What’s needed

So, another Globe and Mail editorial cartoon, this one by Brian Gable, gets right to the point: Another “watchdog” is going to do exactly nothing. The former Ombudsman did his job, he did the right thing. The problem was that the political leadership ~ specifically Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan ~ decided to ignore him andContinue reading “What’s needed”

Front page shame

This was the front page of the Globe and Mail just the other day: It is beyond shameful that 39 Canadian communities are still under boil water advisories. But the problem is not just boil water advisories, Corinna Dally-Starna, in an article in The Conversation, an independent journal established by the Canadian academic and researchContinue reading “Front page shame”

Ooops

So, about a month ago, when the allegations about now retied General Jonathan Vance first surfaced, “Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan repeatedly said he was “surprised” by the allegations made against former Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance but would not disclose when he learned of allegations, stating that his hands were tied when it came to providing anyContinue reading “Ooops”

Do it now!

The very sad, to me, anyway, news that just retired General Jon Vance and his replacement, Admiral Art McDonald are both being investigated for sexual misconduct and that Lieutenant General Chris Coates had an inappropriate relationship with an American lady … … while he was Deputy Commander of the combined (Canada-USA) North American Aerospace DefenceContinue reading “Do it now!”

Short of war (5)

I think that a new cold war, Cold War 2.0 if you like, “managed,” as former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd explained on the basis of Managed Strategic Competition, is the best and most likely way to avoid a real, deadly hot (shooting) war between China and America supported by the US-led West. I believeContinue reading “Short of war (5)”

It is time (5)

The first thing to understand about Canadian defence policy is that: no one cares. Our allies don’t much care, they’ve all given up even hoping that we might be, once again, as we were for about 70 years, a leading middle power, doing our full and fair share to defend the West. Our potential enemiesContinue reading “It is time (5)”

Congratulations, Admiral

I was going to title this post “Release the Kraken,” because the kraken was a mythical (Norse sagas) sea monster and in Canada’s defence HQ the title Commander Royal Canadian Navy is abbreviated to CRCN and, of course, it is pronounced as kraken: a mythical sea monster being a wonderful description of the Navy’s commander.Continue reading “Congratulations, Admiral”

Do Something (2)

A few weeks ago I was horrified to read about the 25 year long water problems that continue to plague the Neskantaga First Nation in North-Western Ontario ~ yes you read that right: it’s been 25 years since these Canadians have had clean, potable water! I begged the government to Do Something! and I offeredContinue reading “Do Something (2)”

Influence operations

David Pugliese, one of the few Canadian journalists who writes knowledgeably and critically (because he’s well informed) about Canadian defence issues, reports, in the Ottawa Citizen, that “The Canadian Forces wants to establish a new organization that will use propaganda and other techniques to try to influence the attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of Canadians, accordingContinue reading “Influence operations”