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Northern youth make an impression at national leadership event

The highlight of the trip was a two-day canoe trip in Jacques-Cartier National Park

The hunting and outdoor survival skills of five Junior Canadian Rangers from Northern Ontario impressed Junior Rangers from across Canada at a national leadership training event in Quebec.

“Their outdoor skills impressed,” said Sgt. Steven Botelho, a Junior Ranger instructor who accompanied the five to the event. “They passed on their skills and it was nice to see them do it.”

The five representatives from Ontario at the event were among the top 36 Junior Rangers who attended an annual eight-day leadership course, called the National Enhanced Leadership Training Session, at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, just north of Quebec. The Junior Rangers are a Canadian Army program for young people aged 12 to 18 living in remote and isolated communities in Canada’s North.

The five were McCartney Beardy of North Caribou Lake, Ryan Kakekaspan of Fort Severn, Thunder O’Keese of Kasabonika Lake, Summer Southwind of Lac Seul and Madden Taylor of Constance Lake.

“They all enjoyed their time and they all learned something new about leadership skills that they can take back to their communities,” Botelho said. “They had a great time and they learned a lot.”

The training included both in-class and off-campus classes. They were occupied for eight days.

Outdoor events included a challenging yet fun zipline, shooting, canoeing, a visit to a bowling alley, shopping mall, and a visit to the Huron-Wendat First Nation Cultural Center.

One of the highlights of the training was a two-day canoe trip on the spectacular Jacques-Cartier River in Jacques-Cartier National Park, 50 kilometers north of Quebec. This included challenging portages, negotiating whitewater rapids, and working together.

“It was the best thing we’ve done,” said Beardy, whose paddling partner was a Junior Ranger from Nunavut. “The connection with her was great. We talked about our different backgrounds, how we hunted and how we lived differently. We learned from each other.

Junior Rangers from Ontario and those from elsewhere in Canada encountered, some for the first time, life with the French language.

“Yeah, I wasn’t used to it,” McCartney said. “I found it fascinating to discover how different some lives were from mine.”

“The kids helped each other to communicate with the Junior Rangers who didn’t speak English well or didn’t speak English,” Botelho said. “It was beautiful to see. It was all part of their learning process.

sergeant. Peter Moon is a Canadian Ranger with the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group at Canadian Forces Base Borden

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Algonquin College social work graduate perseveres despite tragedy

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Marcie Lane remembers the excruciating pain of losing her husband. Master Corporal. Scott Vernelli was a career soldier, committed to the cause of the Canadian Armed Forces to bring peace and stability to people around the world and he volunteered for missions many times. In Afghanistan, he would lose his life, just six months after he and Lane welcomed their first child into the world.

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The couple had met while they were both in uniform. Lane was a photojournalist, working under former Chief of the Defense Staff Rick Hillier when she met Vernelli at a banquet in Ottawa. Soon they were dating and making plans to start a life together. This plan moved forward when Lane landed a posting to Garrison Petawawa.

In early 2008, Lane was pregnant. The parents-to-be eagerly awaited their daughter’s arrival as Vernelli trained for his third military service in Afghanistan, a mission in a war-torn country that had already claimed the lives of many Canadians.

Canada had joined other nations in Afghanistan following the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Ironically, Olivia Vernelli would arrive on the seventh anniversary of the day the World Trade Center collapsed in New York.

Vernelli would leave for his final deployment to Afghanistan, 12 days after the birth of his baby girl. During the Christmas holidays, Vernelli was able to come home. Lane put his photography skills to work, capturing special family moments. This would be the last time Lane would spend time with her husband.

On March 20, 2009, just weeks before his scheduled return to Canada, Vernelli and another Canadian soldier were killed in action by an improvised explosive device while on foot patrol. Vernelli was only 28 years old.

The tragedy left Lane broken. As she mourned the loss of her partner, she became angry and then depressed.

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“There were days when I felt like killing myself. The grief was so blinding and debilitating,” says Lane, who recalls breaking down at a grocery store, feeling rage and pain that brought her to her knees as she watched others military families in the store.

Master Corporal.  Scott Vernelli and Marcie Lane with their baby girl Olivia.
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Unable to cope, she eventually contacted a bereavement counsellor, an opportunity available to her through the Canadian Armed Forces. Gradually, Lane tried to get her life back on track. She accepted a posting to CFB Borden, but living away from her family with a young child was difficult and her mental health again declined.

It was exercise and fitness that helped change her life. As she began to train, her mood improved and she regained her confidence. When she left the military, she enrolled in a fitness and health program at Georgian College, then in 2018 she found work at the Canadian Armed Forces Morale and Welfare Services in Gagetown. , in New Brunswick.

It was a dream job. She was happy to be engaged again in a military community, helping soldiers stay fit, but three months later, after she and her daughter had traveled halfway across the country to allow her to start a new post, she was on her way back to Petawawa. . Lane was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. It was devastating news.

She knew she needed to be closer to her family, so she and Olivia moved back to Petawawa as she began cancer treatment. She lost her hair, shed a few tears, often felt very tired and struggled emotionally over whether she would be able to beat cancer. As she reflected on her life, she wondered why such horrible things had happened to her. But, she was about to wake up as her illness brought her face to face with someone who would become a kindred spirit.

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The turning point for Lane came when she was lying in a hospital bed in Ottawa undergoing treatment for her cancer. She had a roommate who was facing the same battle and the two women quickly bonded, calling each other “pink sisters”, but their socio-economic status was very different.

The woman from whom Lane drew strength as they simultaneously suffered the side effects of chemotherapy was about to become homeless. She had given up her job while undergoing treatment, she had no health care benefits and the loss of income left her with no money to pay her rent and risk losing her vehicle.

“Nobody came to visit him. She tossed and turned often at night, not entirely because she was sick after a day of grueling treatment, but because she wondered how she would survive if she survived,” Lane explains.

In contrast, Lane had the support of her parents and daughter who often visited her in the hospital and cared for her pets while she focused on her recovery. She couldn’t help thinking that life was unfair. She thought of those who had helped her in her darkest days and found her calling. She wanted to be a social worker.

Lane had joined the army in 2000, following in the footsteps of his father, Harry Lane. During basic training, she kept a picture of her father in the inside pocket of her army fatigues. In the photo, his father is curled up in his army sleeping bag, exhausted after a hard day’s work in the field. Scribbled on the back of the well-weathered photo was a message from her father that has always inspired her. He said, “Quitting is not an option.”

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Marcie Lane is definitely not a quitter. She experienced the raw pain that life can sometimes throw at her and overcame a life-threatening illness. She takes life day by day and works hard to help others, including helping her daughter learn more about the father she never knew.

Master Corporal. Scott Vernelli is buried at Beechwood, Canada’s National Military Cemetery in Ottawa. On Father’s Day, Marcie and Olivia stood at his grave. Olivia was wearing a cadet uniform. Marcie brought a graduation gown. It was a moving but beautiful private moment, which mourned the loss of a husband and father, but also celebrated Olivia following her parents’ military journey and Marcie’s recent graduation from Algonquin College.

Last fall, Olivia became an Army Cadet with the 3rd Division of the Royal Canadian Regiment, embracing the family’s military tradition and joining the same regiment in which her father had served. Two months ago, Marcie walked across the stage at the Pembroke Memorial Center, graduating with honors from Algonquin College’s social service worker program, a title she earned during a global pandemic. She also received the WT Eldon Craig Memorial Award for “Most Outstanding Graduate of the Social Work Program”.

But that’s not the end of Lane’s educational journey. She was recently admitted to a Bachelor of Indigenous Social Work program at Laurentian University. She will begin her university studies this fall.

Lane’s story is still being written, but her response to the tragedy is what drove her to help others. The “pink sister” she met while watching cancer remains her inspiration. She will never forget her, nor her husband who died a Canadian hero. She found a way forward, demonstrating that “we can all overcome adversity and succeed in life”. This is the message that she will transmit in her career as a social worker.

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Love of Adventure Leads to Prince Rupert Youth Cadet Camp Commendations

Aiden Lewis, 15, was recently praised by commanders of a regional cadet summer camp as being exceptional in many areas, the Canadian Armed Forces said. The view from the north July 11.

Like many young people aged 13 and up, now Petty Officer 2nd Class, Lewis was looking for adventure and opportunity. As a member of 7 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps, Captain Cook Branch, he participated in a two-week Cadet Activities Program (CAP) with more than 15 other young adults from air, l army and sea cadets from several communities in the northwest, including Terrace and Kitimat.

Lewis, who lives with his grandmother and two sisters in Prince Rupert, said he first heard about the cadet program in Grade 5. Family members had participated in the program, often saying how much they enjoyed and learned about it, which piqued his interest.

“My aunts had joined and they said they got on the water a lot and had traveled around the world… to England and Australia when they were older. I wanted to join because I thought it was cool. I thought it was exciting,” he said.

Aiden pledged to wear the blue uniform as soon as he could when he was 12.

Cadet Lewis plans to enlist in the army when he reaches the required age. He doesn’t know what field or career he will end up in, but as a young man and a student at Charles Hays High School, he still has time to find out. He said the skills he learns in sea cadets will help him.

During the recent summer camp, he said he learned leadership skills as he had to supervise younger cadets and give lessons. He said learning to teach was beneficial for sharing knowledge and experiences. The activities taught were marksmanship, drill and the phonetic alphabet.

The camp was hosted in Terrace by 747 Unicorn Air Cadet Squadron. Lewis said he arrived at the barracks a few days before the other cadets. Meals were provided and he is especially grateful to the airport cook, Martha, who fed them. For the first few days he said he ate military “MRE” (prepared to eat) rations which are not as bad as people claim. When the other cadets arrived, they set up “Mod tents” with cots.

Besides setting up the tents with cots, one of the many skills Lewis taught was to build an improvised shelter when he got lost in the woods. An improvised shelter is usually made from items collected from the forest floor and in one’s possession to provide refuge from the elements while a person waits to be rescued.

“We tested them first to make sure they were waterproof. We left them outside overnight because it rained a lot,” he said.

Part of what he was praised for was that his bivouac was made in a matter of hours from logs and three half army shelters. Cadet Lewis enjoyed the shelter lesson, but learning the phonetic alphabet and how to talk on the radio was the most fun for him, he said.

Besides wilderness survival and radios, Lewis participated in many interesting activities with the other cadets, including tours of the operations and maintenance building at Terrace Airport, the Heritage Park Museum and a day on the water at Douglas Channel with the station crew. 63 of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue in Kitimat.

Cadets even had the opportunity to create and launch water bottle rockets out of old two-liter pop bottles.

Adien said he had heard of the RAF base at Terrace, where the airport is currently located. He found it particularly interesting to learn about the 1944 mutiny of Canadian Army soldiers, known as one of the most serious breaches of discipline in Canadian military history. The mutiny was sparked by a rumor that conscript soldiers would be deployed overseas.

Lewis said he had a lot of fun at camp, participating in activities not usually offered in Prince Rupert.

“I really liked CAP and had a lot of fun,” he said. “Yes, there were things at the summer CAP that we don’t do here at home.”

“I’m really looking forward to coming back in the fall and wanting to participate in Exercise Northern Thunder,” he said, adding that it’s a multi-unit cadet exercise that takes place near Prince George. So since it’s on Thanksgiving weekend, he might not be getting a turkey dinner because they’ll likely be eating MREs, he said.

When he’s not spending time with the cadets, the high schooler plays chess with the school club and has been on the soccer team for the upcoming school year. Most recently, he placed first in the 3,000 meters and third in the shot put for the regional high school track meet in June.

While devoted to his family, Aiden enjoys cycling with his sister and spending time with the family’s Shetland Sheepdog.

Lewis said his education and skills are continually developing in cadets, and program activities can be used for high school graduation credits. He is grateful for one thing the Cadets taught him, and that is the value of friendship. He said he learned to rely on others and to trust others.

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Sea Cadet Aiden Lewis builds a bivouac at CAP camp held in Terrace July 4-15. (Photo: Supplied)

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Putin won’t like it: Ukraine is training a million-man army

More than five months ago, the Russian army invades Ukraine. Today, on day 163 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Russian army still struggling to achieve its goals.

Ukrainian forces continue to push their counter-offensive south towards Kherson.

Ukraine has the strategic initiative

The Ukrainian forces keep pushing with their counter-offensive in the south towards Kherson, and now Kyiv has the strategic initiative. Moscow is relocating its forces to the south in response to the Ukrainian counter-offensive but must sacrifice its offensive operations in the Donbass.

“Ukraine is likely to take the strategic initiative and force Russia to reallocate forces and reprioritize efforts in response to Ukrainian counteroffensive operations,” he added. Institute for the Study of War assessed in its latest operational update.

“Russian forces are also redeploying military equipment – artillery and aviation in particular – to Crimea from other parts of Ukraine,” the Institute for the Study of War added.

The list of Russian victims

The Russian army hurts for trained soldiers. Five months of war in Ukraine have weighed on Russian force generation capabilities.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense claims that as of Friday, Ukrainian forces have killed an estimated 41,650 Russian troops (and wounded about three times that number), destroyed 223 combat, attack and transport aircraft, 191 attack and transport helicopters, 1 792 tanks, 950 artillery pieces, 4,032 armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles, 260 multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), 15 boats and cutters, 2,964 vehicles and fuel tanks, 123 anti-aircraft batteries, 742 tactical unmanned aerial systems, 83 special equipment platforms, such as bridging vehicles and four mobile Iskander ballistic missile systems, and 180 cruise missiles shot down by Ukrainian air defenses.

Nuclear woes

A potential disaster is currently brewing in Ukraine. The Russian army occupies the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is the largest in Europe, but the Ukrainian counter-offensive in the south goes in this direction.

“After five months of occupation, Russia’s intentions regarding the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant Remain uncertain. However, the actions they took at the facility likely compromised the safety and security of normal plant operations,” British Military Intelligence said. assessed in his daily estimate of the war.

“Russian forces are likely operating in areas adjacent to the power plant and have used artillery units based in these areas to target Ukrainian territory on the west bank of the Dnipro River,” the UK Ministry of Defense said.

There were fights when the Russian forces first captured the power station early in the war, endangering the facility. But now concerns about the safety of the plant are resurfacing because the Russian military has used the protected nature of the plant for military operations.

“Russian forces likely used the wider installation area, particularly the adjacent town of Enerhodar, to rest their forces, using the protected status of the nuclear power plant to reduce the risk to their equipment and personnel from attacks. nocturnal Ukrainians,” said the Briton. Assessed military intelligence.

Train Ukrainians

The effort to form Ukraine’s “one million army” is well underway. A few weeks ago, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said in an interview that Kyiv aims to create a military force of one million soldiers to retake Russian-occupied territories. But to create such a military force, training is essential. And that’s where the UK comes in.

Outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson led a training initiative in which 10,000 Ukrainian troops fly to the UK and be combat ready in just 120 days or four months. This effort has been going on for some time now, and more international partners have joined the British training cadre to prepare Ukrainian troops. Canada is the last partner to step in.

“I am delighted that the Canadian Armed Forces is joining the growing international effort to support the training of Ukrainian soldiers in the UK,” said UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace. said.

“Canada’s expertise will give the program a new boost and ensure that Ukrainian men and women, coming to the UK to train to defend their country, will gain a vast pool of experience and skills from the British forces and of our international partners,” Wallace added.

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DVIDS – News – NATO Multinational CBRN Defense Battalion Live Agent Exercise in Canada wraps up

CANADIAN FORCES BASE SUFFIELD, Alberta, Canada – A multinational NATO live chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agent exercise concluded at Canadian Forces Base Suffield in Alberta, Canada, July 29.

Exercise Precise Response brought together highly trained units from the United States, Canada, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, from Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia and the United Kingdom to conduct training missions for the NATO Response Force. CBRN Defense Battalion.

Since Precise Response began in 2004, over 4,000 soldiers have trained with live agents at Canadian Forces Base Suffield, except for 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

US soldiers from the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Command deployed for the exercise, including troops from the 22nd Chemical Battalion based at Fort Bliss, Texas; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, 11th CBRN Company (technical escort) based in Washington; 21st CBRN Company based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and the 1st Area Medical Laboratory in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

U.S. Army soldiers and civilians from the 20th CBRNE Command regularly deploy from 19 bases in 16 states to confront the world’s most dangerous hazards.

Corporal of the Canadian Armed Forces. Shannelle Adam said working with other countries has given her the chance to learn new ways to accomplish CBRN missions.

“The highlight for me was being able to gain knowledge from other countries and now being able to go back to my unit and create ideas to try and implement positive changes like this,” said Adam, a six-year-old military medical technician who is from George Town, Cayman Islands. “Working with live agents made the training much more real.

“We always like to practice fighting here,” Adam said. “In the event that there is a CBRN threat in the future, we are now more confident that we have worked with live agents in training.”

Adam said his team learned new ways to run a thorough decontamination line on both the ambulatory and non-ambulatory side.

“We have learned how other nations operate so that if ever there is a CBRN threat that we are called upon to respond to, we now have the confidence to be able to assist other nations,” Adam said. .

Maj. Joshua M. Carmen, chief of the 1st Sector Medical Laboratory’s Biological Threat Assessment Section, said the Precise Response exercise allowed his soldiers to validate their abilities in an austere field environment.

A unique formation of the U.S. Army, the 1st Area Medical Laboratory deploys to perform surveillance, laboratory testing, and health risk assessments of environmental, occupational, endemic disease, and CBRNE threats to support the protection of forces and missions of weapons of mass destruction.

Carmen said her 1st AML team worked with NATO Sampling and Identification of Biological, Chemical and Radiological Agents (SIBCRA) teams from most of the countries involved in the exercise.

The 1st AML team received all biological samples during the exercise, including 112 separate samples, and saw a variety of sampling and conditioning techniques. The 1st AML team also performed its first successful genetic sequencing of a sample in a field training environment.

Carmen said her team had gained experience receiving and processing samples and engaging SIBCRA team leaders to prioritize processing based on their description and assessment of the site.

“The more information we have, the better analysis we can perform to provide a complete picture of the threat,” Carmen said. “We learned as much as we could about the new techniques we saw and provided real-time feedback on our assessment of their effectiveness, along with tips and advice for improvement.”

Carmen said the NATO SIBCRA teams were willing to make adjustments and were grateful for feedback.

“We were overwhelmed by the camaraderie with the teams and many of them came to the lab before, during and after the missions to seek advice, discuss our findings and thank us for helping them improve their knowledge of the threats. organic,” Carmen said.

Originally from Phoenix, Carmen served in the US Army for 19 years and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. He said the international live agent training exercise provides a higher level of realism for his team.

“Training live agents for CBRN is the equivalent of a live fire maneuver exercise for the combat arms branches,” Carmen said. “It is the epitome of training and tests your confidence in the equipment you train with and the procedures you have developed in your organization.

“The NATO component adds an extra layer to this by developing the same confidence among multiple countries in each other’s equipment and techniques,” Carmen said. “Whether your place on the battlefield is to investigate and sample potential CBRN agents, catalog, record and transport them, or test and assess them, the safety of the forces you support depends on you every step of the way. stage. Live agent training allows us the luxury of practicing our skills in a controlled environment so we can be successful in a life-threatening situation.

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What are the two important military appointments granted to Eisenhower?

What are the two important military appointments attributed to Eisenhower? The short answer is Commander (SHAPE) Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force and Commander (SACEUR) Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

But there is more detailed information worth discovering. So, keep reading.

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Who is Dwight D. Eisenhower?

Fast facts


  • Date of Birth: October 14, 1890
  • Place of birth: Denison, TX
  • Date of death: March 28, 1969 (aged 78)
  • Place of death: washington d.c.
  • Resting place: Presidential library, museum and childhood home

What war did General Eisenhower fight in? – Brief of Eisenhower’s military career

Eisenhower was sworn in as a cadet in 1911 at the United States Military Academy at West Point. After graduating in 1915, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army.

Eisenhower was assigned to Fort Sam Houston in the 19th Infantry Regiment and entered World War I on the Continental side.

Eventually, he became a brevet lieutenant-colonel and commanded a unit in the national army. His unit trained tank crews at Camp Colt at “Pickett’s Charge” on the Gettysburg battlefield.

He received a Distinguished Service Medal but was disappointed that he missed out on war front and combat duty.

After the war, Eisenhower returned to his usual rank of captain, but was promoted to major a few days later. From there he had several missions (to name a few):

  • 1919 – Vehicle testing and road improvement work during a transcontinental army convoy
  • Until 1922 – Command a tank battalion at Camp Meade, Maryland
  • 1920 – Served under Generals Fox Conner, John Pershing, Douglas MacArthur, George Marshall
    • He became general manager to General Conner and served until 1924
    • He studied at the Command and General Staff College from 1925 to 1926.
    • Until 1927 he served as a battalion commander at Fort Benning, Georgia.
  • 1928 – He graduated from the Army War College.
  • From 1929 to February 1933, he was General George V. Moseley’s executive officer.
  • 1933 – He graduated from the Army Industrial College i. washington d.c.
  • He was later appointed Chief Military Assistant to General Douglas MacArthur, Army Chief of Staff.
  • 1932 – He helped clear the Bonus March encampment in Washington, D.C. l
  • 1935 – He went with MacArthur to the Philippines and served as deputy military adviser to the Philippine government.
  • December 1939 – He returned to the United States and became commander of the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment at Fort Lewis, Washington.
  • March 1941 – He becomes colonel and chief of staff of the new IX Corps under the command of Major General Kenyon Joyce.
  • June 1941 – He becomes chief of staff to General Walter Krueger, who was the commander of the Third Army, at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
  • October 1941 – He becomes a brigadier general after taking part in the maneuvers in Louisiana.

1. World War II


  • He became the General Staff in Washington after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and served until June 1942.
    • Eisenhower was tasked with creating the main war plans against Japan and Germany.
    • He was responsible for the defenses of the Pacific as Deputy Chief under the Chief of the War Plans Division (WPD), General Leonard T. Gero.
    • Eventually, he succeeded General Leonard T. Gerow as head of the war planning division.
    • Subsequently, he became Deputy Chief of Staff. In this position, he was responsible for the operations division which replaced WPD. He was under General George C. Marshall, who was the Chief of Staff.
  • Late May 1942 – He went with Lieutenant General Henry H. Arnold, who was the Commanding General of the Air Force, to London. There they assessed the effectiveness of the theater commander, Major General James E. Chaney in England.
  • June 1942 – He returns as Commanding General of the European Theater of Operations.
  • A month later, he was promoted to lieutenant general.
  • November 1942 – He became Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force North African Theater (NATOUSA) through the new Allied Force (Expeditionary) Headquarters (A(E)FHQ).
  • February 1943 – His command of AFHQ expanded to include the British Eighth Army across the Mediterranean basin, and he played a key role as British and American forces crossed into Italy in 1943.
  • December 1944 – He becomes an army general. In this command, he displayed his great diplomatic and leadership skills and earned the respect of many although he never saw action.

Eisenhower’s command in World War II was not the end, however.

2. After the World Wars

  • After the surrender of the Germans, he became military governor of the American occupation zone.
  • He ordered crews to document Nazi concentration camp evidence for the Nuremberg trials
  • He reclassified German prisoners of war so that they would no longer be subject to the Geneva Convention
  • He also organized the distribution of food and medical supplies to German civilians.

All of his actions echoed the new American view that the Germans were Nazi victims and the bad guys were just the ex-Nazis.

  • November 1945 – Replaced Marshall as Army Chief of Staff to demobilize soldiers

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  • 1948 – He becomes president of Columbia University
    • He became the adviser to the United States Secretary of Defense for the unification of the armed forces
    • He then became the informal Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington
  • December 1950 – He becomes Supreme Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and given operational command of NATO forces in Europe

3. 1952 presidential campaign

  • June 1952 – After much persuasion, he resigns his command at NATO to campaign as full-time president
  • He beat Taft for the nomination with his “I Like Ike” campaign
  • He defeated Adlai Stevenson II (his Democratic nominee), marking the first Republican comeback in 20 years

4. Election of 1956

  • November 1956 – He successfully runs for re-election

5. Presidency (1953 – 1961)

  • He raced against Adlai Stevenson again and won again

Eisenhower’s 2 most important missions

1. Commander Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF)

SHAEF is the headquarters of the Commander of Allied Forces in North West Europe. It was founded in 1943 and remained active until 1945.

He commanded formations on the Western Front with various forces, including the American and French Liberation Army and the British and Canadian Army. Additionally, SHAEF commanded Allied airborne forces and two tactical air forces. More precisely:

  • The First Allied Airborne Army
  • The British 21st Army Group
    • The 1st Canadian Army and the 2nd British Army
  • The US 12th Army Group
    • The 1st, 3rd, 9th, and 15th United States Armies
  • The US 6th Army Group
    • The 1st French Army and the 7th American Army
  • The Ninth United States Air Force
  • The RAF’s Second Tactical Air Force

Dwight D. Eisenhower, then General of the Army, assumed SHAEF’s highest post: Supreme Allied Commander. In this position, he planned and led many invasions, including that of Normandy in France. Today we consider it “D-Day”.

He was tasked in these positions with planning and carrying out the Allied assault on the Normandy coast in June 1944 under the code name Operation Overlord, the liberation of Western Europe and the invasion of Germany.

Eisenhower’s appointment was the result of a steady military rise, beginning with his command of all American troops in the European theater of World War II in 1942.

2. Commander of the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR)

This is the Allied Command (ACO) Operations Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). She is based in Casteau Belgium. Within NATO, SACEUR occupies the second highest military position in terms of precedence. He is therefore just below the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee.

Eisenhower became commander of SACEUR in December 1950. After assuming this role, he activated Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and formed a separate staff. He was in office for about 1 year.

During this time he was also authorized by President Harry Truman to command all US forces in theatre.


As you have read this article about the two important military appointments that were awarded to Eisenhower, the two critical appointments of Eisenhower are Commander SHAEF and Commander SACEUR. The first was after serving as commander of US forces in Europe, while the second was in December 1950.

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Sacred site or rallying point? The politicization of the National War Memorial

Last weekend, someone was seen draping Canadian and American flags over the grave in a ceremony streamed live online. Photos and videos were widely shared on social media before the accounts, which appeared to be linked to “Freedom Convoy” supporters, were taken down.

It sparked an outcry, including from Defense Minister Anita Anand, who called it a “profanation”.

It has also prompted calls for more security, including from the Royal Canadian Legion, which first made such a request after the memorial was seen as disrespectful, including public urination, towards the start of the three-week protest that gripped downtown Ottawa this winter. .

On the eve of Canada Day, Army Reservist James Topp addressed hundreds of people gathered near the Cenotaph and compared himself and others fighting vaccination warrants to the Canadian soldier unidentified killed in World War I whose remains were buried in the grave.

Facing a court-martial for publicly criticizing federal vaccine requirements while wearing his uniform, Topp had arrived at the grave after a four-month march from Vancouver, during which he became a celebrity for many many people opposed to vaccines and liberals.

“This is us. We are the unknown soldier,” Topp told the crowd, which included a number of people wearing military headgear and medals to indicate their veteran status.

“What did we have in common with this person?” … We had courage.

A group called Veterans 4 Freedom, which supported Topp’s march and includes members with ties to the “Freedom Convoy,” also held a rally at the memorial during the “Rolling Thunder” event in April, where members gave speeches against vaccines and pandemic restrictions.

“Canadians must sacrifice themselves to keep our freedom,” a speaker told the crowd. “They went to France. They fought in the South Pacific, the Battle of Britain. They sacrifice their life. But nowadays, we have to sacrifice ourselves in a different way.

Veterans 4 Freedom declined to comment. Topp referenced his June 30 speech.

David Hofmann is an associate professor at the University of New Brunswick and co-director of the government-funded Canadian Armed Forces Hate Conduct and Right-Wing Extremism Research Network.

He said that political movements need symbols to succeed, and that it should perhaps come as no surprise that some groups in Canada are now trying to transform the National War Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier into such purposes.

“It’s a powerful symbol,” Hofmann said. “You have the unknown soldier, the ultimate martyr, someone who is not even remembered by name. And you have these individuals… trying to equate what they’re doing with a sense of martyrdom.

Retired Brigadier-General Duane Daly, who was instrumental in leading the Royal Canadian Legion with the establishment of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier more than 20 years ago, disagreed with those who wanted to use the site “as a centerpiece for political dissent”.

“It’s a grave,” he said. “If they want to make a statement like that, go to parliament. That’s why, not the grave.

Others have suggested that some of those who use the memorial to amplify grievances against the government actually represent the opposite of the altruism the sites are dedicated to.

“The Unknown Soldier died for his country. He died in a selfless act,” said Youri Cormier, executive director of the Conference of Defense Associations Institute think tank.

“When you honk and shout about an idea of ​​personal freedoms that excludes one’s duty to one’s nation, respect for the law, and…respect for the principle that one’s freedom ends where it infringes on the freedoms of others is to put yourself before the nation.”

It is in this context that some like the Legion and Cormier, who have noted that the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Va., is guarded 24 hours a day by armed military personnel, have called for greater security at the memorial.

“No one is permitted to usurp or appropriate the hallowed ground of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier for any stunt or campaign,” Cormier said. “This sacred space is not to be taken.”

Public Services and Procurement Canada says the site is monitored 24/7, but would not comment on calls for more security. While the Canadian Armed Forces have a ceremonial guard at the memorial for tourists, the Ottawa Police are responsible for site security.

The murder of cape. Nathan Cirillo by an Islamic State sympathizer in October 2014 prompted a security review at the memorial and the possible placement of military police. But their job is to protect the ceremonial guards while they are on duty.

The exact type of security measures to adopt is unclear.

Most experts agree that authorities should not limit or restrict public access to the memorial, in part because the vast majority of visitors to the site are respectful ⁠—but also because such a move could play into the hands of some groups.

“In some ways it’s more dangerous because it feeds the victim mentality that we’re silenced, that we’re oppressed,” said Barbara Perry, director of the Center of Hate, Bias and Extremism at Ontario Tech. University.

Authorities erected fences around the memorial at the start of the “freedom convoy” after a woman stood at the grave. But they were later shot dead by protesters. Many of them identified themselves as veterans and said they were reclaiming the site – a message repeated as a reason to gather at the Cenotaph during the “Rolling Thunder” event this spring.

Retired Lt. Gen. Mike Day also pushed back on the idea of ​​American-style restrictions at the memorial, such as ropes and fencing preventing the public from approaching.

“All national monuments must be accessible. I accept that it comes at a cost,” Day said.

“But I think the cost of locking them up and not making them accessible is higher. So I accept that there are individuals like we have seen who will benefit.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 31, 2022.

Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press

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CFB Trenton welcomes new Wing Commander and Wing Chief Warrant Officer

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Alongside some of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) largest flying vehicles, members of Canadian Forces Base Trenton joined dignitaries in a historic change of command.

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Outgoing Wing Commander Colonel Ryan Deming has passed the torch to Colonel Leif Dahl, who brings with him more than two decades of RCAF experience.

Along with the change in command, there was also a change in appointment of the Wing Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) which welcomed the base’s first-ever female CWO. Outgoing CWO Dan Baulne welcomed CWO Renee Hansen who will assist Colonel Dahl as they both tend to 8 Wing Trenton’s crew and equipment.

CFB 8 Wing Trenton’s incoming Chief Warrant Officer Renee Hansen and incoming Wing Commander Colonel Leif Dahl stand in front of a CC-177 Globemaster after the base change of command ceremony Friday in Trenton, Alaska. Ontario. ALEX FILIPE

“I am thrilled, extremely happy to have the opportunity to return to 8 Wing, a place where I served for 12 years and to continue to connect with the community,” said Col Dahl.

Colonel Dahl grew up in Chicoutimi, Quebec. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in May 1997 as an Infantry Officer in the Reserve Force. In January 2000, Col Dahl joined the Regular Forces and began pilot training with the RCAF.

He held several operational and command positions in Trenton, Ontario. After getting his wings in 2003, he was sent to Trenton to fly the CC-130 Hercules with 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron and 436 Transport Squadron. He was then posted to 437 Transport Squadron in 2009 where he flew the CC-150 Polaris. Promoted to Major in January 2010, Col Dahl served as the Squadron Operations Officer and Deputy Commanding Officer. From July 2016 to June 2018, he commanded 437 Transport Squadron.

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Colonel Dahl was also posted to NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium in 2012, where he served as Executive Assistant to Canada’s Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee.

Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) in July 2015, Col Dahl became the Officer in Charge of the Strategic Situation Center, within the Strategic Joint Staff (SJS), at National Defense Headquarters (NDHQ) in Ottawa. In June 2018, he was transferred to the Air Requirements Branch in Ottawa. Promoted to his current rank in June 2019, he held the position of Director General Coordination within the SJS, at NDHQ, in Ottawa. From July 2021 to July 2022, he was Director of Defense Program Coordination at the Head of Programs Division.

CWO Hansen hopes that being the first Chief Warrant Officer at Canada’s largest air base will inspire other CAF women to continue to rise to leadership positions and ensure the force is as diverse as Canada itself.

“I don’t think I’ve ever really considered (being) the first…I think what’s important is that I feel like I’m the right person who has been appointed to fill the role,” said CWO Hansen. “If it even inspires another person who maybe doesn’t feel like they fit into a specific box to reach for the stars, then I think that’s the best thing we could have done today.”

CWO Renee Hansen is from Brandon, Manitoba and joined the Primary Reserve as an administrative clerk in 1992.

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In 2001, CWO Hansen transferred to the Regular Force and was posted to the Armor School at Combat Training Center (CTC) Gagetown. Promoted to the rank of Master Corporal in 2004, he was posted to the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) in Shilo, Manitoba. She deployed to Afghanistan twice, once as the chief clerk of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team in 2006, and again in 2008 with Task Force 1-08 as a room sergeant. battalion group reports.

Posted to Canadian Army Headquarters in Ottawa as a Chief Clerk in 2009, CWO Hansen was quickly promoted to Warrant Officer in 2010 and assigned to Director Military Career Support Services. In 2013, CWO Hansen was assigned to the Director of Senior Appointments as Director and Coordinator of Senior Appointments. Promoted to Master Warrant Officer in 2015 and made a Member of the Order of Military Merit, CWO Hansen was then posted to 8 Wing Trenton as the Wing Superintendent Clerk.

In 2017, CWO Hansen accepted the position of Station Warrant Officer at Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Alert, then was posted back to Ottawa as part of the Director of Staff Coordination team. of the Air Force. Promoted to her current rank of CWO in 2019, she served as a squadron CWO for two years at 426 Transport Training Squadron, Trenton, before being posted to the Royal Military College of Canada in 2021 where she obtained a certificate in advanced military studies.

Colonel Deming served as wing commander for three years and led the base as they navigated the COVID-19 pandemic. From repatriating and quarantining Canadians who were stuck away from home during the early stages of the pandemic to overseeing military aid to Ukraine, Colonel Deming has had a landmark three years at the helm.

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Colonel Ryan Deming, outgoing commander of 8 Wing CFB Trenton, is seen next to an RCAF flag as he addresses the crowd during Friday’s base change of command ceremony in Trenton , Ontario. ALEX FILIPE

“I stand here honored and touched by the exceptional effort, dedication and professionalism that has underpinned your commitment to the responsibility entrusted to you by Canadians,” Colonel Deming told the troops. “It has been an absolute honor and privilege to stand here before you to offer my last words as Commander of 8 Wing CFB Trenton. I will forever be honored by this experience and the quality of the people with whom I have had the privilege of serving. IN OMNIA PARATUS (Prepared for all things).

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Canada’s New Democrats join far-right Ukrainian nationalists in denouncing Trudeau over return of Nord Stream turbine to Russia

The union-backed New Democratic Party (NDP) reacted to Ottawa’s decision to allow the return to Russia of turbines essential to the operation of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, and therefore the supply of natural gas to the Western Europe, accusing the liberal government of appeasing Vladimir Putin and Russian aggression. In doing so, Canada’s social democrats made common cause with the right-wing conservative opposition and the openly far-right forces of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC).

NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Heather McPherson takes part in the Ukrainian Canadian Congress campaign earlier this year

The turbines normally propel 100,000 cubic meters of natural gas per minute through the last pipeline supplying Germany with 30% and France with 20% of their natural gas. Complex moving parts require regular maintenance, which global companies such as the German multinational Siemens, the manufacturer of the turbine, allocate on a global scale. The service contract was awarded to the Canadian division of Siemens in Montreal.

But in Canada, the turbines are now falling under the historically unprecedented sanctions regime that the NATO powers have imposed on Russia with the wholehearted endorsement of the entire Canadian political establishment, including the NDP. These sanctions are ostensibly in response to Russia’s “unprovoked” invasion of Ukraine. In reality, the United States, with the support of Canada, Germany and the other Western imperialist powers, has long planned and instigated war with Moscow to complete its campaign to turn Ukraine into a geostrategic vassal and economically, and to destroy Russia economically, in preparation for its break-up and submission to the imperialist powers.

The right-wing nationalist regime in Kyiv, backed by the far-right UCC, demanded that Canada seize the turbines as sanctioned goods and refuse to export them to Germany. They claimed that Putin would be encouraged to demand further exemptions from the savage sanctions regime engineered by Washington and its imperialist allies. The NDP has joined this warmongering campaign with flying colors.

Employing the strident pro-war rhetoric that corporate media and the Trudeau government have uttered relentlessly over the past few months to justify Canada’s aggressive role in NATO’s war on Russia, the NDP spokesperson Foreign Affairs, Heather McPherson, complained: “It is shocking and disappointing that the Liberal government has decided to allow the Nord Stream 1 turbines to be sent to Germany and returned to Russia. This decision goes against the sanctions that Canada imposed on Russia in response to the illegal invasion and genocide in Ukraine.

The NDP, which has supported Canada’s participation in a long series of unlawful US-led wars of aggression over the past three decades, has spearheaded the Canadian ruling elite’s hysterical campaign to denounce Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as “genocide”. Although the New Democrats have propagated in favor of the bombing of Yugoslavia, the neo-colonial occupation of Afghanistan, the NATO regime change war against Libya and the war instigated by the United States in Syria, which has collectively killed hundreds of thousands and driven millions from their homes, McPherson believes she has a right to judge Russia’s invasion, which has killed an estimated 5,000 civilians according to international estimates, as a “genocide” – which is comparable to the extermination of European Jewry by the Nazis.

Additionally, McPherson and the NDP are sounding the “genocide” cry hand-in-hand with the far-right UCC, the political descendants of Ukrainian fascists like Stepan Bandera who collaborated with the Nazis in Europe’s most horrific genocide. history of mankind during the world war. II. “New Democrats support the request of the Congress of Ukrainian Canadians to immediately convene the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss the federal government’s decision,” McPherson roared in his statement condemning the turbine decision.

When the committee was convened, McPherson rushed to introduce a resolution, which won cross-party support after a minor amendment, aimed at providing a public platform for the most belligerent supporters of the reckless escalation of the war in Eastern Europe. Besides calling on government ministers to explain why they waived sanctions to allow the repaired turbines to return, the only other witnesses the NDP resolution called for were UCC officials and the Ukrainian ambassador to Canada.

The Trudeau government’s decision to approve the return of wind turbines to Russia via Germany was explicitly welcomed by US President Joe Biden, whose administration provides tens of billions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine, and was widely requested by Berlin.

In no way does this have anything to do with diminishing Canada’s major and highly provocative role in the war with Russia. Instead, Ottawa acknowledged that failure to transfer the turbines via Germany to Russia would have crippled the NATO alliance’s ability to continue the war. As German Foreign Minister Analena Baerbock recently said, a complete cut off of Russian gas would halt the war effort as European governments would face “popular uprisings”.

The idea that the Liberal government is placating Russia is totally absurd. The Trudeau Liberals have been one of US imperialism’s most vicious attack dogs against Russia. Following the 2014 pro-Western coup in Kyiv, sponsored by the United States, Germany and Canada, and led by fascist forces, Trudeau’s Liberal government oversaw the extension and expansion of a Canadian military mission initiated by the Conservative Harper government to retrain and modernize the Ukrainian military, turning it into a NATO member in all but name. The Canadian government has been no less firm than Washington in outrightly rejecting all Russian efforts to negotiate new security guarantees necessitated by NATO’s aggressive eastward expansion.

Deputy Prime Minister and anti-Russian war hawk Chrystia Freeland, who has personal and political ties to far-right Ukrainian nationalists, led the charge among imperialist powers to impose crippling economic sanctions after the Russian invasion . And the NDP-backed Trudeau Liberals are sending more than $630 million in military aid to kyiv. They also, like the New York Times recently revealed that it has secretly deployed special forces to Ukraine, where they are helping to conduct the war on the ground with special forces from other NATO member states.

The NDP is an enthusiastic supporter of this irresponsible war policy, which is why it reached a formal agreement in March with Trudeau, just weeks after the start of the war, to keep his minority Liberal government in power until June. 2025. With its “trust-and-supply,” the NDP has pledged to support a government that wages war on Russia, massively increases military spending and applies “post-pandemic” austerity to cover the costs of the Canadian war machine and the bailout of banks and large corporations during the pandemic.

The deal was seen as critical by the NDP and its union sponsors, who backed it to the bitter end, as it aims to provide “political stability” under conditions where working class struggles for wage increases wages and better working conditions multiply rapidly. While NDP MPs ensure ‘stability’ by providing a majority for war and austerity in Parliament, unions maintain ‘stability’ in the workplace by sabotaging workers’ attempt to retaliate with industrial action , whether it’s Ontario educators, CPR railroad workers, Ontario construction or rail workers.

The NDP’s criticism of the Liberals’ decision joins not only the attacks launched by the far-right UCC, but also by the official opposition Conservative Party. The Conservatives, who are currently engaged in a leadership race in which the far right of the party increasingly exerts control over the political direction of the party, have consistently attacked the Liberal government for its alleged reluctance to send arms heavy in Ukraine. To the extent that the NDP’s demand for the Foreign Affairs Committee to condemn the Liberal government’s turbine decision materializes, it will be done in alliance with far-right demagogues like Pierre Poilievre. Poilievre gave his wholehearted support to the fascist “Freedom Convoy” to dismantle all remaining COVID-19 public health measures and push politics far to the right.

The alliance of these forces from the “left” and right of the official political spectrum is not accidental, but rooted in their common support for war and militarism abroad, austerity and evisceration of workers’ democratic rights at home. The Conservatives and the NDP have already come together to attack Trudeau over his government’s alleged refusal to confront China with enough diplomatic, economic and military aggression.

The NDP’s denunciation of the Liberals over the return of the turbines and its strong support for Canada’s leading role in the US-NATO war with Russia exposes as rubbish its empty populist protests against the same Liberal government that he simultaneously supports in Parliament. Almost daily, the NDP makes rhetorical statements calling the Liberals complicit in big business ignoring the plight of workers. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh lays empty blame on the minority Trudeau government he helps support, demanding makeshift social reforms that the NDP knows full well will never materialize. His calls to “support working families” are dirty and dishonest. This fact is underscored by the latest example of the NDP’s reckless war campaign in the name of Canadian imperialism.

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The Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy performed at 2900 Plaza on Thursday evening – Vernon News

Downtown Tattoo Preview

The Royal Canadian Navy’s Naden Band previewed what people can expect at the Okanagan Military Tattoo this weekend.

The highly acclaimed military band performed several songs at 2900 Plaza on Thursday night before the main act of the Street Sounds concert series took the stage.

Tickets are still available for the Tattoo which takes place Saturday and Sunday at Kal Tire Place in Vernon.

The Langley Ukulele Ensemble will also bring their unique sound to the event for the first time.

Other acts include:

  • Kamloops Bagpiper
  • Kelowna Bagpiper
  • Okanagan Military Tattoo Dancers
  • Okanagan Military Tattoo Pipes and Drums
  • Pipes and Drums of the Seaforth Highlanders
  • Shuswap pipes and drums
  • Vernon Cadet Band

Tickets are available through Ticker sellerthe Okanagan Military Tattoo Website or by calling the box office at 250-549-7469.

Special offers are available for young people, and WWII and/or Korean War veterans are free, including a caregiver/companion.

A musical tattoo is a display of military percussion, piping, and skill. It is known as a ‘tattoo’ from when the British Army was fighting in Belgium 300 years ago, soldiers were called from pubs each night for curfew, or Doe den tap toe, Dutch for ‘Close the taps too”.

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NZDF (New Zealand Defense Force) buys the VBS4 from BISim

BISim (Bohemia Interactive Simulations) has announced an agreement with the New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF) to purchase BISim’s VBS4 simulation software. The NZDF plans to use it for its Tactical Command and Control training program.

BISim (Bohemia Interactive Simulations) has just announced an agreement with the NZDF (New Zealand Defense Force) for the purchase of licenses for BISim’s VBS4 simulation software. The NZDF plans to use it for its Tactical Command and Control training program.

VBS blue engine

Unlike other game engine-based simulations, VBS4’s “VBS Blue” engine was developed specifically to serve the field of military simulation and training. The VBS Blue engine simultaneously provides users with millimeter precision and global scalability.

Partial screenshot shows one way NZDF could deploy VBS4

Managing Director of Bohemia Interactive Australia, Ryan Stephenson says:

“VBS4 provides a complete virtual computer training environment with full Earth rendering for tactical training, experimentation and mission rehearsal. The software functions as a powerful simulation host for any image generator and supports a wide range of individual, team and collective activities down to battle group level.

VBS4 supports large-scale virtual scenarios and has hundreds of authentic military training uses. It also has a flexible terrain import system that can incorporate and deploy large amounts of complex terrain data from virtually any source. It is envisaged that this is a feature that NZDF will put to good use.

In addition to desktop use, VBS4 has “out-of-the-box” integration with VR (virtual reality) and MR (mixed reality) virtual reality headsets, including the Varjo XR-3 and other headsets commercial/military ready. off-the-shelf (COTS/MOTS) hardware (such as armored fighting vehicle weapons controllers).

This provides the NZDF with common simulation software that can be redeployed into a wide variety of its training scenarios. Thus reducing the TCO (total cost of ownership) of the product.

Example of the type of virtual terrain that NZDF could generate with VBS4

Example of the type of virtual terrain that NZDF could generate with VBS4

The NZDF is also a long-time user of BISim’s Terratools virtual terrain simulation software. It has been used to construct a number of highly detailed tactical maps of New Zealand Army training sites.

In fact, NZDF has been using BISim’s products for over 15 years. BISim intends to continue to provide software, support, product training and development services through its local subsidiary Bohemia Interactive Australia (BIA).

About BISim

A subsidiary of BAE Systems Inc. and originally founded in 2001, BISim (Bohemia Interactive Simulations) is a global software company. It produces a range of simulation and training software development for defense and civilian organizations. Its engineers use the latest gaming-based technologies to develop high-fidelity, cost-effective training and simulation software products.

Thousands of service members around the world are trained using VBS software products. More than 60 NATO and NATO friendly nations and more than 300 system integrators and prime contractors deploy VBS technology. Its customers include the United States Army, United States Marine Corps, Canadian Armed Forces, French Armed Forces, Bundeswehr, Swedish Armed Forces, Australian Defense Forces and, of course, the NZDF. In fact, BISim’s VBS products have become one of the most widely used commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product lines in the military simulation industry.

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5th Canadian Army Division based in Halifax gets new commander

HALIFAX, N.S. — The Mighty Maroon Machine has a new commander.

The nickname refers to the color of the crest worn on the uniforms of members of the 5th Canadian Division of the Canadian Army.

Brig.-Gen. Stéphane Masson replaced Maj.-Gen. Paul Peyton during a change of command ceremony held Saturday morning at the Royal Artillery Park in Halifax.

Lieutenant General. Jocelyn Paul, Commander of the Canadian Army, presided over the ceremony under clear blue skies and summer sunshine, punctuated by the cries of gulls soaring over nearby Halifax Harbor and the cries of songbirds enjoying of the morning.

Masson assumes responsibility for regular and reserve army units in the four Atlantic provinces and in Ontario. A Department of National Defense press release said its priorities will be recruiting, training and “creating an integrated force of highly trained Atlantic Canadian combat and support units that are ready for operations.” national and international organizations in support of Canadian interests”.

The division is made up of approximately 7,400 regular and reserve soldiers, civilian employees and Canadian Rangers.

service record

Masson comes to the Halifax post from his most recent role as Commanding Officer of CFB Kingston.

He started as a reservist in 1991 and joined the Regular Force in 2003. During his career, he rose through the ranks and held various senior and command positions, including Commandant of the Regimental School Royal Canadian Artillery at CFB Gagetown. He served in four overseas missions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Afghanistan and Egypt. He also served in various roles within NATO.

“I am honored to have another opportunity to command and serve with exceptional Canadians,” Masson said in his address to the assembled Canadian Armed Forces members and their guests.

“To the leaders of Atlantic Canada, federal, provincial, regional and municipal, it is truly a privilege for me to join your team.

The new division commander thanked his predecessor for his professionalism and dedication.

“To all members of the 5th Canadian Division Defense Team – The Mighty Maroon Machine – I am honored to join the team.

Honorary Colonel Don Julien introduces the Major-General. Paul Peyton an eagle feather as part of the ceremony marking the transfer of command of the 5th Canadian Division of the Canadian Army from Peyton to Brig.-Gen. Stephane Masson. The ceremony took place Saturday at Royal Artillery Park in Halifax. -Stuart Peddle

To go up

Peyton rises to the position of Chief of Force Development, which is part of the Vice Chief of the Defense Staff in Ottawa.

“Today is not the day I was looking forward to,” Peyton said in her remarks on Saturday. “It was only a year ago that I explained how excited I was to be back in Atlantic Canada (with) the Mighty Maroon Machine. It was exactly where I wanted to be and who I wanted to be with.

Peyton said he told the army commander he was ready to stay with the division for many years to come, but that was not the case.

“My plan fell victim to the incredible success of the members of this division,” said the native of Goose Bay, Labrador. “It’s hard for a leader not to be successful when you’re surrounded by this kind of talent.”

He added that it is reassuring to know that the organization he cares about so much is in the hands of someone who cares just as much.

As part of the ceremony, Peyton was presented with her official service pennant and an eagle feather, presented by Mi’kmaq historian and human rights advocate Don Julien, a CAF veteran during the peacekeeper who conducted a United Nations peacekeeping tour in Cyprus. Julien is now an Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel who continues to work in a community advisory role for the RCMP’s Aboriginal Advisory Group, as well as the Auditor General on Aboriginal Issues.

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Canadian Rangers and Ontario Provincial Police work together to rescue fisherman

Pilot Chad Paettin, left, flies an Ontario Provincial Police rescue helicopter with Constable Darryl Sainnawap, center, and Ranger Sergeant Spencer Anderson, right, to the missing fishing camp as passengers . – Photo of Sergeant Spencer Anderson, Canadian Rangers

By Peter Moon

KITCHENUHMAYKOOSIB INNINUWUG – Canadian Rangers from a remote First Nation in Northern Ontario have successfully partnered with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) to rescue a fisherman stranded after his boat’s engine failed.

The fisherman, Jericho Beardy, 25, had traveled by boat to his hunting camp for a day of fishing, but did not return as planned to his home in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, a remote Oji-Cree community about 580 kilometers north of Thunder Bay (often referred to as KI). His camp is about 20 kilometers west of KI.

The fisherman’s family alerted the local Rangers, who are part-time army reservists with KI patrol, and the Ontario Provincial Police detachment in the community. A helicopter rented by the OPP for emergencies was at KI and it flew to the hunt camp with Ranger Sgt. Spencer Anderson and OPP Constable Darryl on board. Sainnawap, who is also a Ranger.

“We got to the camp but couldn’t land because there wasn’t a clear enough space for us to get down,” Sergeant Anderson said. “He waved at us and held up a can of gasoline. He may have let us know he was out of gas, but we could also see that his boat’s engine cover was lifted, so maybe he had engine trouble. The important thing was that he looked fine physically.

Unable to land, the helicopter and its passengers returned to KI. Sergeant Anderson and Ranger Corporal Craig Sainnawap left soon after to travel to the hunting camp by boat, taking tools and extra fuel with them.

“He was very happy to see us when we arrived at his camp,” Sergeant Anderson said. “He had an engine problem, a mechanical problem, and we couldn’t fix it for him. So we brought it back to KI. I offered to take him back to his camp to pick up his boat when I went fishing myself in a few days. It made him very happy. I also told him he should join Rangers and I think maybe he will.

A joint command post was established for the rescue mission at the KI-OPP detachment office. Corporal Harriet Cutfeet operated on him for the Rangers.

“Everything went well,” said Sgt. John Meaker, provincial search and rescue coordinator for the Ontario Provincial Police. “The Rangers have excellent local knowledge of their regions.”

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Sergeant Peter Moon is a Ranger with the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group at Canadian Forces Base Borden.

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Local reservists will be key to the Arctic mission (5 photos)

“We practice in this harsh climate and it’s one of the things few Canadians can do,” said the Orillia paramedic who is part of the team heading to the Arctic in August.

With equipment neatly spread out in the gymnasium-like Dyte Hall and exercises taking place elsewhere on CFB Borden, about 200 mostly Reservists were busy preparing for a weekend mission to northern Canada next month.

Troops gathered in the southern area of ​​the local base in preparation for what the Canadian Armed Forces describe as a major two-week operation in August in Cambridge Bay and Pond Inlet, Nunavut.

Scattered around the hall are slides filled with the necessities of life for 10 people, tents that the troops learned to erect in seven minutes, and even a parachute suspended from the ground to be used for equipment drops.

Major Mike Lacroix, of the Gray and Simcoe Foresters in Barrie, commands the Arctic Response Company Group.

Lacroix, who has lived in Barrie since the 2003 blackout, is a York Regional Police officer on duty and for 33 years has been a member of the Canadian Forces Reserves in his spare time.

He leads the Canadian Army Land Task Force in the Joint Surveillance Mission which also includes Royal Canadian Navy ships and Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft involving over 200 reservists.

Operation Nanook, according to the Canadian Armed Forces, is “designed to exercise the defense of Canada and secure our northern regions” with a later phase after next winter.

It is meant to affirm Canada’s presence in the region and the role of the reservists, Lacroix said, is to observe the activity there.

“It is a mission of presence. Our role is to be visible in the community, to be visible on the shore,” explained Lacroix. “We are here to observe and see who is using the Northwest Passage, if they are using it legitimately or legally or if they are using it without official Canadian recognition.

DST allows troops to witness activity in the Northwest Passage – the shipping route between the Atlantic and Pacific across the Arctic Ocean – which has become more navigable over the past decade due to the decrease of the Arctic sea ice and because it avoids more or more dangerous routes.

“The Gray and Simcoe Foresters… have a unique capability and skill set that is used for different missions in the Arctic,” said Public Affairs Officer Lt(N) Andrew McLaughlin.

Members of the Arctic Response Company Group are trained specifically to operate in harsh climates and deploy annually in a northern exercise to test their ability to move, communicate and survive in the Arctic, McLaughlin added.

This time they are part of Operation Nanook, a series of Arctic deployments involving all three elements of the Canadian Armed Forces over a wide area in the north.

“Operation Nanook is primarily a sovereignty and presence operation, which basically shows the Canadian public and the world that Canada has a presence in the Arctic, that we are an Arctic nation and that we have the capability to project our forces there as well,” says McLaughlin.

Cpl. Jacob Kelly, a Simcoe County paramedic who lives in Orillia, is a rifleman for The Gray and Simcoe Foresters. He has already been deployed to the north in his seven years with the reserves, but the August trip will be his first over the summer.

“Usually we go in the winter to maintain our arctic survival skills as well as our sovereignty patrols. That’s part of the great thing about this unit is that we’re practicing in this harsh climate and that’s one of the things not many Canadians can do,” Kelly said.

Kelly will be part of the prep party leaving August 9 to return at the end of the month.

Lacroix stressed that the mission is only observation and report; no action will be taken.

The Gray and Simcoe Foresters, who are based at the Barrie Armory at Queen’s Park, are the main element of the ground task force with approximately 50 members participating.

Lacroix marvels that the troops are transporting planes loaded with equipment to operate in the area where the Inuit have long lived without any support.

“This is a great opportunity for us to engage with the Inuit,” said Lacroix.

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With the F-35 deal pending, Top Aces prepare for a more advanced formation against the adversary

By Chris Thatcher | July 7, 2022

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As the Canadian federal government negotiates with its American counterpart the sale of the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet to replace the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-188 Hornet, a Canadian company is preparing for the best way to provide aerial aggressor training for a far more advanced fighter than the venerable Hornet.

Montreal-based Top Aces provides the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with “red air” training and other training under a program called Contract Airborne Training Services (CATS). The large-scale program includes simulating hostile threats such as fighter-bombers, air-to-ship missiles and towing targets at sea for the Royal Canadian Navy; close air support training for Canadian Army Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs); validation of the North Warning System’s early warning radios and radars with flights in the Arctic to test their quality and operation; and aggressor training for the RCAF fighter fleet as well as niche training for electronic warfare officers and aerospace weapons controllers.

In 2021, Top Aces became the first private company in the world to acquire the F-16. In January 2022, the company upgraded its older F-16 airframe with its proprietary Advanced Aggressor mission system. Photo by Kyler Noe/Top Aces

The CAF was among the first to adopt privately contracted aggressor air services in the early 2000s to preserve older airframes from the additional wear and tear of “enemy” airborne missions during training exercises. Top Aces quickly became one of the industry’s leading innovators, employing fleets such as Dornier Alpha Jets, Douglas A-4 Skyhawks and a Bombardier Learjet 35A to meet CAF requirements.

The initial contract started out as a stopgap deal, but was made permanent in 2017 with a 10-year deal worth around US$480 million – which includes options to extend the service until 2031 and the worth up to 1.4 billion US dollars.

The success of the Canadian program quickly generated opportunities for top aces in Australia, Germany and elsewhere in Europe, as well as with the US Air Force. And the market is expected to grow as more nations assess future adversary air needs as they acquire upgraded fourth and new fifth generation combat fleets.

In recent months, however, the United States Air Force (USAF) has raised questions about the ability of third-generation fighters to realistically replicate the threats they expect to face in future combat. Speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee in May, LGen David Nahom, Deputy Chief of Staff for Air Combat Command (ACC) Plans and Programs, said “the training environment high-end” – like F-35 training at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, where the USAF operates an elite weapons school and conducts complex Red Flag exercises – older-generation contract aircraft do not are not enough.

“What they provide doesn’t give us what we need,” Nahom said.

The ACC recently made it known that it would not be renewing certain adverse aviation (ADAIR) contracts at Nellis. In June, the USAF reactivated the 65th Aggressor Squadron, flying camouflaged F-35s, to provide top-notch enemy force.

This decision should have no impact on the CATS contract since Canada is negotiating for 88 F-35A aircraft. The program was designed from the start to adapt as new technologies are introduced, explained Didier Toussaint, Chief Operating Officer of Top Aces and former RCAF fighter pilot.

Older generation aircraft without the new technology will “not provide adequate training”, he acknowledged. But “Canada was looking to the future” with the design of the CATS to ensure the program could adapt to the capabilities of a more advanced fighter.

Additionally, Top Aces invested significantly in an Advanced Aggressor Mission System (AAMS) to replicate a wide range of threats from older airframes, and added a fleet of 29 F-16A/B fighters from ‘Israel, based in Mesa, Arizona, to provide a more dynamic fourth-generation counter to the F-35.

Top Aces would ideally like the F-16 to fly in Canada in the medium term. James DeboerPhoto

AAMS will allow “the simulation of advanced fighters using cost-effective aircraft of a lower generation”, he suggested. AAMS’ open architecture “allows us to tailor capabilities to different customers and their platforms. Advanced Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, Link 16 tactical data links, infrared search, electronic warfare… all of this has been tested and implemented.

The A-4s operating in Germany and the F-16s – known as the Advanced Aggressor Fighter and now supporting USAF training (the first entered service this year) – “are configured with these advanced technologies “, said Toussaint. “That’s the difference.”

Although F-35 combat training involves more time in a simulator than older-generation fighters, “simulation does not cover the full spectrum of training needed to prepare fighter pilots on these platforms. to deal with the threats they [could] face,” Toussaint noted. Thus, demand remains high for outsourced live adversary air – “but with the right capabilities, in the right planes, with the experience that matters”.

The RCAF “can’t afford to do red air with its F-18 anymore,” he said. “They don’t have enough staff and won’t in the future. I think we have an important role to play in this equation to help Canada successfully transition to the F-35. »

Does that mean Arizona’s F-16s could head north after 2025, when the first F-35s are expected? Or will Top Aces need to expand its fleet and base some in Canada? Toussaint admitted that both are options. “We would like the F-16 to fly in Canada in a few years. But there are other measures that we are proposing in Canada to [now]. . . . [It will] probably with an A-4, to be honest. And maybe with an F-16 in the medium term.


Top Aces recently surpassed 100,000 hours of accident-free air training and close air support in North America, Europe and Australia. “This step is important,” Toussaint said. “This is by far the most hours in the industry and the best safety record.”

He credited the CATS program not only for being “visionary” in initiating the outsourcing of aggressor training, but also for the airworthiness standards and responsibilities it established in the first place. “It was a springboard for us to continue doing this service in Canada, for the recompetition that took place in 2017, and then around the world. In our operation, this is the model we use. . . . CATS was the start of it all.

The company is now targeting new markets. Top Aces currently provides JTAC training to the Canadian Army, but in March acquired Blue Air Training of Las Vegas – close air support training specialists.

“They have an offer with a turboprop, which we didn’t have, so we saw a fit,” Toussaint said. “By combining Blue Air Training with Top Aces, we are now the most experienced and leading Army and Special Forces trainer at JTAC.”

At the end of May, Top Aces confirmed that they had officially completed over 100,000 hours of air training and close air support without accidents. Image of the best aces

That could mean more work with the Canadian Army and special operations forces “to give them better training that covers more of their needs than today,” he said. “Our strategy with Blue Air is still being refined. . . . We are very excited about the next steps, but we have yet to understand the transition and how we will approach the market in Canada and globally. »

But the biggest opportunities are likely to be found in countries upgrading their fighter fleets, either with more advanced fourth-generation aircraft or the F-35, such as Finland and Germany.

“We are already operating in Europe with [the AAMS] technology,” said Toussaint. “Because we have the technology, the aircraft, the experience and the airworthiness, it allows us to expand and deliver our services today and grow with the many F-35 nations in Europe. They will have a training deficit and we are here to fill at least part of it.

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JL Granatstein: Hammy Gray, Canadian Hero

“He had blonde hair – straight and fine – with a cool, boyish complexion. Of medium height and prone to plumpness, with a somewhat rolling gait,’ Squadron Commander Hammy Gray said on HMS. Formidable. “He was extremely warm, always cheerful and even-tempered – rather easy-going… modest…. ribbed around this small western town.

Somehow it doesn’t sound like the usual description of a hero, but Lieutenant Robert Hampton Gray of the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve would receive the Distinguished Service Cross and the Victoria Cross at posthumously for his actions during the final stages of the war in the Pacific. in the summer of 1945.

Robert Hampton Gray was born in Trail, British Columbia, in 1917—his father was a Boer War veteran and jeweler—and grew up in Nelson. After high school, he attended the University of Alberta for a year, then transferred to the University of British Columbia. He intended to go to McGill for a medical degree, but instead joined the Navy in the summer of 1940. He did his basic training at HMCS Stadacone in Halifax, then applied for officer and pilot training. Many applied for the former, fewer for the latter, but Gray was chosen for both and traveled to England where he was commissioned as a second lieutenant.

Gray then returned to Canada for pilot training under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan in Kingston, Ontario, returned to Britain, and was posted to Nairobi, Kenya. There he spent most of the two years as a naval pilot ashore flying Hawker Hurricanes, but with some time flying from the aircraft carrier. Illustrated. His brother, who was flying with the Royal Canadian Air Force, was killed during operations during Gray’s African posting.

Now a lieutenant, Gray got a ticket on HMS Formidable, another Royal Navy aircraft carrier and in August 1944 played a leading role in two attacks on the German battleship Tirpitz sheltered in a Norwegian fjord. The battleship was not sunk in these raids (it was in November 1944), but Gray’s courage and skill in piloting his fast and well-armed fighter-bomber, the F4U Corsair, “right in the guns “guns of the German destroyers protect the Tirpitz was noted, and it was mentioned twice in dispatches. In April 1945, Formidable joined the British Pacific Fleet as the Allies closed in on Japan, attacking sea and coastal installations.

Japan was in dire straits in the summer of 1945, its cities burned, its merchant fleet all but destroyed. There was no sign of surrender, however, and the United States and its British Commonwealth allies, including Canada, were planning a seaborne invasion which all feared would meet the same fanatical resistance the Americans had faced. for nearly three months in Okinawa. Japanese kamikaze pilots were still attacking Allied shipping, and their airfields were prime targets. Under these circumstances, the pressure on the leadership in Tokyo had to be kept up, and on July 18, 24, and 28 Gray led his flight of six Corsairs in attacks on airfields and shore installations around Japan’s Inland Sea. Once again his remarkable bravery was noticed and Admiral Sir Philip Vian, Commander of the British Pacific Fleet, recommended him for the immediate award of the Distinguished Service Cross, a high decoration.

Hiroshima was struck by the atomic bomb on August 6, and while no one in the fleet knew its effects in detail, it was clear that this weapon of enormous power would shake the Japanese leadership and the end of the war would come. was drawing. near. Aircrew on Formidable, as Gray’s Squadron Leader recalled, were ordered to “calm down” on 9 August and avoid unnecessary risks as they set off again to straf the airfields. Neither Gray nor his comrades knew that Nagasaki had been leveled that day by the second atomic bomb.

The chosen route took Gray’s flight over Onagawa Bay on Honshu where five Imperial Japanese Navy ships were at anchor. As Gray’s Victoria Cross citation foretold in November 1945, “Airmen…dived to attack. Furious fire was opened on the aircraft from ground army batteries and warships in the bay. Lieut. Gray chooses an enemy destroyer as his target. He swept away heedless of the concentrated fire and headed straight for his target. His plane was hit and hit again, but he kept going. As he approached the destroyer, his plane caught fire but he came within fifty feet of the Japanese ship and dropped his bombs. He scored at least one direct hit, maybe more. The destroyer sank almost immediately. Lt. Gray has not returned,” the quote concluded. “He had given his life at the very end of his intrepid bombardment.”

The historian of Royal Navy operations in the Pacific, John Winton, wrote that “Grey’s VC was in a sense the saddest and certainly one of the least known of the war. The war was so close to ending; the cause for which he gave his life was already won. Japan surrenders on August 15. Gray is most likely the last Canadian serviceman killed in action during the Second World War, and his Victoria Cross is the only one awarded to an RCN member during the 1939-1945 war.

Gray is commemorated by one of fourteen statues and busts at the Valiants Memorial near Confederation Square in Ottawa.

The monument honors those who have served this country in times of war and the contributions they have made to building our nation. These 14 men and women were chosen for their heroism and because they represent critical moments in Canada’s military history.

Most Canadians miss it and few know Gray’s courage. They should know more. He deserves to be remembered as the Canadian hero he was.

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Twin brothers named as armed robbers killed in Canadian bank robbery | Canada

Police in Canada have identified the heavily armed culprits of a brazen bank robbery last week as twin brothers whose social media posts showed an obsession with guns and fear of government ‘tyranny’ , as well as an interest in the infamous bank robberies.

On Saturday, police identified Mathew and Isaac Auchterlonie, 22, as the two men killed after attempting to rob a bank in the town of Saanich, British Columbia.

The brothers entered a branch of the Bank of Montreal on Tuesday morning dressed in black clothing and bulletproof vests.

Nearly 20 people were in the bank at the time. “The energy from them was completely calm,” Shelli Fryer, who was there for a meeting with the branch manager, told CTV News. “When they spoke, it was in calm voices.”

When the police arrived a chaotic shootout has begun as the brothers left the bank. The twins were killed in the shootout and six officers injured, three of whom were seriously wounded by gunshots.

“At first I thought it was fireworks, so I ran to the window and looked outside. And it was just a hail of bullets whizzing everywhere, and the cops locked everything down,” Christopher Lee Ford, who lives in the area, told the City of Victoria’s Capital Daily. He and his family took shelter in their dining room. “I saw two cops get shot .”

Police ordered businesses and residents to evacuate the area after several explosive devices were found, sealing off the area for several days.

“It’s something that shakes a community,” Saanich Police Chief Dean Duthie told reporters in the hours after the shooting.

But the brothers’ actions during the failed heist left victims searching for answers.

“I just don’t know what they wanted. What were they waiting for?” said Fryer. “They had all the money. They could have just taken the money and left right away. They would have been in and out before the police arrived.

Although they arrived at the bank heavily armed and with a cache of explosives, police said neither brother had a criminal record and was not previously known to police.

But Isaac Auchterlonie’s Instagram account, which has since been deleted, showed growing animosity toward the federal government and a fixation on guns. Scattered throughout the story are images of the young man firing guns into the forest and praise for previous famous bank robberies.

A post shared clips from a documentary about the North Hollywood shooting, a 1997 bank robbery in which two heavily armed men injured more than a dozen people in a clash with police.

Other posts referred to a conflict between the Irish Republican Army and British soldiers and police, as well as the Siege of Waco, when Federal officers and soldiers stormed a Branch Davidian religious compound. in Texas in 1993.

Auchterlonie has also expressed fierce opposition to the Covid-19 vaccination as well as recent gun control legislation proposed by the federal government.

“When they try to vaccinate and they also try to take guns,” the post read, followed by the hashtags #tryandtakeit and #getwhatyoudeserve and #fuckyoutrudeau, in reference to the prime minister.

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He also used the hashtags #tyranny, #donttreadonme and “tyrantrepellent #tryandtakeit” when posting images of guns.

Nearly a week after the shooting, police have yet to release a timeline of events, including who shot first.

“There are still a lot of questions and investigative efforts to be carried out in order to fully understand what happened and why,” said Cpl Alex Bérubé during a press conference on Saturday.

“The motive for the armed robbery and the exchange of fire with the police has not yet been determined.”

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Twin brothers identified as armed bank robbers killed by police in Saanich, BC

RCMP officers in Saanich, B.C. have identified 22-year-old twin brothers Matthew and Isaac Auchterlonie as the two armed bank robbers who were killed by police in a shootout on Tuesday.

Six police officers were injured in the shooting late Tuesday morning at the Bank of Montreal in Saanich, on southern Vancouver Island.

Police also said they were to dispose of explosive devices that were in a vehicle associated with the suspects on Thursday.

The Auchterlonie brothers, both 22, were from Duncan, about 60km northwest of Victoria. According to the RCMP, neither brother had a criminal record; they were not known to the police before.

“There are still a lot of questions and investigative efforts to be done to fully understand what happened and why,” the Cpl said. Alex Bérubé during a press conference on Saturday.

“The motive for the armed robbery and the exchange of fire with the police has not yet been determined.”

The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crimes Unit (VIIMCU) is leading the investigation. The Office of Independent Investigations, the oversight body that reviews all police actions resulting in death or serious injury, is also investigating.

A police cruiser identified as a white 1992 Toyota Camry four-door with black racing stripes on the hood and roof is seen in Saanich, British Columbia, on Tuesday. Police say the car was associated with the suspects and are seeking public guidance. (Submitted by the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crimes Unit)

Bérubé said police had spoken to the family of the suspects, who were cooperating with the investigation. The British Columbia Coroners Service identified the brothers on Friday, according to Bérubé.

Police said they are still looking for public information regarding the suspects’ car, a white 1992 Toyota Camry with two black racing stripes on the hood and roof.

They ask anyone with information regarding the brothers or their car to contact VIIMCU at 250-380-6211.

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“Pakistan Security Contingent on Pakistan Army Stability”


Speakers at the Istehqam Conference on Pakistan on Friday observed that Pakistan’s security depends on the stability of the Pakistani military.

The conference, held in the city of Antwerp in Belgium, was attended by a large number of Pakistanis. Participants asserted that supporting the institution “unconditionally” would strengthen the institution.

The Pakistani community expressed its solidarity with the Pakistani army, “guarantor of stability” of the country, and chanted slogans praising Pakistan and its army.

Chaudhry Pervez Iqbal Losar, President of the European Union-Pakistan Friendship Federation, reiterated the direct dependence of stability in Pakistan on the stability of the army. He added, “We can proudly say that two superpowers were defeated on our soil, a feat that was only possible because we stood alongside our military.”

He further said that the medal presented to the Army Chief of Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, by Saudi Arabia was not intended only for him, but was also awarded to the 220 million inhabitants. of Pakistan and the whole institution that protects the Muslim Ummah.

“We must promise today that we will challenge the fifth generation war and stop the false propaganda against the Pakistani military. We will thwart the enemy’s movement,” Losar added.

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At the end of the event, attendees pledged their support for the Pakistani military and vowed not to allow any internal or external conspiracy against the country to succeed.

The conference comes shortly after remarks by a Canadian parliamentarian against Pakistani military leaders.

Defense Minister Khawaja Asif strongly condemned the Canadian parliamentarian’s remarks and urged the Canadian government to take note of the irresponsible statement.

Speaking at the National Assembly, Asif said, “Pakistan and the military leadership have been criticized by a Canadian parliamentarian, which is deplorable…the Canadian government should take action on this irresponsible statement.

He said a protest was also registered through diplomatic channels against the remarks, but there was also a need to debate the issue in Pakistan’s parliament.

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Former Stratford residence of local doctor, MP and senator honored with Blue Plaque Award

The former home in Stratford, at 198 Church Street, of two-term MP, Canadian Senator, physician, surgeon and First World War Lieutenant-Colonel, the Hon. Dr James Palmer Rankin received a Blue Plaque Award from Heritage Stratford and the town in a small ceremony on Tuesday afternoon.

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In a town like Stratford that has been home to many famous and colorful people, the personal stories of those who have dedicated their lives to their community can sometimes fade from public knowledge.

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On Tuesday, representatives from Heritage Stratford and Stratford Council, along with the current MP for Perth-Wellington, paid tribute to a man – the Hon. Dr James Palmer Rankin – who dedicated 53 years of his life to public and community service adorning the house where he lived from 1920 to 1934 at 198 Church St. with a Stratford Blue Plaque Award.

“Heritage Stratford ran a program last year called Tell Us Your Story, and we wanted the community to tell us stories about their loved ones or people they knew in the community,” said the Heritage President. Stratford, Cambria Ravenhill, during the ceremony on Tuesday. “We were looking for both the famous… or the less famous who deserved to be better known.

“The entry of (the owners of 198 Church St.) was truly remarkable to us because the man we are about to talk about has given over 50 years of public service to the town of Stratford and really hasn’t had a very high profile. In fact, many of us hadn’t even really heard of him.

Born near Tavistock in 1855, Rankin practiced as a physician and surgeon from his first home in Stratford on Erie Street. He was twice elected MP for North Perth, serving in the House of Commons from 1908 to 1911 and from 1921 to 1925, and was appointed to the Senate from 1925 to 1934 before dying at his home in Church Street at 79 years while still in office. .

During World War I, Rankin, then in his 50s, also served domestically as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Army Medical Corps.

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Ravenhill said Rankin began his public life as president of a school board, then became a town councilor before winning his first election as MP in 1908. Rankin would go on to run and lose to Hugh Bolton Morphy in of the next two elections before regaining his seat in 1921, shortly before moving into the Church Street house.

“We talked about the election he won, but I think the most interesting thing was actually the election he lost in 1917,” Perth-Wellington MP John Nater said at the ceremony. of Tuesday. “It was at the height of the world war. As mentioned, he did not go overseas, but he was actively serving. He was in fact one of the few people to have served in the war effort and to stand for legislative elections. … I think it’s a testament to his personality and to him as a human being that he participated in both the war effort and an election effort.

Chairman of Heritage Stratford Cambria Ravenhill and the Hon.  Dr James Palmer Rankin's great-granddaughter Adrian Hey shows those gathered at a Blue Plaque awards ceremony on Tuesday the original sheepskin certificate Rankin received when he was named to the Senate of Canada in 1925. (Galen Simmons/The Beacon Herald)
Chairman of Heritage Stratford Cambria Ravenhill and the Hon. Dr James Palmer Rankin’s great-granddaughter Adrian Hey shows those gathered at a Blue Plaque awards ceremony on Tuesday the original sheepskin certificate Rankin received when he was named to the Senate of Canada in 1925. (Galen Simmons/The Beacon Herald)

Two of Rankin’s great-grandchildren, Adrian Hey and Gordon McTaggart, were present for the ceremony. Hey showed those gathered the original sheepskin certificate that Rankin had received after being appointed to the Senate. She said she remembered visiting her great-aunt, one of Rankin’s daughters, in the Church Street house as a child, before and after the transformation of the former home of Rankin into a three-unit boarding house.

“It was the last time I was here. It was probably when I was 10,” she said. “It’s quite nice to be back here. I know my great-grandfather would be so happy to have this recognition after all these years.

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Lucy Lawlor, who bought the house with her husband Richard Nesbitt after the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, thanked Peter Lunney, the man they bought the house from, for restoring it to its former glory as a than a single family home.

“We’ve always been interested in heritage… When we saw the article (about the Tell Us Your Story program) in the Beacon Herald, we contacted the archives. … My daughter Olivia (Nesbitt) had done her Masters in Archival and Library Science in England, so she was quite fascinated by history. So the first owner, in 1890, was a cobbler…and then we come to 1920, and it’s written by Dr. JP Rankin. He was probably the longest-serving owner, so he moved on to the Hon. James P. Rankin, so we started looking into him and the rest is history. It was beyond exceptional person,” Lawlor said.

Surprisingly, Rankin’s story might have remained in obscurity had it not been for Lawlor and his family’s interest in the heritage of their new home and Heritage Stratford’s Blue Plaque program, which celebrates the connections between notable figures of the past. and the buildings in which they lived or worked. .

“It’s still amazing after living here 51 years that there are stories like Dr. Rankin’s that have gone untold and that these people have not been recognized for their outstanding accomplishments,” said the Mayor of Stratford, Dan Mathieson. “Not only serving as a doctor and surgeon in our community, but being a member of our beloved Perth Regiment and serving in the First World War is testament to his dedication to public service.

“And to submit to two terms in the House of Commons, you really know he was attached to his country.”

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Canadian gun myths lead to bad government policy

Guns are among the Liberals’ three favorite issues, along with abortion and race. These concerns rally a progressive base against the conservatives; it usually works every time. But due to several gun myths, this strategy may fail here.

First, Canada the gun-related death rate is higher than many peer countries, at just over two per 100,000 inhabitants per year. Our figures are about six times lower than those of the United States, which is number one among the rich countries and has nearly 400 million weapons within its borders, i.e. 1.2 per person. We have nearly 13 million firearms, about one for every three Canadians.

Our firearm homicides have increased since 2013, according to Statistics Canada. However, it is the distribution of ownership and use that reveals much of the absurdity of Liberal gun policy. Firearm-related violent crime is highest in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the territories. Rural men are much more likely to die by suicide than the Canadian average.

Our problems are getting worse, but rifles are almost as dangerous as handguns. Rural and small town Canadians are much more likely to die from gun violence than residents of large cities. We are faced with the reality that most firearm deaths in Canada are the product of social realities like family violence, desperation and alcohol, not drug traffickers.

A second reality is that reducing access to firearms, particularly semi-automatic weapons, is likely to reduce gun deaths, but banning them will not work. What would help is a 200% incentive to hand them over, against proof of the purchase price. Long guns are available at hundreds of sporting goods stores. Why not end this trade or tax it to death? Handguns are widely available on the streets and their illegal importation is a more lucrative business than drugs. Banning them won’t stop that flow; the profits are too rich. (Years ago, “The Fifth Estate” demonstrated that a gun bought in the United States can be worth much more when smuggled into Canada.)

Why not make using a gun a riskier bet? Possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime can warrant a certain prison sentence, whether or not the weapon was used. Why not require handgun owners to report the use of their gun on an annual basis, with proof from a shooting club or shooting range? And the penalty for not having safely stored weapons confiscation and a heavy fine.

Stopping the flow of illegally imported weapons is much more difficult, but again there are probably several deterrents. One can be expelled and banned for life from re-entry for a variety of offenses – why not make illegal possession or transportation of firearms one of them? We uselessly X-ray the shoes and change of air travellers, at the cost of millions. Wouldn’t X-raying vehicles at major border crossings be a better use of that money?

However, the most effective way to reverse the rise in firearm deaths is through prevention.

Many years ago, progressive Canadian police leaders invented what are now called Community Safety Hubs, bringing together police officers, teachers, social workers and everyone else involved in supporting people and to families at risk. They share warning signals concerning their customers in the strictest confidentiality. They are looking for patterns and predictors of social breakdown – a death in the family, a child abandoning, reports of increased family violence, a sharp increase in alcohol and drug use.

This gives them a priority list of those who might urgently need additional support. The program was a huge success and is now copied around the world. By focusing on the risk of firearms in a family or neighborhood, the centers would undoubtedly reduce our death rate.

A policy of responsible gun ownership, increased investment in blocking illegal trade, and the use of social indices to help prevent gun deaths could be appealing to a clear majority of Canadians, including gun owners. But politics used as a political wedge to punish “bad” gun owners and reward “good” anti-gun activists will only divide us. Worse, it won’t work.

Robin V. Sears was an NDP strategist for 20 years and later served as a communications advisor to businesses and governments on three continents. He is a freelance columnist for the Star. Follow him on Twitter: @robinvsears

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The Lee-Enfield repeating rifle has the second longest service history in the world

The first version of the Lee-Enfield repeating rifle entered service in 1895. Since then, 17 million units and a number of variants have been produced, and some are still in use today by Commonwealth police forces . The rifle made a name for itself during World War I and World War II and created a legacy that lives on to this day. Here is the history of its use.

Development of the Lee-Enfield repeating rifle and its early uses

An early example of the Lee-Enfield repeating rifle. (Photo credit: SSPL/Getty Images)

At the end of the 19th century, the United Kingdom regularly found itself in conflict. The British Army had a fine field rifle in the bolt-action Lee-Metford, but thought it could do better. This led to the development of the Lee-Enfield, named after lead designer James Paris Lee and the factory in which the weapon was developed, the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield, England.

The rifle featured a 10-round magazine, manually loaded with the British rimmed, high-powered .303 cartridge. Its biggest improvement was how quickly it could be fired. This was accomplished through a mechanism in its bolt-action design. Soldiers using the gun were even able to complete a “crazy minute”, during which they could fire between 20 and 30 rounds in 60 seconds. This made the Lee-Enfield the military fasted bolt-action rifle of the era.

First and Second World War

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Training troops on Lee-Enfield repeating rifles, before World War II. (Photo credit: ARTanner/Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Lee-Enfield repeating rifles played a prominent role in World War I and World War II. British troops carried them as their standard in both conflicts, and during World War I appreciated that the guns were shorter and easier to carry than a typical long rifle. Additionally, they could aim accurately from around 600 yards away, while still being able to hit someone over 1,400 yards away. However, there were problems, mainly with excessive recoil and an overheated barrel.

As soon as the First World War ended, the designers of the Lee-Enfield began working on improvements. During World War II, the rifle’s accuracy had improved remarkably and the stock was stronger. A spiked bayonet was also added.

Later use of the Lee-Enfield repeating rifle

British soldiers training on Lee-Enfield repeating rifles
British soldiers training on Lee-Enfield repeating rifles, 1938. (Photo Credit: Richards/Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Since there was no intention to retire the Lee-Enfield, improvements continued to be made over the years. After World War II, a lighter, shorter and more portable version of the rifle was created. The soldiers who wore it during the Malay emergency – also known as the Anti-British National Liberation War – decided it should be called the “Jungle Rifle”, although the name was never officially adopted.

The rifle was also used in the Korean War. This time it was mainly in the hands of the Australian Army, which modified the weapon into a weapon suitable for snipers. Similar modifications had also been made during the two world wars. Post-conflict Australian troops used the rifle in conflict in Malaysia, and it was used to train sniper candidates until the late 1970s.

Future use and durability

Afghan soldier holding a Lee-Enfield repeating rifle
An Afghan soldier showing off the Lee-Enfield repeating rifle he uses to defend his family. (Photo credit: MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Thanks to a number of factors, the Lee-Enfield had a much longer life than most rifles. In fact, it is the second oldest military bolt-action rifle in service, after the Mosin-Nagant. In addition to service in Canada, the rifle saw extensive use in India and surrounding areas.

Most notably, the Lee-Enfield is still in use by Pakistani and Bangladeshi police forces. While some units have chosen to retire the rifle, others find it still very useful.

The Lee-Enfield and the Canadian Armed Forces

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The Canadian Rangers present their new Cold Canada C19 rifles to Prince Charles. (Photo credit: PAUL CHIASSON/POOL/AFP/Getty Images)

While the Lee-Enfield had an incredibly long run in Europe, it was eventually retired by most forces. The rifle, however, had a lasting legacy with the Canadian Armed Forces.

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It was particularly suited to the rugged and cold terrain of the Great White North and for this reason it was worn by the Canadian Rangers for a long time. The rifle’s wooden stock resists cracking or cracking. The rifle also has far fewer moving parts that could freeze in cold weather, and its power means it can not only stop enemies, but also out-of-control polar bears.

Although loved by the Canadian Armed Forces, they officially retired the Lee-Enfield in 2018 and replaced it with the specially developed Colt Canada C19.

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Ukrainian President Zelenskyy speaks with Canadian university students at an event at the University of Toronto

After a month at the University of Toronto, Kateryna Luchka wants to know what to expect upon returning to her hometown of Pryluky, Ukraine – an area she has described as “very dangerous” given the ongoing Russian invasion of her country.

So she put the question directly to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The exchange took place at a Wednesday event — hosted and organized by the U of T president and the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy — that brought together students from U of T and 11 other Canadian universities (see full list below) facing Ukrainian leader via a live video link.

Dressed in military fatigues and seated at a desk between two flags, Zelenskyy gave a short speech before taking part in a question-and-answer session with students from across the country.

He recalls attending a U of T-hosted international summit on Ukraine’s future in 2019, when he compared Ukraine’s underdog status to that of the Toronto Raptors, championship winners – a comparison that takes on a whole new meaning three years later.

“Today we are fighting for the future of our children and grandchildren – for the possibility of building the new country,” he said, speaking through an interpreter, at about Ukraine’s efforts to push one of the world’s largest armies from its borders.

“We will prevail against all odds for a free and democratic future.”

He added that Russia’s four-month-old invasion has caused hundreds of billions of dollars in damage, wiping out much of the progress Ukraine has made in improving infrastructure, attracting foreign investment and increasing trade. scanning.

Kateryna Luchka, who is part of an exchange initiative between the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Kyiv-Mohyla National Academy (KMA), poses a question to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during the live event.

As for displaced students like Luchka — who is part of an exchange initiative between the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Kyiv-Mohyla National Academy (KMA) — Zelenskyy said security remains the government’s immediate priority.

“By defending our country and ensuring strong security aspects, we are laying the foundation for the country that will become different after full-blown aggression,” he said.

He also encouraged students who have studied abroad to come back and “build an independent Ukraine”.

Luchka, for her part, said she intended to return home.

“I hear people say it’s better to stay [in Canada] because we can be more useful to the Ukrainian people – but I want to go back to Ukraine,” she said.

“We are future generations. We will help rebuild our country.

U of T President Meric Gertler, who co-hosted President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, says Canadian universities, including the University of Toronto, are welcoming Ukrainian students whose studies have been interrupted by the war (photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)

President of U of T Meric Gertler said he was deeply honored that Zelenskyy took the time to speak with students at the University of Toronto and universities across the country.

“President Zelenskyyou and the people of Ukraine have won the admiration of people across Canada – and around the world – for your leadership and courage in this time of crisis,” he said.

Universities across the country have responded to your call to action. Many of them, including the University of Toronto, welcome Ukrainian students and faculty – and because we are inclined to build bridges rather than walls, we have also forged strong partnerships with top Ukrainian universities. plan.

With the support of a $3.2 million gift from the Temerty Foundation, the U of T is home to more than 200 Ukrainian students whose studies have been disrupted by war. The first batch of 20 Kyiv-Mohyla National Academy (KMA) students arrived last month on an exchange program with the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts and Science. A second cohort of students is expected to arrive in September. Three KMA professors are also at the U of T as visiting professors.

There is also an exchange program run by the Department of Computer Science in the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence which has brought 29 students to the U of T, as well as a program from the U of T Mississauga which is home to 20 students.

In addition, Pierre Loewen, director of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, announced at the event that up to 30 students from the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) will arrive on campus this fall to study in the Master of Global Affairs from the Munk School. & Masters Programs in Public Policy. KSE students will have their tuition covered by the U of T and are eligible for financial support from Mitacs, a Canadian non-profit organization, for their living expenses.

Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Canada, presented President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)

Chrystia FreelandDeputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Canada, said Zelenskyy and the people of Ukraine are teaching the world a lesson in the importance of fighting for democracy.

“They teach us that you can stand up to someone bigger than yourself, even when the odds are stacked against you, if you believe in what you’re fighting for and if your cause is right and true,” said Freeland, who is the MP for University-Rosedale.

Canada has earmarked $1.87 billion in aid for Ukraine – of which $1.5 billion has been delivered – and would stand by Ukraine “for as long as it takes”, he said. -she adds.

University of Calgary student Faith Moghaddami asks President Volodymyr Zelenskyy a question during the live stream.

Anya Broytmana new Master of Arts student in European and Russian Affairs at the Munk School, asked Zelenskyy about his role models and noted that he had been compared in the media to figures ranging from Winston Churchill to Harry Potter.

“We know who Voldemort is in this war and we know who Harry Potter is – so we know how this war will end,” Zelenskyy joked.

He went on to point out that he was most inspired by “ordinary people” in Ukraine who resisted the Russian military, using tractors or even putting their bodies at risk to stall armored vehicles.

Broytman, who also recently completed her undergraduate studies at Trinity College at the University of Toronto, said after the event that she took the rare opportunity to ask Zelenskyy a more personal question to “get a glimpse of his inner world”.

“It’s so amazing to see someone in this dire situation, facing incredible pressure and incredible tragedy – that they can maintain their humanity and their sense of humor,” he said. she declared. “I think it’s really remarkable.”

Originally from Moscow, Broytman moved to Canada with his family as a teenager.

“I have friends in Russia who have democratic values ​​and who want to live in a free country, but right now they can’t even go out and demonstrate or face jail or fines,” he said. she declared.

“It was important to take advantage of the fact that I am in a free country and that I can speak on behalf of those people in Russia who oppose what is happening, who are also hostages and victims of war – and try to give them a voice.”

Emma Pattersonstudent in the second year of a master’s degree in European and Russian affairs at the Munk school, asked Zelenskyy how he balanced martial law with the preservation of democracy, and how the prospect of European Union membership influenced the Ukrainian government.

Zelenskyy responded by saying that declaring martial law for the first time in an independent Ukraine was necessary to carry out the war effort. “When the war continues, unfortunately there is no time for dialogue or discussions,” he replied. “There’s no time for that because you’re not [just] count seconds or minutes, but human lives – the number of survivors and the number of dead.

As for EU membership, he said the next few days would be decisive and hopes in Ukraine were high that it would be formally obtained candidate status.

Patterson says she was honored to represent the University of Toronto and speak to Zelenskyy, a leader she considers an inspiration.

“As someone who studies democracy, [I’m interested in] how they are able to maintain it in times of war when priorities change and everything changes,” she said.

Peter Loewen, director of the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at U of T, said up to 30 students from the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) will arrive at U of T this fall to study at the Munk School (photo by Nick Iwanyshyn)

In response to another question from Faith Moghaddami, a student at the University of Calgary, Zelenskky said that Ukraine is not only fighting a war on the ground, but also an information battle. He likened the internet to a weapon that shows the world the losses Ukraine has suffered and the damage Russian forces have left in their wake.

“It’s a powerful instrument,” he said. “I don’t want our partners to be offended, because they transfer very powerful weapons to us – but I have to be honest, there is a big question: what matters most and what type of weapon protects us most ?

“Information – the word – can sometimes deliver a harder hit than certain types of weapons[s].”

As he has addressed legislatures around the world, Zelenskyy reiterated his call for support – arms, money and humanitarian aid – and he thanked Canada for helping Ukraine.

“Canada helps us as much as it can,” he said. “It is very important that you students from many other countries take this message to their respective countries to pressure their political leadership to give Ukraine what it needs.”

As for Luchka, she said she hopes to one day help bring about change in Ukraine’s education system, adding that she feels inspired by her time at U of T so far – and the opportunity to speak with Zelenskyy.

“I know the president wants the students back to rebuild our country because if not us, who else,” she said. “I think he gave me hope for the future that we have the power and we can make the changes. First, we have to end the war.

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Watch a report on the event on CBC The National

Here is the full list of universities participating in the livestream (besides the U of T):

  • University of Alberta
  • University of Calgary
  • Dalhousie University
  • University of Manitoba
  • Montreal university
  • University of Prince Edward Island
  • Queen’s University
  • The University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Waterloo / Wilfrid Laurier University (joint event)
  • Western University

Although they did not participate in the live broadcast, U of T Scarborough also hosted a YouTube viewing party, as did the University of Guelph, McMaster University, Metropolitan University of Toronto and other universities across Canada.

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Mountie says shooter looked ‘furious’ when arrested months before Nova Scotia shooting

It was one of the few interactions after more than a thousand traffic stops that stood out.

An RCMP officer testified on Monday that in February 2020 he vowed to Gabriel Wortman to get back in his vehicle after he pulled him over for speeding and the 51-year-old immediately presented himself as a “threat claire” on the way back to the cruiser at Portapique, N.S.

“The way he approached was very direct, determined. He looked furious, I had no idea who this individual was and why he was behaving this way,” Const. Nick Dorrington told a public inquiry into the shooting and arson that left 22 people injured and dead, including a pregnant woman and an RCMP officer.

The exchange “quickly died down”, however, once Wortman was back in his vehicle and they had a brief conversation, Dorrington testified.

‘He started telling me he felt targeted’ and complied after Dorrington explained that the stoppage was in no way prompted by an earlier altercation Wortman had with regional police. Halifax over a parking dispute, the officer said.

The shooter then spoke of his fondness for Ford Taurus cars, that he had a number of them and that he collected police paraphernalia, but Dorrington said the minute-long conversation did not prompt him to worry about public safety.

Dorrington, who spent 17 years in the military before joining the RCMP in 2015, was stationed in Colchester County and was one of the officers who responded to the mass shooting on the night of April 18-19 april. This weekend, he was on call after working a day shift.

During Monday’s testimony, he criticized the role of one of his RCMP supervisors in the response and said he disagreed with the decision to send only one team in. the section of Portapique where people were killed. He also felt he should have been deployed to hunt the shooter the following morning.

const. Nick Dorrington said he took a picture of the shooter’s driver’s license and his speed camera as evidence in case the driver contests a ticket in court. (Illustration photo by Radio-Canada)

After learning he had arrested the suspect a few months prior, Dorrington shared photos he took of the shooter’s license and the back of the disused Ford Taurus he was driving.

He said the vehicle he stopped had faded reflective strips from when it was an RCMP car and there was a small Canadian flag on the back near the trunk.

But, in the same way as several other constables have previously told the Mass Casualty Commission, while contemplating what the suspect was driving, he never imagined a fully marked cruiser like the one the shooter assembled and drove during the rampage.

Frustrated with positioning

Between midnight and 5 a.m., Dorrington and another officer were parked at the Highway 2 enforcement vehicles four miles east of the crime scenes in Portapique.

Dorrington testified that he “had a challenge” with Sgt. Andy O’Brien’s management of moving there as he felt it was “at odds” with his training related to hunting down active shooters.

The public inquiry previously heard that senior officers overseeing the response were concerned about the possibility of sending more than one team to the “hot zone” where the shooter was last seen due to the possible risk to the safety of officers involved in a crossfire or a “blue on blue situation” where they became confused with the suspect.

Commanders did not have GPS coordinates for general duty constables in the field.

But Dorrington said that night he felt the approach should have been to use “as many teams as necessary to locate and neutralize the threat” and agreed with the lawyer’s suggestion. Roger Burrill’s commission that it caused him frustration.

Problems with the role of the supervisor

In a behind-the-scenes interview with commission staff, Dorrington criticized O’Brien’s involvement, given that he was off duty and speaking on the radio from home.

On Monday, he said that while he has since backed down from criticism related to O’Brien’s training, he maintained his involvement made it unclear who was in charge.

“Receiving instructions from Sgt. O’Brien, although I mean well, was creating…extra airtime on the radio, which is problematic. And it created, in my mind, confusion for the channel of command,” Dorrington said.

O’Brien and Dorrington worked closely together Sunday at Portapique. Both stayed in the community keeping tabs on crime scenes.

Once calls started coming in about further shootings in the Wentworth area, Dorrington said he was ‘not allowed’ to leave to help with the manhunt, despite having pleaded his case to O’Brien.

“I felt that given my skills with prior military training in active theater [along] with the RCMP training, coupled with the fact that I had an unmarked vehicle, that I might be in the best position to leave my current location,” he said.

At one point, Commissioner Leanne Fitch asked Dorrington if he had ever taken or taught courses in overseeing a critical incident response. He said he didn’t.

Dorrington said he was a sergeant in the army, so had similar duties to O’Brien and was in charge of a unit in that capacity.

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While in Portapique on April 19, Dorrington advised his wife to take shelter in their basement. He said information gleaned from the shooter’s wife, Lisa Banfield, suggested he had a blacklist and he feared he could be considered a target given he was the last constable in interact with the shooter.

Officers who questioned Banfield in the back of an ambulance previously testified at the inquest and said that although she told them her sister in Dartmouth might be in danger, they did not describe a list black.

Twenty-two people died on April 18 and 19, 2020. Top row from left: Gina Goulet, Dawn Gulenchyn, Jolene Oliver, Frank Gulenchyn, Sean McLeod, Alanna Jenkins. Second row: John Zahl, Lisa McCully, Joey Webber, Heidi Stevenson, Heather O’Brien and Jamie Blair. Third row from top: Kristen Beaton, Lillian Campbell, Joanne Thomas, Peter Bond, Tom Bagley and Greg Blair. Bottom row: Emily Tuck, Joy Bond, Corrie Ellison and Aaron Tuck. (Radio Canada)

Upon learning of the situation, Dorrington’s wife called a friend who noticed a marked RCMP cruiser driving south towards the Halifax area on a side road. Dorrington tried to determine if an actual cruiser was in the area, then radioed his colleagues after the possible sighting.

There was a lot of radio chatter at the time and Dorrington testified that he felt there was “significant delay” in the distribution of his message, which he considered “relevant and high priority”.

Felt gear was insufficient

Equipment and training was another area Dorrington took issue with.

He said that since the RCMP primarily polices rural Canada, more active shooter training should be conducted outdoors and focused more on nighttime scenarios.

Night-vision goggles or hand-held devices to identify heat sources would also be helpful, he said, so general duty officers don’t have to wait for specialized resources like the emergency response team. urgency during a crisis.

Lawyer Sandra McCulloch, who represents many family members of those killed, asked Dorrington about comments he had previously made to the inquest about officers’ safety-related requests being denied by a detachment commander before April 2020.

Those requests included a chair to restrain people who might pose a physical risk to themselves or others at the detachment, Dorrington said.

He also asked for rotating spotlights for vehicles, which he said would help illuminate long driveways and driveways better than the fixed lights on cruiser light bars that only move when a vehicle does.

A request for push bars on patrol vehicles – which he said would be cheaper than repairing vehicle damage – was denied about a week before two of the detachment’s cruisers were written off after one was been supported by another, he said.


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British Army veteran ‘lives in fear’ as he fights threat of deportation

Joram Nechironga, 42, who served in Iraq, is embroiled in a long legal battle with the Home Office (Family handout/PA) (PA Media)

A British Army veteran “lives in fear every second” due to the threat of deportation to Zimbabwe.

Joram Nechironga spent over 20 years in the UK and served in Iraq during his five years with 9 Supply Regiment, based at Hullavington Barracks, Wiltshire.

But the Coventry resident is involved in a long legal battle with the home office to prevent his removal and hopes to raise funds to launch a judicial review.

The father-of-two said he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) linked to his frontline experiences, which at one point led him to drink, and he also served time jail as a result.

Joram Nechironga is involved in a long legal battle with the Home Office (PA Media)

Joram Nechironga is involved in a long legal battle with the Home Office (PA Media)

But the House of Commons heard the 42-year-old “change his life” by working as a painter and decorator after his release, along with his Labor MP. Zara Sultana (Coventry South) urging ministers to prevent his deportation.

Mr Nechironga fears for his safety if returned to Zimbabwe and claims he was ‘tortured and beaten’ for serving in the British army and was considered a ‘spy’ when he was last visit in 2006.

The Home Office does not accept this claim due to “inconsistencies” in Mr Nechironga’s account and wants him to leave the country as soon as possible.

His latest requests for protection and for his deportation order to be revoked were rejected by the Interior Ministry.

Mr Nechironga said he apologized for his mistakes and wanted the opportunity to continue his life in the UK and receive the treatment he needed for his mental health.

He told the PA news agency: “I live in fear every second, they put my life on hold.

“I went to jail and did my sentence and then I did my probation and I was done.

“I had no problem living with people in the community. I’m not a person who’s been in jail so many times, this was my first time since I’ve been in this country.

“Getting a judicial review is my only hope at the moment and it’s important to me, only I have to seek help from my partner and my family if they could help me but they are exhausted mentally and financially to help me.”

Mr Nechironga was granted indefinite leave to stay in the UK in August 2007 and says he has no connection to Zimbabwe.

He received a deportation order in January 2019 after being convicted of assaulting a family member and sentenced to 32 months in prison, 17 months of which, 15 months of which was on probation.

Mr Nechironga spent almost a month at the Colnbrook Immigration Removal Center near Heathrow between February and March this year and was nearly deported on March 2.

He said: ‘I feel hopeless every time I hear a knock on my door. I just feel weak because of the way immigration came to get me.

“It was scary for me because I didn’t expect treatment like that with my PTSD and how they wanted to kick me out and put me on a bus when I was apparently not on the flight manifest.

Since his release from Colnbrook, Mr Nechironga has said he cannot work, study or claim benefits.

Lawyers acting on behalf of Mr Nechironga have made representations based on his mental health, PTSD and the “unsafe environment” for him in Zimbabwe.

The Home Office, in response to a request for protection, told Mr Nechironga: “It is argued that you have not established a well-founded fear of persecution, therefore you are not eligible for asylum. .”

In response to its request to revoke the eviction order, the department said there were “no grounds to revoke your eviction order.”

Documents show that the decisions were made by the department on April 14, but this was not communicated to Mr Nechironga until June 13.

Andrew Nyamayaro of Tann Law Solicitors said it appeared to be a “ploy” to defeat a judicial review as it must be submitted to court within three months from the date of the decision.

Mr Nyamayaro, who provided legal representation for Mr Nechironga, said: ‘For reasons better known to themselves, the Home Office took the decision in April but faxed it to us there. a few days.”

He added, “Joram still faces a risk of deportation and hence the importance of judicial review.”

Mr Nyamayaro said he had advised Mr Nechironga to look for a firm that still offered legal aid as they no longer take legal aid cases and would instead have to charge him.

He added: “All financial supporters are welcome if he wants to continue with us as he is struggling financially.”

Costs for a judicial review could be over £3,000 and increase further if there is an oral hearing.

The Home Office said Mr Nechironga has three months to initiate a judicial review from the date he received the letter, rather than from the April date on the letter.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “Our priority will always be to keep our communities safe, which is why we make no apologies for seeking to deport foreign criminals and since January 2019, we expelled more than 10,000.”

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Borden Air Show takes off this weekend

“Everyone on the base is extremely excited for this weekend – that’s all we’re talking about here,” says the air show public affairs officer

If you forgot what time of year it was, the resounding sound of Canadian Snowbirds doing practice runs in the sky was a great reminder.

Canadian Armed Forces Day and Air Show at CFB Borden is back and expected to be the biggest in many years.

On Friday, the Snowbirds did some final practice before Saturday and Sunday’s big event, which is expected to have record crowds.

As the airshow’s public affairs officer, Lt. Aaron Niles said he was excited about this weekend’s event.

“The last time we did this was in 2018 and we had around 18,000 people. Right now we’re already over what was already pre-sale tickets and we’re expecting between 25,000 and 30,000 people over the weekend,” Niles said. BarrieToday during a media event at the local military base, located about 20 minutes west of Barrie.

“You could say it took two years of planning but four years of preparation,” he added.

In addition to the Snowbirds, the CF-18s, Northern Stars, Manfred Radius Sailplane and more will be on hand to entertain the weekend crowds.

“Everyone on base is extremely excited for this weekend. that’s all we’re talking about here,” Niles said. “We know there has been a need and a desire for us to show what the Air Force can do at the air show, but that includes the Army and Navy, who can also do many things. impressive exhibits.”

The air show runs Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring a day-long family adventure with helicopter rides, a new Brewfest craft beer festival, inflatable games, interactive activities and military exhibits historical.

For more information and tickets, visit the site by clicking here.

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Opinion: Echoes of the Canadian War of 1812 at play in the invasion of Ukraine

The Americans invaded Canada two centuries ago in an attempt to annex the territory, but were defeated by a much smaller force.

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US President James Madison launched the War of 1812 on June 19 in circumstances eerily similar to those in Ukraine today. The annexation of Canada to the United States was his goal.

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The time had come. British forces are occupied with the war with Napoleon, leaving only 1,800 Redcoats to defend Upper Canada’s vast frontier and its 80,000 people. Americans outnumbered Canadians by more than 20 to one.

The Americans invaded on three fronts: the Detroit River in the west, the St. Lawrence River in the east, and the Niagara River in the middle. The first force to invade was led by General William Hull.

“Inhabitants of Canada! he proclaimed, “The army under my command has invaded your country…You will be emancipated from tyranny and oppression.

As his forces advanced along the Thames, they “liberated” homes and farms by looting and burning them. It must have been common practice.

Entire towns were burnt down over the next few months, including the provincial capital, York, in the spring of 1813, and later that year the town of Niagara during a blizzard in December, leaving residents to perish in the cold. .

Fortunately, a resistance hero had arisen. Men between the ages of 16 and 60 were to serve in the militia, and Major General Isaac Brock organized and trained them as infantry, artillery, Calvary, and even a Great Lakes naval unit.

Full-time, professionally trained colonial regiments, including the Glengarry Light Infantry, Canadian Fencibles, Voltigeurs du Bas-Canada and 104e Régiment du Nouveau-Brunswick, as well as contingents of First Nations warriors were under his command. He pressed the American invaders on all three fronts.

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Brock’s strategies and leadership inspired a very solid defense. Despite the odds, and with the help of First Nations warriors led by Shawnee Chief Tecumseh, he drove Hull’s army from the province, then defeated them at Fort Detroit. Alas, he later died of musket fire at Queenston Heights in October 1812.

The British finally chose his successor more than a year later, but only after the Americans had occupied parts of Upper Canada. Lieutenant General Gordon Drummond enjoyed instant success, leading his troops to victories on American soil at Fort Niagara and Buffalo. But his greatest test was yet to come.

On July 3, 1814, a highly trained force of 5,000 Americans rowed across the Niagara River in an attempt to conquer Canada. Their first target was Fort Erie, just across the river from Buffalo and guarding the entrance to Lake Erie.

The 137 Canadian troops garrisoned there quickly surrendered and the Americans began their march north, encountering fierce resistance along the way. On July 25, the bloody battle of Lundy’s Lane took place, where four of the five generals present were killed.

The Americans withdrew to Fort Erie and proceeded to transform the small stone fort into a strategic stronghold housing 3,000 troops. They were waiting for reinforcements.

General Drummond is injured in the neck, but continues to lead. His job now was to contain the Americans at Fort Erie and prevent them from achieving their objective of flying the Stars and Stripes over Upper Canada.

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In his excellent 2017 book, A History of Canada in Ten Maps, Adam Shoalts describes the siege of Fort Erie and the bloody and unsuccessful attempt to storm it on August 15, 1814. The Canadians lost far more men than their adversaries and were at risk of failing in their goal of stopping the invaders.

Things could have turned out much differently had the British not defeated Napoleon, freeing up troops to defend the North American colonies. The Redcoats captured Washington and burned down the White House on August 25.

By November 5, all invading forces had retreated across the border. Seven weeks later, the Americans sued for peace, renouncing all claims to Canada.

Territorial greed, savagery, false claims – sound familiar?

Fred Clipsham is a Regina-based commentator.

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Ukraine gets .50 TOR caliber bolt-action sniper rifles with 3 km range

Kyiv ($1 = 29.68 Ukrainian hryvnia)s) — The delivery of Polish sniper rifles with a large caliber WKW Tor is already underway for the Armed Forces of Ukraine to counter the Russian troops who invaded the country on February 24 this year. Images of the rifle on social media profiles after the war in Ukraine are shared and distributed.

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WKW Tor is a Polish long range rifle [sniper rifle] with a large caliber. The abbreviation WKW means exactly that in Polish – large-caliber sniper rifle [Wielkokalibrowy Karabin Wyborowy]. In this case, WKW Tor uses .50 BMG cartridges [BMG is Browning machine gun] or NATO standard 12.7×99 mm.

The .50 caliber WKW Tor was designed in the early 21st century and began mass production by the Poles in 2005. It is estimated that manufacturer Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów has produced 150 of these weapons so far. Except in Poland [and now in Ukraine] .50-cal WKW Tor is in service in Saudi Arabia and Vietnam. The rifle has another recorded involvement in actual hostilities [apart from those in Ukraine] and this is the war in Afghanistan, where it continues to be used.

The .50 caliber WKW Tor weighs just over 16 kg and has an overall length of 1,350 mm, and only the barrel is 880 mm long. The main action of the rifle is performed by a manually operated rotary bolt. Its muzzle velocity is 2,895 ft/s [882 m/s] from 800gr Barnes. Its feed system is a 7-round detachable box magazine, and the rifle’s maximum effective firing range is 3,000 m.

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.50-cal WKW Tor has a Picatinny mounting mechanism on which different day or night optical sights with different magnifications can be placed, often at 6x or more. However, the Polish manufacturer offers standard optical equipment, which is the Schmidt & Bender X3−12 P / MII telescope finder.

Sources in Ukraine say Ukrainian forces tested the sniper rifle and left good impressions, especially after the bullet fired from the rifle pierced a soldier’s armor and armored vest. However, no further details were given on the type of armor or the degree of protection of the body armor.

.50 BMG in Ukraine recalls that at the end of March this year, the Armed Forces of Ukraine received .50 caliber Browning heavy machine guns and ammunition for them. Interesting fact: the Browning .50 caliber heavy machine gun can be used as a long-range rifle or as a sniper rifle.

Soldiers in the Korean War used scoped M2s in the role of a sniper rifle, but the practice was notably used by U.S. Marine Corps sniper Carlos Hathcock during the Vietnam War. Using an Unertl telescopic sight and a mounting bracket of his own design, Hathcock was able to quickly convert the M2 into a sniper rifle, using displacement and elevation [T&E] mechanism attached to the tripod.

Ukraine received a .50 caliber Browning heavy machine gun
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In semi-automatic fire, Hathcock hit man-sized targets beyond 1,800 yards [2,000 yds] -twice the range of the standard caliber sniper rifle of the time [a .30-06 Winchester Model 70]. Hathcock set the record for the longest confirmed kill at 2,250 meters [2,460 yds]a record that stood until 2002 when it was broken in Afghanistan by Canadian Army sniper Arron Perry


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PART 2: WWII, Kharkiv, Ukraine and NAZI war criminal Kurt Meyer

Prologue: This project was undertaken due to the invasion of Ukraine in 2022. We like to think that military commanders are held accountable for the war crimes of their troops. Few are.

After the war, Kurt Meyer was charged with war crimes. He was tried and found guilty and sentenced to death on December 28, 1945. The sentence was commuted to life in prison. He was sent to Dorchester Penitentiary in New Brunswick to serve his sentence.

The Regina Labor Council was upset that Meyer had been pardoned and expressed concern to the Canadian government.

The arrogant Meyer asked for special privileges. He didn’t want to be housed with “common law offenders”. Meyer was the only war criminal to serve his sentence outside of Germany. In 1950 he was sent back to Germany to complete his life sentence.

Waffen-SS tank commander Kurt Meyer. He served in France, where he murdered Canadian soldiers, as well as in Ukraine and Russia

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Kurt Meyer. Canada Photo Archives

Kurt Meyer was released from German prison in September 1954 after serving only 9 years for his war crimes. He died on December 23, 1961. It is suggested that he was an arrogant SS officer until the end.

After his release, on September 7, 1954, Meyer traveled to his hometown of Niederkruchten in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, where a parade was held in his honor. He was welcomed as a hero.

Meyer was the Standartenführer, the commander of the 25th Panzer Grenadier Regiment of the 12th SS Division in Normandy. As a leader, he was responsible for the actions of his men.

At the end

Kurt Meyer was an SS until the end. Upon his release, he joined and held important positions as a member of the Waffen SS Veterans Association. For the job, he became a beer salesman selling beer to NATO forces stationed in Germany.

Kurt Meyer was born on December 23, 1910 and died on December 23, 1961 at the age of 51.

Out of respect for the thousands killed by the Waffen SS, no insignia images are included.

Newspaper clipping about the murder of Lance Corporal Douglas Sumner Orford on June 7, 1944

The following images are from the Canadian Virtual War Memorial. This site and Veterans Affairs Canada do a great job of remembering the dead.

If you or your family have scanned images of photos and documents, I encourage you to visit the CVWM site and upload them to your family member’s file.

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Douglas Sumner Orford – The Canadian Virtual War Memorial – Veterans Affairs Canada

Lance Corporal Douglas Sumner Orford

Died on active service, June 7, 1944
Number: F/26412, Age: 23
Force: Army, Unit: North Nova Scotia Highlanders, RCIC
Born: February 2, 1921, Leytonstone, Essex, United Kingdom
Enlisted: October 27, 1939, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Son of Arthur James Orford and Gwendoline Dorothy Orford (née Sumner), of South Woodford, Essex, England
Bény-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Calvados, France, Grave Reference: II. A.3.

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Douglas Sumner Orford, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in 1942 – posing with an unidentified child. CVWM

Editorial notes

The Cold War began in 1947. The Soviet Union became the new enemy. This is probably, in part, why more former NZAIs were not prosecuted and why their wartime organizations were tolerated.

Regina aviation historian Will Chabun told me that in Tony Foster’s book A Meeting of Generals there is a story of Kurt Meyer being transported by the RCAF to the Yukon where he was used to explain how the Soviets would attack that part of Canada. and eastern Alaska. The Canadian army relied on its experience on the Eastern Front against the Soviet Union.

NAZI SS Brigadeführer Kurt Meyer, NAZI member #316714 and SS member #17,559, joined the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, the “LSSAH”, Hitler’s personal bodyguard in 1935.

In my opinion, Kurt Meyer was well versed in elite SS doctrine early in the war and certainly when leading a Panzer reconnaissance unit on the Eastern Front. And given his active membership in the Waffen SS Veterans Association after the war, he never “changed his ways”.

There was controversy over whether Meyer should have been convicted. He was the commander; those under his command committed war crimes. He was a convicted war criminal. The Canadian military should never have asked for advice on anything.

The first part can be read here.

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Gingrich Cushman: Prayer, strength and gratitude | unionized

We lived in Belgium in the late 1960s while my father was doing research for his thesis. I was too young to remember, but my mother told me that on a trip to France we were greeted with a standing ovation in a restaurant because we were Americans and American troops had liberated their city from Nazi control a few decades earlier.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman writes a weekly human interest column for Creators Syndicate that focuses on current affairs and political issues.

This standing ovation happened about half a century ago. This week marks the 78th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy, France. The year before the invasion, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin had repeatedly asked British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to open a second front on the Atlantic coast of Europe to relieve his army at ballast.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, planned and executed the liberation of Western Europe and the invasion of Germany, dubbed Operation Overlord. This large-scale invasion required the mustering and training of hundreds of thousands of troops for the amphibious landing.

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Before the invasion began, Eisenhower sent a message of encouragement and support to the troops. He compared the invasion to a “crusade” and noted that their goal was nothing less than “security for ourselves in a free world”. He expressed “confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle”, while noting: “We will accept nothing less than full victory”.

He ended with a request for assistance from “Almighty God for this great and noble enterprise”.

The invasion began on June 6, 1944. It included nearly 3 million soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines, some 11,000 aircraft, and nearly 7,000 ships carrying nearly 200,000 tanks and other vehicles.

That night, Roosevelt broadcast his prayer. Biographer Jon Meacham noted, “The White House had distributed the text in advance so that the public—about 100 million Americans—could recite the words with Roosevelt.”

“My fellow Americans: Last night when I spoke to you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that the troops of the United States and our allies were crossing the English Channel in another larger operation. has been successfully completed so far, and so at this poignant hour, I ask you to join me in prayer.

Imagine 100 million Americans reciting this prayer with their president:

“Almighty God: Our sons, the pride of our Nation, embarked today on a great enterprise, a struggle to preserve our republic, our religion and our civilization, and to liberate a suffering humanity.

“Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, firmness to their heart, constancy in their faith…

“They will be sorely tried, night and day, without rest – until victory is won. The darkness will be rent with sound and flames. The souls of men will be shaken by the violences of war.

“For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They do not fight for the thirst for conquest. They fight to end the conquest. They fight to free themselves. They are fighting for justice, tolerance and goodwill among all your people. They yearn only for the end of the battle, for their return to the haven of home.

“Some will never come back. Embrace them, Father, and receive them, your heroic servants, into your kingdom…

“Many people have insisted that I call the Nation to a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask our people to dedicate themselves in a continuity of prayer. So may we rise to each new day, and again when each day has passed, may words of prayer be on our lips, invoking your aid in our endeavours…

“With your blessing, we will defeat the unholy forces of our enemy. Help us defeat the apostles of greed and racial arrogance. Lead us to the salvation of our country, and with our sister Nations into a worldwide unity which will spell a sure peace, a peace invulnerable to the intrigues of unworthy men…

“Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen.”

There were over 10,000 casualties among American, British and Canadian troops, but the invasion succeeded in changing the direction of the war. Less than a year later, on May 7, 1945, the Germans surrendered unconditionally to the Allies.

Compare those actions with where we are today. Small prayer, too few citizens healthy and strong enough to defend our freedom, and words of derision for our country rather than gratitude for our position in the world. We have fallen so far.

Take the time today to say a prayer of thanks and gratitude for those who fought for our country and to liberate other countries and won, and pray that our nation will return to prayer, strength and to gratitude.

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Prayer, Strength and Gratitude, by Jackie Cushman

We lived in Belgium in the late 1960s while my father was doing research for his thesis. I was too young to remember, but my mother told me that on a trip to France we were greeted with a standing ovation in a restaurant because we were Americans and American troops had liberated their city from Nazi control a few decades earlier.

This standing ovation happened about half a century ago. This week marks the 78th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy, France. The year before the invasion, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin had repeatedly asked British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to open a second front on the Atlantic coast of Europe to relieve his army at ballast.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, planned and executed the liberation of Western Europe and the invasion of Germany, dubbed Operation Overlord. This large-scale invasion required the mustering and training of hundreds of thousands of troops for the amphibious landing.

Before the invasion began, Eisenhower sent a message of encouragement and support to the troops. He compared the invasion to a “crusade” and noted that their goal was nothing less than “security for ourselves in a free world”. He expressed “confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle”, while noting: “We will accept nothing less than full victory”.

He ended with a request for assistance from “Almighty God for this great and noble enterprise”.

The invasion began on June 6, 1944. It included nearly 3 million soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines, some 11,000 aircraft, and nearly 7,000 ships carrying nearly 200,000 tanks and other vehicles.

That night, Roosevelt broadcast his prayer. Biographer Jon Meacham noted, “The White House had distributed the text in advance so that the public—about 100 million Americans—could recite the words with Roosevelt.”

“My fellow Americans: Last night when I spoke to you about the fall of Rome, I knew then that troops from the United States and our allies were crossing the English Channel in another operation most important. It was successfully completed. And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join me in prayer.

Imagine 100 million Americans reciting this prayer with their president:

“Almighty God: Our sons, the pride of our nation, today embarked on a mighty enterprise, a struggle to preserve our republic, our religion and our civilization, and to liberate a suffering humanity.

“Lead them upright and faithful; give strength to their arms, firmness to their heart, constancy in their faith…

“They will be tried hard, night and day, without rest – until victory is won. The darkness will be torn with sound and flame. The souls of men will be shaken by the violence of war.

“For these men are newly drawn from the ways of peace. They do not fight for the thirst for conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They yearn only for the end of the battle, when they return to the haven of home.

“Some will never return. Embrace them, Father, and receive them, Your heroic servants, into Your kingdom…

“Many people have urged me to call the Nation to a single day of special prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask our people to dedicate themselves to the pursuit of prayer As we rise to each new day, and again each day past, may words of prayer be on our lips, invoking your aid in our endeavours…

“With your blessing we shall prevail over the ungodly forces of our enemy. Help us to overcome the apostles of greed and racial arrogance. Lead us to the salvation of our country, and with our sister nations into a worldwide unity which will mean a sure peace a peace invulnerable to the intrigues of unworthy men…

“Thy will be done, Almighty God. Amen.

There were over 10,000 casualties among American, British and Canadian troops, but the invasion succeeded in changing the direction of the war. Less than a year later, on May 7, 1945, the Germans surrendered unconditionally to the Allies.

Compare those actions with where we are today. Small prayer, too few citizens healthy and strong enough to defend our freedom, and words of derision for our country rather than gratitude for our position in the world. We have fallen so far.

Take the time today to say a prayer of thanks and gratitude for those who fought for our country and to liberate other countries and won, and pray that our nation will return to prayer, strength and to gratitude.

To learn more about Jackie Gingrich Cushman and to read articles by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit

Photo credit: WikiImages at Pixabay

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Chinese fighter jet ‘grazes’ Australian plane near South China Sea, Canberra says

The Chinese J-16 closed in on the Australian P-8 while carrying out a routine surveillance mission in international airspace last month before launching flares and chaff that entered at least l one of the engines of the Australian aircraft, said Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles.

Military aircraft typically release chaff—usually tiny strips of aluminum or zinc—as a deliberate countermeasure to confuse missiles, but may also use it to sabotage pursuing aircraft.

In a statement, the Australian Department of Defense described the encounter as “a dangerous maneuver which posed a threat to the safety of the P-8 aircraft and its crew”.

“The J-16 aircraft flew very close to the side of the P-8 … flying close to the side, it threw flares”, Marles told 9News in Australia in a TV interview.

“The J-16 then accelerated and clipped the nose of the P-8, settling in front of the P-8 at very close range.

“At this point he then released a pile of chaff containing small pieces of aluminum, some of which were ingested into the engine of the P-8 aircraft. Obviously it’s very dangerous,” Marles said.

When ingested, the chaff can damage a jet engine’s blades and, in extreme cases, can even shut it down, said Peter Layton, a former Australian Air Force officer who is now a member of the Griffith Asia Institute.

While the P-8 can only run on one of its two engines, the alleged incident would have forced it back to base, ending its patrol, Layton said.

A Royal Australian Air Force P-8 Poseidon aircraft at an air base in Amberly, Australia, January 17, 2022.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said his government had raised the issue with Beijing.

“It was unclear what happened, and we made appropriate representations to the Chinese government to express our concern,” Albanese said.

The Australian plane was flying “in accordance with international law, exercising the right to freedom of navigation and overflight in international waters and airspace”, he said.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
In a statement on Tuesday, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Tan Kefei accused Australia of “approaching Chinese airspace” near the Paracel Islands, a disputed archipelago claimed by China, the Vietnam and Taiwan in the northwest part of the South China Sea.

“The People’s Liberation Army Southern Theater Command has therefore deployed naval and air forces to identify, verify and issue warnings to dispel the Australian fighter jet,” Tan said, adding that the Chinese military “responded with professional, safe, reasonable and legal measures”.

“We sternly warn Australia to immediately stop such dangerous and provocative acts, and to strictly control its naval and air missions; otherwise, it will have to bear all the serious consequences of its actions,” Tan said.

China lays claim to almost all of the 1.3 million square kilometers of the South China Sea and has built tiny reefs and sandbars away from its shores into artificial man-made islands, heavily fortified with missiles, runways and weapons systems, causing outcry from other governments.

Second time in a week

It is the second time in a week that Chinese planes have been accused of endangering reconnaissance flights of other armies.

On Wednesday, Canada said Chinese warplanes were buzzing over its reconnaissance planes to enforce United Nations sanctions against North Korea.

In some cases, Chinese warplanes got so close that Canadian planes had to change course to avoid a collision, the Canadian Armed Forces said.

“During these interactions, PLAAF aircraft did not meet international aviation safety standards,” said Dan Le Bouthillier, head of media relations for the Canadian Armed Forces.

Tensions between China and Australia have simmered for much of this year.

As China circles the Pacific Islands, the US Coast Guard is already on patrol
In February, Australia alleged that a Chinese warship used a laser to “illuminate” an Australian P-8 in waters off the country’s northern coast. Directing a laser at an aircraft can damage pilots’ eyesight and endanger the aircraft, according to the US Federal Aviation Administration.

The Australian government called the act “dangerous” and “reckless”.

But Beijing said the Australian claims were false and that its warship was acting in accordance with international law. He accused Australia of “maliciously spreading false information about China”.

China and Australia are also at odds over Beijing’s efforts to strike new security deals with a series of Pacific island nations that have been close partners with Australia in the past.

There have been other close encounters between Chinese and foreign fighter jets over the years.

The worst of these occurred in 2001, when a Chinese fighter jet collided with a US Navy reconnaissance plane over the South China Sea.

In this case, the pilot of the Chinese F-8 fighter was killed and the American plane had to make an emergency landing on the Chinese island of Hainan. The 24 American crew members were held on the Chinese island for 11 days before their release.

This story has been updated with additional reports and reaction.

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Nostalgia: Coronation Street turns 20

Coronation Street creator and screenwriter Tony Warren. June 4, 1980. © Mirrorpix


June 4

Coronation Street designer Tony Warren poses for the press outside the corner shop on the set of Granada to mark the 20e popular soap year.

First broadcast in December 1960, Coronation Street was actually based on Salford’s Archie Street. Warren scoured Manchester for days looking for a suitable model.

The Manchester-produced show reached its 10,000th episode on February 7, 2020. An original character, Ken Barlow played by William Roache, is still on the show 62 years later.


June 3

Women of the Combined Services create the letter ‘E’ for Queen Elizabeth during rehearsals in Wilmslow for the upcoming Royal Tournament in the coronation year.

Girls from all three services (WRNS, WRAC, WRAF) are trained at Wilmslow for display before the Queen at the Royal Tournament. June 1953. © Mirrorpix

The three groups involved were the Women’s Royal Naval Services, the Women’s Royal Army Corps and the Women’s Royal Air Force. The letter “R” was also formed for the event.

The Queen was crowned by the Archbishop of Canterbury Geoffrey Fisher at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953. It was the first coronation to be fully televised.


June 6

Prayers are offered in St Ann’s Church, Manchester, as news filter through of the Allied landings in Normandy on D-Day. France’s liberation mission had begun.

One of the short services in progress at St Anne’s Church in Manchester following the announcement of the successful landings in Normandy, northern France.© Mirrorpix

The largest seaborne invasion in history began with a massive air and naval bombardment followed by an air assault shortly after midnight.

More than 24,000 British, American and Canadian troops cleared the way for Allied infantry and armored divisions to land on the French coast at 6:30 a.m.

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Military parade, flyover of vintage planes planned for the rededication of Holy Roller – London

London’s iconic Holy Roller will be the center of celebrations this weekend as members of the 1st Hussars, celebrating their 150th anniversary, rededicate the historic chariot after a much-needed year-long restoration.

The events, which will include a downtown D-Day parade and rededication ceremony involving international dignitaries and a flyover of World War II aircraft, come days after the historic tank returned to its long-term home. date in Victoria Park.

“I’m going to invite all Londoners to come to Victoria Park this weekend. We’re going to have a whole bunch of events, including Saturday, but also the rededication of Holy Roller on Sunday at 11 a.m.,” said Bob Buchanan, who led the fundraiser to restore the float.

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“Courage, Strength and Sacrifice”: Holy Roller returns to Victoria Park in London, Ontario.

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Over the past year, volunteers and students from Fanshawe College had worked to restore the tank to its former glory, dismantling, refurbishing and repainting the 80-year-old wartime relic, which stood guard in the center park -city since 1956.

Five years ago, members of the regiment and the city, owner of the tank, opened Holy Roller for the first time in more than 60 years and found that it was rusting from the inside, the hull in danger of cracking. collapse in the tank. decade.

The 33 tonne tank was carefully removed from the park last summer for restoration work, which was carried out at the Fanshawe School of Transport Technology and Learning.


Photos taken inside the Holy Roller during a technical check in 2017. It was the first time the tank had been opened since it was placed in Victoria Park in 1956.

Courtesy of Holy Roller Memorial Preservation Project


A look inside the restored Holy Roller Sherman tank, which is much more spacious than it would have been in WWII.

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On Monday, those involved in the project were finally able to present their work to the public in a ceremony in which the float came to life for the first time in decades. The next day the tank was placed, using a giant crane, on top of a new platform at its usual location at the north end of Victoria Park.

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The restoration work was completed through a fundraising campaign that Buchanan says achieved its goals through community donations and city funds.

“We have ongoing costs, obviously, with maintaining Holy Roller over time. We don’t want to see it deteriorate to the state it was in before undertaking this,” he said.

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Holy Roller roars once again at the restoration unveiling in London, Ontario.

Events planned for this weekend, all of which will take place in the park, include a celebration on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with military bands and re-enactments, and military displays that organizers say “will honor our military history. , featuring vehicles that have been and are still in use.

On Sunday, the city center will host a full D-Day military parade, starting at 10:25 a.m. at the Delta London Armories hotel and ending 45 minutes later at the park, with a short stop outside the hotel of town. between.

The planned route will take the parade north on Waterloo Street to Dufferin, west to Wellington Road, north to Central Avenue and west to the float, according to organizers .

After the parade, the Holy Roller will then be rededicated in a ceremony from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The ceremony, according to organizers, will see the presence of several international dignitaries and feature remarks, among others, from the retired general of the Canadian Army Walter Natynczyk.

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MP Peter Fragiskatos, Belgian diplomat Arnaud Gaspart, Lt. Col. Christopher van dan Berg, commander of the 1st Hussars, and CWO Colin Jenkins, regimental sergeant major of the 1st Hussars, are also expected to speak.

Those in attendance, along with residents of central London, will be treated to a celebratory flyby by the Rumbling Radials, a fleet of World War II-era Harvard aircraft, organizers say.

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June 6, 2021: Holy Roller leaves Victoria Park for the first time in decades for much-needed restoration

The events will pay homage to both the tank’s legacy and those who served – and mark the 150th anniversary of the 1st Hussars, the regiment that landed Holy Roller on Juno Beach, driving it through northwest Europe until the end of the war.

According to the regiment, the last surviving member of the tank’s original D-Day crew died in 2021.

“The Holy Roller represents the courage, strength and sacrifice of our service men and women. It is an honor to have this incredible artifact forever commemorated in our downtown core,” said the retired Lt. Col. Ian Haley this week when the float returned to downtown.

“We are eternally grateful for the partnerships that allow us to host such an important part of our collective history and we look forward to coming together to commemorate that history.”

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Holy Roller moved to Victoria Park in London, Ontario in May 1956.

Archives and Special Collections, Western University (LFP Collection) via HistoryPin (CC-BY)

Built in Flint, Michigan in 1942, the Holy Roller has survived more than a dozen battles as it traversed terrain in France, the Netherlands and Germany.

Several battles nearly ended the Holy Roller’s bearing, but repairs managed to keep it running until the end of the war. The 1st Hussars chose to take the tank home as a trophy of war rather than have it scrapped.

Returning to Canada in early 1946, Holy Roller spent two years outside the old armories in London, then eight more in Queen’s Park near Western Fair. It was then donated to the city and moved to Victoria Park in 1956, where it has stood ever since.

— with files from Andrew Graham and Amy Simon

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Canada accuses Chinese jet pilots of ‘risky behavior’ in international airspace | world news

The Canadian military has accused Chinese air force pilots of unprofessional and risky behavior during their recent encounters in international airspace.

The Canadian planes involved were deployed to Japan as part of a multinational effort to enforce United Nations sanctions against North Korea, which has faced international sanctions over its nuclear weapons and missile program ballistics.

The Canadian Armed Forces said Wednesday that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force “failed to meet international aviation safety standards” on several occasions.

“These interactions are unprofessional and/or endanger the safety of (Royal Canadian Air Force) personnel.”

In some cases, the Canadian crew had to quickly alter their flight path to “avoid a potential collision with the intercepting aircraft,” the statement said.

At times, Chinese planes attempted to divert Canadian planes from their flight path and flew so close that the crew were “very clearly visible,” the statement said.

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The statement said such interactions in international airspace during UN-sanctioned missions were becoming more frequent, adding that “these occurrences were also handled through diplomatic channels.”

US intelligence said North Korea appears to be preparing for its first nuclear test since 2017.

The United States forced a vote in the UN Security Council on Thursday on tougher sanctions after North Korea carried out a series of rocket launches, including, according to American and South Korean officials, a missile intercontinental ballistics.

The United States said the test was a brazen violation of a unanimous UN resolution in 2017 that warned of new consequences for testing long-range missiles or nuclear weapons.

But China, North Korea’s main ally, and Russia, whose relations with the West have deteriorated sharply following its invasion of Ukraine, have both vetoed the resolution, saying that new sanctions would be counterproductive and increase tensions.

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In June 2019, two Canadian Navy ships were “buzzed” by Chinese fighter jets as they crossed the East China Sea.

The ships had been tracked by several Chinese ships and planes as they transited the maritime region.

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Last body found at Tara Air plane crash site, Nepal army says

Kathmandu: The Nepalese army announced on Tuesday that it had recovered the last body from the wreckage site of the Tara Air plane which crashed in the mountainous Mustang district of Nepal on Sunday with 22 people on board, including four Indians, a few minutes after taking off from the tourist town of Pokhara.

Nepalese authorities resumed their search operation on Tuesday to recover the last body, a day after rescuers recovered 21 bodies from the wreckage site of the Tara Air plane that crashed in the mountainous district on Sunday. of Mustang.

“The last corpse has been found. Arrange transportation of the remaining 12 corpses from the crash site to Kathmandu,” tweeted Nepal Army spokesman Brigadier General Narayan Silwal.

As of Monday night, rescuers had recovered 21 bodies from the crash site, according to a statement released by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).

They resumed their search operation to recover the last body, officials said.

The Twin Otter 9N-AET turboprop plane went missing Sunday morning in the mountainous region of Nepal. The Canadian-built plane, flying from Pokhara to the popular tourist town of Jomsom in central Nepal, was carrying four Indians, two Germans and 13 Nepalese passengers, in addition to a three-member Nepalese crew.

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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.

WATCH | A friend remembers a cadet who died in an incident at the Royal Military College:

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.”

WATCH: Defense Minister discusses Canada’s future plans to arm Ukraine’s military

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

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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.

Justification of an unjust war

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.”

With files from The Associated Press

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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:

Date taken: 03.07.2022
Date posted: 03.07.2022 07:25
Story ID: 415902
Location: LANSING, MI, United States

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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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