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This from the main budget document:
…. Defending Canada
– Strengthening the Canadian Armed Forces by providing $11.8 billion over 10 years through an increase to the annual escalator for National Defence’s budget to 3 per cent, starting in 2017
– Providing up to $360.3 million in 2015 for the Canadian Armed Forces to extend its mission to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
– Providing $7.1 million in 2015-16 for the Canadian Armed Forces to deliver training assistance to the Ukrainian Security Forces.
– Providing $23 million over four years on a cash basis, starting in 2015–16, to upgrade the physical security of Canadian Armed Forces bases.
Enhancing National Security
– Investing $292.6 million over five years in intelligence and law enforcement agencies for additional investigative resources to counter terrorism.
– Providing $12.5 million over five years, starting in 2015–16, and $2.5
million ongoing thereafter, in additional funding to the Security Intelligence Review Committee to enhance its review of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.
– Providing $58 million over five years , starting in 2015–16, to further protect the Government of Canada’s essential cyber systems and critical infrastructure against cyberattacks.
– Investing $36.4 million over five years to support the operators of Canada’s vital cyber systems in addressing cyber security threats, as required by new legislation.
– Providing $60.4 million over three years on a cash basis to support an
enhanced security model on Parliament Hill
Protecting the Integrity of Our Borders
– Providing $15.7 million over five years to expand eligibility for
the Electronic Travel Authorization to low-risk travellers from Brazil, Bulgaria, Mexico and Romania to make it easier and faster for legitimate travellers from these countries to come to Canada
Taking Action for Veterans
– Introducing a new Retirement Income Security Benefit to provide additional financial security after the age of 65 for moderately to severely disabled veterans.
– Expanding access to the Permanent Impairment Allowance to help compensate disabled veterans for the loss of career opportunities associated with their disabilities.
– Modifying the Earnings Loss Benefit to ensure that part-time Reserve Force veterans have access to the same level of income support as Regular and full-time Reserve Force veterans.
– Creating a new tax-free Family Caregiver Relief Benefit to recognize the vital contributions of informal caregivers to the health and well-being of veterans.
– Increasing the level of individualized care to veterans requiring regular support by improving the ratio of veterans to case managers ….
More, tomorrow ….
Attacks on CF in Canada
- “Canadian air strikes in Syria expected soon” – “Final preparations being made to Canadian planes to extend Syria bombing campaign” – “Canada to launch airstrikes against ISIS in Syria ‘within days’ “ –
- From the Info-machine “Operation Impact: RCAF personnel take part in combat search and rescue exercise”
- Commentary “The Syrian mission: For humanitarian, security and political reasons” – “ISIL a threat to Canadians and others” – “Playing politics on extending ISIL mission”
- “U.S. Army PSYOPS: Anti-ISIS Leaflet Drop — A few days ago, American PSYOP publicly announced its involvement in the fight against Daesh in a spectacular way: the rarely used leaflet bomb ….”
- ISIS in Syria Campaign Update: March 31, 2015
- “Statement by Minister Nicholson Condemning ISIL’s Continued Persecution and Killing of Minorities in Syria”
- More on Canada’s Operation IMPACT here, and on news from around that part of the world here (list of links) and here (Twitter list)
- “Afghan vet Jonathan Vance eyed for top general post” – Mercedes Stephenson on Twitter: “#Breaking CTV News has learned the next Chief of the Defence Staff is Lieutenant General Jonathan Vance.”
- “Chief of the Defence Staff Message to Members on the External Review of Sexual Misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces — As you know, in April 2014, I ordered an independent external review to look into sexual misconduct and sexual harassment in the Canadian Armed Forces following a number of media reports on the subject and a subsequent Internal Review. I asked Madame Marie Deschamps, a former Supreme Court of Canada Justice, to conduct this independent external review, which she began in June 2014. I received the English version of Mme Deschamps’ final report late last Friday ….”
- “HMCS Whitehorse assists US Coast Guard in major drug seizure”
- “Canadian Army conducts tactical training in Niagara”
- Commentary “The defence minister’s role”
- “The Canadian Military Is Playing War Games Aimed at Russia — At a time when the specter of the Russian military is high on the minds of European countries fearful of the next Ukraine, Canada’s Department of National Defense is playing tough with President Vladimir Putin ….”
- From the Info-machine “National CAF Music Branch Auditions Held at CFB Esquimalt” – “Enhanced Naval Boarding Party Ready for Deployment” – ” “Bravo Zulu” of the Week! | Quick thinking and flawless execution in a tight situation” – “Turning up the heat at Canadian Army firing range positions for a cleaner environment” – “The RCAF tartan: The world’s first air force tartan”
- “Mohamed Fahmy: NDP demands government invoke passport power” – “No passport for Fahmy until travel ban lifted, says MFA”
- Commentary “Anti-terrorism Act: The government has still not made its case”
- “Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh, ex-Manitoba student, accused of supporting al-Qaeda — Justice officials in the United States have charged Muhanad Mahmoud Al Farekh, a former University of Manitoba student, with conspiracy to support al-Qaeda efforts to carry out attacks in the U.S. ….” – more – more
Way Up North
- “Canadian soldiers hone Arctic operational capabilities”
- “Number of search and rescues on the rise in Nunavut”
- “Pilot recognized by Governor General for Nunavut rescue”
- “Russian Defense Ministry Wants 100 ‘Arctic Terminator’ Helicopters”
- “North Pole camps planned for Russian paratroopers, scientists”
- “Why Russia’s War Games Should Scare Nobody” – “Russia’s military drills not connected to NATO’s increased activity — Putin’s spokesman”
- “Canadian Armed Forces Medical Team to depart for UK in preparation for mission to Sierra Leone”
- More on Canada’s Op SIRONA here, and news on Ebola here and here
- More of the latest from Ukraine here and here
- ATO map, 25 Mar 2015 (UKR govt, in English)
- “Attacks go on in east of Ukraine” – “Ukrainian forces repel militants’ attacks near Maiorsk and Sokolnyky” – “Self-proclaimed Donetsk republic reports 16 episodes of shelling by Kiev troops” – “OSCE monitors refute reports of their coming under fire in east Ukraine”
- “About 1,400 persons to be conscripted to compulsory military service from Odesa” – “Over 22,000 soldiers have status of combat operations participants” – “Participation of Ukrainian soldiers in ATO requires boosting the prestige of military service” – “Delegation of Czech Ministry of Defense to deliver humanitarian aid for Ukrainian army and participate in defense seminar”
- “A Russian Paratrooper from the 98th Airborne Division Posing in Stanytsia-Luhanska Raion of Ukraine” – “NATO secretary general tells Canada and allies to keep Russia in check — Effort to deter aggression ‘will take years,’ but Secretary-General leaves decision to arm Ukraine up to individual countries ….” – Analysis “The deadly chaos behind Putin’s mysterious acts”
- “(UKR Interior Minister) Avakov opposes Ukrainian citizens’ right to bear arms”
- “Nearly 60% Ukrainians Unhappy With Petro Poroshenko: Poll” – “Crowd of several hundred in front of Ukraine government building demands PM’s resignation” – “Finance Minister Jaresko may succeed Yatsenyuk as Ukraine PM — experts”
- “Ukraine’s president dismisses powerful regional governor” – “President signed a Decree on dismissal of Ihor Kolomoyskyi from the post of Dnipropetrovsk RSA Head” – “Ukraine president dismisses powerful oligarch as regional governor” – “Poroshenko accepts resignation of Dnipropetrovsk governor Kolomoisky” – “Russian lawmaker warns Ukrainian tycoons may rise in revolt against president” – “Poroshenko Vows No ‘Private’ Armies For Governors Amid Oil Firm Standoff”
- “Certain Donbas areas officially declared occupied” – “Ukrainian soldiers support internally displaced people from Donbas”
This text, on the motion to be considered today, from The Canadian Press:
(i) the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has repeatedly called on its members to target Canada and Canadians at home and abroad;
(ii) ISIL poses a clear and active threat to the people of the Middle East, including members of vulnerable religious and ethnic minority groups who have been subjected to a brutal and barbaric campaign of sexual violence, murder, and intimidation by ISIL;
(iii) unless confronted with strong and direct force, the threat that ISIL poses to Canada and to international peace and security, will grow;
(iv) Canada desires, consistent with Canadian values and interests, to protect the vulnerable and innocent civilians of the region, including through urgent humanitarian assistance;
(v) the Government of Iraq has requested military support against ISIL from members of the international community, including from the Government of Canada;
(vi) Canada is part of a broader international coalition of allies and partners, including numerous countries of the Middle East, committed to the fight against ISIL;
(vii) the United Nations Security Council remains seized of the threat posed by international terrorism with the unanimous passage of the United Nations Security Council resolution 2178;
(viii) the deployment of Royal Canadian Air Force assets has played an important role in degrading, destabilising, and weakening ISIL’s position and operations in the region;
(ix) the advise and assist mission of the Canadian Special Operations Forces in Northern Iraq has increased the capabilities of Kurdish-Iraqi Security Forces to combat ISIL; and
(x) continuing to degrade ISIL will require striking its operations and infrastructure where they are located, including in Syria;
Accordingly, this House
(a) continues to support the Government’s decision to contribute Canadian military assets to the fight against ISIL, and terrorists aligned with ISIL, including air strike capability with authorization to conduct airstrikes in Iraq and Syria;
(b) supports the Government’s decision to extend the mission to a date not beyond March 30, 2016;
(c) notes that the Government continues not to deploy troops in a ground combat role; and
(d) offers its resolute and wholehearted support to the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces who stand on guard for all of us.”
More, as it gets debated.
- “Airstrikes ‘successful’ in repelling ISIS”
- “Canadian fighters limited in targets they will hit in Iraq: military” – “Airstrikes following international law: DND”
- “CF-18s bomb Islamic State bunker”
- From the Pentagon Info-machine “Operation Inherent Resolve airstrike videos now available”
- From the RCAF Info-machine “Air Weapons System Technicians on OP IMPACT”
- Control of Terrain in Iraq: November 20, 2014
- ISIS Sanctuary Map: November 20, 2014
- “Top US general: My mission is ISIL, not al-Assad”
Attacks on CF in Canada
- Repeat, from the Info-machine “Deployed troops name operating bases in honour of fallen comrades”
- Nathan Cirillo, R.I.P. “Four weeks later: What we know – and don’t – about Michael Zehaf-Bibeau — It’s been four weeks since the attack on Parliament Hill. And so little is known about what happened ….”
- Video from the Pentagon Info-machine “386 EMDG Airmen along with coalition partners from Italy and Canada recieve MEDEVAC training from U.S. Army medics (somewhere in Southwest Asia)”
- “Canadian Patrol Concentration 2014 — Rappelling from a CH-146 Griffon helicopter while hovering 20 metres above a wooded copse in sub-zero temperatures is only the first of many experiences that teams participating in the second annual Canadian Patrol Concentration (CPC) will take away from this uniquely Canadian training event. Hosted by the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre (CMTC) from November 14 to 24, CPC 2014 provides an opportunity for Regular and Reserve Force soldiers from across Canada to competitively practice patrolling in an infantry reconnaissance patrol format ….”
- From the Vets’ Ombudsman “Moving Forward – VAC Stakeholders Meeting”
- “Minister of National Defence to launch the 2014 Halifax International Security Forum”
- “Canada Working with International Community to Support Somalia”
World War Two
- Neighbours speaking to reporters say Martin Rouleau (a.k.a. Ahmad Rouleau) “had grown a beard and wore a turban and djellaba regularly.”
- Rouleau’s parents appear to have contacted police about their son’s behaviour, specifically because “he wanted to go and join the fighters of the Islamic state, a terrorist group that Canada has agreed to fight in Syria and Iraq”.
- Authorities reportedly took away Rouleau’s passport.
- “During the short pursuit that followed, the suspect may have contacted 911 indicating that it was “in the name of Allah.” “
- “He also attended the mosque of the Muslim Association of Haut-Richelieu in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Montérégie. VAT News was able to speak with a member of this place of worship has condemned the action of Mr. Rouleau Couture. “He came back, but it’s long since we had not seen. I did not see any change in his character, “said the volunteer. “We were discussing Islam. I’ve never asked him questions about his conversion.” Asked about the events of the day, the man said that it gave a “bad image” of Islam. “…. I did not think he would do that, “he said.”\
For more, here’s Ahmad Rouleau’s Facebook page, Ahmad Rouleau’s Twitter feed ( with who he was following on Twitter) and his Uumaland (“Social Network for Muslims”) profile (while they’re all still online).
This from CTV News:
One of the two soldiers struck by a car in Quebec died late Monday in hospital, police confirmed Tuesday morning.
The soldier’s identity and age have yet to be released. However, the soldier was one of two Canadian Forces members who was struck by a car in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu in what is being described as a possible terror attack, CTV’s Montreal Bureau Chief Genevieve Beauchemin reported early Tuesday ….
Condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of the victim.