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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – October 14, 2014

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  • “HMCS Toronto participates in Exercise NOBLE JUSTIFICATION  — Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto joins Exercise NOBLE JUSTIFICATION today as part of her Operation REASSURANCE NATO deployment in response to Russia’s aggressive military actions against Ukraine.  Toronto and other Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) warships will conduct Task Force training exercises and force integration activities in the eastern Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea regions from October 13-26 ….”

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – September 25, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – September 16, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – October 30, 2013

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  • People living in and around Pictou are reminded that military choppers will be flying in the area Tuesday night, part of a large joint training exercise between the United States and Canada.  The helicopters are part of Frontier Sentinel 2013, an exercise being conducted this week throughout the Maritimes ….”
  • More from the Info-machine on the CF’s help to law enforcement to nail grow ops  “Farmers aren’t the only ones who have been hard at work in the cornfields this August and September.  The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), along with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and other provincial and municipal policing agencies have been scouting out farmer’s fields and forested areas in search for something mean and green – illicit marijuana plants.  Operation SABOT is a RCMP-led marijuana eradication program. It has been conducted Canada-wide every year since 1989.  The CAF has supported the operation since its creation by providing aircraft and surveillance equipment, as well as personnel to operate them.  While the CAF assists in conducting aerial patrols, the RCMP is responsible for all law enforcement actions. Through these patrols the RCMP is able to locate outdoor marijuana grow operations (grow-ops). They can then remove the plants from the site and destroy them ….”
  • Commentary  “…. Military tribunals, “particularly summary trials, are vestiges of a Victorian system of justice. It is time to bring them in line with the massive changes and reforms taking place in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, (and) Ireland.” “
  • A bit of a reminder of what, exactly, a veteran is these days  “Canada has a whole lot of veterans; a lot more than you might think. According to the Office of the Veterans Ombudsman in 2012:  There are nearly 750,000 Canadian Forces and RCMP Veterans; 100,000 Canadian Forces members (Regular and Reserve Forces) and 23,000 members of the RCMP.  Doing the math, you get approximately 900,000 and growing. Call it a million for the sake of convenience and you find that 1 in 35 Canadians is a veteran.  If that number seems high, think about how you define a veteran. To many people, a veteran is someone from WWII or Korea. Yes, those men are veterans. But they are not the ONLY veterans. In fact, WWII and Korea service personnel only account for 11 per cent of the total veteran population ….”
  • Gravely injured troops are being booted from the military before they qualify for a pension, despite assurances to the contrary from the Harper governmentA former reserve combat engineer was let go last Friday on a medical discharge after begging for months to remain until hitting the 10-year mark.  Cpl. David Hawkins is about a year shy of being eligible for an indexed pension, but was released because his post traumatic stress means he is unable to deploy overseas.  Among those also leaving is Cpl. Glen Kirkland. His plea to remain in the army last June was answered by former defence minister Peter MacKay with an a pledge he could stay until September 2015 — and that no members are released until they are ready.  But the offer turned out to be exclusive to Kirkland, who chose within the last few days to leave rather than be given special treatment.  “I joined as a member of a team, as a family,” Kirkland said in an interview from Shilo, Man.  “So, when I was offered an opportunity when no one else was, it just goes against everything I joined for.”  He will be formally discharged in March ….” – a bit of backstory here (FULL DISCLOSURE:  I’m a moderator at milnet.ca)
  • Meanwhile, the Veterans Affairs Minister asks people to remember, any way they can
  • Remembrance is especially poignant this year for Korean War veterans who made a journey back to the sites where they fought tirelessly 60 years agoThe trip, organized by Veterans Affairs Canada, coincided with the anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice.  These veterans will be carrying their reflections from the tour in their thoughts this November 11 ….”
  • ” “We need action not only to end the fighting but to make the peace… “ — Lester B. Pearson, November 2, 1956 – The inscription on the national peacekeeping memorial — and the monument itself — have taken on new meaning.  Earlier this month the Pearson Centre, a Canadian institution devoted to the promotion of peace, security, human rights and the rule of law around the world, closed its doors in Ottawa for the last timeVery much in keeping with the overall response to this country’s steady global retrenchment, news of the closure evoked barely a whimper among members of the public or press ….”
  • Disarmament lobby group ceasefire.ca connects the dots between Senators and arms merchants
  • Way Up North (1)  Commentary  “Canada can learn a great deal from both Icelanders and their Norse ancestors when it comes to boldness ….”
  • Way Up North (2)  Commentary  “Last month, a humble marine bulk carrier made history transiting the Northwest Passage, opening a new chapter in Arctic shipping over the top of North America. Reactions depended on where people sit.  A U.S. federal government official helpfully discouraged Canadian focus on the Northwest Passage while we’re at odds over its legal status, something lawyers might or might not clear up by the end of the century. For those who favour Arctic development, the voyage offers a tempting glimpse of the new maritime economy oceanic warming may bring. Environmentalists foresee an apocalypse. For those with a love of history, the voyage recalls centuries of exploration and sacrifice by iron sailors in wooden ships searching for a shorter trade route between Europe and Asia.  A balanced and realistic reaction is in order ….”
  • 3D’s Mark Collins onOops! “Stateroom”: CSEC Helped NSA at Our Foreign Missions – more from Lux Ex Umbra blog here, and The Canadian Press here
  • From the NDP Info-machine  “In the wake of disturbing revelations about the activities of the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) – Canada’s equivalent to the United States’ NSA – NDP Defence critic Jack Harris (St. John’s-East) wants greater Parliamentary oversight of the agency.  “Recent events have raised concern about CSEC’s activities,” said Harris. “As the former head of CSEC has said, there must be more parliamentary oversight for this agency and clear answers for Canadians about its activities.” ….” – more here
  • A police tribunal has heard that an activist, anti-police lawyer has no credibility when he claims he was arrested illegally during the G20 three years agoIn closing arguments, defence lawyer Alan Gold accused Nicholas Wright of either exaggerating or lying about what happened.  Wright accuses Const. Ryan Simpson of arresting him and warning him he had no right to remain silent.  But Gold calls the allegations absurd, and says there’s doubt about whether there even was an arrest ….”
  • The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued the following statement (yesterday), following a keynote address at SecureTech 2013, an annual conference focussing on current and emerging security and public safety issues …. Digital networks form the backbone of Canada’s critical infrastructure sectors, and we have taken a proactive approach to secure our vital assets.  In the past year, our Government has taken decisive steps on a number of commitments — particularly in our work to engage the private sector and our critical infrastructure owners and operators in our cyber security efforts ….”
  • The unsteady sand of who is considered a terrorist in Canada has once again shifted in favour of a Tamil woman living in Toronto, whose politician husband was assassinated in Sri Lanka while attending Christmas Eve mass in 2005.  Weeks after Joseph Pararajasingham, a member of parliament in Sri Lanka, was shot dead, Canada granted residency to his widow, Sugunanayake Joseph, who was injured in the attack, to protect her safety. Bill Graham, Canada’s former foreign affairs minister, praised her husband at a memorial service as a “man of peace.”  In 2011, however, the Immigration and Refugee Board concluded that Ms. Joseph was a member of a terrorist group and should be deported because of her ties to her husband, who had ties to the Tamil Tigers.  Now, a judge has ruled that this summer’s Supreme Court of Canada decision — starkly redefining how Canada defines membership in a terrorist organization — means the 76-year-old widow would likely no longer qualify for that dark designation, suggesting a reprieve from deportation may be the best option ….”
  • RCMP helping Phillippines sort out policing issues  “A senior Mountie has been thrust into one of the least known and most intractable conflicts in the world.  Assistant RCMP Commissioner Randy Beck arrived in the Philippines last week to oversee the establishment of the Independent Commission on Policing (ICP) in war-weary Mindanao where many of the country’s seven million Muslims live and where more than 120,000 people have died over the past half century in fighting between Islamic insurgents and government forces.  Beck’s commission is to make recommendations next April on what kind of police force Mindanao will need if separation talks succeed. The ICP will be looking for a model that will reflect the southern region’s ethnic and cultural differences ….”

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30 October 13 at 7:45

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