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Examining Core Values on World Elephant Day

Sangita Iyer | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada
Sangita Iyer

Today is the third annual "World Elephant Day" honoring two magnificent species, and bringing global awareness to the plight of African and Asian elep...

Military Cuts Will Hurt Canada's Readiness, General Warns

CBC | Posted 06.26.2014 | Canada Politics

The chief of defence staff and the deputy minister of national defence has warned the government that cuts to the Canadian Forces budget will effect r...

Harper, Stop Canada From Entering a Decade of 'Diplomatic Darkness'

Glen Pearson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

There was a time when Canada realized that while military security was an important investment, it was the long-term planning involved in relief and development that would ultimately bring greater measures of peace to our world. Somewhere along the way we lost that. We also lost a seat on the UN Security Council, the world's respect through our lack of action on climate change, and our altruism the moment we decided to invest development resources only in those nations that enhanced our own local economy and brought political benefit to the government.

Ottawa Not Bound To Veterans Social Contract, Lawyers Argue

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Federal lawyers say Ottawa has no special obligation to those who've fought wars on behalf of Canada and that it's unfair to bind the Harper ...

It's Taking FOREVER To Upgrade These Spy Planes

CBC | Posted 04.18.2014 | Canada Politics

In what amounts to yet another tacit admission that the military's procurement system is in dire trouble, the Conservative government has quiet...

Harper's Politics Serve Politicians, Not Canadians

Glen Pearson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Poet, Anatole France, once observed that, "it is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel." He could just as easily be commenting on two recent actions of our present federal government that fly directly in the face of what is supposed to be good politics: giving the people what they want. How else to explain the undue harshness against this country's veterans, or the outright attack and manipulation in the Harper government's attempts to revamp Elections Canada to its own purposes? What makes both of these instances so remarkable is the sheer arrogance of a government acting against the best interests of its own people.

Governor General Calls For Greater Responsibility To Canadian Forces

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's commander-in-chief is calling for greater responsibility toward Canadian Forces members in a special holiday message to the families...

'A Different Battlefield'

CBC | Posted 02.13.2014 | Canada Politics

Former chief of defence staff Rick Hillier fears more soldiers may take their own lives over this holiday season and is calling for a board of inquiry...

Romeo Dallaire Has Turned His Depression into Purpose

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

When I read that Romeo Dallaire had been in a car accident on Parliament Hill just outside of East Block, I wondered if it was due to fatigue. I have never known him to be other than fully occupied and frequently exhausted in the course of his heavy schedule. Romeo has a lot more than just memories to fight. As he explained this week, he fights depression and remains medicated for PTSD. But he has turned his pain into a purpose, and in so doing he can get up every day.

Whitewashing Remembrance: I Wear A Poppy For Native Veterans

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Elizabeth Hawksworth

I choose to wear the poppy for a different reason. I choose to wear it because as a woman with Native ancestry, I want to remember those whose faces we never see in the Heritage moments or on the Remembrance Day TV spots. While we remember the many veterans who fought in the many wars Canada has been involved in, the iconic images of these veterans are whitewashed.

Why I Won't Be Wearing A Remembrance Day Poppy

Anne Theriault | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Anne Theriault

My main reason for abstaining from wearing a Remembrance poppy is that I'm starting to feel like it represents a support for all of my country's military action, not just the sacrifices made by soldiers in past wars. It's as if by wearing it I'm giving my tacit agreement to Canada's activities in Afghanistan, or the ways that women are mistreated in the Canadian Forces. The truth is, though, that I don't want our military engaged in any kind of action; I don't want to feel like I have the blood of civilians (or, well, anybody) on my hands. I also feel deeply uncomfortable about a number of things that happen within military culture.

Survey Sheds Light On Harassment In The Military

CP | Alison Auld, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

Women, aboriginals and visible minorities in the Canadian Forces say they experience higher rates of sexual and personal harassment than their peers i...

Lather Up for Global Handwashing Day

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg October also brings in a day that commemorates what should be a part of our daily activities but for many is either forgotten or simply ignored: handwashing. It's not a surprise as handwashing is not considered -- other than perhaps in the public health field -- to be an incredibly important part of living.

Syrian Refugees Don't Care About Your Rhetoric

Glen Pearson | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

People worldwide can be forgiven for their sense of bewilderment at the constant back and forth between military and diplomatic solutions to the crisis in Syria. We've now been at this long enough for commentators to reverse their positions depending on the most recent developments. But there is one group -- a huge one -- for whom none of this really matters: refugees.

Canadian Forces Admit This Mission Is Impossible

Rachel Décoste | Posted 10.19.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

The Canadian Forces are able to go to a foreign, hostile land like Afghanistan and realize unparalleled feats. In addition to its impressive list of accomplishments, one wonders: Is there anything our Canadian military can't do? Um. Well. It turns out there is a challenge the military cannot meet. It's recruiting women and minorities right here at home.

Stephen Harper Wants You to Major In Military

Yves Engler | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

The Conservatives' militarism is unrelenting. Last month, the Harper government launched a Civil Military Leadership Pilot Initiative at the University of Alberta. The program "allow[s] people to simultaneously obtain a university degree while also gaining leadership experience in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Reserves." The four-year Civil Military Leadership Pilot Initiative will be "co-directed by the University of Alberta and the CAF" and the government hopes to export this "test model" to other universities. The program is an attempt to reestablish the Canadian Officer Training Corps, which was offered at universities from 1912 until 1968.

T-365... The PPCLI Prepare for Regiment's 100th Birthday

Paul Hughes | Posted 10.06.2013 | Canada Alberta
Paul Hughes

The Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry is preparing for its centennial anniversary in one year. Started in 1914 to aid the British in World War 1, the lionized Canadian infantry regiment turns 100 in 2014. Globally, the history of the PPCLI is unparalleled for its valour, honour and distinguished service on behalf of all Canadians.

Crossing into Israel Isn't predictable

Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada Travel
Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver

JERUSALEM - The commute from Jerusalem to Ramallah is unpredictable at best. Big white commuter buses with green or blue stripes with Arabic script a...

Conservatives Killed the Maple Leaf Rank

Rachel Décoste | Posted 09.09.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

The Conservatives' latest casualty is the Maple Leaf rank designation. The ranks of non-commissioned officers will also be returned to the original British Army designations. Defence Minister Peter MacKay claims the changes don't strip away any Canadian identity. But that's exactly what it does. The Maple Leaf rank designation is as Canadian as poutine and hockey. Let's not throw away our uniqueness, eh.

In Harper's Pocket?

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The country's military police watchdog has told Parliament it still does not have the full authority it needs to discharge its mandate, despi...

No Fat Left To Cut

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.18.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada's top soldier says the armed forces have no fat left to cut ahead of this week's austerity budget.But Gen. Thomas Lawson told the Sena...

The End Of Long-Term Missions?

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.28.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Money being cut from National Defence will inevitably slice into the Canadian military's ability to carry out sustained missions at home and ...

Canadian Military May Make $471 Million Cut

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.27.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - "There's no place like home" could become the battle cry of the Canadian military as spending on overseas operations is forecast to take a st...

War On Drugs Draws Canadian Forces' Focus In Central America

CBC | Posted 04.04.2013 | Canada Politics

The Harper government's new focus on the Americas means a dramatic change of effort for the Canadian Forces and an overt participation in the U.S. war...

Harper, African Union Chair To Discuss Possible Mission To Mali

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.08.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The head of the African Union is set to visit Ottawa this week.Thomas Yayi Boni's meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper could bring a re...