Exactly back-asswards

I see, in a report in The Guardian, that former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown "has urged world leaders to create a temporary form of global government to tackle the twin medical and economic crises caused by the Covid-19 pandemic ... [and] ... The former Labour prime minister, who was at the centre of the international efforts … Continue reading Exactly back-asswards

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?

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

“But ’twas a famous victory …”

So, the public relations dust appears to be settling, a bit, and what now seems more or less clear is that, as the Star says, in an editorial, "The agreement reached over the weekend between the federal and B.C. governments on one side, and Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs on the other, amounts to a series of questions … Continue reading “But ’twas a famous victory …”

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)

Getting it half right

The CBC's Aaron Wherry gets two important points right in an analysis of Justin Trudeau's climb down or change of heart or whatever it was yesterday: First, he says that Canada has "demonstrated that there's a significant well of public willingness to pursue reconciliation with the Indigenous peoples who originally occupied the land that is … Continue reading Getting it half right

This will not solve anything

So, I see that another barricade was erected near Edmonton by another group claiming to stand with the unelected hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation, another judge issued another injunction, another premier said the law will be enforced, another police force hummed and hawed, but this time, according to Global News, something was different. … Continue reading This will not solve anything