Canadian Maritime Strategy … or is it just tactics?

There is an interesting discussion over on Army.ca (there is, by the way, also a Navy.ca for those who want different coloured screens) which started with an article by Capt (N) Hugues Canuel, RCN, in the Canadian Naval Review, in which he argued that materialists, those concerned only with buying new ships rather than with … Continue reading Canadian Maritime Strategy … or is it just tactics?

It’s about time

Buried in a Globe and Mail story about making more ventilators and medical masks available ~ very important ~ is this: "Mr. Trudeau also announced that the Canada-U.S. border will close to non-essential travel at midnight Friday and both countries will turn back asylum seekers crossing the border at unofficial entries." All I can say … Continue reading It’s about time

Not good enough

Emerald Bensadoun, writing for Global News, says that "Canadian Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair said Tuesday that in an attempt to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus, those crossing the border irregularly will still be allowed into Canada, but will be subject to medical screening and housed in quarantine when necessary." That's right, even though, just a … Continue reading Not good enough

I wonder if anyone is listening

Michelle Carbert, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that "Canada’s top general [General Jonathan Vance, ⇐ the Chief of the Defence Staff] says Russia poses the most immediate military threat to this country and the international community today, while China represents a significant risk for cyber attacks ... [and, the point was echoed by … Continue reading I wonder if anyone is listening

Is Canada broken?

A bit more than ten years ago, John Ibbitson asked that question in the Globe and Mail. It appeared to him, then, that "Canada is a nation of strong provinces with a weak federal government, hobbled by minority Parliaments and uncertain of its own relevance." Not much has changed, has it? He also said that … Continue reading Is Canada broken?

Afghanistan in retrospect (2) (History)

A few weeks ago I commented on the long (2001 to 2014) Afghanistan campaign ... one hesitates to call it a war; the Canadian Forces were, pretty clearly, at war; Canada was, equally clearly, not. It was Canada's largest and most costly, in both blood and treasure, military operation since Korea (1950 to 1953) but … Continue reading Afghanistan in retrospect (2) (History)

It’s about time (another one)

So, I see, on CBC News and in the Globe and Mail, that "The Ontario Provincial Police have began to remove demonstrators from the camp near Belleville, Ont., where protests by the Mohawks of Tyendinaga have shut down passenger and freight train traffic for more than two weeks ... [and] ... At 8:15 on Monday … Continue reading It’s about time (another one)