Here in BC, we appreciate any and all support for this issue..but where is the rest of the country on all the damage this MonsterCon has caused? They can’t all be the drooling knuckle-draggers of Ford Nation, but I have to wonder if it isn’t already too late…the people of Canada, in general, . . . → Read More: Left Over: Dirty Oil Wars…..This is Just the Beginning
Canadian Forces soldiers piled sandbags as the water rose in Medicine Hat last weekend. CBC photo. Below: Chris Alexander, Parliamentary Secretary to the federal Defence Minister; CBC broadcaster Anna Maria Tremonti.
If every dark and rain-filled cloud has a silver lining, one thing we can hope for from the horrifying flooding that . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: User-pay disaster relief? A suddenly forgotten idea that needs to stay that way!
Canada's Defence Minister Peter McKay
Some things have become clear in the past week with regards to the helicopter flight Defence Minister Peter McKay took in July 2010. McKay was on a fishing vacation in Newfoundland outside of Gander and one morning he found out he was needed in Ontario by noon to . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Harper stands by McKay amid calls for his resignation
Earlier this week, the non-partisan (but left-leaning) Rideau Institute released a report on Canada’s defence spending since 9/11 entitled The Cost of 9/11 and the Creation of a National Security Establishment. It was written by economist David Macdonald, and it calculated that $92B ($69B adjusted for inflation) has been spent on ‘security’ in various forms … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Feel Safer Post-9/11? Feel $92B Safer?
Now, I’m a student of history by trade. This has always been my bread and butter – Canadian history especially. In a third year history class at the University of Toronto, Prof. Adam Chapnick (who is now the Deputy Director of Education at the Canadian Forces College in Kingston) once told me that a paper … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Canada’s Military: J.L. Granatstein doesn’t get the irony
I feel as though every decade in North America another article, report, or paper emerges in which The Environment (note the capital letters) is pitted as public enemy number one. The latest of such reports was issued just recently by the Canadian Armed Forces entitled Army 2040: First Look, which sounds like an awful Michael … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Army 2040: First Look moves away from humanity vs. The Environment outlook
The Globe and Mail has been choc-a-bloc lately with guest columnists (academics, NATO ambassadors, think-tank CEO’s) talking about where the debate over Canada’s foreign policy has gone. It was conspicuously absent in the recent federal election campaign, as noted by Jeffrey Simpson back on April 6 when he wrote that “there is plenty to talk … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Re-imagining Canada in the World: Start by tackling Tall Poppy Syndrome
Public discourse these days can sometimes get pretty raw. Opposing sides accuse each other of being monsters, of wanting to destroy society, of declaring “war” on the poor, on hard-working Canadians, on the environment, on taxpayers, on bicycle riders … on polar bears. Meanwhile everyone is “fighting” for something; for democracy, for equal rights, for lower taxes, […] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Sometimes War is not a Metaphor