MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – November 23, 2012
- “A military helicopter made an emergency landing Thursday in a Halifax parking lot next to a Sobey’s grocery store and a Tim Hortons, police said. By the time Halifax Regional Police arrived on the scene shortly after 2 p.m., the chopper had already landed and military cops were on the scene investigating, Const. Pierre Bourdages said. Nobody was injured, he added ….” – more here and here.
- “Candice Bergen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety, will deliver remarks and tour a display of the National CBRNE Response Team equipment as part of the Annual Federal / Provincial/Territorial (FPT) Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Workshop ….”
- Syria “The Conservative government is refusing to recognize a new coalition of opposition fighters and leaders as the legitimate representatives of the Syrian people until it can prove it respects religious minorities. The coalition, whose official name is the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, has already received official recognition from France, Turkey, six Persian Gulf countries and, most recently, the United Kingdom. That is a significant development as the international community has been reluctant to bestow such recognition until now as Syrian opposition forces inside and outside the country have been fractured and, at times, at odds with each other ….”
- “Forget Al-Qaeda: Think Mexico – Next Great Threat to Canadian Security” (PDF)
- Historian’s response to this column “…. Now there is no doubt that since the 1990s, Remembrance Week has put the Canadian role in the world wars and other conflicts on the front pages. Even The History Channel slows down its endless sagas of ice road truckers, antique pickers, and storage wars to feature some excellent documentaries and films on Canadian (and other) military events. This is all to the good, in my eyes. But no one who has ever looked at the provincial school curricula or university history department calendars could ever believe that military history has obliterated all the other varieties of studying the country’s past. Payne wants family stories and local history to have their place in our past, and so do I. If she looks at what is being published in academic and other journals, if she sees what books are being issued by both small and large presses, she would have no fear for the future of peacetime Canadian history ….”