Thank you, Captain Obvious

There was a big, mostly virtual, conference on security and defence issues in Ottawa last week. As is so often the case the keynote speaker was “Captain Obvious.” In fact, though, I was a bit surprised that the Trudeau regime allowed Deputy Minister of National Defence Jody Thomas, the person in DND who is responsibleContinue reading “Thank you, Captain Obvious”

I’m blaming others …

… for this post. I tried to explain, simply, Ihoped, to an acquaintance why getting cheap, reliable high-speed Internet service to remote areas is so difficult. I was encouraged to say more and here are some thoughts. First, a bit of history. The way we, the whole world, “built-out” first telephone, then cable TV andContinue reading “I’m blaming others …”

Let’s get it right

Derek Burney, a long time, diplomat (Ambassador to both South Korea and the USA), former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, corporate CEO and scholar, says, in an article in the National Post, that “The combination of a flimsy fiscal update and the erratic management of the COVID-19 pandemic raises questions about theContinue reading “Let’s get it right”

Where are we? (6)

A recent paper by a bevy of RAND Corporation researchers led by Dr Abbie Tingstad, who is a senior physical scientist and associate director of the Engineering and Applied Sciences Department at the RAND Corporation begins by saying “International interest in polar regions continues to grow, bringing with it increasing concerns about competition, safety, economicContinue reading “Where are we? (6)”

We’re not “entitled” to our sovereignty

“Because the incoming Biden administration places a high priority on fighting global warming,” John Ibbitson writes in the Globe and Mail, “Canada may be asked to spend billions of dollars modernizing NORAD.” All I can says, is a) it’s about bloody time, IF it happens; and b) won’t that make Justin Trudeau’s day? While itContinue reading “We’re not “entitled” to our sovereignty”

Where are we? (5)

Matthew Fisher, who is one of Canada’s (too few) journalists who writes with knowledge in insight on Defence and Foreign Policy matters, says, in an opinion piece for Global News, that “Western countries with an interest in the Far North, such as Canada, Denmark (Greenland), Norway, the United Kingdom, France and the United States, wereContinue reading “Where are we? (5)”

Siberian tiger cubs

The Jamestown Foundation, which some experts describe as mainly non-partisan and relatively unbiased, has published an interesting article by Paul Goble in which he reminds us that “Russia east of the Urals comprises more than two-thirds of the Russian Federation but has only about one-fifth of that country’s population. It is where most of Russia’sContinue reading “Siberian tiger cubs”

A Three Ocean Navy

Over on Army.ca (there’s an identical (in content) Navy.ca, too, if you prefer blue), there’s an interesting new discussion based on a recent article published by the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC). It raises an important issue for Canadians. Canada is a three ocean country … … and Canada needs a three ocean Navy.Continue reading “A Three Ocean Navy”

Standing up …

OK, a couple of days ago I said, “Prime Minister Justin. Trudeau should listen to former Prime Minister Turnbull, to his own national security and military advisors and to his allies who advise standing up to China.“ How? Well, for a start ban Huawei from Canada’s 5G network. Don’t do it on technical grounds. DoContinue reading “Standing up …”

A big idea

So there is some fuss on social media about Prime Minister Trudeau’s government providing $50 million to help temporary foreign workers to self-isolate. As iPolitics explains, “Ottawa is providing $50 million to farmers, fish harvesters and other food production and processing employers to cover the costs of ensuring workers arriving from abroad properly self-isolate forContinue reading “A big idea”