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Montreal Simon: Harjit Sajjan and the Con Racism Epidemic

As you know, I think Justin Trudeau's decision to make Harjit Sajjan Canada's defence minister was an inspired choice.Firstly, because it sends out a powerful message of real diversity and inclusion.And secondly, because no Con is ever going to accuse him of being soft on terrorism. Not after this letter from the coalition commander . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Harjit Sajjan and the Con Racism Epidemic

Alberta Politics: Will Canadian troops in Ukraine have to train radical Islamist volunteers said to be tied to ISIS?

PHOTOS: Defence Minister Jason Kenney explains who Canadian troops will train in Ukraine last fall. Below: Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ukraine in 2010. Photos are from the CBC and the Prime Minister’s Office’s Flickr account. It’s been evident for several months now Ukraine has a problem with neo-Nazis, in particular battalions of “volunteers” who . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Will Canadian troops in Ukraine have to train radical Islamist volunteers said to be tied to ISIS?

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Canadian Forces recruiting centres and demographics #nlpoli

The Canadian Forces is planning to move its three full-time recruiting staff out of the office in Corner and move them elsewhere.

From now on,  recruiting on the west coast will take place like it does pretty well everywhere else in Canada:  via the Internet.  The military recruiting system will send staff out to Corner . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Canadian Forces recruiting centres and demographics #nlpoli

The Disaffected Lib: Running on Empty – Harper Defence Budget Stretching Military to Breaking Point

It’s the usual story.  The federal government talks a good game but it’s just empty talk. A glaring example is Canada’s military.  Harper came to power promising to build up the Canadian Forces into a war waging, ass kicking powerhouse.  Rick “The Beached Cod” Hillier praised Harper to the rafters for rescuing the forces from . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Running on Empty – Harper Defence Budget Stretching Military to Breaking Point

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian Forces Member Vandalized Rehtaeh Parsons Suicide Wikipedia Page

The father of one of the four boys who gang-raped Rehtaeh Parsons edited her Wikipedia suicide page, wrote that her vicious attack was “consensual sex.”

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Black Helicopters

It was a chilling moment in Question Period yesterday, that should raise questions about whether Stephen Harper is still mentally fit to govern, and whether we are already living in a police state.The moment when Tom Mulcair asked him whether his totalitarian bill C-51 could be used to spy against his enemies, and he . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Black Helicopters

The Canadian Progressive: SHAME: Harper spend $700,000 fighting injured veterans’ justified lawsuit

The Harper government blew $700,000 fighting a Charter-based class-action lawsuit filed by former Canadian Forces members who were injured in Afghanistan.

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The Disaffected Lib: Is the Militarization of Cops the Last Straw?

The line between law enforcement and the military is, sadly, blurring.  Today’s cops are being equipped with combat weapons and gear, even armoured military vehicles.  They’re being trained to operate in military formations – squads and platoons – and they’re skilled in some aspects of counter-insurgency.

The bottom line is that this evidences a . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Is the Militarization of Cops the Last Straw?

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: At the going down of the sun, and in the morning… #nlpoli

 

We will remember them.

 

 

Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Corporal Nathan Cirillo

 

 

 

 

 

 

-srbp-

. . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: At the going down of the sun, and in the morning… #nlpoli

The Canadian Progressive: Ottawa shooting: Soldier shot at War Memorial has died

The Ottawa Police Service confirms that the Canadian Forces member shot earlier today at the National War Memorial has died.

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The Canadian Progressive: Parliament Hill Shooting: Statement by Ottawa Police Service

Here’s the Ottawa Police Service’s statement on today’s shootings at the National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill.

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Politics, Re-Spun: My Deepest Apology to Stephen Harper, Military Genius

Yes?

For years I have been openly mocking our prime minister. He believes he’s the combined reincarnation of General Douglas MacArthur and Winston Churchill, often touting things like the Canadian victory in the War of 1812, even though Canada wouldn’t exist for another 55 years. Pish posh.

In reality, I have criticized Harper . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: My Deepest Apology to Stephen Harper, Military Genius

Alberta Diary: The boss has gone crazy! He’s giving away new uniforms! And at only $4.5 million, they’re practically free!

Canadian soldiers will once again be clad in uniforms like these. If that doesn’t scare the hell out of Vladimir Putin, the guy’s got ice in his veins! Below: A typical naval officer in his cool new brass loops, armed with a naval thingy; what he’d be wearing if he were an officer . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The boss has gone crazy! He’s giving away new uniforms! And at only $4.5 million, they’re practically free!

Politics, Re-Spun: How the Conservative Government Dishonours the Military

So Canada is leaving its occupation of Afghanistan.

I never liked the mission. I never liked the context. I never liked the propaganda. I never liked the transformation of some kind of Canada into this occupying Canada.

162 killed and 2,179 wounded? But here’s the very very hard question. Who is the government NOT counting? . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: How the Conservative Government Dishonours the Military

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Cancelled: Alison Redford’s expensive Afghanistan photo-op

TweetAlbertans discovered this week that Premier Alison Redford cancelled a secretly planned trip to war-torn Afghanistan after suicide bomber blew herself up in a Kabul restaurant , killing twenty-one people, including two Canadians. Ms. Redford was leading a trade mission through India last week and had secretly planned to stop in the Afghan capital before . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Cancelled: Alison Redford’s expensive Afghanistan photo-op

Politics, Re-Spun: We Support The Veterans Transition Program

Submitted by Robin and Stewart on Mon, 10/07/2013 – 12:59

1999 saw the rise of the Veteran Transition Network (VTN) through the sponsorship of BC/Yukon Legion Branches and the University of British Columbia.

Its mission is to help Canadian Veterans across the nation re-integrate into society, local communities, and with family. To date Veteran Transition . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: We Support The Veterans Transition Program

Politics, Re-Spun: PTSD Update!

Updates from Kate and Robin and Stewart are below, as they approach the end of their campaigns! Kate’s Long Way Home has passed 1,000 kilometres on her way to Ottawa.

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Politics, Re-Spun: Robin & Stewart – Our Veterans

Robin & Stewart – Our Veterans Submitted by Robin and Stewart on Mon, 09/23/2013 – 14:40

“Canadian soldiers bravely put themselves in harm’s way, prepared to sacrifice for their country. By some estimates one in five will return with the invisible wounds of PTSD” (War in The Mind).

The complexities of war and mental . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Robin & Stewart – Our Veterans

Politics, Re-Spun: PTSD Service Dogs: Not Widely Known, But Critical

Lots of stores, places, etc. have “no pets” signs up. That’s fine, but there are usually exceptions for service dogs. Preventing a visually-impaired person from entering a restaurant except without their service dog would be mean and generally intolerable.

A long time ago, however, it was quite common to deem these . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: PTSD Service Dogs: Not Widely Known, But Critical

Politics, Re-Spun: Medric Cousineau: Walking for PTSD Support

Along with Kate MacEachern and The Long Way Home and Robin & Stewart’s Marathon for Veterans we have another action in support of PTSD and Veterans, this time including service dogs!

Medric Cousineau walked 1000 km to Ottawa to raise $350,000 for 50 service dogs for 50 veterans.

The spirit of support for . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Medric Cousineau: Walking for PTSD Support

Politics, Re-Spun: PTSD: Transitions Are Weighty

Kate MacEachern and The Long Way Home

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There is a kind of trauma when people leave chapters in . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: PTSD: Transitions Are Weighty

Politics, Re-Spun: PTSD: No Room for Denial

What if NO ONE knows your name?

Belonging? It’s pretty important. We don’t always have to go where EVERYone knows our name, but we do need to have people. People who know, understand and affirm us.

People with mental health issues, however, are often made to feel not so normal, which is a . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: PTSD: No Room for Denial

Politics, Re-Spun: Kate, Robin and Stewart’s Challenge To Us All About PTSD

I will be doing regular updates on two events to increase awareness about PTSD, particularly as the Canadian Forces spends too little on treatment of its members and PTSD. Regardless of all the ways we could improve our military or the Canadian government’s often imperialistic foreign policy, the real human beings who signed up are . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Kate, Robin and Stewart’s Challenge To Us All About PTSD

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Defence Minister Peter MacKay Dreams Of An “NDP Government” (VIDEO)

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: During Question Period in the House of Commons last week, NDP House Leader Nathan Cullen questioned Defence Minister Peter MacKay’s voting record on defence spending when the Conservatives…

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper Government should consider options for Sea King replacement: Report

By Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Feb. 11, 2013: OTTAWA – A major, deep-reaching report about the maritime helicopter procurement has just been released by the Rideau Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. “The worst procurement in the history of Canada”: Solving the maritime helicopter crisis (PDF) was written by University of . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Harper Government should consider options for Sea King replacement: Report