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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – April 15, 2014

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15 April 14 at 22:10

MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – April 14, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – April 13, 2014

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13 April 14 at 19:30

MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – April 9, 2014

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  • Ukraine (1)  Analysis:  Why Russia’s Vladimir Putin confounds the West – Neil Macdonald talks to Putin’s biographer, and to former CIA boss Michael Hayden …. “
  • Ukraine (2)  Editorial“Don’t take Putin’s bait, Ukraine”
  • Ukraine (3)  Academic commentary  “…. what happens if NATO wants to do something about Ukraine?  Would disengaged Canada set aside or would enraged Harper/Baird jump in?  If this was someplace else (Syria?), I would say the former, but the political relevance of Ukraine for Canada might just tip the balance.  As a social scientist, I am kind of thrilled to see the natural experiment play out.  As a person who does not want World War III over Ukraine, I am just a bit nervous ….”
  • The Canadian Armed Forces is considering an incentive program to go along with its new fitness test.  The Fitness for Operational Requirement for Canadian Armed Forces Employment (FORCE) program was launched last year and after a transition period it is now the official physical fitness test for military personnel, replacing the 30-year-old CF EXPRES test.  The FORCE test consists of four different phases based on basic tasks military members are expected to be able to do. The standard to pass is the same for all members, no matter age, gender or trade, and the test has to be completed annually.  As of March 2014, more than 67,000 Canadian Forces members had completed the new test. The failure rate is 5.5 to six per cent, while the old fitness test had a failure rate of 2.5 per cent.  According to documents CBC obtained through the Access to Information Act, in order to encourage members to not just pass the course but to maintain a high level of fitness, an incentive program is being considered to go along with the new test ….”
  • More messaging on vets in the House of Commons from the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs  “Mr. Speaker, our government has a strong record when it comes to standing up for Canada’s veterans.  Our government has voluntarily increased monthly financial benefits to veterans across Canada. More than 5,000 veterans will benefit from these important changes, which include more money each month in addition to more veterans being eligible for home-cleaning and grass-cutting services, and in addition, there is more money for medical, rehabilitation, and retraining programs.  What is more disappointing is the opposition. The NDP and the Liberals have voted against every single initiative we have brought forward …. that member knows full well that the courts did not impose anything on Veterans Affairs on their programs. Our government voluntarily increased benefits for veterans receiving earnings loss, Canadian Forces income support, and the war veterans allowance.  This means thousands of dollars for veterans in addition to added benefits, such as snow removal, lawn care, home-cleaning services, and lower costs for long-term care.  I would encourage the opposition members to support the government, get on board, and help Canada’s veterans.”
  • A bit of commentary in the House from the Tory MP for Pembroke  “Mr. Speaker, on the eve of Vimy Ridge, a battle that marked the birth of our proud and modern Canada, it has been nearly 365 days since the inflammatory comments made by the member for Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie came to light in the House. He praised communists and remarked that World War I was purely a capitalist war on the backs of workers and peasants. It is shameful that the leader of the NDP has not only maintained silence on the member’s take on communists and capitalist war but, in fact, named him the co-chair of the NDP’s 2015 national campaign ….”
  • A Canadian Forces major is taking the federal government to court next week in Halifax for what he says is its refusal to follow its own policy on military family relocation.  Maj. Marcus Brauer has spent the last four years battling the federal government. He moved with his family in May 2010 after he was transferred from Edmonton to CFB Halifax.  He said the relocation has brought his family close to financial ruin ….”
  • Way Up North (1)  From the CAF Info-machine  “Vast tundra, mountains of ice, temperatures as low as -60°C, days without sunlight and nights without darkness – the Canadian Arctic has it all, and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have seen it all.  The Canadian Armed Forces are active in the North 24/7, exercising sovereignty and exercising its capabilities to respond to any challenges that may arise. Military exercises and operations are common in the Canadian Arctic. In February and March alone, CAF members honed their Arctic skill sets in Exercises ARCTIC RAM, TRILLIUM RESPONSE and SABRE GLACE.  The summer months bring additional opportunities to train in the Arctic through a variety of operations. Much of the coordination for these northern operations comes from Joint Task Force (North) (JTFN), the CAF formation tasked with exercising Canada’s sovereignty and contributing to safety and security in the Canadian North ….”
  • Way Up North (2)  From the Pentagon Info-machine  “Nearly 40 Airmen and two LC-130 ski-equipped aircraft from the 109th Airlift Wing will be demonstrating their vast capabilities on the Arctic ice as they join the Canadian Forces on Friday, April 11 to participate in Canada’s annual Operation Nunalivut Exercise.  Canada’s Joint Task Force-North has been conducting this exercise in and around the area of Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada, since 2007. This will be the first year the 109th will participate ….”
  • A former Edmonton soldier who lured young boys on the Internet and used a webcam to engage in online sex acts with some of them was sent to prison WednesdayMatthew Richervezeau, 24, was handed an eight-year prison term after earlier pleading guilty to 48 various charges, including Internet child luring, invitation to sexual touching, indecent exposure, sexual interference and possession of child pornography.  Richervezeau was also ordered to submit a DNA sample for the national DNA databank, placed on the national sex offender registry for life and banned from going to any place where children might congregate, also for life ….”
  • Canadian War Museum gala raises over $200,000 for Operation Veteran’s Supply Line and The Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Trust Fund ….”
  • She strikes a mournful, solitary pose on the crest of a French ridge once soaked in Canadian blood — an image one prominent former soldier says should be a daily reminder to parliamentarians that their decisions have consequences.  Sen. Romeo Dallaire has been quietly lobbying the federal government to construct a replica of the monument known as Mother Canada, located on the eastern side of the Vimy Ridge memorial perched atop the famous battlefield in France.  Dallaire wants to see the new statue erected in Jacques-Cartier Park in Gatineau, Que., directly across the river from Parliament Hill and within sight of the offices of MPs and senators who would decide where and when to deploy troops in the future ….”
  • Minister of Veterans Affairs Op-ed  “On a cold April day at Vimy Ridge”
  • From the Veterans Affairs minister’s office  On the occasion of the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Arras and the Capture of Vimy Ridge, Canadian and French citizens gathered today at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, in France, to commemorate the Canadian soldiers who fought so valiantly at Vimy Ridge during the First World WarThe Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, addressed French and Canadian officials, Veterans and others in attendance. He paid tribute to the Canadian Corps, whose four full divisions fought side by side for the first time during the four-day battle, and honoured the memory of all the brave men and women who served during the First World War ….”
  • Back in Ottawa  “On the occasion of the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Canadians gathered today at LeBreton Flats, in front of the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, to commemorate the Canadian soldiers who fought so valiantly at Vimy Ridge during the First World WarThe ceremony included the laying of wreaths by officials including Mr. Parm Gill, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs. Minister Fantino attended a ceremony in Vimy, France, to commemorate Canadian soldiers who fought and died during the First World War ….”

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9 April 14 at 22:00

MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – April 8, 2014

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8 April 14 at 20:00

MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – April 7, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – April 6, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – April 4, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – April 2, 2014

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  • A Canadian military ship will be limited in future operations after cracks were discovered on the upper part of the vessel in late February.  The HMCS Iroquois, an air defence destroyer ship that has been in use by the Royal Canadian Navy since 1972, suffered stress fractures to the superstructure – the part of the ship above the main deck – as a result of stress from the sea’s movement.  The damage, on a portion of the ship that is above water, were discovered while HMCS Iroquois was completing a fleet exercise off the East Coast of the United States.  Further examination of the ship while it was docked in Boston, Mass. showed that the cracks’ impact were not serious enough to affect the current exercise. HMCS Iroquois was able to complete its mission and return to Canada ….”
  • The Defence Department has been fined $1 and ordered to donate $27,500 to environmental research efforts after accepting responsibility for a Halifax Harbour fuel spill three years (a)go.  An estimated 14,000 litres of marine diesel fuel was discharged from HMCS Preserver in the early-morning hours of March 16, 2011, while the supply ship was taking on a load of fuel at the Imperial Oil jetty in Dartmouth.  The Defence Department pleaded guilty in February to a Fisheries Act charge of depositing a deleterious substance into the harbour and was sentenced Wednesday in Halifax provincial court ….”
  • This week on W5 Canada’s SECRET WARRIORS. W5 follows our special ops forces as they get ready to fight terrorists in Africa: unprecedented access as CSOR allows cameras inside for the first time ever. Saturday 7 pm on CTV”
  • 3D’s Mark Collins on “Thin Pinstriped Line: “Soft Power in a Hard Age”–Plus Canadian Forces”
  • From the Info-machine  “Skilled members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) detect, disable and exploit explosives devices on international deployments and, if called upon by civilian authorities, at home, which keeps their fellow soldiers, sailors, airmen and women, as well as nearby civilians, safeThis expertise was essential during deployment in Afghanistan and skilled specialists will be in demand for future conflicts as Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) become more prevalent.  On a yearly basis, Exercise Ardent Defender trains CAF operators to be prepared for the emerging threats seen abroad and in our own country.  This year, Exercise Ardent Defender 2014 (Ex AD 14), now underway, is training Improvised Explosive Device Disposal (IEDD) and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) operators in Halifax. The Royal Canadian Navy will host the joint exercise with participants from the Canadian Army, the Royal Canadian Air Force and members of Canadian Law Enforcement and representatives from the United States, the United Kingdom and Sweden ….”
  • Pakistan is lashing back at a senior Conservative cabinet minister who accused the country of sponsoring terrorism, warning he should not pursue a “personal and prejudiced agenda” on an issue of crucial importance to regional security In a statement to CBC News Network’s Power & Politics, the High Commission for Pakistan said Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander’s remarks on the program Monday reflect “a lack of any objective appreciation of the ground realities in our region.” ….”
  • Ukraine (1)  A top Russian deputy in the Duma says Canada is in a new “war without words” with Russia in a return of Cold-War era relations with the former Soviet Empire. As tempers flare between the two nations don’t be confused by one recent Global News report inferring Russian military aggression toward Canada: If you’re hoping to grab your hockey helmet and granddad’s rusty .22 to go guerilla in the woods because of some Red Dawn invasion—don’t expect a war anytime soon. The Crimean invasion of Ukraine shows Russia’s increasing disrespect for Western drawn borders doesn’t mean the Russians are about to start WWIII by fighting a NATO country like Canada, whose very safety implicates America’s own national security.  That being said, things are actually deteriorating between Canada and Russia in the diplomatic arena, which may threaten Canadian national interests down the road ….”
  • Ukraine (2)  The Left gotta keep hating  “Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been among the shrillest in the chorus of western leaders denouncing and threatening Russia.  He issued a series of inflammatory denunciations of Russian “aggression” during a European tour this past week that began with a trip to Ukraine. During his six hours in Kiev, Harper lauded the government installed by last month’s fascist-spearheaded, US-German organized coup and conferred with its leaders, who include a half-dozen ministers from the fascist Svoboda Party ….”
  • Way Up North (1)  Academic commentary  “How Russia’s move into Crimea upended Canada’s Arctic strategy”
  • Way Up North (2)  “Putin orders Arctic army development …. Vladimir Putin’s statement came during a speech to senior officers of Russia’s power structures in Kremlin on Friday. Lined up were officers from the Defence Ministry, Interior Ministry, FSB, Foreign Intelligence Service and others.  Putin highlighted the Arctic when he was talking about the upcoming military exercise Vostok-2014.  “This autumn, we will hold another strategic military exercise – Vostok 2014, which will give us the chance to put to the test the use of combined forces made up of personnel from different branches of the armed forces, and with forces from other security agencies taking part too. We also plan to continue developing our armed forces’ different combat units, including in the Arctic region.” ….”
  • Way Up North (3)  Crimea wasn’t the only territory Russia claimed as its own this month.  Just three days before Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his plan to annex Ukraine’s peninsula, a U.N. commission gave him sovereignty over the Sea of Okhotsk, located off Russia’s southeastern coast near Japan. Those waters, it was decided, are part of Russia’s continental shelf.  Russia’s Environment Minister Sergey Donskoy called the 20,000 square miles of once-international waters a “real Ali Baba’s cave” because of its natural-resource reserves. “It took Russia many years to achieve this success,” he said, logic that rings true for the acquisition of Crimea.  But Russia’s appetite for territory does not end at its southern shores. The country is hungry for more control over the top of the globe, and has been for a long time ….”
  • Airdrie artist Bob Harriman has many passionsA self-taught artist who got his start while still a boy, Harriman also enjoys music, history and travelling.  The 79-year-old also has a long history with the Canadian Forces.  “I served in the Air Force for 10 years,” he said. “(Military involvement) runs in the family and there was a war at the time and I joined to do my patriotic bit.”  The winner of the Canadian Peace Medal has long combined his respect for the military with his love of art and travel.  In 2010 Harriman and his wife went to Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France.  It was a moving experience ….”

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2 April 14 at 22:00

MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – April 1, 2014

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