Collisions

Colin Freeze, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that "For the first time in Canada, the federal attorney-general has overridden a judge’s order to release documents that the government considers to be national-security secrets ... [specifically] ... Attorney-General David Lametti signed a secrecy certificate to prevent details about a Canadian Security Intelligence Service surveillance operation … Continue reading Collisions

Troubling

This story, by Stephen Chase and Robert Fife, in the Globe and Mail, is troubling on two levels: First, it exposes what I believe to be a key issue in the US vs. China struggle: the danger posed (or not) by Huawei to the global (or maybe not so global) 5G initiative; and Second, it … Continue reading Troubling

Let’s have a defence policy debate

About a week ago the Toronto Sun opined, in an editorial, that "These past four years have seen a significant number of headlines that involve our defence priorities and the Canadian Armed Forces, yet politicians shy away from drawing any further attention to the issues ... [but] ... That ought to change. We need to have … Continue reading Let’s have a defence policy debate

More on Hong Kong and Leadership: It’s time for a change

Following on from yesterday, I see that Alice Wu, the Hong Kong journalist (not Alice Wu who is a Taiwanese-American filmmaker nor Alice Wu who is an economist and Harvard) has written an opinion piece in the South China Morning Post that I think gets to the very heart of Hong Kong's problems. "It is … Continue reading More on Hong Kong and Leadership: It’s time for a change

Butts is Back

India is back on the front burner in Canadian politics. Remember the disastrous Trudeau trip in February of 2018? Well, noted Canadian journalist and commentator John Ivison interviewed Gerald Butts for a new book, 'Trudeau: The Education of a Prime Minister," which will be released in just a couple of days. In his own column, … Continue reading Butts is Back

War in the Grey Zone (2) ~ The Battle for Hong Kong

The South China Morning Post reports on an incident that took place a couple of days ago at Hong Kong's international airport. The video clips show that it was, actually a bit of a sideshow in a large and otherwise largely peaceful and incident-free protest in the airport's arrivals hall. It appears to have started … Continue reading War in the Grey Zone (2) ~ The Battle for Hong Kong

More about ships (My plan (4))

There is an interesting discussion, over in Army.ca, about the current "tanker war" in the Persian Gulf-Straits of Hormuz-Gulf of Oman region. One participant raises the very, very valid point that limited defence budgets mean that some countries (Britain and Canada come to mind very quickly) cannot afford large enough fleets of first-rate, general-purpose combat … Continue reading More about ships (My plan (4))