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”

“We are under attack”

French President Emmanuel Macron is quoted, in an article in the Globe and Mail, as saying that ““Very clearly, it’s France that has been attacked .. [and] … If we are under attack, it’s because of our values, our taste for freedom, the ability on our soil to have freedom of belief,” Mr. Macron saidContinue reading ““We are under attack””

Justin Trudeau should listen

I see, in the Globe and Mail, that there is yet another case of Canadians being imprisoned in China on (most likely) trumped-up charges. The Globe and Mail says that “Peter Wang and Ruqin Zhao are Chinese-born engineers who worked in the Toronto area, described by a former manager as immigrants who sought a betterContinue reading “Justin Trudeau should listen”

It’s time for a change

Please have a quick look at this (less than two minutes long) video … … from the US newsmagazine programme, 60 Minutes. Now, BlueDot is a Canadian company and amongst its clients are the Government of Canada: … so, in addition to the Canadian military reports, which were made in early January, someone in theContinue reading “It’s time for a change”

A political failure

Murray Brewster, one of a small cadre of Canadian journalists who report, knowledgeably, on defence and security issues, says, in an article for CBC News, that “A small, specialized unit within the Canadian military’s intelligence branch began producing detailed warnings and analysis about the emergence of the deadly novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China in earlyContinue reading “A political failure”

Lies, damned lies and statistics

There is an excellent article in The Tyee, by Andrew Nikiforuk, in which he says that “The world is now paying a frightful price for a historical accident. It is this: a highly disruptive and novel virus happened to emerge first in China, a high-tech surveillance state that, despite the experience of SARS, remains allergicContinue reading “Lies, damned lies and statistics”

Typical … and dumb

Ryan Tumilty, writing in the National Post, reports that “Politicians warned Wednesday Canadians can expect weeks or months of social distancing, but declined to reveal their own models or estimates of just how many people could become infected or die of COVID-19 … [but] … While federal and provincial leaders stressed the need for Canadians toContinue reading “Typical … and dumb”

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 byContinue 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 thatContinue reading “Is Canada broken?”

Resetting our foreign policy

It is no secret, I think, to anyone who follows this blog that I regard Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s white paper on foreign policy, ‘A Foreign Policy for Canadians,’ as having been an act of policy vandalism. I continue to believe that Pierre Trudeau was driven by an intense need to find a way toContinue reading “Resetting our foreign policy”