 commuters. 400 other people were injured. LTTE agents placed suitcase bombs containing more than 200 pounds of explosives in four cars during the height of the rush hour. The act deliberately targeted workers going to the suburbs of Sri Lanka’s capital. The train, which was due to leave Colombo Fort station after 5 p.m., was supposed to take city workers home after the day shift. The train was known as the “office train” and was extraordinarily crowded. More than 2,000 people were on board the day of the attack.

Sri Lankan soldiers and spectators stand near the exploded train in Dehiwala. (AP Photo / Eranga Jayawardena)

The Revolutionary Communist League (RCL), the Sri Lankan section of the International Committee and forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party, issued a statement condemning the brutal attack by the LTTE on the working class, while explaining that the incident was the direct result of the racist war. against the Tamil people, stepped up by the Sri Lankan government.

President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s “People’s Alliance” consisted of her own Sri Lanka Freedom Party, one of Sri Lanka’s two main bourgeois parties, along with the Lanka Sama Samaja Party, which broke with Trotskyism. in 1963-1964, and the Stalinist Communist Party. Sri Lanka Party, as well as several small bourgeois-populist parties. While using populist language, the Peoples Alliance pursued a chauvinistic policy towards the Tamil minority, which fueled support for the LTTE, and carried out vicious attacks on poor workers and farmers.

The link between the war and attacks on working class conditions was illustrated on the same day as the bombing when Kumaratunga addressed a meeting of small tea growers. She declared her government’s determination to remove economic subsidies and threatened to fire workers who are fighting for wage increases. “Lethargic civil servants and teachers who continue their old wars without being aware of the needs of the moment and of changes in society will face heavy penalties, including dismissal,” she said.

The RCL urged workers not to get drawn into the racist anti-Tamil campaign that was unleashed following the bombing by the ruling class. The party called on workers to establish their own independent defense committees to organize the safety of workers and their families. He urged them to oppose the government’s racist war and the government’s growing militarization.

The bombing, a previous bombing of Central Bank employees, and the continued harassment of Sinhala peasants in the Tamil-populated northern and eastern provinces demonstrated the LTTE’s opposition to the unity of the Sinhalese and Tamil masses. The LTTE sought to prevent the development of a movement of workers and the oppressed against the Sri Lankan regime.

50 years ago: failed Communist Party coup in Sudan

On July 19, 1971, the Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) attempted a coup against the government of the Democratic Republic of Sudan and ousted the country’s leader, Jaafar Nimeiry, from power. The blow was short lived, less than a week. On July 23, Nimeiry would be released and returned to power.

Years of immense political crisis in Sudan preceded the coup. Following a coup d’état in 1969 by the Free Officers Movement, Nimeiry led the North African country as chairman of the National Revolutionary Command Council (RCC), the ruling junta where all the political power has been consolidated.

Initially, the SCP had given some support to the RCC government after the 1969 coup. However, fearing the development of a revolutionary movement among Sudanese workers, the RCC began an anti-Communist crackdown in March 1971. Nimeiry had announced the creation of a state-controlled political party called the Socialist Union of Sudan, which would essentially dissolve all parties, including the SCP, into a tightly-run organization. The RCC also forcibly seized control of the unions, where the SCP gained most of their support.

Many SCP leaders went underground, with most of the party’s operations going underground in the spring and early summer of 1971. Under these conditions, the SCP began to prepare for the coup. Status as of July 19. Under the leadership of the Stalinist bureaucracy in Moscow, the SCP turned not to the working class, but to its supporters within the nucleus of Sudanese military officers. The most prominent of this layer was Major Hashem al-Atta who would lead the coup and briefly serve as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces after surrounding the presidential palace with tanks and arresting Nimeiry.

Coup leader Hashem al-Atta

The SCP was the largest communist party in the Arab world, but its coup met with hostility, not only from the RCC in Sudan, but from all surrounding nations. Egyptian Anwar Sadat and Libyan Muammar Gaddafi opposed the SCP coup and supported Nimeiry and his return to power. These bourgeois nationalists, who balanced themselves between the Soviet Union and the imperialist powers, feared that the establishment of a Stalinist-led government in the region would destabilize their own fragile regimes.

Outside of members of the SCP itself, which had been substantially shattered by Nimeiry’s repressions, the coup had little popular support. Atta was unable to bring the army under his control, with the vast majority of generals and other officers continuing to support the RCC.

After a few days, forces loyal to Nimeiry released him from prison and arrested Atta and the other coup plotters, who were court martialed and shot. In the process, Nimeiry intensified his persecution of the SCP, arresting and executing its leaders and banning all unions and other communist-led organizations.

75 years ago: Zionist Irgun group bombs King David hotel in British Palestine

On July 22, 1946, the Zionist organization Irgun bombed the King David Hotel in British-controlled Palestine, killing 91 people and injuring 46 others. The terrorist attack was part of a series, based on the prospect of forcing Britain, or other great powers, to approve the creation of a Jewish state in the region. Among those who died were 41 Arabs, 28 British citizens, 17 Jews and members of several other national groups.

British forces in Palestine

The attack received wide international coverage, not only because of the large number of casualties, but also because the King David Hotel was the seat of the British mandatory authorities who oversaw the occupation of Palestine. It was conceived as a retaliation for a security crackdown carried out by the British authorities against militant Zionist organizations.

Well-organized Irgun agents planted bombs in the hotel’s basement, as well as in a cafe next door and on a nearby street. Some spectators who gathered to see the aftermath of the explosion at the latter location were touched by the detonations that followed. While members of the Irgun claimed that a warning was sent to the hotel nearly half an hour before the attacks, details were disputed and no evacuation was carried out.

The attack had apparently been discussed beforehand within the wider Zionist community. However, its aftermath and the international response resulted in the breakdown of the alliance between the Irgun and several other groups, including the Haganah, the military wing of the Labor Zionists, which took a nominally leftist stance.

Unlike some of the other Zionist organizations, the Irgun only began hostilities against the British after it was clear that the Allied Powers would be victorious over Nazi Germany. His perspective was not based on any form of anti-colonialism, but included scathing denunciations of the “Arabs,” including calls to expel them from the region or to subdue them.

At the time of the bombing, the Irgun was led by Menachem Begin, who would later become Israel’s sixth prime minister, from June 1977 to October 1983.

100 years ago: Major military defeat of the Spanish in occupied Morocco

On July 22, 1921, the Berber rebels (known as the Rifis after the Rif mountain range), led by Abd el-Krim, inflicted a major defeat on the Spanish imperialist troops at Annuel in the northeast of the Morocco, triggering the Rif war. The Spaniards, who controlled areas along the coast including the enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, sought to push inland and east, ignoring Abd el-Krim’s warnings.

Abd-el Krim on the cover of TIME magazine

A Spanish general, Manuel Fernández Silvestre, had occupied the village of Annual in January with several thousand Spanish soldiers. Silvestre’s lines of communication were poor, and his army ran out of ammunition in the summer. Five thousand Spanish soldiers clashed with 3,000 irregular fighters from the Rif on July 21.

The Spaniards began a retreat, which turned into a rout. Spain sent reinforcements but these were also defeated by the Rifis. In total, Spain lost more than 20,000 soldiers as well as large quantities of arms and ammunition. Abd el-Krim reportedly remarked: “In one night, Spain provided us with all the equipment we needed to wage a great war. Silvestre was reportedly killed, although his remains have never been definitively identified. Abd el-Krim established a Republic of the Rif.

The Rif War has its origins in more than 20 years of aggression in North Africa by the imperialist powers, which was a source of persistent inter-imperialist conflict. During the Algeciras conference of 1906, France and Spain had claimed Morocco and distributed the areas of influence. Despite attempts to modernize its army, the Sultanate of Morocco, which had ruled a unified state since the 17th century, collapsed under European incursions and retained control of only six cities.

Germany also had claims on Morocco, which almost led to a war between the great powers after the Agadir crisis of 1911, when a German gunboat entered a French-held port on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. and raised the possibility of war. The incident sparked mass anti-war protests in Europe led by social democratic parties. The crisis was part of a series of inter-imperialist skirmishes that led to World War I.

In 1912, Spain established, with French and British agreement, an official protectorate in Morocco.

After World War I, Spain and France both renewed their colonial ambitions in Morocco, sparking the rebellion of Abd el-Krim.

The Rif War of 1921, which the French joined, lasted another five years. In a retaliatory war for the defeat of Annual, the Spanish indiscriminately used chemical weapons against civilians. Some Berber organizations claim today that the residues of these weapons still poison the inhabitants of the region. The war ultimately ended with the defeat and capture of Abd el-Krim, who died in exile in Cairo in 1963.


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Chris Dare, dental student at the University of Toronto, climbed the “Seven Summits” in his spare time


What do climbing the world’s tallest mountains and practicing dentistry have in common? Interrogate Chris Dare, a graduate student in periodontology from the University of Toronto who has climbed the “Seven Summits” – the highest peaks on each of the seven continents.

A third-year master’s candidate, Dare says the parallel between mountaineering and dental school is that you can accomplish anything if you can dream it and work hard.

“A lot of people think things are too hard and give up too soon,” says Dare. “I’m not superhuman – I’m just a hard worker. If you really want something, you have to put everything you have in it – any time of the day. I believe anyone can do this.

Dare, who grew up in Victoria, didn’t always envision a career in dentistry. He attended the Royal Military College of Canada from 2001 to 2005 and served as an Army Communications Officer for five years, including a 10-month deployment to Afghanistan.

In 2009, his mother came to visit him while on assignment in Quebec.

Chris Dare at Mount Everest Camp 3 (Photo courtesy of Chris Dare)

“My mom complained about missing a few teeth and the discomfort it was causing her,” Dare says. “She had tried dentures and other options. She wanted implants, but they were too expensive.

“As she told me about these issues, I realized I couldn’t help her. From that moment on, I decided that I wanted to be able to help her and others by becoming a dentist myself.

Dare, who was also studying for a Masters of Commerce at the time, changed course and began the Doctor of Dentistry program at the University of British Columbia. After graduating, Dare worked in the Canadian Armed Forces as a dentist, then began his Masters in Periodontology at the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto in 2019.

Between his studies, Dare did something that only a few hundred people in the world accomplished: climb the Seven Summits.

He says his passion for mountaineering flared up during his time in Afghanistan. After working for weeks around the clock, Dare took a two-week break that he used to travel. He had heard of Mount Kilimanjaro and decided that it would be a great adventure and a challenge with his best friend. After conquering his first mountain, he became hooked.

“When I returned to Afghanistan, I thought about all the things I had accomplished and how amazing it is to test the limits of the human body,” says Dare. “You can push yourself and feel like you have nothing more to give, and then you can get some more out of it. “

Chris Dare working on the MV Asterix, a naval supply ship (photo courtesy of Chris Dare)

Dare says his time spent in both mountaineering and dentistry has been extremely rewarding. Each experience taught her the importance of good communication, compassion and the need to help others.

“In dentistry, it is essential to have strong communication with colleagues and patients, and to be compassionate to help understand where patients are coming from,” says Dare. “It’s the same with mountaineering – you need compassion to see yourself in another person going through something extremely difficult. In any situation, the most rewarding feeling is being able to help another person, be it a patient or a friend.

Dare says his ability to balance his studies with an adventurous lifestyle stems from his belief in saving time and using every extra ounce of the day. He notes that this sometimes comes at the expense of sleep, which has helped him prepare for another challenge: becoming a new dad.

Which of his activities does he find the most difficult?

“A new baby, because you can’t prepare for it no matter how badly you want it.” Dentistry and mountaineering are for me, but with a baby it’s a different person and a whole different ball game. No matter how tired you are, you have a baby and a partner to take care of.


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DVIDS – News – Sea Breeze Sailor Profile: Meet Lieutenant-Commander Elizabeth Eldridge of the Royal Canadian Navy


Lieutenant-Commander Elizabeth Eldridge of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is honored and proud to share her experiences as a Naval Logistics Officer during her deployment as a mentoring staff officer for Exercise SEA BREEZE 21 in Odessa, Ukraine, June 28 – July 10, 2021 SEA BREEZE is an annual multinational exercise co-hosted by the United States Navy (USN) and Ukrainian Navy (UN) with support from the Partnership for the NATO peace, and this year’s Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) participation is part of Operation UNIFIER, the CAF’s military training and capacity building mission in Ukraine.

“As the Navy Logistics Officer, we are responsible for all logistical requirements on board the ship, from administration to finance, food, transport, supply, movement of sailors. and equipment to and from the ship, all types of port services and hospitality, to name a few, ”said LCdr Eldridge. “So we really manage the whole range of logistical support activities that allow the ship’s crew to accomplish our mission,” she noted.

Coming from a military family, LCdr Eldridge had the privilege of living in Ottawa and Halifax. Although she comes from a family spanning several generations of military service, she said, surprisingly, that was not her primary motivation for becoming a sailor. “I wanted to join because I wanted to do everything,” she said. “I first joined the Canadian Army Reserve as a clerk when I was in high school just to get a taste of it and since I’ve always wanted to be a Naval Logistics Officer, I decided to go this route when I pursued my undergraduate studies. at the Royal Military College (RMC), ”she added.

LCdr Eldridge says the most appealing part about going to RMC is that you can pursue a variety of interests and hobbies in addition to earning your degree. “Unlike other universities where students may only have the opportunity to pursue or become interested in a new interest, at RMC you are encouraged and supported to do it all – you have to show leadership. , you have to play sports, you have to do extracurricular activities, you have to do a second language – and for me that was the biggest draw. So the inspiration to join was not really on the family side, but more because of the vast opportunities offered by the military, where you can have the space, time and resources to do so, ”he said. she declared.

A proud Naval Logistics Officer, she said the most rewarding part of being a Logistician is the fact that you can make a difference every day, and you see the immediate results of what you do to support the mission.

“Whether it’s processing a travel expense claim or organizing a hospitality event during a port stopover to represent Canada abroad, you know you always have an impact. positive, ”she said.

A seasoned sailor proudly wearing the gunmetal Maritime Service Badge (SSI), he has been deployed several times in Canada and abroad. Some of its national deployments include Operation NANOOK and Operation NUNALIVUT in the Arctic. Abroad, she participated in RIMPAC in Hawaii and was deployed aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Charlottetown as part of Operation REASSURANCE ROTO 5 in Europe.

During exercise SEA BREEZE 21, LCdr Eldridge is part of the CAF mentoring team. “As a naval logistics mentor in this exercise, I advise and guide Ukrainian naval logisticians on logistics planning and the importance of looking at logistics from an operational perspective,” she said. “My goal is to provide options and other perspectives in handling logistical issues related to operations. It’s about sharing our best practices and giving advice they can take into account in their problem-solving process.

Asked about her advice to aspiring sailors and those considering joining the RCN, “Logistics is cool! Never discredit the importance of logistics and the importance of the support professions that work for operations – to join the Navy as a supporter you can see and experience so much, while making a tangible difference, ”he said. she declared.

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Ministers of Veterans Affairs and National Defense mark 10th anniversary of end of Canada’s combat mission


Canada has joined the International Security Assistance Force led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and authorized by the United Nations. Canada has provided nearly $ 3.7 billion in international assistance since 2001 and continues to support security, development and humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan. Canada remains committed to upholding the security, development and human rights gains of the past two decades, in particular the rights of women and girls.

The combat phase of Canada’s mission ended in July 2011, when it shifted to a training mission focused on curriculum design and the development of instructional skills in military and military training institutions. Afghan police officers. The Canadian Armed Forces would continue these efforts until the end of our military mission in Afghanistan in March 2014.

More than 40,000 Canadians have served in the theater of operations in Afghanistan. Canada’s first contributions came from the deployment of warships to the waters off Southwest Asia in October 2001, followed by elements of Joint Task Force 2 and the Canadian Army, which moved in. deployed to Afghanistan in December to support efforts to overthrow the Taliban regime and al-Qaeda. Additional Canadian troops would soon be sent to Kandahar province in January 2002.

From 2003 to 2005, Canadians were primarily stationed in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, before returning to the more volatile Kandahar region. From 2005 to 2011, the Canadian Armed Forces assumed command of international efforts to secure Kandahar Province, working with civilian colleagues to help restore stability to the Southern Province of Afghanistan while supporting major efforts. humanitarian and nation-building organizations throughout Afghanistan. In Kandahar, Canadians engaged in heavy fighting, most notably during Operation Medusa in September 2006, which was launched to oust the Taliban from Panjwai District. With the participation of over 1,000 Canadians, it was Canada’s largest combat operation in over 50 years.

A total of 158 members of the Canadian Armed Forces died in Canadian service in Afghanistan, along with seven Canadian civilians, including a diplomat, four aid workers, a government contractor and a journalist. Thousands more returned with physical and psychological injuries.

Canadians recently had the opportunity to view and share their thoughts on the five proposed designs for the National Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan. When completed, this new monument in Ottawa will recognize the commitment and sacrifice of those who served and the support they received from home.

This 10e anniversary of the end of the combat mission is an opportunity to reiterate our gratitude for the efforts that Canadians have made to bring greater stability to Afghanistan and to strengthen peace and security in the world.

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“For nearly a decade, Canada’s combat mission in Afghanistan was the longest in our military history, and we all have a duty to remember the bravery displayed by all Canadians who served there,” both military and civilian. Today we pay tribute to the 165 Canadians killed in Afghanistan and thank the more than 40,000 people who answered the call to serve for peace and security in Afghanistan.

The Honorable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defense

“This month we remember the courage and resilience of the members of the Canadian Armed Forces deployed in Afghanistan. We honor those who paid the ultimate price during and after the mission. And we are thinking of all who have borne the physical and mental wounds of the battle to this day. On this tenth anniversary of the end of Canada’s combat mission in Afghanistan, we are reminded of the real costs of war and the price of freedom. We are grateful today and every day for the selflessness and bravery of the Canadian military.

The Honorable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defense


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C-130 crashes in Patikul, Sulu – Philippine Canadian Inquirer


FILE: The site of the C-130 crash at Patikul, Sulu on Sunday (July 4, 2021). The plane was on a troop transport mission, according to AFP chief General Cirilito Sobejana. (Photo: Bridge Bridge, PTV via Philippine News Agency / Facebook)

MANILA – A Philippine Air Force (PAF) C-130H Hercules transport plane crashed Sunday morning in Patikul, Sulu, the Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) General Cirilito Sobejana confirmed.

In an interview with reporters, Sobejana said the incident happened around 11:30 a.m.

“One of the C-130s, while transporting our troops from Cagayan De Oro, n / A-Mademoiselle nya ‘yung track, trying to regain power, to hindi nakayanan, bumagsak doon sa mai Barangay Bangkal, Patikul, Sulu (One of our C-130s, while carrying troops from Cagayan De Oro, missed the trail, tried to regain power but failed and crashed at Barangay Bangkal , Patikul, Sulu), ”he said.

Sobejana has not identified the runway but the closest and unique airport in the area is at Jolo.

Efforts are underway to rescue passengers from the ill-fated plane.

About 40 passengers were rescued and are currently being treated at the 11th Infantry Division hospital in the town of Busbus.

No further details were immediately available, Sobejana said.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said initial reports indicated there were 92 people on board, including three pilots and five crew members.

The rest were army personnel reporting for duty.

“So far 40 wounded and injured have been rescued and 17 bodies recovered,” Lorenzana said in a statement.

The PAF also confirmed the incident.

“A Philippine Air Force C-130 plane with tail # 5125 was the victim of an incident while landing at Jolo,” PAF said.

The plane took off from Villamor Air Base in Pasay en route to Lumbia Airport and then transported personnel to Jolo, PAF spokesman Lt. Col. Maynardo Mariano said.

The aircraft was one of two C-130Hs acquired with a grant from the US government. He arrived in the country on January 29 and was officially welcomed into the PAF fleet at Villamor on February 18.

The cost of acquiring the two C-130H aircraft had previously been estimated at PHP 2.5 billion, with the Philippines contributing PHP 1.6 billion and the United States contributing around PHP 900 million.

it is a four turboprop military transport aircraft originally designed and built by Lockheed, now Lockheed Martin.

Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a personnel carrier, medical evacuation, and cargo aircraft.


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AFP urges CHR to deepen Absalon murder – Philippine Canadian Inquirer


Kieth Absalon (Photo courtesy of Facebook via PNA)

MANILA – The Armed Forces of the Philippines Center for the Law of Armed Conflict (AFPCLOAC) has asked the Human Rights Commission (CHR) to conduct a side investigation into the Masbate incident that killed college footballer Kieth Absalon and his cousin, Nolven.

Brig. General Jose Alejandro Nacnac, director of AFPCLOAC, sent a letter of request to the president of the CHR, Jose Luis Martin Gascon, to investigate the “heinous, despicable and reprehensible” attack perpetrated by the New People’s Army (NPA) June 6, 2021.

“As a vanguard of human rights and international humanitarian law, we call on your office to pursue justice for the Absalons and all the victims of the latest anti-personnel mine (APM) explosions and the protection of civilians from use of MPAs by the NPA and the CTGs (communist terrorist groups). We also ask for your help and support in the government’s overall effort to end the local communist armed conflict, ”the letter dated June 29 reads.

Nacnac condemned the incident, saying NPA rebels must be held accountable for indiscriminate use of PAM and attacks on innocent civilians.

“The continued use by ANPs of anti-personnel mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that kill and maim civilians and soldiers in flagrant disregard and in willful violation of international humanitarian law is worrying and must be stopped,” said Nacnac in a press release on Friday. .

Nacnac noted that “the distinction between civilians and combatants is a cardinal principle” of international humanitarian law, “intended to minimize damage to civilians by making violence a combatant’s business”.

Quoting Article 14 of Republic Law (RA) No. 9851, or the Philippine Law on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity, promulgated on December 11, 2009, Nacnac said that the communist leader who orchestrated the violent attacks must also face criminal charges.

“In addition to the other grounds of criminal responsibility for the crimes defined and sanctioned by RA 9851, section 10 thereof provides that NPA leaders like Joma Sison will be criminally responsible as the principal for these crimes committed by subordinates under his effective command and control, or effective authority and control, as the case may be, due to his inability to properly exercise control over those subordinates, ”added Nacnac.

“The responsibility of the leaders of these CTGs for the damage and prejudice that their subordinates inflicted on non-combatants must not go unpunished,” he continued.

In May, the CHR pledged to investigate the 1,506 atrocities and IHL violations committed by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) -NPA and the National Democratic Front from 2010 to 2020.

The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (With reports from Priam Nepomuceno / PNA)


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Change of command ceremony inaugurates new cadet leadership


“These young women and men are our future Canadian leaders,” said the lieutenant-colonel. Shaun O’Leary

A virtual change of command ceremony took place today at Canadian Forces Base Borden with the province’s new chief of cadets at the helm.

The Regional Cadet Support Unit (RCSU-Center), which is responsible for the cadet program in Ontario, welcomed a new commander on Friday, who will assume regional leadership of one of the best youth development programs in Canada. .

Lt.-Col. Shaun O’Leary, a long-time member of the Canadian Forces, who was recently assigned to an adult training role at the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Center in Kingston, will bring extensive experience to the position, which focuses on the development of leadership, citizenship and community service skills among young Canadians.

“I sincerely believe in the Canadian Cadet Organization and am honored to play a role in this organization focused on developing the qualities of citizenship and leadership in youth, promoting a healthy lifestyle and stimulating an interest in the maritime, military and air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces, ”said Lieutenant-Colonel. O’Leary. “These young women and men are our future Canadian leaders.

O’Leary succeeds Lieutenant Colonel. Barry Leonard, who is leaving after two years to take up a diplomatic post at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC

Leonard has held the position for the past 15 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, a very difficult time that has seen the region’s approximately 280 corps and squadrons, including nearly 17,000 cadets, successfully transitioning from what is traditionally an in-person program towards an almost entirely virtually one-to-one program.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, this change of command ceremony went virtually.

As RCSU-Central has nearly 20,000 members (adults and youth / cadets) spread across the vast province of Ontario, the virtual adaptation also allowed more audience members to attend than during the ‘a traditionally in-person event.


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NATO leaders say China is a global security challenge – The North State Journal


President Joe Biden, center, walks with European Council President Charles Michel, right, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, during the US-EU summit at the Brussels European Council on Tuesday June 15, 2021 (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)

BRUSSELS – NATO leaders said last Monday that China is a constant security challenge and said the Chinese are working to undermine world order.

In a summit statement, the leaders said that China’s objectives and “assertive behavior presented systemic challenges to the rules-based international order and areas relevant to the security of the alliance.”

While the 30 heads of state and government have avoided branding China as a rival, they have expressed concern over what they have termed “coercive policies,” the opaque ways in which it is modernizing its armed forces and its nation. use of disinformation.

They called on Beijing to respect its international commitments and act responsibly in the international system.

President Joe Biden, who arrived at the summit after three days of consultations with the Group of Seven allies in England, pushed for the G-7 statement denouncing what he says are forced labor practices and d other human rights violations affecting Uyghur Muslims and ethnic minorities in Western Xinjiang Province. The president said he was satisfied with the statement, although differences remain between the allies on the force to criticize Beijing.

The new press release from Brussels indicates that NATO countries “will engage with China in order to defend the security interests of the alliance”.

But some allies bristled at NATO’s efforts to speak out on China.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said NATO’s decision to designate China as a threat “should not be overstated” because Beijing, like Russia, is also a partner in some areas. China is Germany’s largest trading partner and relies heavily on Russia to meet the country’s energy needs.

Merkel noted that “when you look at the cyber threats, the hybrid threats, when you look at the cooperation between Russia and China, you can’t just ignore China.”

But she added that it was important to “strike the right balance” because China is also a partner on many issues.

“I think it is very important, just as we do in Russia, to always offer political discussions, a political speech, in order to find solutions,” said Merkel. “But where there are threats, and I said they are also in the hybrid realm, then as NATO you have to be prepared.”

French President Emmanuel Macron urged the alliance not to let China distract it from what he saw as more pressing issues facing NATO, including the fight against terrorism and security concerns related to the Russia.

“I think it is very important not to disperse our efforts and not to be prejudiced in our relationship with China,” Macron said.

The Chinese Embassy in the UK issued a statement saying that the G-7 statement “deliberately defamed China and arbitrarily interfered with China’s internal affairs,” and exposed the “sinister intentions of a few countries, such as the United States “.

Biden arrived at his first NATO summit as president as key members said it was a pivotal moment for an alliance. Under the presidency of Donald Trump, who questioned the relevance of the multilateral organization and took steps to ensure that nations bear their share of the costs.

Shortly after arriving at alliance headquarters, Biden spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and underscored the United States’ commitment to Article 5 of the charter of the alliance, which states that an attack on one member is an attack on all and must be fought. a collective response.

“Section 5 which we regard as a sacred obligation,” Biden said. “I want NATO to know America is here.”

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo said Biden’s presence “underlines the renewal of the transatlantic partnership”. De Croo said NATO allies were looking to get past four difficult years under the Trump administration and the infighting among member countries.

“I think we are now ready to move on,” said de Croo.

Trump has regularly berated other NATO nations for not spending enough on defense and even threatened to pull the United States out of the world’s largest security organization.

The alliance has also updated Article 5 to provide more clarity on how the alliance should respond to major cyber attacks – a growing concern amid hacks targeting the US government and businesses around the world by hackers based in Russia.

Beyond extending the potential use of Article 5’s mutual defense clause to space, leaders also broadened the definition of what could constitute such an attack in cyberspace, in a warning to any opponent who might use constant low level attacks as a tactic.

The organization said in 2014 that a cyber attack could be countered by a collective response from the 30 member countries, but on Monday they said that “the impact of significant cumulative malicious cyber activity could, under certain circumstances, be considered equivalent to an armed attack. attack. “

The President started his day by meeting with leaders of the Baltic states on NATO’s eastern flank as well as with separate meetings with Polish and Romanian leaders to discuss the threat posed by Russia and the recent air piracy in Belarus, according to the White House.

Biden’s route to Europe was designed to meet first with G-7 leaders and then with NATO allies in Brussels ahead of his much-anticipated meeting with Putin in Geneva on Wednesday. .

Biden met Turkish President Erdogan on the sidelines of the summit on Monday evening.

Biden, during his campaign, angered Turkish officials after he described Erdogan as an “autocrat.” In April, Biden infuriated Ankara by declaring that the Ottoman-era massacres and deportations of Armenians were “genocide” – a term US presidents have avoided using.

In a brief exchange with reporters, Biden described it as a “very good meeting.” He and Erdogan met in private before being joined by other officials.


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