Archive for the ‘The Fallen and the Injured’ Category
- A reminder: Nothing proven @ this point “RCMP investigation into alleged leaks prompts Canadian Forces vice-chief’s removal” – “Le vice-amiral Mark Norman relevé «temporairement» de ses fonctions” – “Vice-chief of defence staff ‘relieved’ of duties without explanation” – “Canada’s second highest-ranking military officer suspended” – “Explain, now, why vice chief of defence staff has been removed” – “Mark Norman, vice chief of the defence staff, removed from position” – “Vice-Admiral Norman’s removal from post shocks friends, colleagues” – “Top Canadian military commander Mark Norman relieved of post” – “Vice Chief of the Defence Staff Mark Norman removed from command” – “Senior Canada military officer suspended from duty, no reason given”
- “UNB establishes new cybersecurity institute” – “Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity opens at the University of New Brunswick” (Info-machine release)
- “Police in Abbotsford, B.C., aren’t sure if they’re dealing with a growing white supremacist problem or if a few “small-minded” people are behind the distribution of a pamphlet disparaging a holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. in the United States …” – “Awareness guide – extremist groups” (Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
- “Canada’s military inspectors will visit a military unit in Belarus under the 1990 Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), the Belarusian Defense Ministry said Monday …”
- Whither NATO??? “Canada will do more for NATO if US withdraws” – “Canada has to reach into its pockets to pay for NATO if U.S. leaves: MP” – “Kremlin backs Donald Trump’s view that NATO is an ‘obsolete symbol of confrontation’ “ – “Europe, You’re on Your Own!” (NATO Association of Canada) – “Relax, NATO Isn’t Going Anywhere” (Political Violence at a Glance) – “A bit of context on Trump, NATO, and Germany”
- “Military strength in east of Latvia to get a boost — Latvia is to station a permanent military unit in the eastern Latgale region of the country in order to spread its forces more evenly, the Defense Ministry said January 16 …”
- “US deploys troops to Norway, irking Russia” – “US Marines Deploy to Russia’s Arctic Border in Norway” – “Cold War Apparitions Resurface as Norway Welcomes US Marines” (RUS state media) – “Des soldats américains arrivent en Norvège au grand dam de la Russie voisine”
- “1-68 Armor fires first rounds in Poland” (US DoD Info-machine) – “US Army deploys third ABCT troop to Poland” – “Reply by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova to a media question on the US troop buildup in Europe” (The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation)
- More on LTU’s Kaliningrad Fence “Lithuania plans fence on Russian Kaliningrad border” – “Fence on Border With Russia to Ensure Economic Security – Lithuania PM” – “Lithuanian PM: New border measures to ensure economic security”
- “Russia’s navy is engaging in its highest level of activity for more than 25 years, Britain’s First Sea Lord warns as Putin prepares for war”
- “Why Russia — a country with less money than Canada and fewer people than Nigeria — runs the world now”
- “What is Russia’s endgame in Libya?”
- From the Info-fight “InformNapalm experts gave lectures at Resilience League 2016 in Estonia” (InformNapalm.org)
- “Ukraine Files Action against Russia in International Court of Justice — Ukraine has filed a case in the International Court of Justice to hold the Russian Federation accountable for acts of terrorism and discrimination in the course of its unlawful aggression against Ukraine …” (UKR Foreign Affairs Ministry) – “Poroshenko instructs ministry to file lawsuit against Russia to UN International Court” – “Saying ‘Russia Must Pay,’ Kyiv Sues Moscow At UN Court” – “Moscow Vows to Use All Means of Legal Defense After Ukraine Files Lawsuit”
- “I Get By with a Little Help from my Friends …” “Ukraine seeks ‘clarity’ from Canada on continuation of military mission” – “Will Sajjan and Trudeau go back on their promise of Canadian support for Ukraine?” – “Ukraine’s envoy has told the Canadian Press news agency that his country is growing concerned about whether Canada will continue its future military support to his country to help it deal with Russian aggression …” – “Facing Trump-Putin axis, Ukraine turns to a white knight — Chrystia Freeland”
- “Ukrainian leader and OSCE chairperson-in-office discuss Donbas situation” – “President met with Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE” (UKR President’s page)
- Updates from All Sides “Latest from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), based on information received as of 19:30, 15 January 2017” – UKR govt ATO map, 17 Jan 2017 – “Ukraine reports 41 militant attacks, 1 WIA in last day” – “AFU violate “ceasefire regime” 1076 times over 24 hours, helicopters and MRLS redeployed to front – (DNR’s) Basurin” – “Ukrainian military launch almost 180 mortar-shells on outskirts of Donetsk and Yasinovataya at night” – “If You Want Peace, Prepare For War ! ( Lugansk People’s Army Maj. Marochko ~ Military Report/Video)” – “LPR envoy: OSCE SMM confirms LPR demines Stanitsa area, Kiev fails to do it”
- “Military expert estimates probability of large-scale winter fighting in Donbas”
- “Ukraine develops brand new tank to become competitor for Russia’s Armata”
- “The situation in check points of entry and exit to the demarcation line” (UKR State Border Service, in Ukrainian)
- Minsk & Talks “Poroshenko hopes Donbas settlement roadmap may be signed in 2017” – “Issue of ICRC access to prisons in occupied territories and in Russia was discussed in Minsk – Gerashchenko” – “Implementation of Minsk agreement will continue – Presidential Administration” – “Separatists demand 700 hostages in exchange for 50 on their part – Gerashchenko” – “Lavrov says no grounds for rewriting Minsk agreements” – “DPR in Minsk insists on holding video-conference on issue of exchanging captives on January 18 – Morozova” – “Trilateral Contact Group positively evaluated restoration of water supply in Donbas”
- Elsewhere in the Neighbourhood … “Ambassador Wolf Dietrich Heim, OSCE Special Representative for Transdniestrian Settlement Process, to meet the sides between 17 and 20 January”
- “Support unit for ill, injured military personnel short 73 staff”
- “Veteran’s file fast-tracked after emotional plea to Trudeau in London, Ont.”
- ” ‘I felt exposed,’ alleged victim tells former medic’s court martial hearing” – “Court martial hears sex assault charges in connection with Windsor, Ont. and London, Ont. complaints”
- “How Untrained Canadian Conscripts Fought and Died in the Defense of Hong Kong” – “Canadians in Hong Kong” (VAC Info-machine)
- New Pro-UKR Foreign Affairs Minister (on RUS Blacklist) “Trudeau Cabinet Shuffle: Chrystia Freeland Replaces Stephane Dion At Foreign Affairs” – “New Canadian foreign minister indeed under Russian sanctions – source in Russian Foreign Ministry” – “Canada’s support for Ukraine after appointment of new foreign minister will not change – ambassador” – “Russia Signals Sanctions On Canada’s Freeland Can Only Be Lifted Reciprocally” – “Experts divided on fallout of Freeland becoming foreign minister” – “Michael Den Tandt: Freeland is the closest thing Trudeau has to an expert on Kremlinology and Trumpism” – “Justin Trudeau’s redesigned cabinet”
- “US, Latvia to sign «status of forces» deal”
- “Russian propaganda unsuccessful in Latvia, says president”
- “Russia waging information war against Sweden, study finds”
- “Ukraine power cut ‘was cyber-attack’ “
- “Ukraine’s Plan to Manufacture US M16 Rifles Hits a Snag”
- “Savchenko Publishes ‘Prisoner’ Lists, Angering Ukrainian Authorities” – “Savchenko publishes redacted lists of Russian military servicemen, civilians convicted in Ukraine” – “Hostage lists published by Savchenko incorrect” – “Savchenko to cooperate with Security Service of Ukraine on issue of hostages’ release” – “Savchenko publishes list of hostages provided by LPR/DPR”
- “Ukrainian National Guard field medic captured in occupied Donetsk” – “Military unit of National Guardia-Azov arrested in DPR”
- Updates from All Sides “Latest from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine, based on information received as of 19:30, 9 January 2017” – UKR govt ATO map, 11 Jan 2017 – UKR govt ATO map, 10 Jan 2017 – “Donetsk Defense: Situation Report, 10.01.2017” – “Lugansk Defense: Situation Report, 11.01.2017” – “Ukraine reports 49 militant attacks in last day”
- “Ukrainian soldiers undergoing treatment in the Italian military hospital “Chelio” delegation of national defense department” (UKR MoD, in Ukrainian)
- Humanitarian Bits “East Ukraine: Surveyed Education Facilities in Need of Further Rehabilitation” (UNICEF) – “Humanitarian assistance, recovery and development need to go hand in hand” (UN Development Programme)
- “How Russian advances in the Arctic are leaving NATO behind”
- “Russia Deploys Air-Route Radar Complex Sopka-2 on Wrangel Island” – “Russia wants more control over Arctic airspace”
- “More than 300 Russian paratroopers have been on North Pole”
- “Russia Could Deploy Navy Into The Arctic”
- “US Marine force in Norway to eye Arctic and beyond”
- “A More Specific Look at the Amount of Military Spending in Alaska”
- “A ‘Standing Rock’ in Canada?” (NATO Association of Canada)
- “New numbers show spike in asylum seekers crossing from U.S. to Manitoba”
- “Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, Donald Trump’s choice to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is undergoing a confirmation hearing in Washington on Tuesday, and ahead of the meeting he sat down with Montana’s two Senators to discuss issues relevant to the Treasure State, including northern border security …”
- “Launch of “Secret Law Gazette”: Security Service Policies & Rules released under ATIP”
- “Canadian Afghan war veteran commits suicide after killing family” (World Socialist Web Site)
- “Military spouse wants more help for families of veterans with PTSD”
- “Publication Bans sought for Wilks Court Martial”
- “Army team approach key to ending inappropriate sexual behaviour”
- “Government of Canada invests in new armoury for Halifax Army Reserve”
- “The myth of one-party support for the Canadian Armed Forces”
- “No burgh this, town misspells veteran’s name on street sign”
… in a submission to the Defence Policy Review now under way figuring out what the CAF should and shouldn’t be doing these days. The conclusion alone bears reading — highlights mine:
“The Ombudsman Office is a resource for those who find themselves frustrated by failures in the system. When we point out those shortcomings, and they are addressed, the Department of National Defence and/or the Canadian Armed Forces become better and more effective employers for it. However, as I have noted throughout this submission, the systemic failures are too often not corrected.
With that in mind I want to emphasize that everything in this submission is based on calls, complaints and expressions of frustration and anger that pour into our office on a regular basis.
I am not suggesting there are malicious, uncaring people in the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces – the contrary is true. I am stating there is an absolute need for modern innovative thinking that flips the paradigm from the rules and regulations controlling the people to the people controlling the rules and regulations. It is always easy to find a rule or regulation that allows for inaction. It is always easier to review or study than take action and right a wrong.
In this submission, I have deliberately avoided recommending studies or reviews and the myriad of others words and phrases that have become euphemisms for lets-announce-a-study-and-hope-it-goes-away when the heat is on from the public, politicians and journalists who have glommed on to some injustice.
Yes, the media, politicians and public will inevitably move on to other matters and the lack of public scrutiny might bring temporary comfort to a few people; but under the rug the problems live on and continue to gather dust.
- Mentally ill members unable to get help will continue to take drastic steps and bring a lifetime of sorrow to their families.
- Indigenous Youth in need of role models will continue to miss the opportunity.
- Our Reservists will continue to wait for parity with Regular Force members and the compensation, care and respect parity represents.
- Those attempting to negotiate the bureaucratic end-of-career maze will not be helped by another study when they know that the phrase “seamless transition” is in stark contrast to reality.
- Many military spouses and children will not be placated by claims of ‘caring for our families’ when they know from experience that whether meaningless or well meaning, it’s an empty slogan.
None of the issues addressed in this submission need another prolonged study or review and none require the expenditure of vast amounts of money. What we need now is leadership with the will to right the wrongs before the credibility and image of this treasured institution is further eroded. No matter what position or stance we take at home or abroad, a well-supported military force will be the factor in determining success.
So let me end as I began: This is about the future. It is about our national security and our ability to attract future generations of great army, navy and air force members. It is about getting back to a place where the Canadian military regularly had pools of highly motivated, talented people knocking on the recruiting office door. Today, far too many of those talented Canadians are walking past that door with neither a second thought nor a backward glance.”
A bit more from the CF Ombudsman here.
Well said, Mr. Walbourne!