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Opinion: Canada’s bravest military heroes deserve our highest recognition

David Mack is a Canadian who served as an officer in the British Army with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

On October 14, 2006, Private Jess Larochelle found himself in the fight of his life.

A rocket-propelled grenade had exploded at his military outpost in Pashmul, Afghanistan, throwing him through his observation post, smashing his back, fracturing two cervical vertebrae, popping his eardrum and detaching his retina right. In a way, Sdt. Larochelle managed to crawl up to his C6 machine gun and open fire.

Running out of ammunition after single-handedly repelling the advances of 40 Taliban soldiers, he reached the rocket launchers at his feet. Under the most intense pain, Pte. Larochelle continued to defend the position, reinforcing his company’s otherwise undefended flank; according to his citation for the Star of Military Valour, “his valiant conduct saved the lives of many in his company”.

In order to honor the few who best exemplify the virtues and standards of the Canadian Armed Forces, Courage, Bravery, Courage and Courage to Carry On, such medals are awarded. The highest of these is the Canadian Victoria Cross, which was established in 1993 to honor conspicuous gallantry, acts of gallantry, self-sacrifice, or devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy by members of the Forces. .

And yet, in 29 years, the Canadian Forces have never done it – not for Pte. Larochelle, nor any other member. The last time a Canadian was awarded a Victoria Cross was 77 years ago, under the British system, when Lieutenant Pilot Robert Hampton Gray sank an enemy destroyer before crashing in the bay of ‘Onagawa in Japan on August 9, 1945.

Rewards matter. Medals matter. People serve in the armed forces out of love of country, out of love of freedoms, out of love for each other; money or adulation do not determine a soldier’s motives or decisions. And when the shells begin to whistle, the bombs begin to land, the blood begins to pump and the hair begins to stand on end, all the tangles of everyday life fade away as determination and focus unequaled drive the soldier towards danger.

However, the message now is that Canadian soldiers, alone among our allies, have never shown courage, determination or bravery – which is not true.

Since 9/11, Britain and Australia have each awarded four Victoria Crosses. Even New Zealand, which has a smaller population than the Greater Toronto Area, has been awarded a single Victoria Cross. The United States, meanwhile, has awarded 28 Medals of Honor, which is the country’s equivalent.

Our allies make it a priority not only to award the highest medal of bravery, but also to review and upgrade deserving soldiers who may have been overlooked, long after the official windows have closed. Of the 13,000 Distinguished Service Crosses awarded by the United States, at least 178 have been promoted to the Medal of Honor and cover actions in the American Civil War, World War I and World War II, from the Korea and Vietnam, long after the fact. And in 2020, Australia took the unusual step of upgrading ordinary seaman Teddy Sheean’s mention in the Dispatches to the Victoria Cross for his actions in the Pacific during World War II.

If the United States Army, this great juggernaut of 1.4 million soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen, has the humility to admit that it may not have gotten a reward the first time around, then Canada can surely learning from its allies and re-evaluating some of its pricing – starting with a review of Pte. Larochelle.

More than 14,000 Canadians agree, after signing a parliamentary petition calling for a review of Pte. Larochelle file. Likewise, more than 100 organizations from a wide range joined the call, including the Burma Star Association, the Dieppe Veterans and Prisoners of War Association, the Métis Nation of Ontario Veterans Council and the Royal Air Forces Escaping Society. , as well as the cities of North Bay, Kingston and Ottawa.

To be sure, Canadians are often uncomfortable about acknowledging having been in the war and understandably have mixed feelings about what happened during the war in Afghanistan. But on the contrary, the current situation in Ukraine has demonstrated that national defense is a very real need; indeed, many of those who cut their teeth in Afghanistan played a vital role in preparing the Ukrainian military.

Now is the time to reopen the case and consider the awarding of the Canadian Victoria Cross. As the Canadian military makes the necessary changes regarding the dishonorable conduct of some of its members, it should also be confident enough to reflect on those who have sustained bravery.

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Afghan veteran ‘honored’ to lead Queen’s York Rangers

Matt Lennox was inducted as commander of the Aurora-based regiment at a time when the Canadian Armed Forces are ‘reinventing themselves’

Matt Lennox became the new commanding officer of the Queen’s York Rangers of York Region during a changing of the guard ceremony at Fort York last Saturday.

The ceremony was presided over by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, and the Governor General of Canada, Mary Simon.

Lennox, who is now a lieutenant colonel, joined the regiment in 2002 and served in Afghanistan for parts of 2008 and 2009.

Like many teenagers, he wasn’t sure where life would take him as he attended Twin Lakes High School in Orillia.

Lennox eventually became a novelist after earning his master’s degree at the University of Guelph.

“I don’t know if I had separate goals at that time,” Lennox, 41, said. “It was kind of a hobby and I was lucky to have published a few articles.”

Despite some success as an author, Lennox found the prospect of being a full-time novelist in Canada unrealistic in terms of income. To make money, he bounced back from being a bartender, working in construction, and doing various odd jobs.

In 2002, he discovered that joining the military as a part-time job would allow him to partially reimburse his college tuition.

“I thought it would be a good way to offset the price of my schooling,” he said. “I also found that I liked the work.”

When he enlisted, he did not believe he would ever serve overseas. However, in 2007, there were plenty of opportunities for reserve service members to deploy to Afghanistan, and Lennox decided to throw his name into the mix.

“It was certainly a very eye-opening experience,” he said. “It was the bulk of the years for combat operations and Canadian casualties.”

Many servicemen were wounded or killed in action during his time abroad. He witnessed heartbreaking ramp ceremonies where dead soldiers were loaded onto planes to be sent home.

“I had a few friends who got seriously injured in some fights,” he said. “I knew a few people who were killed in fighting.”

Lennox had a fairly secure job in Afghanistan as a staff officer at headquarters. After returning unscathed from his 10-month deployment, he joined the military full-time.

While working with the Queen’s York Rangers for 20 years, he rose through the ranks of officers and landed in the role of Commanding Officer.

“It’s an honour, yes,” he said, “but it’s also a great responsibility because we’re at a stage where the Canadian Armed Forces (are), in some ways, in the process of reinvent.”

At the same time, it’s an uncertain world right now. Army reserve personnel are constantly deployed on international operations, he said.

“There’s a very real responsibility to make sure we’re well trained and well looked after before, during and after any type of deployment,” Lennox said.

National operations such as responding to natural disasters and situations like the COVID-19 pandemic might also require the deployment of military reserves, he explained.

“We need to have our employees who are primarily part-timers and foster a culture where they are well-trained, well-equipped and ready to go at relatively short notice,” Lennox explained. “There are a lot of unknown situations that could arise.”

His goal is to ensure that he will hand over a unit in the best possible condition when his successor takes over in about three years.

“For any member of my regiment who is deployed on an operation in the next two years, I want them to go home and say that whatever hardships they faced while deployed, they knew they were there. was well taken care of by his home unit,” he said.

Lennox hopes to continue as a novelist one day. However, between his military career, being the assistant director of the Roméo Dallaire Center for Peace Studies, and being the father of three young girls and the husband of Natalie, who is a human rights lawyer, the resident of Etobicoke says there aren’t many spare hours at the end of each day.

He and his family enjoy spending their free time visiting loved ones, enjoying the family cabin in Parry Sound, and hope to travel.

“My family is very supportive of me, which is essential for the work I do,” Lennox said. “It’s not something you could do without an extensive family network behind you.”

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Canadian Rangers celebrate 75th anniversary in Victoria

Canadian Rangers from coast to coast will travel to Victoria on Friday to commemorate 75 years since the official establishment of the Canadian Ranger Corps.

After two years of pandemic restrictions, Sgt. Alexa Mandeville-Pasowisty said it was exciting to be able to travel again and have the chance to celebrate with other rangers.

Sergeant Alexa Mandeville-Pasowisty and Master Corporal Jerrica Sanderson are the only two Junior Canadian Rangers selected from the Northwest Territories to attend the Victoria Day weekend celebrations. (Celeste Decaire/CBC)

“I feel very honoured. I traveled all over Canada with the Junior Rangers program. I was made a sergeant after three or four years.”

Approximately 100 Canadian Rangers representing the five Canadian Ranger Patrol Groups will be in attendance. The multi-day event will include a formal ceremony at the home of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Janet Austin on May 23, the official date of her 75th birthday.

“I am delighted to see my friends who I have met on trips with the Rangers. They will be there and it will be like a little reunion, while attending the Victoria Day parade and the 75th anniversary,” says Mandeville-Pasowisty.

Prince Charles named Honorary Canadian Ranger

The ceremony will feature other dignitaries from across Canada, including Governor General Mary Simon. The Canadian Rangers will then take part in the Victoria Day Parade in downtown Victoria.

During this week’s royal visit to Yellowknife, Charles, the Prince of Wales, will meet the Northwest Territories Canadian Rangers at Fred Henne Territorial Park. Like his son Prince William, Charles will also be made an honorary member of the force.

Captain Chris Newman said honoring Prince Charles is a good tradition.

“Prince William was also an honorary ranger. Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Kate, were also given honorary ranger status, so that seems like a good way to keep him in the family.”

Capt. Chris Newman, Unit Information Officer of the First Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, helped the Rangers prepare for their installation ahead of Prince Charles’ visit. (Celeste Decaire/CBC)

Newman says sending Canadian Rangers from the Northwest Territories to the Victoria Weekend celebrations is a great way to represent the North and their service to the country.

“This is an important milestone for this organization, 75 years of loyal service to Canada, and particularly to the remote and isolated regions of this country.”

Over 5,000 Canadian Rangers serve in more than 200 communities across the country.

The Canadian Rangers 75th Anniversary Ceremony will be open to the public online through a live stream on the Canadian Army Facebook page on May 23 from 4:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. PT.

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The Pentaverate: Every Mike Myers Character, Ranked

The recently released Netflix comedy series, The Pentaverate features many characters played by its creator, Mike Myers. Myers is known for playing multiple roles, such as in So I married an ax murderer and the Austin Powers movies, but in The Pentaverate, he plays a total of eight different main characters.

It’s an incredible feat to play so many characters, some often in the same room as each other. These characters are very different from each other, ranging from conspiracy theorists and members of the Pentaverate to the main hero of the series.


8 Rex Smith

Rex Smith speaks into a microphone in The Pentaverate.

Rex Smith is a loud, abrasive and unfriendly radio host obsessed with right-wing conspiracies. He’s one of the standout characters Myers plays on the show, but he adds color to the story by adding to the running satire of conspiracies present throughout, while being part of the overall world-building. .

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However, he is nothing more than a stereotype/satire of right-wing media personality types. He is, however, still an important character in establishing the type of satire found in the series.

7 Anthony Lansdowne

Anthony showing a bill in The Pentaverate.

Anthony Lansdowne is an obsessive conspiracy theory enthusiast who encourages Ken to investigate the Pentaverate and acts as his driver to the secret headquarters.

Although Anthony plays an important role in convincing Ken to go on his journey to infiltrate the Pentaverate and act as his driver, he can be quite frustrating for the audience at times. Throughout most of his appearances, Anthony fills his ramshackle van with the horrible smell of his stool. This has a payoff when he and Reilly are gassed, but don’t realize it at first. But the saddles are a rather gross joke and get a little old after a while.

6 Shep Gordon

Shep Gordon seated in the Pentaverate.

Gordon is a member of the Pentaverate who is also Alice Cooper’s former manager. Interestingly, Shep is based on a real person, who Myers befriended in real life while filming. Wayne’s World. It adds an interesting dimension to his character on a meta level and gives the character extra interest in his real origins.

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In the world of the show, he is the most laid back and relaxed member of the Pentaverate, which helps him stand out from the other more uptight members of the group. However, he does not have as central a role as the other members of the Pentaverate.

5 Mishu Ivanov

Mishu Ivanov speaks in The Pentaverate.

Mishu is a former member of the Russian oligarchy and a member of the Pentaverate. This character, in a way, becomes a massive red herring in the series’ central mystery. Mishu is one of the darker members of the organization, but he’s not the main villain.

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It acts as a slight subversion of what the public may suspect to be behind the mysterious deaths. There’s an added layer to his character in that although Ivanov does some shady business, he’s one of the less evil members.

4 Jason Eccleston

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Killed mysteriously before the events of the series, he is the dead member of the Pentavarate whose position must be filled. Eccleston is the creator of the MENTOR supercomputer, containing all the knowledge of the organization.

Although he is dead at the start of the series, he is an important catalyst for the events that unfold. Without his death, there would be no need to find a replacement in the organization – leading to further suspicious deaths. There would also be no MENTOR, the supercomputer that needs a human soul to function, without which Ken Scarborough – the hero and main character of the series – would not be involved in the story. Eccleston’s corpse also had some memorable moments in the form of a rather silly autopsy conducted by the Maester of Dubrovnik (Saunders).

3 Bruce Baldwin

Bruce Baldwin makes a speech in The Pentaverate.

Bruce is an Australian media mogul. member of the Pentaverate, and a deceptive character. At first, audiences are lulled into thinking he’s just a jerk when he’s actually the show’s main villain. It does not, however, have a one-dimensional story. Bruce had built his media empire, The Tabloid Group, as a way for those in power to bring down others with misinformation.

Bruce actually tried to make amends after being made a member of the Pentaverate by warning the other members that terrible people would use the internet the same way he used The Tabloid Group. When Eccleston joined them, he created MENTOR, a supercomputer designed to surpass the Internet by having a standard database of facts. However, since things weren’t going as planned with MENTOR, Bruce decided they didn’t deserve it and planned to either sell it or create more misinformation with it. The fact that Bruce almost has a sympathetic change of heart adds an extra dimension to his character, rather than if he had done the murders simply for fun.

2 Lord Lordington

Lord Lordington seated in the Pentaverate.

Lord Lordington is presumably in the British aristocracy and the oldest living member of the Pentaverate. In some ways, Lord Lordington is by far one of the friendliest members of the Pentaverate. He does not underestimate Patty and acknowledges her intelligence. This is especially the case after his plan to overheat the supercomputer, MENTOR, works and he invites her to The Meadows.

However, there is a gray area with Lord Lordington as he was the one who asked Reilly to go on a secret mission to bring Ken to the Pentaverate so he could be MENTOR’s new soul. It’s both good and bad – good in that he chose Ken because Ken is kind and empathetic, but bad because he would have to let go of his human body. Lord Lordington is a complicated figure who sincerely believes in the good of mankind.

1 Ken Scarborough

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Ken Scarborough is definitely the hero of the series. He’s also the nicest and most genuine, and he continues to have the biggest arc. Ken begins in danger of being let go because he’s too nice and hasn’t covered any hard-hitting stories. However, once he begins his journey to infiltrate the Pentaverate, he begins to show a lot of hidden depth. For example, when he joins the Liechtenstein guard, he surprises everyone with the Canadian martial arts skills he learned in the Canadian army.

He’s far more skilled than his mild-mannered personality suggests, constantly proving himself – such as successfully retrieving the Parce Clavem Key and leading the Liechtenstein guards to defeat the Red Robes. Ken makes the ultimate sacrifice in the end, uploading his soul into the supercomputer, MENTOR, so he can have a kind soul for the good of humanity. This makes Ken one of the most developed and likable characters of not only Myers but any other character in the series.

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Michael J. Fox passionately cheers on his ice hockey team with his loving wife Tracy Pollen

Michael J. Fox appeared in high spirits as he stepped out to watch his team, the New York Rangers, face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

The Canadian actor, 60, displayed his passion for the sport as he threw his fists in the air while his wife, Tracy Pollen, 61, looked on lovingly during the ice hockey game which took place saw the New York team win 4-3.

Speaking to the Madison Square Garden audience, Michael was in his element as he cheered on the players with his loving wife.

Amusing: Michael J. Fox, 60, looked in good spirits as he passionately cheered on his ice hockey team while his loving wife Tracy Pollen, 61, watched lovingly in New York on Sunday

He donned a dark blue T-shirt, adorned with a graphic pattern and a stylish leather jacket for the game.

Tracy wore a red and white leather baseball jacket with a bumblebee emblem as she also went for a sporty look.

She wore her loose blonde locks in a straightened style and added a sweep of golden eyeshadow to complete her look.

Team GB: In front of the Madison Square Garden crowd, Michael was in his element as he cheered on the players with his loving wife

Team GB: In front of the Madison Square Garden crowd, Michael was in his element as he cheered on the players with his loving wife

Passionate: He donned a dark blue T-shirt, adorned with a graphic and a stylish leather jacket for the match

Passionate: He donned a dark blue T-shirt, adorned with a graphic and a stylish leather jacket for the match

Elsewhere in the crowd, Stranger Things stars Gaten Matarazzo, 19, and Noah Schnapp, 17, performed entertainment.

Gaten opted for a quirky look by sporting a pale green knit cardigan which he wore over another long sleeve knit.

Noah wore a backwards baseball cap as he waved a flag above his head during the thrilling game.

Rachel Brosnahan, 31, donned a New York Ranger baseball cap to show her support as she posed for a selfie with husband Jason Ralph, 36.

Pals: Elsewhere in the crowd, Stranger Things stars Gaten Matarazzo, 19, and Noah Schnapp, 17, presented entertainment

Pals: Elsewhere in the crowd, Stranger Things stars Gaten Matarazzo, 19, and Noah Schnapp, 17, presented entertainment

Fun: Noah wore a baseball cap backwards as he waved a flag above his head during the thrilling game

Fun: Noah wore a baseball cap backwards as he waved a flag above his head during the thrilling game

Intense!  Gaten opted for a quirky look by wearing a pale green knit cardigan which he wore over another long-sleeved knit.

Intense! Gaten opted for a quirky look by wearing a pale green knit cardigan which he wore over another long-sleeved knit.

Michael’s exit comes after it was announced that a feature-length documentary about Michael’s life will be produced by Apple Original Films.

The actor shot to fame playing Alex P. Keaton in the 1980s NBC sitcom Family Ties and also starred in the Back To The Future trilogy of films.

The untitled documentary will be directed by Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim, according to an article published Wednesday by The Hollywood Reporter.

Take on the crowd: Rachel Brosnahan, 31, donned a New York Ranger baseball cap to show her support

Take on the crowd: Rachel Brosnahan, 31, donned a New York Ranger baseball cap to show her support

Yay!  Rachel could barely contain her excitement at the start of the game

Yay! Rachel could barely contain her excitement at the start of the game

Cute!  She posed for a selfie with husband Jason Ralph, 36, as they documented their trip

Cute! She posed for a selfie with husband Jason Ralph, 36, as they documented their trip

Congratulations: The New York Rangers fought off the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, winning the game 4-3

Congratulations: The New York Rangers fought off the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, winning the game 4-3

The documentary is already in production and filming is taking place in New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver.

The project description stated that the documentary would follow “the unlikely story of an undersized child from a Canadian Army base who rises to the heights of Hollywood stardom in the 1980s”.

“Michael’s tale of public life, full of nostalgic thrills and cinematic brilliance, will unfold alongside his untold private journey, including the years since his 29-year-old diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.”

“Intimate and honest, and produced with unprecedented access to Fox and his family, the film will chronicle Fox’s personal and professional triumphs and struggles, and explore what happens when an incurable optimist faces an incurable disease. “, added the description.

Coming soon: The release comes after it was announced that a feature-length documentary about Michael's life will be produced by Apple Original Films

Coming soon: The release comes after it was announced that a feature-length documentary about Michael’s life will be produced by Apple Original Films

The documentary is produced by Guggenheim’s Concordia studio, which previously worked with Apple on the Boys State documentary.

Michael made the decision to retire in 2020 after continuing as long as his body allowed with Parkinson’s disease which can cause involuntary body tremors and stiff, inflexible muscles.

When he was 29, a doctor estimated he might be 10 years old from being mobile enough to work.

Life story: The documentary will follow “the unlikely story of an undersized child from a Canadian army base who rose to the heights of stardom in 1980s Hollywood

Life story: The documentary will follow “the unlikely story of an undersized child from a Canadian army base who rose to the heights of stardom in 1980s Hollywood

Unwilling to state publicly that he had the nervous system disorder at the time, he tried to incorporate it into the roles he played.

He retired from showbusiness in 1998 and established the Michael J. Fox Foundation, a non-governmental organization that funds research for a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

In a statement to Daily Mail Australia for World Parkinson’s Day last year, Michael said he was “absolutely certain” they were “the tip of the spear” in finding a cure.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation has already funded £767 million in research in less than 20 years.

Subject of the documentary: It will also present

Subject of the documentary: He will also present “his unprecedented private journey, including the years following his diagnosis, at 29, of Parkinson’s disease”

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Didsbury cadets welcome new CO

Todd MacDonald says Didsbury Service Battalion 3025 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps strives to develop tomorrow’s leaders and team players today

DIDSBURY — The new commanding officer of Didsbury Service Battalion 3025, Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, says the free program provides young people with the tools to become responsible and engaged citizens.

Previously serving the corps for over six years as Deputy Commanding Officer along with Chief of Training Captain Todd MacDonald, who on Saturday April 23 was officially sworn in at a change of command ceremony at the Didsbury Elks Hall said: “Our main focus is teamwork. It is fundamental. They can use the skills they learned from us about teamwork, leadership, and esprit de corps, and they can use them in different ways.

That could include everything from school sports to future career paths and everything in between, MacDonald said Tuesday, April 26, in an interview, adding that the choice is ultimately up to each cadet.

“We don’t teach them to be soldiers,” he said. “We teach them to be team players.”

The ceremony was presided over by the lieutenant-colonel. Graham Longhurst, commanding officer of the 41st Calgary Service Battalion. Longhurst joined the Army Cadets at the age of 13, participating in many activities along the way, including exchanges in the United Kingdom and Germany.

The program eventually led him to pursue a military career that spanned from touring Bosnia and Herzegovina to Sudan as part of a UN mission as well as a deployment to Afghanistan as a logistics mentor with the Center military training in Kabul and later in Kosovo as part of a UN mission. of NATO’s mission to bring stability to this war-torn country.

“It’s been quite an honor to have him here,” said MacDonald, who became Commandant of Didsbury Army Cadets after a tenure from Capt Tim Kaczmarski, who served in the program for more than two decades.

Kaczmarski remains on board with the Didsbury Corps of Cadets and takes over MacDonald’s former roles as Deputy Commanding Officer and Chief of Training.

COVID-19 reduces membership

Asked how Didsbury Army Cadets have fared over the past two years during the pandemic, MacDonald said membership has been hit hard.

“We’ve come down significantly,” he said.

Before COVID-19 prompted sweeping public health measures to stem the spread of the virus, the cadets numbered more than 40 members.

But that number has since fallen to the low 30s, he said, adding some seniors out of the program after turning 19, but others leaving largely through attrition when the program had little access. ‘options available but to go virtual.

“They didn’t want to be online,” he said. “You can’t blame them. Who wants to walk online? »

Videos are definitely useful for teaching students and introducing them to new information. But a pre-recorded lesson on a screen simply cannot replace the physical presence and human interaction of a skilled instructor who can help cadets understand where they might go wrong, such as tying a tricky knot, a- he declared.

People tend not only to learn, but more importantly to retain information better by doing, rather than just hearing or seeing, he said.

And practicing parade routines via webcam also had little appeal for members, he said.

“How do you practice turns and walking procedures,” he asked rhetorically. “You can’t do that online.”

Back to in-person meetings

Fortunately, he said, cadets have been able to resume in-person rallies for more than a month.

“But with very strict protocols,” he added. “Masking is mandatory, spacing too.”

So, although there are still no parades, which require close proximity, the cadets can still practice what is called a static parade, which is how the handover ceremony took place. command, he said.

“The cadets were in position, maximizing the space,” he said.

During Thursday’s practice sessions, he said the cadets are able to drill in person, but in their own six-foot-by-six-foot bubbles in which they perform their maneuvers.

The Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps high command is approaching the easing of pandemic restrictions from what MacDonald called a “crawl, walk, run” philosophy.

“Right now we are crawling and walking. So we are very careful,” he said. “Their biggest concern is the health and safety of cadets and their families. We don’t want the kids to bring home anything from the cadets. And we can enjoy it, and we stick to it.

Depending on the evolution of the number of cases and hospitalizations, he foresees a further easing of the measures in the coming months.

“But right now everything is generated from Ottawa,” he said, adding that the situation remains unpredictable and changes every week.

Responsible and engaged citizens

Responding to a question about what he likes most about the program, MacDonald said he relishes the opportunity to see cadets mature and embark on a path to becoming responsible, self-respecting adults and citizens. committed who are proud not only of their country, but also of their community.

“It really does feel good in your heart,” he said, adding that parents will also express their appreciation for the positive influence on their children’s lives.

Getting involved in caddies also provides participants with the opportunity to develop teamwork and leadership skills without having to play sports they otherwise wouldn’t be able to play due to physical or financial constraints, he said. he declares.

“It’s all in the team. We call it esprit de corps,” he said, which loosely translates from French as “group morale.”

With family roots linking him to this region, MacDonald, whose grandmother was born in Didsbury, said from a personal perspective that his involvement with cadets gives him a chance to contribute to the lives of future leaders, movers and community agitators.

He expressed his gratitude for being able to be part of an effort to leave a legacy encouraging young people to strive to be the best versions of themselves, which he sees as an investment in the coming.

“I think that’s the most inspiring thing for me,” he said. “In cadets, there are no limits,” he said, adding that famous retired Canadian astronaut, engineer and fighter pilot Colonel Chris Hadfield – among many other renowned Canadians and influential – was once a cadet.

So, MacDonald is happy to see that there are teenagers from all over the region coming to take advantage of the program and hopes to see more.

“And what’s really cool is that it costs the cadets or their families nothing,” he said. “It’s a free program – everything is paid for.”

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Prince Charles will be honored with a new title during his tour of Canada | royal | News

Prince Charles and Camilla visit Canada House before the tour

The Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are preparing for a grueling tour of Canada, which will see them travel more than 2,000 miles across the country from May 16-19. One of their commitments will see work done for Canada through the recognition and honor of Prince Charles.

During a meeting with Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, on May 18, the heir to the throne will be invested as Commander Extraordinary of the Order of Military Merit.

The Canadian Order of Military Merit is the second highest order administered by the governor on behalf of the sovereign of the country, the Queen.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Order, born to recognize the distinctive merit and exceptional service of those who serve in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Shortly after this new investiture of the Prince of Wales, Charles and Camilla will lay a wreath at the National War Museum in Ottawa.

Prince Charles will receive a new honorary title during his three-day tour of Canada next week (Image: GETTY)

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The children wished a ‘bon voyage’ to the royal family at Canada House (Image: GETTY)

Prince Charles already holds honorary military ranks in Canada, serving as a vice-admiral in the Canadian Navy as well as a lieutenant-general in the country’s army and air force.

He also holds three military titles in New Zealand and a range of ranks in the UK – including Fleet Admiral in the Royal Navy, Field Marshal in the British Army and Field Marshal in the Royal Air Force.

As the Queen’s firstborn, he will inherit from his mother the role of head of the armed forces of the United Kingdom and all overseas kingdoms when he takes the throne.

Prince Charles and Camilla’s trip to Canada is one of many overseas tours undertaken this year to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

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Prince Charles and Camilla at Canada House (Image: GETTY)

This visit is particularly delicate, as it will also feature a “solemn time of reflection and prayer” at the Heart Garden on the grounds of Government House to remember and honor the Indigenous victims of the residential school system in Canada.

Chris Fitzgerald, Prince Charles’ Deputy Private Secretary for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, said: “Their Royal Highnesses will first participate in a solemn moment of reflection and prayer in the Heart Garden, in the grounds of Government House , with Indigenous leaders and community members in a spirit of reconciliation.

“Heart Gardens is in memory of all the Indigenous children who were lost to the residential school system, in recognition of those who survived and the families of both.”

Ahead of their poignant tour, Charles and Camilla visited Canada House in Trafalgar Square, London on May 12.


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Prince Charles is the heir to the throne (Image: GETTY)

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Prince Charles, Prince William and Camilla at the official opening of Parliament (Image: GETTY)

There, they were welcomed by Ralph Goodale, High Commissioner of Canada to Great Britain, and his wife Pamela, and showered with affection by the children of the embassy who wished them “bon voyage”.

Speaking of the enduring ties between Canada and the UK, Mr Goodale said: “Next week, Their Royal Highnesses will travel to Canada for a platinum royal visit, marking Her Majesty’s incredible 70 years of service to Canada.

“This visit to Canada House in London is the launch and a wide range of Canadians from across the royal realm are here, Your Royal Highnesses, to accompany you on your journey, to wish you good luck, to pay their respects to Her Majesty, and to say ” thank you” for his unparalleled dedication.”

He added: “It is typical of this wonderful sovereign that she wants her Jubilee to be a celebration of achievement and service to others.

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Royal men and their military honors (Picture: EXPRESS)

“In our case, it means recognizing what so many extraordinary Canadians have built, done and contributed over the past 70 years, from young people and business people, professionals, researchers, academics, scientists , artists, performers and public servants – we have many great Canadians with us today. »

During their visit, the royals also met Canadian artists, entrepreneurs, academics and politicians who have chosen to settle in the UK.

Arts-loving Charles and Camilla were also treated to a performance of the musical Come From Away, based on the true story of how a small community on Canada’s east coast coped when dozens of Planes were diverted to its airport in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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Prince Charles, Camilla and Princess Anne attend a garden party on Wednesday (Image: GETTY)

The engagement took place during a busy week for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess.

On May 10, Charles delivered the Queen’s Speech for the first time at the official opening of Parliament in place of his mother, who was unable to attend due to mobility issues.

The Prince of Wales also replaced his mother on May 11, when he attended with Camilla and Princess Anne the first garden party held at Buckingham Palace since the start of the pandemic.

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Army to reorganize Alaskan forces to prepare for Arctic combat

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Army is set to revamp its forces in Alaska to better prepare for future cold-weather conflicts, and it is expected to replace the largest and heavily equipped Stryker Brigade in the state with a more mobile infantry unit better suited to frigid combat, according to army leaders.

Army Secretary Christine Wormuth said she expects to make a final decision on the troop change in Alaska soon, saying she will likely convert the Stryker unit, which uses eight-heavy vehicles. wheels, into a brigade of infantry.

“I think right now the goal of Army forces in Alaska is much more to create a formation that can do extreme cold” that could be used in Europe or the Indo-Pacific, Wormuth said. to the Associated Press on a recent trip to Alaska to meet with senior commanders and troops. “We’re trying to get to a place where we have Arctic-capable forces – forces that can survive and operate in that environment.”

The United States has long viewed the Arctic as an area of ​​increasing competition with Russia and China, especially as climate change brings warmer temperatures and opens up sea lanes for longer periods of time. But officials have acknowledged that the United States lags behind those nations. Russia has taken steps to increase its military presence there, and China views the region as economically valuable for shipping and natural resources.

Changes to the military were under consideration long before US tensions with Russia skyrocketed after its invasion of Ukraine.

Under the Army’s new plan, the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, now based in Alaska, would be converted to a light infantry brigade. Combined with the division’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the two units would become the 11th Airborne Division, based in Alaska. And the big Stryker vehicles, which are a bit old, would be replaced by other vehicles more suited to icy and snowy terrain, Wormuth said.

The increased focus on cold-weather warfare includes a decision to conduct major training exercises for Alaska-based troops in their home state in the weather conditions they would face in combat in the cold weather. ‘Arctic. The troops were scheduled to head to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, in March, but army leaders decided to keep them in Alaska so they could train in the freezing temperatures and frozen terrain. they would encounter in any cold. weather battle.

“I think it really makes sense to have forces trained in the arctic environments they would be used for,” Wormuth said after spending two days at the still snowy base. “If we’re going to have ground forces in Alaska, that’s what we need them to be able to do. They cannot gain this experience by going to the Mojave Desert or Fort Polk.

Last year, in a first trial, Pacific-based forces remained in Hawaii for their scheduled exercises at the National Training Center in California’s Mohave Desert. Commanders said they learned from those first two moves, as they tried to recreate conditions and move personnel and equipment from well-established training centers to more distant locations.

During his visit to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Wormuth met with commanders who called the formation change a success. Maj. Gen. Brian Eifler, commander of U.S. Army Alaska, said the benefits outweighed the shortcomings created by the need to build the infrastructure for the training exercise in the remote north.

“You get the best of both worlds, without losing too much,” Eifler said. “We got a lot more out of it than we thought.”

Eifler said that while they didn’t have as many training observers or civilian actors as they would have at one of the training centers, the trainers who came were able to learn more about the operations. Arctic weather.

Additionally, Eifler said, the change avoided costly and time-consuming shipping of vehicles, weapons and other equipment to Louisiana and back. The lengthy process of packing and shipping before and after a training exercise in Louisiana or California often leaves troops without their weapon systems and other equipment for weeks.

During briefings at the base in Alaska, commanders said the training included large-scale combat operations in extreme weather conditions in what they called “the most challenging environment on earth”. They said 10,000 soldiers – including Canadian army and air force – took part in the exercise.

But they said the exercise also highlighted the need for better cold weather vehicles, including those capable of carrying arctic infantry forces.

Gen. Joseph Martin, the Army’s vice chief who was in Alaska this year, said the service was studying what type of vehicle would be best for the troops. “Is the Stryker the right vehicle for an arctic warrior? In winter, you need vehicles that can travel on snow,” he said.

Additionally, he said, the vehicle must also be able to operate during spring or summer thaw, when the ground turns to mud.

As Wormuth finished her visit, she suggested that the decision regarding the Stryker Brigade was moving forward soon. Any final decision would require the approval of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

“If you’re going to be doing big equipment moves and things like that, summer is a pretty big window because it’s a lot easier to move vehicles than it is in the dead of winter,” she said. .

And in conversations with congressional lawmakers, including at a hearing this week, she made it clear that the change would not reduce the number of troops in Alaska. Instead, she said that although the infantry brigade would be smaller, the army would compensate for this loss by increasing the size and capabilities of the headquarters.

More generally, she spoke with commanders in Alaska about the potential need for additional changes as the U.S. military’s Arctic strategy evolves.

The United States, Wormuth said, has resisted moves to militarize the Arctic, even as Russia has expanded its military presence and bases there. But, she said, “will this mindset continue given what the Russians are doing in Ukraine? Or will it be revisited? Will it create a window to think about things differently? »

The commanders said there were questions about whether any of the Pentagon’s combat commands — like European Command or Colorado-based Northern Command — should take full ownership of the Arctic and the role American military there. Wormuth said the matter needed further discussion and any decision could take years.

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Evening Update: Afghans Tortured by Taliban While Waiting for Canada’s Security Pledge

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As a result, Afghans who worked as interpreters for the Canadian military during its mission in Afghanistan are now facing reprisals from the Taliban. Many have said that the Taliban are going door to door, looking for people who have worked for Canadian military and diplomatic missions or those of other foreign countries.

The Globe and Mail recently spoke to more than a dozen Afghans who have been unable to come to Canada or who have had difficulty bringing family members here, in many cases due to problems navigating the Canadian immigration system or obtaining the necessary documents in Afghanistan.

“They beat me with a pipe and with sticks behind my back. I cried for a while, but told them I was innocent. They said, ‘You are an interpreter, you kill a lot of people.’ I told them that I had just translated for the local population, for the Canadian people, the Canadian army,” Khushal said in a telephone interview.

  • Opinion: I am an Afghan refugee and I dare to hope

Ukraine Today: Canada’s Role in Helping Through the Crisis

05.09.2022 Katowice, Poland. Ukrainian refugees Serhii Firsikov, 30, and his wife, Agnieszka, 29, wait for a bus to Katowice Airport, Poland, for a charter flight to Newfoundland.Anna Liminowicz/The Globe and Mail

Dozens of Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Newfoundland ready to settle at Le Rocher. Canada has introduced a special visa program that will allow them to stay in the country for as long as three years. Newfoundland hastened to encourage as many people as possible to settle there. Many of those who flew out on Monday already had big plans for their future in Newfoundland, like 30-year-old Serhii Firsikov.

“When I was 10, my mother asked me, ‘What do you want?'”, he recalls. “And I said, I want to live in Toronto.” He is now sold to Newfoundland due to a passion he developed for whales and peaceful living. “We realized we wanted a kind of family town. That’s why we decided to go to Newfoundland. We are very grateful for that.

As well: A Canadian-funded World Health Organization project that was supposed to support Ukraine’s response to COVID-19 has been redirected to help the country’s emergency services with various war-related tasks . Canada contributed financially to help the WHO acquire three large tents for its operations in Ukraine earlier this year.

  • Opinion: How Ukrainian Muslims showed the meaning of “Allahu Akbar”

Soaring fertilizer prices put pressure on farm input costs

Farmers are sounding the alarm over record fertilizer prices ahead of a critical growing season and amid the threat of a global food crisis. Since the invasion of Ukraine, Canadian farmers have seen the cost of many of their most critical supplies soar – the conflict has trapped many of the world’s largest fertilizer producers

“This spring will be the most expensive crop ever planted,” said Greg Sears, a grain, oilseed and pulse grower near Grande Prairie, Alta. ” Without exception.

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Why Rogers’ crucial “hell or flood” clause adds more confusion to Shaw’s takeover: As part of its merger deal with Shaw, Rogers has promised to propose, negotiate and agree to almost anything that will help the deal gain regulatory approval. This would include selling or licensing “all or part of [its] companies.” If the Competition Bureau remains determined to block the agreement completely and the Competition Tribunal agrees with its reasoning, the clause will not matter much.

UN agency under investigation after loaning $63 million with little evidence: It was touted as a way to generate $45 billion in assets for the world’s poorest – affordable housing and renewable energy for millions, their lives changed forever by the United Nations and its new development agenda. audacious investment. Now the UN agency is heavily funded and a top UN official has resigned.

The Alberta Court of Appeal calls the Environmental Impacts Act unconstitutional: Four of five Alberta Court of Appeal judges have declared unconstitutional the federal impact assessment law, which Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has called “the law against pipelines.” A judge found that the assessment regime constituted a valid exercise of federal authority.

Election debate in Ontario: The leaders of the four main parties in Ontario’s election – Doug Ford (Progressive Conservative), Andrea Horwath (NDP), Steven Del Duca (Liberal) and Mike Schreiner (Green) – will face off in North Bay for the first of two debates before the June 2 vote. We’re covering the event as it happens.

One year of The Decibel: The podcast is one year old today! We look back at some of the biggest stories from the past 365 days and give you updates on what’s happened since we first covered them.


The S&P 500 and Nasdaq ended higher on Tuesday, with major growth shares rising after the previous day’s sell-off as Treasury yields eased. At the same time, bank stocks fell. The yield on the benchmark 10-year note fell from a high of more than three years to less than 3%.

Shares of Apple Inc were higher and gave the S&P 500 and Nasdaq their biggest boost. According to preliminary data, the S&P 500 gained 10.77 points to end at 4,002.01 points, while the Nasdaq Composite gained 114.11 points to 11,737.35. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 82.39 points to 32,163.31.

The Canadian dollar strengthened against its US counterpart, recovering from its lowest level in 18 months.

  • From Ian McGugan: The prospect of a global recession worries traders and spooks markets

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What would it take for Rogers to back out of the deal with Shaw?

Andrew Willis: “Rogers and Shaw are planning a summer wedding. The deadline for their union is July 31. Whether or not they marry now depends on two conditions: finding a buyer for Freedom that is acceptable to Ottawa and making sure the terms of that deal don’t destroy industry prospects for Rogers-leading wireless company. It’s a $26 billion balancing act.

In the fight against COVID-19, let’s channel the spirit of the Reverend George Mackay, a Canadian hero from Taiwan

Jin-Ling Chen: “Taiwan’s combination of advanced digital technology, robust detection and response systems, and focused government-civilian cooperation has created a fast, proactive, transparent and communicative ‘Taiwanese model’. It combines the many strengths of Taiwanese society.

WEF conspiracy theory is in the Tory leadership race and Canada’s main streets

Campbell Clark: “The WEF conspiracy theory has indeed become an issue in the Conservative campaign. But no one can control it. And as a development in Canadian politics, it could be far more important than a leadership race. A significant group of Canadians have lost faith in – well, almost everyone.


From late January, when the first trucks and cars of protesters piled into downtown Ottawa, to mid-February, when the Canadian government enacted emergency laws to remove them from the streets, the capital of Canada, Ottawa, has been closed. But it turns out that the reasons why the protests proved particularly disruptive to the people who actually lived there were actually built into the very design of the city.

In the first episode of the new season of City Space, The Globe’s podcast on how to improve our cities, we look at how capital cities are chosen and what Ottawa’s failures tell us about the larger Canadian project.


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Canada’s Best Managed Companies 2022

Since 1993, Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies list has recognized excellence among Canadian-owned private companies. This year, we feature 29 newcomers in a wide range of industries, from retail to dentistry to horticulture, as well as a $5 billion-a-year metal manufacturer with 5,500 employees and 85 outposts in North America. Companies that made the cut join 452 repeat winners who must requalify each year to stay on the list. This year marks the first time that The Globe and Mail is the programme’s media sponsor.

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Canada to help Ukraine dig up landmines left by Russian troops: Zelenskyy

As Russian aggression against Ukrainian civilians continues even after the war entered its 75th day on Monday, explosives left behind by Russian forces will be unearthed with Canadian help, Zelenskyy said.
The latest announcement was made during a joint press conference held by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. According to Zelenskyy, Canada has agreed to help Kyiv detect and deactivate mines in Russian-occupied territories.

“The Russian occupiers left behind thousands of mines, thousands of banners and shells. They threaten our people, our children. And today we agreed to establish maximum cooperation in this direction so that there is no longer such an ‘exclusion zone’ left in Ukraine, where one cannot enter due to the threat of Russian mines,” the Ukrinform news agency reported. During the press conference, the President of Ukraine also awarded the “Excellence in Service” medal to the famous Ukrainian dog, Jack Russell. Notably, the Brave Dog has been a well-known canine for its intelligence in identifying bombs. Since the start of the war on February 24 this year, the dog has located and prevented the detonation of at least 200 explosives.

“Today I want to reward those Ukrainian heroes who are already demining our country. And with our heroes, a wonderful little sapper – Patron – who not only helps to neutralize explosives but also teaches our children the necessary safety rules in areas where there is a threat of mines,” Zelenskyy said in a statement after the ceremony.

Canada commits to provide non-lethal aid to Ukraine

It is worth the fact that the Canadian Prime Minister paid a surprise visit to the war-torn country of Ukraine on Sunday May 8. He also visited Irpin and denounced the reckless brutality of Vladimir Putin’s illegal war. During the joint conference, the two leaders condemned President Putin’s unprovoked, unjustifiable and illegal war, and denounced Russia’s horrific attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure and its civilians. Separately, Trudeau announced additional military aid of $50 million. It has pledged to provide at least 18 drone cameras, including in-service support and repair, $15 million worth of high-resolution satellite imagery, up to $1 million related small arms and ammunition , and additional ammunition for M777 howitzers to the Ukrainian army.

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Fort St. John Army Cadets Celebrated at Annual Review

Fort St. John Army Cadets celebrated their 75th anniversary Saturday with their first in-person review ceremony in three years.

Fort St. John Army Cadets celebrated their 75th anniversary Saturday with their first in-person review ceremony in three years.

More than two dozen cadets were celebrated with awards, scholarships and promotions in recognition of another extraordinary year of camaraderie and adapting to the times with mostly virtual training during the pandemic.

“It was great. The Cadet Program is more or less my family. I love spending time with them,” said fourth-year Cadet Sgt. Markis Warner, who received the Legion Medal of Excellence “It was a great experience to come back and meet new cadets and see my old friends who have been here since the beginning.”

Army cadets from 2276 PPCLI line up during their annual review ceremony held at Ma Murray School on Saturday, May 7, 2022. (Matt Preprost)

2276 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps PPCLI had its roots in Fort St. John in June 1946, when Finlay Dalzell, the high school principal and teacher at the time, along with student Berwyn Tucker, organized a group of young boys to discuss a cadet training program for youth in citizenship, first aid, social studies, marksmanship, mechanics, and more.

Major Dan Davies served as this year’s reviewing officer and commended the cadets for their commitment to such a fundamental program throughout the pandemic, especially as many other cadet corps and youth groups across the country have experienced difficulties.

“We really hope that September will bring things back to normal so that we can get back to normal parades, resume drills, and I hope the seniors who have participated in the program can continue to pass this knowledge on to other cadets” , says Davies. “I can attest that there is no better youth program than the Canadian Cadet Program. I call it Canada’s best kept secret. There is no other program that instills the kind of leadership in young people, which I think is extremely important these days.

Army cadets from 2276 PPCLI line up during their annual review ceremony held at Ma Murray School on Saturday, May 7, 2022. (Matt Preprost)

Area Regional Training Officer Capt Judy Peter said that of the 10 corps and squadrons she oversees in northeast and central British Columbia, 2276 PPCLI has been by far one most successful in recent years.

“They’ve been able to maintain their numbers, provide great training for these young men and women, and they’ve kept them busy,” Peter said. “They have kept them engaged in a youth program that will provide them with lifelong skills, leadership skills and team building skills. All of them here are our leaders of the future.

Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman speaks to cadets during the 2276 PPCLI Army Cadet Annual Review Ceremony held at Ma Murray School on Saturday, May 7, 2022. (Matt Preprost)

The fourth year cadet sergeant. Aileen Xia received the prestigious Lord Strathcona Medal this year, the highest honor given to a cadet and awarded to recognize exemplary performance in physical and military training.

“I was so honored. When I heard it, my jaw dropped,” Xia said, though her peers might not have been able to see it behind her mask. Marksmanship at the start, practice at the start, I did my best in a group, I did my best in physical form. In zoom calls I was teaching consecutive lessons, there were three consecutive lessons I was teaching. I just did my best.

Army cadets from 2276 PPCLI line up during their annual review ceremony held at Ma Murray School on Saturday, May 7, 2022. (Matt Preprost)

Third-year Cadet Warrant Officer Vivian Wu has been awarded the Major Alexander Bolin Memorial Scholarship, which will go a long way in supporting the Grade 12 student’s post-secondary ambitions as she heads to the University of Alberta at the University of Alberta. fall.

“I’m aiming to get into medical school, so it’s really great to have gotten this scholarship,” Wu said. “Money is this looming fear; I’m going to do all these things, but how are you going to fund them? I don’t want to think about that. I’m really glad I got it because $1500 is no small amount. It’s a little less of a concern for me.

Regional Area Training Officer Capt. Judy Peter addresses the cadets during the 2276 PPCLI Army Cadet Annual Review Ceremony held at Ma Murray School on Saturday May 7, 2022 (Matt Preprost)

Saturday’s review also saw outgoing Chief Warrant Officer Tyler Laminski present the Regimental Sergeant Major’s pace stick to Warrant Officer Tanner Edwards. Laminski, who turns 19 in three days, has no more cadets, which made this year’s exam all the more timely and symbolic.

“Throughout the Covid pandemic it was definitely a bit different, but I was quite happy to see how the cadet program changed and evolved based on the circumstances given to us,” he said. he declares. “I think with leadership and reliability and things like that, the cadet program has really helped me.”

Laminski received a six-year Army Cadet Service Medal and, as a parting gift, a glass-bottomed pewter mug, a rite of passage and a nod to military history.

At the time, says Lt. Marie Parkin, the army, struggling to recruit volunteers, would drop a coin into mugs of beer at the bar. If the boss drank the beer and accepted the coin, he was considered paid and part of the army. With her new mug in hand, Laminski can now “check for coins before consuming her drink,” she said with a laugh.

Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major and Chief Warrant Officer Tyler Laminski with a pewter mug he received as a gift in honor of his six years of service as an Army Cadet, and while he leaves the youth program this month. (Matt Preprost)

Warner and Xia are both in 10th grade and plan to continue with the cadets next year. Warner aims to become the Corps Color Party Commander.

“The flag party is my place, my zone,” he said. “I would like to see our flag party strive, it’s a very important asset on the parade square.”

Xia wants to add it to her collection of medals: her first for service, the second the Lord Strathcona, and the next: the Legion Medal of Excellence, awarded for efforts of citizenship. She also wants to restart the cadet marksmanship group, whose numbers have dwindled during the pandemic and as cadets have aged or gone off to college.

“We are trying to figure out what we are going to do to recruit new cadets to develop the marksmanship group again,” Xia said. “At the moment, because of Covid, we couldn’t really shoot that much.”

Army cadets from 2276 PPCLI line up during their annual review ceremony held at Ma Murray School on Saturday, May 7, 2022. (Matt Preprost)

And while Wu isn’t sure if she’ll continue with cadets as she heads into college, she said the experiences have been invaluable.

“I have to spend this first year settling where I am and seeing how life unfolds for me. Time is a weird soup and trying to plan too far ahead can only end in failure. Not always, but I don’t want to look too far and trip over something right next to me,” she said.

“I’ll see how things go, but I’m going to miss everyone here. I learned some very important skills and experiences from cadets, and I won’t forget that.


Reviewing Officer Major Dan Davies and Commanding Officer Capt Tracey Radcliffe with cadets Warrant Officer Vivian Wu, Sgt. Markis Warner and Staff Sgt. Aileen Xia, May 7, 2022. (Matt Preprost)

2276 PPCLI Army Cadets held their annual review ceremony on May 7, 2022. Here are the awards, trophies and medals that were presented:

  • Lord Strathcona Medal – Sgt. Aileen Xia

  • Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence – Sgt. Marcis Warner

  • Major Alexander Charles Bolin Memorial Scholarship – Vivian Wu

  • Cadet Leadership Award – Sgt. Marcis Warner

  • Esprit de Corps – Sgt. Aileen Xia

  • Best Gold Star Cadet – Sgt. Aileen Xia

  • Best Silver Star Cadet – Master Corporal Warwick Thomas

  • Best Red Star Cadet – Cpl. Jason Wu

  • Top Green Star Cadet – Nazeer Cadao

  • Outstanding New Cadet – Silas Oftebro

  • Most Improved Cadet – Master Corporal Renaldy Zaldy

  • Best Effort in Exercise Award – Master Corporal Noah Liddicoat

  • Best Effort in Music Award – Master Corporal Renaldy Zaldy

  • Best shot of the year – Sgt. Jorja Creighton

  • Best cadet in operational activities – Cpl. Jason Wu

  • Best in Physical Shape – Cpl. Bryce Cameron

  • Army Cadet Service Medal, Age 4 – Justin Armishaw, Jorja Creighton, Noah Liddicoat, Gage Ramsay, Markis Warner

  • Army Cadet Service Medal, 5 years – Tanner Edwards, Suphawit Phowin

  • Army Cadet Service Medal, Age 6 – Tyler Laminski

  • Army Cadet Service Medal, Age 7 – Dylan Radcliffe

Army cadets from 2276 PPCLI line up during their annual review ceremony held at Ma Murray School on Saturday, May 7, 2022. (Matt Preprost)

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Minister Blair Highlights Emergency Preparedness Week Activities

OTTAWA (ON), May 6, 2022 /CNW/ – As Canada’s natural, social and technological landscape continues to evolve, strengthening the emergency preparedness and resilience of Canadians continues to be a priority for the Government of Canada.

Today, the Honorable Bill Blair, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Civil Protection, spoke about the first week of civil protection (PE week) in his new role. Minister Blair and Yasir Naqviparliamentary secretary kicked off the week with a video message to Canadians.

Civil Protection Week is all about Canadians, highlighting how each of us can do our part to be ready for anything. From instructions on how to build an emergency kit to online resources detailing what to do in the event of a flood, fire or storm, this week focused on giving people the tools they need. they need to ensure their safety and that of their loved ones.

On May 3Minister Blair addressed Royal Roads University Masters in Emergency Management students in Victoria, British Columbia. In his remarks, the Minister emphasized that strong preparedness, response and recovery capabilities in Canada require close collaboration between federal, provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous partners and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). He also thanked them for their dedication in the field and wished them the best in their future endeavors in the industry.

That same day, Yasser NaqviParliamentary Secretary to the President of the Queen’s Privy Council and Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, and Samir ZuberiMember of Parliament for Pierrefonds—Dollard, visited the sites of the 2017 and 2019 floods in PierrefondsRoxboro, Quebec and met with community members, business owners, volunteers and municipal leaders. The parliamentarians also provided a update on the government’s continued work to advance flood mitigation in Canada.

On May 4Minister Blair was joined by leaders from the Canadian Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Search and Rescue Volunteer Association of Canada (SARVAC) and St. John Ambulance in announce $150 million for the Supporting a humanitarian workforce to respond to COVID-19 and other large-scale emergencies (HWF). This funding will help NGOs build capacity, respond to emergencies and keep communities safe.

Also on May 4emergency testing alerts have been issued in participating provinces and territories Canada on TV, radio and cordless phones. the National public alert system is an essential public safety tool capable of providing urgent and vital warnings to the public in the event of an emergency.

On May 5Minister Blair visited the Cartier Square Armory to speak with the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa. During the event, the Minister thanked members of the Canadian Armed Forces for their work in responding to requests for assistance across the country and expressed his sincere gratitude for their service to Canadians.

In addition, Minister Bibeau announced a $3 million investment into two agricultural projects that will help improve emergency management in the sector and develop risk assessments and strategies to mitigate disease outbreaks in animals.

To wrap up the week, Minister Blair and PS Naqvi addressed officials from the Privy Council Office and Public Safety Canada to thank them for the work they do in the emergency management space and their dedication to Canada safer and more resistant to emergencies every day.

Over the week, emergency management organizations, volunteers, responders and Canadians joined the online conversation about what it means to be prepared for an emergency.

On behalf of the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the government of Canada, Minister Blair would like to express his gratitude and appreciation to all of our first responders and those working in the field of emergency management. These brave individuals are there for Canadians every day and have continued to stand up for us all in the face of a pandemic, historic fires, floods, and every catastrophic event in between. Thank you.


“As Emergency Preparedness Week draws to a close, I want to thank everyone across the country who has joined us to help raise awareness about the importance of being prepared for anything. Together, we can all do our part to be prepared for an emergency, help keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities safe. »

– The Honorable Bill Blair, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Civil Protection

“Each year, Emergency Preparedness Week gives us the opportunity to reflect on how our actions can help reduce the impact of disasters and improve our overall resilience. The efforts and activities that have taken place this week show that with a little preparation, we can build community resilience and help mitigate the impacts of emergencies. »

Yasser NaqviParliamentary Secretary to the President of the Queen’s Privy Council and Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Center

Fast facts

  • Emergency Preparedness Week is in its 27thand year and occurs annually the first week of May.
  • This week-long public education effort is led by Public Safety Canada in collaboration with partners from various levels of federal, provincial and territorial governments, as well as Indigenous, non-governmental and private organizations.
  • This year’s theme is Emergency Preparedness: Be ready for anything. The theme encourages Canadians to take action to prepare for emergencies, stay informed and mitigate the potential negative effects of emergencies on their homes and communities.
  • The Exemplary Service in Emergency Management Award recognizes incredible individuals and organizations who have dedicated their lives to emergency management, whether as staff or volunteers. The nomination period for this award is open until 1st of Julyst2022.

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SOURCE Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada

For further information: Annie Cullinan, Press Secretary, Office of the President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Emergency Preparedness, [email protected]; Media Relations: Public Safety Canada, 613-991-0657, [email protected]

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Cadet killed in Kingston crash remembered as selfless friend eager to start military career

Andrés Salek was looking forward to graduating from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont., and playing a more practical role in the Canadian Army before he died in a tragic accident, recalls his friend Denis Zvynka.

“He always told me how excited he was about his next steps,” Zvynka said.

Salek was about to earn a degree in military and strategic studies, but early in the morning of Friday, April 29, Salek died.

A vehicle carrying him and fellow fourth-year cadets Jack Hogarth, Andrei Honciu and Broden Murphy went into water on campus early Friday.

The crash happened shortly after 2 a.m. at Point Frederick, a peninsula between Kingston Harbor and Navy Bay on the St. Lawrence River.

The vehicle was found in the water just off Point Frederick on the afternoon of Friday April 29. (Radio Canada)

The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, the independent arm of the Canadian Forces Military Police, is investigating.

Zvynka, who met Salek during their freshman year of high school in Etobicoke, Ont., said he immediately texted his friend and then called him when he heard the news last week.

“None of the text messages went through. I had this terrible feeling in my stomach. Over time I kept getting worse until I found out he was actually one of the victims,” ​​he said.

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Friend remembers cadet who died in incident at Royal Military College

Dennis Zvynka says Andrés Salek was outgoing and selfless, and losing him was a terrible shock. Four Royal Military College cadets died after their vehicle went through water on campus last week, including Salek. 1:59

A friend admired his stamina

Zvynka and Salek bonded over sushi, beer and basketball, Zvynka said.

They also made the transition to Kingston together: Zvynka went to study at Queen’s University, Salek at the Canadian Armed Forces Military College, which has been granting degrees since 1959.

Salek was preparing to become an armor officer, said Commodore Josée Kurtz, commandant of the college.

According to the Canadian Armed Forces websitearmored officers provide reconnaissance and direct combat support from armored fighting vehicles such as tanks.

Zvynka called Salek a “selfless” friend who put the needs of others before himself.

“Now that he’s gone, it reminds you of those times,” Zvynka said.

Zvynka also admired Salek’s stamina after the pair stayed late in Kingston.

“He was like, ‘By the way, I have to be up in three hours for the drilling.’ I never knew how he would do it but the next morning he would send me a picture or something and it would be him at 6am by the lake and I was still hours away from me. wake.

“He was just a nice person,” his friend Denis Zvynka says of Andrés Salek, pictured here. (courtesy Denis Zvynka)

Zvynka said Salek had finished his fourth-grade exams and was hanging out at the base. They plan to meet in Toronto this summer.

“He was just a nice person. With him gone, I feel like the average niceness of a person drops drastically.”

On Monday, the House of Commons observed a minute’s silence in memory of Salek and the other fallen cadets.

Bruce-Grey-Owen-Sound MP Alex Ruff, a retired Canadian Armed Forces colonel, was also among those who also made remarks.

The college said details of a memorial service will be revealed at the discretion of the families of the victims.

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Afghan interpreters fear families ‘forgotten’ by Canada

Hundreds of interpreters worked alongside Canadian troops in Afghanistan

At the end of 2011, Saifullah Mohammad Zahed was working as an interpreter for Canadian troops in the Afghan province of Kandahar when he received a letter from the Taliban.

“They said they knew I was working for ‘infidels’ and told me to stop,” he recalls. “They said they would kill me and my family if I didn’t.”

Soon after, Mr. Zahed was able to settle in Canada after working for six years with Canadian and NATO forces in Kandahar, a province considered the birthplace of the Taliban.

It was not an empty threat.

“My father was shot by the Taliban,” he told the BBC from his home in Calgary. “Since then, my family has been on the move, going from province to province. We have all been targets of the Taliban for a long time.”

Mr. Zahed is one of hundreds of Afghans who have worked for the Canadian Forces as interpreters and in other jobs. Many hope to get their families out of Afghanistan – where they face reprisals from the victorious Taliban – and bring them to Canada.

After the fall of Kabul last August, the federal government of Canada pledged to welcome up to 40,000 refugees and vulnerable Afghans into the country. As of April 21, more than 11,300 Afghans have arrived in Canada.

As part of this effort, the government announced in November a pathway to permanent residency for extended family members of Afghan interpreters already in Canada.

But critics of the extended family program have accused the government of imposing unreasonable and often redundant bureaucratic hurdles on family members – including documentation and biometrics – that lead to delays.

Several Afghan interpreters in Canada have described dozens of pages of necessary documentation and few, if any, opportunities for family members to safely leave Afghanistan to complete the required paperwork.

To date, not a single Afghan has arrived in Canada through this program.

Jenny Kwan is the immigration critic for the opposition New Democratic Party and has advocated on behalf of at least 300 Afghan families – about 5,000 people in total.

She said the main problem is that many families still in Afghanistan cannot safely travel to a third country where they can do biometrics and submit the necessary documents to travel to Canada.

“They’re going to have to go to an office run by the Taliban right now and ask for passports,” she said. “As you can imagine there are red flags and alarm bells going off when the whole family shows up saying they need a passport to go to Canada.”

Mr. Zahed, for his part, said the lives of family members still in Afghanistan are at risk every day they remain in the country.

Canadian base in Kandahar in 2011

An Afghan soldier near a Canadian position in Kandahar in 2011

While one of his two brothers managed to smuggle the country out of the country to Turkey, another – who remained in Afghanistan – disappeared. His fate is unknown.

“The Taliban searched houses,” he added. “I have two other colleagues who live here [in Canada] We lost 11 [family members]since the Taliban took over. The other’s sister was killed in a school. It was really, really dangerous.”

Another former interpreter, Ottawa-based Ghulam Faizi, told the BBC he has 18 members of his extended family in Afghanistan, where they live in hiding.

Three other family members traveled to Pakistan, where they waited in vain for permission to travel to Canada.

“They have been there for three months and now their Pakistani visas have expired,” he said, saying some never received a response from Canadian authorities.

Many interpreters and those who work on their behalf are frustrated with the treatment of Afghan allies when they see how Canada handles the process for Ukrainians fleeing the war.

In the case of Ukraine, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced that Canada will waive most visa requirements as well as biometrics for seniors and those under 18. Those who qualify for the emergency travel program can stay in Canada for up to three years.

By the end of March, more than 60,000 Ukrainians and their families had applied through the program.

Taliban fighters in November 2021

Former interpreters say Taliban fighters hunt down family members of those with ties to Western forces

“No one understands the situation in Ukraine better than us. Our country was also invaded by the Russians,” Zahed said. “And we appreciate what the government is doing for them. But we must not be forgotten by the Canadian government.”

According to Ms. Kwan, short-term measures that can be taken by the government include waiving most of the required documents and issuing a travel document that can be used to leave Afghanistan to a third country, where they can go in Canada.

As part of measures announced to support Ukrainian refugees, Canada said it may issue a single permit travel document for refugees who do not have a passport or whose passport has expired, on a case-by-case basis.

“[They should] issue these travel documents as they do for Ukrainian nationals,” Ms Kwan said.

Responding to questions from the BBC, Aidan Strickland, a spokesperson for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, said “the hard truth is that there are obstacles we face in Afghanistan that were not there. in other large-scale resettlement efforts”.

These challenges include the fact that Canada has no presence in Afghanistan and that diplomatic efforts are impossible due to the Taliban’s status as a terrorist entity under Canadian law, he said.

While Mr. Strickland acknowledged that crossing Afghanistan’s borders is dangerous and that “many vulnerable and at-risk Afghans” who qualify for Canadian programs remain in the country, the government is doing what it can to help quickly resettle the Afghans.

As an example, he said that the departure of Afghan refugees to Pakistan depends on the entry and exit conditions of the Pakistani government.

“At each stage there is a unique challenge depending on the circumstances,” he said, adding that “the Government of Canada remains firm in its commitment.”

For performers like Mr. Faizi, however, these promises bring little comfort.

“We are veterans too. We fought side by side with them and supported the Canadian mission,” he said. “But we are not treated as allies, or even like other refugees who come to Canada.”

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Four Canadian cadets die after car crashes into water at military college | Canada

Four Canadian army cadets have died after their car fell into water on their campus in Ontario.

The incident happened early Friday on the campus of the Royal Military College in Kingston, Canada’s Department of National Defense said.

The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service is investigating the incident.

College Commodore Josée Kurtz identified the cadets as Jack Hogarth, Andrei Honciu, Broden Murphy and Andrés Salek.

“Four fourth-year Royal Military College of Canada cadets traveling in a single vehicle lost their lives when their car entered the waters at Point Frederick campus on Friday,” Kurtz said Friday evening. Additional details were not available.

She said all four students were completing their Bachelor of Arts. Hogarth and Salek were studying military and strategic studies and would go on to become armored officers in the army.

On Friday, investigators were examining the road and shore in boats and on foot. Late Friday afternoon, the vehicle carrying the cadets was pulled from the water by authorities, CBC News reported.

“My heart breaks for the families and friends of the four cadets who lost their lives early this morning in Kingston,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted. “The tragic passing of these young Canadians is a devastating loss. To all those who knew them: we are here for you.

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Lake Cowichan Spooners cyclists take on Canada – Lake Cowichan Gazette

A Cowichan Lake family prepares for the trip of a lifetime.

Tod and Carla Spooner and their three children, ages 11, 13 and 15, and their one-year-old terrier, are getting ready to cycle across Canada.

Plus, “everyone will pedal on their own,” Carla noted.

It all started two years ago, at the start of the pandemic, when the family cycled the Trans Canada Trail through British Columbia and loved it, even though the trail was really rough.

“Since my husband Tod turned 60 this year, we thought we might as well try an even bigger adventure while we’re all healthy and the kids are young enough to come along,” Carla said. “I’m up to my eyeballs in planning and creating rosters. April [was] months of food preparation, preparing as much dehydrated food as possible for the start of the trip. It’s good and it lowers the price! The bike gear is ready, the rain gear is acquired, now it’s about nailing down the little details, and lots of them!”

The plan is to embark on their epic journey from Mile Zero to Victoria on the morning of May 24. They will give themselves a full week to travel to the northern end of Vancouver Island and hope to cover between 60 and 100 kilometers a day. for three or four months. Their goal is to end up on the east coast of the country somewhere in the second week of September.

“It’s a big effort if you look at the big picture,” admitted Tod. “You take it one day at a time, and if at any point it gets a bit overwhelming, you take a break.”

It will be the end of the reasonable driving season by the time they get to the other side of the country, he explained.

“We have half of spring, all of summer and half of fall to do this. We are not trying to cross Canada in record time. We’re not interested in abusing our bodies with marathon days.

They not only want to see, but also explore and learn all about Canada.

While riding, they will also help raise funds for the Great Canadian Cycling Challenge for children with cancer.

“At the end of the day, it’s about riding across Canada,” Tod explained. “If we take the time to cycle across Canada, we might as well take the time to do something outside of our own enrichment.

Tod has been a cyclist since he was the age his children are now. He knows from experience that they can handle the trek.

“I’ve always liked the freedom of cycling. You are not tied to a route; you are free to stop and talk to people. You’re really approachable to people, so it’s a good upbringing,” he said. “Just because they’re kids doesn’t mean they can’t cycle across Canada.

They stocked up on light and opted to use hotels and laundromats along the way.

As for fixed stops, they have a few.

“I would like to bring my children to Ottawa, the capital of Canada,” said Tod. “I want to take them to Montreal. I want to take them through Quebec City. In his youth, Tod’s French Canadian army regiment was stationed in Quebec.

“The rest is pretty flexible,” he said. “We want to visit people we know across the country and meet people along the way.”

Riding a bike, he said, allows you to “really understand who people are outside of all the politics and rhetoric. It gives you a little more faith in humanity than most people.

While his two youngest children look forward to him, he admits his 15-year-old son is a bit more ambivalent.

Tod is sure he’ll be more excited once they’re on the road, if their trip through British Columbia is any indication of how things will go.

“He turned into a different person that trip. I think we all did.

Cycling long distances, he said, “takes you away from the worries of everyday life and some of the nonsense we think is important.”

While it sounds like a daunting undertaking, and it is, “cycling across Canada is not an impossible task,” Tod said. “It’s not like we’re crossing the Sahara. If you take it one day at a time, time passes and you take it day by day, you find that you are where you want to be. And it changes you as a person, and for the better.

However, the family will not return home once on the other side.

“At first we talked about flying back, but the family needs a new vehicle. I think maybe we’ll buy a van somewhere in the Maritimes and drive home with that vehicle,” Tod said.

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The Cyclist Spooners. (Photo by Carla Spooner)

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“Pray for them”: Canadian military chaplain reaches out to refugees fleeing war in Ukraine

Standing in the gray light of a cold spring day recently outside Warsaw Central Station, Lt. Col. Terry Cherwick – with his black and white clerical collar protruding from his combat uniform – seemed like a beacon to the helpless.

One of three Canadian military chaplains sent earlier this month as part of Canada’s mission in Poland to help that country deal with the influx of Ukrainian refugees, the Edmonton-based chaplain fulfills a spiritual duty in deeply personal circumstances.

Cherwick is of Ukrainian descent himself and still has an extended family in the western part of the war-torn country. He said his first encounters with frightened and war-weary refugees in Warsaw – a stream of women, men and children who streamed through the cavernous, modern train station, mourning the dead and destroyed homes they had left behind – had made a deep impression on him.

Ukrainian refugees line up to receive food and medical services at Warsaw train station on March 10, 2022. (Murray Brewster/CBC News)

For many deeply religious Ukrainians, something happens when they see a priest’s necklace.

“So many people see this sign and will come and talk to us, ask us to pray for them…to pray for their families,” said Cherwick, a Ukrainian-Greek Catholic priest and 29-year veteran of the military. .

It was humbling, even for a chaplain who spent time with Canadian troops in Kandahar’s killing fields.

In Warsaw, Cherwick bears witness to those struggling to make sense of what happened to them. A man opened his phone to show the priest before and after photos of his now-ruined home.

A message of hope

“There’s nothing left there, and you know, [he was] just asking how he’s going to move forward, how he’s going to move forward,” said Cherwick, who after a few minutes of conversation got the man talking about coming back and rebuilding.

Cherwick said some refugees told him that — with no time to arrange funerals, no time to grieve — they had to leave behind family members killed in Ukraine. They asked him to pray for their loved ones.

But what to say to someone who has lost everything?

“[I’m] I don’t know what you can say,” Cherwick said. Most people don’t come to him for answers, he added. What they want is a reaffirmation of hope. , a promise that “from death can be born life”.

It was a privilege, he said, “to offer them this sign of hope”.

Ukrainian evacuees board a train to Warsaw at Przemysl station near the Polish-Ukrainian border on March 23, 2022, following Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine. (Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukrainians and Russians observed Orthodox Easter over the weekend, viewing their war from very different perspectives.

Patriarch Kirill (Cyril), head of the Russian Orthodox Church, supported the war. Over the weekend, he prayed for peace but avoided criticizing Moscow’s self-proclaimed “special military operation”.

Russian troops have been accused of committing atrocities, including the massacre of unarmed civilians in Bucha, outside kyiv, and bombings of hospitals across the country.

In the face of such hypocrisy and horror, people seek blame, Cherwick said. They want to know why such things are allowed to happen.

“Love, Compassion and Mercy”

Cherwick said that although he has not yet faced these questions, his two colleagues have had “in-depth discussions” with some of the refugees they have met.

What helps those grappling with such profound questions, he said, is the kind of “love, compassion and mercy” with which Ukrainian refugees are welcomed in Poland.

Lieutenant-Colonel Mike Godard, the commander of Canada’s humanitarian mission in Poland, said people here have proven to be “very good neighbours” to Ukrainians.

“It’s very impressive. It’s… very uplifting to see,” Godard said. He said his troops are “doing whatever needs to be done to help make the refugees’ stay a little more comfortable.”

The liberal government authorized the deployment in Poland of 100 to 150 soldiers for a period of up to three months. These soldiers assist the Polish Territorial Defense Force – made up mainly of reservists – in the reception centers for refugees.

Spectators support the Ukrainian team during a friendly charity soccer match between Legia Warszawa and Dynamo Kyiv at the Polish Army Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, April 12, 2022. (Czarek Sokolowski/Associated Press)

Doctors, chaplains and other troops welcome the displaced upon their arrival in Poland and help them settle and find services. They also assist those wishing to travel to third countries.

Many members of the Polish Territorial Defense Force are voluntary, part-time employees with civilian jobs. Godard said they had worked non-stop in the two months since Russia invaded Ukraine.

More than five million people have fled Ukraine since Russian troops invaded on February 24, according to a statement from the UN refugee agency last week.

The exodus far exceeded the Geneva-based organization’s worst predictions of four million refugees – a grim milestone that was marked in late March.

Polish servicemen assist Ukrainian refugees at the Central Railway Station in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, April 3, 2022. (Czarek Sokolowski/Associated Press)

More than half of all Ukrainian refugees – 2.8 million – have fled to Poland. Some have made Poland their first stop en route to other countries. The country has been generous and friendly. Ukrainians are entitled to national identification numbers that allow them to work and access free health care, school and bonuses for families with children.

Signs of support are everywhere – from TV news anchors wearing blue and gold pins to Warsaw’s public trams bobbing along the street with small Ukrainian flags attached to their antenna masts.

During a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in early March, Polish President Andrzej Duda warned that his country was facing “a deep, deep refugee crisis”. He called on Canada to speed up its asylum process and help manage the flow of displaced people.

Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski told The Associated Press last week that if fighting escalates in eastern Ukraine and there is a second wave of refugees, his city will no longer be able to accept people.

There are around 300,000 war refugees in Warsaw, a city of 1.8 million people. Most of the refugees are staying in private homes, Trzaskowski said, adding that while Warsaw residents expect to host refugees for a few months, they cannot stay indefinitely.

Cherwick said he had seen no signs of impatience from Polish citizens with the burden of refugees.

“The Polish Defense Forces…do not consider them refugees,” he said. “They see them as guests here in their country, and I think that sets the tone when they get here. [The Ukrainians are] grateful for the help they receive.”

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We prepared the Ukrainians well, Canadian Army officers say of the training mission

OTTAWA – The newest commander of Canada’s military training mission in Ukraine says the fact that Russia sanctioned him and several of his predecessors alongside dozens of other prominent Canadians is proof that the mission had an impact.

Lieutenant-Colonel Luc-Frédéric Gilbert is one of six former commanders of the training mission known as Operation Unifier sanctioned by Russia last week as Moscow added 61 Canadians to the now banned list entry into the country.

“I’m really proud of what we’ve accomplished,” Gilbert told The Canadian Press in an interview when asked about his inclusion on the Russian-sanctioned Canadians list. “And that’s a great measure of efficiency.”

Other former Operation Unifier commanders sanctioned included Lt. Col. Sarah Heer and Lt. Col. Melanie Lake, who also described the addition of the six senior Canadian officers as a sign of the mission’s value.

Canada first launched Operation Unifier in 2015. The move was a direct response to Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula and its supply of arms, ammunition and even troops to pro-separatists. -Russians in eastern Ukraine.

The purpose of the mission, which evolved several times before being suspended before the Russian invasion, was to help Ukraine transform its post-Soviet military into a modern fighting force capable of defending the country.

The federal government says more than 33,000 Ukrainian troops were trained by Canada before the mission was suspended less than two weeks before Russia launched its full-scale invasion in February.

Gilbert was in the field when the order came from Ottawa for his 250 troops to pack up and leave Ukraine for Poland ahead of the Russian attack. He says that while he understands the order to leave, it was still “a little weird for us”.

“Once we were relocated to Poland, that’s where we went: ‘It just happened’,” Gilbert recalls. “The feeling is a bit weird for us because it’s against our nature. … We are trained to (fight), we are not supposed to leave in these kinds of situations.

Canada and its allies said before the Russian invasion that they would not deploy troops to Ukraine, fearing that such a move would escalate the conflict and lead to an all-out war between Russia and the alliance. NATO military. Western countries have instead provided financial and military support to Ukraine and imposed sanctions on Russia.

While planning for the withdrawal of Canadian troops began in November, when Russia first assembled thousands of troops on the Ukrainian border, Gilbert said it wasn’t until the end of January that everyone realized the threat was real.

Even then, however, there was uncertainty. Gilbert recalled his last meeting with a Ukrainian military officer before leaving the country in mid-February, during which the commander of Ukraine’s National Guard dismissed the threat of a Russian attack.

“He said, ‘We’re going to see each other soon because it’s not going to happen,'” Gilbert said. “I was convinced at that moment that something was going to happen. He was still convinced that it wasn’t really going to happen. … Unfortunately, I was right.

Gilbert and his troops spent about a month in Poland, during which time they finished packing for their eventual return to Canada. They have also been put on standby in case they are needed to provide humanitarian or other assistance.

All of the trainers under Gilbert’s command have since returned to Canada, although another group of 150 Canadian Armed Forces members recently returned to Poland to help some of the millions of Ukrainians who fled the Russian invasion.

Gilbert himself is now back at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, where he commands the 5th Combat Engineer Regiment. However, he is technically still the commander of Operation Unifier, which is on hiatus but is expected to continue until March 2025.

Previous Operation Unifier commanders have suggested that the Canadian mission has helped the Ukrainian military become more agile by empowering and trusting those lower in the chain of command with information and to make decisions. .

This allowed the Ukrainians to defend themselves on multiple fronts and operate in ways the Russians did not expect, including deploying small teams that were instrumental in eliminating tanks and other Russian forces.

Gilbert agreed with this assessment, saying that while Operation Unifier also offered sniper training and other specialized instruction, “small unit tactics are the most powerful demonstration” of the contribution of the Canada.

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Canada sends four field artillery pieces to Ukraine as the country prepares for another Russian attack

Canada recently sent four of its relatively new M-777 howitzers to the Ukrainian military to help it deal with a renewed Russian offensive from the east, CBC News has learned.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed the plan to ship what he called “heavy artillery” earlier this week, but offered no details on what the Canadian military would donate.

“Their most recent request was for exactly that, for heavy artillery, for operational security reasons,” Trudeau said Wednesday. “I can’t go into specifics at this stage on how and what exactly we get to them.”

Three defense sources – who spoke to CBC News on the condition that they not be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the case – say four of the 37 howitzers Canada purchased during the war in Afghanistan were intended to be shipped.

Defense Minister Anita Anand acknowledged the shipment in a Friday press release, but did not provide details, saying only that “a number of M-777 howitzers” had been sent to Ukraine. “in collaboration with our American allies”.

Later Friday, during an interview on CBC’s Power & Politics, Anand said “there are certain details that we are keeping confidential for security reasons.”

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Canada in ‘next phase’ of supplying military equipment to Ukraine, says defense minister

“We are in the next phase of military assistance to Ukraine,” National Defense Minister Anita Anand said after announcing that Canada would send heavy artillery systems to Ukraine. 13:35

The big guns come from the inventory of the 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, based in Shilo, Manitoba, two of the confidential sources said.

The shipment included an unspecified amount of ammunition, the statement said.

One of the three defense sources said the package included a number of precision-guided Excalibur rounds left over from the war in Afghanistan. GPS-guided shells are worth around US$112,000 per round.

“Although this equipment is from the Canadian Armed Forces inventory, the capability will be replenished,” Anand said.

Canada recently shipped some of its aging stockpile of Carl Gustaf anti-tank weapons to Ukraine and the Department of National Defense said it had provided a “significant number of additional anti-armour rockets”, which had been requested by the Ukrainians.

Anand said Canada was also finalizing contracts for “a number of commercial model armored vehicles, which will be sent to Ukraine as soon as possible.” Ottawa has also set up a service contract for the maintenance and repair of specialized drone cameras that Canada has already provided to Ukraine.

“As Ukrainians fight to defend their sovereignty, freedom and independence, Canada remains committed to continuing to provide Ukraine with the military equipment it needs to fight and win this war,” Anand said in a statement. the press release.

Ukrainian servicemen study a shoulder-thrown Swedish Carl Gustaf M4 during a training session on the outskirts of Kharkiv in Ukraine on Thursday, April 7, 2022. (Andrew Marienko/Associated Press)

More than a decade and a half ago, retired Lt. Gen. Andrew Leslie led the Department of Defense’s internal campaign to purchase the M-777 howitzers for use in the war in Afghanistan.

Supplying Ukraine is important and urgent, he said, as long as it does not deprive the Canadian military of its ability to fight.

“We only have 37 howitzers,” said Leslie, a former Liberal MP who is now a business executive at BlueSky Strategy Group, an Ottawa lobbying firm.

He urged the Liberal government to quickly replace donated equipment, especially howitzers.

Retired Lt. Gen. Andrew Leslie said the federal government should quickly replace any military equipment it donates to Ukraine. (Radio Canada)

“That’s about 10% of the overall triple seven gun fleet,” Leslie said. “This will have a ripple effect of 10% on the level of readiness and training of the Canadian Armed Forces.

And that’s important, he said, because NATO could request up to 3,400 Canadian military personnel for its Eastern Europe strike force within 30 days.

Canada has come under pressure to provide heavy weapons as other allies continue to provide deadlier aid, both overtly and covertly.

The United States announced this week that it is donating 90 155mm howitzers as part of its recent $800 million military aid package to Ukraine.

These weapons have also started arriving in Europe and US troops have started training Ukrainian forces to use them, a senior US defense official told several US publications this week.

A US official, quoted in the military publication Stars and Stripes, declined to say whether the United States was sending its M-777 or M-198 155mm howitzers. The two American guns are of a different caliber from the Ukrainian Msta-B 152 mm howitzers.

Anand said the next phase of Canada’s military support to Ukraine will include “armoured vehicles, heavy artillery, additional munitions and contracts for the maintenance of drone cameras.” She did not provide details of that aid or say when it will be delivered.

A popular weapon

The M-777 is a 155 millimeter towed howitzer. While it fires large shells, it was designed as an ultralight gun by BAE Land Systems, Inc., a British arms manufacturer, in the late 1990s.

The weapon quickly became popular with the US Army and Marine Corps and was sold worldwide to a number of countries, most recently India.

Western militaries like it because it’s perfectly suited to the type of light, mobile warfare that took place in Iraq and Afghanistan. The weapon can be easily and quickly transported by air – either suspended under a helicopter and moved to the battlefield, or placed in a large transport aircraft for rapid deployment in other countries.

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Tribute to the winners of the 2022 CMA Awards

OTTAWA (ON), April 21, 2022 /CNW/ – Fighting Antimicrobial Resistance. Launch of innovative solutions for physician burnout. Defend the health of refugees.

These are just a few examples of how recipients of the 2022 Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Awards are making an impact — at home and abroad — despite more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These 12 extraordinary recipients are true role models — through their clinical work, research, mentorship and advocacy, they are making exceptional contributions,” said CMA President Dr. Clever Catherine. “Not only are they helping to transform healthcare today, they are also shaping future generations of physicians.”

Learn more about the remarkable winners of the 2022 CMA Awards below.

dr. John Conly
FNG Starr Lifetime Achievement Award

dr. John Conly’s work has improved human health globally. Infectious disease specialist and professor at University of Calgary, Dr. Conly has worked for decades on antimicrobial resistance, infection prevention and healthcare innovation; his contributions have significantly influenced medical practice, research and policy. In 2002, he founded the research and experimentation site Ward of the 21st Century. Most recently, he chaired the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Guidance Development Group. Dr. Conly is described by his colleagues as humble, creative and a dedicated humanitarian. For his vision and collaborative leadership, he is this year’s recipient of the CMA’s highest honor.

dr. Jeanne Lemaire
Dr Leo-Paul Landry Medal Services

dr. Jeanne Lemaire is a strong advocate for the recognition of physician well-being as an indicator of quality in the health care system. Currently Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at University of Calgaryshe helped lead the charge to better support physicians, create much-needed resources, and ensure high-quality patient care in alberta. Among her many accomplishments, she is co-founder and physician lead of Well Doc Alberta, a province-wide physician wellness initiative focused on education and prevention.

dr. Meb Rachid
CMA Award for Policy Advocacy

Please note that To reflect our commitment to reconciliation and the need to acknowledge the colonial harm done to Indigenous peoples, the CMA has renamed the Sir Charles Tupper Policy Advocacy Award at the CMA Policy Advocacy Award.

A champion of refugee health in Canadadr. Meb Rachid helped fight systemic discrimination and racism in health care. He is the founder and medical director of the Crossroads Clinic at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. He co-founded Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, which helps refugees access health insurance. His political advocacy includes successfully fighting federal cuts to refugee health coverage, which began in 2012 and were overturned by the Federal Court in 2014. Dr. Rashid also actively encourages the next generation of refugee health advocates. refugees across the country.

dr. Cornelia Wiemann
May Cohen Awards for Women Mentors

The definition of a leading physician, Dr. Nel Wieman not only holds the distinction of being the first Aboriginal woman to become a psychiatrist in Canada, but over decades of clinical and advocacy work, she has also mentored countless Indigenous women, physicians, and medical learners. The Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC), Dr. Wieman places a priority on training future physicians as well as building bridges with local organizations.

Dr Boluwaji Ogunyemi
CMA Young Leaders Award (Early Career)

Deeply committed to health equity, Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi supports Black, Indigenous, and Color (BIPOC) patients in his dermatology practice. He is also in the process of setting up a specialized dermatology clinic for this underserved patient population. Beyond his clinical work, Dr. Ogunyemi advocates for inclusion in medicine through peer-reviewed publications, public speaking, and freelance writing for outlets such as the New York Times. He is known among his peers and colleagues in Memorial University of Newfoundland as a physician leader, educator and active community volunteer.

dr. Shannon Ruzycki
CMA Young Leaders Award (Early Career)

Recognized for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the medical workplace, Dr. Shannon Ruzycki drives tangible change locally as a general internist in the University of Calgary, provincially with Alberta Health Services and nationally with the Canadian Resident Matching Service. His work led to the creation of a provincial peer support network for physicians experiencing harassment or discrimination. As a champion of EDI principles, she advocates for structural changes in medicine and the integration of EDI literacy into medical education.

dr. Shane Arsenault
CMA Young Leaders Award (Resident)

Neurology resident at Memorial University of Newfoundlanddr. Shane Arsenault is known as the voice of its peers. His work as a representative of the Professional Association of Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador (PARNL) contributed to the strategic planning of the Faculty of Medicine. He has also worked as the PARNL representative of resident physicians at Canada (MRC) and served as a liaison member between MRC and the Specialties Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

dr. Amit Persad
CMA Young Leaders Award (Resident)

dr. Amit Persad is a strength for medical residents Saskatchewan. The neurosurgery resident has set up virtual rounds at the The University of Saskatchewan to help medical students learn during the COVID-19 pandemic. As chief negotiator for medical residents of Saskatchewan (RDoS), he helped to conclude a collective agreement with the Ministry of Health and the university. He was President of RDoS in 2020-2021 and recently led a working group on professionalism.

Armaghan (Army) Alam
CMA Young Leaders Award (Student)

Army Alam’s mental health advocacy is national in scope. the University of British Columbia medical student co-founded the Canadian Peer Support Network, which provides peer support initiatives and training to organizations across Canada, and is an advisor for the Bell Let’s Talk Diversity Fund, which funds mental health initiatives for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. He is also the youngest board member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Angela Huynh
CMA Young Leaders Award (Student)

Angela Huynh research is already making a difference. While working on her medical degree at Western Universityshe has made important contributions to both the Ontario and Canadian guidelines for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. She has been the first author of numerous publications related to COVID-19. Additionally, she joined her supervisor’s lab when the pandemic hit to help transition from coagulation and thrombosis research to a focus on COVID-19.

dr. Stephanie Smith
Dr. Brian Brodie Organizational Leadership Development Award (Resident)

After noticing the increase in burnout and depression among medical students, Dr. Stephanie Smith has developed a program called STRIVE – Simulated Training for Resilience in Diverse Environments. A medical officer at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick, she developed the program based on her experience deployed as a critical care nurse in the Canadian Armed Forces. She is now expanding STRIVE across Canada.

Mehul Gupta
Dr. Brian Brodie Organizational Leadership Development Award (Student)

Mehul Gupta does not wait for his doctor to take effect. In 2017, he founded Youreka Canada, a national nonprofit that empowers young innovators, thought leaders and active citizens through educational opportunities and mentorship. He has also worked closely with Kids Help Phone and on campaigns to increase awareness of mental health resources for young Canadians. Mr. Gupta is currently studying medicine at the University of Calgary.

SOURCE Canadian Medical Association

For further information: Source: Canadian Medical Association, CMA Media Relations: [email protected]613-807-0457

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Canada will send heavy artillery to Ukraine, promises Trudeau

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday revealed plans to send heavy artillery into beleaguered Ukraine as Canada imposed new sanctions on more than a dozen close aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin, including his two daughters. .

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday revealed plans to send heavy artillery into beleaguered Ukraine as Canada imposed new sanctions on more than a dozen close aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin, including his two daughters. .

Trudeau mentioned the plan to provide artillery to repel Russian invaders at a press conference in Dalhousie, New Brunswick, saying the decision followed a specific request to Canada from the government of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. .

“Their most recent request (for assistance) from Canada is to help them with heavy artillery because it’s in this phase of the war right now,” Trudeau said. “And Canada will send heavy artillery to Ukraine with more details to come in the coming weeks.”

Earlier this month, Zelenskyy released a list of equipment he said the Ukrainian army needed to fight Russia, including 155 millimeter heavy artillery guns and ammunition.

The Liberal government has already tapped into the inventory of the Canadian Armed Forces to provide lethal aid to the Ukrainian military as it fights off a Russian invasion that began in late February and has so far killed thousands.

But Defense Minister Anita Anand hinted that the army’s spare parts inventory was depleted and that the government – which had earmarked $500 million in military aid for Ukraine in his last budget – planned to buy equipment from suppliers.

The Canadian Army‘s main artillery gun is the M777 howitzer, firing 155 millimeter shells, more than 30 of which were acquired from the United States as of 2005.

However, unlike some of the weapons already given to Ukraine, the M777s remain in heavy use. In response to the Russian attack, the government recently deployed an M777 unit to reinforce a Canadian-led NATO battlegroup in Latvia.

Retired Lt. Gen. Andrew Leslie, who served as an artillery officer, said Canada could send M777s to Ukraine. However, he suggested that the weapons would be vulnerable to Russian assault.

“The M777 gun crews are in the open and they are being towed by light-skinned vehicles,” he said. “So they are very vulnerable to fighter jets to attack helicopters and relatively sophisticated forces like the Russians.”

Canada previously operated the tank-like M109 self-propelled howitzer before it was withdrawn in 2005 due to escalating costs. Leslie wasn’t sure if some of them might still be in storage, but suggested they might be useful.

If Canada were to send M777s, he added, they would have to be replaced for the military. Leslie nevertheless said that Ukraine clearly needs heavy weapons such as artillery, “and right now Ukraine has a higher need than us.”

Leslie also suggested that Canada provide 50 light armored vehicles to Ukraine.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a tweet on Tuesday that his country would provide armored vehicles, following a call with Zelenskyy. “With our allies, we are considering providing additional heavy equipment,” Rutte wrote.

Trudeau spoke with NATO and European leaders on Tuesday in a virtual meeting hosted by US President Joe Biden.

The group discussed its continued support for Ukraine and economic sanctions against Russia, and pledged to continue working with and through the EU, G7 and NATO, according to the White House.

Canada has imposed sanctions on 14 other Russians with close ties to President Vladimir Putin, including his two adult daughters, Maria Vorontsova, 36, and her 35-year-old sister, Katerina Tikhonova.

The federal government says it faces sanctions as close associates of Putin who are complicit in Russia’s unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine.

“This Russian regime and its associates must continue to be held accountable for their actions,” Trudeau said.

Trudeau praised Ukrainians who “fought like heroes” against the Russian invaders.

“They are fighting for the values ​​that underpin so many of our free and democratic societies,” he said. “This is why the world must continue to mobilize, why Canada continues to stand with Ukraine, to stand against Russia, but also to ensure that this conflict does not escalate elsewhere.”

Global Affairs Canada said in a press release that a report presented by experts from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe last week “confirmed that Russian forces are committing serious atrocities and human rights violations. man in Ukraine, including war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity”. .”

The United States and the European Union have targeted Putin’s daughters and other family members, saying they believe the Russian leader has hidden assets with them.

Putin is extremely private about his personal life, avoiding mentioning his children in public.

“I never talk about my family with anyone,” Putin told reporters at a press conference in 2015, according to the BBC.

Putin married Lyudmila Shkrebneva in the 1980s when he was a KGB agent and she was an Aeroflot flight attendant. They divorced three decades later.

Eldest daughter Maria is a medical researcher and is said to be a businesswoman and developer.

His youngest daughter, Katerina, was a competitive dancer turned tech developer, appearing publicly at performances and at occasional tech talks.

So far, no sanctions have been imposed on the woman named in the media as Putin’s longtime love partner. Photos of public appearances document years from radiant Putin to Alina Kabaeva, a former Olympic gymnast.

Kabaeva became a Duma lawmaker and later a board member of a Russian national media company, whose media promoted the Russian invasion of Ukraine. As noted by British tabloids, Kabaeva’s photo and name recently disappeared from the National Media Group website as sanctions against Putin’s intimates approached.

Following the Russian attack that began on February 24, Canada imposed sanctions on more than 700 individuals and entities from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

Sanctions last week targeted organizations that provided support to the Russian military – directly or indirectly – including the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Integral SPB and Shipyard Vympel JSC.

The EU also introduced a series of sanctions, targeting Russia’s lucrative energy industry with an embargo on coal imports, as well as a transaction ban on four key Russian banks accounting for 23% market share in the Russian banking sector.

The 27-nation bloc has also banned Russian-flagged vessels from EU ports, except for agricultural and food products, humanitarian aid and energy.

Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, Canada has imposed sanctions on more than 1,100 individuals and entities.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland has planned to hold a meeting later Tuesday in Washington with Ukrainian Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 19, 2022.

— With files from Jordan Press and The Associated Press

Sarah Ritchie and Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press

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Training helps Rangers meet the unique challenges of the Far North

The master warrant officer says the group often encounters polar bears, black bears and large wolves

Most members of the Canadian Armed Forces never fire a shotgun as part of their training or military duties. But Canadian Ranger instructors in Ontario’s Far North routinely carry 12-gauge shotguns when needed.

“We often encounter polar bears on the Hudson Bay and James Bay coasts,” said Master Warrant Officer Carl Wolfe, Company Sergeant Major. “Usually bears are hungry or curious. But they are predators, so you need protection if necessary. We also encounter black bears and large wolves. And there is always the possibility that you will encounter a rabid animal.

The military typically uses shotguns only for specialized purposes, such as opening locked doors or during naval boarding operations.

During the summer months, when polar bears cannot hunt seals on the ice, they wander inland in search of food. They have been encountered as far inland as Webequie First Nation, which is 260 kilometers from Peawanuck in Polar Bear Provincial Park on Hudson Bay.

Instructors spend a lot of time in the field with Canadian Rangers and Junior Canadian Rangers. Rangers are part-time army reservists in 29 First Nations across Ontario’s Far North. Junior Rangers are members of an Army youth program for boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18.

“Rangers are used to bears,” Wolfe said. “They can tell when there will be a problem. With black bears they usually use a loud whistle, stand up straight and look big and loud and the bears walk away. A loud gunshot usually scares them away. But every once in a while, you’ll come across a curious young bear that keeps approaching.

Five years ago, at a major annual training camp for the Junior Rangers, warning shots failed to deter a persistent black bear that kept returning to camp at night. The bear kept approaching a Ranger during a nighttime bear patrol. He fired four shots from a shotgun, missed the first two shots, but killed the bear with two more shots.

On another occasion, a young black bear continued to encroach on a Ranger training camp on a remote island. Loud screams and the banging of pots and pans did not deter him. He was eventually driven off after being hit by non-lethal birdfire.

“Depending on the situation, instructors must be ready to use a shotgun,” said Master Warrant Officer Fergus O’Connor. “It’s very serious and it’s something they have to master because they have to be able to put that slug exactly where they want it to go. Typically, instructors are trained in other methods of deterring wildlife. We practice shooting as the last scenario.

Rangers accompanying the instructors are the primary method of predator control. But instructors must be able to step in when needed.

Instructors from the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, which commands the 600 Rangers in Northern Ontario, recently completed their annual military recertification on the firing ranges at Canadian Forces Base Borden, near Barrie. They qualified, along with headquarters personnel, for the use of the Shotgun, Pistol, C7 Assault Rifle and C19 Ranger Rifle.

Sgt Peter Moon is a Ranger with 3CRPG at CFB Borden.

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Niagara Falls hosts one-stop sports and recreation fair for families on April 23

Children and families looking to explore sports and recreation opportunities in Niagara Falls can find a wealth of information in one place, with the City of Niagara Falls Recreation and Culture Department hosting a Sports Fair and recreation at the MacBain Community Center on Saturday, April 23. .

The event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the center at 7150 Montrose Rd., will feature 25 different clubs, entities or associations.

The city said in a press release that it was a “one-stop shop” for families to experience activities such as dance, football, baseball, rowing, gymnastics and martial arts. .

The event is free and registration is not required.

Participating organizations and entities include:

2835 Royal Canadian Army Cadets

• Niagara Athletics;

• Autism Ontario – Niagara Chapter;

• Falls BMX Park;

• Happy Feet Dance;

• Jeong Family Taekwondo – Niagara Falls;

• MacBain Community Centre;

• Mama Bear Wellness;

• Niagara Mace;

• Niagara Cricket Academy;

• Niagara Falls Curling Club;

• Niagara Falls Lightning Gymnastics Club;

• Niagara Falls Minor Hockey Association;

• Niagara Falls Public Library;

• Niagara Falls Red Raiders;

• Niagara Falls Ringette Association;

• Niagara Falls Soccer Club;

• Niagara Regional Minor Football Association;

• Lions of the Niagara River;

• Niagara Robotics;

• Niagara Rugby;

• Niagara United Soccer Club;

• ProKids – YMCA of Niagara;

• Scorpions Niagara Cheerleaders;

• Sportball Niagara;

• The Martial Arts Center;

• Karate Tiger’s Lair;

• Wendy Leard School of Dance;

• YMCA of Niagara Falls;

• Area 9 stock.

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Russia warns to hit Ukrainian decision-making centers in Kyiv

A White House official said the Biden administration is considering sending a senior US official to the war-torn country Ukraine. According to CNN sources, the name of the manager has not yet been finalized. However, he added that the administration was considering sending Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin or Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Ukraine. Additionally, the White House official told broadcaster American News that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are unlikely to visit Kyiv anytime soon.

Notably, POTUS Biden visited Ukraine’s neighboring country, Poland, last month with Austin and other members where he held several rounds of meetings with the Ukrainian delegation. However, his visit was limited to the borders of Poland.

Earlier on Wednesday, leaders from four NATO nations – Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – traveled to Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, to lend support to the beleaguered country. The leaders traveled by train to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, to meet their counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and visited Borodyanka, one of the nearby towns where evidence of atrocities was found after Russian troops withdrew to concentrate in the east of the country. However, Biden chose to stay home.

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Ukraine news: Over 10,000 civilians killed in Mariupol siege

kyiv, UKRAINE —
WARNING: This story contains disturbing details

Dead bodies are now “lurking in the streets” of Mariupol after Russian troops killed more than 10,000 civilians over the past six weeks in their unsuccessful fight to capture the strategic southern port, the mayor said, while the Western powers warned that a convoy was on its way for a suspected Russian assault in eastern Ukraine.

Mariupol was the site of some of the heaviest attacks and civilian suffering of the 6 Week War, but the land, sea and air assaults of the Russian forces fighting to capture it have increasingly limited information on the circumstances within the city.

Speaking to The Associated Press by phone on Monday, Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko accused Russian forces of blocking weeks of attempted humanitarian convoys in the city in part to cover up the carnage. Boychenko said the death toll in Mariupol could top 20,000.

Boychenko also gave new details about allegations by Ukrainian officials that Russian forces brought mobile cremation equipment to Mariupol to dispose of the corpses of siege victims.

Russian forces took many bodies to a huge shopping mall where there are warehouses and refrigerators, Boychenko said.

“Mobile crematoriums have come in the form of trucks: you open it up, and there’s a pipe inside and these bodies are burned,” he said.

Boychenko spoke from a location within Ukrainian-controlled territory but outside of Mariupol. The mayor said he had several sources for his description of the alleged methodical burning of bodies by Russian forces in the city, but did not elaborate further on the sources of his information.

The discovery of large numbers of civilians apparently executed after Russian forces withdrew from towns and villages around the capital, Kyiv, has already sparked widespread condemnation and claims that Russia is committing war crimes in Ukraine.

US officials also point to new signs that the Russian military is preparing for a major offensive in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region, changing direction after Russian forces failed in their initial attempt to capture kyiv.

Donbass has been riven by fighting between Russia-allied separatists and Ukrainian forces since 2014, and Russia has recognized the separatists’ demands for independence. Military strategists say Russian leaders appear hopeful that local support, logistics and terrain in the Donbas will favor a larger and better-armed Russian military, potentially allowing Russian troops to gain more territory and weaken fighting forces. Ukrainians.

Russia has appointed a veteran general to lead its new push into the eastern Donbass region.

A senior US defense official on Monday described a long Russian convoy now rolling towards the eastern town of Izyum with artillery, air force and infantry support, as part of a redeployment for this which seems to be the impending Russian campaign.

More artillery is being deployed near the city of Donetsk, while ground combat units that have withdrawn from the Kyiv and Chernihiv regions appear destined to be refitted and resupplied before positioning themselves in Donbass, the official said. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the American interior. military ratings.

With their offensive thwarted in many parts of the country, Russian forces have increasingly relied on the bombardment of cities – a strategy that has flattened many urban areas and killed thousands.

The UN children’s agency said nearly two-thirds of all Ukrainian children fled their homes in the six weeks since the Russian invasion began. The United Nations has confirmed that 142 children were killed and 229 injured, although the actual numbers are likely to be much higher.

Ukrainian authorities accuse Russian forces of committing atrocities, including a massacre in the town of Bucha outside kyiv, airstrikes on hospitals and a missile attack that killed at least 57 people in the week last at a station.

In Bucha, the work of exhuming bodies from a mass grave in a cemetery has resumed.

Galyna Feoktistova waited for hours in the cold and rain hoping to identify her 50-year-old son, who was shot and killed more than a month ago, but eventually returned home to warm up . “He’s still here,” said his surviving son, Andriy.

In Mariupol, around 120,000 civilians are in dire need of food, water, heat and means of communication, the mayor said.

Only residents who have passed through Russian “filtration camps” are released from the city, Boychenko said.

Ukrainian officials say Russian troops are confiscating Ukrainian citizens’ passports, then moving them to ‘filtration camps’ in separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine before sending them to remote and economically depressed parts of Russia .

Boychenko said on Monday that those who did not pass “screening” were transferred to makeshift prisons. He said 33,000 or more people had been taken to Russia or separatist territory in Ukraine.

Russia has denied moving people against their will.

President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned Ukrainians that Russia may use chemical weapons in Mariupol. “We take this as seriously as possible,” Zelenskyy said in his Monday evening speech.

Western leaders warned even before Russian troops entered Ukraine that Russia could use unconventional weapons there, especially chemical agents.

A Russian-allied separatist official, Eduard Basurin, appeared to urge their use on Monday, telling Russian state television that Russian-backed forces should seize a giant metals factory in Mariupol from Ukrainian forces blockading First all factory outlets. “And then we’ll use chemical troops to smoke them out,” he said.

A Ukrainian regiment, without proof, also claimed on Monday that a drone had dropped a toxic substance in Mariupol. He said there were no serious injuries.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement that the United States could not confirm the drone report from Mariupol. But Kirby noted the administration’s continuing concerns “about Russia’s potential to use a variety of riot control agents, including tear gas mixed with chemical agents, in Ukraine.”

Russian forces are likely to attempt to encircle the Donbass region from the north and south as well as the east, said retired British general Richard Barrons, co-chairman of British strategic consultancy Universal Defense & Security Solutions.

The terrain in this part of Ukraine is flatter, more open and less forested – so Ukrainian ambush tactics used around kyiv could be less successful, Barrons said.

“As far as the outcome goes, it’s finely balanced right now,” Barrons said. If the Russians learned from their previous failures, concentrated more force, better linked their air force to the ground forces and improved their logistics, he said, “then they could end up overwhelming the Ukrainian positions, although I still think it would be a battle.” of enormous attrition.

Questions remain about the ability of the exhausted and demoralized Russian forces to capture much ground, after determined Ukrainian defenders pushed back their advance on kyiv.

The British Ministry of Defense said on Monday that Ukraine had already repelled several assaults by Russian forces in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk – they make up Donbass – resulting in the destruction of Russian tanks, vehicles and artillery.

Western military analysts say Russia’s assault is increasingly focused on an arc of territory stretching from Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, in the north, to Kherson in the south.

A residential area of ​​Kharkiv was hit by a fire on Monday afternoon. Associated Press reporters watched firefighters put out the blaze and search for victims after the attack, and found that at least five people had been killed, including a child.


Karmanau reported from Lviv, Ukraine. Anna reported from Bucha, Ukraine. Associated Press writer Robert Burns in Washington and AP reporters around the world contributed to this report.


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Ukrainian official says Russian invasion proved Ukraine’s military is one of the strongest ‘in the world’

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba sits at the State Department in Washington, DC on February 22, 2022.Carolyn Kaster/Pool via Reuters

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Ukraine’s military is among the strongest “in the world.”

  • “The reality is that we know how to fight. We are capable,” Kuleba said.

  • He also called on NATO to continue providing weapons to help Ukraine defend against Russian attacks.

A Ukrainian official on Sunday praised the Ukrainian army for its performance during the Russian invasion.

“The reality is that we know how to fight. We are capable of it,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“I think it won’t be an exaggeration to say that Ukraine turned out to have one of the strongest armies in the world, perhaps second only to the United States,” Kuleba continued. “Not in terms of numbers, but in terms of combat experience and ability to fight.”

Ukrainians who spoke to Insider during the ongoing invasion paints a dark picture of devastation. They described the hearing missiles fire in the sky in the middle of the night, duty share a single bulletproof vest as Russian soldiers pass through their towns, and troops fire on homes and hospitals.

The war forced millions of Ukrainians to flee their homeland. So far, more than 4.5 million Ukrainians have escaped since the start of the invasion, according to Data of the United Nations Refugee Agency. In the first week alone, more than a million Ukrainians left.

Kuleba said in the interview that if Ukraine were a member of NATO, “this war wouldn’t happen.”

“But all we need is advanced weapons of all kinds provided to us,” Kuleba said. “So we offer the West and NATO a fair deal: you give us everything we need, and we fight so that you don’t have to intervene in the fight, when Putin decides to test the ‘Article Five North Atlantic Treaty, an Attack on a NATO Country.’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has for weeks called on NATO and Western nations to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine to deter Russian missiles and airstrikes.

But President Joe Biden has resisted calls to implement them for fear of entering into a potential war with Russia, another nuclear power. Some lawmakers, like Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, have said the move could lead to World War III.

Early March, Putin warned that any country that tries to impose a no-fly zone will be considered “participating in a military conflict, and it doesn’t matter what organizations they are members of”.

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Canadian Ranger instructors train with shotguns to stop bear attacks

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Most members of the Canadian Armed Forces never fire a shotgun as part of their training or military duties. But Canadian Ranger instructors in Ontario’s Far North routinely carry 12-gauge shotguns when needed.

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“We often encounter polar bears on the Hudson Bay and James Bay coasts,” said Master Warrant Officer Carl Wolfe, Company Sergeant Major. “Usually bears are hungry or curious. But they are predators, so you need protection if necessary. We also encounter black bears and large wolves. And there is always the possibility that you will encounter a rabid animal.

The military typically uses shotguns only for specialized purposes, such as opening locked doors or during naval boarding operations.

During the summer months, when polar bears cannot hunt seals on the ice, they wander inland in search of food. They have been encountered as far inland as Webequie First Nation, which is 260 kilometers from Peawanuck in Polar Bear Provincial Park on Hudson Bay.

Instructors spend a lot of time in the field with Canadian Rangers and Junior Canadian Rangers. Rangers are part-time army reservists in 29 First Nations across Ontario’s Far North. Junior Rangers are members of an Army youth program for boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 18.

“Rangers are used to bears,” said Master Warrant Officer Wolfe. “They can tell when there will be a problem. With black bears they usually use a loud whistle, stand up and look big and loud and the bears walk away. A loud gunshot usually scares them away. But every once in a while, you’ll come across a curious young bear that keeps approaching.

Five years ago, at a major annual training camp for the Junior Rangers, warning shots failed to deter a persistent black bear that kept returning to camp at night. The bear kept approaching a Ranger during a nighttime bear patrol. He fired four shots from a shotgun, missed the first two shots, but killed the bear with two more shots.

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On another occasion, a young black bear continued to encroach on a Ranger training camp on a remote island. Loud screams and the banging of pots and pans did not deter him. He was eventually driven off after being hit by non-lethal birdfire.

“Depending on the situation, instructors must be ready to use a shotgun,” said Master Warrant Officer Fergus O’Connor. “It’s very serious and it’s something they have to master because they have to be able to put that slug exactly where they want it to go. Typically, instructors are trained in other methods of deterring wildlife. We practice shooting as the last scenario.

Rangers accompanying the instructors are the primary method of predator control. But instructors must be able to step in when needed.

Instructors from the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, which commands the 600 Rangers in Northern Ontario, recently completed their annual military recertification on the firing ranges at Canadian Forces Base Borden, near Barrie. They qualified, along with headquarters personnel, for the use of the Shotgun, Pistol, C7 Assault Rifle and C19 Ranger Rifle.

– Sergeant. Peter Moon is a member of the Canadian Rangers who handles public affairs.

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Kremlin document justifies erasing Ukrainian identity as Russia is accused of war crimes

An op-ed from a major Kremlin outlet appears to be justifying the war with its call to erase Ukrainian identity – language that geopolitical experts say is particularly alarming after dozens of dead civilians were found in a kyiv suburb.

Written by Timofei Sergeitsev in RIA Novosti, the rhetoric in the op-ed – titled What Russia Should Do in Ukraine – is inflammatory, even by Russian state media’s usual standards.

He claims that the word “Ukraine” itself is synonymous with Nazism and cannot be allowed to exist.

“Denazification is inevitably also de-Ukrainianization,” writes Sergeitsev, arguing that the idea of ​​Ukrainian culture and identity is wrong.

A prominent scholar whose career has been devoted to the study of historical genocide said he felt sickened reading the article – but he was also convinced the Kremlin was using it to justify atrocities in Ukraine to of the Russian people and the army.

“It’s just a clear and pretty model of what’s going to happen,” said Eugene Finkel, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. “This article has crossed the line from talking about and thinking of the invasion as a sort of collection of war crimes into something much more coordinated.”

Bags containing the bodies of civilians, who locals say were killed by Russian army soldiers, are seen in a cemetery after being picked up from the streets of Bucha, in the Kyiv region. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)

When Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the military invasion of neighboring Ukraine on February 24, he justified the war as a way to “demilitarize” and “denazify” the country – totally baseless propaganda.

Yet Sergeitsev’s editorial takes these words and takes them much further, writing that the Ukrainian elite “must be liquidated because re-education is impossible” and since a “significant part of the masses … are passive Nazis and accomplices”, the Russian punishment of Ukrainian people is justified.

A former Canadian ambassador to Ukraine said the words caused him great concern, noting that the editorial read like an instruction manual for Russian soldiers.

“It’s basically ‘license to kill’ rhetoric,” said Roman Waschuk, who continues to work closely with the Zelensky government in Ukraine.

“He says if someone looks terribly Ukrainian to you, you can ‘leave’ them for the good of the cause.”

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Ukrainian MP Yevheniya Kravchuk told CBC’s Power & Politics that her country needs more military help from Canada to stop Russian forces from killing Ukrainian civilians, and that the only way to to do is to “drive the Russians out of our territory”. 8:15

The editorial was published on April 3, the same day the bodies of at least dozens of civilians were discovered in the kyiv suburb of Bucha after Russian forces withdrew.

Many bodies showed signs of torture or had their hands tied when they were killed. Eye-witnesss told the media that the civilians had been executed by Russian soldiers during nearly a month of occupation.

Many world leaders have accused the Russian military of committing war crimes, including the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Prettyand want Putin to be investigated as a war criminal.

“Nothing is published without permission”

The key question, of course, is whether the op-ed is channeling real Kremlin policy on Ukraine – or whether the author was trying to nudge Russian leaders in that direction.

While Russian state media is notorious for outrageous claims, RIA Novosti is seen as particularly close to the Kremlin and often tries to mirror official thinking, Finkel said.

“Here we are talking about an official state news agency and nothing is published without permission from above.”

Washcuk says he thinks there is plenty of evidence to suggest that Russia’s intention is to eliminate as many top Ukrainian leaders as possible.

A view of a dragon with the inscription of Russian President Vladimir Putin in its mouth in a pond in Helsinge, Denmark. Some world leaders are suggesting Putin be tried as a war criminal. (Mads Claus Rasmussen via REUTERS)

“Western intelligence agencies were saying in January that Russia was making casualty lists and arrest lists of people they considered hostile to their cause and too Ukrainian,” he said.

“This [editorial] just say the quiet part out loud.”

Other Russian media observers suggest that while it is certainly possible that the op-ed was published with the consent of Kremlin leaders, that is not necessarily the case.

“This is not the official Kremlin line,” said Kirill Martynov, deputy editor of Novaya Gazeta, Russia’s best-known independent media.

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Martynov left Russia in the days following the invasion due to a government crackdown on independent media. He now works from Riga, Latvia.

Martynov said he suspected the author of the article was asked by the editor to provide justification for what was happening in Ukraine – and this editorial is what he offered, reflecting the nature generally ad hoc of the invasion since it began almost six weeks ago.

“They [the Kremlin] started the war for no reason and then they came up with a fantastic explanation as to why it was necessary…the longer the war goes on, the more fantastic the explanations they will give,” Martynov told CBC News.

Sergeitsev, the author of the editorial, has written other extreme articles on Ukraine for the same publication and appeared as an expert on Russian state television, but he is not known in Russia.

On Sunday, people responded by gathering near a mass grave in the town of Bucha, just northwest of the Ukrainian capital kyiv. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of committing “genocide” and trying to wipe out the “entire nation” of Ukraine. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Martynov said it was impossible to know what impact a single op-ed like this has on the Russian population, given the constant demonization of Ukraine in state media and other sources of information on war are prohibited.

The Levada Institute, arguably Russia’s most reputable polling institute, reported a week into the war, Putin’s approval rating soared to 83%, but Martynov warns against overdoing it.

“It’s a complicated story of opinion polls in a totalitarian regime,” he said. “People pretend [in order] to keep their families and workplaces safe. »

Since Russian bombs and artillery began demolishing cities like Mariupol and Chernihiv, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russian forces of committing “genocide”, something he reiterated on Monday after the discovery of dead and tortured civilians in Bucha. He said Russia was trying to wipe out the “entire nation” of Ukraine.

Putin meets Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov at the Kremlin in Moscow. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS)

But Finkel, the genocide scholar, said he’s usually extremely reluctant to use the term because it’s so hard to prove.

“The definition of [genocide] are acts committed with the intent to destroy an ethnic, racial or national group,” he said. “There is a tendency to call what we don’t like genocide. But there is a test that is quite difficult to prove: you have to prove intent, which is almost impossible to do.

However, Finkel says that articles like the one in RIA Novosti, as well as speeches denying Ukrainian identity by Vladimir Poutine and former president Dmitry Medvedev indicate a pattern of behavior and, likely, show intent.

“It may not be clear orders from above, ‘kill these people,’ but the combination of state rhetoric and soldiers’ actions on the ground makes me think that [this is] not just some units losing moral discipline – it’s bigger than that.”

For the Ukrainians, the eventual validation of the Russian agenda may not have much immediate impact on the course of the war or even on the military aid provided by Western countries.

But Waschuk says it will certainly make negotiations with Russia more difficult.

“That means it’s much more difficult to come up with temporary peace proposals,” the former ambassador said.

“The Bucha killings are an emotional barrier and it’s harder for Western countries to push Ukraine to end this war.”

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Ukrainian MPs urge Canada to send ‘heavy weapons’ to help defend against Russian invasion

Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, MP and chair of the European Union integration committee, said that if Canada cannot deliver weapons from its own supply, she hopes it will allocate additional funds to buy some for Ukraine.Janice Dickson/The Globe and Mail

A Ukrainian delegation of MPs visiting Ottawa is urging the federal government to provide more military aid quickly, saying the country needs lethal weapons to defend against Russian forces.

The group this week met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and a handful of cabinet ministers, senators and MPs from all parties in a bid to rally more support. Ukrainian MPs listed three priority areas in which they said their country needed more help: new sanctions against Russia, financial aid – and more weapons.

“If you want to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine, give us more weapons and now, urgently,” said Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, MP and chair of the European Union Integration Committee. , in an interview with The Globe and Mail, describing the main purpose of the delegation. message to the Canadian government.

“We didn’t hear no, we heard there was a will to do more.”

Canada has sent several tranches of military equipment to Ukraine, including anti-tank weapons, since the first attack by Russian forces in late February. But Defense Minister Anita Anand said the stock of available Canadian Armed Forces equipment is now depleted. She and Trudeau said the government was instead considering buying off-the-shelf weapons for Ukraine.

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Yevheniya Kravchuk, an MP and deputy chair of the Humanitarian Policy and Information Committee, told a press conference on Friday that the Ukrainian army has liberated villages in key regions and that “we cannot not do this with guns”. We must have heavy weapons to expel the Russians from our territory.

Ms Klympush-Tsintsadze said that if Canada cannot deliver from its own supply, she hopes the government will allocate additional funds to purchase weapons for Ukraine, noting that “it would make a difference on the ground” .

On Friday, Trudeau heard from cabinet ministers and senior officials at an “incident response group” meeting to discuss the war in Ukraine.

“The Prime Minister and Ministers discussed the humanitarian, financial and military assistance Canada has provided to Ukraine to date and explored options to further respond to Ukraine’s changing needs in the face of aggression. continues from Russia,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement. about the meeting.

The Canadian government is also working on a financial initiative that would allow other countries to donate money to Ukraine and help its economy, according to Klympush-Tsintsadze. In addition to that effort, she said she “hopes” more money will be committed for Ukraine in the federal budget, which will be tabled next week.

The five Ukrainian deputies will return to Washington DC, for further meetings there, before returning home to Ukraine.

Ms Klympush-Tsintsadze said her trip away from Ukraine was emotional. As she flipped through the interactive map on the plane, showing “this small country of ours on the map, and the huge country attacking us”.

“It was the first time it made me cry,” she said, noting that now is not the time for emotions, although she is unsure how the trauma will affect everyone. .

She said she wanted to emphasize how urgent it is to maintain focus, engagement and commitment to support Ukraine.

“This is not Ukraine’s war. It is the Russian war against humanity and the genocide against the Ukrainian people and the Russian war against the world order, the values, the democracy, the world which allows us to prosper, which allows you to prosper.

Ms. Kravchuk said a good reminder of the war took place in Mr. Trudeau’s office on Thursday.

“On my phone the airborne siren went off and that means in the neighborhood where my eight year old daughter lives there was an attempted airstrike and my daughter had to go to the basement instead of go to school,” she said. . Her husband is a policeman who fights Russian forces.

“The moment is crucial for us. To be slow means to fail, so we ask for support to be on time, to be fast, and we will win.

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Canada extends military mission in Iraq for another year – National

Canada is extending its military mission in Iraq and the Middle East for a year.

Defense Minister Anita Anand announced the 12-month extension on Thursday evening, just hours before the current mandate expires.

Minister of National Defense Anita Anand arrives for a cabinet meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Thursday, March 31, 2022.


This comes even as Canada has steadily reduced its military footprint in the region as the focus in Iraq, in particular, has shifted from defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to countering the influence growing in Iran.

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The Canadian Armed Forces, which first deployed troops to Iraq in October 2014 as ISIL threatened to take control of the country and neighboring Syria, previously had more than 800 troops in the region.

The Canadian mission at various times included fighter jets, transport and surveillance aircraft, helicopters as well as military trainers and special forces troops working alongside Kurdish and Iraqi forces in their fight against ISIL.

But the mission has since shrunk in size and importance as worries about ISIL have been replaced by fears about Iran’s growing influence in Iraq and the region, and other crises and threats such as that Russia, China and the COVID-19 pandemic emerged.

In February, Canada had only about 300 members of the Armed Forces assigned to what is called Operation Impact, with about 250 intelligence, logistics and command personnel in Kuwait, 50 trainers in Jordan and in Lebanon and only a handful of soldiers in Iraq.

“The Canadian Armed Forces has been working with partners and allies since 2014 to improve the capabilities of Iraqi security forces,” Anand said in a statement.

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“The Canadian Armed Forces also provided training and capacity building assistance to the Jordanian Armed Forces and the Lebanese Armed Forces.

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The decision to extend Canada’s military mission in Iraq comes as the Armed Forces are asked to provide additional troops and equipment to Eastern Europe in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and that it is struggling with a lack of staff.

It also coincides with a political stalemate in Baghdad following repeated failures to elect a new president and escalating tensions between the United States and Iran, with the latter launching ballistic missile attacks in the region in recent weeks.

Bessma Momani, one of Canada’s top Middle East experts at the University of Waterloo, said the decision to extend the mission comes at a critical time for Iraq as the country teeters toward collapse amid of a proxy war between the United States and Iran.

Although Canada’s contribution is largely symbolic at this stage, Momani said, “Now is not the time to step aside. It just sends all the wrong messages. Iraq is far too fragile to pull out right now.

Canada’s mission has largely escaped the public eye, but it has had its share of controversy over the years. These include questions about whether Canadian troops were in combat and concerns about the selection of Canadian-trained Iraqi troops.

The Liberals have also been criticized for withdrawing Canadian fighter jets after taking power in 2015, while Canada’s partnership with Iraq’s Kurdish minority has put that country in an awkward position over Kurdish calls for Iraqi independence.

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A Canadian soldier was killed while participating in Operation Impact. sergeant. Andrew Doiron died after Kurdish forces mistakenly shot the Canadian special forces member. Three other Canadians were injured in the “friendly fire” incident.

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Canadian workers denounce US-NATO war campaign against Russia and Putin’s invasion of Ukraine

the World Socialist Website has spoken in recent weeks with workers who have denounced Russia’s reactionary invasion of Ukraine and the aggressive US and NATO war campaign against Russia. Contrary to the pro-war propaganda broadcast daily by the corporate-controlled media and the war fever that has gripped much of the middle class, working people across Canada have no enthusiasm for the aggressive warmongering of US and Canadian imperialism, which plays a particularly provocative role in the conflict.

Laurent Lafrance, national leader of the Pan-Canadian Educator Grassroots Security Committee (CERSC), recently posted an anti-war video message on behalf of the committee on Twitter.

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CERSC was created by educators last year to fight for a Zero COVID policy.

“We unequivocally condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which only produces destruction, death and divides the Russian and Ukrainian working class,” Lafrance said. “But we also oppose the provocations of the imperialist powers of NATO, which has extended to Russia’s borders in the three decades since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and has deliberately sought to incite the current conflict.

Lafrance’s message ended with an urgent appeal to educators and other sections of the workforce to join the fight against war and end the COVID-19 pandemic. “It is not only necessary but urgent to build an anti-war movement among school workers and the working class as a whole,” he said. “This is inseparable from a fight to eradicate the pandemic in the world. It is on these two fronts that our committee is working with determination alongside our supporters in the International Workers Alliance of Rank-and-File Committees (IWA-RFC).

Canadian Armed Forces personnel training Ukrainian troops (CAF-Operation Unifier)

“We call on teachers and school workers in Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere to form their own independent committees and join the struggle for socialism.”

Malcolm, a teacher from British Columbia, opposed the imperialist powers’ reckless push for World War III in a powerful contribution at a recent CERSC meeting.

“I have no interest and I actively oppose any involvement of the Canadian government, my government, in an armed conflict so that Ukraine can join NATO, an imperialist military alliance,” said Malcolm, who describes the war campaign against Russia as “power, control and geopolitical rivalry.

“The Ukrainian government is presented to the world as a kind of liberal and tolerant state, a beacon of democracy.

“But this is exactly the same playbook that the Western media deploys in every war campaign. Theocratic and fundamentalist mujahideen were portrayed as revolutionary supporters during the Soviet-Afghan War of the 1980s, the reactionary Kuwaiti monarchy portrayed as the modern equivalent of French Resistance fighters, the terrorist Kosovo Liberation Army as fighters heroes of freedom.

“It is always accompanied by propaganda of atrocities. In the run up to Congressional hearings of the 1991 Gulf War, a young woman named Nayirah heard testimony from a young woman who claimed to be a nurse during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and said she saw Iraqi soldiers entering his hospital, snatching babies from their incubators and leaving them on the floor to die. It was a lie, she was actually the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the United States and was part of a campaign by the Kuwaiti government to sway public opinion. The media reported the allegations as fact, and Western leaders repeated them again and again to justify and cover up their true imperialist motives.

Malcolm concluded by drawing a parallel with the ruling elite’s support for war and its murderous politics during the pandemic. “The political establishment, media elites, economic moguls and investors have been telling working people for two years that they have to live with a virus that has killed millions of us,” he said. declared. “They didn’t become bleeding heart humanitarians overnight. The principle of profits before lives, increased access to markets and natural resources, the pursuit above all of continued economic profit is exactly the same principle guiding the response to the conflict in Ukraine. The fight for Zero COVID and international disarmament are one and the same, and this can only be carried by an international working class movement. In the face of threats of nuclear war and a pandemic that shows no signs of ending, the fate of the planet depends on us to build our movement.

The WSWS also spoke with a railway worker at CP Rail, where the company seized on the high commodity prices produced by imperialist powers’ sanctions on Russia and the disruption of supply chains during the pandemic to justify locking out 3,000 drivers and engineers to prevent a strike. . Railway workers had previously voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike to fight for better wages and pensions, and an end to punitive and disciplinary regimes.

He said: “This [Russia-Ukraine] war is good for CP Rail. They are happy for it. Employees don’t ask for much, just basic things that are necessary for a reasonable life. CP is a multi-billion dollar company, and I see no reason why employees shouldn’t be treated with fairness and respect. But it’s ‘No, fuck you!’ then they are locked out.

The WSWS received many comments from British Columbia (BC). Will, a teacher from Vancouver Island, said, “I don’t agree with NATO’s expansion and encroachment on foreign soil. I disagree with all wars that are waged in the name of capitalism at the expense of the working class of all nations, including the current situation in Ukraine.

Andrew, a hospitality worker, said: “The discordant shift from pro-economic COVID coverage by government and media to oversimplified narratives about freedom and democracy regarding the conflict in Ukraine shows the power of a neoliberal private-public partnership to spread ruling class narratives and revelations about the cracks in the foundations of our so-called liberal democracies.

“Again, the working class is disproportionately affected by capitalist solutions to the crises of capitalist creation.”

Nella, an office worker in northern British Columbia, added, “I can’t believe all the so-called progressives are screaming Russian blood. The ruling class sat down and allowed hundreds of thousands of infections, possibly millions and thousands of preventable deaths, and now they want us to believe they’ve turned into humanitarians? Leave me alone. But what’s worse is the incredible stupidity of the liberal middle classes who bought it, hook, line and sinker.

“Why should I support NATO expansion? What do I get from Ukraine joining a Western military alliance, other than the threat of thermonuclear war hanging over my head? So far the only thing I’ve gained is a bigger gas bill. I’m old enough to know that we don’t care about freedom and democracy in foreign lands if it doesn’t meet our material interests.

A retired relative from British Columbia who wished to remain anonymous told us: “We did nothing when the United States invaded Iraq, we joined them when the United States invaded and occupied Afghanistan, we helped bomb Libya, we imposed killings of civilians and illegal sanctions on countries like Iran, Venezuela and Syria. As for the invasion itself, it is obviously illegal, just as the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan were illegal. Without provocation, says the West? No. If you’ve paid attention to world events over the past few decades, you know Russia has been consistent. No NATO enlargement. Yet that is exactly what NATO has done and continues to do. Would the United States accept weapons of war on Mexican or Cuban soil?

He also noted the support of imperialist powers for far-right forces in Ukraine, commenting, “CTV had to apologize for airing two female Ukrainian soldiers wearing Nazi symbols. Is that the kind of people we support? »

An Ontario educator said: “In this warlike world that yearns for more destruction and more social inequality, I oppose the war in Ukraine orchestrated by NATO and its cronies, for example France , the United States and Canada. We are witnessing incredible misinformation about the origins and causes of this historic conflict.

“The working class must unite and oppose wars. All wars. As an educator, I have a moral and professional responsibility to make this situation known to my students and to guide them to learn more about this war and the struggle of the working class.

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March 28: Concerns at the water’s edge, the real Canada, double talk on taxes and other letters

Tax double talk

Does Jay Goldberg have a hard time talking out of both sides of his mouth? The Canadian Taxpayers Federation denounces government spending and deficits. With Ontario’s deficit projected at $13.1 billion according to Finance Minister Bethhlenfalvy’s latest update. Yet Jay suggests lowering gas taxes to save Ontario families $400. At 4.11 million families, that’s $1.64 billion plus non-family gas users he doesn’t mention. This is in addition to the $1.5 billion shortfall due to the cancellation of previously announced license sticker renewals. These families may not need tax-funded health care. As for Kenney, the Alberta Treasury will take billions in increased oil royalties from soaring oil prices to fund its gas tax cut. Ever since Mr. Ford’s campaign promises in 2018 there’s been this thing called COVID-19, maybe the spending on this issue explains the lack of movement on tax cuts.

David Nicholson, Waterdown

The real Canada

I just heard on the news that there was another big push by some Canadians to try to do something. Remember a few weeks ago when truckers brought our nation’s capital to a standstill and blocked key border crossings, ostensibly to end vaccination mandates? Well, the coordinated effort making news today is quite different. Doctors at Sick Children’s Hospital in Toronto accepted Ukrainian children with cancer being treated in their home country until Russian bombers began destroying their homes and the hospitals where they were patients. Canadian doctors are not only providing hospital beds and treatment, but some, according to the report, will travel to Poland to accompany distraught families in Canada, and the non-profit organization Aman Lara is providing transportation, planning, visas and other paperwork that needs to be done to bring families here. Sick Kids doctors are urging other Canadian hospitals to get involved. They save lives, they don’t disturb or endanger them.

I want to believe — in fact, I hope and pray — that the second of these great coordinated efforts represents the real Canada.

Beverly Shepard, Flamborough

Concrete action

If the situation in Ukraine has served any positive purpose for Canada, it is to clarify the utter absurdity to which this nation adheres. Bilingualism, monarchy, an unelected senate, multiculturalism… costing billions have supplanted real-world demands such as defense and resource development. To paraphrase Marshall McLuhan’s definition of the Canadian reality: The media has become the message — and the media is just the talk. What we need is a revolution enacted on concrete actions.

Douglas L. Martin, Hamilton

Seafront worries

I truly believe that if the city council authorizes the 45-story tower, it will give future developers an excuse to build even more towers in the area. The original idea of ​​the development aroused the enthusiasm of many people. This new tower idea only creates divisions between citizens. May our waterfront not become another Toronto waterfront.

Angelo VendittiHamilton

The State of SLDs

Say goodbye to Century Manor. Mohawk College had a wonderful Liberal-backed expansion plan in 2018 that was quickly rolled back by the Conservatives.

Good news, although they want to build more for-profit nursing homes. We know how awful those senior citizen warehouses become when a pandemic comes to town. Even our army was appalled by the conditions.

Let’s build affordable housing and use the money earmarked for for-profit homes to keep seniors in their own homes using home care. Everyone should be worried about the state of LTC because we are not getting any younger.

Robin Magder Pierce, Hamilton

Different dementia

Regarding “MAID Act Undermines Mental Health” (March 16) contains two misconceptions regarding medical assistance in dying (MAID) and people with dementia. It is important to distinguish between mental illness and dementia. Although dementia affects mental health, it is not a mental illness, but a brain disorder that causes memory loss and communication problems. A correct diagnosis of mental illness or dementia is essential to ensure that appropriate treatment is provided as soon as possible.

In addition, people with dementia in Canada can receive MAID if they meet all the requirements of federal law. In addition, the planned independent review of MAID by a special joint committee of Parliament will examine whether people with a capacity-eroding condition, such as dementia, should be allowed to apply for MAID in advance.

Randy Steffan, Alzheimer Society of Canada

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Ukraine: Why is Mariupol important for Russia?

A brutal Russian siege has left the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol in ruins. Beaten from land, air and sea, thousands of civilians are believed to have been killed, while those who cannot escape lack water, food, electricity and communication with the outside world.

Since Friday, heavy fighting has continued in the strategically vital city, which is surrounded by Russian forces.

“They throw everything on it,” Aurel Braun told “If they fail, how could they succeed anywhere else?”

Braun is a professor of political science and international relations at the University of Toronto, whose research focuses on Russian foreign policy and Eastern Europe.

“They starved the city, they bombed the city, they murdered people, they use naval forces, they use their air force, they indiscriminate killings,” Braun said. “If they can’t take the city even with that, then what credibility does the Russian military have?” also spoke with Dominique Arel, chair of Ukrainian studies at the University of Ottawa’s School of Political Studies, and Frank Sysyn, professor of history at the University of Ottawa. Alberta and the Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies. They say Russia is seeking strategic and propaganda victories with its increasingly vicious assault on the industrial port city.

Capturing Mariupol would give the Russian military a direct link between the annexed Crimean peninsula and the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine, where Russia has been waging a separatist war since 2014, the same year it captured Crimea.

“They want to create a land bridge,” Braun said from Toronto. “And Mariupol is what’s holding this land bridge back from being completed.”

Mariupol was even briefly captured in 2014, although Ukraine was able to drive off the invaders.

“Some argue that Putin’s failures in 2014 made him particularly vengeful against Mariupol,” said Sysyn of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies. “I think the relative prosperity of Mariupol compared to the economic ruin of much of the separatist-controlled Donetsk Oblast has also been the subject of revenge.”

With a pre-war population of over 400,000, Mariupol is the second largest city in Ukraine’s Donetsk Oblast and is part of the territory that Russia claims is part of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic.

“The jewel is Mariupol, the only major city in Donbass that remained under Ukrainian control in 2014,” Arel said from Ottawa. “This is why, first and foremost, Mariupol is considered so important.”

Mariupol is home to the Azov Battalion, which has been accused of being a right-wing nationalist group. Originally formed as a volunteer militia, the Azov Battalion played a crucial role in repelling Russian forces and their proxies from Mariupol in 2014, and has since fought Russian-backed factions in eastern Ukraine in the part of the country’s National Guard.

The capture of Mariupol could fuel domestic Russian propaganda that its “special military operation” is for the “denazification” of Ukraine. Braun imagines that the Azov fighters could even be subjected to show trials.

“They can use captured members of the Azov Brigade as an A piece of Nazism,” he said. “That would not help persuade the world, but persuade the Russians in the Kremlin-controlled media.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin has characterized Ukraine as being controlled by “neo-Nazis”, even though the country’s president is Jewish.

“In Russian propaganda, Azov symbolizes the ‘fascist’, ‘neo-Nazi’ nature of the entire Ukrainian government. It’s ridiculous, of course,” Arel said. “Russia Now Justifies Destruction of Mariupol City and Civil Buildings to ‘Cleanse the City of Nationalists'”.

Both Arel and Braun acknowledge that there are far-right elements in the Ukrainian military, just like there are in most other countries.

“It would be like saying on this basis that the Canadian army is a neo-Nazi army,” Braun said. “It’s as absurd as that.”

As well as reclaiming a former part of the Soviet Union, it has been argued that Putin was trying to rekindle Russia’s imperial glory, when Mariupol was part of an 18th-century Black Sea region known as ” Novorossiya”, or New Russia. This term has been used in past Kremlin propaganda to refer to areas with large Russian-speaking populations in southeastern Ukraine.

“Putin strongly believes that Russian speakers in eastern Ukraine are loyal to Russia,” Arel said. “In practice, they are not.”

Many Azov fighters, for example, speak Russian as their first language.

“There is a kind of mythology that Putin pushes, that Ukraine is an artificial construction of the state, Ukrainian nationality is a myth created by the West, and therefore, if you speak Russian, you are Russian” , Braun said. “Which is not entirely accurate, because we can see that in so many places in Ukraine now, where the majority of people can speak Russian, they don’t consider themselves Russian.”

Instead of greeting Russian soldiers with open arms, many Russian-speaking Ukrainians resisted and protested the unprovoked invasion. Sysn says this could push Putin to step up attacks on civilians.

“Putin had clearly not studied Irish history, and through which he could have discovered that not all English speakers are pro-English,” Sysyn said. “Now he has alienated the Russian speakers of Ukraine and I fear he has decided to decimate the Ukrainian population, in part by driving out so many refugees, and to devastate the Ukrainian economy.”

The port of Mariupol is the largest in the Sea of ​​Azov and the city is home to an economically important steel industry. Maritime traffic to and from Mariupol had already been curtailed by restrictions imposed when Russia built a bridge between its mainland and annexed Crimea, which limited access between the Sea of ​​Azov and the Black Sea, and the world beyond. If Russia captured Mariupol, the entire Sea of ​​Azov would be firmly under its control. But with so much of the city now leveled by Russian munitions, it seems the economic blow has already been dealt.

“An occupied Mariupol would be punished and Russia doesn’t need its steel,” Arel said. “The city is destroyed anyway.”

If Ukraine were to hold Mariupol after such a heavy and brutal siege, Braun says it would be an incredible morale boost for Ukrainians and a huge setback for Russia. Conversely, a Russian victory would make Mariupol one of the biggest cities to fall in the now month-long war.

“From a Ukrainian point of view, they can think of it in terms of their own type of Stalingrad, where they resist, where they overthrow it, where they don’t let it down and where it becomes a sort of heroic city,” said he declared. . “If they manage to survive through thick and thin, that’s when they might see this as some kind of turning point.”

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DVIDS – News – Polar Planners: Army Reserve Soldiers Provide Arctic Logistics

NEW ORLEANS, La. — From a hot, humid military base lined with southern holm oaks on the outskirts of New Orleans, Army Reserve Logisticians from the 377th Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) oversee a multitude of missions sustainment, national and international. In its most recent test, the command was called upon for the first time in its history to support U.S. Army northern operations in the oppressive freezing temperatures of an Alaskan winter as part of the biennial joint exercise Arctic. Edge 22.

“Oh, it was cold,” laughed Col. Charles ‘Chuck’ Moulton, the 377th’s logistics planning chief for the event. Moulton recently took the helm as G-3, or chief operations officer, for command and reflected on the team’s unprecedented transition from subtropical to subzero. “It affected all aspects of our operations and was a big challenge for us, but we were able to get the job done. It was a great learning experience and I think we proved that we can be successful in all conditions.

Operation Arctic Edge is an international air defense exercise with participants from the U.S. and Canadian military, U.S. Coast Guard, and government employees from the U.S. Department of Defense and Canada’s Department of National Defense . With roots as far back as Operation Jack Frost in the 1970s and Operation Brim Frost in the 1980s, the event serves as an ongoing testing ground for Arctic air defense and missile operations for American and Canadian forces.

Approximately 1,000 personnel participated in the exercise which ran from February 28 to March 17, 2022 and took place over more than 60,000 square miles of Alaskan airspace in what is known as of Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex. For the assigned soldiers of the 377th TSC, the work began before the first air defenders dismounted.

“We were in the field in early February to set up the exercise conditions,” said Lt. Col. Aimee Torres, G-3/7 Training Readiness Exercises Division Manager for the 377th TSC. “We arranged transportation of equipment and personnel into the theater, as well as arranging many behind-the-scenes aspects like accommodations and meals for the troops that participated.”

For Arctic Edge, this equipment movement included specialized weapon systems like the Avenger short-range air defense system and the Patriot long-range surface-to-air missile system. The 377th TSC pushed equipment into the theater through temperatures that routinely fell below negative 20 degrees.

In its role as the primary logistics support element for the exercise, the 377th TSC is also responsible for the movement of equipment and personnel to the home station at the conclusion of the event. The logisticians will remain in the field for a week after the end of the exercise to organize the closure of the operation.

With an increased focus on regional stability and strengthening strategic security interests in the Arctic, the exercise is expected to re-engage again in 2024. Based on the operational lessons learned from the exercise, Major Matt Fassett, planner of the operations within the 377th TSC, emphasized the importance of adaptation.

“A lot of us came here hoping it would be like what we’ve all done before in the Middle East,” he said. “It’s similar, but it’s different enough that you’re in trouble if you rely solely on that experience. It’s about taking our shared experience and applying it to a similar problem. Some of they overlap, some don’t.

These differences ranged from problems transporting equipment in extremely low temperatures to the risk of frostbite to the soldiers involved if exposed to water or spilled oil. Gazing at the vast expanse of snow and permafrost that surrounds her, Fassett summed up the difficult transition by referencing Dorothy’s bewilderment in L. Frank Baum’s classic novel “The Wizard of Oz.”

“We are no longer in Kuwait, Toto.”

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Head Start Free Press for March 23

Top news

Obby Khan celebrates after winning the close race. (John Woods/Winnipeg Free Press)

Khan’s Path: Progressive Conservative candidate Obby Khan was declared the winner of the Fort Whyte by-election to replace former prime minister Brian Pallister late Tuesday night. Khan barely beat another former Bombers player, Willard Reaves, in what had been seen as a safe Conservative seat. Reporting by Carol Sanders. Read more


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Bill Mosienko after scoring the fastest hat trick in NHL history against the New York Rangers on March 23, 1952.

70 years since the feat of scoring: It’s been 70 years since Winnipegger Bill Mosienko set an NHL record by scoring three goals for Chicago in just 21 seconds. Jason Bell has a story on the anniversary of the achievement. Read more

Caucus may have questions: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh could face questions about his deal to support the minority Liberal government for the next three years when his party’s caucus holds its weekly meeting. The Canadian Press reports. Read more

Anti-Racism Series: A series of presentations aimed at helping Winnipeggers understand and challenge forms of racism continues. Reports by Joyanne Pursaga. Read more

The curling continues: Canada will face Sweden for a forfeit victory over Scotland at the World Women’s Curling Championship in Prince George, BC. Canada, led by Kerri Einarson’s Gimli team, beat Japan on Tuesday and are 4-2 in the tournament. Read more


An alley in Crescentwood is cleared of snow on Tuesday. (John Woods/Winnipeg Free Press)

Your predictions for the day: A mix of sun and cloud this morning and sunny this afternoon, with highs of 2°C, wind chill as low as -7 this morning and winds from the north at 15 kph increasing to 20 kph pm and gusting to 40 later this morning. Spring officially started on Sunday, but crews were still working to clear the back lanes on Tuesday. reports Cody Sellar. Read more

In case you missed it

Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck covers a loose puck. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press)

Win by shutout: The Winnipeg Jets are three points behind the Dallas Stars, the team currently in the final Western Conference playoff spot, after shutting out the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night. The Stars, who played two games less than the Jets, trailed the Edmonton Oilers with less than 5:30 in the third period but won in regulation. Reporting by Mike McIntyre. Read more

Tornado rips: At least one person has died after a tornado ripped through parts of New Orleans and its suburbs on Tuesday night. The Associated Press reports. Read more

DUI Challenge Rejected: A constitutional challenge to Criminal Code provisions that allow police to demand roadside breath samples in all circumstances – believed to be the first of its kind in Manitoba – has been dismissed. Reports by Erik Pindera. Read more

In search of a stable funding model: Maggie Macintosh reports how superintendents and stakeholders submitted recommendations on how the province should revise its funding formula for schools. Read more

To this date

March 23, 1943: The Winnipeg Free Press reported that British and American forces were each pushing the German Africa Corps in a pincer movement around the Mareth Line that threatened to cut off the latter’s retreat. Reports that Adolf Hitler had already written off Tunisia as a loss reached Madrid. Lieutenant General. AGL McNaughton, commander of the Canadian Army in Britain, said after the forces carried out maneuvers and other exercises that the troops were fit and ready for action.
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Leddy and Witkowski traded to the Blues by the Red Wings

Nick Leddy was traded to the St. Louis Blues by the Detroit Red Wings on Monday.

Detroit received forward Oskar Sundqvist, defenseman Jake Walman and a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft for the defenseman.

St. Louis also received defender Luc Witkowski.

Leddy is in the final year of a seven-year contract he signed with the New York Islanders on Feb. 24, 2015.

The 31-year-old defenseman has 16 points (one goal, 15 assists) in 55 games this season.

Leddy was acquired by the Red Wings in a trade with the Islanders on July 16, 2021.

“I think Nick brings experience,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. “If you look at the last two years of the playoffs, his team has made the semifinals. … He’s a guy who can register big minutes at important times of the year for teams that play deep. He’s a skater, he’s a puck mover.

Selected by the Minnesota Wild in the first round (16th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Leddy scored 352 points (66 goals, 286 assists) in 831 regular season games for the Red Wings, Islanders and Blackhawks of Chicago and 33 points (seven goals, 26 assists) in 121 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Leddy won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2013.

Witkowksi, a 31-year-old defenseman, had seven points (three goals, four assists) in 44 games with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League and played one game with the Red Wings this season. He has one season left on a two-year deal he signed with the Red Wings on July 29, 2021 and could become an unrestricted free agent after next season.

Selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the sixth round (160th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Witkowski scored 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in 132 regular season games with the Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning and no points in two Stanley Cup Playoff games.

The Blues (34-18-9) are third in the Central Division, one point behind the second-place Minnesota Wild and 16 behind the first-place Colorado Avalanche.

Sundqvist has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in 41 games this season. The 27-year-old has 87 points (36 goals, 51 assists) in 270 regular season games with the Blues and Pittsburgh Penguins since being selected by Pittsburgh in the third round (81st overall) of the 2012 draft of the NHL.

He is in the third season of a four-year contract he signed with the Blues on July 21, 2019 and can become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Sundqvist had 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 36 playoff games and won the Cup with the Blues in 2019.

“Honestly, ‘Sunny’ has been one of my favorite players,” Armstrong said. “He always has a smile. I always liked being with him. A very good player, he will always have good memories here as a Blue. … I think he is going to be a good player for a long time and this organization was better for him to be part of than before he got here.”

Walman has six points (three goals, there are assists) in 32 games this season. The 26-year-old has eight points (four goals, four assists) in 57 regular-season games since being selected by St. Louis in the third round (82nd overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft. He is in the final season of a two-year contract he signed with the Blues on November 19, 2020 and can become a restricted free agent after the season.

The Red Wings (25-30-7) are fifth in the Atlantic Division. Independent Correspondent Lou Korac contributed to this report

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Lindholm traded to Bruins by Ducks for Moore, Vaakanainen

Hampus Lindholm was traded to the Boston Bruins by the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday for defensemen John Moore and Urho Vaakanainen and three NHL draft picks.

Anaheim received a first-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, and a second-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft.

The Bruins also received defenseman Kodie Curran. The 32-year-old hasn’t played in the NHL; he has 16 points (one goal, 15 assists) in 37 games with San Diego of the American Hockey League this season.

“Hampus has been an integral part of the Ducks for years, which we appreciate and respect,” Anaheim general manager Pat Verbeek said. “Having said that, we are very happy with our comeback. As I have said since arriving in Anaheim (hired Feb. 3), our goal is to continue to build a team that can compete for the Stanley Cup over the long term. and assets that match the age range of our existing young talent prepare us well for the future.”

Lindholm, a 28-year-old defenseman, is in the final season of a six-year contract he signed with the Ducks on Oct. 27, 2016, and could become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

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Lindholm has 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 61 games this season and sat out Friday in a 3-0 loss to the Florida Panthers.

“If you go to Hampus right now, he’s focused on the practice he’s doing,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said Friday. “He’s an amazing kid in the way he can think through things. He’s not shaken by anything. He wants to win tonight, all of those things. I’d like to give you something dramatic that it’s been really hard for him, but he’s a strong kid mentally. He’s good.

“He’s taken the approach that he’s just going to worry about his day, what’s ahead of him and what he can control, and go about it that way. He’s good. I’m really proud of him.”

Selected by Anaheim in the first round (6th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Lindholm scored 222 points (57 goals, 165 assists) in 582 regular season games and 21 points (four goals, 17 assists) in 21 Stanley Cups . Elimination games.

The Ducks (27-26-11) are seven points behind the Vegas Golden Knights for the second wild card in the Western Conference playoffs.

Moore, 31, has one assist in seven games this season and hasn’t played since Jan. 12. He has one season left on a five-year contract he signed with the Bruins on July 1, 2018 and can become an unrestricted free agent after the next season.

Selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round (21st overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Moore scored 118 points (38 goals, 80 assists) in 544 regular season games with the Bruins, Devils, Coyotes of Arizona and New York. Rangers and Blue Jackets, and four assists in 49 playoff games.

Vaakanainen, 23, has four assists in 15 games this season and six assists in 31 NHL games. He is in the final season of his entry-level contract and can become a restricted free agent after the season.

The Bruins (38-19-5) finished fourth in the Atlantic Division, nine points behind the No. 1 Florida Panthers, and held the first wild card in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Boston has won 11 of its last 14 games (11-2-1).

On Saturday, Anaheim also traded forward Nicolas Deslauriers to the Minnesota Wild for a third-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

Deslauriers has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 61 games this season; he scored 82 points (41 goals, 41 assists) in 486 regular season games with the Ducks, Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabers.

The 31-year-old forward is in the final season of a two-year contract he signed with the Ducks on Feb. 15, 2020 and could become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

The Ducks traded their defenseman Josh Manson to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday for defenseman Drew Helleson’s prospect and a second-round pick in the 2023 draft.

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William Watson: On military spending, we are number one out of three!

For half a century, we haven’t really had to take these questions seriously. Now we do. let’s go

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We are very satisfied with our Ukrainian efforts, aren’t we? Our newscasts are full of stories of aid workers going there, church basements filling up with donated items, grandmothers making pierogis to raise funds (millions of pierogis, it must be now), our little gestures and ceremonies before hockey games, on billboards and so on. Our Parliament had its face-to-face with the world’s bravest leader, sandwiched between Westminster and the US Congress, and gave him a three-minute standing ovation before our own politicians rose to hurl judgmental ladles in return. It was a bigger ticket than when Nelson Mandela came to town. We felt good there, it could be seen on the faces of the people who were applauding.

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It’s all heartfelt (except maybe from the politicians) and touching and, in reaction to what’s happening, it’s much better than nothing. It is very good that, under the enamel of our sophistication, we can still be genuinely appalled by an aggressor ready to burn down a neighboring country to express the depth of his brotherly feelings.

But because there are broader interests at stake than just Ukraine and because over the years we have neglected our hard power, we are going to disappoint President Zelenskyy, as he surely understands. We will do anything to help Ukraine except what Ukraine wants and needs the most, which is for us — the West, not just Canada — to come and fight with them. We may be on Ukraine’s side, but we stand 7,000 kilometers apart.

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And here we are, in the accompanying chart, #103 in the CIA World Factbook ranking of countries by military spending as a percentage of GDP. We don’t even do double digits, the top 99.

Our official target is to spend 2% of GDP, but it has been many years since we got close to that. We like to tell ourselves that we punch above our weight. With a weight of 103, it’s not asking much.

That all this money is spent on the military, largely by very poor countries, is of course a tragic waste. Eritrea: 10% of GDP for its army. Venezuela: 5.2%. Jordan: 4.7%; Mali: 3.4%. You don’t need to know anything about Isaiah to think that swords should all be turned into plowshares and missiles and drones into CT scanners and 3D printers.

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But the world we live in – as opposed to the one we would like to live in or even, until three weeks ago, might have thought we were living in – requires this kind of spending. And in any country that has anything to do with NATO or Europe or also the periphery of China (for who knows which big country will go on a adventure next), the share of GDP spent on the military will increase .

Ukraine is still in play and will do so largely on its own. But NATO defenses must be bolstered and supplies must be sent to buffer states against which Russia has not yet moved but might be willing to.

Until three weeks ago, two percent of GDP seemed like an unattainable ceiling. It now seems one floor. We are currently 0.6% of GDP below. At the current rate of production, that’s just under $16 billion a year. This government has shown no reluctance to spend tens of billions of dollars. But the effect required now does not come from the announcement of new expenditure, but from the quality of its deployment over the next few years. The current government excels in announcements. The deployments disconcert him. Either that – or that – will have to change.

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What do we need? What do not do we need? More people to make everything work. And we must quickly develop a war ethic that treats arms acquisitions as military decisions, not as regional or industrial policy.

If you go to the websites of our armed forces, you see a lot of different types of equipment. The army, for example, points to a list of weapons: “Fire! Our soldiers use a range of modern weapons, from indirect fire weapons to small arms. On the main page, however, under ‘Features’, the first link is to ‘Inappropriate Sexual Behavior Resources’. It’s not immediately obvious what this string of words actually means – is this where you can get the resources to do this sort of thing? — but it turns out that’s where you can “learn more about sexual misconduct and how the Canadian Armed Forces addresses it.” One solution is to settle a $900 million sexual harassment class action lawsuit. Even with inflation, $900 million would have bought a lot of bullets.

The RCAF gear page actually lists the Sopwith Camel – but only among “historic aircraft.” But its active aircraft page doesn’t show how old each is, what percentage of the fleet can fly at any given time, and how each performs against peak opposition.

For half a century, we haven’t really had to take these questions seriously. Now we do. Let’s go.



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Pub owner’s campaign for Stockton’s Spanish Civil War Volunteers Memorial

A PUB owner is campaigning for a memorial to eight local men who became volunteer soldiers fighting for democracy during the Spanish Civil War.

John Christie, who runs Golden Smog and two other Stockton pubs, is backing a project to raise £6,500 for a memorial. Over £5,000 has been raised so far.

Mr Christie, who attended Our Lady and St Bede’s School in Stockton as a youth, later served in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers for several years supporting the British Army in various countries.

He said his knowledge of history is reasonable but, until recently, he knew next to nothing about the Spanish Civil War. Likewise, he grew up knowing nothing of the men from Teesside who fought as volunteers in Spain with the International Brigade from 1936 to 1938 to defend Spain’s democratic government against a coup by General Francisco Franco.

Mr Christie said: “In the past I only knew a few details about the Spanish Civil War. We had never been told about it at school. So I had no idea that men from Stockton and Thornaby were fighting in Spain. When I asked other Stockton people about it and they didn’t know either. I thought it was a disgrace to the town.

Tony Fox and John Christie outside the Golden Smog pub

Eight volunteers from Stockton and Thornaby joined the International Brigade. They were George Bright, William Carson, Wilfred Cowan, Otto Estensen, Myles Harding, Johnny Longstaff, Patrick Maroney and Bert Overton.

Prior to the Spanish Civil War, Bert Overton and Myles Harding had both served in the British Army. Later, Johnny Longstaff served in the British Army and Wilfred Cowan joined the Canadian Army during World War II.

During the Spanish Civil War other Teesside volunteers came from other towns including Middlesbrough, Eston, South Bank and Hartlepool. A total of 22 men were sent from Teesside and eight lost their lives in Spain.

More than 2,500 men and women from Britain and Ireland have volunteered as soldiers, nurses and in other roles, supported by others back home in Britain.

Mr Christie added: ‘A lot of people in the UK still don’t know about local connections or how the Spanish Civil War led to WWII. With good reason, we hear a lot about World War II, but almost nothing about the Spanish Civil War. So I started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a permanent memorial in Stockton. I want to create something people can’t miss, get people talking and asking questions.”

Badges of the Stockton International Brigade

Badges of the Stockton International Brigade

It was inspired by songs performed by award-winning Stockton folk music group The Young ‘Uns, who coincidentally also went to Our Lady and St Bede’s school. The Young ‘Uns highlight the International Brigade with their ‘Ballad of Johnny Longstaff’ album and show, which has toured the UK. They are due to perform the songs again at the Arc arts center in Stockton on March 17 for a concert recorded on BBC Radio 3.

Mr Christie’s Stockton memorial campaign is supported by Tony Fox, a Billingham history teacher who has written a new book about Stockton volunteers, called I Sing Of My Comrades. His book is available from Drakes The Bookshop in Stockton, online or by mail order.

Both are members of the International Brigade Memorial Trust (IBMT), which raises awareness of the Spanish Civil War and looks after memorials to British and Irish volunteers.

Mr Christie set up the Golden Smog micro-pub in Stockton’s Hambletonian Yard in 2014. The pub houses a host of Teesside memorabilia inside and a large mural outside, featuring the red, yellow and purple flag of the International Brigade. He said, “We have quite a few people coming to see the mural and taking pictures. People are asking about it, which is good.” The colors were those of the Spanish Democratic Republic.

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Top Canadian sniper joins Ukraine in battle against Russia

(NewsNation) – As millions fled war-torn Ukraine, one of the world’s deadliest snipers turned in the opposite direction, heading to the Eastern European country to fight Russians.

According to media reports in Canada, a Canadian sniper known only as “Wali”, earned a reputation as one of the world’s deadliest snipers in Afghanistan fighting ISIS. Now he will fight Putin’s army.

Since the Russian invasion nearly two weeks ago, Ukrainian President Zelensky has called on the world to help him in the fight, rallying his own citizens and foreigners with military experience to take up arms in defense of Ukraine.

The call appears to be working as Ukrainian forces continue to slow the Russian advance.

US Army veteran James Carafano said it was likely the Russians intended to quickly eliminate the Ukrainian government and immediately occupy the territory. Since this did not happen, Putin’s army changed its approach.

“The original Russian invasion plan clearly failed and it’s clear the Russians are now making this up as they go along and their strategy just seems to be winning through brute force,” Carafano said.

Carafano expects Wali’s skills to be used in the Ukrainian cityscape, targeting Russian forces in unexpected ways, under cover of buildings with plenty of places to hide. This strategy could prove effective against a Russian army that does not know the territory.

“If you’re Russian, you haven’t been to these cities, you don’t know your way around, you’re lost, you’re confused, it’s noisy. Snipers can be incredibly effective, especially if they know the terrain and can choose their terrain,” Carafano said.

He added that someone like Wali is capable of boosting morale, even if his participation alone is not enough to turn the tide of the war.

“If the quality of the opposing army is low, which seems increasingly true for Russian ground forces, it’s a fairer fight,” Carafano said.

Canadian reports indicate that Wali is a computer programmer and former Canadian soldier who felt compelled to help Zelenskyy in this fight. He even let his wife and child do it.

Wali joins a growing contingent of volunteer soldiers traveling from North America to support Ukrainian defence.

Cody Heard, US Army Veteran also joined the fight against the Russians. He reached out to other veterans on social media and gathered a group to take the long flight to fight for Ukraine.

Cody’s original plan is to stay in Ukraine for a month. Depending on his ability to support his family back home, he may stay longer.

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NATO chief advises Russia against attacking supply lines supporting Ukraine

The NATO Secretary General has warned that a Russian attack on the supply lines of allied countries supporting Ukraine with arms and ammunition would be a dangerous escalation of the war raging in Eastern Europe.

Jens Stoltenberg made the remarks Tuesday during an interview with CBC News as he, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the leaders of Spain and Latvia toured the NATO base and training range at Adazi , outside Riga, the Latvian capital.

“Allies are helping Ukraine uphold its right to self-defense, which is enshrined in the UN charter,” Stoltenberg said after meeting with Trudeau, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Latvian Prime Minister Arturs. Krišjānis Kariņš at Adazi base.

“Russia is the aggressor and Ukraine is defending itself. If there is an attack on a NATO country, a NATO territory, it will trigger Article 5.”

Article 5 is the self-defense clause of NATO’s founding treaty which states that an attack on one member is an attack on all 30 member countries.

“I am absolutely convinced that President Putin knows this and we remove any possibility of miscalculation, of misunderstanding about our commitment to defending every square inch of NATO territory,” Stoltenberg said.

The United States and its allies, including Canada, have been in a race against time to send arms and ammunition to Ukraine, which has been under relentless assault by Russian forces for more than two weeks.

Some members of the US intelligence community fear that Moscow is trying to cut off the flow of weapons into Ukraine, either with airstrikes or long-range artillery. Weapons coming from the West are unloaded in neighboring countries, such as Poland, and then transported by land.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg walk during their visit to the Adazi military base in Kadaga, Latvia on Tuesday March. 8, 2022. (Roman Koksarov/AP)

Stoltenberg said there is a clear distinction between supply lines within Ukraine and those operating outside its borders.

“There is a war in Ukraine and, of course, supply lines inside Ukraine can be attacked,” he said.

“An attack on NATO territory, on NATO forces, on NATO capabilities, that would be an attack on NATO.”

Stoltenberg said NATO’s message to Russia is that “they must end the war, that we will continue to support Ukraine, and that we will continue to impose unprecedented sanctions.”

Poland offers fighter jets to Ukraine

The stakes appeared to rise dramatically on Tuesday night when Poland announced it was ready to transfer all of its MiG-29 planes to the United States so they could be handed over to the Ukrainians.

The Polish Foreign Ministry has urged other NATO members with the same type of Russian-made warplanes to do the same.

WATCH | Ukrainian Chargé d’Affaires Andrii Bukvych says fighter jets are needed immediately

Ukraine needs fighter jets and a no-fly zone (diplomat)

“We need these fighters [jets] and sheltered skies as soon as possible,” said Ukrainian Chargé d’Affaires Andrii Bukvych. “Otherwise the cost will be calculated in thousands of civilians.” 6:59

The United States suggested that it would support Poland by providing replacement fighters. But in a tweet on Tuesday evening, the Pentagon said the proposal was not “sustainable” because it would involve fighter jets in the hands of Americans flying in “airspace that is disputed with Russia. .

“[That] raises serious concerns for the entire NATO alliance.”

The West has sent Ukraine thousands of anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles since the war broke out.

Ukrainian civilians receive weapons training, on the outskirts of Lviv, western Ukraine, Monday, March 7, 2022. (Bernat Armangue/AP)

A Canadian shipment of small arms – including machine guns, carbines and 15 million rounds – arrived in Ukraine just before the Russian invasion. The Liberal government has pledged to send anti-tanks and grenade launchers, but it is not known if the shipment has arrived.

Some of the lethal aid is taken from the Canadian Armed Forces’ own stocks. This highlighted some of the shortcomings facing the Canadian military; the Canadian army does not have its own dedicated anti-aircraft system, for example.

Trudeau was asked on Tuesday if his government was ready to place an urgent supply order to equip the Canadian army in response to the war and Ottawa’s plans to increase the contingent of Canadian troops in Latvia.

“All of these weapons are far more useful right now and in the weeks to come in the hands of Ukrainian soldiers fighting for their lives than they would be in the hands of Canadians,” Trudeau said.

“But of course we have to make sure that we replace those weapons quickly and that we continue to invest in the equipment that allows our armed forces to be able to continue contributing.”

A Russian MiG-29 aircraft in flight outside Moscow on August 11, 2012. (Misha Japaridze/Associated Press)

Trudeau, Stoltenberg and the other leaders visited a training range on Tuesday where troops from a 10-nation contingent were conducting a live-fire training exercise. They walked among armored personnel carriers, tanks and mobile guns and chatted with the troops.

Colonel Sandris Gaugers is the commander of the Latvian mechanized brigade working with the NATO battle group. He said integrating equipment and procedures from different armies has been a challenge but the mission is succeeding.

“Certainly we can go fight”

“Honestly, if I had to say, can we go fight? Sure, we can go fight,” he told Trudeau, Stoltenberg and Sanchez as they overlooked the training area from a position at the top of a hill.

Canada has pledged to add an artillery battery of 120 soldiers to its current commitment of 540 soldiers and staff in Latvia.

General Wayne Eyre, Canada’s top military commander, told CBC News in an exclusive interview on Tuesday that he is currently focused on organizing those reinforcements.

“We have the same challenge we had in World War I, World War II,” the Chief of the Defense Staff said. “We have to cross this great lake known as the Atlantic and we only have limited strategic lift capability. So we are going to have an effect on the ground here very soon.”

Canada activates NATO reinforcements

The federal government has ordered the activation of 3,400 reinforcements who could join the NATO Response Force (NFR) if called by the Supreme Allied Commander.

Eyre said the military is still investigating if and how they will be needed.

“The NATO Response Force is a shopping list of capabilities, which can be requested depending on the nature of what NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander is requesting,” he said. “So the likelihood of all 3,400 being called is relatively low.”

Trudeau also announced on Tuesday the anticipated renewal of Canada’s military contribution to the NATO deterrence mission, known as Operation Reassurance.

WATCH: Canada renews Operation Reassurance

Canada renews NATO’s Operation Reassurance

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the renewal of Operation Reassurance a year before its scheduled end during his visit to Latvia. 1:11

“As Russia continues its unwarranted and unjustifiable attacks on Ukraine, Canada stands united with our European allies in supporting Ukraine and the Ukrainian people, and democracy and human rights everywhere,” said Trudeau on Tuesday.

The mandate to deploy hundreds of Canadian troops to Latvia was set to expire in 2023. The federal cabinet extended it indefinitely in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Prior to the invasion, the Liberal government signaled in Defense Minister Anita Anand’s mandate letter that it intended to renew the mandate of the NATO mission. Stoltenberg welcomed the move when he and the three prime ministers met the media after their meetings.

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DVIDS – News – Task Force 46 leads Exercise Cyber ​​Impact 2022

U.S. Army Task Force 46, commanded by Maj. Gen. Pablo Estrada, is a national response force supporting civilian responders to manage catastrophic chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incidents, conducts an exercise on the effects of Cyber ​​Attack in Buffalo March 8-10, 2022 Exercise Cyber ​​​​​​Impact 22 features leaders from 12 Army National Guard and other military units from across the country working in subordination to the 46th Military Police Command (MPC) to build relationships and develop mutually supportive plans and processes with local, state, federal and private sectors, academics and Canadian partners.

“We are in the digital age…as we watch the attacks that occur, we are one click away from affecting a power grid or a banking institution, and this is only going to become more prevalent,” said the US Army colonel. David Hayes, deputy chief of staff, communications, 46th MPC, Michigan National Guard.

The three-day exercise is intended to build unity of effort and familiarity with the effects of a cyber attack among all Homeland Defense (HD) partners, all-hazards, defense support civil authorities (DSCA)/Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) to prepare for disaster response and consequence management. Participants from Michigan’s National All-Domain Warfighting Center (NADWC) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will also join in person and virtually from Canada.

NADWC maximizes joint combat readiness by providing an adaptable, cost-effective, and integrated training environment across all domains, supported by an ever-expanding Joint Joint Command and Control (JADC2) architecture. All of this is designed to allow the application of combined arms effects in a contested threat environment close to peers.

A high-profile example is last May’s ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline which disrupted plant operations for days and led to a nationwide fuel crisis, which also dramatically increased prices. . Scenarios like this will be used to help guide discussions, brainstorming sessions and expert roundtables.

“This is an exercise that will test the nation’s resilience, strengthen preparedness and cooperation among partners, and improve the effectiveness of a joint response to protect national security,” Hayes said. .

Cyber ​​Impact 2022 attendees will include government and industry leaders from the local, state and federal levels, including those representing police and emergency response units, environmental conservation authorities and electric utilities, Canada-US border security and more.

Mercyhurst University cybersecurity professor Christopher Mansour will be among the panel of distinguished speakers from institutions including MIT, FBI, FEMA, Army Cyber ​​Institute, Niagara University, Ontario Police Cybercrime Investigation Team and U.S. Coast Guard District 9, which oversees operations. across the five Great Lakes.

“Considering how devastating cyberattacks on critical infrastructure can be, it is important to test our vulnerabilities so that we can work to prevent them in the future,” said Mansour, whose presentation will focus on security system threats. industrial control (ICS).

The three-day exercise will include the following:
• Day 1 – Academic Presentations, M&T Bank, Buffalo, New York,
• Day 2 – Tabletop Training Exercise, Red Team Maneuvers, KeyBank Center, 1 Seymour H Knox III Plaza, Buffalo
• Day 3 – Communications exercise at Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, New York and a tour of key infrastructure in the region (New York Power Authority, US Coast Guard Station)

“Multi-domain operational exercises like this help prevent and prepare not only Task Force 46, but also key metropolitan partners for what unfortunately could be America’s Worst Day. We owe it to all Americans to ensure that the military and emergency responders are prepared for all risks,” said U.S. Army Col. Chris McKinney, Chief of Staff for Task Force 46.

For more information or to arrange interviews and other media coverage, please RSVP by 5 p.m. on March 2, 2022 by contacting:
Staff Sgt. Cambrin Bassett, Public Affairs NCO for Task Force 46, Michigan National Guard: (616) 990-9112 or [email protected]; [email protected]

About Task Force 46.
U.S. Army Task Force 46 is a national response force that assists civilian responders in managing catastrophic chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear incidents. The 46th MPC provides command and control of 12 Army National Guard units and other military units nationwide to build relationships and develop plans and processes for mutual support with local, state, federal, private sector, academic and Canadian partners. For more information, please visit:

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What if the Winter War came to Canada?

There is a nice sound in the expression “war in the mountains”. He has a Ring of Audacity; it feels cleaner than trench warfare and lighter than tank warfare. The only thing that can match it is war in the air, and it’s gotten too deadly to be nice. It has also become too familiar; while the War in the Mountains is still weird enough to seem romantic. Except, of course, to the men who have to fight it.

– McKay Jenkins The last ridge

Like many of you, last week I was in shock watching Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Just when we think we have seen enough defining world events for our generation to last into the next century, Putin decides to flex his imperialist muscle and plunges two nations, including a military superpower, into an unprovoked and unnecessary war. Let’s be clear: there is no splitting the freedom convoy, let’s try to listen to both sides here. On one side are the Kremlin belligerents and on the other are thousands of soldiers and civilians defending their homeland. Millions of people are now displaced. The world stands in solidarity with Ukraine. I am with Ukraine.

I am not a soldier and I am lucky not to have known the war. I enjoy studying military history as a hobby, which leads me to listen to Dan Carlin’s podcasts for many hours. I never believed that war was the answer, but if it comes to your doorstep and threatens your family and your country (as it does for Ukrainians), I believe defending your homeland is justified.

Such an event of this magnitude taking place in the 21st century got me thinking: what if we were the ones being invaded at the behest of a narcissistic autocrat? It’s a highly unlikely scenario given Canada’s fortuitous geopolitical position, but dystopian fiction writers have explored the plausibility of US annexation. So imagine, for a second, that in the middle of a cold winter, Canada is invaded on many fronts by armed forces far superior to ours, and the leader of Canada is calling on everyone of fighting age to take up arms against the ‘aggressor.

If this scenario were to come true, I would volunteer for a Mountain Division. Not because of an illusion that ski warfare would somehow be more fun than urban warfare, but because I know I have the skills to travel through snow and through mountainous terrain quite quickly.

Military skiing has a rich history in the Scandinavian nations. In 1716, during the Great Northern War, a Norwegian general was alerted to an impending Swedish attack by a messenger on skis. After surprising the Swedes and repelling the attack, Norway realized the advantage of rapid mobilization on the snow and drafted all the skiers they could find into their military ranks. In the 1800s, Nordic military ski patrols began to organize competitions which led to the foundation of modern Nordic ski racing. The ability to move quickly over rugged mountainous terrain was essential for armies in the European Alps in the 20th century.

In the context of soldiers on skis defending themselves against a superpower, the best example is the Winter War, which began with the Soviet invasion of Finland on November 30, 1939, three months after the outbreak of World War II. The Finns were vastly outnumbered and under-resourced, with many recently enlisted soldiers not even having a uniform and making do with their own winter clothes. But they knew their terrain and climate, and almost all Finnish soldiers were skilled in cross-country skiing. They used the cold, the snow, the forest and the long hours of darkness to their advantage. The Finns dressed in layers with skiers wearing light white snow capes, the camouflage rendering them nearly invisible and capable of executing many successful guerrilla attacks against the Soviet columns.

The United States has the 10th Mountain Division, which was active in World War II and until recently served as a dedicated mountain warfare unit in places like Iraq and Syria. Although there are special operations training programs in Canada for mountain travel, the armed forces still do not have a dedicated mountain unit, at least not the one they want us to know. In a 2017 service article titled “Mountain Warfare In The Canadian Army,” Maj Aafaq Hyder, a student at the Canadian Forces College, wrote:

“The [Canadian Army]recent involvement in the Alpine operations in Korea, the Balkans and Afghanistan has highlighted the importance of preparing its leaders and troops to [Mountain Warfare] and fight at high altitude. Currently, the [Canadian Army] little focus on preparing permanent units specially trained or equipped to deploy to a mountainous theater. To remain operationally viable and meet its military commitments to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the [Canadian Army] must develop their skills in mountain operations. It must carve out a place for itself as an expeditionary force capable of rapid intervention in [Mountain Warfare].”

Of all the things I associate with skiing, war has never been one. And I sincerely hope that war never comes to Canada’s doorstep. But if the last week has shown us all one thing, it’s that the tyrants of this world might just choose to do it anyway.

Vince Shuley encourages you to donate to the Ukrainian Red Cross Humanitarian Crisis Appeal. For questions, comments or suggestions for The Outsider, email [email protected] or Instagram @whis_vince.

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Ukraine-Russia War: Live Updates – The New York Times

A fire broke out early Friday at a complex in southern Ukraine housing Europe’s largest nuclear power plant after Russian troops fired on the area, and the Russian military later took control of the site, Ukrainian officials said.

Security camera footage verified by The New York Times showed a burning building inside the Zaporizhzhia nuclear complex near a line of military vehicles. The videos appeared to show people in the vehicles shooting at power plant buildings. Ukraine’s state emergency service later said the fire was extinguished after 6 a.m.

The fire did not affect essential plant equipment, the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Twitterciting his communication with the Ukrainian government.

About an hour after dawn, the inspection of Ukrainian nuclear regulations said in a press release that Russian military forces now occupied the complex. He said all power units at the site remained intact and no changes in radiation levels were observed.

The fire started after a Russian attack on a training building outside the factory perimeter, according to a statement from Ukraine’s state emergency service. A spokesman for the nuclear power plant, Andriy Tuz, was quoted by The Associated Press as saying on Ukrainian television that shells set fire to one of the plant’s six reactors which was being renovated and did not work.

Ukraine’s nuclear inspectorate later said in its statement that one unit of the six units was working, another was “out of order”, two were being cooled down and two others had been disconnected from the grid.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had accused the Russian military of deliberately attacking the complex and said an explosion there would have been “the end for everyone, the end of Europe”.

“Only immediate actions from Europe could stop the Russian military,” he added.

President Biden spoke with Mr. Zelensky about the fire and joined him in urging Russia to “cease its military activities in the region and allow firefighters and emergency responders access to the site,” the White House said. Local reports later said emergency teams had gained access.

Mr. Biden’s energy secretary, Jennifer M. Granholm, said on Twitter that the United States had not detected high levels of radiation in the region, echoing an earlier assessment by the International Atomic Energy Agency. “The plant’s reactors are protected by robust containment structures and the reactors are shut down safely,” she said.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he will request an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council over the fire at the complex, according to his office.

Before the fire was reported by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a press release that “a large number of Russian tanks and infantry” had entered Enerhodar, a town next to the factory. Chief Executive Rafael Mariano Grossi said troops were “heading straight” to the reactor site.

the Zaporizhia nuclear complex, on the Dnieper about 160 km north of Crimea, is the largest in Europe. According to the International Atomic Energy Agencyits six reactors produce a total of 6,000 megawatts of electricity.

By comparison, the Chernobyl plant in northern Ukraine produced 3,800 megawatts, about a third less. (One megawatt, one million watts, is enough to light 10,000 hundred-watt bulbs.) All four reactors at the Chernobyl complex were shut down after one suffered a catastrophic fire and meltdown in 1986 .

Reactor cores are filled with highly radioactive fuel. But an added hazard at the Zaporizhzhia site is the many acres of open water ponds behind the complex where spent fuel rods have been cooled for years. Experts fear that errant shells or missiles striking such sites could trigger radiological disasters.

For days, social media reports detailed how the residents of Enerhodar erected a giant barrier of tires, vehicles, and metal barricades in an attempt to block a Russian advance into the city and the reactor site. Christoph Koettl, Visual Investigator for The New York Times, noted on twitter that the barricades were so big that they could be seen from outer space by orbiting satellites.

Since last Sunday, three days after the start of the invasion, the Ukrainian nuclear regulator started reporting an unusual rate of disconnections: Six of the country’s 15 reactors were offline. Tuesday, the Installation of Zaporizhzhia was the site with the most offline reactors.

John Youn, Marc Santora and Nathan Willis contributed report.

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Ukrainian student in Saskatchewan. calls on Ottawa to lift visa requirements as family flees war

A 20-year-old Ukrainian student living in Saskatoon is asking the Canadian government to ease visa requirements as he struggles to bring his family members, most of whom are fleeing the Russian invasion, to Canada.

In November, Bohdan Titorenko left Ukraine to pursue a wrestling scholarship at the University of Saskatchewan. He called his father, Oleksandr Titorenko, on Thursday to tell him Russia was invading. He said his father didn’t believe him at first.

“He called me 20 minutes [later] to say “Bohdan, they are attacking,” Bohdan said. His father sent him videos and said the Russians had attacked a military base about three kilometers away.

“I see the forest around my burnt house…I hear how my mother is crying, I hear how my little sister is scared.”

On Wednesday, Russia continued its assault on Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, despite expecting another round of peace talks on Thursday morning.

How can I help my family? How can I help my country?-Bohdan Titorenko

It’s unclear how many people have died in the week-long war, but Ukraine’s emergency services released a statement Wednesday morning saying there had been more than 2,000 Ukrainian civilian casualties, according to a report by the ‘Associated Press.

Titorenko said his mother and two siblings crossed the Polish border while his father stayed behind to fight off the Russian attackers. Titorenko’s longtime friends also enlisted, he said.

“I just wonder, ‘How can I help my family and how can I help my country?'” Titorenko told CBC host Leisha Grebinski. Saskatoon morning.

Bohdan Titorenko with his eight-year-old sister, Anfisa. He said she had just entered Poland with her mother and 16-year-old brother. (Submitted by Bohdan Titorenko)

Titorenko said there were times when he couldn’t eat or sleep, worried about his family. He said he could be in Ukraine fighting for his country, then stopped, sniffling and composing his voice before adding: “But I have a responsibility to protect my family here.”

LISTEN | Ukrainian university student wishing to bring his family to Canada

13:41Saskatoon man tries to bring his mother and siblings from Ukraine to Canada after the bombing of their family home

Leisha Grebinski speaks with Bogdan Titorenko, a University of Saskatchewan student whose family has already suffered devastating losses in their Ukrainian village 13:41

A house hit by missile fire

For three days, his mother, Irina Titorenko, and two siblings, David and Anfisa, huddled on the bathroom floor, wary of bombs that could obliterate their home. Titorenko said that without a basement or shelter, the bathroom was the best option for his family.

Shortly after he decided to flee their home, located near a military base in northern Ukraine and just outside a town called Zhytomr, the neighborhood was bombed, he said. .

Titorenko says his friend, Oleksandr Khomich, sent him this video of his Zhytomyr neighborhood on fire. He thinks his house might be involved in the sinking. (Chans Lagaden/CBC Saskatchewan)

On Tuesday, four people were killed in Zhytomyr when homes were hit by a Russian cruise missile targeting the nearby air base, according to Ukrainian Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko. reported by Reuters. Reuters said it was unable to verify the information.

Hearing about the attack near his home and seeing videos of people’s tearful responses, Titorenko felt “a lot of pain, a lot of pain for my civilian people, for my country”.

“I will protect the country, you must protect the family”

According to Titorenko, his family was able to cross the Polish border, except for his father, Oleksandr Titorenko, a wheat and soybean farmer who stayed to join the army.

In a separate interview with CBC, Titorenko said his father told him “I will protect [the] country, you have to protect the family. You have a responsibility.”

Titorenko was conflicted over how to handle the invasion of his country. He said he donated all his money to the Ukrainian military and recently created a GoFundMe page asking for money to bring his family to Canada.

Bohdan Titorenko has created a GoFundMe page asking for help in bringing his family, who recently crossed the border from Poland, to Canada. (GoFundMe)

So far, the fundraising page has raised nearly $1,000 of the $10,000 goal.

He is also calling on the government to introduce visa-free travel to make it easier for Ukrainians to enter Canada. However, her family still had to meet other requirements, such as having enough money to stay in Canada.

At a news conference on Monday, federal Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Sean Fraser said the government was working on a plan to allow more Ukrainians to enter Canada.

“We are working with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress to develop the best way forward, and also working with different provincial counterparts, to understand the opportunities to do this in the right way and in the most efficient way,” he said. .

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Smol: Canada ignores Russia’s militarized Arctic at its peril

Like Ukraine, the region is perceived by Vladimir Putin as an integral part of his country. Several modern Arctic warfare bases house, operate and test some of Russia’s most advanced weapons.

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As the war in Ukraine escalates, it might be prudent for Canada to finally make a serious strategic assessment of Russia’s other major military buildup. It is a militarized front which, like Ukraine, involves contested territorial and maritime claims, pitting Vladimir Putin’s Russia against democratic countries within and outside NATO. Like Ukraine, it is also seen by Putin as an integral part of Russia. It is of increasing strategic importance in trade, defense and resource extraction, and it is a front where Russia has amassed unprecedented levels of military equipment and personnel.


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This is the Arctic in 2022. And we ignore at our peril this militarized and contested region around, above and in front of our northern territory and our maritime claim.

On the Russian shores of this disputed sea and land border with Canada, Scandinavia and the United States are new or expanded and modernized Russian Arctic coastal military bases at Rogachevo, Pechenga, Severomorsk, Tiksi, Zvyozdny, Sredny Ostrov, Nagurskoye and Temp, to name a few. These modern Arctic warfare bases house, operate and test some of Russia’s most advanced weapons, such as the MIG 31BM fighter jet and the Poseidon 2M39 stealth nuclear torpedo, as well as TOR-M2DT missiles.

This reality has not been lost on NATO members Denmark and Norway, or allied countries like Sweden and Finland which, like the United States, have improved and expanded their military presence in the region. with professionally trained combat personnel and newly acquired equipment.


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Canada, with its ill-equipped and emasculated military, remains largely absent from the region.

Let us momentarily abandon the common (and I dare say naive) assumption underlying Canadian defense policy: that the United States is at Canada’s disposal, to expend whatever is necessary in American military resources and American military lives to defend every square mile of Canada, at no cost or corresponding effort to Canadians.

Where would we be if our defense depended above all on us?

The answer is: as prepared and combat ready as an administrative headquarters in Yellowknife can be alongside a company-sized detachment of part-time Army Reservists nearby. As martially worthy of Putin’s fear as 440 Squadron, Canada’s only permanent air force squadron in the Arctic with a “fleet” of four non-combat CC-138 twin-otter aircraft. As firm in our will to stand firm as the 55-person (non-military) Signal Station (CFS Alert) on Ellesmere Island. A match as worthy of Russian warships and nuclear submarines, with their increasingly sophisticated weaponry, as our heavy police arctic patrol vessels (only one in service so far), each designed to boast a single machine gun mounted on her deck.


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This is the extent of Canada’s professional “boots in the snow” military capability in the Arctic.

Yes, we have about 5,000 local Canadian Rangers in the North – ready to do just about anything, but actually go to war for Canada. On a professional level, this is a good thing since these non-combatant reserve auxiliaries from northern communities sponsored by the Department of National Defense receive almost no military training. They have rendered invaluable service on occasion when community assistance was needed in operations such as search and rescue. And, especially during this pandemic, these temporary reinforcements have stepped up to provide needed aid to beleaguered communities. The Canadian Rangers are worthy civil defense volunteers, but they are by no means soldiers.


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So let’s not portray them as somehow being at the forefront of Canada’s supposed determination to assert its sovereignty over the Arctic.

Of course, since we are members of NATO, any attack on Canada is considered an attack on all members of NATO. Certainly, in a possible maritime stalemate in the region, Canada can expect some protection and assurance from the United States as well as better armed and equipped armies from Denmark and Norway, not to mention our former colonial masters, France and the United Kingdom.

But should that happen in our current deplorable state of military readiness, let us have the honesty and integrity to refrain from clinging to the absurd illusion of an international “middle power” that many Canadians still harbor.

Robert Smol is a retired military intelligence officer who served in the Canadian Armed Forces for over 20 years. He is currently working as a paralegal and security professional while completing a doctorate in military [email protected]



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Canada stops broadcasting Russian propaganda

The two largest Canadian cable companies, Bell and Rogers, are removing the Russian propaganda channel RT (Russia Today) from their packages.

Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodríguez wrote on his Twitter account, reports Ukrinform

“I commend Bell for taking down RT. Russia has been waging a war in Ukraine since 2014 and an information war across the world. RT is the propaganda arm of the Putin regime that spreads disinformation. It has no out of place here. I’ll have more to say very soon,” Rodriguez wrote.

He later added that Rogers would also remove RT, replacing it with a Ukrainian flag broadcast.

Rogers has confirmed the information about RT’s broadcast shutdown.

As a reminder, Lithuania has already banned RT broadcasting, and soon such a ban will be introduced at EU level. and soon such a ban will be introduced at EU level.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin declares war on Ukraine and launches a full-scale invasion. Russian troops bomb and destroy key infrastructure. Missiles hit residential buildings.

Martial law was imposed in Ukraine and a general mobilization was announced. Ukraine has officially filed a complaint against the Russian Federation before the United Nations International Court of Justice in The Hague.

According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the losses of the Russian army reached about 4,500 people.


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Ukraine has the will, but Russia has the power: how their military forces fit together

By all accounts, the battle for Ukraine was never going to be a fair fight.

The invading Russian Federation commands the second most powerful military in the world, behind only the United States, having spent an estimated US$61.7 billion on defense in 2020, according to figures compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Ukraine spent a tenth of that amount, or just US$5.9 billion.

And this disparity appears in almost every possible comparison.

  • Russia has nearly 900,000 active military personnel to rely on in its war of aggression, compared to about 200,000 permanent Ukrainian military personnel.
  • Ukraine has far fewer attack planes – 146 compared to Russia’s 1,328 – and helicopters; only 42 against 478.
  • The Russian tanks rumbling towards the capital, Kiev, are part of an overall armored corps of 31,000 vehicles, compared to Ukraine’s 5,000.
  • The Russian Navy has 605 ships, including 70 submarines, which can be deployed in the Black Sea off the coast of Ukraine. While the Ukrainian fleet has only 38 ships and no submarines.

The unbalanced list goes on and on.

“The Russian army is powerful, there is no doubt about it, much more powerful than Ukraine’s,” the retired lieutenant general said. Andrew Leslie, former Chief of the Land Staff of the Canadian Armed Forces.

“The Russians have a vast technological advantage, in terms of quality, in terms of training time – which gives you experience on the different war machines – and in terms of numbers.”

A Ukrainian soldier is injured after coming across gunfire inside the city of Kiev on February 25, 2022. (Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press)

Russian advantages that will be virtually insurmountable for Ukrainian defenders – at least early in the war, Leslie said. But pacifying the country’s 44 million people could prove a much tougher task for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • What questions do you have about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine? Email [email protected]

“Mr. Putin is going to have to go to the cities and he is going to have to occupy Ukraine for years against a bitter and vengeful population that has tasted freedom,” predicts Leslie. “And they’re not going to forget, and they’re not going to allow the Russians to have an easy job, or to stay very long.”

Do not underestimate the will of the Ukrainian people

The Ukrainian leadership seems to have already moved on to the next fight. Russia’s official military reserve force is estimated at 2 million soldiers. But the Ukrainians are now busy trying to increase their core of 900,000 appeals, having now ordered all men between the ages of 18 and 60 to stay in the country, and arming anyone willing to pick up a gun.

On Friday, former President Petro Poroshenko was on the streets of Kyiv, brandishing an AK-47 and touting the country’s numerical strength.

“It’s the long line of people who want to join the battalion, but we don’t have enough guns… they’re normal, ordinary people [who] sometimes [have] was never in the army, now I’m lining up to join us,” Poroshenko told CNN.

“Putin will never catch Ukraine despite how many soldiers he has, how many missiles he has, how many nuclear weapons he has. We Ukrainians are a free people with a great European future.”

WATCH | NATO will supply more weapons to Ukraine:

NATO announces more weapons and air defense systems for Ukraine

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that the alliance would provide Ukraine with more aid and weapons, including air defense systems, while warning Russia that it would pay a heavy tribute for years to come. 28:19

Hanna Maliar, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister, Facebook Friday to urge citizens to resist Russian forces in any way possible, even with homemade weapons. Advocacy apparently had an impact, as online searches for Molotov cocktail recipes reportedly increased in the capital.

The Ukrainian people’s will to resist should not be underestimated, said Ihor Kozak, a former Canadian Forces officer who has been training and advising the military in his native Ukraine since 2014.

“Ukrainians are now fighting for their freedom, for their families, for their homeland,” Kozak said. “The morale is very, very high. And I think that’s going to be a deciding factor in this war.”

Nor should anyone doubt the professionalism of its heavily armed but well-trained military, Kozak added.

Eight years ago, when Russia first invaded Ukraine, annexing Crimea and backing a separatist uprising in the Donbass region, the country’s military was almost non-existent.

“There was really no money spent, no training, no modern weapons, no ammunition. So the people who went to fight were the young volunteers, and the not so young volunteers of the revolution Maidan, often in running shoes, with obsolete weapons,” recalls Kozak.

What Ukraine needs are weapons

All that changed with the establishment of a modern fighting force, trained to NATO standards by Western advisers, including members of the Canadian military. Now, what Ukraine desperately needs is not so much manpower as weapons.

“They need more [anti-tank] javelins, more [anti-aircraft] darts, more ammunition, more weapons so they can defend themselves and they can defend us. So I strongly encourage the Government of Canada and Western leaders to do this now before it’s too late,” Kozak said.

Big demand as Russia makes rapid inroads, with its troops already on the streets of Kiev.

Especially since the Ukrainian army ranks 22nd most powerful in the world — a place ahead of Canada in 23rd place.

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The Rebel to Rabble Review: The Aftermath of “Insurrection”

The convoy of trucks protesting the mandatory COVID vaccination that turned into a nearly month-long occupation of downtown Ottawa may have left, but the search team from Tap Progress still refers to its ties to other right-wing movements on the far right – including “a nationwide network of right-wing evangelical Christian pastors”, according to a dispatch filed by “Prairie reporter” Emily Leedham.

“Pastors, many of whom have previously been fined for holding church services in violation of public health orders, are part of a group called Liberty Coalition Canada (LCC),” notes Leedham, which “was founded in January 2021 to oppose COVID-19 restrictions on churches, but has since launched campaigns to oppose vaccination mandates and capacity limits in workplaces, schools and universities.

More recently, the LCC “wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemning his use of the Emergency Powers Act in response to the three-week occupation of Ottawa by the far-right convoy, saying to Trudeau that they are “concerned” that he does not appreciate “the significance of God’s wrath on a rebellious and lawless nation. ”

The letter, which was sent two days after the emergency order was issued, went on to “implore” Trudeau to “step back, restore the constitutional freedoms of the people, respect the God-given rights to our citizens and, above all, to humble yourself and kneel before Christ the King, lest you perish on the way.

Leedham also cites a Global News report which “indicates the blockade has ties to libertarian groups in the United States and notes the presence of American supporters in Coutts, AB.”

In a separate room, Mitchell Thompson, PP Ontario reporter strong points a recently unearthed photo of Ontario MPP and vocal convoy supporter Randy Hillier’ posing with the flag of a far-right secessionist group linked to charges of conspiracy to murder and firearms seized en route to the Coutts border blockade”.

According to PP, the photo “was originally posted on a far-right TikTok account” and “shows Hillier wearing a ‘No More Lockdowns’ t-shirt while holding an open beer can next to a flag. of the ‘Diagolon’,” which, Thompson notes, “is the symbol of a neo-fascist group called the ‘Plaid Army’, which has been spotted at the center of chaos in downtown Ottawa.

Meanwhile, Mob Contributors Ish Theilheimer and Marc Zwelling have suggestions for “how not to talk about the insurgency”, starting with the assertion that “illegal squatters in Ottawa are well-funded far-right extremists, which is good to call them, because it’s undeniably true” .

According to them, “the great victory of the insurgents in the media is to appropriate the word ‘freedom’ for their cause”.

Their recommendation, then, “for those who want to cancel the rioters (is) not to inadvertently give them free publicity using the rioters’ own words,” the duo wrote.

“This advice is at the heart of the concept of framing. Like a frame around a painting, a verbal frame outlines a debate. If you say winning Ottawa “has nothing to do with freedom,” you’re repeating the frame. By doing so, you conjure up images of freedom in your audience, when you really want them to think about oppression, a war against peaceful citizens, and an attack on democratically elected governments.

Elsewhere on the site, National political journalist Rabble Stephen Wentzell turn his attention on Canada’s response to rising tensions on the Ukrainian border, and the announcement earlier this week that Trudeau had approved “millions more to export lethal weapons to Ukraine” even as “all major parties except (the) Conservatives” – in this case, New Democrats and Greens – called for “a non-violent response”.

It is worth noting that The scoundrel essayist Marusya Bociurkiw offers a distinctly different grip on the tensions in his “lament for Ukraine” on February 22.

“The newspaper, online journals, even the alternative media space of the left, are full of crude anachronisms and xenophobic assumptions,” she writes.

“A left-wing broadcaster features a Russian ‘expert’ chastising those who are ‘too’ anti-Russian, as if this autocratic theocracy could still be redeemed by the long-disavowed progressive ideals of early communism. My leftist community is largely disinterested in Ukraine, asserting its ignorance with elaborate shrugs.

In response, she writes, “I find myself throwing out facts and statistics like so many baseball cards to anyone who will listen: that Ukraine was the first post-Soviet country to legalize homosexuality; the only country in the world to renounce its nuclear arsenal without violence; (a) leader in artistic, culinary and technical innovation; and that her feminist and queer organization is a model for the tottering state of North American feminist and queer politics.

More than Canadian Dimension, Oliver Boyd-Barrett warns that “Western media continue to press the ‘imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine’ narrative, claiming it has happened before and citing the alleged pressure Moscow is supposed to apply on Ukraine. »

In fact, he suggests, “even if Russia withdraws its forces from its own border with Ukraine – and even if all parties agree that full membership (in) NATO will not be extended to Ukraine at any time in the immediate future – NATO will maintain its dangerous passive-aggressive “victim” posture. This is because “Washington only wants one kind of development in Ukraine: a neoliberal paradise that will give Western capital total freedom to do whatever it wants with Ukrainian land and resources”.

Ultimately, Ricochet writer Christopher Curtis explore Quebec City’s “Hostility Merchants”, otherwise known as “Trash Radio”, the “talk radio hosts (who) set the agenda, determine elections and traffic in fear and mistrust », in particular Dominic Mrais from Radio X.

“Radio X is part of what its detractors call junk radio, or junk radio – a collection of conservative talk radio stations for which controversy is a business model,” he wrote. But it’s also “a glimpse into what looks like a unique moment of anger in Canadian politics.”

Centre-Right Trends in the Canadian Political Media Universe:

  • Ezra Levan, commander of Rebel Newsyou take a closer look to “whom Trudeau entrusts with his emergency crackdown,” beginning with “Bill Blair, the disgraced ex-cop who ran Toronto police during the G-20.”
  • Roberto Wakerell-Cruz of Post Millennial chronic Tory MP Colin Carrie’s attempt to ask ‘which ministers agreed’ with the agenda of the World Economic Forum, which Wakerell-Cruz describes as a ‘globalist think tank’, only to be ‘interrupted by the chairman of the Chamber due to very clear audio “being really bad”. ”
  • Rebel News reporter Alexandra Lavoie landed an exclusive interview with Candice Sero, “an Indigenous Mohawk residing in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in Hastings County who was in Ottawa protesting vaccination mandates, when she was trampled by the Toronto Police Mounted Unit and punched kicked by other police officers while she was on the ground”.
  • True North News Contributor Harley Sims was at launch of the “4,395 kilometer march from Vancouver to Ottawa…in solidarity with Canadian truckers and workers to end authoritarian government mandates” by Canadian Armed Forces veteran James Topp.

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Creative goaltender Emile Francis introduced the trapper glove to the NHL

New York Rangers coach Emile Francis shouts after the Rangers score against the Philadelphia Flyers in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Philadelphia in April 1974.Brian Horton/Associated Press

Championships are wonderful but they are not everything.

Emile Francis never won the Stanley Cup in his professional hockey life as a player, coach and manager, but the short man who introduced the goaltender’s trapper glove remains a giant for his accomplishments and his personality. Mr Francis died on Saturday at the age of 95.

The high point of his five-decade hockey career came as the National Hockey League grew from a modest group of six teams to a business enterprise three times the size of the mid-1960s through the mid-1960s. 1970. Taking over the New York Rangers operation that had languished in the depths of the standings for two decades, Mr. Francis built a formidable team that couldn’t quite overcome more powerful teams in Montreal, Boston and Chicago.

Nicknamed “The Cat” for his speed at playing junior hockey, Mr. Francis was a goaltender who, at 5-foot-7 and no more than 155 pounds, was undersized even by the standards of the time. Even as a boy growing up in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, he made up for that with a sharp, creative mind.

“I was always a little guy, so I had to rely on my wits – and no one was going to cheat me on anything,” Mr. Francis recalled in an interview with this reporter in 2003. “Sister Mary Berchmans taught me that at École du Couvent de l’Enfant-Jésus primary school in North Battleford, I was in front of goal in an hour-long game against Connaught School for the Championship of elementary schools. Whenever I had the chance, I would throw the puck over the boards in the snow, which was okay by the rules at the time.

“We won 1-0 but Connaught didn’t want to give us the trophy because of my tactics. When we told Sister Mary about it, she took me to Connaught School in a taxi, stormed into the principal, who was also their hockey coach, and demanded the trophy. We took it back and Sister Mary declared school holidays.

Emile Francis was born September 13, 1926 in North Battleford. His teenage years were heavily affected by World War II, but the quirks of his age, the war’s effect on the NHL, and his eligibility to serve kept him away from the battlefields.

“American hockey teams needed players so badly during World War II that they recruited teenagers,” Francis said. “I was barely past my 17th birthday and I was playing one goal for the Philadelphia Falcons, then the Washington Lions, of the Amateur Hockey League East.”

Nicknamed “The Cat” for his speed at playing junior hockey, Mr. Francis was a goaltender who, at 5-foot-7 and no more than 155 pounds, was undersized even by the standards of the time.Harry Harris/Associated Press

He joined the Canadian army when he was old enough, but the war ended before he could go overseas and he was discharged in 1945. year of junior hockey eligibility, so I joined the Moose Jaw Canucks.

Moose Jaw went undefeated in the 1945-46 Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League campaign before being eliminated in the Memorial Cup playoffs. Mr. Francis was so impressive that he split the following season between the senior Regina Capitals and the NHL’s Chicago Black Hawks, where he resisted authority to make a goaltending innovation that was as important than the introduction of facial protection by Jacques Plante a decade later.

“I created the first trapper,” he said. “Until then, the two goalkeeper gloves were basically identical, blockers with just a little strap between the thumb and fingers. If you actually tried to catch the puck in your palm, it would knock hell out of your hand. So I took a George McQuinn style baseball mitt – he was a first baseman for the St. Louis Browns – and sewed it onto a regular hockey glove. No one said anything about it until my first NHL game with the Chicago Black Hawks. We are about to begin when King Clancy, who referees the game, is called to the bench by Jack Adams, the Detroit coach. Adams says something, points at me and Clancy skates towards my net.

“’Let me see this glove,’ Clancy said. He looks at my trapper and says, “It’s illegal. You cannot use it.

“’Well,’ I said, ‘you don’t have a game because it’s the only glove I have!’ I had it there. The teams have only dressed one goalkeeper and it would be foolish to bring the emergency goalkeeper down from the stands while the starter is fully healthy. Clancy lets me use the glove, but orders me to bring it to league president Clarence Campbell this weekend when we’re in Montreal so he can rule on it. Campbell endorsed it, and trappers soon became standard equipment.

In the end, Mr. Francis was unable to measure up to NHL standards over the long term. With only six teams in the league with a goaltender each, there wasn’t much of a major league future for someone who was only a Top 10. After a few seasons with the Black Hawks, he was distributed to the New York Rangers, for whom he appeared only sparingly.

“You look at my NHL career line and it’s not much: 95 games, 31-52-11 and a 3.75 goals-against-average,” Francis said. “But every year I’ve played 50 to 70 games, plus playoffs, for American Hockey League teams in New Haven, Cincinnati and Cleveland, and around the old Western Pro Hockey League. for Vancouver, Saskatoon, Seattle, Victoria and Spokane.”

Mr. Francis, however, accumulated a wealth of knowledge about coaching and team management, augmenting his hockey experience with summers as player-manager of the North Battleford semi-pro baseball team. The sport was immensely popular in his home province in the 1950s.

“Every summer I played baseball in Saskatchewan,” Francis said. “For a time the Bentley family got me to join them at Delisle, but the people of North Battleford thought my military background made me a good leader and organizer, so I became player-manager of the North Battleford Beavers . It was good baseball! Some of the best ballplayers around were NHL players like Max and Doug Bentley, Bert Olmstead at Scepter and Gordie Howe at Saskatoon.

“Our rosters were full of great black baseball players because the black leagues had disbanded and organized baseball was slow to integrate. Championship matches were great, but the really serious competition was in tournaments because finishing in the money was what kept your team from going bust.

After retiring from hockey in 1960, Mr. Francis was hired by the Rangers to coach their junior team in Guelph, Ontario. Two years later he was appointed assistant general manager in New York and in 1964 he was promoted to general manager. Early in his tenure on Nov. 22, 1964, he was the center of attention in one of the most bizarre incidents in the NHL. During a home game at the old Madison Square Garden against Detroit, Mr. Francis accosted the goal judge who signaled a Red Wings count and found himself surrounded by hostile fans.

“We end up in a fight,” Mr. Francis recalled. “I’m outnumbered three-to-one and these guys are hammering me good, tearing my face open, when Vic Hadfield sees what’s going on from the ice. He jumps onto the boards, steps over the Plexiglas, and half the team follows him. They save me and give these guys a lick. The league fined us all, but what really freaked me out was that the three guys sued me for a million dollars, and after the case dragged through the courts, they got $80,000.

Mr Francis took over the coaching reins at Rangers in 1966, resigning twice but returning behind the bench after Bernie Geoffrion and Larry Popein were unable to last more than half a season. As Rangers coach, Mr. Francis posted an impressive record of 342-209-103.

“Rangers were also lost players when I joined them, but we produced good young players like Rod Gilbert, Jean Ratelle and Brad Park, acquired goalkeeper Ed Giacomin from the minors, made good trades and became strong contenders. . We never won the Stanley Cup but we came close, especially in 1972 when everything was in place until Ratelle broke his ankle. We led the Bruins to six games in the final; I know we would have beaten them with Ratelle in there.

“Managing and coaching Rangers was aggravating because the Madison Square Garden corporation owned the team and treated it like an afterthought,” he once said, recalling they had to play playoff games on the road because the circus had priority for the April dates. The ice cream in the garden was also terrible.

“I blew my peak in 1975 when one of our best defensemen, Dale Rolfe, skated on a spot where the ice had worn out and suffered a terrible broken leg, ended his his career immediately. “I’ve seen better ice on the highways in Saskatchewan,” I told reporters, and I meant it. Bill Jennings, the Rangers chairman, didn’t like it when I said what I thought, which might have something to do with my dismissal in 1976.”

Mr. Francis was soon hired to be general manager of the St. Louis Blues, where his seven-year tenure included a struggle to keep the team financially solvent. He moved on to a six-year run as chairman and general manager of the Hartford Whalers before retiring in 1989. Neither the Blues nor the Whalers could match the winning consistency of the Rangers, and Mr Francis is denied the glory of a Stanley Cup title. .

“Of course I had my disappointments,” Mr. Francis said, “like playing all those years in the minors and never winning the Stanley Cup, but all the while I had the best time of my life. life.”

He was enshrined as a builder in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982. For his contributions to hockey in the United States, he was awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy and the International Wayne Gretzky Award. He was a longtime member of the Hockey Hall of Fame Veterans Committee and became an exceptional storyteller and ambassador for the game.

He and his wife, Emma, ​​who died in 2020 after 68 years of marriage, had two sons: Bob, who had a brief playing and coaching career in the NHL, and Rick. He leaves his two sons.

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Harrogate’s Stonefall Cemetery will host special guided tours for International Women’s Day and Commonwealth Day

If York had not suffered a terrible bombardment in April 1942, Private Dorothy Thompson would have expected to be married in May.

The Harrogate wife had joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) around 1940 and by 1942 she was stationed at York.

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However, in the early hours of April 29, 1942, the town came under attack, with bombs falling from 40 German aircraft for nearly two hours.

Sea Cadet Lucia Leeming-Sheppard places candles at Canadian Air Force graves during a Candlelight Remembrance Christmas at the Commonwealth War Graves at Stonefall Cemetery, Harrogate in December. Photo: Tony Johnson.

One of the bombs fell on a pair of semi-detached houses on Nunthorpe Grove, numbers 23 and 25. They were destroyed alongside the neighboring pair, numbers 19 and 21.

Pte Thompson lived at number 21 and was discovered several days later at the bottom of a bomb crater. Aged just 24, she was the first member of the Northern Command ATS to be killed by enemy action.

She is one of six female victims commemorated at Stonefall Cemetery in Harrogate and visitors will have a rare chance to learn more about her story and that of the other five.

To jointly mark International Women’s Day and Commonwealth Day, when the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) offers free themed guided tours of the cemetery in March.

Private Dorothy Thompson.

Guided tours for International Women’s Day (March 5 and 6, and the day itself on March 8) will highlight the six women, who also include those who served in the Territorial Army Nursing Service and sister Florrie Perst, of Bilton, who was in Dunkirk, in Africa and also on hospital ships in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.

During Commonwealth Day tours (March 12-14, the latter being the actual day of remembrance), the public can learn about the victims from across the Commonwealth who are buried at Stonefall.

These include the Hannah brothers, who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force but died within months of each other, and Sergeant Isikeli Doviverata Komaisavai – known as “Ratu Dovi” – a descendant of the last king of Fiji, who fought for Britain. but died after being diagnosed with lung disease and was buried in Stonefall.

The tours are part of the CWGC’s “Ordinary People Extraordinary Times Around The World” campaign.

Elizabeth Smith, public engagement co-ordinator for the North East of England, said: ‘The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is looking after 170,000 war graves from both world wars at over 12,500 locations across the UK. United.

“The Air Force ground at Stonefall Cemetery is unique in the north of England due to its size and its resemblance to our sites overseas. The themed guided tours at Stonefall Cemetery will give locals the opportunity to reconnect with their history, learn more about the work of the CWGC, and discover the remarkable stories of the men and women who are buried in their community.

The Commission aims to honor the men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, ensuring that they are never forgotten. Funded by six member governments, its work began with building and now maintaining cemeteries in 23,000 locations around the world.

During World War II, nearly 1,000 servicemen were buried at Stonefall Cemetery. Many of them came from across the Commonwealth and they include more than 600 Canadian and nearly 100 Australian servicemen, as well as casualties from East Africa, the Caribbean, New Zealand and Fiji.

The free thematic guided tours will take place between Saturday March 5 and Monday March 14.

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Russia extends military exercises in Belarus, raising fears of Ukraine invasion

Tanks move during the Union Courage-2022 Russia-Belarus military exercises at the Obuz-Lesnovsky training ground in Belarus on February 19.Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr/Associated Press

Russian troops in Belarus did not return to their home bases as planned on Sunday, instead continuing military exercises near the Ukrainian border and raising fears that Russia could soon launch a three-pronged attack on Ukraine.

The 10-day drills involving some 30,000 Russian troops, along with Belarusian forces, began Feb. 10, and their expected conclusion was one of the most watched signals of whether Russian President Vladimir Putin would choose to step up or to ease the months- old crisis around Ukraine. No end date was given for the extended exercises.

The continued presence of Russian troops in Belarus leaves open the worst case scenario of Russia attacking Ukraine from three directions, with troops in Belarus capable of pushing towards the capital of Kiev from the north. US officials have estimated that Russia now has between 170,000 and 190,000 troops in position around Ukraine. Most are massed along Ukraine’s eastern border, while large numbers are also concentrated in the south on the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula.

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Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin said Mr Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko had decided to continue the joint exercises due to “increasing military activity on the external borders” of Russia and Belarus, as well as “the aggravation of the situation in Donbass”, a region in the south-east of Ukraine.

“There is a conclusion – that it smells strongly of gunpowder in Europe,” Khrenin said.

On Saturday, the Russian and Belarusian leaders jointly oversaw the start of exercises to test the readiness of Russia’s nuclear arsenal, which is the largest in the world.

Russia says it has no intention of attacking Ukraine. But the Kremlin demanded guarantees that its neighbor will never be allowed to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization – guarantees that the United States and the alliance of 30 NATO countries have said they would not give.

French President Emmanuel Macron called Mr Putin on Sunday in what the Elysee Palace described as “a last-ditch effort to avoid a Russian invasion of Ukraine”. Afterwards, the Kremlin said Mr Putin had told the French leader that the United States and NATO must respond to Russia’s demands “in a concrete and substantial way”. Moscow says NATO’s eastward expansion in the three decades since the end of the Cold War is a threat to its security.

Mr Putin believes Ukraine has been under de facto Western control since a 2014 revolution that toppled a pro-Moscow president. Mr Putin said last week he believed Ukraine’s military was committing “genocide” in the predominantly Russian-speaking region of Donbass, which is part of Ukraine but is under the control of a militia backed by Moscow for eight years. .

Fighting between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian militants in Donbass has killed more than 14,000 people since 2014. The United Nations monitoring mission for Ukraine says that while both sides have committed human rights abuses Man, there is no evidence to support Mr. Putin’s claim. of genocide.

Since Mr Putin’s remarks, however, there have been a series of explosions and other alleged attacks in separatist-held areas, raising fears the Kremlin is manufacturing a provocation to use as justification for an invasion. pre-planned from Ukraine. US President Joe Biden said on Friday he believed Mr Putin had already made up his mind to attack.

After a visit to the Donbass frontline on Saturday, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe mission that monitors ceasefire violations had been weakened after Canada, the United States and Britain ordered their nationals to leave early. this month as concerns mounted over a possible Russian invasion.

Ms Vereshchuk said impartial reporting on what was happening in eastern Ukraine was now more important than ever and called on Ottawa, Washington and London to “review” their decision to withdraw from the mission. OSCE.

“We need to have a clear record of these situations. We have to make sure every incident is properly documented,” she told The Globe and Mail after visiting a kindergarten in the frontline town of Stanytsia Luhanska which was hit by a shell last week. injuring three staff members.

Canada and several other Western governments have also temporarily closed their embassies in Kyiv and moved staff to the city of Lviv, near the Ukraine-Poland border. Canada also withdrew the 260-soldier Operation Unifier that had been training the Ukrainian military for seven years, and Ottawa advised all Canadian citizens to leave Ukraine “now”.

Russia and Belarus, which are close military allies, say the tension in Eastern Europe has been caused by NATO, which has deployed additional troops to alliance member countries Poland, Romania and the Baltic States in response to Russian military build-up.

Andrei Sannikov, a Belarusian dissident who in 2010 ran for president against Mr Lukashenko in an election widely seen as rigged, said joint military exercises in Belarus posed a threat not only to Ukraine, but also for the sovereignty of his country.

Their extension almost certainly means that Russian troops will be in Belarus during the February 27 referendum on constitutional changes that would allow Mr Lukashenko, who came to power in 1994, to remain president until 2035.

“The referendum will be held under the presence of foreign troops, under the threat that foreign troops will be used against the civilian population,” Sannikov said.

“Russia now completely controls Belarus. You can see how Belarus is being used as a springboard… which not only threatens Ukraine, but also Europe.

Ukraine says Russian-backed separatists are to blame after a kindergarten in Stanytsia Luhanska was bombed and videos of fleeing civilians made in separatist-controlled areas of Donetsk are fabricated.

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What could be more surprising than the news of the war in 1944? Women allowed to drive taxis in Guelph

Someone came to the conclusion that if Rosie the Riveter could build ships and tanks, her sisters could drive taxis

On January 15, 1944, while Canada was embroiled in battle against the Axis powers, the Guelph Mercury published an article that was startling even among war reports. Magistrate Frederick Watt, chairman of the police commission, announced at its inaugural meeting that women would be allowed to drive taxis in Guelph.

Of course, there were already female drivers on Canadian roads, but they were the exception, and the notion that women were bad drivers had long been well established. Apparently, women were terrible drivers because they weren’t cut out to drive cars, being: too emotional to handle the stress of driving, too likely to pass out or pass out in a critical situation, too easily distracted, not smart enough for something as complicated as driving and knowing all the rules of the road, and not physically strong enough to comfortably operate a motor vehicle (there was no power steering or power brakes at the time).

When it came to winter driving, women were supposed to be unable to cope with the difficulties of snow and ice. Drowsy female driver jokes were commonplace for comedians. A classic George Burns and Gracie Allen comedy routine had ditzy Gracie asking for a driver’s license.

Driving a car was generally considered a man’s job. In most families, even if the wife knew how to drive, whenever she and her husband were both in the car, the driver’s seat was naturally hers. A real man wouldn’t let the little woman drive unless it was really necessary.

There were even more reasons why sitting behind the wheel of a taxi was not considered a place for a woman. Besides traffic hassles, taxi drivers also had to deal with passengers who could be impatient, angry, rude and generally uncivil. There were men who were visitors to town who expected taxi drivers to know where to take them if they were looking for a bit of “action”.

It wasn’t just that nice ladies weren’t supposed to know such places existed, let alone where to find them; there were also fears that female taxi drivers were targeted by men on the prowl.

The demands of World War II changed that. There were so many men in the armed forces that there was a shortage of manpower for jobs generally considered exclusively male. Women now did “men’s work” in factories, on construction sites and in primary industries.

Someone came to the conclusion that while Rosie the Riveter could build ships and tanks, her sisters could drive taxis. In addition, women drove trucks and jeeps for the Canadian army and ferried planes for the Royal Canadian Air Force. (A year from now, young Princess Elizabeth would be serving in the British Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service as a driver and mechanic.)

The Mercury report said:

“Responding to a call from two local taxi companies, requesting permission to employ women as drivers due to the shortage of men, the commission agreed to accede to the request, as a temporary measure, under specific conditions.”

One of the requirements was that each applicant for a taxi driver’s license had to be approved by Guelph Police Chief Harold Nash, but this was common in all communities in Ontario. The rule was intended not only to ensure that drivers could operate a motor vehicle safely and competently, but also to protect the public from “undesirables”. Men with criminal records would generally be denied a taxi driver’s license.

Another requirement stated that female taxi drivers in Guelph would be “restricted to the daytime period of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.” visitors to the city looking for “a bit of action”.

Of course, once women entered the driving profession, they were here to stay, in Guelph and everywhere else; not only in taxis, but also in trucks, buses and any other type of vehicle on wheels. Female passengers often specifically requested a female driver when phoning for a taxi, and there were examples of taxi companies employing only female drivers.

Statistics compiled by police departments and car insurance companies have shown that, far from being the giddy female drivers of old jokes, female drivers in general get fewer traffic violations than male drivers, are less more likely to be involved in traffic accidents than men and are less likely to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Not at all the stereotypical caricature of the 1940s.

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Soldier On Army Course Caught With 81 Packets Of Dried Cannabis Leaves

Importing or exporting so-called Indian hemp could result in a prison sentence of at least 21 years if convicted.

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A man linked to the Nigerian army who was on a development course was attending school when he was stopped by a highway patrolman who found 81 packets of dried cannabis leaves.

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the from the country Indian Hemp Act Remarks it is illegal to plant, cultivate, import, export, sell, possess, use or have any related accessories.

Cultivating the plant illegally, for example, could result in death or life in prison. Importing or exporting weed is punishable by at least 21 years in prison.

Beyond the cannabis, the National Police report that the soldier’s vehicle contained an army uniform, two Michelin tires, an army helmet, a bag of clothes and some charms, all of which were confiscated.

The driver was to be handed over to Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.

According to Punch, the man marched alongside others at police command headquarters earlier this week.

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What the Canadian Rangers are doing in the field during COVID-19

The Canadian Rangers have remained busy in northern Ontario since a spike in COVID-19 cases on the James Bay coast last month. “This may just be another resurgence, but we are ready to provide support where possible,” said Lt. Col. Shane McArthur.

McArthur is the commander of the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, which oversees the Canadian Rangers in northern Ontario. When remote communities locked down to limit the spread of COVID-19, the rangers – who are part-time Canadian Armed Forces reservists – were there to help. Since January 2020, rangers have conducted 48 ground search and rescue and requests for assistance in the region. And during Omicron, McArthur says, they had to answer multiple calls at once.

As of February 15, the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority, a health care network covering the James Bay and Hudson Bay coasts, was reporting 259 active cases. The hardest hit communities during this pandemic wave have been Kashechewan and Moose Factory, which peaked earlier this month at 72 and 81 active cases, respectively. While cases in both communities have since declined, in Fort Albany, just south of Kashechewan, they are increasing, with 50 cases reported active Tuesday.

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Shane McArthur: The Canadian Rangers are a subcomponent of the Army Reserve. They are part-time people who volunteer. They support their people, their communities, where they live.

We often use them for ground search and rescue operations in the North and their communities, as well as to assist other agencies and organizations, especially the military, with their cold weather training exercises. However, we have entered into more social aspects of our tasks, which include supporting communities during certain health crises, floods, fires, etc.

My rangers are good at navigation, coordination and command post operations. They know the language, they know the people, the communities, the terrain. That’s what they bring to an answer — those things that you can’t get from the South or from other ministries. Can you give us an overview of how the rangers are currently responding to requests for assistance from the community?

McArthur: There are about 70 rangers—it goes up and down—and members of the headquarters of the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group who are currently active in operations in northern Ontario. We currently have five requests for assistance in five different communities, and we are also supporting Operation Remote Immunity, the rollout of the vaccine, this time for anyone who wants the boosters and for children ages 5-11 in all communities.

We are currently in Attawapiskat, Peawanuck, Kashechewan, Mishkeegogamang and Fort Hope [Eabametoong]. Three of them are on the James Bay coast. We are monitoring Fort Albany, but there are no requests or concerns at this time.

We got up [activated] sentinels in Pikangikum and Lac Seul because they are worried. We call them sentinels, but they are local rangers within the community who help get information to make sure we get the right information about what’s going on in the community so we can support them. What does a Canadian Rangers response to COVID-19 look like?

McArthur: They transport essential goods and supplies. For seniors, they do checks, make sure people get daily necessities. When the community goes into lockdown, sometimes it shuts down the northern store down. Some of the most vulnerable people in the community cannot leave, so they provide these services to ensure that their community members are well taken care of with food, water and medical appointments, go to the clinic. They can also set up a command post as needed or be ready to advise Chief and Council as needed.

We also cut wood to bring to people, especially homes that are in confinement. Lots of general duties, as we call it. Snow removal is a good citizen. How are rangers called for help?

McArthur: We are not the leader, and I am not the authority — it goes through the Province of Ontario and Public Safety. Emergency Management Ontario and federal agencies make all decisions and request CAF assistance. Depending on where it is and what the problem is, the CAF says, “Okay, Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, can you support that? We’ve already done some homework, and the staff checks and says, “Yes, we can.”

We raise the sentries to make sure we have at least three days in advance [of a request]. We try to make sure we can cut [preparation time] as possible while these approval processes are ongoing. We are not always able to fly into these communities in a timely manner due to requirements and restrictions. So it’s the communities that go into the province through Emergency Management Ontario, that go to the CAF, that then contact you?

McArthur: Yes. Email traffic happens very, very quickly – almost a few minutes – but it sounds very complicated. You mentioned restrictions making it difficult to respond quickly. Can you elaborate?

McArthur: We comply with all provincial and federal health protection measures. Then there are the needs of the Canadian Armed Forces, which are growing, and we will always strive to meet them. For some communities, we may need to be tested before entering – and then be tested when we enter. We are the visitors there and we do not want to be seen as the vector of contamination. We’re doing everything in our power to make sure it’s not us.

Sometimes these things take 24 hours, sometimes 48 hours, because of the type of tests used. It doesn’t always work out in our favor, which means [requests] sometimes catches us off guard, and there are delays. But we try to do everything in our power not to have these delays. A particularly difficult situation in the Far North was Bearskin Lake First Nation, where more than half the community tested positive, leading to the declaration of a state of emergency on December 29. the number of rangers and the respect of deadlines of their response. Has this changed how rangers respond to COVID-related requests for assistance?

McArthur: We practice Bearskin exactly as we practice [other communities]. There are a few things that have happened that have been a disconnect in communications. It hasn’t changed our practices, because we’ve done everything in accordance with what we’ve done for the past two years. There was a misunderstanding about which resources were going to stay in the community, and when we arrived they weren’t there. It took us some time to seek approval to commit new forces. When we did that, we put those strengths out there and supported the community like we always have.

Unfortunately we were taken a bit poor so we had to rearrange. I had to go back to look for authorities, and this process took time. It also takes us time to rid people of COVID. Meanwhile, the impression was perceived differently. And, again, we regret that this happens. But the processes we’ve been using have proven themselves to us over the past two years, and we’ve done a damn good job overall. Are there any individuals or groups that you have seen go above and beyond in their response?

McArthur: If you start naming a name, you will always miss someone. They do a great job in difficult circumstances. They help their communities while living in these conditions themselves. That’s no small feat, and the accolades go to all of them. I received compliments for my rangers from many community leaders. And, in particular, the NAN [Nishnawbe Aski Nation] great leader [Derek Fox]. The support we have received from the communities, from the chiefs, has been incredible, so I give them my congratulations.

This interview has been condensed and edited for length and clarity.

This is part of a series of stories about issues affecting Northeastern Ontario. It is brought to you with the assistance of Laurentian University.

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Canada’s Trudeau triggers Emergency Act to break lockdowns – AZERTAC

Baku, February 15, AZERTAC

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday invoked the Emergencies Act as part of a move to lift a blockade in the capital Ottawa and other areas in connection with protests by truckers against the government’s health rules. COVID-19, according to Anadolu Agency.

It also aims to prevent a repeat blockade of the Ambassador Bridge, the main commercial artery between Canada and the United States. The law is time-limited, although the duration of its effect is unclear. It is also targeted at specific areas like the blockade of Ottawa.

“This is about keeping Canadians safe,” Trudeau told a nationally broadcast press conference, adding “we cannot and will not allow dangerous activities to continue.”

The law has never been used before, but an earlier version — in 1988, it replaced the War Measures Act — was invoked in 1970 by the late Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Justin Trudeau’s father , who used it to repress a Quebec separatist. organization that kidnapped British Trade Commissioner and Quebec Cabinet Minister Pierre Laporte. He was later found dead.

On Monday, Trudeau declared the Emergencies Act to deal with blockades by truckers and others who demanded the repeal of all government COVID-19 health measures. Border points were disrupted in several provinces, including Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba.

But when his father called in the army to deal with the Quebec threat and there were soldiers everywhere and tanks roamed the streets, Justin did not call the Canadian Armed Forces, which he had said at the end of last week was a last resort.

“We don’t use the Emergencies Act to call in the military,” Trudeau said. “We are not suspending fundamental rights or nullifying the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“We don’t limit people’s freedom of expression. We don’t limit freedom of peaceful assembly. We don’t prevent people from exercising their right to lawfully protest.”

While protesters on the Ambassador Bridge were evacuated and the bridge reopened on Sunday, the city of Ottawa, which has a population of one million, remains paralyzed by protesters and hundreds of large transport trucks. The “siege,” as Ontario Premier Doug Ford called it, is in its third week. Ford declared a provincial state of emergency, but this had no effect on the situation in Ottawa.

The law is defined as a tool to deal with an “urgent and critical situation” that “seriously endangers the life, health or safety of Canadians”.

It gives the government the right to enact “temporary special measures which might not be appropriate in normal times”.

For example, under the law, the federal government can order Ottawa tow trucks to remove parked trucks that have created havoc downtown. The towing companies had refused to do so, fearing reprisals. Trudeau made the decision after consulting with provincial premiers and his caucus (elected Liberal MPs).

Meanwhile, at the Coutts Dam in Alberta, between the United States and Canada, police said on Monday they arrested 11 militant protesters and seized a number of weapons, including long guns, handguns fist, ammunition and bulletproof vests.

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US says more than 130,000 Russian troops are stationed outside Ukraine

Some airlines have canceled or diverted flights to Ukraine amid heightened fears that an invasion by Russia is imminent despite intensive weekend talks between the Kremlin and the West.

In an hour-long call Saturday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Joe Biden said invading Ukraine would cause widespread human suffering and that the West was committed to diplomacy to end the crisis but also prepared for other scenarios, the White House said. He offered no suggestion that the call diminished the threat of imminent war in Europe.

The two presidents spoke a day after Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan warned that US intelligence shows a Russian invasion could begin within days.

Russia denies plans to invade, but has massed more than 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border and sent troops to drills in neighboring Belarus. US officials say Russia’s firepower buildup has reached the point where it could invade on short notice.

Dutch airline KLM has canceled flights to Ukraine until further notice, the company announced on Saturday.

Dutch sensitivity to potential danger in Ukrainian airspace is high following the 2014 downing of a Malaysian airliner over an area of ​​eastern Ukraine held by rebel-backed by Russia. All 298 people on board died, including 198 Dutch citizens.

Ukrainian charter airline SkyUp said on Sunday its flight from Madeira, Portugal to Kiev had been diverted to the Moldovan capital Chisinau after the plane’s Irish lessor said it was banning flights in the country. Ukrainian airspace.

Ukrainian presidential spokesman Serhii Nykyforov told The Associated Press that Ukraine has not closed its airspace. A Ministry of Infrastructure statement said: Some carriers are experiencing difficulties related to fluctuations in insurance markets.

The Putin-Biden call, following a call between Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron earlier in the day, came at a critical time in what has become the biggest security crisis between Russia and the West since the cold War. US officials believe they have only days to prevent an invasion and massive bloodshed in Ukraine.

While the United States and its NATO allies have no plans to send troops to Ukraine to fight Russia, an invasion and the resulting punitive sanctions could reverberate far beyond the United States. former Soviet republic, affecting energy supplies, world markets and the balance of power in Europe.

President Biden has been clear with President Putin that while the United States remains ready to engage in diplomacy, in full coordination with our allies and partners, we are also ready for other scenarios, the President said. White House statement.

Yuri Ushakov, Putin’s top foreign policy aide, said while tensions had been escalating for months, in recent days the situation had simply reached the point of absurdity.

He said Biden had discussed possible sanctions that could be imposed on Russia, but that issue was not the focus of a long enough conversation with the Russian leader.

In a sign that US officials are preparing for the worst-case scenario, the United States announced its intention to evacuate most of its embassy staff in the Ukrainian capital and urged all US citizens in Ukraine to leave the country immediately . Britain has joined other European nations in telling its citizens to leave Ukraine.

Canada has closed its embassy in Kiev and moved its diplomatic staff to a temporary office in Lviv, located in the west of the country, Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said on Saturday. Lviv is home to a Ukrainian military base that served as the hub for Canada’s 200-soldier training mission in the former Soviet country.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy played down concerns about an invasion, urging the country to remain calm.

I believe that today in the information space there is a lot of information, he said on Saturday.

The timing of possible Russian military action remains a key question.

The United States has collected intelligence that Russia is considering on Wednesday as a target date, according to a U.S. official familiar with the findings. The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly and only did so on condition of anonymity, did not say how definitive the information was.

New US-Russian tensions surfaced on Saturday when the Defense Ministry summoned the US Embassy’s military attache after he said the Navy had detected a US submarine in Russian waters near the Kuril Islands in the Pacific. . The submarine refused the order to leave, but left after the navy used unspecified appropriate means, the ministry said.

Adding to the sense of crisis, the Pentagon ordered the dispatch of 3,000 additional American troops to Poland to reassure the allies.

In addition to the more than 100,000 ground troops that US officials say Russia has mustered along Ukraine’s eastern and southern borders, the Russians have deployed missile, air, naval and special operations forces, as well as supplies to support a war.

This week, Russia moved six amphibious assault ships into the Black Sea, increasing its ability to land marines on the coast.

Biden has bolstered the US military presence in Europe to reassure allies on NATO’s eastern flank. The 3,000 additional soldiers ordered in Poland come on top of the 1,700 who are on the way. The US military is also transferring 1,000 troops from Germany to Romania, which, like Poland, shares a border with Ukraine.

Russia demands that the West keep former Soviet countries out of NATO. He also wants NATO to refrain from deploying weapons near its border and roll back alliance forces from Eastern Europe, demands the West flatly rejects.

Russia and Ukraine have been locked in bitter conflict since 2014, when Ukraine’s pro-Kremlin leader was ousted from office by a popular uprising. Moscow responded by annexing the Crimean peninsula and then backing a separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine, where fighting has killed more than 14,000 people.

A 2015 peace deal brokered by France and Germany stopped large-scale battles, but regular skirmishes have continued and efforts to reach a political settlement have stalled.


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In a Ukrainian border town, children practice drills and stockpile supplies in case of a Russian attack

Residents of the Ukrainian town of Ovruch, just 15 kilometers from the border with Belarus, know that if the current crisis with Russia metastasized into a full military conflict, their community could be the first the invaders would come to.

“Teachers remind us that if there is [is] an offensive by the Russian Federation or Belarus, we shouldn’t panic,” Ivan Trostenyuk, a 14-year-old eighth grader at local school number three, said in a recent interview with CBC News as he was going home.

“Our [Ukrainian] the soldiers will help us.”

While Ovruch has a population of just 15,000, it is 200 km – or about two and a half hours’ drive – north of the capital, Kiev. The newly renovated highway south of Ovruch is one of the fastest routes to reach the political and economic center of Ukraine.

For weeks, Russia has sent troops and advanced weapons to Belarus, with some of the staging areas within 30 km of Ukraine. Military experts estimate there could now be more than 30,000 Russian troops in Belarus, and on Thursday they began moving in formation and conducting live-fire drills in exercises called Allied Resolve.

In this still image from a video released on February 11, military vehicles are seen conducting a joint military exercise between the armed forces of Russia and Belarus at the Brestsky training ground in the region of Brest, Belarus. (Russian Ministry of Defense document)

More than 130,000 Russians in total have gathered in places near Ukraine’s land border, in addition to a large naval deployment in the Black Sea.

Putin ‘just can’t back down’

Some Western analysts say the Russian deployment to Belarus represents the largest Russian troop movement there since well before the end of the Cold War. It also gives President Vladimir Putin and his generals additional options to attack Ukraine, should they choose to do so.

“When you have this amount of troops amassed at the borders, with the amount of naval power [Putin] moved into the Black Sea, with the amount of air power he has, he has to do something. He just can’t back down,” said Canadian Mychailo Wynnyckyj, associate professor of sociology and director of the doctoral program at Kyiv-Mohyla Business School.

Putin demanded that the United States and NATO rewrite existing security agreements in Europe, refuse to admit Ukraine to NATO and withdraw all foreign troops from former Soviet republics or former members of the Warsaw Pact. , such as Poland and Romania.

Canadian-Ukrainian Mychailo Wynnyckyj teaches in Kiev. He thinks Putin is unlikely to back down from a military buildup on the Ukrainian border. (Carly Thomas/CBC)

Wynnyckyj says Putin knows such demands cannot be met, and so he and many Ukrainians are preparing for the worst. “I think he’s going to move in.”

At the school in Ovruch, and others across Ukraine, teachers trained children in emergency drills in case the conflict escalated.

“The action plan for the children depends on the signal we receive,” said headmistress Ludmyla Zalizko of school number three in Ovruch.

“If bombings or other scenarios [happen]we could move to the basement, or outside.”

Several students told CBC News that psychologists came to their classes to try to reassure them but also to prepare them in case their city was attacked.

“We are not as worried as [the grown-ups] said Ivan Trostenyuk. “I think everything will be fine.

Heed the instructions

Other students said their parents trained them on home emergency plans.

“I live in a house and we have our own basement, where we already have a stock of food and other things, and we can go down there in 30 seconds,” 13-year-old Vania Zubiychuk said.

The Transfiguration Church is the dominant monument in Ovruch, Ukraine. (Chris Brown/CBC)

“If I’m in school [when an attack comes]I have to listen to the instructions of a teacher or adults around, and if at home … [I] listen and do whatever the parents ask you to do.”

Volodymyr Kublynsky, also 13, said his parents told him the less he told people about the political situation, the better. They say, “we shouldn’t be provocative, nobody should blow this up.”

The CBC News team spent several hours one day this week driving through Ukraine’s border areas north of Kiev and saw no evidence of the country’s military or mobilization efforts to protect the capital or the border region.

Nor, apparently, many people who live in Ovruch.

Petro Levkivsky, a municipal politician, says he understands his government wants to avoid panicking people, but a show of force would make people feel better.

“I’d rather see something happen,” he said. “I would rather there was a huge fence [at the border] and there were many troops to protect us.”

Petro Levkivsky, a municipal politician from Ovruch, said citizens might feel more reassured if they saw the Ukrainian army doing its own military exercises. (Carly Thomas/CBC)

Levkivsky said the Ukrainian military has improved significantly with the help of foreign countries, such as Canada, and this gives him hope that if hostilities break out, Ukraine will have a strong defense.

“It gives me confidence that we have an experienced army,” he said. “We are truly grateful that our foreign partners are providing military assistance, and we hope this will deter the aggressor and there will be virtually no war in central Europe.”

Ongoing conflict

Ukraine’s government has released a video of its own tanks and soldiers carrying out exercises east of the capital, near the cities of Kharkiv and Kherson, and says its preparations will reflect Russia’s schedule for its exercises until 20 February.

An old Soviet T-34 tank and an artillery piece serve as monuments to Ovruch’s military history in a park near the town’s entrance. (Adrian DiVirgilio/CBC)

In addition, there have recently been almost daily flights from the United States bringing new weapons to the Ukrainian military, including Javelin anti-tank missiles and other small arms ammunition.

Most Ukrainians see the current crisis with Russia as a continuation of a conflict that began in 2014, when Putin ordered his troops to seize the Crimean peninsula.

Shortly after, separatists in eastern Ukraine – which are supplied, financed and armed by Russia – launched an offensive against the Ukrainian army, in a conflict that has left more than 13,000 people dead. combatants and civilians.

Warnings from the US, Britain and others that a Russian attack could be ‘imminent’ come as no surprise to a war-weary nation that has spent years expecting an escalation from Russia at some point.

A kiosk near a bus stop in Ovruch. (Adrian DiVirgilio/CBC)

Wynnyckyj says like others in the country, he is preparing but also determined to carry on with his life as usual.

“We have 60 liters of water, just in case. We have lots of dried food and tinned food, just in case the electricity goes out for a few weeks, which might happen.”

But, he insisted, “it’s not panic. And we don’t have panic in the streets.”

In the border town of Ovruch, there is a sense of resignation that if an invasion did occur, it might not be possible to flee.

“If the incursion happens, it would happen suddenly, so we won’t have time to leave,” said Levkivsky, the local politician. “I have three children and no car. We won’t have time to escape.”

In this case, he says the plan would simply be for him and his family to stay put and do the best they can, as other Ukrainians did when their territory was invaded.

“Our compatriots in eastern Ukraine have experienced this, the Crimeans have experienced it too, we too, we will experience it too.”

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Should the military put an end to the “freedom” protests?

It’s funny how the so-called Conservative Party of Canada and our two local Conservative MPs seem unable to tell these ‘freedom convoy’ protesters that their voices have been heard and now is the time to let others Canadians enjoy their freedoms, such as going to work and crossing the border.

No other previous prime minister, regardless of political stripe, would have endured two weeks of traffic jams in downtown Ottawa, followed by mounting protests at border crossings. Pierre Trudeau and Jean Chrétien, up to Brian Mulroney and Stephen Harper, would have put an end to this nonsense a few days ago.

They allegedly let the protests continue for a few days, then firmly told the protesters to go home and if they did not leave, they would be evicted by members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

And naturally, these protesters in Ottawa, at the border crossings and elsewhere will cry out for the violation of their civil liberties and their rights to freedom of assembly. Here’s what Trudeau the Elder had to say about it in October 1970.

“There are a lot of bleeding hearts around who just don’t like to see people with helmets and guns. All I can say is, carry on and bleed, but maintaining law and order in this society is more important than worrying about weak-kneed people who don’t like the looks of a soldier’s helmet.

“At all costs? How far would you go with this? How far would you stretch this?” the reporter asked.

“Well, look at me,” Trudeau replied.

It’s funny how the so-called Conservative Party of Canada and our two local Conservative MPs seem unable to tell these ‘freedom convoy’ protesters that their voices have been heard and now is the time to let others Canadians enjoy their freedoms, such as going to work and crossing the border.

The Conservatives have great points to argue about the validity of federal and provincial vaccine mandates and they should vigorously present them in the House of Commons. Many mandates are – in whole or in part – no longer supported by scientific developments. But Tories should also agree with fellow parliamentarians that these protests are now causing significant economic damage and must end, voluntarily or not.

From a politically cynical standpoint, which has been Trudeau’s playbook since day one, threatening to call in the military (and following through if necessary) would now be warmly welcomed by most urban voters and suburbs, with all parties serious about government formation. Needs.

Pierre said he had no choice when he called in the army and was only responding to the clear and present danger to democracy. Justin can also use this line.

There are many wrongs in the current mandates and everyone is tired of living with them, regardless of individual opinions on vaccine safety. These demonstrators, however, crossed the line between protest and anarchy. Their continued actions are statements that their love for freedom does not include the freedom of anyone who disagrees with them.

If it takes soldiers patrolling downtown Ottawa and border crossings to restore democratic law and order, this Prime Minister — or any other Prime Minister — should do it without hesitation.

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Fired Georgian College instructor becomes face of Ottawa protest convoy

Tom Marazzo says he was fired by the college after sending an email to faculty members that questioned the school’s vaccination policy

A new face of the truckers’ protest and the Ottawa occupation is a former Georgian College instructor who is now demanding that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meet with him and his team of “world-class scientists.”

On Monday night, video was filmed by organizers of the protest in the nation’s capital, which has now been going on for nearly two weeks. The video’s keynote speaker is Tom Marazzo, who taught at Georgian for two years.

A reporter contacted Marazzo on Tuesday. He responded to clarify his ties to the Barrie area. On Wednesday, he replied to confirm his work at Georgian College. However, Marazzo was unavailable for an interview.

“I can tell you that I was fired by Georgian College for sending an internal email to over 250 faculty, the president, the vice president of human resources and several deans, questioning the legality of the mandate vax. I put my name in it,” Marazzo wrote in his response.

“Within days I was fired for sending the email,” he added. “The overwhelming majority of teachers have turned on me in a show of unity in support of the mandates. OPSEU has been totally useless. I have a lawyer.

When asked if he still lives in Barrie, Marazzo said he sold his house and “moved away from Barrie.”

Marazzo’s LinkedIn page says he was hired full-time at the college from September 2019 to September 2021 as a computer software instructor.

A Georgian College spokesperson confirmed that Marazzo was on staff until September 2021, but would not comment further on his departure as it was a confidential personal matter.

On August 13, 2021, Georgian College announced that it will require vaccinations for all students and employees entering any campus or university location beginning September 7.

On his LinkedIn page, Marazzo says “if your company does not respect the Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, you are not a good choice for me”.

In the YouTube video posted earlier this week, Marazzo talks at length about what he calls “preventive SOS.”

Two of the main points raised in the video were that Trudeau was meeting face-to-face with Marazzo and the group, which includes Tamara Lich (secretary of a Western separatist group called the Maverick Party of Canada), Paul Alexander (former President Donald Trump civil servant administration and health researcher), and some people identified as “road captains”.

At one point, Marazzo said he would like all police officers who are on the fence about COVID to sit down with their “world-class scientists” and wave to the group behind him.

For a moment when everyone present identified themselves, a man calling himself Dr. Roger Hodkinson, a self-styled pathologist from Edmonton, was the only person claiming to be a doctor.

The video also calls for other protesters to come to Ottawa, as the group feared more police were heading to the nation’s capital.

“If you want to support us, if you really want to help us, what I would like you to do is start thinking about coming to Ottawa,” Marazzo said in the video.

Marazzo said he wasn’t asking people to get in their vehicles or pack their bags immediately, but that they wanted “to start preparing your families or start talking to your employers and saying, ‘Look, I feel really my place is in Ottawa this week’.”

Marazzo’s LinkedIn profile also indicates that he was a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) military officer.

A The CAF spokesperson confirmed by email that “a person with the name Thomas Marazzo is a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)”.

“He was released seven years ago in September 2016, after 18 years of service. Thomas Marazzo joined the CAF in September 1998 in Hamilton, Ontario. He was a captain in the Canadian Army and served as a construction engineering officer. He was released from the regular force in 2015 to join the supplemental reserves. Thomas Marazzo (was) fully released from the CAF in September 2016. His service does not include any international deployment.

CAF said any additional information is protected by privacy legislation and was unable to comment further.

We still do not know what the next moves of the Ottawa group will be.

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Some critics call on Trudeau to channel his father on the protests

His three-word response to a violent uprising became one of the most famous ever uttered in the history of Canadian law enforcement: “Just look at me.”

It was October 1970 when Pierre Elliot Trudeau — Justin Trudeau’s father — took this position. When asked outside Parliament how far he would go to stop the Front de libération du Québec, an extremist group that campaigns for Quebec’s independence from Canada, he was provocative. The group had kidnapped a Quebec cabinet minister, Pierre Laporte, who was later assassinated. There had been a reign of terror of hundreds of bombs and robberies in Montreal. A British trade commissioner had also been kidnapped.

Mr. Trudeau succeeded in crushing extremists by invoking the War Measures Act — the only time in Canadian history that it has been applied in peacetime. He sent thousands of soldiers to Montreal and abrogated certain civil liberties. Uniformed soldiers raided houses in search of terrorists. Some 400 people were arrested and detained without charge.

Now some in Canada are asking Justin Trudeau to have his “Just watch me” moment.

“‘Just watch me’ is etched in the memory of all of us who were alive to hear Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau say it, all those years ago,” read a letter published Monday in the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest-circulation newspaper. “It is time for his son, Justin, to do the same with the protesters in Ottawa.

“Justin Trudeau needs his own ‘look at me’ moment,” added an opinion piece in the National Observer, an online publication. “Canada is under attack,” he said. “It is time for Trudeau to step back.

As anti-vaccine protests in Ottawa persist for a second week, Trudeau has at times appeared to channel his late father’s resolute voice, stubbornly refusing to negotiate with protesters. But he was also adamant that he would not call in the army. As Ottawa residents complain that unruly protesters are terrorizing their daily lives, he has turned to words rather than soldiers in an attempt to tame the protesters, some of whom have mocked him by calling him a ” chicken “.

The protesters are “trying to block the economy, our democracy and the daily lives of our people”, he told the House of Commons on Monday evening. “It has to stop.” “This pandemic has sucked for all Canadians,” he added.

Earlier, he denounced protesters for desecrating war memorials, criticized them for displaying “racist flags”, spreading misinformation and even robbing homeless people.

Defenders of Mr Trudeau say calls for him to send in the military are misguided in a country that values ​​freedom of speech while noting that comparing the events of the 1970s – known as the October Crisis – at trucker convoy protest wrongly equates to angry anti -vaxxers with terrorists.

During the crisis, Mr. Trudeau kept a relatively low profile. He was moved to his official country residence, along with his family, to help ensure his safety. He has also self-isolated after testing positive for Covid-19 last week.

Mr. Trudeau, who has long established himself as a champion of human rights, is likely aware of the lessons of the October crisis. As the military suppressed the FLQ, critics at the time accused her father of trampling on civil liberties by allowing law enforcement to arrest people without charge.

Then-New Democratic Party leader Tommy Douglas compared Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s actions to wielding “a hammer to crack a peanut.” Nevertheless, a majority of Canadians supported the Prime Minister’s father in restoring law and order.

The elder Mr. Trudeau, for his part, was unrepentant after sending soldiers to Ottawa to protect public servants. “There are a lot of bleeding hearts around who just don’t like to see people with helmets and guns,” he said. “All I can say is, go on and bleed.”

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Lanka highlights flaws in Geneva process and challenges Canada’s genocide claim – The Island

HC Navaratne Responds to Ontario Politician’s Allegation of 140,000 Vanni War Dead

Sri Lanka has pointed to flaws in the process adopted by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (HRC) to pursue unsubstantiated war crimes charges, which paved the way for the 2015 resolution on responsibility. Despite the serious concerns expressed by the then opposition and the armed forces, the yahapalana government co-sponsored the controversial resolution against Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Ottawa, Harsha Kumara Navaratne, has pointed to glaring flaws in the Geneva process being exploited by interested parties, including those from Canada, to accuse Sri Lanka of causing genocide in the endgame of the conflict.

There has not been a single instance of Sri Lanka directly challenging the Geneva process since the adoption of the 2015 Accountability Resolution. The much-anticipated position was taken ahead of upcoming Geneva sessions due to begin later this month.

Here is the text of the declaration entitled ‘Refuting the ‘Tamil genocide’ allegation in the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka issued by the Sri Lankan Mission in Ottawa asking those interested in genuine post-war national reconciliation to engage in dialogue with HC Navaratne: The term genocide is used to describe one of the most serious crimes against humanity, comprising specific acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group. Therefore, the Sri Lankan High Commission in Canada notes with grave concern the attempts by some parties in Canada to present the final phase of the conflict in Sri Lanka which ended in 2009 as a “genocide” against the Tamil people. from Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan community in Canada is multi-ethnic and multi-religious. In this context, the private member’s Bill 104 on the “Tamil Genocide Education Week” passed in the Canadian province of Ontario has caused tensions in intercommunal relations within the Sri Lankan community. lanka by describing a false narrative against a community.

Additionally, while appreciating the various Canadian government focused programs for Sri Lankan Tamil Canadians, we are disappointed to note that on January 31, 2022, during an event announcing funding for Tamil students with programs and resources focused on mental health and well-being, Mr. Stephen Lecce, Ontario’s Minister of Education, made comments such as “we are very deliberate in our choice of words that we recognize a genocide that transpired against the innocent Tamil people” and “in a genocide that left over 140,000 innocent people perishing at the hands of the regime in Colombe”. reference to the “Tamil genocide” in his remarks.

We appreciate that the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, in a

The diplomatic note dated April 7, 2021 responding to a clarification stated “that the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development clarifies Canada’s official position regarding the allegations of genocide in Sri Lanka, the department can officially confirm that the Government of Canada has not made a finding that there was a genocide in Sri Lanka”. Additionally, the Government of Canada has outlawed the Liberation Tamil Tigers Eelam Organization (LTTE) as a terrorist organization.

In this context, the repeated use of the word “Tamil genocide” only generates dissension and prejudice among children and the community of Sri Lankan Canadians living in Ontario. Therefore, such allegations must be refuted in the interests of social harmony and to prevent the spread of misconceptions about Sri Lanka within the international community.

During the final stages of the conflict in Sri Lanka, government forces clashed with the internationally outlawed terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), one of the most brutal terrorist groups the world has seen. The LTTE’s objective was to divide Sri Lanka along ethnic lines and create a separate state. With this objective, they have waged a three-decade-long terrorist campaign that has brought great suffering and destruction to all communities.

During the final stages of the military conflict in 2009, as the LTTE faced inevitable defeat, it resorted to taking Tamil civilians hostage as a human shield and refused any effort to remove civilians from areas of conflict. The allegation of civilian casualties and the exaggeration of figures were the means by which the LTTE sought to force foreign intervention to halt the government’s advance.

Nevertheless, government forces succeeded in rescuing an estimated 290,000 Tamil civilians from the clutches of the LTTE, treating them and resettling them. Moreover, more than 12,000 armed cadres of the LTTE were rehabilitated and released, thus proving that the Sri Lankan government had avoided causing unnecessary deaths even among enemy combatants, let alone non-combatant civilians.

Therefore, there is absolutely no evidence to suggest any act and/or intent of the false allegations of “genocide” during military engagement with the LTTE. Nor was there a pattern of events that even suggested “genocide”. Military experts noted that the tactical options were justifiable and proportionate given the situation in the final phase of the military conflict.

Some parties, including remnant groups and LTTE sympathizers, have seized on the hypothetical civilian casualty figures contained in some seriously flawed UN-commissioned reports, to argue the genocide of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka during the final phase of the military conflict. However, even the highly contested report of the UN Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts does not charge the government of Sri Lanka with “genocide”. The main findings of the OHCHR’s 2015 Inquiry into Sri Lanka (OISL) into alleged “war crimes” in Sri Lanka do not even suggest “genocide”.

Groups espousing the genocide allegation seized on the claim, made without any evidence, in the PoE report “that there could have been as many as 40,000 civilian deaths” in the last months of the conflict. The PoE report came up with the hypothetical figure of 40,000 civilians killed discarding the actual number of people eventually rescued by the Sri Lankan army which was around 290,000 against the hypothetical figure of 330,000 which they considered the number civilians who had been in the region (Vanni) before the start of military operations in this region. This hypothetical number of 330,000 civilians used by the PoE is a purely arbitrary construct. No one, in Sri Lanka or abroad, knew exactly how many civilians the LTTE held captive during those months of 2009.

In addition, the PoE report mentions a lower figure of 7,721 deaths (up to 13 May 2009) reported by the United Nations country team in Sri Lanka. However, this figure is then disputed by the PoE report without explaining how it is that more than 30,000 people could have been killed in the last days until May 18, 2009, when the conflict ended, if the figure of 40,000 must ever be correct and precise. .

It should be noted that in July 2011, data collected by the Department of Census and Statistics of Sri Lanka in the Northern Province revealed that in 2008 and 2009 when the final battles raged in the Northern Province , the total number of people who died from causes other than natural causes, was 9,283. The field data collection required for the project, the first such count in this part of the country since the 1981 census, has was carried out by the predominantly ethnic Tamil government employees stationed in the Northern Province. The death toll suffered by the Sri Lankan army in the final war against the LTTE between July 2006 and May 2009 was 5,876. It would be logical to assume that the LTTE would have suffered a greater number of deaths than the forces Sri Lankan armed forces, and that of the reported persons (9,283) who died in the Northern Province of non-natural causes in 2008 and 2009, the vast majority would have been LTTE cadres or persons directly involved in the hostilities.

Legal experts have identified that the use of the disputed figure, which is the main weakness of the PoE report, is exacerbated by the standard of proof it purports to adopt. A non-legal analysis (“I was sure”, I was reasonably confident”, I was absolutely convinced”, “I had suspicions”, etc.) is used in a document dealing with alleged crimes on a large scale – who name those who may be responsible and who deserve further legal and other proceedings. They note that international courts and tribunals have not relied on reports of this nature as probative evidence to prove allegations in trials for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Since the end of the conflict in 2009, Sri Lanka has pursued a policy of restoration, reparation, reintegration, rehabilitation and reconciliation within the overall concept of restorative justice. At a time when Sri Lanka is moving forward in these processes, some groups, including remnants of the international LTTE network, have attempted to discredit and destabilize the efforts undertaken by Sri Lanka by pushing agendas such as the “Tamil genocide”.

As shown by the words of Mr. Stephen Lecce, who cited the figure of 140,000 dead, the content of unverified reports succeeded in misleading the international community and influencing opinion makers and decision makers. If, over time, the dubious nature of the evidence on which the UN reports are based is forgotten, their accusations, which are in fact unproven, could become powerful with repeated repetition.

Genocide allegations are impacting Sri Lanka’s relations with the international community, at a time when Sri Lanka is engaged in long-standing cooperation with United Nations human rights mechanisms and the Human Rights Council. rights of the United Nations and upholds its commitment to accountability and reconciliation through national processes and institutions.

Therefore, the Sri Lankan High Commissioner openly invites all who are committed to the Sri Lankan peace and reconciliation process to visit, meet and dialogue with him on this matter.

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Benjamin DOLISZNEY Obituary (2022) – St. Catharines, ON

BENJAMIN WALTER DOLISZNY QC Benjamin Walter Doliszny died peacefully at his home in St. Catharines, Ontario on January 30, 2022, in his 99th year. Although loved and will be missed, Ben lived a full life and we want to share and celebrate his remarkable story. At the age of 6, Ben crossed the Atlantic from his native Ukraine as an unaccompanied minor to become a resident of one of Toronto’s immigrant neighborhoods. He held summer jobs that shaped his sense of self, including: serving as a kitchen boy at the Bigwin Inn; milking cows as a farm laborer on a dairy farm outside of Toronto; and, bagging groceries. He was an avid football player (and former student) at several Canadian universities. Despite a few false starts, he eventually became an excellent lawyer known for his honesty and wise advice. Throughout his adventures, Ben has focused on his family and his beloved Ukrainian community. He was a generous, fun-loving storyteller with an encyclopedic memory of interesting events that marked his life, especially his early years in Ukraine and Toronto. Ben was born on April 3, 1923 in Yabloniv, then part of Poland, now Ukraine. After immigrating to Canada, her family settled in the Junction Triangle neighborhood of Toronto. Here he attended Perth Avenue Elementary School and Bloor Collegiate Institute. He quickly developed his love and affinity for the Ukrainian Catholic Church and embraced its Ukrainian heritage. Ben loved his new life as a Canadian and took advantage of everything it had to offer, remaining a proud Ukrainian Canadian all his life! During his youth, Ben attended the Ukrainian school “Prosvita” and engaged in Ukrainian dance, youth choirs and theater groups. Gentle Ben, as he was known, was a 6’4′ mighty man with a soft heart (unless you pitted him on the grill). He was a natural athlete, playing baseball, basketball, hockey and football on numerous high school, community (1942 Toronto Oakwood Indians) and college teams (1947-1948 University of Toronto Varsity Blues’ Football team, 1949 -1952 Queen’s University Golden Gaels Football). He played competitive squash and handball and was a keen golfer. Ben was a longtime member of the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club. After his playing days were over, he enjoyed watching all the televised sporting events, especially CFL football. Ben loved to dance and, as a young man, frequented Toronto’s many dance pavilions, including the Palais Royale, Palace Pier and Sunnyside Pavilion. When he regaled us with big band stories, seeing Duke Ellington, you could almost hear the band playing. Ben loved to read and began each day by scanning the sports and obituaries sections of the Globe and Mail and the St. Catharines Standard. Even late in life, he remained curious and interested in the wider world. Upon his discharge from the Royal Canadian Army in 1946, Ben enrolled in law at the University of Toronto, where his interest in academics took precedence over his love of football. It was also that year, at a conference of young Ukrainian Catholics in Winnipeg, that Ben’s life changed when he met Mary Wityk, a nurse in training who was to become his wife. With Mary as his partner, motivation and guide, he enrolled at Queen’s University and then Dalhousie University where he successfully completed his law degree. After being called to the bar of Nova Scotia and Ontario in 1955, he and Mary moved to St. Catharines, Ontario, where he practiced law for 36 years. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1973 and later sat in Small Claims Court. Between 1956 and 1959, Ben and Mary welcomed 3 children – Bonnie, Kathie and Gregory, who would become the center of their lives. Through Ukrainian pursuits such as Saturday School (Ridna Shkola), Plast dance and scouting, music lessons, sports, and road trips to Florida, their family thrived in St. Catharines. In 1979, Mary opened a boutique, Ukrainian Treasures, and Ben became an honorary salesperson and ambassador of Ukrainian culture. He took every opportunity to educate shop visitors about Ukrainian culture, history, religion and politics. Ben was a loving and supportive husband and father, a devoted dido to his grandchildren, and a respected and admired uncle, friend and colleague. His wisdom, advice and counsel were sought by many. Ben has worked tirelessly for the Ukrainian community. He has held various positions at the international, national, provincial and local levels. He was a member of the Executive Council of the Ukrainian World Congress, national president of the Ukrainian Catholic Council of Canada (1968-1971), long-term president of the St. Catharines branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, active member and legal adviser for Sts. Cyril and Methodius of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of St. Catharines, president of the Ukrainian Catholic Fellowship of St. Catharines, as well as a member of the organization’s national executive. Ben was President of the Ukrainian Professionals and Businessmen’s Club (Niagara Region) and a member of the Ukrainian seniors’ organization, Myrhorod. He was the secretary of Branch 427 of the Ukrainian National Association for many years. He was a founding member of the St. Catharines Folk Art’s Council and served on the board for over 10 years. For these many contributions, Ben was awarded the Shevchenko Medal which is the highest form of recognition bestowed by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. Ben was not only a committed advocate for all things Ukrainian, he was also very involved in local, municipal and provincial community organizations, as well as various charities and service organizations and clubs in the area of St. Catharines and Niagara. He was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus. In recognition of his contributions to the community, Ben was awarded the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship in 1979 and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2003. Ben was predeceased by his beloved wife of 57 years, Mary ( Wityk) in 2007. He is fondly remembered by his beloved children, Bonnie, Kathie (Stephen Archer) and Greg (Julie) and; adoring grandchildren, Melana (Erik Reiersen) and Thomas Tysowsky, Elizabeth, Benjamin and Anya Archer and Matthew (Marianne Holovach) and Luke (Gabrielle) Doliszny; sisters-in-law Ludmilla Wityk and Judy Farrell; nieces and nephews, Michael (Kim) Kuchar, Jeanne (Philip Sissons, deceased) Kuchar, Laryssa (Yuri) Tarnowecky, Michael (Christine) Wityk, Sean (Kelli Adams) Wityk, Tim Wityk, David Wityk; and grandnieces and nephews. Ben was also predeceased by his parents, his sister Patricia Kuchar, his brothers-in-law John and Peter Wityk and his nephew, Peter Kuchar. The family would like to sincerely thank Ben’s caregiver, Joan Longos, the Linhaven Adult Day Program staff and the many personal support workers for their care and compassion. Visitation will be Thursday, March 24, 2022 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with Panachyda at 7:00 p.m. in Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church. A Memorial Mass with ashes present will be held at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church on Friday, March 25, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Victoria Lawn Cemetery. All guests must present proof of dual Covid-19 vaccinations to attend the tour, including photo ID as per current Ontario mandates. If desired, memorial donations can be made to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress or a charity of your choice. Ben’s online memories and stories can be shared at

Published by The Globe and Mail from February 5 to 9, 2022.

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Global Future Soldier Programs Featured at Future Soldier Technology Conference 2022

SMi Group Reports: The Future Soldier Technology Conference, taking place in London next month, features nine different nations presenting updates on their Future Soldier programs.

There is just one month left until the 8th Annual Future Soldier Technology Conference and Exhibition returns to London on March 8-10, 2022, alongside a Dismounted Soldier Situational Awareness Day on March 7, 2022.

As the world’s leading meeting dedicated to improving dismounted soldier technology, Future Soldier Technology 2022 will provide an engaging networking space to foster new working relationships and discuss current equipment modernization requirements and experiences.

This event usually sells out early – for those wishing to attend the conference, it is advisable to register early to avoid disappointment. Register at

Delegates will have the opportunity to hear key updates on future soldier programs from these countries: the United Kingdom, France, Portugal, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, the United States, etc.

Featured presentations include:

• Brigadier Matthew Cansdale, Head of Future Force Development, British Army, presenting: “Future Soldier”: Transforming the British Army

• Lieutenant-Colonel Sébastien Gasnier, Field Deputy, Department of Infantry Doctrine and Advanced Studies, French Armed Forces Infantry School, presenting: Maximizing the lethality and situational awareness of dismounted soldiers through improved weapon optics

• Major Pedro Miguel Martins Grifo, Staff Officer (Area Coordinator – C4I, ISTAR and EW) Capabilities Branch, Portuguese Army*, presenting: Development of Portuguese dismounted soldier systems to improve knowledge of the situation

• Major Philippe Rhéaume, Soldier System Project Director, Directorate of Land Requirements, Canadian Armed Forces, presenting: Optimizing Soldier Maneuverability with the Canadian ISSP

• Colonel Michael Bassingthwaighte, Army Advisor, London, Australian Defense Staff, presenting: Improving situational awareness for the dismounted Australian soldier

• Colonel Jan H. Vonk, STRONG Program Manager, Defense Material Organisation, Dutch MOD and Ms. Ilse Kroesen, System Integration Manager Individual Soldier, Defense Materiel Organisation, Netherlands Armed Forces, presenting: STRONG Programme: Improving the Capabilities of Dutch Dismounted Soldiers

• Major Magnus Hallberg, LCD DSS Chairman, NATO/Swedish Armed Forces, presenting: Developing the NATO Future Soldier System

• Mr. Geert Vanlinthout, Program Manager, Night Vision Capability Programme, OCCAR-EA, presenting: OCCAR: Improving Night Vision Capability for Participating Nations

• Lt. Col. Denny Dresch, PdM PEO Ground Soldier Systems, PEO Soldier, US Army, presenting: Transforming Soldier Situational Awareness with the Nett Warrior IVAS Program
*subject to final confirmation

The full agenda and list of speakers is available at

Future Soldier Technology Conference
Conference: March 8-9, 2022
Pre-conference Focus Day: March 7, 2022
Main Sponsor: Glenair | Gold Sponsor: Thales | Sponsors and exhibitors: 3M, Bren-Tronics, Domo Tactical Communications, Excelitas Qioptiq, FalCom, Instro Precision, L3Harris, Marlborough Communications, Silvus Technologies, Steatite, Teleplan Globe and Ultra Electronics

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The Pentagon announces the dispatch of 3,000 troops to Eastern European countries

  • Direct Crisis in Ukraine
  • Crisis Blinken urges Russia to ‘immediately’ withdraw army from border with Ukraine

The United States decided to send 3,000 soldiers in Poland, Romania and Germany, in response to the 126,000 troops that Russia has placed on the border with Ukraine. Additionally, an additional 8,500 troops have been on standby in the United States for more than a week in case they need to be sent to the region. The measure is a new escalation of tension on Ukraine triggered after the dispatch of 126,000 Russian soldiers on the border by Vladimir Putin and the threat of Russia to undertake “military-technical actions” against this country if NATO does not agree to withdraw to the positions it occupied 25 years ago. France has also placed several hundred soldiers on alert in case it decides to send them to Romania.

The decision not only raises the tone of the dispute between the United States and Russia. It also exposes the split within NATO, where Germany has adopted an appeasement tone towards Russia. In fact, the sending of the 3,000 soldiers did not have the “green light” from the Atlantic Alliance, but was rather negotiated bilaterally between Washington and the countries concerned. Pentagon spokesman, retired admiral John Kirbystated in this sense that “NATO, as an organization, has no right of veto” over the movements of the American armed forces and their allies, and stressed that “Nothing prevents the United States from making its own decisions”. It is a clear warning to Germany and other NATO countries that do not support the US position, that he makes it clear that Washington will go it alone, with the support of willing allies.

Kirby also took the French deployment to Romania for granted, explaining that the deployment in Romania “takes place at the express invitation of the government” of this country, but did not clarify the position of Poland and Germany. In any case, he insisted on the fact that this type of action “implies consultations” with the host countries. The soldiers will not fight in Ukraine, but they have “a wide range of missions”. Its deployment seems to confirm the idea that some Eastern European countries do not fear a Russian invasion of Ukraine, but of their own territory, and that the United States accredits these fears.

Washington – and neither its allies – did not specify why it made this decision at this time. Russia has maintained its deployment for more than a month, and although it has sent medical units to the border with Ukraine and continues to increase its forces in Belarus – a former Soviet republic that is in practice a Moscow satellite – no one has indicated that the invasion will be imminent. The US Department of Defense said the deployment was temporary.but everything will depend on the development of the situation on the ground.

The units to be moved are in the front line. Of the 3,000 soldiers, 2000 belong to the 82nd Airborne Division and the 18th Airborne Corpsbased in Fort Bragg (North Carolina), specialized in air assault actions (paratroopers).

The 82nd Airborne has a long history, dating back to Normandy and the Ardennes during World War II and continuing through to the war with the Islamic State in Iraq. The 18th Airborne Corps is a unit that is created according to circumstances, with troops and equipment from other groups. Their motto is “US Contingency Forces”and played a leading role in the American wars in Iraq.

Most of the soldiers from these two units will be deployed in Poland, with a small contingent in Germany. The other 1,000 soldiers belong to a Stryker squadron based in Germany. The Stryker Squadrons take their name from this armored vehicle, released in Iraq, which gives ground forces great mobility. The squadron will barely need a day or two to cover the distance from Germany to Romania. A Stryker force is halfway between an infantry unit and an armored unit.

Biden’s decision to send this contingent took observers by surprise, especially since the US government itself said yesterday that there was no indication that Vladimir Putin had made the decision to attack Ukraine again. . In 2014, when this country left the orbit of Russian influence. Moscow annexes the Crimean peninsula and creates a guerrilla force that occupies 7% of Ukrainian territory, in the industrial region of Donbs, on the border with Russia. The Russian government again accused the United States of “provocation” for sending troops to the region. Till date, the largest troop movement in NATO countries had been the sending of two F-35 fighters by the Netherlands and seven Eurofighters by Spain to Bulgariawhere they will conduct aerial patrol missions, in addition to resupplying Canadian Army Special Forces in Ukraine.

Britain also has a small contingent of soldiers training Ukraine’s armed forces in the use of the 2,000 anti-tank missiles the country has sent to deal with a possible Russian invasion. A sign of NATO’s division, the planes that transported these weapons from the United Kingdom to Ukraine did not fly over Germany because Berlin was delaying the “green light” for the passage of planes in its airspace.

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Survey Respondents Say Canada Should Boycott Beijing Games

59% of Canadians remain adamant that this country should stay away from the 2022 Winter Olympics, up three points since December.

We are days away from the start of the Winter Olympics and Canadians can be forgiven for not feeling particularly cheerful.

The ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to rock our lives, with increased discussions of vaccine mandates and daily statements from health authorities. Residents of the country are also more concerned about economic stability and inflation than in the past.

If the Games were held in the United States or in Europe, the feeling of Canadians might be different. However, as those interested in skating, skiing and hockey will no doubt know, the Olympics are held in Beijing, which makes the city unique as the premier host of both summer and winter varieties of the event. jock.

From the perspective of the average spectator, the Olympic Winter Games will be unusual in North America. Broadcasters who secured the rights to the Games years before anyone knew what COVID-19 was won’t send the usual army of reporters and commentators to Beijing. These Games, like those held in Tokyo last summer, will feature little local flavor and many virtual settings operated from Ontario and Connecticut.

Research Co. and Glacier Media have consistently tracked Canadians’ views of China and the 2022 Olympics. Only about one in five Canadians have had a positive view of the People’s Republic of China over the past year and a half (20 % when we last asked this question in December).

As well in December, 56% of Canadians thought Canada should boycott the 2022 Winter Games because of China’s human rights record. The poll also highlighted that Canadians want athletes to have freedom of expression during the Games, as well as concerns about their safety: partly because of COVID-19, but also because they keep mind the arbitrary detention of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig.

A few days ago, we asked Canadians again about Beijing 2022. Perhaps the lure of a sporting event that Canadians have watched closely in previous editions would change minds. Or perhaps, to follow the rhetoric of past and current presidents of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), it’s “time for sport, not politics.”

The answer to both questions is a resounding “No”. In our latest survey, 59% of Canadians are adamant that Canada should boycott the Beijing Olympics, up three points since December and the highest level seen in four different polls conducted since March 2021.

The generational divide that is typically present in national public opinion polls is not prominent in this regard. The majority of Canadians aged 18-34 (59%), 35-54 (54%) and 55+ (65%) want to send a message that goes beyond the absence of an official at the opening ceremonies – essentially what a “diplomatic boycott” enacted by Canada and the United States entails.

As was the case a few weeks ago, residents of three provinces are particularly keen to keep Canadian athletes at home: Quebec (66%), British Columbia (also 66%) and Ontario (57% ). There is no political divide on this issue either. More than three in five Canadians who voted for the Conservative Party of Canada (67%), the Liberal Party of Canada (63%) and the New Democratic Party (NDP) (62%) last year also support a boycott.

Regardless of participant status, most Canadians strongly believe that athletes should be able to protest China’s human rights record at Beijing 2022 (72%, down two points) and that the CIO should not punish those who choose to do so (also 72%, up one point).

An equal proportion (72%, down two points) remain concerned about the health and safety of Canadian athletes traveling to Beijing. In addition, 47% of Canadians (up two points) say they will make a conscious effort to refrain from watching the Games, a proportion that rises to 53% in Quebec.

We also continue to see consistency in the relationship between Canadian portfolios and Chinese exports. Only 30% of Canadians (down two points) say they never avoid products from China. Of the remaining 70% who try to be careful what they buy, 41% avoid Chinese products “most of the time” and 16% say they follow this course of action “all the time”.

As the start of Beijing 2022 approaches, nearly half of Canadians say they will pull out of this edition of the Winter Olympics altogether. The negative opinions of Canadians about the host country have not changed. Compared to last year, a slightly higher proportion of Canadians believe a full boycott is warranted.

Mario Canseco is president of Research Co.

The findings are based on an online survey conducted January 21-23, 2022 of 1,000 adults in Canada. The data was statistically weighted according to Canadian census counts for age, sex and region. The margin of error, which measures sample variability, is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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Canada’s CDS ‘sickened’ by Capitol Hill-style protests at National War Memorial in Ottawa

Given the anti-vaccination protests in Canada on Sunday, its Chief of the Defense Staff, General Wayne Eyre, expressed his disagreement with the ongoing protests. Speaking to the microblogging site Twitter, he raised strong objections to protesters at the National War Memorial and underscored the feelings of Canadian Army soldiers who died “for rights, including freedom of expression, but not for that”.

General Eyre said: “I am sickened to see protesters dancing at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and desecrating the National War Memorial. Generations of Canadians have fought and died for our rights, including free speech, but not for this. Those involved should hang their heads in shame.”

Protests against Canada’s vaccine mandate

Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau left Ottawa on Saturday with his family to a “secret location” after security concerns erupted following escalating anti-vaccine mandate protests in the capital, reported CBC News. The decision to evacuate the Prime Minister’s residence came after the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Canadian Parliament warned that protesters could show up at official residences. The prime minister’s office declined to comment on Trudeau’s relocation, citing security concerns.

Protests against the vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers began on Saturday when the Parliamentary Protective Service estimated a gathering of nearly 10,000 protesters in Canada’s capital, Ottawa. Additionally, a convoy of truckers against the COVID-19 vaccine mandate descended on Ottawa, setting off an impending violent turn of events.

While Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sholy said on Wednesday he had been in contact with protest leaders, who claimed peaceful protests, Deputy Chief Steve Bell raised concerns about the presence of “parallel groups” that Canadian intelligence speculated.

It is pertinent to mention that Canadians launched protests against the vaccination mandate after the government launched a new requirement that truckers entering Canada must be fully immunized as of January 15. This happened after the United States imposed an identical mandate on truckers entering the country.

However, according to the Canadian Trucking Alliance’s estimate, about 15% of truckers in Canada, or about 16,000, are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Canadian opposition from Conservative lawmakers backed the convoy, saying the vaccine mandate has created a bottleneck for the supply chain, leaving store shelves empty across the country.

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Best Moments at Degrassi: The Next Generation

Ellie Nash had the year from hell. In season 3’s “Whisper to a Scream”, her father, a colonel in the Canadian Army, is sent to Afghanistan, leaving Ellie alone with her mother. Unable to bear the loneliness, Ellie’s mother turns to alcoholism, leaving Ellie on her own to pick up the pieces of her mother’s fragmented life. Her grades are plummeting, she’s always late, and an exciting opportunity seems to slip away after a disappointing interview.

After this interview, she returns to her mother, barely awake on the sofa lying next to empty vodka bottles. Ellie goes upstairs to try to escape, but she can hear her mother crashing and being sick, and everything becomes unbearable. She drops her school supplies and the camera jumps back and forth between an emotional Ellie and her drawing compass, increasing the tension. Ellie picks up the compass and, in a desperate attempt to mask her emotional pain, she uses it to cut her skin, tears streaming down her cheeks.

It’s one of the most heartbreaking moments in “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” and yet another reminder of how the show takes a blunt, unrestrained approach when it comes to tackling tough topics. As Ellie finally goes to group therapy to get the help she needs and get over her self-harm, it’s a stark reminder that while people may seem fine on the surface, that doesn’t mean they aren’t in pain. not inside.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)​.

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A long journey sees Shelton and Thompson reunite on the Canadian women’s hockey team

Ella Shelton was preparing to find out if she made the Olympic team, and her computer wouldn’t open the fateful video call. Naturally, she started to panic.

The 24-year-old finally tuned in from her phone and picked up the one thing she needed to hear.

“The first word that came out of [head coach Troy Ryan]The mouth of was congratulations,” she told CBC Sports. “And I kind of burst into tears there.

Although Shelton is among the youngest players on Team Canada, the moment is long overdue. Shelton’s mother tells the story of young Ella showing the women’s team on TV during the Salt Lake City Games, when she first saw high-level hockey as a possibility for herself.

“I just went, ‘I’m going to play that day!'” relayed Shelton. “And then I left.”

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Young Ella may have been prescient, but it was her work ethic and willingness to learn that got Shelton to this point.

The 5ft 8in defender grew up on a farm and credits this for fostering her team mentality. She sees many parallels between hockey and working on the farm, where even low profile jobs need to be done and add value to the whole thing.

Shelton is proud of her physical game; she likes to win battles in the corner and stop her opponents. She is also patient with the puck and uses her impressive shot more frequently.

Matt Desrosiers, who trained her at Clarkson University, describes Shelton as a “very modest person” and says you constantly had to make her realize how good she was.

Once she gained confidence, she became a dependable player in all situations ― a “Swiss army knife of defense,” as Desrosiers put it.

Teammate Claire Thompson, who spent most of her minor hockey days playing center, was never shy about jumping into the race. She switched to defense permanently before her 11th year, after her father saw the potential in her skills.

Claire Thompson (42) has thrived as a defender of the game for Canada while being handed important top-four minutes. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters)

Princeton coach Cara Morey signed Thompson as a forward and has a simple answer as to what it took for the 23-year-old to become a world-class defender.

“She had to work on her defense,” Morey said with a laugh. “She had to work on stick placement, one-on-one play, her forward-back pivot.”

Rivals to blue line pairing

Shelton and Thompson played for rival clubs as teenagers, but found themselves defensively with the provincial team. The two even scored their first points for Team Ontario on the same play, giving assists on a wacky goal thanks to a weird bounce off the glass. Shelton remembers the duo celebrating the milestone as a result.

“We were super excited about it,” she said. “Just above the moon.”

That genuine fun remains evident in Thompson’s game, Morey says.

“Claire has the most exceptional way of balancing competitive energy with positive fun,” she explained. “When you watch her play, she has so much joy.”

Neither Thompson nor Shelton made the U18 national team, and Thompson didn’t earn another Hockey Canada call-up until four years later. During this period, Morey says, Thompson accepted the possibility that wearing the maple leaf might not be in the cards. Instead of focusing on long-term results, she focused on becoming the best player she could be at the moment.

“She was able to be confident because it didn’t matter where the chips fell in the end,” Morey said.

With Canada, Thompson thrived as a playmaking defender, to whom he entrusted important top-four minutes.

“Claire has a really unique ability to be able to break the puck down the middle in all situations,” Morey said. “She can read space, and she’s not afraid to attack the seams.”

Four years after their experience with Team Ontario, Thompson and Shelton made their senior debuts in a two-game series at the end of 2019. They didn’t have another chance until August’s world championship.

Thompson thinks the extended break was beneficial, looking back.

“It gave me the opportunity to really improve my strength and power in the gym,” she said. “We were able to train every day without worrying that we were a bit too tired for a game.”

After a steady but rapid rise, both players expect Beijing to help them win.

“I’m really excited to be in the village, to meet other athletes, to be part of Team Canada at the Olympics,” said Thompson.

“I think everything is going to be amazing.”

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Russian envoy urges Justin Trudeau to call Vladimir Putin to discuss Ukraine crisis

Russian Ambassador to Canada Oleg Stepanov said that if Justin Trudeau called Vladimir Putin, the Russian President would “pick up the phone immediately”.Dave Chan/The Globe and Mail

Moscow’s envoy to Canada is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to phone Vladimir Putin so he can hear the Russian president explain there’s “no chance” Russia will invade Ukraine.

Oleg Stepanov, the recently arrived Russian ambassador to Canada, told The Globe and Mail on Tuesday that Mr. Putin would accept a phone call from Mr. Trudeau to discuss the crisis in Ukraine and the gathering in Moscow of more than 100,000 troops to the Russian-Ukrainian border. .

“I am 100% sure that my president would pick up the phone immediately,” Mr. Stepanov said, noting that the two leaders never attended a bilateral meeting during Mr. Trudeau’s seven years in office.

Mr. Putin would welcome the opportunity to make it clear to Mr. Trudeau that he has no intention of invading Ukraine and to explain the Kremlin’s opposition to the encroachment of the NATO on its borders, Mr. Stepanov said.

He noted that the leaders of the United States, Britain, Germany and many other Western countries regularly dialogue with Mr. Putin and he urged the Government of Canada to do the same.

But even though he ruled out the possibility of an invasion, Mr Stepanov mentioned a scenario in which some Ukrainian politicians – whom he declined to identify – could spark a conflict.

He urged Canada and other Western governments to work with Kyiv to deter this group.

“My government’s concern is that there is a war party in Kiev. There are radical politicians out there who could use the current stormy situation to provoke conflict on their side,” the envoy said.

When it comes to Ukrainian national security, Vladimir Putin has already won

Stepanov’s comments come a day after the NATO military alliance announced it was putting forces on standby and bolstering Eastern Europe with more ships and fighter jets in response reinforcement of Russian troops near its border with Ukraine.

He called on Ottawa and its allies “who have vested interests in Ukraine to work with the Kyiv government to keep them under control and deter them from any possible provocations in Donbass or elsewhere in Ukraine.”

As he spoke about the need for Russian-Canadian engagement, the envoy said the Kremlin would even drop a travel ban imposed on Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland in 2014 after Canada imposed sanctions to the Russian elites for the annexation of Crimea by Moscow and the destabilization of Ukraine. At the time, Russia retaliated by issuing travel bans on Ms Freeland and other Canadian officials – actions the ambassador called “how the game is played”.

The travel ban, however, would only be ignored if Ms Freeland were to come to Moscow for serious high-level talks – talks which the Russian envoy expressed hope would transform Canada into what he called a “voice of moderation” on the Ukrainian crisis. .

“If miracles happen and Madame Freeland wants to come to Moscow with a special message from the prime minister, I’m sure the exception can be made,” he said.

However, he expressed concern that Ms. Freeland, a Ukrainian-Canadian whose mother helped draft Ukraine’s constitution, is heavily influencing government policy in favor of Kyiv. He noted that she holds regular discussions with the Congress of Ukrainian Canadians, a group that represents people of Ukrainian descent in Canada.

“She is a member of the Ukrainian diaspora,” Mr. Stepanov said. “She’s the prime minister’s right-hand man… so she’s an influential voice in decision-making.”

The ambassador laughed when he learned that Canada was recalling spouses of diplomats and their children under the age of 18 from Kiev as a precaution against a possible Russian invasion.

“It’s your taxpayers’ money,” he said. “You want to remove them, you [will] I have to bring them back because I’m sure the situation will calm down.

On Ukraine, let’s not forget what history teaches us about appeasement

Mr. Stepanov denied that Russia hacked into Global Affairs Canada’s computer system last week; it suffered a multi-day meltdown that security experts called a cyberattack. And the ambassador dismissed warnings from the Communications Security Establishment, the top-secret federal agency that handles signals intelligence and cybersecurity, to be wary of Russian cyberattacks.

“No, absolutely not,” he replied when asked about the disruption of computer networks at Global Affairs, discovered on January 19. “Russia does not conduct any malicious activity in the cybersphere against Canada or any other country.”

When told that Washington had accused Russian intelligence of a major hack of US government departments and private companies, such as Microsoft Corp., in late 2020, Mr Stepanov said: “They still do this. if it helps to increase their self-esteem, but the problem with Americans and others is that it is very easy to blame the Russians.

The federal cabinet met on Tuesday and will meet again on Wednesday to approve a six-month extension to the Canadian Armed Forces training mission in Ukraine. He should approve a package of measures including the supply of small arms to the army of this country.

The Russian ambassador questioned why Canada would supply arms to Ukraine when Kiev appears to have a sufficient inventory of weapons – since it also exports defense equipment abroad.

Stepanov noted that the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which tracks arms sales, records arms exports from Ukraine. In 2019, according to the SIPRI database, Ukraine exported missiles and armored fighting vehicles. In 2020, Ukraine exported missiles and aircraft. The United Nations Conventional Arms Register also shows that in 2020 Ukraine exported missile launchers and portable anti-tank rocket systems, as well as firearms, including pistols, submachine guns and rifles. assault.

“For me, it is quite surprising to see that the country continues to profit from arms exports and at the same time asks its foreign partners to provide it with additional weapons,” he said.

“If you feel threatened by Russia or any other country, you don’t sell your weapons; you store them.

When asked why Russia had placed more than 100,000 combat-ready troops on the border with Ukraine, the ambassador replied: “This is our land, this is our army. The army must conduct exercises from time to time.

With a Reuters report

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A Quiet Place spin-off release date delayed | Movies | Entertainment

The original A Quiet Place was a huge hit, grossing $341 million at the box office on a budget of $17 million. The sequel was also a hit, despite battling the pandemic. With a budget of $61 million, it grossed $297 worldwide. There’s certainly an audience hungry for the dystopian franchise’s quieter suffering. It’s no surprise that Paramount was quick to confirm a spin-off, supposedly focusing on new characters in another location in the universe. Unfortunately, its release has been pushed back, echoing the issues that Part 2 had a year earlier.

Originally slated to premiere on March 21, 2023, the upcoming spin-off A Quiet Place will release on September 22, 2023 instead. Little is known about the film, with the presence of the Abbot family remaining unconfirmed.

There’s also been a change of directors, with Take Shelter and Mud director Jeff Nichols recently dropping the project. Now Michael Sarnoski, who helmed Pig in 2021 with Nicholas Cage, is overseeing the film instead.

It appears that the spin-off and A Quiet Place Part 3 are identical, with reports referring to the projects interchangeably.

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In a recent interview with Empire, John Krasinski, the director of the first two films, hinted at the plot of the next chapter, although he confirmed that nothing is concrete at this point.

Krasinski said, “Is it going to continue the Abbotts? Who knows!… No, I’ll tell you it’s… I’m really excited about the third installment because it’s going to do something that we haven’t done before. The end of the last plan is, now that the world knows [the signal that the creatures are vulnerable to], what will the world do with this answer, or this weapon? Will they be responsible or will they not be? »

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Canadian company used COVID wage supports to hire scabs

For the past eighteen months, the manufacturing company CESSCO, based in Edmonton, Alberta, has been locking out unionized employees. Meanwhile, the company used Canada’s federal government COVID-19 wage subsidy funds to hire strikebreakers.

Unionized workers at CESSCO Fabrication and Engineering Ltd have stood up against a series of attacks on their pay and working conditions. These include cutting wages by 10%, pensions by up to 50% and removing seniority from their collective agreement. In union agreements, seniority stipulates that wage and security benefits go to workers according to their seniority, so that those who have been there the longest are paid the best and are the last to be fired in the event of a dismissal.

The employees, many of whom are boilermakers and welders who fabricate containers that hold gases and liquids for the oil and gas industry, were locked out of their workplace since June 28, 2020.

Hugh MacDonald, the business manager of Boilermakers Lodge 146, which represents locked-out CESSCO workers, said Jacobin that the union was initially willing to accept wage cuts until the price of oil rose. Since January 14, the canadian crude price more than doubled from $27.84 on June 29, 2020 to $69.51.

“A lot of guys on the picket line have worked their entire adult lives at this facility. Some of them have been there for over 40 years. They would definitely prefer to work,” MacDonald says. “But we get support from the working community in northern Alberta and we get support from our international in Kansas City. It helps members on the lockdown line to realize that there are a lot of people standing up and supporting them.

At first, thirty workers were locked out. Eight have since crossed the picket line, according to MacDonald.

CESSCO is listed on the database companies that have received the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). The wage subsidy was introduced at the start of the pandemic to subsidize 75% of the salaries of employees of companies that have experienced a significant drop in income.

The CEWS grantee database does not detail disbursement dates or the amount raised by recipient companies. Whatever the amount of CESSCO’s revenue, the fact remains that the company benefited from the wage subsidy when many of its employees did not receive a salary. MacDonald says the Boilermakers were surprised to find that CESSCO received funds from CEWS while they were locked out.

The Canadian government introduced two major COVID-19 benefits at the start of the pandemic – the aforementioned CEWS and the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). The latter provided $2,000 a month to those who had lost their jobs as a result of COVID restrictions.

Since December 19, 2020, the total cost of CEWS was $99.13 billion, down from $81.64 billion for the CERB, which ended in October 2020. As the right-wing media ruminated that CERB was turning unemployed Canadians into “wellness loafers,” Where encouraging gang violencesome major hardware flaws of the CEWS became apparent.

In December 2020, the Financial position reported that at least sixty-eight companies that received federal wage subsidies have continued to pay dividends to their shareholders, including some of Canada’s largest corporations, such as oil companies Imperial Oil, Suncor and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. The sixty-eight companies together received $1.03 billion in CEWS support while paying out $5 billion in dividends.

“Think about what happens: taxpayers indirectly subsidize payouts to shareholders,” said Richard Leblanc, York University professor and corporate governance adviser. To post. “This is completely unacceptable. Even if the government did not drop the ball, which it did, these remarkable companies should lead by example.

A beginning of 2022 report from the Canadian Center for Progressive Policy Alternatives (CCPA) reveals that CEO compensation has increased from 2019 to 2020. The CCPA notes that more than a third of Canada’s 100 highest-paid CEOs run companies that have received funding from the CEWS.

“A lot of these companies probably didn’t need [CEWS]but if there was federal money available, they were going to ask for it and they were going to take it,” CACP senior economist David Macdonald told the CBC. “That was not what this program was intended for.”

Effective October 28, 2021, the federal government divided the CEWS into two more targeted programs: the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program and the Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program.

On January 11, 2021, Heather McPherson, a left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) legislator who represents a riding in the city of Edmonton, where CESSCO is located, wrote a letter to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland. In the letter, McPherson expressed concern that CEWS funds were being used to hire scabs. Freeland has yet to respond.

McPherson wrote:

I think all Canadians would be appalled to learn that their tax money is being used in this way. But I don’t believe your government has planned COVID-19 economic relief programs for this purpose. In fact, I hope you find this situation as appalling as I do.

McPherson sees the CESSCO situation as an extension of Alberta Conservative Premier Jason Kenney’s scorched-earth assault on the province’s labor movement. The Kenney government passed a law that prohibits strikers from peacefully blocking entrances to workplaces.

McPherson has raised the issue of the scab subsidy in Parliament on several occasions throughout 2021. February 17, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provided a boilerplate response to his line of questioning, saying:

We continue to know that many Canadians across the country still need help. We will be there for them. As I said from the start, we will be there for Canadians for as long as it takes, no matter what.

All five parties represented in Parliament supported the introduction of the CEWS, the NDP push successfully the ruling Liberals to increase the subsidy from 10 percent to 75 percent.

McPherson, explaining the situation to Jacobin, said that when “COVID arrived. . . we were trying to get the money out very, very quickly. She added:

I understand that there may be loopholes, but it is possible to fix those loopholes when the program has been in place for months and months. Not fixing them has to be either because you don’t care or because you don’t really see it as a problem. Maybe they don’t think it’s a problem to use taxpayers’ money to pay scabs and lock out workers. I can’t see it any other way.

McPherson argues that CEWS was an important program to keep local businesses afloat, but its flaws should have been ironed out as criticisms arose.

On July 5, while walking the CESSCO picket line, worker Raymond Mudryk, a welder who had been a member of Boilermaker Lodge 146 since 1976, died suddenly at the age of seventy.

“Brother Mudryk was a proud member of Lodge 146 who put the needs of others before his own. He has always done his part to get better wages, benefits and working conditions,” reads his memorial page on the Boilermakers website. On August 25, 2021, which would have been his seventy-first birthday, the lodge held a celebration of his life on the picket line.

Mudryk was not the first CESSCO worker to die on the job in recent years.

In May 2019, CESSCO pleaded guilty to a single charge of failing to ensure the use of fall protection, which resulted in the death of Barry Maitland on January 19, 2016. According to the Edmonton newspaper, Maitland fell from the top of a liquefied natural gas storage tank he was welding on.

The Boilermakers aren’t surrendering anytime soon. Despite picket line struggles in sub-zero temperatures of northern Alberta and CESSCO not returning calls from local, MacDonald says workers will continue to picket out of a sense of justice :

We know that is wrong. We know this is an example of corporate greed. What CESSCO has done here is harsh and unfair, especially during a global pandemic. . . . We simply demand fair wages for an honest day’s work. . . . We’re not going to give up, we’re going to stay strong and see what happens.

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Help an 81-year-old veteran living in his car in a Squamish parking lot

A veteran’s friends set up a GoFundMe page for an 81-year-old veteran who lived in his car parked in a local parking lot.

Orville Larson served 11 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as a combat engineer in the 1960s and spent over five years deployed in Germany. He has fallen on hard times after a series of unfortunate events and has no family to support him in town, says his friend Jeremiah White.

Jeremiah is also a Veteran and served in the Canadian Army in Afghanistan.

“Orville needs our help. Over the past year he has been evicted, had all of his belongings stolen from the warehouse and somehow survived this winter without his most basic needs being met,” explains Jeremiah. “Orville is just a good-hearted guy that life has dealt blow after blow and has nothing left.”

Jeremiah says Orville currently lives in his small car with few possessions in a parking lot in town and has lived there all winter. Jeremiah and Randi plan to raise $20,000 so an RV can be purchased for Orville.

“All money raised will be used to buy a cargo-style van, convert it to a basic living configuration, buy necessary clothing and basic groceries. Our goal is to ensure that Orville be self-sufficient for the next phase of his life, which will hopefully be a better future than the current outlook offers,” says Jeremiah.

“If you cannot donate money, please contact us if you can donate time, labor, vehicle conversion materials (heating, water/septic, infrastructure items), camping gear, clothes, anything that can help,” he said. said.

Jeremiah can be contacted by GoFundMe page or email [email protected]

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Over 500 Canadian troops at ‘high readiness’ in case of invasion of Ukraine – National

The Canadian commander of a multinational battle group in Latvia says he is working to ensure his troops have enough supplies and can talk to each other, as tensions rise between the NATO military alliance and Russia feed fears of a new war in Europe.

Canada has more than 500 troops in Latvia as part of a larger NATO reassurance mission first launched in 2017 in response to concerns about Russian aggression in Eastern Europe.

The Canadian contingent includes about 350 soldiers mainly from Valcartier, Quebec, who form the core of a 1,000-man NATO battle group stationed at Camp Adazi, about 30 kilometers northeast of Riga, the Latvian capital. .

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This battle group also includes military personnel and equipment from nine nations of the alliance, including Poland, Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic, all of which fall under the command of the lieutenant colonel. Dan Richel.

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In an interview with The Canadian Press on Thursday, Richel said one of his main responsibilities since taking command last month has been to ensure that the various contingents are able to communicate quickly and accurately with each other. others in the field.

“English is a second language for pretty much everyone in the battle group right now,” he said. “They are all NATO countries, obviously, so their tactics are generally the same. We just have to make sure everyone has the same understanding of all the terminology.

Clear communication would be essential in the event of a Russian invasion, which the battlegroup is specifically designed to defend against. It is also important to ensure that the NATO force has fuel, ammunition and other supplies to fight.

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The battle group is designed for conventional warfare, that is, the battle with an army similar to that of Russia. Although Canada’s contribution is primarily infantry with armored vehicles, other partners have contributed tanks, artillery and other equipment.

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“We all come with very different gear, different gear that uses different ammo and requires different support,” Richel said. “It’s a challenge that I think we handle quite well.”

The Canadian commander said the main objective of the battle group was to train and prepare for a possible attack, as it has done since its creation five years ago.

“The battle group itself is already a high-readiness combat unit,” Richel said. “I would say what you see here today is a lot of what you would have seen in the other rotations as well.”

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In addition to those assigned to the battle group, Canada also has about 200 support personnel and a headquarters in Riga responsible for the overall planning and coordination of NATO efforts in Latvia.

Similar battlegroups led by Britain, Germany and the United States were established in Estonia, Lithuania and Poland respectively. The Liberal government has said Canada will lead the mission in Latvia until at least March 2023.

Designed to defend against a Russian invasion, the battlegroups’ small size means they would almost certainly be overwhelmed in a real war. Instead, their primary goal is to deter Russian aggression, with the idea that an attack on one would draw in all of NATO.

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The Russian government has in recent weeks asked the alliance to withdraw all its forces from the region, including those from the Baltic and Poland, after mobilizing around 100,000 troops on the Russia-Ukraine border.

Canada, the United States and other NATO members have rejected the request, sparking growing concerns that an armed conflict between the two sides could start in Ukraine and spread to the rest of Europe. from the east.

Asked Wednesday whether the government would repatriate Canadian troops from Latvia and Ukraine if Russia attacked, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau underscored Canada’s commitment to NATO’s Baltic members.

“We are in Latvia to defend the Baltic states – Latvia, Lithuania and the states of Eastern Europe – against any incursion by Russian forces,” he said in French during a briefing on the COVID-19 in Ottawa. “We will continue the important work that NATO is doing to protect its eastern front.”

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Positive feedback on the first episode of Veteran Hunters

The second installment of the Veteran Hunters television series premiered last night on the Canada Sportsman channel and will continue to air at various times over the coming weeks.

Titled “Pheasants a Plenty,” it captures a two-day pheasant festival for veterans and first responders hosted by the non-profit organization Veterans Hunter at Wessex Game Birds in Carstairs, AB.

It follows the first episode, titled “Anxious for Antelope”, which began airing on December 27.

Veteran Hunters founder Todd Hisey said the show’s sponsors received a positive response to the first episode. This includes Jeff McClounie, COO for Steelhead Ventures, among the show’s sponsors.

Hisey says it’s possible to get other sponsorships for his show and programming. Their fundraising runs from January to Match before the spring hunts begin.

“Any businesses or organizations in Cochrane or Calgary and area that would like to partner with us to provide donations to the organization or consider an opportunity to sponsor the TV show would be greatly appreciated,” Hisey said.

Veteran hunters also attend the Grand Valley Safari Club’s annual fundraising dinner on January 29.

The dinner started almost 20 years ago as an occasion for a few hunters to come together to swap stories and has grown into an evening that attracts over 300 people. Safari Club president Kevin Firkus said he has raised around $250,000 over the years for many worthy causes.

Hisey says the veterans appreciated the opportunity to be among the partners for the evening.

“It’s a great opportunity for the community, ranchers, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts, to come together for an evening and raise money for worthy causes,” says Hisey.

Veteran Hunters will have items up for grabs in the Silent Auction. At their booth, you can learn more about the organization, its fair and meet some of their hunter hosts.

A few tickets are available and can be purchased by contacting Veteran Hunters through their website. here or by emailing Firkus at [email protected]

Hisey had a 22-year career as an officer in the Canadian Army with deployments to Bosnia, Kosovo and Russia. In 2018, and after nearly six years of treatment for PTSD, it was determined that he could no longer work in a traditional role. In January 2019, he launched The Veteran Hunters with a website, podcast, and social media presence to continue giving back to the community and helping fellow soldiers.

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WARMINGTON: Ford one-man army in snow battle

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Why call in the military when the Premier of Ontario is patrolling in the snow?


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Granted, there were no complaints from Etobicoke Edwin Kandic about this kind of personalized service from Doug Ford.

“I was stuck on Wincott Dr. for about two hours, and it was cold,” said the 26-year-old, who was trying to get to his warehouse job.

Then he noticed that someone had stopped.

“It was a guy in a Ford pickup truck. I said, ‘Oh my God, it’s Prime Minister Doug Ford,'” recalls Kandic, who had never seen the politician in person before. was shocked. He told me to get in the truck.

Kandic left his car on the side of the road, so he could accept the prime minister’s offer to drive him home in about 15 minutes.

“He was a nice guy,” Kandic added. “I thanked him for helping me.”

For Ford Nation, it was the familiar style of retail politics for which the premier and his late mayor brother, Rob Ford, became famous.


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Within minutes there were cynical comments, but as anyone who knows Doug Ford will attest, it wasn’t contrived.

That’s what Doug Ford does. Coming out to help, whether it’s a flood, an ice storm or a heavy snowfall, is part of the Ford brand. It’s letting Doug be Doug and not the guy who sometimes looks like he’s been held hostage by the Pandemic Industrial Complex.

It certainly seemed like the Prime Minister was enjoying every minute he spent shoveling cars through snow banks. In his own way, it seems he was reminding his caucus of what he was supposed to do.

“I’m the taxi driver today, the snow plow and everything else,” the prime minister told Kandic.

Move on, Batman, Spider-Man and Superman. It was Fordman to the rescue.


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Of course, there are people who will throw snow at this story and complain about everything a leader does.

But for me, it was just fun to see Ford Nation alive and well. Admittedly, when you’re two years old in an endless pandemic, sometimes you just need a reminder of a time when it was okay to smile or to be able to see one.

The only thing missing was a range of free Fordfest burgers instead of a vaccine or rapid test.

Who would have thought that a snowstorm would bring so much humanity and warmth?

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‘Just helping out’ and ‘making sure people are safe in their cars,’ Ford said CP24 George Lagogianes in a live TV hit. “Anything I can do to help them, you do what you have to do.”

Many more have received such help from a premier whose “For the People” campaign slogan was dusted once again during a shutdown that crippled the province even more than the snowstorm.


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Lagogianes declared Ford an “army of many” about 23 years after Toronto called in the Canadian military to help deal with the snow. The Prime Minister, who is seeking re-election on June 2, played it all down.

‘Prime Minister or no Prime Minister’, people are ‘here to help their neighbors right now,’ Ford says CP24.

Kandic said he could vouch for the prime minister who helped him when he really needed it.

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“As he was dropping me off at home, Premier Ford said, ‘Let me know if there’s anything else I can do to help you. “”

As a matter of fact.

“My car is still stuck in a snow bank,” teased Kandic, who will need a drive back to retrieve his car once the snow plows pass.

But the Prime Minister is quite busy at the moment. Ford was still making calls on the road Monday afternoon.



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COVID-19 vaccine targeting multiple variants needed: expert

OTTAWA – Health Canada’s chief medical adviser says variant-specific vaccines can be approved faster than general vaccines first issued to fight COVID-19, but one targeting the Omicron strain likely won’t be ready in time to help with the last wave.

Dr Supriya Sharma said what is really needed are vaccines that can potentially stop more than one variant at a time, including those to come.

Omicron became the dominant variant in Canada in just over two weeks, and the Public Health Agency of Canada said Friday that it will now be responsible for more than 90% of all COVID-19 cases.

Studies suggest that two doses of the existing mRNA vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are not effective in preventing Omicron infection.

However, several studies suggest that vaccines are excellent for keeping symptoms mild, preventing hospitalizations, shortening stays and reducing the standard of care for those admitted to hospital. Fewer vaccinated Omicron patients, for example, require mechanical ventilation.

Both Pfizer and Moderna are working on new versions of their vaccines that specifically target the Omicron variant.

Moderna hopes to have its product tested early this year. Pfizer said it could have 100 million doses ready as early as March, and Canada has contracts for boosters from both companies that would also include vaccines for variants.

But Sharma said even with the accelerated vaccine variant review process, it’s “probably not” fast enough.

“By then, from what we know of the Omicron wave, it may well be over,” she said. “And then the question is always, ‘is there another variant coming up?’

The solution, she said, likely lies in vaccines that can target more than one variant at a time.

The World Health Organization’s COVID-19 vaccine technical committee said the same on Jan. 11, noting that Omicron is the fifth variant of concern in two years and “probably won’t be the last.”

Booster shots that increase antibody development have become the immediate response to Omicron for many governments, including Canada.

Dr. Srinivas Murthy, a British Columbia pediatrician and co-chair of the WHO’s clinical research committee on COVID-19, told The Canadian Press that boosters are not a viable long-term option.

“Boosting your exit from a pandemic is inevitably going to shoot you in the foot in the sense that you’re going to have a future variant that’s going to emerge that’s going to cause problems,” he said. “He’s going to escape your shots, and then you’re going to have to figure it out.”

Omicron does not entirely avoid existing vaccines, but a future variant might, he said. Much of the problem stems from the fact that the original vaccines train the body’s immune system to recognize what’s called the spike protein found on the surface of a virus, and that spike protein undergoes a significant mutation. .

Think of the mutated spike protein as a bit of a disguise that makes it harder for the immune system to recognize the virus and mount a defense to kill it.

Omicron has over 50 mutations, and at least 36 are on the spike protein.

Multivalent vaccines that use the spike protein of more than one variant, or that target the genetic components of a virus rather than the spike protein, may be the ones that could offer protection against both this pandemic and against the next new emerging coronavirus.

“It’s a pan-coronavirus, where it’s looking at big, broad neutralizing responses and you don’t have to update it every season and so on,” Murthy said. “It’s been the holy grail of influenza vaccinology for several decades. We haven’t gotten there yet, because influenza is a bit tricky, but we think it’s doable for coronavirus, in particular.”

The US military has a version heading into phase 2 trials that can attach several advanced proteins. A vaccine with the specific spike proteins of the five COVID-19 variants of concern would likely be more effective, even against future variants, as they all share some of the same mutations and what one might miss another can catch. .

Moderna is working on multivalent vaccine trials using combinations of the original virus’ spike proteins and one of the variants, or two of the variants together. It is unclear when they would be ready for use.

Sharma said that while vaccines don’t work as well against the variants as they do against the original virus, to her “they’re still miraculous.”

“To have a vaccine that was developed so quickly, that still has, through multiple ΓǪ variants with boosters, up to 70, 80% efficacy against serious illnesses, conditions, hospitalizations and deaths” , she said. “It’s miraculous for a new vaccine against a new virus.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on January 16, 2022.

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Canada must prepare for a potentially hostile government in Washington

In the 155 years since Confederation, most Canadians have rarely thought about national security. For the first 60 years after Confederation, we were protected by the British Empire. Then, in August 1938, United States President Franklin Roosevelt, during a visit to Kingston, Ontario, said, “I assure you that the people of the United States will not stand idly by if the domination of Canadian soil is threatened. Since then, our national security has been guaranteed by the United States.

It would be wise for Canadians to rethink this dependence on the United States. Since Donald Trump’s election to the White House in November 2016, we have seen a rise in right-wing extremism fueled by Trump’s irresponsible and sometimes dangerous rhetoric. We have seen massive unrest in cities across the United States as people protest against police violence against minorities. On January 6, 2021, we witnessed the infamous uprising as Trump supporters attempted to prevent election certification. Since then, the right-wing media and Trump have continued to “fan the flames” of fury and outrage. The majority of the Republican Party seems to tolerate this.

Why should we care, you may ask. We live in Canada after all. We need to be concerned about this, because violence can very easily spread across our borders. Prime Minister Lester Pearson knew this when he deployed Canadian troops to the border crossings between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan during the Detroit Riots in July 1967. President Richard Nixon moved American troops to the border areas near Quebec during the October Crisis. of 1970. Both leaders knew that their primary duty was to protect their citizens and they took steps to achieve it.

The modern Republican Party is nothing like the party of decades past. This is not the party of Dwight Eisenhower, Nixon, Ronald Reagan, etc. This is a party that embraces violence, intolerance, disregards logic, reason and science (witness the horrific deaths in pandemic ‘red’ states) and opposes rights reproduction of women. These values ​​upheld by the current Republican Party are totally foreign and repugnant to most Canadians. We also have to believe that the Republicans oppose most of the values ​​that are dear to Canadians.

If the Republicans take control of Congress in November and the White House in 2024, it will mean Canada has a potentially hostile government across the border. We must prepare for it and do it immediately. What actions should we take?

We must first ensure that we can protect our borders. That means we have to make sure that we can mobilize enough military personnel and deploy them to any part of the border that is needed quickly. It will also require a change in military policy in Canada. Currently, army reserve units have very little ammunition available to them in their arsenals. In an emergency, ammunition would be brought to them from larger bases. This must change. We need to be able to mobilize our reserves and they can’t wait for enough ammunition to deploy to the border.

Next, we need to be able to show a potentially hostile Republican president that no threat will come to the United States via Canada. This means, for example, that we must have a modern, well-equipped air force that can destroy any threat entering Canadian airspace and heading towards the United States. No US president would hesitate to order US military forces into Canada if he felt Canada had failed to deal adequately with a crisis that could threaten the United States. We cannot give them any excuse to do so.

The current Republican Party is not a friend of Canada and could indeed threaten us if it regains power. This means that we must be prepared to keep a respectful distance and ensure that we can defend our people.

Craig Wallace is a Hamilton resident and author of five books.

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“A life full of adventures”: the Métis community mourns the loss of Saskatchewan. Louis Roy, WWII Veteran

One of the oldest Métis veterans of the Second World War died Tuesday at the age of 101 in a long-term care home in northern Saskatchewan.

Louis Roy leaves in his family the memory of a kind man who paved the way for his 10 children and his many grandchildren.

“He was just a very respected man. He lived a fulfilling life full of adventures and experienced so much wisdom,” his granddaughter Glenda Burnouf said.

Roy was born on August 2, 1920 in Île-à-la-Croix. His first language was Cree. His father died when he was 12, so the family moved to Beauval in 1932. Roy attended boarding school at Île-à-la-Croix.

He enlisted in the Canadian army in February 1942 at the age of 21, according to a biography prepared by his daughter Julie Roy.

He underwent basic and advanced training where he learned to drive and other skills such as map reading, weaponry and communication.

“It really formed the basis of his life and professional skills to come,” Burnouf said.

He served in the infantry in Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy and England until his discharge in October 1945.

Métis Nation-Saskatchewan Veterans Affairs Minister Mervin Tex Bouvier is from the same area as Roy and says he was a role model in the community.

“Everyone knew Louis Roy because it’s like a family from Green Lake to La Loche,” Bouvier said. “He was highly respected by his peers and his people.”

Bouvier says the area does not have a Legion branch presence and MN-S plans to assist in the proper recognition of Roy and other Métis veterans who have contributed to the fabric of the community.

“I really want to look at cemeteries and recognize who they were and where they served,” Bouvier said.

Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand also acknowledged Roy’s death.

“Louis was one of many brave Métis citizens drafted to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces against the evils of the world, while facing discrimination at home,” Chartrand said.

Roy was the first Métis veteran to receive a $20,000 recognition payment from Ottawa in 2019 for the way he was treated after returning from fighting.

Burnouf said that after the war Roy earned his living as a trapper, hunter and fisherman. He married, founded a home near Beauval and raised 10 children.

At 43, he began a career as a carpenter. He worked for the Department of Northern Services and the school division until his retirement at age 65.

In 2005, at the age of 85, Roy downsized and built himself a one-bedroom house on the banks of the Beaver River. He lived there alone until he was 100 years old.

She says it’s nice to see her grandfather recognized for his contributions.

“He took it upon himself to provide for his family and learn a career and now the recognition is coming, which I’m very grateful for,” Burnouf said.

She says she can see some of her noble traits and values ​​in her children and grandchildren.

“It’s good to see that he lives in all of us.”

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