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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 in Afghanistan. Sajjan was considered “the best single Canadian intelligence asset in [war] theater” whose "hard work, personal bravery and dogged determination undoubtedly saved a multitude of Coalition lives," according to the letter, recently obtained by National Observer.Which as I have pointed (Read more…)

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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 […]

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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 Brook a few days a month.  They can always travel to high schools or job fairs to promote the Canadian Forces as they do now.

Documents leaked to David Pugliese at the Ottawa Citizen  last month said that the Corner Brook office has one of the lowest numbers of recruits in the Canadian Forces system.  The Corner Brook office, along with the one in Sydney Nova Scotia and Oshawa Ontario are affected by the changes.

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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 their “decade of darkness” under the Liberals.

Today the boast is burst.  Harper has his own stealth programme, quietly defunding the military.  As Liberal senator Colin Kenny has pointed out, Harper won’t downsize the military to meet his budget cuts, unemployed soldiers would be hard (Read more…)

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 replied by accusing the NDP of being a "black helicopter fleet."Even though it was a very good question, and his sinister black helicopters are already threatening our democracy. Read more »

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 fracturing of the relationship between governments and their people.  For the public, this may be the last straw as a recent article by Johanna Mendelson Forman of the American University’s School of International Service from The Globalist contends:

The appearance of armed personnel carriers, Humvees and (Read more…)

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








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


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 for being an international relations buffoon, something more like Ian McKellen’s Richard III.

But despite having criticized war-mongering Harper [who nevertheless abuses and neglects military veterans and their mental health disabilities] for deciding to buy a bunch of F-35 fighter jets, I shouldn’t have.

I criticized the (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!

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 in the Wavy Navy instead of the regular force; Paul Hellyer, who is worried about inter-galactic warfare and doesn’t care if you know it; and Sir Arthur Currie of the Gay Gordons, his gorgets clearly visible.

After checking the date to make sure it wasn’t still (Read more…)

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? They are the people the government is actively disowning, to the shame of all of us.

I’ll tell you who some of them are:

They are the human casualties of our new flashy militarism:

they are the veterans whose pensions have been replaced with lump (Read more…) - 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 […]

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 Programs have helped close to 400 Veterans rebuild relationships with partners, spouses, and children, while supporting the creation of meaningful career paths. And it’s totally free due to generous partners and donors, such as you!

Doctors Marv Westwood, David Kuhl, and Timothy Black are the (Read more…)

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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Post by The Long Way Home. Robin and Stewart’s Marathon for Veterans is closing in on its fundraising target.

There is still time to donate.

1. During WWI more than 300 British soldiers, many suffering from “Shell Shock”, were executed for cowardice.

2. The Canadian government does not measure the suicide rates of its veterans. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs does and a report released early this (Read more…)

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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 illness are bewildering, convoluted, and deeply saddening. Robin and myself have read so many articles from brave, outspoken veterans, battling PTSD. Talked to friends about their daily battles. And we’ve cried with heads in hands as we read about the desperation and courage of (Read more…)

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 animals to be pets, and unwelcome. Society reflected, and decided that the rights of a person with a service pet are more important than the owner of establishment’s desire to keep animals out.

It’s not like service dogs are rabid, coked-up bulls in a china shop. By far.

So (Read more…)

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 PTSD issues, particularly among Canadian Forces members and veterans, as well as other first responders, is growing. It’s a sign of a truly compassionate culture. The hope is that the federal government, on behalf of Canadians, will show the compassion, respect, integrity and responsibility required to do (Read more…)

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 their life: graduating, retiring, marriage, childbirth, death. It takes lots of time to adjust. And it takes a toll on one’s people.

And if someone does not have enough people in their support network, or they need extra support because of the nature of the transition or trauma, they can truly suffer.

The sign that you are walking on a good path is the sheer number of people who come out of nowhere to cover (Read more…)

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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 feeling that can get in the way of being known and understood.

Normalizing something that has been stigmatized and downplayed is hard.

I remember in the 1980s when Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope. Lots of people had little exposure to people with prosthetics. That changed (Read more…)

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 being mistreated. We cannot stand for this.

Kate MacEachern is walking from Cape Breton to Ottawa and Robin and Stewart are running in the Victoria Marathon, all to raise awareness and funds for PTSD

You can donate to either or both campaigns by following the (Read more…)

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 British Columbia political READ MORE